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The Education Show 2014 announces the first details of its extensive new programme of free continuing professional development (CPD). The UK's leading education training and resources event will take place from 20 to 22 March 2014 at the NEC Birmingham, providing a mixture of expert and peer-led sessions.
Britain’s most charismatic scientist, Professor Brian Cox, has been confirmed as the first of several inspiring keynote speakers. Professor Cox, particle physicist and popular television presenter, will address visitors to help stimulate 21st century education and learning, in line with the goals of the Education Show itself.
The high-level, two-day School Leaders Summit will focus on the most crucial issues affecting school leaders, head teachers and school business managers. Topics that will be explored include preparing for the GCSE reform, using Pupil Premium to raise attainment, Ofsted’s guide to the inspection process, academy conversion, how to make the most of budgets and the impact of classroom technology. A rich variety of speakers will take to the floor, including Jack Slater, head of procurement policy at the Department for Education; David Hampson, OBE, chief executive office at Tolbar Family of Academies and Paul Jones, OBE, headteacher, First Federation.
Delivered by practitioners, for practitioners, the popular Learn Live programme aims to address the professional development needs of all, in five new purpose built theatres on the show floor: Teaching Technology Live, the National Curriculum, “How do I...”, Early Years and SEN. Visitors will be able to keep abreast of developments in education and gain insight into the most innovative and effective classroom and whole-school practice.
With the new National Curriculum high on everyone’s agenda, the National Curriculum seminars and workshops have been devised in association with Scholastic to help educators prepare for and implement the new curriculum with the advice and guidance of key industry experts and associations.
The brand new Teaching Technology Live sessions are designed as hands on, interactive workshops led by key technology providers. Providing advice and tips for implementing technology into the classroom, the 45 minute sessions will give educators the understanding they need to succeed. Alongside this, the new “How do I…” series of workshops will focus on providing practical advice and tips to take back into the classroom on a variety of key issues facing primary and secondary teachers.
A full programme of the CPD available at the new look Education Show 2014 will be available on the website. The Education Show 2014 is free to attend, and takes place from 20-22 March 2014 at the NEC, Birmingham.
Life, Style and the Making of Modern Britain at the British Library, 8 November 2013 - 11 March 2014. Discover the reality of life in Georgian Britain. From beautifully furnished homes to raucous gambling dens, from celebrity obsessions to gin addictions, this dazzling exhibition brings to life the trials and triumphs of the ordinary people who made modern Britain.
There are only two days left in which to submit your bids for the Authors for the Phillipines online auction. Not only are there some fantastic signed copies of books, and other book related materials, but also some wonderful author visit opportunities. Plus you would be contributing to helping relieve the many victims of a major disaster.
Don't forget to register to receive the schools' resources information pack for World Book Day 2014 - 6th March 2014.
WBD are very pleased to be launching the search for the 50 Books That Will Change Your Life. The final list will be revealed in the run up to World Book Day 2014.
JCS is delighted to announce the launch of the Gale Science, Environmental and Global Issues Schools Package. The package includes access to three high quality online resources which together provide invaluable support for the teaching and learning of a wide range of subjects including science, geography, economics, politics and sociology at secondary level. It also supports many topics chosen for the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). Register by end of November for an extended free trial – 60 days instead of the usual 30.
The iconic Richard Scarry’s Best Word Book Ever was published 50 years ago, in 1963, and his books have been delighting children the world over ever since. Scarry once said ‘Everything has an educational value if you look for it. But it’s the fun I want to get across.’ With that sentiment in mind, Harper Collins are inviting you to celebrate with your very own Richard Scarry party at your school or library! There are activity sheets, bunting, colouring sheets and fun resources available to download.
These guides are intended to stimulate thought – to help readers understand what these great works are really about, what the best critics say about them and how differently they can be interpreted.
The Connell Guides School Subscription has one simple aim: to help teachers and librarians encourage a love of literature in their students.
For an introductory annual rate of £145 the Connell Guide School Subscription entitles you to a range of benefits, including a full set of the 18 guides currently in print, for your school; a 35% discount on all further classroom orders; short, digital guides to modern texts such as Spies and Atonement; stimulating bi-monthly essays by critics and writers like Sir Max Hastings and Robert McCrum; and a fortnightly literary review mirroring the style of The Week magazine, also founded by Jolyon Connell.
To find out about the inaugural Connell Guides Essay Prize to be judged by novelist William Boyd and with a prize of £1000, please visit the website. This competition is open to any sixth form pupil studying English Literature. If you require flyers to advertise the prize within your library or school, please contact us at email@example.com.
SLA members - To enter a draw to win one of 20 Connell Guides of your choice, just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, citing ‘SLA’ and the name of the book you’re interested in, in your subject header.
November 2013 is Michael Morpurgo Month, a celebration of 30 unmissable books by one of the nation’s best-loved authors, who turns 70 this year. Each day in November Harper Collins will focus on a different book, helping readers to navigate across four key themes – Animals, War, Legends and Voyages. From War Horse to Beowulf and The Butterfly Lion to Kensuke’s Kingdom this calendar of activity is not to be missed!
Get involved! Harper Collins are offering two free Michael Morpurgo posters for display in your library. To apply for these, please email email@example.com, using the subject ‘Michael Morpurgo Month library posters’, with your name and address by Thursday 31 October. They have a limited number of posters and will send these on a first-come-first-served basis.
From 1 November they will also be offering free resources, author videos and audio downloads at www.michaelmorpurgo.com, as well as a special competition to win an iPad and signed copy of War Horse. Sign up to their newsletter to make sure you’re kept up to date on all the latest Michael Morpurgo Month news!