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The 5 Minute Lesson Plan by @TeacherToolkit

The 5 Minute Lesson Plan by @TeacherToolkit

Designed to reduce planning time & focus on key learning phases within a lesson. (Will still require thinking!) Remember - Sept. 2014 - Ofsted no longer require a lesson plan for lessons, but evidence of ‘a planned lesson!’ Useful for coaching and mentoring NQTs; or with established colleagues for paired observations. “Stickability” = What will stick in students minds as they leave your lesson? What key point do you want them to remember? Now translated into 8 languages. Pin your plan? bit.ly/5MinMapped Contact me @TeacherToolkit Updated Oct 2014

By rmcgill

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Peer Assessment, final product or model

Peer Assessment, final product or model

Description: This is a simple peer assessment task that allows KS3 pupils to assess a peer's final product or model that they have produced. It prompts them to identify something that has been done well, whilst also highlighting an area to target for improvement. Objective: Encourage pupils to create a balanced, critical view when evaluating a product. By promoting the evaluation of someone else's work, they are able to look at the product objectively without bias, particularly if the product they evalaute is not that of the person they sit next to. Assessment: It can be used to inform AoL and formally documented by a teacher, or used more readily in session by a teacher who can then recall common targets for improvement, discussing with Q&A how these could be achieved. Prior Knowledge: The criteria of the project, which will have been set by the classroom teacher or discussed in the form of a specification possibly. Expectations: Pupils should begin to create a balanced, structured argument about products in general. They should use their K&U along with their experiences to identify and set appropriate targets for themselves and their peers. Hints: These can be folded, hole punched and, with some string, tied to the product. To save on labour, the kids can do this, and it creates a simple kinaesthetic element to the evaluation. Another way to do this is to print them, cut them out and glue them together. Laminate them and the pupils can then complete them with water-based markers, which can easily be wiped off. This is more time-consuming, but saves time in the lesson and saves materials in the long run

By InformingEducation

Creative Writing: David Didau's Slow Writing Technique

Creative Writing: David Didau's Slow Writing Technique

An outstanding observation lesson based on David Didau's Slow Writing Technique. These resources include an exam style starter activity, exemplar writing and activity, strategies for improving writing, progress checker, peer assessment and a lesson plan. I have used this lesson several times and every time get excellent evidence of progress across a full range of age groups....

By joannammarsh

Active Revision Folding Frenzy

Active Revision Folding Frenzy

A Revision activity designed to keep students focused on an active approach to their revision. The powerpoint leads pupils through this approach and I have included an example from my own subject in History. The key is that pupils focus on synthesising their knowledge and work out what the crucial points are in a topic and how the other knowledge relates to it.

By surfing_simon

Multimedia Starter Pack

Multimedia Starter Pack

A collection of work units and resources for Industrial Technology - Multimedia Technologies. (NSW BOSTES HSC Course) This bundle contains enough resources to take your students through most of the Preliminary year of this course.

By kellyocs

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'How to Become a Successful TES Author - Step by Step Guide' - A 'Must Have' For Authors!

'How to Become a Successful TES Author - Step by Step Guide' - A 'Must Have' For Authors!

I began to produce educational resources for TES in August 2015. When I look back at my early resources I cringe! I made so many mistakes…. Since then I have come a long way and learned so much. I currently have 38 TES recommended resources. One of my resources made over 900 sales in the space of a few weeks and earned nearly £2000 in royalties.In this 26-page, step by step guide I share my mistakes and my successes to help you avoid making the same mistakes and to become a successful author sooner than you would have done without this guide. I do not claim to have all the answers and ‘my way’ might not be other people’s way. However, whether you are a potential author, an author starting out or already an author; I am sure that this guide can help you in some way and will prove a worthwhile investment. The guide includes advice on Making resourcesMaximising the selling potential of resourcesCreating a cover pageSourcing imagesCopyrighting your resourcesPricing your resourcesProduct DescriptionsHTML codes for creating bold, italics, underlining, bullet pints and numbered lists for product description pageAdding links to other products and your shop in descriptionsCreating your TES shopBrandingIncreasing the visibility of your resourcesPromoting your products through social media platformsPromoting yourselfDealing with reviewsGeneral advice The resource also contains hyperlinks to some very useful sites and tools which will help you in making and promoting your products.Other Resources for AuthorsAuthor Calendar and Planner Nine out of ten of my top selling resources are seasonal resources and special days resources. My everyday resources are my 'bread and butter' resources; my seasonal resources are truly the icing on my cake! Plan your seasonal resources with this calendar and planner which contains all the major special days and awareness days for the whole year. No more missing special days or not allocating yourself enough time to produce resources. Days that change in date each year are highlighted red; days that are fixed are black.TES Author Excel Sales and Accounts Tracker

By Krazikas

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End of Year Awards (With computer-editable fields)

End of Year Awards (With computer-editable fields)

This PDF contains 46 attractive, editable awards for the end of the school year, or to use throughout the year. Each certificate prints on standard 8.5" x 11" paper. Set includes:• 45 Awards – All original artwork, with a sense of humor!• 1 “Your Choice” Award – You can fill in the title/achievement you’d prefer• Award Log – Two pages to keep track of awards you may want to give out all year long (like “Caught Reading” or “Sensational Speller”)• End of Year Awards List – Two pages to keep track of which award each student will receive• Master List of Awards – Alphabetized list of the award certificates that you can check at a glanceBecause awards are in PDF format with editable fields, you may need the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader to be able to type in student name, teacher name, and date into these fields. Note that the award titles and graphics are not editable.Keywords: end of year | award | awards | certificate | recognition | honor | kudos | motivation | inspiration | peer | validation | outstanding | excellence

By PuzzleFun

The 5 Minute Interview Plan by @TeacherToolkit

The 5 Minute Interview Plan by @TeacherToolkit

Written to help teachers find a job. Adapted using The (original) 5 Minute Lesson Plan template; The 5 Minute Interview Plan will allow you to focus on key aspects of job-hunting and application completion within a school context. 2 pages include the template & context. Version 1 published 8.3.13 by @TeacherToolkit

By rmcgill

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Author Resource Bundle

Author Resource Bundle

This bundle contains three valuable resources for authors. Whether you are a potential author, an author just starting out or already an author; I am sure that these resources can help you in some way and will prove a worthwhile investment.Author Resource - Excel Sales and Accounts WorkbookThis resource will help you to keep an account of the numbers of your sales and earnings each day. It will provide valuable data which will help to inform you how to most effectively manage your business and, hopefully, show the rate of growth in your business. This excel work-book will• Keep accounts of daily / weekly / monthly and yearly sales figures and numbers of products sold• Record sales figures in graph format• Provide real-time averages of products sold and sales figures for each day of the week• Provide real-time averages of products sold and sales figures for each week of the year• Provide real-time averages of products sold and sales figures for each month of the year• Provide real-time averages of products sold and sales figures for each yearIt will enable you to analyse  Which days are the best for sales How TES sales or individual sales impact on numbers of products sold Observe trends in sales throughout the yearThe workbook has been set for a 5 year period from September 2016 until December 2021.'How to Become a Successful TES Author - Step by Step Guide'I began to produce educational resources for TES in August 2015. When I look back at my early resources I cringe! I made so many mistakes…. Since then I have come a long way and learned so much. I currently have 38 TES recommended resources. One of my resources made over 900 sales in the space of a few weeks and earned nearly £2000 in royalties.In this 26-page, step by step guide I share my mistakes and my successes to help you avoid making the same mistakes and to become a successful author sooner than you would have done without this guide. I do not claim to have all the answers and ‘my way’ might not be other people’s way. Author Calendar and PlannerNine out of ten of my top selling resources are seasonal resources and ‘special day’ resources. My everyday resources are my 'bread and butter' resources; my seasonal resources are truly the icing on my cake! Keep ahead and plan your seasonal resources with this calendar and planner which contains all the major special days and awareness days for the whole year. No more missing special days or not allocating yourself enough time to produce resources. Days that change in date each year are highlighted red; days that are fixed are black. It is available in PDF and word format to allow editing.Purchased individually these resources would cost £15. Grab yourself a bargain and buy the bundle for just £7.50. That's a massive saving of 50%!

By Krazikas

Irony and Ambition in Macbeth

Irony and Ambition in Macbeth

Targeted at mixed ability GCSE pupils including high ability Year 9 pupils, this PowerPoint provides an insightful platform in which pupils explore how Shakespeare ironically exposes excessive ambition as a cause of downfall rather than fortune.Embedded with relevant extracts, model answers, practice time and peer-assessments, this resource is flexible and great for a whole lesson.

By deepavali_sehgal1

PROVE IT! 20 year 3 and 4 spelling pattern reasoning cards

PROVE IT! 20 year 3 and 4 spelling pattern reasoning cards

PROVE IT! 20 year 3-4 spelling pattern reasoning cards Use for interventions, morning tasks, starters, debates, extensions, paired work, homework and more! master the new curriculum through reasoning activities. Get the children thinking and explaining deeply! subscribe to all resources here: www.uniqueclassrooms.com

By erylands

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PSHE: PSHE - 1 YEARS WORTH

PSHE: PSHE - 1 YEARS WORTH

36x fully resourced, highly-rated PSHE lesson packs and units (KS3/4). All 36 lesson packs (bundled into 20 downloads) are complete with at least one hour-long powerpoint, accompanying differentiated worksheets, clip links with questions, plenaries, clear LOs, starters and all are well differentiated to three levels throughout. These resources have been highly-rated individually by TES users, follow the same consistent format and are easy to follow.There is zero extra work required, and the whole bundle follows PSHE Association topic recommendations and Ofsted latest SRE/Safe Students guidance.I use all of these myself as a Head of PSHE and I really hope you find them excellent value. I've put literally months of time into this to make these lessons top quality for my own school team.Please leave me a review and I'll send you any other resource of your choice for free.Many more inexpensive and also many free resources at my shop: Emjcot's Shop

By EC_Resources

Creating and Editing Headers and Footers in Microsoft Word

Creating and Editing Headers and Footers in Microsoft Word

This training manual lists all the steps required to create, edit and delete headers and footers in Microsoft Word. It is set out step by step with lots of graphics to make it easy to follow. Essential skills if you are working with documents that are over 2 pages long.I have included both a Word and pdf document for editing and printing as required.

By biowriterab

Microsoft Word Beginners

Microsoft Word Beginners

This resource is a step by step training manual with screen shots and exercises for learners to complete. Attached are exercises to complete. There is also a short cut keys summary at the back of the manual that is really handy to print out and keep by the computer for easy reference.

By biowriterab

Revision: Revision Skills

Revision: Revision Skills

1hr PP, worksheets, clip link with questions, differentiated fullyComplete 1 hour lesson with accompanying worksheetsDifferent level tasks for MA,LA or CoreDesigned to fit Ofsted criteria for' Good' or aboveMany more inexpensive and free resources at my shop: Emjcot's ShopLeave me a review and pick any other resource for free :)

By EC_Resources

How to Learn Anything - the 7 most effective tasks.

How to Learn Anything - the 7 most effective tasks.

This is a resource useful by anyone who wants to learn anything or who wants to help others to learn.Some time ago I came across a TEDx Blog by Krystian Aparta about an “Open Translation Project” where translators shared their secrets to mastering a foreign language. This got me to thinking about learning and what I call “Learning Intelligence” or “LQ”First, a bit about LQLQ is our ability to adapt our environment to meet our learning needs. This is just what these translators were doing – managing their learning environment to make learning easier and quicker. LQ consists of a set of skills, attitudes, attributes and behaviours (easy to remember “SAAB”) we can develop to help us learn. What the translators were doing is a great example of using LQ to learn and you can use this approach to learn anything. They are quite simple things to do but bring huge benefits to learningSee what you think, I have created a graphic to showcase the 7 taks of how to learn anything. To go with the poster is a more detailed description of the tasks and you can find that here: http://wp.me/p2LphS-sT

By kevin_hewitson

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Healthy Bodies, Happy Kids - Teacher Resource Book

Healthy Bodies, Happy Kids - Teacher Resource Book

The 'Healthy Bodies, Happy Kids Resource Book' gives teachers and parents insight into issues related to childhood obesity.The need for ‘practical and commonsense strategies’ to attack one of the most critical emerging health concerns of our time has been addressed in the series, ‘Healthy Bodies, Happy Kids’. The theme-based books, with age-appropriate mascot characters that enhance visual appeal and student motivation, include sections on: * Healthy diet; * Body systems related to diet and exercise; * Exercise and leisure for fitness; * Self-esteem for a positive body image and a constructive attitude towards self-management in health; * Media analysis involving recognition of food marketing techniques; * Internet investigations, including a feedback site; * Practical, inquiry-style activities based around relevant, real-life situations, using easily obtained resources such as junk mail and the newspaper.The series aims to: * Reduce the risk of child obesity and poor nutrition; * Provide opportunities and motivation for physical activity; * Foster a positive body image and promote self respect; * Raise awareness of media influences on children.The 4-book series includes this informative, up-to-date and easy-to-use Resource Book that details background information to give teachers and parents insights into issues related to childhood obesity; together with age-appropriate activity books for use in the classroom or the home.This is a Photocopy Master ebook (40 pages) and activity pages may be photocopied for use in the classroom. Our ebooks are in pdf format.Edubooks is an imprint of Ready-Ed Publications.Author: Sandy Tasker

By edubooks

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NPQSL Final Combined Task - completed 2016 - under new framework

NPQSL Final Combined Task - completed 2016 - under new framework

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 demonstratedexcellent 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. '

By H4nn4hWW

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Challenging the Most Able Students - Staff Training and CPD

Challenging the Most Able Students - Staff Training and CPD

I recently delivered this presentation to staff on our January INSET day. The focus of the day was ensuring the Most able students make the desired progress. The 26 slide presentation discusses the following:Progress 8 - New measureBarriers to LearningThe Pygmalion EffectAim to the top and scaffold downMeta-cognitionClassroom tips with examplesWhat could you use in your lesson? discussionSummary

By sullfish

TES Authors' Calendar and Planner - Special Events and Days

TES Authors' Calendar and Planner - Special Events and Days

TES AUTHORS, this calendar and planner is an invaluable planning tool and will make a great investment. Nine out of ten of my top selling resources are seasonal resources and special days resources. My everyday resources are my 'bread and butter' resources; my seasonal resources are truly the icing on my cake!Keep ahead and plan your seasonal resources with this calendar and planner which contains all the major special days and awareness days for the whole year. No more missing special days or not allocating yourself enough time to produce resources.The calendar contains a list of all the major special days and awareness days throughout the year. Days that change in date each year are highlighted in red; days that are fixed each year are in black. It is available in word format to allow for editing from year to year. It also contains a section for you to plan what resources you would like to do and for notes. Save hours of research and save lots of frustration at missing key days.Another essential resource for authors How to Become a Successful Author Step by Step GuideThis is a 26-page, step by step guide containing many hints and tips for making, selling and promoting products.The guide includes advice onMaking resourcesMaximising the selling potential of resourcesCreating a cover pageSourcing imagesCopyrighting your resourcesPricing your resourcesProduct DescriptionsHTML codes for creating bold, italics, underlining, bullet pints and numbered lists for product description pageAdding links to other products and your shop in descriptionsCreating your TES shopBrandingIncreasing the visibility of your resourcesPromoting your products through social media platformsPromoting yourselfDealing with reviewsGeneral advice For more inspiring educational resources visit Inspire and EducateTo be kept informed of new resources click here and follow!

By Krazikas

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Growth Mindset. Divergent Thinking Questions

Growth Mindset. Divergent Thinking Questions

Students and adults are often led to believe that there is only one right answer to the question. This doesn’t have to be the case though and it is really useful for students to be reminded of this, encouraging them to keep an open mind and explore possibilities. This way of thinking is referred to as divergent thinking and it goes hand in hand with creativity. This resource provides questions that encourage students to problem solve and consider lots of answers to questions that don’t have just one right answer.Each question is presented on an individual page so that they can be printed out and students can jot down ideas, scribble notes and even draw diagrams if they feel like it.

By StartEducation

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BIGGEST MATHS YEAR 6 SATS PACK ON TES!

BIGGEST MATHS YEAR 6 SATS PACK ON TES!

PACK INCLUDES: OVER 30 PRACTICE PAPERS BROKEN DOWN INTO OBJECTIVES -ALL WITH ANSWERS (OVER 500 QUESTIONS)MATHS MASTERY ACTIVITIES AND IDEAS BASED ON EVERY YEAR 6 OBJECTIVE - FLUENCY/ REASONING/ PROBLEM SOLVING / CONCRETE / PICTORIAL / ABSTRACTPROVE IT! MATHS ASSESSMENT BASED ON EVERY OBJECTIVE (125 QUESTIONS)GAP TRACKERGUESS MY NUMBER CHALLENGES96 MISSING NUMBER BOX CALCUALTIONSGIANT RESONING PACKCOUNTDOWN PACKMATHS CHALLENGE PACKSINVESIGATIONSLESSON PLANBOOK SCRUTINY FORMSRECAP ON YEAR 4 AND 5 MATHS OBJECTIVESMASTERY FRACTION PACK 115 CHALLENGESOVER 100 REASONING QUESTIONS20 STARTERS AND PLENARIES35 MATHS MASTERY YEAR 6 CHALLENGESOVER 50 SATS REASONING QUESTION PACK60 NEW CURRICULUM CHALLENGES70 CHALLENGE CARDS75 MASTERY CHALLENGESREASONING CHALLENGES BASED ON MEASURE

By erylands

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New GCSE Poetry Huge Bundle!

New GCSE Poetry Huge Bundle!

This huge resource pack contains highly stimulating, detailed, and informative whole-lesson resources for 15 different poems - each pf the poems feature on the new GCSE poetry lists for the vast majority of examining boards. The poems included are largely from the Relationships and War/Conflict poetry lists.Individually, these resources are worth around 30 pounds, meaning that you make a saving of 73% by purchasing the bundle!Each lesson employs a wide range of teaching and learning strategies, with a large variety of interesting tasks and ideas. This pack contains a whole-lesson PowerPoint presentation for each poem, in addition to all of the worksheets, task resources, and lesson plans that you need to teach. Bayonet Charge - Ted HughesBefore You Were Mine - Carol Ann DuffyDulce et Decorum est - Wilfred OwenIn Paris with You - James FentonLove's Philosophy - Percy Bysshe ShelleyMametz Wood - Owen SheersMother, Any Distance - Simon ArmitageNeutral Tones - Thomas Hardynext to of course god america i - E.E. CummingsOut of the Blue - Simon ArmitageSonnet 116 - William ShakespeareThe Charge of the Light Brigade - Alfred, Lord TennysonThe Falling Leaves - Margaret Postgate ColeWhat Were They Like? - Denise LevertovWhen We Two Parted - Lord ByronAll images are licensed for commercial use, and are cited on the final slide of the presentations.

By TandLGuru

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Body confidence

Body confidence

The intervention - is divided up into 7 sessions, covering different aspects of the programme. The student pack - contains between 19 - 24 worksheets which enable the student to develop skills, log their thoughts and feelings and to form the basis of the discussions.The facilitator pack - accompanies the student pack contains roughly 35 - 40 pages which support the worksheets, suggesting what to discuss, which issues to cover and how to encourage good debate.AIMS OF INTERVENTION This intervention programme centres around body image, negative perceptions and media influences. The media more than at any other time holds a power and influence on how young people see themselves and present themselves. The programme considers; how they see themselves, how they are affected by how they look, who influences them, the negative and positive media messages and how they can regain their strength and self worth. FACILITATOR NOTES The intervention can be a challenging one for students and for facilitators because when we look at the evidence we have all been affected by it to some degree or another. So i would say look at the facilitator booklet and consider all the points it raise, plus do some research before you begin the programme which will make the whole course more relevant. REFERRAL CRITERIA I think every student would benefit from this intervention but if that isn’t possible then the following; Reported issues with diet, Significant purposeful weight loss Repeated flouting of the school’s uniform codeBASIC OVERVIEW OF THE INTERVENTIONS1.Labels What do they think of themselves, what do others think and how that all makes them feel. 2.Feelings How self aware are they? Have they been bullied, teased or ridiculed; how do their feelings affect their behaviour?3.Influences Who and what influences how they feel and act and how does this affect their lives and choices.4.Negative Media Media influences and how they can impact and influence the individual and society in general.5.Positive Media Taking a fresh look at the media and how some are trying to normalise images and go against the current trend.6.Stronger Getting students to view themselves in a more positive light, looking at positive influences and how confidence manifests itself.7.Progress A review of what progress has been made and how they look at themselves and portrayed images.

By Sunshine-Groups

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Behaviour and me

Behaviour and me

The intervention - is divided up into 7 sessions, covering different aspects of the programme. The student pack - contains between 19 - 24 worksheets which enable the student to develop skills, log their thoughts and feelings and to form the basis of the discussions.The facilitator pack - accompanies the student pack contains roughly 35 - 40 pages which support the worksheets, suggesting what to discuss, which issues to cover and how to encourage good debate.AIMS OF INTERVENTION This course is aimed at establishing a ‘relationship’ with a difficult student; looking at who and what they trust and why they make the decisions which get them into trouble. It differs from other ‘About me’ interventions as it’s main focus is on poor behavior, difficult relationships, poor decisions and choices of the student. This file is for students who get into trouble on a regular basis and they need to be redirected onto a more positive path.FACILITATOR NOTESThis course digs quite deep into the student’s life and who is in it; you would benefit from looking at their files and seeing who lives with them and any difficult events which they have had to endure. Prepare yourself for possible student out bursts or eruptions of emotion whilst they go through the process.REFERRAL CRITERIASwearing at staffPersistent refusal to follow instructionsAny level of verbal/physical abuseViolent outburstsBASIC OVERVIEW OF THE INTERVENTION SESSIONS1. Getting to know me – how the student views themselves, school and those around them.2. Who do I need? – This session focuses upon who is important in their lives, good and bad!3. Who am I? – This session is regarding what aspects of the student’s personality, affects their actions and attitude towards anger.4. Red mist – This session is recognising that anger is often at the heart of poor behaviour, so how does anger affect them?5. Stuck in the middle – This session deals with looking at behaviours from a different perspective.6. Look at all that I have – This session is all about looking at what they can change and to plan for issues and deal with them, when they come up. 7. Ongoing support – looking to the future using the lessons learned.

By Sunshine-Groups

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Attendance

Attendance

The intervention - is divided up into 12 sessions, covering different aspects of the programme. The student pack - contains 12 worksheets which enable the student to develop skills, log their thoughts and feelings and to form the basis of the discussions.The facilitator pack - accompanies the student pack contains roughly 24 - 40 pages which support the worksheets, suggesting what to discuss, which issues to cover and how to encourage good debate.AIMS OF INTERVENTION This intervention programme is aimed at tackling poor attendance; carrying out the attendance groups during form time, to be able to monitor their attendance weekly. The sessions enable short bursts of relevant discussion that hold their interest and alter their view point, with no more lessons missed. The ultimate aim is to improve each student’s attendance.FACILITATOR NOTES For these sessions you will need access to the student’s attendance records and to familiarize yourself with the school’s attendance policy and liaise with the attendance officer to identify students and any possible issues to be aware of. REFERRAL CRITERIAAttendance below 85%Persistently late for school Persistently late for lessons*Check with attendance officer if there are any exclusions, due to an ongoing medical issues.BASIC OVERVIEW OF THE INTERVENTION SESSIONS1.Expectations and rules – general overview of the course and its aims.2.Views on attendance – how the students see attendance in general.3.School in general – are there wider issues affecting their attendance at school.4.Patterns of absence – to see if there are any ‘patterns’ to their absence.5.% absence and figures – how days off stack up and affect their attendance percentage.6.Mid way review/celebration – A review of student’s progress and achievements thus far.7.How ill am? What is the aim? – encouraging the student to come in if they are just a bit ‘ill’.8.Lates, how do they affect jobs? – looking at how this impacts their future?9.Jobs etc – continuing the theme from last week’s session.10. Attitudes questionnaire – has their attitude improved since they have been in the group?11.Views on – looking at truancy and the dangers it involves.12. Celebration/graduation – success from the group and choices for the future.

By Sunshine-Groups