Radicalisation and Terrorism

The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act (February 2015) makes it compulsory for schools to implement anti-radicalisation measures to help prevent young people from being drawn into terrorism.

As the increasingly frequent press stories of school children being radicalised show, teachers urgently need a resource that enables them to recognise, debate and disrupt extremist narratives within the context of the classroom.

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What motivates a primary school child, beyond the desire to please the teacher?

One interesting answer comes from the observation that solving a puzzle or riddle is itself satisfying.  Getting something right brings pleasure – especially if the process of working towards the right answer is itself pleasurable.

It is therefore important that we provide children with motives and rewards which are in their immediate grasp to encourage them to put their upmost effort into any task they are presented with at school.
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Cooking, nutrition, healthy eating and the School Food Plan

As the Department for Education says in its School Food Plan document, the plan is about good food, happiness and the pleasures of growing, cooking and eating proper food. At the same time it is also about improving the academic performance of children and the health of the nation. So in short it is about pretty much everything.
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Inspiring confidence with the French language

The new primary MFL curriculum ensures that speaking and understanding are now in the forefront of language teaching.

But that raises the issue: what is the most effective way of encouraging the children’s interaction with the French language?
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Creative writing should be flexible, yet structured

What is the most efficient way to prepare creative writing lessons for pupils at every level?

For something to be considered as efficient it must accomplish the desired output with as little time, effort and resources as possible.
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Enhancing children’s phonic understanding

Keeping track of the phonics that pupils have learned can be something of a challenge. Not just because there are so many phonics in the English language, but because a phonic that one pupil may have successfully learned is not necessarily the phonic that another pupil has understood.
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Arts have a positive benefit on learning

A recent study by the Kennedy Center for Education shows that students in arts-integrated classrooms are more creative, positively challenged, and more engaged in their schoolwork than those not in arts-integrated classrooms.

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