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    The growing Rights Respecting Schools movement and how you can be a part of it

    When you hear a pupil say, “I know my rights!”, is this a good thing or a bad thing? I bet you already have a view on this, so let me share my experience as a teacher and hopefully inspire you to become part of the movement.

    Open Farm School Days 2018

    Open Farm School Days is a nationwide initiative to get children out onto farms and learning about where their food comes from.

    Museums and Schools Working Together

    GEM has produced this case study which explores the partnership between museums and schools.

    What is Maths Mastery?

    It sounds so onerous doesn’t it - mastering something? It sounds as if you have to become a world expert to succeed and indeed this misconception has put off some schools from getting involved. Some teachers have also been put off by the fact that mastery originated in Shanghai, imagining rows of children rote learning facts. Good News – this is far from the truth...

    Have you been spellbound by the archives?

    “Wow, it’s just like Mr Ollivander’s Wand shop!” Having been in post as Dorset History Centre’s Archive Learning Officer for over a year now, I have heard my fair share of gasps and exclamations from pupils entering the archive repositories for the first time. But, for pure creativity, this one has to be my favourite.

    HSE Tackling the School Trips Health and Safety Myths

    Do you find that schools are increasingly reluctant to take pupils on school trips due to health and safety issues, excessive bureaucracy and the fear of prosecution?

    How can it be that in 2018 pupils are having to pay to study music at GCSE?

    This article from www.tes.com 14.1.18 looks at the impact of the EBacc on GCSE music provision.

    TES: Five steps to improve teacher explanation

    This article by Mark Enser in TES Magazine (19.1.18) will be of use to education officers and education teams at school visit destinations looking to improve their delivery of school sessions.

    How school visits can help reach disengaged learners

    I've just read an interesting article in the TES Magazine ('Engaging pupils who are turned off by school', Alex Quigley, TES, 24 November 2017) which looks at some of the best ways to reach pupils who feel disengaged from learning - and I think some of the points made are relevant to the way learning is delivered by school visit providers.

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