William Shakespeare was an extraordinary writer whose work resonates with people across the globe.
Here, we look at how his work inspired South African anti-apartheid prisoners who had been incarcerated on Robben Island.
Pictures taken at the British Museum exhibition 'Shakespeare: staging the world'
Picture of Nelson Mandela courtesy of the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
Twitter in the classroom. A wide range of ideas for using Twitter to promote learning across a wide range of subjects and age ranges.These ideas were all suggested by teachers via Twitter. Thank you to everyone who took time to contribute. If you have further ideas please leave a comment and I'll update the file. Thank you!
When you are preparing for your interview to become a teaching assistant it’s a great idea to practice answering a wide range of questions which you might be asked at the interview. This will help you to get used to drawing on your previous experience to explain why you might be good at the role and will help to remove some of the nerves you might be feeling about the interview itself.
We've collected a bank of questions so you can get practising..
This self-harm policy has been developed in collaboration with teachers. It is designed as a practical policy to help school staff recognise the warning signs of self-harm and help schools put a clear procedure in place for managing and supporting cases of self-harm.
If you’re considering applying for a teaching assistant role and would like to ensure that your application stands the best possible chance of being successful then this is a great place to start. We’re going to be looking at how the teaching assistant application process works, the desirable skills, experience and characteristics for budding teaching assistants and how you can ensure that these qualities all shine through in your application. We’ve also included an application check list to help you make sure you don’t miss anything vital.
This resource contains two Drama resources looking at the plague and the story of a village that was infected by the plague. It also explores the way people lived at that time. This is a practical resource, with step-by-step ideas for lessons.
Harvest Festival Whole Class Assembly
This class assembly, written for cast of 30 (easily adapted up or down) is a kind of alternative Harvest Festival, the suggestion being the class are the crop with teachers as harvesters.
Duration around 10 - 20 minutes depending on how much music is used.
Starting with hymn 'We plough the fields and scatter' and ending with beautiful Michael Jackson song - 'We are the world, we are the children' which sums up the message behind this assembly.
Also available - another Harvest Festival script written for just 6 speakers (feathery fowl!) but with suggestions in productions notes as to how to convert this into whole class assembly.
Child 1: It’s easy because all you have to do is give or share whatever gift you have!
Narrator: Wait a minute! You’re losing me! (Repeating) ‘Whatever gift you have’?
Child 2: Right! We all have our own special gift to give!
Child 3: Bit like a seed in all of us.
Child 4: Sometimes that seed germinates by itself
(Enter Child 5, singing, as ‘rock star’ – choice of ‘rock star’ track down to children)
Narrator: (Applauding) Wow! That’s some voice you’ve got!
Child 5: Well, thank you. But it wouldn’t mean anything to me unless I could share it with my fans!
(Exit Child 5)
(Enter Child 6, writing)
(Narrator walks over to Child 6, who gives notebook to him/her to read)
Narrator: Wow! How did you come up with all these ideas? What a story!
Child 6: Thank you. And it’s the fact I can share it with all my hundreds of thousands of readers that makes it so special to me.
(Exit Child 6)
Child 7: But we’re not of course suggesting we can all be rock stars or famous authors!
Child 8: Some of us, despite huge talent, may reach a much smaller audience.
Child 9: Fame isn’t everything and it is only the tiny minority that achieve it.
Child 10: Which isn’t to say we shouldn’t all strive to make the very most of whatever gift we possess.
Narrator: Ah! I see! (Pauses) By ‘gift’ you mean ‘talent’?
Child 11: That’s right! And we all have our very own special talent – even if it doesn’t bring us fame and riches!
Child 12: (Grunting and pulling a face) Hmm. That’s a shame!
A fun, colourful and easily understood display engaging students in each of Shakespeare's major works and what they are about. A good way to encourage students to learn beyond the classroom, and hopefully a way of getting them thinking!