ICT can help teachers’ continuing professional development (CPD) through the use of websites, CD-ROMS and DVDs, explains Cheryl Instan-Smith

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Carol Hodge offers some ideas for activity based cross-curricular learning within an International Primary Curriculum (IPC)

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The modern world’s obsession with speed is the focus of this assembly for secondary schools. It looks at whether doing things quickly really is of that much benefit, and questions whether, by focusing on doing things quickly, we are appreciating them less

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In 2006, 12% of children in care achieved A*-C GCSE grades, compared with 59% of all children. The education of looked-after children is the responsibility of local authorities, says Anne Clarke, and there is no one-stop solution to meeting their needs

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Emotional literacy coordinator Julie Leoni pays tribute to a late colleague, and reflects on what she learned from her about emotionally literate leadership

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This assembly for primary schools discusses the Battle of Britain, in particular focusing on the Polish RAF Pilot Janusz Zurakowsk. It teaches primary children elements of British history, as well as bringing to their attention the stories there are to hear, and lessons there are to learn, from older generations

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The issues of western resource waste and world hunger are highlighted in this ethics assembly for secondary school children. It bases its message around the true story of a fisherman who made a stand by refusing to throw away the excess fish that he caught

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Sue Morris looks at self-harm and suicidal behaviour in primary school children, including the definitions, prevalence rates and the factors that increase and reduce risk

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There is a difference between doing your best and being the best. This secondary assembly discusses the distinction in light of the recent successes of Great Britain’s Olympic team, and reminds students that doing their best is good enough

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This free resource is part of a CPD series to help teachers improve learning environments for children, looking at how to design the most effective classroom layouts and seating arrangements

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A teaching activity that will encourage pupils’ enquiry, thinking and participation skills. Suitable for key stages 3 to 5.

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This free gifted and talented resource provides advice on how to recognise signs of high ability when teaching gifted and talented children

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This free resource is part of a series to help teachers to increase parental involvement in the learning process, in this case encouraging parents to become learning partners

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This free resource is part of a series to help teachers to increase parental involvement in the learning process, here exploring why communication is at the heart of engaging parents

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This free resource is part of a series to help teachers to increase parental involvement in the learning process, in this case looking at how to best utilise parents who are keen to become involved in their children’s school

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This free resource is part of a CPD series to help increase parental involvement in the learning process, in this instance presenting a case study where partnerships with parents are a central focus for one school

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This free resource is part of a series to help teachers improve learning environments for children, here focusing on the best use of classroom space

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This free resource is part of a CPD series to help teachers improve learning environments for children, here examining the importance of physical factors and conditions within the classroom environment

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This free resource is part of a series to help teachers improve learning environments for children, in this case examining how an effective use of wall display space in classrooms can have a powerful impact on learning

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This free resource is part of a series to help teachers improve learning environments for children, concentrating on what a creative thinking space is and how it can stimulate learning

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Happy slapping is a fad among teenagers and older children. An unsuspecting victim is assaulted, and this is recorded by the attacker’s accomplice(s). This resource focuses on the serious implications of such violent behaviour and will help to ensure that pupils are aware of the damage it can cause, as well as the consequences

One of the challenges facing teachers is maintaining good order and discipline in schools. Dai Durbridge looks at the powers available to teachers regarding the use of force, and outlines the legal framework of this delicate area

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During the last few weeks before the summer holidays, use this secondary assembly to discuss issues such as whether school should be compulsory, and the minimum age for leaving. It also wishes students well during their holidays, and invites them to reflect on the year that has passed

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This PSHE assembly educates pupils on the National Health Service (NHS) and its development. It also encourages students to think about the physical, mental and spiritual health issues that affect them

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What is the secret to a happy lifestyle? This assembly discusses Professor Richard Layard’s governmental research on the state of the nation’s happiness, and asks student what happiness means to them in this secondary assembly

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Challenge your pupils to consider how they see the world and whether their way of looking at it could benefit from further reflection, with this secondary assembly

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How should we react to charity appeals − particularly those that we see on television? This PSHE secondary assembly compares the different public responses to the recent disasters in Burma and China and asks how we should respond

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This whole-school assembly looks at equality with reference to the suffrage movement, specifically the part played by Emily Davison atthe 1913 Epsom Derby suicide

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Conflict and war are looked at by Jaki Miles-Windmill is this assembly taking an objective look at human behaviour in our attitudes towards them, with particular reference to war in Afghanistan

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The issue of sexual equality is explored in this secondary assembly, using the example of female scientists and the problems they may experience within their chosen career – notably the dilemmas of a work-life balance. It challenges listeners to consider their own priorities

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A brief outline of the USA’s political system and the idea of checks and balances is laid out in this assembly for key stages three and four. It encourages students to think about the checks they need to make on their lives and what living a balanced life means

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Exploring the instinct of panic with your students touches on both SEAL and PSHE issues. This assembly looks at the emotion within the context of national fuel crises

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Whilst touching on the harmful affects of drugs and alcohol, this assembly examines the different ways in which people seek to feel a ‘buzz’ in life – some in healthy ways and others more harmfully

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Martin Luther King was assassinated forty years ago (in 2008). This assembly for secondary schools commemorates his life and aims to teach pupils about his goal to eliminate inequality

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Cyberbullying among children has firmly caught the media’s attention, but it is only recently that attention has been drawn to how new technologies are being used to bully teachers

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The Salaam Shalom Educational Foundation (SSEF) helps to bring together Israeli and Palestinian young people through drama. Examining conflict resolution, this assembly for secondary school children focuses on, and illustrates, their work

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What difference could you make, during your life, to society? That is the question this assembly asks pupils, with particular regard to the politician Gwyneth Dunwoody whose life and work it remembers

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This citizenship and PSHE assembly for secondary schools looks at the concept of democracy, getting pupils to consider what democracy means and how living in a democratic society affects their lives

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What does the word loyalty mean to your students? This assembly looks at this issue of loyalty, drawing on the recent call for pupils to pledge allegiance to the Queen

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This assembly aims to help pupils recognise and appreciate the significance of every day. It draws on events that occurred on a specific date in history, illustrating how the still impact upon our lives today. This assembly focuses on the specific date 6th March, but school leaders may like to use the basic concept and alter it for use on other days of the year

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Personal identity is the subject of this free assembly, which focuses specifically on the debate around identity cards and asks pupils to reflect on what is meant by ‘identity’

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This assembly features the new three-year plan put forward by Save the Children, which aims to preserve the lives of ten million at-risk children every year. It shows how simple inexpensive solutions can keep children alive

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This Behaviour Matters deals with the use of non-verbal cues for classroom management, suggesting practical solutions to instil discipline without having to raise your voice

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What are schools’ legal obligations regarding school uniform? Legal Expertise answers your questions

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Demands for a more creative curriculum are emerging thick and fast, but what do we mean by this and how might it be achieved in teaching? Rachel Lofthouse reports

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Is your voice being heard at school? Elizabeth Hartnell-Young explains how a project undertaken by a team at Nottingham University revealed that teachers and students have a lot to say about the learning process, and that they should be heard

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What happens when all the pupils and staff at a school read the same book at the same time, and what impact can this kind of whole-school project have on CPD? Lesley Hutchison explains

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As a continuation of our at-a-glance references for explaining the vocabulary associated with gifted and talented education, we look at the Baccalaureate qualification

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Breadth: another term explained in our reference guide for terms commonly used within gifted and talented education

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Can music have beneficial effects in the classroom? Teachers in a Warwickshire school set out to test theories that Mozart’s music stimulates learning, as Dr James Haughton reports

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