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Digital Shakespeare

Plays from the Globe Education Shakespeare series, including Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth, are now available as iBooks. Aimed at 11- to 16-year-olds, they include activities from the rehearsal room as well as audio and video clips. The iBooks, published by Hodder Education, cost #163;4.99 and are available from iTunes.

LGBT conference

The Schools Out Annual National Conference on 2 February is designed to support teachers to make sure their school is a safe and inclusive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pupils. There will be interactive workshops, performances and a debate on whether a "gay gene" exists.


Brian Cox in your class

Join scientist and TV presenter Brian Cox for an online lesson about planets suitable for 11- to 14-year-olds. Catch it on the TES website on 6 February.

Essay writing toolkit

Mike Gershon's PowerPoint is packed with ideas to develop pupils' essay-writing skills. There are tips on planning, structure, and writing introductions and conclusions, as well as suggestions of creative ways to help pupils develop their skills without regularly writing long essays.


Telling tales

National Storytelling Week (26 January to 2 February) is a great excuse to inject some creativity into your classroom. Encourage pupils to share their stories in different ways, perhaps as songs, plays or dances. Try the TES collection for resources to inspire your lessons.


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