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Education Show 2016 Review

elements of a good assessment system and translating these into the classroom; ensuring that you are challenging pupils effectively and setting appropriate targets; tracking and effectively measuring pupil progress post levels; and demonstrating progress for Ofsted, governors and parents. Teacher and behaviour guru, Tom Bennett,

hosted a popular session in the show’s Central Feature area, titled ‘Behaving better - Tips for maintaining classroom discipline’ which provided visitors with insight on dealing with low-level disruption, managing misbehaviour before it escalates further, and strategies to maximise learning. Kirsty Tonks, assistant principal/ teaching

school director, and Jen Devaney, project manager, both from Shireland Collegiate Academy looked at Flipped Learning, in their session, ‘Flipped classroom: Reinventing your maths lessons’. They delved deeper into the journey of MathsFlip, an Education Endowment Foundation funded project which looks at the impact of adopting a Flipped Learning method with Year 5 and 6 pupils in mathematics, and demonstrate how using technology to deliver this methodology can accelerate and deepen learning. Kevin McLaughlin, teacher at Old Mill Primary

School spoke in the Central Feature, in a seminar focusing on ‘Developing mastery in the classroom through personalising learning’. Kevin discussed how developing a personalised learning approach can help children master the content the curriculum demands of them.

Showcase of products and learning resources The three-day event once again provided education and teaching professionals with the opportunity to touch and feel hundreds of resources and innovative products, from over 300 exhibitors, all offering a wealth of knowledge and experience in their field. Here are some of the highlights. Eden Learning Spaces showcased its

educational soft furnishings, specially designed to enhance the experience of learning. The expert designers behind Eden Learning Spaces work closely with educational professionals in order to create soft furnishings that are aligned to the curriculum, enhance modern teaching techniques and offer a vibrant aesthetic to any learning space. The bean, foam and fibre-filled products provide not only ultimate comfort, but also double up as practical and engaging learning resources. Visitors to the stand engaged in live product demonstrations, met the creative team,

and received special offers exclusive to the show. Memory Owl offers a new and unique way of

learning times tables using memory techniques. It is aimed at Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils, and is based on the concept that there is no need to remember numbers, and instead encourages children to remember short stories about Memory Owl and his friends in the wood! Available in a book, colouring book, teachers’ resource pack, flash cards and website, schools can also become members to have access to a web app, including narrated stories and a quiz, cut price books and resources. Visitors to the stand enjoyed demonstrations of the Memory Owl stories and Quiz, benefited from discounted books and resources, and entered a competition to win a Memory Owl Class Pack. Created by a team of qualified teachers, SATs

Companion is a unique, comprehensive online resource tool to help pupils prepare for the new 2016 Key Stage 2 SATs at home or at school. The system has an advanced question and test bank that allows differentiated questions, contents, and styles – just like the real exam, 10 Maths & SPAG timed practice test sets, printable worksheets, digital micro lessons, revision bank, advanced reporting, instant marking, pupil rewards system, and progress trackers. Visitors took part in walk-through

demonstrations of the product and entered a business card draw for a discount on SATs Companion resources. STAEDTLER has been supplying quality

stationery products to the education sector for over 35 years. Well known for the famous black and yellow school pencil, Noris, STAEDTLER (UK) Ltd celebrated its 50th anniversary at the Education Show! The team showcased the company’s top selling stationery items and also introduced new products including the Teachers Marking set, in bright on-trend colours. Visitors to the stand also signed up to an exclusive Teachers’ Club and picked up their FREE welcome pack. STAEDTLER also be provided free caricatures on Thursday and Friday. Reading Plus is a new web-based program

that bridges the gap between functional literacy skills and reading for meaning. Whilst a number of programs will build comprehension and academic vocabulary, Reading Plus® is unique in that it is proven to develop silent reading rates – an essential and often overlooked element of proficient reading. Reading from an extensive online library of engaging texts (cross-curricular, informational and literary), students learn to make connections, formulate opinions, and develop the


ability to express and support those opinions with evidence and knowledge. Suitable for English, SEN and EAL (reading age 8-16+), Reading Plus® is scaffolded in such a way so that even reluctant readers can enjoy it; the software can be used both in school and from home. SuperStickers is passionate about praising and

encouraging children at school in order to boost their self-esteem and support their academic development. A ‘Well Done’ sticker, ‘Teacher’s Award’ badge or ‘Super Effort’ stamp may seem small, but they’ll make a child smile and feel really proud of their achievements, spurring them on to work harder! SuperStickers also offers personalised rewards, and colourful classroom display posters and time-saving resources for teachers. The Targeteers® range of stickers covers every target across the primary curriculum, and handy Learning Records provide an at-a-glance log of a child’s progress and attainment at Key Stages 1 and 2. Support Services for Education (SSE), a

traded unit within Somerset County Council offers a wide variety of support services to schools. Its services encompass educational effectiveness, enrichment, business services and SEN, and provide educational settings with the support they need to focus on delivering educational excellence to all children and young people. SSE’s vision is to improve the outcomes for all children and young people by working in partnership with others. nasen is the UK’s leading organisation

supporting those who work with or care for children and young people with special and additional educational needs and disabilities. It offers training, development and support for all staff including SENCOs, leaders, teachers, governors and teaching assistants. nasen also helped to curate the show’s three-

day SEN CPD programme: free to attend seminars and workshops developed to enable best practices and outstanding methodology for pupils with SEN to be shared and discussed. To help exhibitors plan their route around the

show, the British Educational Supplier’s Association (BESA) was once again on-hand at the BESA Show Information Point. The association’s knowledge and experience helped visitors plan their time at the event and ensure they got as much out of it as possible.

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