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Engaging Places September 19, 2009

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This site, managed by CABE and English Heritage, has been designed to help schools teach by using the buildings and places around them. Although developed for KS3, you can access plenty of useful information aimed at primary students by using the  nationwide directory of organisations and venues, the searchable database of curriculum resources and the collection of case studies from teachers.

HandsOnScotland October 6, 2008

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HandsOnScotland is an online resource for anybody working with children and young people. The website provides practical information and techniques on how to respond helpfully to children and young people’s troubling behaviour, build up their self-esteem and promote their positive mental wellbeing.

Multiple Intelligences Quiz September 7, 2007

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These pages from the Birmingham Grid for Learning have information on Gardner’s eight multiple intelligences. You can also take a short test to produce your intelligences wheel.

Epilepsy Action September 7, 2007

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The 14th – 20th May is National Epilepsy Week. The theme this year is children, young people and education so it has particular relevance to those working in schools. In the UK, 42,000 children under the age of 16 have epilepsy but only 19 per cent of schools who responded to a questionnaire by Epilepsy Action felt that staff awareness of epilepsy is good.

The Epilepsy Action website has some resources on their website to help increase the knowledge of the condition including a schools policy and details of the pilot ‘Epilepsy in Schools Awareness Programme’. An online resource is being developed that aims to provide school staff with all they need to maximise the potential of a child with epilepsy’s education, as well as lesson plans to help them teach other children about epilepsy to reduce stigma and bullying.

Some facts about epilepsy, taken from the website:

On a final note about epilepsy, the Epilepsy Action website has this to say about a certain piece of political correctness propaganda:

“We are often asked about the word ‘brainstorming’ and whether its use is acceptable. Our view is that it depends upon the context: if the word is being used to describe a meeting where participants are suggesting ideas, then its use is not offensive to people with epilepsy. However, it should not be used to describe a seizure or the electrical activity within the brain during a seizure.”

Monster Puppets August 27, 2007

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Monster Puppets
These monsters are just so cool! If, like me, you were brought up watching ‘Seasame Street’ and ‘The Muppets’ then you’ll love the monsters that these guys create. It’s a US based site but they will ship overseas.