This primary assembly revisits the theme of the Paralympics and contender Eleanor Simmonds. It discusses her journey – and the fact that she won two gold medals  – and explores how it might feel for her to return home

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The Paralympic Games are the focus of this assembly for primary schools, which explores issues related to the theme of disability and the attitude and determination demanded by professional sport

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As a generation of teachers near the end of their careers the role of leadership development becomes an increasingly important one, as this issue of CPD Week explains

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What does it means to be British? In this citizenship assembly for key stages 3, 4, and 5, students are invited to consider national identity, in the light of the government’s proposal for a “British” bank holiday

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The way you start the day of learning each morning can set the tone for pupils’ behaviour throughout the day. This issue of Behaviour Matters gives advice on how to avoid starting off on the wrong foot

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New technology has made virtual schooling an option for pupils unable or unwilling to attend the ‘real’ thing. Sal McKeown discovers what’s on offer

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Although most children enjoy keeping pets, some may overlook the cruelty being inflicted when animals are kept that, although particularly cute, are also particularly unsuited to living out of their natural habitat. This primary assembly explores this danger with the children

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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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Jill Wyatt investigates how Windsor High school used sport to boost achievement across the curriculum, seeing increases in independent learning and confidence as a result

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Providing sporting opportunities for each and every one of its students is something that King Edward VI Specialist College aimed for – and achieved. Lisa Symonds finds out how

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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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A headteacher and a governor from Havering report on their experiences of amalgamating an infant school with the neighbouring junior school

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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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Should we be encouraging school business managers and bursars to progress into headship? Ruth Bradbury, who speaks on financial management at schools, voices her thoughts on the subject, as do three School Financial Management readers

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The statistics regarding childhood health and overweight children are alarming, says Roger Smith. Here are some practical suggestions to promote healthy eating habits in children

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For teachers at primary schools, the requirement of PE hours taught per week has risen from two to five. Crispin Andrews talks to primary headteachers about how they are coping with this change

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How can a virtual learning environment (VLE) in your school be used to raise pupil attainment, while complementing other school initiatives? Deputy heads Paul Ainsworth and Josephine Amith have some suggestions

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Gary Dawson provides a comprehensive briefing which explains how to ensure the build of your new school sports hall goes smoothly

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If a school is placed in special measures, it can be a long road turning it around. Headteacher John Viner starts a series on the journey of Drapers Mills Primary school to become a warm and welcoming place where students can thrive

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Jenni Whitehead looks at a document she believes to be essential reading for those working with disabled children, which can be used to audit your school’s safeguarding provision

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Can schools realistically play a part in creating cohesion in their community? Dave Weston considers this question in the context of an increasingly diverse country

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Being a headteacher is “fantastic and rewarding” says secondary headteacher Kim Sparling, who dismisses the notion that the top leadership role in schools is losing its appeal for many in her profession

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How do you implement a whole-school anti-bullying policy? Headteacher Mark Vickers describes how Manhood Community College in West Sussex got everybody involved in the shaping of theirs during a campaign to stop bullying

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As the government looks to include more sport in the curriculum, Crispin Andrews looks at the safety dilemmas involved in using outside staff to deliver activities

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Mark Chaplin shares insight into how primary headteachers can design a questionnaire for parents that will help them carry out effective self-evaluation at their primary school

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Providing continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities within school walls can have huge benefits, says headteacher Neil Berry

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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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For headteachers the new Children’s Plan poses yet more new challenges, with possible changes to the primary curriculum, flexible school start and greater involvement between school and family. Angela Youngman investigates

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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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This e-bulletin looks at the legal implications of The Children’s Plan and considers the impact it will have on schools

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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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Harvest time in the fields can also be one rich in learning for schools. This primary assembly discusses how a good or a bad harvest can affect individual farmers – as well as anyone who eats a slice of toast for breakfast

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This free resource is part of a series to help to increase parental involvement in the learning process, here looking at the benefits of developing a formal whole-school policy to encourage parental participation

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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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Whatever stage you are at with your Gifted and Talented (G&T) policy, this resource provides key questions you need to consider for effective implementation

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This assembly will help your key stage 1 pupils understand the circumstances and humility of Christ’s birth. It also links the custom of giving gifts to the story of the first Christmas

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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

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This free resource explains how school leaders can reinvigorate their gifted and talented (G&T) programmes so they are an integral part of whole-school success and not simply a bolt-on

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Starting school is an anxious time for both early years children and parents. School leaders and home-school coordinators need to be aware of their anxieties in order to ease the transition process

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This assembly focuses on Buddhism and the importance of reflection. It tells a story of how advice from a Buddhist monk, makes Gemma realise that she is becoming a bully, and needs to take action to put this right

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This resource provides a comprehensive guide for writing a successful Gifted and Talented (G&T) policy. Useful templates are included

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This free resource will help schools to take a fresh look at their behaviour management and revise their approaches to punishment

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This free assembly encourages students to admire the development of Beijing in preparation for the Olympic Games, but also to be aware of the cost to the community

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This free resource will help school leaders and curriculum managers implement an effective whole-school behaviour management policy

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Author: Edited by Gerald Haigh

Bringing you the best from the Primary Assembly File plus more new assemblies in one handy book! Edited by Gerald Haigh.

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School Financial Management is the recommended read for all school financial managers, school bursars and headteachers, written specifically to help school leadership teams manage their school finances effectively

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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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