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The Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre estimates that 10 per cent of children are noticeably dyslexic, with about 4 per cent being severely dyslexic. The centre’s principal Bernadette McLean offers some proven strategies for meeting their needs in mainstream classrooms. Speaking and listening The main difficulty that children with dyslexia face is with listening to and processing the spoken word at speed. If teachers can slow down their speech and make sentence structures simpler, this will help all children’s understanding. Give plenty of time to practice listening. Teach children how to use visualisation and make pictures in their heads. Pictures are...

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There are currently over one million EAL pupils studying in the UK and this figure has continued to rise year on year. Creating engaging, informative and useful lessons for EAL pupils with a wide range of literacy needs comes with its own set of unique challenges. However, there are a number of teaching methods and techniques that can be employed in order to engage and educate all of the children in your classroom. Firstly, keep these three points in mind and you will have a great starting point for working with EAL learners:  Think about the images a learner can see in the classroom and how these might aid their understanding of words...

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Whether you are due another Ofsted inspection, or are subject to an unannounced visit, you need to be prepared. Celebrating British values has been much talked about in relation to Ofsted, and here is everything you need to know in order to make your visit outstanding. In November 2014, The Department for Education placed an onus on schools to promote British values. They also produced a set of guidelines for SMSC development, which supports the teaching of British values in the classroom. Today, schools will struggle to get an ‘outstanding’ or even ‘good’ rating if they fail to demonstrate a focus on...

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Top ten ways to survive your first day back at school, written by teachers for teachers: 1) Drink coffee, at least three times a day 2) Have a large water bottle stash, because you’ll probably break a sweat at some point 3) Give everyone a nametag, you don’t need that worry in your life  4) Try to look interested when a colleague tells you all about their summer holidays 5) Keep calm when a parent asks you to help out at a bake sale…in July 2017 6) Be prepared to repeat yourself many, many times 7) Be prepared to use...

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