KS3 Modern Foreign Languages - Why Learn a Language?
This Teachers TV programme explores one way of motivating pupils to choose to study MFL at Key Stage 4. Within the programme, a team from Aston University’s Languages for Life project is filmed leading a workshop with a Year 9 class.
Bucking the trend: What enables those who are disadvantaged in childhood to succeed later in life?
This survey explores why some children from poor backgrounds escape the cycle of poverty by going on to 'do well in later life', measured here in terms of economic success as adults. In identifying the characteristics of those who ‘buck the trend’, the authors hope that policy makers may be guided in helping disadvantaged children to achieve their maximum potential.
Ever wondered how a computer processes data into information? This unit will help you to understand the distinction between the two and examines how a computer-based society impacts on daily life. You will learn what computers can do with data to produce information and how computers can be used to work with data and search for it, control machines, and support commercial operations.
Recent genetic techniques have led to new theories of evolution and the relationships between organisms. Students examine this "evolution revolution," using molecular sequences to trace the phylogenetic relationships of microbial life. Both the big picture of microbial evolution and the methods necessary for determining molecular phylogenies are examined.
Primary NQTs – Work/Life Balance
This Teachers TV video clip provides an insight into newly qualified teachers' experiences during their first term of their induction period, particularly how they are trying to achieve a work/life balance.
To Read or Not to Read: A Question of National Consequence
On 19th November the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) published a report into reading patterns in the United States. The researchers gathered and then analysed data from a variety of disparate sources and found that ‘although there has been measurable progress in recent years in reading ability at the elementary school level, all progress appears to halt as children enter their teenage years. There is a general decline in reading among teenage and adult Americans’. The report suggest
Ofsted TellUs2 Survey Summary and Technical Manual
This resource comprises the summarised results of the TellUs2 survey and its associated technical report giving the full background details to the survey. TellUs2 was a survey of children and young people in England in 2007 which asked about their experiences and views of their life, their school and their local area. The online questionnaire was developed jointly by Ofsted, the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) and Ipsos MORI as a qualitative user perception survey to gather
Latest and emerging evidence on pedagogical approaches to tackling gender-related underperformance
This research seminar, which took place at the DCSF on 8 April, forms part of the Department's 2008 themed series of events on tackling the 'gender agenda': “an 18 month themed series of activities working with schools, universities and local authorities and others to identify, develop, and share evidence and good practice in improving the educational outcomes and life chances for specific groups of underperforming boys and girls”.
Changing Minds: The Lasting Impact of School Trips
This is a study of the long-term impact of the relationship between eight schools and the National Trust through the Guardianship scheme. There are currently over 100 schools in England and Wales participating in the Trust’s Guardianship scheme which is based largely around conservation and environmental issues. The National Trust believes that regular contact, dialogue and two way relationships with schools and other groups has the potential to bring about life changing opportunities. The
Marie Curie - Biography
Marie Curie was one of the first well known female scientists in the modern world and was a pioneer in the research of radioactivity. This video gives the life of the two time Nobel Prize winner, Marie Curie. Run time 04:12.
Microbial diversity far surpasses all other diversity on the planet. This session examines recent studies of microbes including extremophiles, the comparisons of Bacteria and Archaea, and the formation and life cycle of biofilms.
Curiosity Kits: The impact of non-fiction book bags on boys’ reading at home
This 2001 NFER Topic (now PRE-Online) article reports on a small-scale pilot project which was supported by the National Year of Reading (1998–99) and the UK Reading Association, as well as publishers and other businesses. This research involved placing sets of book bags (‘Curiosity Kits’) in four Year 4 classes across the country, and monitoring the home-school reading patterns of these pupils compared with four control classes. The kits, contained in sports bags, comprised at least one
The Children's Plan: One Year On
One year after the publication of the Children's Plan, this document sets out the steps the government plans to make in 2009 to "continue to work to make sure that every child and young person gets the best start in life".
The Children's Plan One Year On: a progress report
The Children's Plan One Year On: a progress report is written and produced by the DCSF. It outlines in great detail (230 pages) the progress made by the UK government on fulfilling the aims of the Children's Plan which was presented to Parliament in December 2007. It sets out the steps the government plans to make in 2009 and beyond for integrated services (professionals in education, children support services, health services and the police) to work together to ensure that every child and young
Teachers TV Teacher Wellbeing Week
Teachers TV has a week of programmes (w/c 8 June) concentrating on some of the main issues affecting teachers' wellbeing, including stress, mental health, work/life balance and bullying.
Fade or flourish: how primary schools can build on children’s early progress
The resource is a report which is the final stage of an ongoing project at the Social Market Foundation (supported by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and the Sutton Trust). It explores the contribution of good quality pre-school experience to improving the life chances of disadvantaged children and their families. The paper sets out a review of the evidence and best-practice in primary schools with a particular emphasis on the needs of those children who are most vulnerable to falling behind thei
Sci-tutors: Materials and their Properties: Patterns of Behaviour
This unit on the Sci-tutors website extends the ideas covered in the first two ‘materials' units and is specifically aimed for teachers engaged with teaching chemistry at KS5 (A-level) although there is relevance at KS4 too (as well as for teachers' personal knowledge development). The introduction touches upon the natures of science and then focuses upon the patterns of ideas involved in modelling atomic structure and the Periodic Table of the elements and chemical bonding. This is followed b