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As an international education consultant I have visited schools across the world and have seen excellent practice. Specialising in science, careers, use of new technologies and innovative education

As an international education consultant I have visited schools across the world and have seen excellent practice. Specialising in science, careers, use of new technologies and innovative education
Independent Research Project - magnetism - differentiation tool - recently improved
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Independent Research Project - magnetism - differentiation tool - recently improved

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This is one of a family of 14 resources aimed to encourage independent research skills for more able students. Recently improved in resonse to a review. There is a blank template and example topics including: batteries (hyperlink) , electromagnetism, graphene, industrial processes, magnetism, making electricity, manufacture of polymers, metals, nanotechnology, newest elements ( atomic numbers over 100), rocks, solar energy, wind generation. Also a two page teacher’s guidance (basic, intermediate and advanced) for using it as a differentiation tool plus a page of resources (basic, intermediate and advanced). This a one of many differentiation tools available to teachers. Research topics can be done in class, with books, in libraries, in rooms with computers or tablets. These topics would make an ideal cover lesson. Research could be published in a school newsletter, the school website or blog or in student publication magazines and blogs. Duration: This depends on the age and ability of the students. For youngest students it could be for a week’s homework. As students get older the tasks could be set for half a term, even a whole term, could be linked with a science fair, STEM activity, open evening, assembly or business or commerce event,
Managing My Money
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Managing My Money

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Managing My money Share Radio’s broadcast version of the Open University Business School’s eight week course with recognised accreditation extension, enrichment, financial advice, independent learning, personal, social and health education, money management, ; income, taxation and benefits; expenditure and budgeting; debt and borrowing; savings and investments; housing, household balance sheet; pensions; insurance; economics; business studies, PHSE, Financial Capability, Managing My Money, finance,
A word cloud creative homework
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A word cloud creative homework

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This simple worksheet explains to students (and possibly their teachers) how to make a creative word cloud using text relevant to a lesson or series of lessons. It can be used as a differentiated activity for a whole range of students. More able can import text from an essay, a SOW, a curriculum document. Suitable for all curricula e.g. UK, USA, IB
Research project template chemistry - polymers - differentiation tool
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Research project template chemistry - polymers - differentiation tool

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This is one of a family of 14 resources aimed to encourage independent research skills for more able students. There is a blank template and example topics including: batteries (hyperlink) , electromagnetism, graphene, industrial processes, magnetism, making electricity, manufacture of polymers, metals, nanotechnology, newest elements ( atomic numbers over 100), rocks, solar energy, wind generation, This a one of many differentiation tools available to teachers. Research topics can be done in class, with books, in libraries, in rooms with computers or tablets. These topics would make an ideal cover lesson. Research could be published in a school newsletter, the school website or blog or in student publication magazines and blogs. Duration: This depends on the age and ability of the students. For youngest students it could be for a week’s homework. As students get older the tasks could be set for half a term, even a whole term, could be linked with a science fair, STEM activity, open evening, assembly or business or commerce event,
Advice for students wishing to gain the highest grades in physics  exams
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Advice for students wishing to gain the highest grades in physics exams

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This worksheet is one of a series of three, covering physics, chemistry and biology. It is for students aiming for the highest grades in their science examinations. These students may be part of a STEM programme. The resource is suitable for GCSE science, physics, A level physics in the UK, International Baccalaureate (IB) and other international curricula. The sheet could be given to students at the beginning of their courses in electronic format and students encouraged to try references that interest them. There is a checklist to enable students to keep a note of what has been tried and how effective it is . This information should be regularly shared with others in the group. The resource is particularly useful as this information is not readily available to students (or their teachers).
This is  a series of differentiated word searches  on topic of magnetism and electromagnetism
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This is a series of differentiated word searches on topic of magnetism and electromagnetism

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Word searches are ideal tools to use for developing technical language. In order to learn, students need to internalize vocabulary. Encourage students to work in pairs and say aloud the words they are using. This sheet is part of a series that contains a sheet for higher ability and one for lower ability and SEND - visual impairment. The answers are provided on a separate sheet. The sheet is designed for the new science curriculum Y8 but is suitable for Y10 and most international curricular. There are 20 words hidden: magnet, bell, coil, north, south, electricity, generator headphones, loudspeaker, motor, mri , record, storage, transformer, wire, pole , attract , repel, cobalt, nickel There are only 15 words in the lower ability sheet with the simplest words from th list above used. The higher ability sheet has additional, ‘if this is the answer what is the question?’ which allows for creativity and high level thinking. The sheet suitable for students with visual impairment (SEND) has good contrast colours (black and yellow), recommended font ARIAL size of 14.
Advice for students wishing to gain the highest grades in chemistry  exams
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Advice for students wishing to gain the highest grades in chemistry exams

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This worksheet is one of a series of three, covering physics, chemistry and biology. It is for students aiming for the highest grades in their science examinations. These students may be part of a STEM programme. The resource is suitable for GCSE science, chemistry, A level chemsitry in the UK, International Baccalaureate (IB) and other international curricula. The sheet could be given to students at the beginning of their courses in electronic format and students encouraged to try references that interest them. There is a checklist to enable students to keep a note of what has been tried and how effective it is . This information should be regularly shared with others in the group. The resource is particularly useful as this information is not readily available to students (or their teachers).
careers opportunities in physics - meet Gatsby Benchmarks
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careers opportunities in physics - meet Gatsby Benchmarks

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Departmental game-changer! Lead the way in meet Gatsby Benchmarks by writing careers into every unit taught. Give teachers a tool to do just this. The resource it a spreadsheet which shows a list of physics modules in one column and a whole range of possible careers in the other. For teachers to add to their SOW. For every lesson it is possible to mention a careers relating to the module being taught. This helps the teacher comply with the government requirement to address careers in the curriculum to meet the Gatsby Benchmarks. Or given to students to help make a link with study and careers options. The link between a subject and a career is relevant to all schools, curricula , standards and specifications.
Careers in chemistry - meet Gatsby Benchmarks
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Careers in chemistry - meet Gatsby Benchmarks

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Departmental game-changer! Lead the way in meet Gatsby Benchmarks by writing careers into every unit taught. Give teachers a tool to do just this. The resource consists of a spreadsheet that has a list of units/modules taught at GCSE and a second column that lists possible careers. There are two possible uses: To give to students studying chemistry to motivate and interest them in future careers. For teachers to add to their SOW. For every lesson it is possible to mention a careers relating to the module being taught. This helps the teacher comply with the government requirement to address careers in the curriculum to meet the Gatsby Benchmarks. Careers advice is relevant to all curricula, standards and specifications.
Magnetism and electromagnetism wordsearches adapted to lower ability and visually impaired students.
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Magnetism and electromagnetism wordsearches adapted to lower ability and visually impaired students.

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These are magnetism and electromagnetism wordsearches adapted to lower ability students. Letters are larger and there are only 15 words in the lower ability sheet with the simplest words. Wordsearches are an excellent tool to develop and improve scientific vocabulary. Students should be encouraged to work together and say the words aloud to ensure they are internalised, The sheet suitable for students with visual impairment (SEND) has good contrast colours (black and yellow), recommended font ARIAL size of 14. They are suitable for students aged from 7 -15.
Chemistry celebs card game - elements with atomic number 100+ - more able - stretching
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Chemistry celebs card game - elements with atomic number 100+ - more able - stretching

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Chemistry celebs is a resource aimed at the most able students and those with a keen interest in chemistry. It focuses on the more recently discovered elements at the end of the periodic table. i.e. atomic number 100 and above. The cards can be used as an extension activity during a lesson or as a challenge homework. They need to be cut out and are inspired by football cards collected by many. The empty cell at the top can be used for students to research their own information e.g. chemical symbol or to use creatively in inventing a ‘celeb name’ that is a mnemonic which will help them remember the real name. Teachers’ notes suggest games to play. Students can be asked to devise their own games. This is a good opportunity for cross-curricular work with business studies, commerce and career linked lessons. Schools in the UK are required to meet the Gatsby Benchmarks. It allows creative students opportunities to see the links to aspects of science careers they had not thought of such as marketing and design; facets that often appeal to girls. There is a spreadsheet identifying chemistry careers linked to modules taught here – ideal for a school or department resource. Resource consists of nineteen cards for elements atomic number 100-118 and teachers notes.
creative activity - chemistry careers word cloud
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creative activity - chemistry careers word cloud

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This simple worksheet explains to students (and possibly their teachers) how to make a creative word cloud using text relevant to a lesson or series of lessons. In this case - careers. Subject teachers need to advice students about possible careers in their subject. There is a list of chemistry careers available here) It can be used as a differentiated activity for a whole range of students. More able can import text from an essay, a SOW, a curriculum document. Suitable for all curricula e.g. UK, USA, IB
What is the question - magnetism - thinking skills
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What is the question - magnetism - thinking skills

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This is one of a series of 20 one slide PowerPoint presentations designed to develop students’ ability to think and question. Now contains: pedagological guidance for teachers to use the resources across a wide range of ages and abilities; a visual version and a blank template for students to design their own answers and questions and possible answers for basic, intermediate and advanced level students. Topics are: Atoms and molecules, batteries (hyperlink) , electromagnetism, forces, green chemistry, graphene, industrial processes, magnetism, making electricity, manufacture of polymers, metals, nanotechnology, newest elements ( atomic numbers over 100), rocks, solar energy, states of matter, wind generation, states of matter, light, gravity. Why use what is the question? Traditionally the teacher is the centre of attention, the owner of knowledge and information. In this situation the role becomes more a facilitator than an instructor. Students who learn to ask their own questions become more curious, take ownership of their learning, and demonstrate greater comprehension of challenging content the students are thinking and doing more, rather than the teacher. Socrates wandered around Athens asking questions to get at a deeper truth. Since then teachers have used questions as a way to get students to think more deeply, rather than giving them the information directly. Is applicable to all specifications, curricula and standards **Duration: ** Can be used: as a five-minute starter at the beginning of a lesson to assess prior learning; a test of understanding in the middle of a lesson; an exit task at the end of the lesson or a homework. As long as the question gives the answer on the slide it is correct. Differentiation: Teachers can encourage older and more able students to re-phrase and re-formulate their questions, perhaps using a thesaurus.
Independent Research Project - new elements -atomic number 100+  - differentiation tool
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Independent Research Project - new elements -atomic number 100+ - differentiation tool

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This is one of a family of 14 resources aimed to encourage independent research skills for more able students. There is a blank template and example topics including: a.c. electricity generation batteries , electromagnetism, graphene, industrial processes, magnetism, manufacture of polymers, metals, nanotechnology, newest elements ( atomic numbers over 100), rocks, solar energy, wind generation. This a one of many differentiation tools available to teachers. Research topics can be done in class, with books, in libraries, in rooms with computers or tablets. These topics would make an ideal cover lesson. Research could be published in a school newsletter, the school website or blog or in student publication magazines and blogs. Duration: This depends on the age and ability of the students. For youngest students it could be for a week’s homework. As students get older the tasks could be set for half a term, even a whole term, could be linked with a science fair, STEM activity, open evening, assembly or business or commerce event
Independent Research Project - electromagnetism - differentiation tool
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Independent Research Project - electromagnetism - differentiation tool

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This is one of a family of 14 resources aimed to encourage independent research skills for more able students. There is a blank template and example topics including: batteries (hyperlink) , electromagnetism, graphene, industrial processes, magnetism, making electricity, manufacture of polymers, metals, nanotechnology, newest elements ( atomic numbers over 100), rocks, solar energy, wind generation. This a one of many differentiation tools available to teachers. Research topics can be done in class, with books, in libraries, in rooms with computers or tablets. These topics would make an ideal cover lesson. Research could be published in a school newsletter, the school website or blog or in student publication magazines and blogs. Duration: This depends on the age and ability of the students. For youngest students it could be for a week’s homework. As students get older the tasks could be set for half a term, even a whole term, could be linked with a science fair, STEM activity, open evening, assembly or business or commerce event.
Alphabetic animals resources
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Alphabetic animals resources

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Five resources using the concept of alphabetic animals. The Alphabetic Animals – teachers sheet has about 1000 animals listed. An amazing resource for any science teacher! Will help you with quizzes, competitions, vocabulary improvements etc. The youngest children can draw animals starting with a single letter. Animal challenge encourages younger children to collect animals and get stars; animal usage gives ideas to teachers; alphabetic animals sheets encourage students to build up their vocabulary until the end of primary education. Plan for the pupils to keep it and improve from year to year.
Independent Research project template -solar and geothermal energy - differentiation tool
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Independent Research project template -solar and geothermal energy - differentiation tool

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This is one of a family of 14 resources aimed to encourage independent research skills for more able students. There is a blank template and example topics including: batteries (hyperlink) , electromagnetism, graphene, industrial processes, magnetism, making electricity, manufacture of polymers, metals, nanotechnology, newest elements ( atomic numbers over 100), rocks, solar energy, wind generation, This a one of many differentiation tools available to teachers. Research topics can be done in class, with books, in libraries, in rooms with computers or tablets. These topics would make an ideal cover lesson. Research could be published in a school newsletter, the school website or blog or in student publication magazines and blogs. Duration: This depends on the age and ability of the students. For youngest students it could be for a week’s homework. As students get older the tasks could be set for half a term, even a whole term, could be linked with a science fair, STEM activity, open evening, assembly or business or commerce event,
Independent Research Project - ac generation - Differentiation tool - revised
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Independent Research Project - ac generation - Differentiation tool - revised

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This is one of a family of 14 resources aimed to encourage independent research skills for more able students. Now with added teacher guidance notes. There is a blank template and example topics including: batteries , electromagnetism, graphene, industrial processes, magnetism, manufacture of polymers, metals, nanotechnology, newest elements ( atomic numbers over 100), rocks, solar energy, wind generation. This a one of many differentiation tools available to teachers. Research topics can be done in class, with books, in libraries, in rooms with computers or tablets. These topics would make an ideal cover lesson. Research could be published in a school newsletter, the school website or blog or in student publication magazines and blogs. Duration: This depends on the age and ability of the students. For youngest students it could be for a week’s homework. As students get older the tasks could be set for half a term, even a whole term, could be linked with a science fair, STEM activity, open evening, assembly or business or commerce event.
Independent Research Project - metals - Differentiation Tool
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Independent Research Project - metals - Differentiation Tool

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This is one of a family of 14 resources aimed to encourage independent research skills for more able students. There is a blank template and example topics including: a.c. electricity generation, batteries, electromagnetism, graphene, industrial processes, magnetism, manufacture of polymers, metals, nanotechnology, newest elements ( atomic numbers over 100), rocks, solar energy, wind generation. This a one of many differentiation tools available to teachers. Research topics can be done in class, with books, in libraries, in rooms with computers or tablets. These topics would make an ideal cover lesson. Research could be published in a school newsletter, the school website or blog or in student publication magazines and blogs. Duration: This depends on the age and ability of the students. For youngest students it could be for a week’s homework. As students get older the tasks could be set for half a term, even a whole term, could be linked with a science fair, STEM activity, open evening, assembly or business or commerce event,