Author Archives: Ollie Shurville

  • Best Apps for the Classroom

    The use of iPads is becoming almost common place in classrooms across the country. Their intuitive interface and their presence in many of the households the children live in mean they can be easily used, even by children in nursery classes. One teaching assistant told me the story of taking a reception class into a computer room and …

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  • Best Apps for Teachers

    Back in November we posted about our favourite Apps for use in the classroom. Now we bring you the low down on the best apps specifically for teachers. Educreations (Free) – This is an interactive whiteboard app allowing teachers to annotate, animate and narrate a wide range of content. Lessons sync between the teacher and student iPads so that teachers can …

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  • Inclusion of the Visually Impaired

    The new SEND guidelines will have already changed many of the SEND issues that you face in your classroom on a day-to-day basis. One such change will be the more likely inclusion of those with physical disabilities in a mainstream classroom. Physical limitations are not always restricted to mobility issues though; perhaps you are now teaching or expecting …

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  • Updating your Anti-Bullying Policy

    Schools have a huge amount of changes to deal with on a yearly, termly and even daily basis. The biggest change this year has been the introduction of the new SEND Code of Practice and the implications of that for the true inclusion into the mainstream classroom of SEND provision. The fresh challenges this brings to teaching and …

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  • Continuous Provision

    While those working in the Early Years and Foundation Stage sectors will be sick to the back teeth of the phrase Continuous Provision, those working with older students will not be so familiar. Continuous provision is one of the staples of early years teaching and simply refers to the constantly available activities by which children learn through play …

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  • Citizenship in the New Curriculum

    It was National Volunteer Day on Friday which not only presented an ideal opportunity to celebrate all the volunteers that help out at your school, but also a great chance to include some citizenship activities into your planning. If you missed this opportunity, however, including it in future planning is still definitely worthwhile. Although Citizenship is a non-statutory …

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  • Updates to the Safeguarding CoP and their impact on you

    As well as bringing with it some wetter days and clock changes, this month has seen some significant changes regarding the OFSTED Update to Inspecting Safeguarding briefing. Several new issues have been identified, whereas also emphasis has been placed on other areas. This article gives you an outline of the most important points raised and …

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  • No levels: what now?

    With the DfE rolling out more changes as they love to do, this year we have seen the majority of schools move to the ‘no levelling’ system. This article takes a look at the reasons for this change, and outlines some of the best alternatives for schools and teachers to use instead. The powers that …

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  • What do P-Levels mean in 2014

    Created as a way to track the progress and learning for children with SEND, P-Scales are a preliminary guide of best-fit to help teachers plan more effectively. Rather than being as linear as National Curriculum Levels, P scales help to assess a child’s learning and what teachers’ priorities need to be, specifically regarding that child. …

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  • An essential guide to the new SEND Code of Practice

    As if we’re not all baffled enough by the endless string of acronyms in teaching, we now have the perplexing semantic switch from SEN to SEND in the recent Code of Practice (CoP) to contend with.  Some teachers have expressed their confusion about why we now need the D in the acronym. Apart from actually …

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