Headteacher Magazine, guide to services and products for UK Schools
The 24/7 news cycle, social media and ‘fake news’ make it hard for even the savviest to keep up with what’s really happening in the world.
Picture News is the simple yet brilliant new resource that enables schools to encourage children to question what they hear and read, to think around key issues and topics and develop ‘healthy’ news mindsets.
Pupils from all seven Schoolsworks schools have taken part in the academy trust's first ever short story writing competition. Children across all schools were challenged to write a creative short story of their choice. The entries were judged across three age categories, and the winners and runners-up were presented with book vouchers and certificates.
Toy and book seller OnBuy.com took to analysing 2018 reading data from YouGov* to determine which classic books are no longer cherished, and which 21st century children’s classics may replace forgotten titles in 2018.
OnBuy found Robert Louis Stephenson’s timeless classic Treasure Island has seen the steepest decline in readership of all the books listed by 6-17-year-olds – with as little as 19% choosing to pick up the title. Overall, half of adults (49%) have read the book – including 80% of those aged over 65 and 73% of those aged 55-64.
Innovative social enterprise The Prologue is set to gift all children and schools in the UK FREE personalised stories in an altruistic attempt to drastically improve literacy.
Written by Luke Swann – the award-winning educationalist, published children’s author and director of education start-up The Prologue – The Secret Book of I is the first personalised story to be offered for free, the first to be used as an educational tool and the first to tackle lack of diversity in children's literature.
Exciting new KS2 courses develop and present core reading and writing skills
New research has unveiled the shocking truth about literacy and young children. A study undertaken by Ebookadabra in partnership with Censuswide has shown that one in 20 British parents with children between the ages of three and seven have reported that their child has never read a picture book.
That's about 200,000 children who never been exposed to a picture book.
The study looks at individual areas around the UK and has discovered that Britain's UNESCO City of Literature, Norwich, is a particular literacy black spot, in addition to Brighton.
As 1,000 books make a 10,000-mile journey across the world, the founder of a children’s literacy project has announced ambitious plans to partner the UK’s schools with South Africa to give children the gift of reading.
Alison Delaney, who founded Little Bird People Development, has put her coaching skills to a new test by creating ‘Dreams Workshops’ which aim to build confidence, self-belief and resilience in young people.
Teachers are praising a groundbreaking new literacy resource that helps 4-7-year-olds to learn grammar, punctuation, syntax and storytelling.
Revolutionary new Mighty Writer uses picture tiles to help children construct sentences to tell stories. They stick the tiles to soft-touch mats and toolbars using hook and loop fastening.
Mighty Writer teaches speaking and listening, composition, vocabulary, grammar and punctuation in an easy way that enables children to engage – and reduces teacher workload.
When it comes to educating the workforce of the future about data skills, today’s advanced technology goes hand in hand with a new mind set: an analytical way of thinking. That’s why more must be done to ensure data skills are offered right across the curriculum and treated as a core competency on a par with literacy or numeracy.
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