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Contents E 08/04/2015 10:37 Page 1 Dear Reader,

Welcome to the latest issue of Education Today. With the Easter break now behind us, teachers and parents of Year 6 primary school children will be looking ahead to SATs, and beginning to think about the transition the children will be making in September, from the cosy world of primary school to the busy environment of secondary school. Many schools these days have excellent transition programmes in place, offering taster days for pupils and consultation evenings for parents. Managing this transition is a key part of a school’s duty to the children in its care, and I’ve seen many great examples of this – it never ceases to amaze me how imaginative and inventive our teachers and leadership teams are when it comes to helping students along the path towards adulthood. This is a theme we’ll be returning to later in the year, and I’d love to hear from you, the practitioners, on how you help your pupils take the move to “big school” in their stride. Moving on to the issue, we have the usual mix of news, views and products for you. We look back at the Education Show, and highlight the winners of the Education Resources Awards, which we attended and at which I had the privilege of presenting four awards. I’d like to thank the organisers, BESA and Brilliant Marketing, for a great night, and to congratulate all the winners and entrants. We also have a fascinating piece from Ali Jaffer on the power of cricket to bring children from very different backgrounds together, while our regular View from the Classroom feature goes behind the doors of The Ruth Gorse Academy in Leeds. In our comment pages, we have our regular contributors Graham Cooper, Kirsty Bertenshaw and Alicia Blanco-Bayo offering their usual thoughtful pieces, as well as a number of other excellent contributors from across the education spectrum. Remember, you can get in touch with us via Twitter, Facebook and our homepage, as well as by phone and email. We always like to hear from you so please do get in touch! Enjoy the issue!

Jonathan Swift – Managing Editor

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In this issue...

4-13 NEWS Highlights from the UK education sector 14 COLUMNISTS

Insight and advice from Graham Cooper and Kirsty Bertenshaw 15-19 VIEWS AND OPINION

Featuring opinion and insight from the UK education sector 20-21 VIEW FROM THE CLASSROOM

With Rebekah Taylor, Principal of The Ruth Gorse Academy in Leeds 22-24 EDUCATION SHOW REVIEW We look back at this key show 26-27 CULTURAL DIVERSITY With Ali Jaffer, founder of AJ Coaching

April 2015


Including products from Polyflor and Altro 33-37 COMPUTING Including products from Epson and Groupcall 38-39WELLBEING

Including products from Epson, Sahara and Groupcall 37WELLBEING Including news from Smooga and selfharmUK 40-41 RESOURCES

Including news from the Hackney Learning Trust 42 ROUND UP

Including news from St Albans School and Dance City

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