Selected resources: From science to football and literacy

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Among the resources featured in Headteacher Update in June were a literacy resource for the European football championships, a e-safety resource and computing CPD

Science on Stage

Science on Stage UK is seeking up to 12 passionate teachers and technicians from all areas of science in five to 19 education to represent the UK at the Science on Stage European Festival in 2017. Chosen UK delegates will be sharing their expertise with teachers from 25 other countries. Science on Stage UK is coordinated by the Royal Society and those interested can register now. The application process goes live in July. Visit:


A free-to-use website is helping school parents to connect with each other to arrange anything from play-dates and lift-shares to birthday parties and fundraising activities. Classlist provides a directory of class parents accessible on electronic devices including mobile and offers a private social network where parents can organise social activities. The idea of the site, which is funded by advertising, is that it is easier for class reps than preparing and maintaining spreadsheets or directories of parent contacts. Visit:

Diabetes support

A free booklet for schools with advice on supporting students with diabetes has been published by the charity InDependent Diabetes Trust. Diabetes: What schools need to know covers key facts about Type 1 and 2 diabetes, information about using insulin, and information on hypoglycaemia, hyperglycaemia, stress and communication. Visit:

Computing CPD

This year’s Computing at School conference (CAS) is due to take place on June 18, offering a range of CPD for primary and secondary teachers of computer science. Key speakers include David J Malan, professor of computer science at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Science. The conference includes a number of plenary sessions and 40 workshops. It takes place in Birmingham. Visit:

Euro 2016 literacy

As Euro 2016 begins, the National Literacy Trust and children’s author Tom Palmer have launched a literacy toolkit for schools. The tournament takes place in France and the toolkit blends the upcoming football with the anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, which began in the same country 100 years ago. It includes ideas and resources to inspire pupils aged 7 to 13 to love reading and writing. It includes an original 16-chapter story to be read live in schools during the tournament. Visit:

e-Safety resource

The e-safety charity Childnet has launched TrustMe, a resource to help teachers explore critical-thinking online with their students. It has been developed with the London Grid for Learning’s Safeguarding Board to address emerging areas of online extremism and propaganda. It aims to promote discussion and encourage students to think critically about what they see online. Visit:

Issues of continence

Training has been launched to help schools manage issues of continence in the classroom. The Children and Families Act 2014 outlines schools’ responsibility to support children with medical conditions. Around one in 12 children will develop on-going bladder and bowel problems. The training next takes place on July 11 in London and is run by charity ERIC. Visit:

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