In these difficult times, with budgets being cut and uncertainties over how the changes outlined in the White Paper will affect schools, I was delighted last week to hear some good news for a change.
An independent research project funded by the Educational Publishers Council found that pupils in schools that spend more on professionally published resources improve faster than those in schools that spend less. Data collected from over 13,500 primary schools and 3800 secondary schools showed that schools that spend more on published resources were a third more likely to record above-average improvement in attainment. Here at Brilliant Publications, we invest thousands every year, at our own risk, developing creative teaching materials, so it’s wonderful to have independent confirmation that spending on published resources is still one of the most cost-effective ways of improving teaching and learning.
You can find out more about the research on the Invest in Results website:http://www.investinresults.org.uk
Here at Brilliant Publications we’ve just produced our new catalogue. Its size (almost twice as large as large year’s) is concrete proof of just how hard we have been working to create useful resources that support teachers and motivate pupils. You can request a copy from our website: http://brilliantpublications.co.uk.
We are really excited about our new resources for Modern Foreign Languages (MFL). Sue Cave has come up trumps once again and written a marvellous sequel to 100+ Fun Ideas for Practising Modern Foreign Languages in the Primary Classroom. More Fun Ideas for Advancing Modern Foreign Languages in the Primary Classroom will help you to stretch your pupils beyond learning simple vocabulary. Sue thinks its even better than her first book, and I’d agree.
Getting to spend time in the recording studio is one of the best perks of my job. I hope you will like our new French plays (12 Petites Pièces à Jouer) and German songs (Singt mit uns) as much as I do. It’s great to be able to meet the actors (who are all native speakers) and watch them work. On the whole the adults are professional actors, but the children are usually pupils at international schools. I’m always very impressed by how quickly they pick up what they need to do.
We have too many new books for me to mention them all, but I can’t resist telling you about a few of more of my favourites.
Fans of Meg Fabian’s Drawing is a Class Act series, will be delighted to hear that she’s written a new series of books. The full-colour artwork in Painting is a Class Act, all done by Meg’s pupils, is really inspirational!
If you are a creative teacher, you’ll love Creative Homework Tasks by Giles Hughes. Giles’ books could lead to unprecedented behaviour – children asking YOU for homework! There are some great sample pages on our website. Why not try them out?