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Support for keyword phonics Oxley Park Academy in Milton Keynes is offering school-to-school support for schools in England that have already implemented or are thinking of implementing the THRASS keyword phonics programme (whole-school, part-school or for children with special educational needs). Oxley Park is the centre of excellence for THRASS in England and headteacher Cathy Higgins has championed its importance within a balanced literacy programme. In their new status as training provider, schools are now able to approach Oxley Park for consultancy services related to THRASS – an open day is planned for this term for senior managers, coordinators and school governors. “I have always believed in the power of THRASS and the impact

it has on standards when it is taught by adults with a thorough knowledge of English phonics,” explains Mrs Higgins. “Children embrace the concept with ease. This is refl ected in the quality of work they produce – the children have the tools and knowledge at their disposal to use more creative words from a very early age.”

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Signs Scott Ltd are one of the UK’s leading suppliers of school signage and display solutions. Based in Tonbridge, Kent they have completed new signage projects at over 8,500 schools across the UK. From a single classroom door sign through to large main school signs, school noticeboards or the complete rebranding of your school site they have a range of design ideas and solutions to suit you and your school’s budget. They offer a free no obligation design service which allows you to

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Image Playgrounds design their playground equipment to promote excitement, challenge and fun for pupils in their play breaks. By encouraging children to be more active, they are channelling their energy and this gets oxygen fl owing to the brain as well as extremities. As a result, research suggests that classroom behaviour is improved and children are more likely to settle down and be more studious. The Image Playgrounds story began with the advent of a school

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