Monthly Archives: July 2015

Before we take a break…

The summer break is nearly here (and for some has already started) so here are a few snippets – in no particular order – to keep you going while we’re away:

Who to Follow

Have a look at Michael Tidd’s blog here  and is Twitter feed at @MichaelT1979 …although they may well go a bit quiet over the summer!

You could also take a look at Pete Sanderson’s Lesson Toolbox here or on twitter @LessonToolbox


Summary of Ofsted’s reforms to inspection

Recent Research

The Education Endowment Fund’s advice on making best use of Teaching Assistants

Programming Resources

Have you discovered “Cardboard2Code” yet? Download your three free modules (for Y3-9) here.

Maths with Computing

Jaguar Cars Maths in Motion is an annual global challenge to engage children in KS2 and KS3 in maths through real-world practical applications of their maths skills. Read about a team of Aussies (Y5-6) who found themselves in the world final in Stratford-Upon-Avon here  and find out more about the Jaguar Cars Maths in Motion challenge here

Bodleian Library Resources

1000s of reference texts are being made available for non-commercial use by the Bodleian Library, here.


Practise clapping ostinato rhythms of increasing complexity with Steve Reich’s Clapping Music app, FREE in the app store here


Check here for information on setting parental controls on games consoles

Schools’ responsibilities regarding the eSafety and safeguarding of their pupils has widened to include prevention of radicalisation, under the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015. Naace advises that:

As there are unprecedented online threats posed to children across the UK, it is crucial that children are able to develop vigilance online. Teachers need to be given the confidence and awareness to provide a ‘Counter narrative’ to extremism, as well as being able to identify children who are potentially at risk or showing signs of radicalisation.

To this end, the London Grid for Learning has produced a free resource available to all, named ‘Counter-extremism: narratives and conversations’. The series of bitesize videos features Sara Khan, director of women’s rights and counter-extremism organisation Inspire. She concisely explains the context behind the threat of radicalisation and provides tips on how teachers can engage pupils in a dialogue about extremism.

The resource aims to help the many teachers who may feel uncomfortable or ill-informed when trying to provide a counter-narrative to ISIS, for example. Sara points out that a teacher does not need to suddenly become an expert in the intricacies of a particular faith – they can ask general questions about, say, human rights, treatment of women or the use of violence for example. This gets pupils questioning extremist practices.

Holding a staff meeting or internal training event and viewing the resource is a great way to begin educating staff on the subject.

The resource can be found at here

Other new advice and social media guidance has been issued to schools and childcare providers to help them keep children safe from the risk of radicalisation and extremism.

Building resilience of young people and the promotion of fundamental British values is at the heart of preventing radicalisation. Schools can do this by providing safe places in which children can discuss controversial issues, and be given the knowledge and confidence to challenge extremist beliefs and ideologies.

The advice has been published to coincide with the new prevent duty, introduced as part of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, which legally requires a range of organisations including schools, local authorities, prisons, police and health bodies to take steps to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.

More information click here

And finally…

Everyone knows that teachers live in their schools. But what do they get up to when all the children have gone home? Here are the staff of Old Hall Primary School with a few clues

Above all else, TCSC wishes all our readers a restful summer. We’ll see you all again in September J