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Hi! I currently work in London as an Assistant Headteacher. I love all things teaching and learning! I am extremely passionate about education and find researching and creating new strategies and ideas exciting. The world of teaching and leading in England is highly stressful and it's up to all of us to look after each other's well-being...I hope my resources save you some precious time.

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Hi! I currently work in London as an Assistant Headteacher. I love all things teaching and learning! I am extremely passionate about education and find researching and creating new strategies and ideas exciting. The world of teaching and leading in England is highly stressful and it's up to all of us to look after each other's well-being...I hope my resources save you some precious time.
NPQSL Final Combined Task - completed 2016
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NPQSL Final Combined Task - completed 2016

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This assignment includes my: blood, sweat and tears! This is my NPQSL assignment and is focused on improving writing in a primary school. I really wish I’d had an NPQSL example assignment to look at while I was writing mine as it would have stopped me second guessing myself. However, I passed with flying colours and am now offering mine to you to make the process much easier. I uploaded the assignment on 8.2.16 and received feedback on 29.3.16. Feedback (as shown on first page) awarded all of the 9 competencies as passed at the required level. The written feedback was excellent and only includes strengths, no areas for development. I have deleted several appendices because they included photographic evidence of specific events/individuals. I would recommend that you consider doing this also as visuals are always a nice break from a lengthy piece of text. However, I have kept my action plan and report to the Headteacher in the appendices as I feel these are important for your reference. My resources always take me a lot of time and effort to create so I hope that they help to save you some precious time - please do review my resources. Thank you! A section from my written feedback: 'Strengths were demonstrated in Delivering continuous improvement as your priorities for improvement were clearly linked to your vision for the project. You regularly reviewed progress and reflected on actions and achievements of pupils in writing. The Action plan and strategies were fully implemented and you skilfully monitored planning, teaching, learning and assessment data. Throughout the project you remained solution-focused. In terms of Modelling excellence in leadership of teaching and learning you demonstrated excellent leadership of teaching and learning. You set up and embedded the writing initiatives and adapted the teaching and learning approaches to suit the needs of pupils. It is evident that you have high expectations, model excellence and vision and have shared ideas and practice very effectively. Staff have been provided with the clarity they need in order to feel empowered and accountable in their role. Strengths were demonstrated in Learning focus as you set up and embedded the writing initiative and applied theory and knowledge of learning to improve outcomes for pupils. It is evident that you are committed to learning and achieving excellence and led valuable inset for staff to improve their subject knowledge in grammar, planning and writing. ’
Fun and Thought-Provoking Mental Well-Being Booklet full of activities
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Fun and Thought-Provoking Mental Well-Being Booklet full of activities

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Good mental well-being has become harder to maintain as life becomes increasingly hectic. That's why it must be our priority to help pupils to understand their own mental well-being and know how to improve it. This great 12 page booklet is full of activities aimed at supporting pupils to improve and maintain a healthy mental well-being. Activities range from thinking about what makes them happy to designing their own happy place to setting goals to thinking about how helping others can lead to being a happier person. The activities are suitable to support a 9 week programme on mental well-being, which should become a priority in every curriculum. Any questions, please just ask.
Personal Statement for Assistant Headteacher for Teaching, Learning and Curriculum FOR ADULTS
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Personal Statement for Assistant Headteacher for Teaching, Learning and Curriculum FOR ADULTS

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This is my own personal statement for the position of Assistant Headteacher for Teaching, Learning and Curriculum - a job which I got. Being able to download someone else’s personal statement while writing mine, would have been a huge help. Therefore, I thought offering mine, would give practitioners an option to view one before they start writing their own and thus having new ideas and a clear structure. Obviously, every personal statement should be tailored to the person specification but it is easy to use ideas from this personal statement and shuffle them around accordingly. I have removed specific names from the personal statement and instead typed, XXX.
Informative and interesting presentation on refugees including case studies and a quiz!
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Informative and interesting presentation on refugees including case studies and a quiz!

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A presentation for assembly or for a lesson around the hot topic of refugees. The presentation explains the difference between refugees, asylum seekers and migrants. There is also two case studies - Schindler and Calais. There are also interesting facts mainly linked to the UK about refugees statistics in 2015. The presentation is finished with a 8 question quiz and answers. This presentation is suitable for KS2 and lower-KS3. If you have any questions or need any support, please send me a message! My resources all use English spelling but can easily be adapted. Please review my resources - thank you!
Promoting SMSC - British Values - informative assembly and guidance on running a British Values Day
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Promoting SMSC - British Values - informative assembly and guidance on running a British Values Day

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I recently ran a very successful British Values Day. I began the day by inviting parents/carers/governors in and delivered the attached assembly presentation to them as well as to pupils. I then gave each class a value of their own (see guidance). Classes were able to be as creative as they liked but were asked to give me one outstanding piece of display work so I could create a British Values display at the entrance of the school (see photo of display). Pupils dressed-up in their cultural clothes or wore red/blue/white and all brought in a 'gold coin donation' to give to charity. The assembly goes through each of the British Values and their meanings. There is a song and video clip attached as well as a short quiz at the end. Promoting British Values is extremely important, Ofsted say: 'Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and, within this, the promotion of fundamental British values, are at the heart of the school’s work.' Powerpoint could also be used for a KS2 lesson on British Values. If you have any questions or need any support, send me a message and I'll do anything I can to help. Please do review any resources that you download - many thanks!
Thought-Provoking Mental Well-Being presentation full of activities for 10 lessons
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Thought-Provoking Mental Well-Being presentation full of activities for 10 lessons

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Good mental well-being has become harder to maintain as life becomes increasingly hectic. That's why it must be our priority to help pupils to understand their own mental well-being and know how to improve it. This great presentation is full of ideas, starters, suggested activities and examples aimed at supporting pupils to improve and maintain a healthy mental well-being. Activities range from thinking about what makes them happy to designing their own happy place to setting goals to thinking about how helping others can lead to being a happier person. The activities are suitable to support a 10 week programme on mental well-being, which should become a priority in every curriculum. Any questions, please just ask.
Report Statements General and Targets
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Report Statements General and Targets

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Just to use for ideas. I have copied and pasted the last, general comment that I used on the end of year report to parents. Might just give NQTs a few ideas if you're stuck. They are generally very positive in line with the expectations of my current school. Also some general strengths and targets (again which my current report form asks for). Sorry it&'s slightly patchy - it&';s done for my class and their levels.
Halving - finding half of differentiated numbers
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Halving - finding half of differentiated numbers

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Simple worksheet. 6 questions easy to adapt. Children to split dots into two circles and then write how many dots are in one circle. BA - numbers 2-12 A - numbers 8 - 20 Children to draw their own dots in and then split AA - numbers 24 - 40 Good for assessment. Please leave feedback :) Thank you!
A visual and informaive presentation on Notting Hill Carnival in August, London
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A visual and informaive presentation on Notting Hill Carnival in August, London

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A presentation for assembly or for a lesson on Notting Hill Carnival. The 13 slide presentation explains what a carnival is, what inspired the Notting Hill Carnival, the history of the carnival, what happens at the carnival and lots of fun facts. The presentation is finished with a 8 question quiz and answers. If you have any questions or need any support, please send me a message! My resources all use English spelling but can easily be adapted. Please review my resources - thank you!
Helping our environment assembly presentation - saving water, paper, walking more and recycling
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Helping our environment assembly presentation - saving water, paper, walking more and recycling

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A presentation used for a whole-school assembly to make pupils think more about how they can contribute to saving the environment. The 13 slide presentation focuses on: saving water. saving paper, not littering, recycling and walking more. Can also easily be used for a lesson. If you have any questions or need any support, send me a message and I'll do anything I can to help. My resources are all English spelling. Please do review any resources that you download - many thanks!
Slow Writing Strategy - presentation for staff and resources for pupils year 1 - 6
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Slow Writing Strategy - presentation for staff and resources for pupils year 1 - 6

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I am a fan of the slow writing technique by David Didau, www.learningspy.co.uk Here is a presentation on slow writing, which I created for a staff meeting. It goes through: -what slow writing is -how slow writing is beneficial -an example of slow writing -two activities for staff to complete -how teachers can experiment and take the research further I have also created two examples of objectives slow writing for every year group (year 1 - 6) based on the current national curriculum. These can be used straight away in class or can easily be adapted to suit individual classes/pupils. I spend a great deal of time making resources and hope they save you time! Any questions, amendment suggestions or feedback are always greatly received. Thank you!
Growth and fixed mindset presentation - pupils learn all about the differences of mindsets
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Growth and fixed mindset presentation - pupils learn all about the differences of mindsets

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A presentation for assembly or lesson on mindsets. The presentations helps primary-aged pupils to understand what a growth and a fixed mindset are and how they can work towards developing a growth mindset. The presentation also talks about comfort zones and Carol Dweck, who created the theory of mindsets. Having a growth mindset plays a vital part in being happy and successful, if you haven't already, I would suggest definitely developing a growth mindset programme for your school...this presentation is a great introduction to that! If you have any questions or need any support, send me a message and I'll do anything I can to help. My resources use English spelling. Please do review any resources that you download - many thanks!
English scheme of work - planning and resources for George's Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl
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English scheme of work - planning and resources for George's Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl

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Three week scheme of work/15 lessons/three learning journeys on George's Marvellous Medicine, includes: plans (starter/main/plenary), writing to model to pupils, many resources for activities and three homework activities for the three weeks. These are fun and engaging lessons that pupils will enjoy. The English topics covered are: spell poems, diary entries and adverts. Resource is suitable for KS2 and lower-KS3. If you do have any questions or need any support, please send me a message. *My resources always take me a lot of time and effort to create so I hope that they help to save you some precious time - please do review my resources. Thank you!*
Pupil Survey to gather Pupil Voice
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Pupil Survey to gather Pupil Voice

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A editable pupil survey to better understand primary school pupils’ thoughts and feelings about their lessons, class and school. The survey uses for cats’ faces for a bit of fun! There are closed 16 questions and 2 open questions at the end. I have used this survey from Y1-Y6. I read and explained the questions to classes.
Properties of Materials - great Science and DT project linked to Macbeth - KS2
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Properties of Materials - great Science and DT project linked to Macbeth - KS2

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A fun science experiment focusing on the properties of materials linked to Shakespeare's Macbeth. This 6 lesson DT and science learning journey, asks children to design and build a boat using 'junk' and considering the properties of different materials. Includes: presentation, planning, resources and certificate. Objectives that the learning journey covers, are: Y3/4 1a. asking relevant questions and using different types of scientific enquiries to answer them 1b. setting up simple practical enquiries, comparative and fair tests 1c. making systematic and careful observations 1d. gathering, recording, classifying and presenting data in a variety of ways to help in answering questions 1e. recording findings using simple scientific language, drawings, labelled diagrams, keys, bar charts, and tables 1f. reporting on findings from enquiries, including oral and written explanations, displays or presentations of results and conclusions 1g. using results to draw simple conclusions, make predictions for new values, suggest improvements and raise further questions 1h. identifying differences, similarities or changes related to simple scientific ideas and processes Y5/6 2a. planning different types of scientific enquiries to answer questions, including recognising and controlling variables where necessary 2b. recording data and results of increasing complexity using scientific diagrams and labels, classification keys, tables, scatter graphs, bar and line graphs 2c. using test results to make predictions to set up further comparative and fair tests 2d. reporting and presenting findings from enquiries, including conclusions, causal relationships and explanations of and degree of trust in results, in oral and written forms such as displays and other presentations 2e. identifying scientific evidence that has been used to support or refute ideas or arguments.
E-Safety presentation - gives pupils information on what E-Safety is and how they can take care
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E-Safety presentation - gives pupils information on what E-Safety is and how they can take care

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A presentation for E-Safety. This resource was designed as an assembly but could also be used for a lesson. The 10-slide presentation focuses on E-Safety: what is E-Safety? Why is E-Safety important? How can you keep yourself E-Safe? If you have any questions or need any support, send me a message and I'll do anything I can to help. My resources use English spelling. Please do review any resources that you download - many thanks!
Topic Map - example and blank - cross-curricular topic planning - very visual
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Topic Map - example and blank - cross-curricular topic planning - very visual

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A great way to start planning a topic. Get all of your ideas down on a colourful and visual topic map. Included is an example map created for my topic on Hamlet and a blank version, which can be adapted and tailored to suit your needs. If you're running CPD on planning a topic, this is a good way to get staff thinking about cross-curricular links. If you do have any questions or need any support, please send me a message. *My resources always take me a lot of time and effort to create so I hope that they help to save you some precious time - please do review my resources. Thank you!*
Identification / Classification Keys Presentation - Science - fun and engaging
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Identification / Classification Keys Presentation - Science - fun and engaging

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A fun presentation on identification keys for the Science curriculum. The powerpoint runs through what an identifcation key is, examples of identification keys, how to structure an identification key, two fun activities (involving biscuits and Frozen characters) for pupils to have a go at, plus a homework task! This lesson was used with my Y5 class but can easily be adapted for 8-14 year olds. If you do have any questions or need any support, please send me a message. *My resources always take me a lot of time and effort to create so I hope that they help to save you some precious time - please do review my resources. Thank you!*
Buttercup Bree Daisy Chain Anti-Bullying Film  plan and English activities
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Buttercup Bree Daisy Chain Anti-Bullying Film plan and English activities

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Such a fabulous animated film - www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGxmschhkNg A fun week of English planning with resources including models for writing. An opportunity for extended writing around a meaningful and interesting topic. Suitable for Y1 - Y6. I wrote this plan for a whole-school English week to give teachers a break. Pupils access the activities at their own level. If you have any questions or need any support, send me a message and I'll do anything I can to help. My resources use English spelling. Please do review any resources that you download - many thanks!