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Hello and welcome. I am a secondary school teacher and have been teaching for 16 years. I am a Senior Leader (Pastoral Leadership) and Head of Faculty. Please do contact me with any questions or requests. All best wishes, Helena.

Hello and welcome. I am a secondary school teacher and have been teaching for 16 years. I am a Senior Leader (Pastoral Leadership) and Head of Faculty. Please do contact me with any questions or requests. All best wishes, Helena.
Determination - Release Your Inner Iguana!
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Determination - Release Your Inner Iguana!

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A values-based resource for Lessons or Assembly on DETERMINATION. This Assembly resource is inspired by the BBC Planet Earth clip which shows the baby iguana desperately trying to outrun the snakes. He makes it home - with a few scary moments along the way. But, he doesn’t give up. To support the content, there are 4 short clips (to access the link, click the picture) the iguana (approx. 2 minutes) the Wright Brothers first flight (approx 1.5 minutes) the life of Marie Curie (approx 2 minutes) Usain Bolt’s record-breaking 100m run (approx 30 seconds) The achievements and determination of Marie Curie, Usain Bolt and The Wright Brothers are used. There is a summary and ‘next steps’ section. I’d say it is most appropriate for Key Stage 2-3. This resource will fill a 15-30 minute slot, depending on your time allocation.
Enterprise & Entrepreneurship
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Enterprise & Entrepreneurship

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A whole lesson based on Enterprise & Entrepreneurship. Requires no prior learning. Could be used an an introduction to GCSE Business/BTec Enterprise/Business. Or, could be used as a Taster Lesson when choosing GCSE options, or as part of an Enterprise Day. Includes PowerPoint, individual worksheet and group worksheet. There are some notes to support delivering on the PowerPoint (in the notes section) .
Monopolistic Competition
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Monopolistic Competition

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Suitable for all A Level Economics Specifications. Includes: 40 fully adaptable slides theory, characteristics and assumptions of Monopolistic Competition step by step coverage of assumptions and characteristics with examples application of concept to example scenarios step by step instructions for construction of: SR and LR Monopolistic Competition diagrams, plus step by step guidance and application of Allocative and Productive Efficiency summary activity comparing Perfect Competition and Monopolistic Competition.
Global Citizenship
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Global Citizenship

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****Global Citizenship - PSHE/Citizenship Lesson Whole lesson including PowerPoint and Worksheet Booklet (the worksheet is signposted in the PowerPoint) Useful for a PSHE/Citizenship lesson as allows time for reflection and discussion. May be useful for KS3 Geography. This resource would be useful for Year 9 onwards, depending on your cohort. There are comments for delivery in the PowerPoint notes section. Focus: what it means to be a global citizen a global citizen questionnaire allows students to reflect on their efforts to be a global citizen Trump v Obama and their respective attitudes to globalisation allows students to view global citizenship statements and quotations from a range of ‘famous’ people students write their own vision for global citizenship The students really enjoyed this when I worked through it with them; particularly the discussion about Trump!
Introduction to Human Rights
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Introduction to Human Rights

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****Introduction to Human Rights (PSHE/Citizenship) I use this with Key Stage 3 as part of their PSHE/Citizenhip carousel. They start by considering their own HR’s. Then we consider a set of potential ‘school rules’. They then consider some HR terminology and decision making. They are given some real world implications and discuss: access to education etc Very self-explanatory. There are notes for delivery in the Notes section of the PowerPoint.
Stewardship - The Great Pacific Garbage Patch
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Stewardship - The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

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A values-based Assembly or Lesson resource on Stewardship of the World through the example of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Would be suitable for Key Stages 2 to 4. Includes: information on the issue and its location how we got to the situation we are in and how the rubbish got their in the first place what is being done about it around the world a short video clip to consolidate what can we do about it? The slides are clear and easy to follow. Depending on your time-slot for Assembly, this material will cover 15 to 30 minutes.
HUMAN RIGHTS: Food Poverty
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HUMAN RIGHTS: Food Poverty

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A lesson, Assembly, Tutor-Time, PSHE/Citizenship resource on Human Rights Article 25 (Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services…) and focuses on our right to food. Includes colourful and engaging PowerPoint. The resources are fully editable, should you wish to amend them for a particular class or year group. Also includes full script/teacher guidance. Includes: comparing our own access to food to others an Introduction to Food Insecurity - providing real-life, relevant examples in Venezuela and the UK the lack of available food in Venezuela and life for children there three video clips: I, Daniel Blake; Food Banks, life for children in Venezuela definition and explanation of Article 25 food availability and Food Insecurity in the UK How can such a wealthy country have so many hungry people? How do people try to help? global food wastage statistics and examples that will help students put topic into context
Purpose - How Do I Find Mine?
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Purpose - How Do I Find Mine?

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A values-based resource on PURPOSE. Inspired by the film UP! Initially i thought this would most appropriate for younger students but I’ve found the older ones enjoy it too and remember it for a long time. STRUCTURE: starts with an introduction to Mr Fredericksen and a clip from the film (click on the image to access). The clip shows Mr F and his wife and their combined purpose in varying stages of their life together. Then, all of a sudden, he is alone. (tissues at the ready!) then there is a look at finding our own purpose in life and emphasises our differences make our own journey unique there are tips to finding our own purpose and next steps at the end we listen to UNWRITTEN by Natasha Beddingfield - great song and fits the bill perfectly. (click on the image to access) When I deliver this, whether in a pastoral, self-esteem, mental health session or Assembly, i always give each person a quote from the song, which is why the last slide is there. I print it and slice it into a pocket-sized piece of everyone. I LOVE delivering this! Gives a boost every time.
Friendship  - You gotta friend in me.
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Friendship - You gotta friend in me.

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Year 7 Assembly (Friendship) - FAITH SCHOOL This was designed as an Assembly for a Christian school but could easily be adapted for a non-faith school. Focus: students reflect on the theme of Friendship - I usually deliver this quite close to the beginning of Year 7 when friendships can falter. students look at a variety of images and asked to consider them alongside the music. I suggest “You’ve got a friend in me”. students consider ‘what makes a good friend’ (FAITH school: there is a Gospel reflection and prayer)
Introduction to Behavioural Economics
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Introduction to Behavioural Economics

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An introduction to Behavioural Econ through experiments, theorists and research. i designed this for my Y12 groups for their return from Study Leave, to be delivered in that strange world between Y12 and Y13. I needed to engage them quickly so put together this set of lessons. There is enough material to cover either 3 or 4 lessons. It took my groups and I three lessons just to get through the content on the PowerPoint as they really enjoyed the discussion and the introduction of new material and terminology. I then organised the groups for the presentation activity at the end of the 4th lesson. *INCLUDES: recap of the Law of Demand introduction to the Law of Diminishing Marginal Utility through the wonder of Bruce Bogtrotter, Miss Trunchbull and a touch of Homer Simpson’s donuts. the rational consumer v the irrational consumer EXPERIMENT 1 Based on the Dictator experiment with clear instructions and application of theory EXPERIMENT 2 based on ‘anchoring’ through the auctioning of products such as Keynes’ book and an illuminating alarm clock EXPERIMENT/RESEARCH 3 based on ‘nudges’. Students consider how effective nudges are, particularly around school. there are various opportunities for note-taking and discussion Is money fungible? (Richard Thaler) A short Dan Ariely clip - are we in control of our decisions, plus an activity to bring concepts together. the worksheet that I used for the activity that includes a walk around the school site It is entirely up to you and the needs of your students, as this resource is completely flexible.
Post-Assessment  Self Review Sheet
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Post-Assessment Self Review Sheet

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A double sided worksheet for post-Assessment reflection. Suitable for GCSE/A Level. Could be amended for KS3. Sections: question by question analysis marks/grades against target what I know well/what need to revise mistakes I made target setting
Digital Citizenship
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Digital Citizenship

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Lesson: Digital Citizenship (KS2/3) A lesson introduction students to Digital Citizenship and their ‘footprint’. The PowerPoint is self-explanatory and can be followed through or amended as you wish. I use this as an introduction to sensible behaviour online and to measure students’ understanding of appropriate online behaviour. They then create a list of guidelines.
Abundance - It isn’t all about money.
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Abundance - It isn’t all about money.

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A values-based resource for Assembly, Tutor-time, PSHE/Citizenship. Would be most suitable for Key Stage 1-3. ****The first part of the Assembly is meant to be cartoon strip style; the students watch the slides as you tell the story (everything you need Story and Script-wise is in the Notes section). The students listen to the story of the rich boy and his Dad. It takes the students through the time the rich boy and his Dad visit (who they consider to be) a poor boy and his Dad. Whilst there the boy discovers the true meaning of Abundance. Following on from that, students are asked to think differently about Abundance and consider what they have in Abundance - that, essentially, money isn’t everything. There is a clip from an old Apple advert which challenges us to think differently and challenges students to think about what they have and are able to share. The resource is editable, should you wish to change it for the needs of a particular audience.
Values Assemblies
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Values Assemblies

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FIVE ‘Ready-to-go’ resources on the themes of: Determination Making Good Choices Finding Purpose Stewardship Abundance Each is very straightforward to follow, is engaging and has been tried and tested with good response.
GCSE Business - Revision & Retrieval
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GCSE Business - Revision & Retrieval

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Based on the Game Show - JEOPARDY! Can be used for Retrieval Practice/Revision for Business Subjects. It is based on the Edexcel GCSE Spec (2017) and covers, in full, Theme 1. Could be easily amended for any Level 2/3 Business course. *There are 2 versions of JEOPARDY! - STANDARD and CHALLENGE. The Game links to a (provided) Spreadsheet which will automatically update every time you open it - giving you a ‘new’ Game each time. Each version has 5 sections to choose from: -START AS I MEAN TO GO ON EYES ON THE PRIZE SHOW ME THE MONEY I’VE BEEN SET UP OUT OF MY CONTROL* Also, each version provides differentiation as there are four levels: 100 points, 150 points, 200 points & 250 points - so you can allow the student to self-direct their choice or ‘suggest’ a choice. The way I use it: STANDARD - Students are shown a definition and must give the Key Word/Term in the form of an answer. CHALLENGE - Students are given a Key Word/Term and must give a fully formed definition in response (tricky but VERY useful in preparation for exams. Very simple to run - just open the PowerPoint - there are also some instructions provided, too. There is Tracking Sheet included. All best wishes, Springwell.
Bystander Apathy & Making Good Choices
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Bystander Apathy & Making Good Choices

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Assembly for Year 9 to 11. Can be adapted, depending on the time available. All instructions and guidance are in the Notes Section on the PowerPoint. Bystander Apathy Assembly (The Choices We Make) Includes: why do we, so often, focus on the trivial details in a difficult/dangerous situation. the value of teamwork (examples from Syria and USA) how we act in a tough situation and why gives a very simple explanation of Bystander Apathy the story of the Good Samaritan, accompanying prayers and reflection * *Note: This was designed for delivery in a Faith school but can very easily be adapted for non-faith schools by simply deleting the last 7 slides. If using in a Faith school, I have included the Parable and Prayers too.
Economics- Revision Game
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Economics- Revision Game

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****Join Milton, Elinor, Maynard and Friedrich, your Animal Spirit Guides, as they undertake a perilous journey. (AKA: is your subject knowledge good enough?! Along the way you will encounter Bulls and Tigers and Bears…oh my! But, worst of all, you may see (or not see!) the Invisible Hand…that is never good news. Join us my friends, for the night is dark and full of animals… **It is a IDEAL for revision or retrieval practice or for assessing understanding at the end of a topic ** This board game comes complete with: Game Board Instructions for Preparation Instructions for Teachers Rules for Players Questions Place Mat Tiger Challenge ‘Scribble Sheet’ Animal Spirit Guides – template for Playing Pieces Additional images of ‘animals’ ****PLUS… A full topic set of 84 question cards (Economic Methodology and the Economic Problem) as an introductory offer. Although the set of questions included is based on Section 1 of the AQA A Level Economics Specification - Economic Methodology and the Economic Problem, it would suit all other Specifications. You could even use it for GCSE by removing a few cards. Best wishes.
Signs & Direction - What lies ahead?
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Signs & Direction - What lies ahead?

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Assembly: Signs and Direction SUITABLE FOR A FAITH SCHOOL. The PowerPoint is simple so it easy to follow. I’ve signposted the relevant slides on the Script. I usually use this around Lent. Although I often use this theme with KS3/4 as it is based around road signs and being able to accurately read them, so I imagine it would be relevant to KS5 too. The students are asked to reflect on: danger signs, u-turns, give-way, etc. There are gospel references and prayers interwoven.