A blog for students on the FDLT at the University of Northampton

at Leicester and UN

July 25, 2013
by Jean
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If your baby is born in July…

The recent royal birth has has prompted discussion of how summer born children are affected when they go to school.

A report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (2007) explored the impact of birth date upon cognitive test schools. You can read their report here – IFS Report on impact of date of birth

In 2009 Cambridge Assessment undertook a review of the literature about this issue. You can read it here – Literature Review

When you are researching to find literature if you find an article or report that reviews the literature this can give you a useful overview of the area you are investigating. In addition you can use the reference lists in these publications to identify other literature to seek out.

Have you noticed anything significant about when children are born in your own professional role (or in your family)?

July 25, 2013
by Jean
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Preparing your work space!

Before the university term begins you should invest some time in getting your space ready.

Have a look at this activity that explores a workspace and use it to make some decisions about your own work space.

getting your work space ready

Think about setting up a paper folder for each module, as well as folders on your laptop. You will need five:

PDT 1004 – professional studies

PDT 1005 – SEN, equality and diversity

PDT 1050 – work-based practice

PDT 1063 – subject based studies – English and mathematics

PDT 1064 – enriching the curriculum – within the school

folders

 

July 19, 2013
by Jean
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A call for better access to education for children and young people everywhere!

Last week Mulala Yousafzai made a speech at the United Nations. She called upon politicians to ensure that all children have the right to go to school, wherever they are growing up. “Let us pick up our books and pens,” Malala said, “…they are our most powerful weapons.”

You can read more about her life and speech here as well as see a video clip: Mulala’s speech at the UN

Read more about the UN’s campaign for Global Education here: Global Education at the UN

Less than three years before a turn-of-the-millennium promise by world leaders to ensure that all children can attend primary school becomes due, 61 million still have no classroom to go to.

 

Think about the educational experience children in the UK and compare it to the opportunities children in other countries might have. What do you think the obstacles to universal education are? What are the implications of the fact the 61 million children around the world have no school to go to?

 

July 19, 2013
by Jean
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TES for teaching assistants

Have you explored the resources available on the TES website? There is section for teaching assistants.

You can find it here: TES for TAs

 

You can search and browse for resources in lots of areas such as behaviour support, supporting SEN, reading and phonics. Resources can be searched by topics – two are listed above but there are many more. You can add your own reviews of resources to share with your colleagues. You can also follow on Twitter – @tes_TAs.

Evaluating resources and strategies that you use can involve you in thinking reflectively about learning and the factors that have an effect on learning.

July 11, 2013
by Jean
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The National Curriculum 5 – 14

This week the latest draft of the National Curriculum has been published. you can view it or download it here:

The National Curriculum Framework July 2013

You can respond to this document by completing the online response from by 8th August at the link here:

Responding to the NC

This curriculum will come into force from September 2014. You should consider how this curriculum will affect you in your role, how it will affect your school and what it means for education generally.

 

July 11, 2013
by Jean
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Ready for September…

We are pleased to confirm that the FDLT will be taught at Beauchamp College, Oadby; Milton Keynes and Park Campus, University of Northampton.

We look forward to seeing all of you at the location you chose. If you have any questions or concerns you can email the Admissions Tutor, Jean Edwards (jean.edwards@northampton.ac.uk).

July 4, 2013
by Jean
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TES for teaching assistants

Have you explored the TES resources website? There is a section focused on resources for teaching assistants.

You can find it here: tes teaching assistants

You can search and browse for resources in lots of areas such as behaviour support, supporting SEN,reading and phonics. Resources can be searched by topics – two are listed above but there are many more. You can add your own reviews of resources and submit your own resources to share with your colleagues. You can also follow on twitter – @tes_TAs.

Evaluating the resources and strategies you use and adding to them can involve you in thinking reflectively about learning and the factors that have an effect on learning.

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