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Promoting Teacher Wellbeing Through Palming

Palming For Improving Teacher Wellbeing If you see a teacher with their head in their hands at their desk all may not be as bad as it seems they may be palming! Teaching is widely recognised as a demanding, high-stress profession. Heavy workloads, time pressures, all contribute to teacher stress and burnout. This not only …

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Executive Functioning: A Guide for Teachers

What is Executive Functioning? Executive functioning refers to the cognitive processes that enable us to plan, focus attention, remember instructions, and juggle multiple tasks successfully. It includes skills like working memory, mental flexibility, and self-control. Students rely on these skills to regulate their behaviour, organise their thoughts, and problem-solve.  Executive functioning skills start developing in …

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STEM Provocation: The Three Little Pigs Play-Based Learning

STEM-based provocations for early years settings A provocation in the classroom is something that stimulates a response or action. It is based on children’s interests and curiosity. We love play based learning and storytelling on this site and STEAM based provocations seemed like a fantastic next step. A Sensory lesson plan for exploring The Three …

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Attention Autism: A Comprehensive Guide for Teachers

What is Attention Autism? Attention Autism is an intervention approach designed by speech-language pathologist Gina Davies to support the development of communication, social, and cognitive skills in children with autism (ASD). The program uses a progression of visually-based and highly motivating activities to teach children how to pay attention, imitate, and engage socially. The goal …

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Independent Play: The Cornerstone of Child Development

What is Independent Play? Independent play refers to the time when children play alone without the direct involvement of others. This doesn’t mean they’re isolated or neglected; instead, they’re learning how to entertain themselves, explore their environment, and develop their creativity and imagination. It’s a crucial part of a child’s development, fostering resilience, independence, and …

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Outdoor Water Play Ideas For Every Age Group

The Educational Benefits of Water Play in EYFS and Beyond Water play is a staple activity in many early childhood education settings. It’s more than just splashing around—it’s a powerful learning tool that offers a multitude of educational benefits. From fostering motor skills to promoting scientific thinking, water play can provide a rich, sensory, and …

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Outdoor Learning: Unleash Your Child’s Full Potential

Learning Outdoors Ever felt like your lessons are simply not engaging enough for your students? We understand how frustrating this can be, having gone through the same thing ourselves. Fact is, research shows that outdoor learning can significantly boost student engagement and concentration. This article provides you with practical steps to incorporate outdoor learning into …

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20 Games For Primary School Classes

Fun Classroom Games for Primary School Children When looking for engaging games for primary school, it’s important to find activities that entertain young learners while providing educational value. This article outlines quick and easy classroom games to try. In the ideas for games and activities I have tried to link them to learning intentions. No-Prep …

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Augmented Reality Storytelling for Children: Engagement and Learning

AR – Augmented Reality Storytelling To Engage Children

Engaging Children In Literacy Through AR Storytelling. In the digital age, technology’s intersection with education has transformed the way we approach learning and engagement. One technology that has shown significant promise in this realm is Augmented Reality (AR). AR, by overlaying digital information onto the real world, offers a unique blend of interactive and immersive …

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16 SENCO Interview Questions

Things To Know About the Role of a SENCO What is a SENCO? A SENCo, which stands for Special Educational Needs Coordinator, is the key leader in supporting students with special educational needs and/or disabilities at their primary or secondary school. The SENCo works to ensure these students receive the right teaching and learning support …

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The Importance of Saying No To Children

Saying No To Children: Validating a Child’s Feelings While Setting Boundaries One of the most critical aspects of a child’s emotional development is learning to set boundaries. Saying “no” is an essential part of this process. In this article, we will discuss the importance of saying no, how it can validate a child’s feelings, and …

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Classroom Design, Sensory Processing & Autism

Sensory Processing Differences and Classroom Design ‘Sensory processing’ refers to how a person’s nervous system responds to sensory information and how they react to it. autistic individuals often find it challenging to prioritise the stimuli to process in their environment, making it difficult to focus on a single stimulus. Atypical sensory processing in autism involves …

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Unlocking the Potential of EYFS Children: Encouraging Exploration

Did you know that 90% of a child’s brain development happens before the age of 5? This striking fact highlights the importance of the early years foundation stage (EYFS) in shaping young minds. It’s time to revolutionise your approach to EYFS teaching, with evidence-based strategies that maximise your young explorers potential. Imagine a classroom where …

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The Power of Retrieval Practice for SEN Pupils

What is Retrieval Practice and Why is it Important? Retrieval practice, or recalling what you have learned, can be a powerful learning strategy for students with special educational needs. Retrieval practice is a learning strategy in which a person actively attempts to recall information that they have previously studied from memory. This is effective because …

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15 Deputy Head Interview Questions

Deputy Head Interview Questions and Tips for Success in 2023 This article on Deputy Head Interview Questions has been written for aspiring Deputy Headteachers in the UK. These possible questions cover most of the key leadership areas. Often deputy head roles include a significant safeguarding or DSL role. Click the link for interview questions linked …

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100 Sensory Ideas: Activities for Autistic Children

Linking Sensory Ideas to Learning Intentions We love sensory ideas, play based learning and developing engaging activities. The importance of sensory experiences in a child’s development is well-known. Engaging in sensory activities helps children build essential skills, including fine and gross motor skills, self-regulation, and emotional regulation. While vestibular activities, which stimulate the sense of balance and spatial orientation, are essential …

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The Impact of Lockdown on Autistic Children’s Mental Health

The Impact of Lockdown on Autistic Children The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns have had a profound impact on’s lives, including children and adolescents. At the time of writing this article, June 2023, we are seeing the challenges and outcomes of this upheaval including much-reduced attendance. It feels like there has been a subtle shift …

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