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Other new tools for the improvement crusade

Confidentiality in Schools is an in-service training manual for maintained primary, middle, secondary or special schools.

It aims to clarify what teachers and others working in schools can do within the boundaries of their legal and professional responsibilities if a pupil confides in them.

The main focus is on sex and health education. Ideas are given for workshop activities, with photocopiable handouts containing background information.

It costs Pounds 10, inc pp, from Brook Advisory Centres, Education and Publications Unit, 165 Grays Inn Road, London WC1X 8UD. Tel: 0171 713 9000.

Values Education: A Staff Development Manual for Secondary Schools explains the issues involved in education on moral values. It aims to help teachers understand what they should be doing to satisfy the OFSTED inspection teams. Practical examples of classroom activities, guidance on creating effective lessons - with theoretical material - is included in a photocopiable ringbinder. Pounds 45 plus pp from Framework Press Educational Publishers, Parkfield, Greaves Road, Lancaster LA1 4TZ. Tel: 01524 39602.

School Improvement: Practical Strategies to Enhance Teaching and Learning is designed for in-service training workshops. It focuses on both the primary and secondary classroom, with practical advice and a range of activities. The photocopiable pack encourages staff to work together on classroom techniques and raising achievement, and has been designed so that existing structures can be built on. Pounds 57.50 plus pp from Framework Press Educational Publishers.

The Schemes of Work Toolkit: a practical guide for primary schools has been developed by staff at the Cambridgeshire Curriculum Agency in response to requests from headteachers and curriculum co-ordinators. It has been designed to accompany and assist a school's planning processes and gives teachers the practical tools to achieve their aims and objectives. All subjects in the national curriculum are covered and each has a "guidebook" to ensure planning continuity and consistency.

The package comes in three parts in a ring binder so further subject guides can be added later. Some pages are photocopiable. Pounds 195 plus pp for the complete kit from CCA, Huntingdon Professional Development Centre, Lawrence Court, Princes Street, Huntingdon, Cambs PE18 6PA. Tel: 01480 425860.

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