This is a well established website that provides news and resources to help you incorporate ICT into teaching and learning. Packed with useful ideas and a supplier directory, bee-it is a great place to look for information and support. Free newsletters provide you with some great tips and advice – registration is free and simple. Highly recommended!
An online subscription resource for improving student behaviour, attitudes and performance. Definitely worth a look at the training videos.
There are some great ideas here with lots of guidance on how to use use some cutting edge material. Topics include First Aid, War Crimes, Poverty, Famine, Conflict and Disasters. Plenty to think about and some seriously thought-provoking material. Lesson plans, presentations and worksheets will help you through the lesson. Sign up to receive regular updates. This is a highly recommended resource.
This new site has been developed with teachers in mind. The Teachers section provides a guide to the rich and diverse cultural resources on offer from museums and exhibitions across the UK. Whilst relevant material will be curriculum tagged, the site deliberately signposts most content by format and subject matter . Well worth a look.
Loads of easy to use puzzles, brain teasers, thinking skills activities and fun stuff for every age. Produced by the same organisation who run the Discovery Channel. Highly recommended and free to use.
A well-established successful UK and International training company. Hundreds of courses to choose from across all subjects and training needs. There is also an excellent range of free resources and materials available for download. Register for free to access the best materials.
Exampro provides easy access to exam questions from AQA subjects including the sciences, ICT, computing, mathematics, humanities, languages and physical education. Questions are organised according to topics, type of question, demand and specification and searching is simple and intuitive. Mark schemes are accompanied by examiners comments where appropriate. The questions can be used for summative tests, homework, checking progress in the lesson and ‘full screen’ class discussion. The site is easy to use and a very reasonable licence fee will suit most department budgets.
This is a charity supported bu the UK Film industry. It promotes and supports the use of film in the curriculum. Regularly updated, interesting and relevant to a number of curriculum areas.
GCSEPod is a great way to reinforce learning and understanding with a well organised and ever expanding library of podcasts that are simple and easy to download. Students have access to a wide range of subjects, with voices of experienced and enthusiastic teachers to guide them through the essentials of each topic. For schools with a close eye on value for money, we think this ticks lots of important boxes – raising standards, promoting independent learning and making the most of the digital age. Take a look…..
This a fantastic place to look for free teaching resources. The Guardian have done an excellent job of organising this to make navigation easy and reliable. From ages 4-18, there are thousands of resources uploaded by teachers. The newsletter highlights some great new additions and time saving search tips. There are also links to the best of Education news from The Guardian. Follow them on Twitter @GuardianTeach for regular updates. We think you will really like this!
A design agency for people in education. Simple, effective and bespoke designs for classrooms, corridors, public profile pages, displays, postcards, sticker sets and much more. Take a look at the range of ideas and get in touch for a first class service to help you build your school’s profile. Our most recent project was with Causeway School, in East Sussex, looking at skills for young people and how these could be developed and promoted in the classroom and around the school.
Learning and Teaching Scotland have produced a site to assist in the development of critical literacy. Currently undergoing huge redevelopment.
This is not simply a game-based learning space but an opportunity to challenge learners to participate and be involved in the process. It deepens the understanding and provides evidence of progress with its backroom statistics and analysis so that teachers can see who did what. Set up your own Kahoot! quizzes or borrow and adapt one of thousands that have been generated by other teachers, saving you hours of precious time. Students love it. Be prepared for the buzz of a Kahoot! session.
Another gem from the BBC. A searchable database of BBC clips categorised according to curriculum area. An invaluable and ever expanding resource.
A great place to find top tips for using music in the classroom. Advice on new tech and digital literacy. Marcus is a Google Educator and consultant to business and education on productivity and creativity.
Birmingham Grid for Learning provide a really easy way to find out where your strengths lie and how to make the best of them. Analyse the results by gender and age or compare a whole class. Really interesting.
An extract from a comprehensive work by Professor Susan Hallam at the Institute of Education, University of London. This chapter examines the effects of background music on health and well-being. There are many interesting perspectives and references to other scientific studies. Reproduced with kind permission of the author.
The Wellcome Trust provides a detailed overview of how music impacts on our everyday lives. Well presented with a range of interactive lesson ideas and activities for all ages. Part of our ‘Music4Learning’ series of links.
Five studies on the effects of music on learning, performance and behaviour by Professor Susan Hallam and Anastasia Kotsopoulou, Institute of Education, University of London. A thorough examination of how music can enhance the learning experience. Reproduced with kind permission.
From the archives of the BBC World Service, here is a thorough investigation into the ability of music to improve our lives. Jane Hanson takes you on a stimulating journey looking at influential music, medicine, healing and therapy. She explores the links between music and personal development and gathers opinion from a variety of experts. This is a four part series, with each episode lasting about 25 minutes. You will need to have Real Player available once you have clicked on the links. Definitely worth a try!
Here is a comprehensive look at how music can enhance and enrich learning. Drawing on the knowledge of several experts in the fields of education, music and psychology, the Big Picture also provides a number of ideas for using music in the classroom.
Nordoff Robbins is a national charity using music to transform the lives of vulnerable people of all ages, all over the UK. Its services include music therapy sessions for people with a wide range of illnesses and disabilities, and short music skills workshops and courses for those wishing to bring music into the lives of those they care for.
Kevin Precious is a former RE teacher turned talented comedian. You can connect with him live at one of his shows or through his Twitter feed @KevinPrecious (read ‘favourites’ from the bottom up). Either way, you will find something to make you smile or laugh out loud. Enjoy.
This is a great idea! Sharing best lessons for learning and revision. Connect with a huge audience and have a chance of winning prizes for teachers and schools. If you are a teacher, student or a parent, then this is definitely worth a look. Free to use.
Oddizzi.com is fun, friendly and fantastic for learning about the world. This is a journey of exploration and an exciting adventure from one horizon to the next. Oddizzi.com shows us how important it is to understand the key features of our planet. Two charming and colourful characters accompany students on their quest for knowledge. Odd and Izzi are always on hand to point you in the right direction if you stray off the beaten track. Updates are regular and frequent and news feeds provide great stimuli for conversation. ‘ClassPals’ is a quick and easy way for students to connect instantly with classrooms around the world by sending postcards – no stamp required! Best of all, is the fact that Oddizzi.com is great for every lesson, every subject and every day. The free trial offers all you need to get a feel of the site. Jump in!
Useful for finding quotations and providing material for discussion. Ideal for starters, assemblies, spiritual reflection and group discussions.
Warning! Powerful and thought-provoking images with detailed descriptions and attributions. Some of the most awe inspiring photographs from the last ten years. Please review before using with sensitive minds.
Providing a number of services for teachers, Schoolzone deliver a huge range of reviews on educational resources and suppliers and a chance for teachers themselves to take part in the reviews. So before you commit precious budgets to resources, take a look to see what Schoolzone have to say. Register for free to get access to the best bits.
Send My Friend to School is a campaign that has brought together hundreds of thousands of students and teachers in the UK who want the government to keep its promise and make sure that every child can go to school, no matter where they live in the world. Send My Friend is run by lots of organisations, including charities and teaching unions, who all believe that education is really important. Take a look!
Focusing on the Irish Junior and Senior Cycle curricula, skoool.ie is the first resource of its kind designed specifically for Irish students and teachers. Some excellent ideas for parents and students particularly around revision.
Run by Russell Stannard, this site does exactly what it says with loads of really useful tips and tricks for setting up gadgets and gizmos in the classroom. No need to register and easy to find what you need.
Some really interesting contributions that cover many aspects of learning and teaching. Browse the catalogue of videos by any category. Constantly updated.
An innovative and simple way to make communication between teachers and parents easy and effective. Text messaging is a quick and cost effective way to notify parents of an excellent test mark or a detention for missing homework. The savings to a school budget are evident after only a few months. Have a look at the demo.
An excellent US-based site that offers a subscription service for teachers plus an enormous range of reviewed links that will be of interest to many. A great deal of this site is free to use.
A great place to find new ideas and teaching resources. Full of support, guidance, top tips and hacks. You can register for free, receive updates and join in the community to share your ideas, resources and fun stuff too.
One of the most reliable and comprehensive sources of information about education. Jobs, networking, sharing ideas and good practice and a place to look for inspiration. Easy to use and free to register. Highly recommended.
A leading company in the South East of the UK for the provision of outdoor education. They also provide a huge range of outdoor activity equipment for sale. Great for family days out too.
Whether you are searching for courses, checking out different universities and colleges or ready to apply then UCAS will guide you through every step. This is your best starting point when looking at further and higher education options. Easy to use and free.
An excellent site with an exciting and stimulating range of resources to aid revision and learning. Subscribe for free and gain access to hundreds of activities. Students are able to complete tasks online and teachers and parents can check on progress. Highly recommended.
A charity which aims to encourage young people’s understanding of the environment and the need for sustainability. Some great sections and plenty of material to download for free. Highly recommended.