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A Gift for you on World Teachers’ Day!

5th October is World Teachers’ Day!

To celebrate we are offering a 20% discount on all the books and resources on the Brilliant Publications’ website. To get your discount, place your order as normal, then type in WTD18 when asked for a coupon code. Don’t forget to press ‘Apply Coupon’ to get your discount. Please feel free to share this offer with your friends!







Please have a look at our easy to use resources, which feature engaging approaches to learning, so as to inspire and motivate preschool, primary and secondary school pupils across the wide range of curriculum areas. With resources for English, maths, French, Spanish, science, physical education and art (to name a few) – we hope we have something for you. There are free sample pages for each book, so you can try before you buy!

This offer expires Monday, 8th October 2018.


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New secondary foreign languages catalogue!

Do you teach French, Spanish or German at Key Stage 3? If so, you should have a look at our new secondary foreign languages catalogue. We’ve got lots of practical resources to make your life easier.

Brilliant Publications - Secondary Modern Foreign Languages Catalogue

Secondary Modern Foreign Languages Catalogue


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Free Giveaway – French Play

9781783172450 | Fun French Fairy Tale Plays | Brilliant Publications

Fun French Fairy Tale Plays

Which sport do you think Snow White was good at?

‘Blanche-Neige et les nains sportifs’ is one of 10 humorous French plays written for primary school and lower secondary school children to help them improve their French. For this week only, we are giving you a free giveaway ebook of ‘Blanche-Neige et les nains sportifs’ (Snow White and the Sporty Dwarves). Why not try it with your children? We would like to hear their views of it.

Just in case you are wondering, the answer is that Snow White likes …………….. golf. If you want to know why, download the free giveaway!

These 10 short plays, specially written for teaching French in primary schools, are adaptations of well-known stories using characters which are already known to your children. Each story is given a humorous twist to capture the imagination of your children. For example, Rapunzel lives at the top of the Eiffel Tower.

Your children will enjoy the challenge of learning a French play and will gain confidence performing it to an audience of adults and/or fellow pupils. Children will probably need several weeks to rehearse and prepare for the performances which usually last 5–10 minutes.

The stage directions are detailed as some of the story and humour is conveyed through the characters’ actions. Most of the lines are short simple phrases that pupils are likely to know already or are easy to learn.

Each play has a specific language focus, making it easy to link the plays to topics the pupils are studying. For example Cendrillon gives children practice at expressing opinions and uses language useful for home activities. It uses simple phrases in the present tense. Another play, la Petite Poule Rousse, uses simple phrases containing verbs with ‘je’. It allows children to practise language useful for mealtimes.

The book contains 10 reproducible scripts, English translations and suggestions for performing the plays. The CD-Rom included with the book contains audio files of native French speakers performing the plays as well as a pdf version of the book which can be used on interactive white boards. There are sample pages on our website.

Download our free giveaway play – ‘Blanche-Neige et les nains sportifs’
Find out more about this book on our website.

You can order the ‘Fun French Fairy Tale Plays’ in any of these ways:
• On our website: www.brilliantpublications.co.uk
• By phone on 01449 766629
• By fax on 01449 768047
• By email to orders@tradecounter.co.uk


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Educational publishers DO make a difference

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.

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My thoughts on the Department for Education’s Business Plan

This week the Department for Education published it’s Business Plan for 2011-2015, together with timelines for when they are going to start and finish a whole raft of initiatives relating to school finance, pupil behaviour, the curriculum, and school inspections, to name just some.

So, for example, we now know that in September 2012 the Department will be publishing a document outlining lessons learned regarding Free Schools and in September 2011 the first annual data on the number of Teach First teachers will be released. Continue reading

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