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Westonbirt National Arboretum

This series involves visiting and recommending worthwhile and enjoyable venues for educational trips. We follow primary head teacher Jenny Kiss leading a maths trip to Westonbirt National Arboretum in Gloucestershire. And Abigail Owen, on a geography trip with her group of primary pupils, ventures down the Blue-John Cavern, a unique fluor-spar in Castleton.

Italy and Iceland

The series visiting and recommending worthwhile and enjoyable venues for educational trips. This week South Bromsgrove School orchestra goes to play in Italy, led by teacher-cum-conductor Chris Cobon. And we join a group of 29 secondary geography teachers on a familiarisation trip to Iceland.

Sculpture Valley

The series visiting and recommending worthwhile and enjoyable venues for educational trips. This week, Gill Sillson and her class of year 3 and 4 pupils explore a brand new sculpture valley in the heart of Cumbria. And Mikaela Hird and her pupils from William Davies Primary School in east London visit Spitalfields City Farm for an environmental trip organised by The Growing Schools programme.

Salford Museum and Art Gallery

The series visiting and recommending worthwhile and enjoyable venues for educational trips. The staff and pupils of Green Fold Special School venture out to Salford Museum and Art Gallery to explore an exhibition about ancient Egypt; and Lucy Marks's pupils from Paces Special School let off their wheelchair brakes and glide on the ice on a recreational visit to their local rink in Sheffield.

Pension Schemes

The magazine series helping you to plan your career with the latest jobs information from the TES. Here we seek the opinions of teachers on proposed changes to their pensions scheme. The ensuing studio debate turns the spotlight onto Paul Bleasdale, Head of Pensions at the DfES. The regular job slot focuses on Camden, the inner-city London borough where you may find yourself teaching the children of celebrities and asylum seekers side by side. Meanwhile our experts at the TES have a look at what jobs are currently available across the country. The programme's resident career consultant Jan McKenley advises Mary-Ann Struthers, a secondary teacher whose passion for German is being threatened by the changes to the national curriculum.

OFSTED! The Musical

"I have been through two Ofsteds and this one I am ready to laugh at," says a headteacher arriving for a special performance of Ofsted the Musical! filmed for Teachers' TV. Ofsted the Musical!, written and performed by drama students from Hull University, combines musical numbers, sketches and satire to depict the madder side of a school undergoing an inspection. The writer David Byrne was inspired to write the show after having experienced three inspections as a school pupil. The Edinburgh Fringe Festival performance received rave reviews which resulted in sell-out shows for the duration of the run, with packed audiences made up of teachers, headteachers, inspectors and ex-Chief Inspector of Schools, Chris Woodhead. This progamme includes excerpts from the production and comments from an invited audience of teachers, headteachers and comments from a 'mystery' inspector.

The Academy

While the media debate the pros and cons of the academy initiative, the front line of the management team of Capital City Academy in north London are more concerned with the practicalities of turning the vision into a reality. This documentary tells the story of the launch of the Academy and looks at where they are now and where they want to be. Sponsor Sir Frank Lowe has overseen the building of a radical new Norman Foster building to house the school. He is determined to create new opportunities for students in Willesden, north London. The principal Philip O'Hear has been in the post for just a few months. He is proud of the new facilities but the pressure is on to make the most of the investment and begin to deliver results.

Including Parents

This documentary profiles two London schools and shows how different approaches to parental liaison are building new connections between home and school. Follow two families with different circumstances that have left them both struggling to connect with the education system and discover how the school liaison worker is making a real difference.

Why Bother With Health?

'Why Bother with Health?' looks at the issues surrounding children's health as raised by the government's recent white paper and shows why schools should address these issues now. The programme explores the key points all schools need to address: physical activity, diet, sex, drugs, and emotional health and well-being. A variety of experts and forward-thinking schools across the country offer practical advice to implement these changes across the whole curriculum, whilst highlighting potential problems the next generation of adults face if changes aren't made. The documentary is followed by a studio debate which examines the issues raised in greater detail and features Colin Noble from the National Healthy Schools Standard, Amanda Dennison, headteacher at the Millennium Primary School in Greenwich, and Cassandra Jardine, author and Daily Telegraph journalist.

Thinking Skills: Brain-Based Approaches

Recent research into how the human brain works is encouraging integrated thinking and learning and inspiring classroom techniques and activities. In March 2004, author Tony Buzan hosted a day of workshops and seminars which introduced staff and children from Kent to whole brain accelerated learning techniques. This programme shares some of the multi-sensory approaches demonstrated that day and returns six months later to find out how teachers and pupils from Charing School near Ashford were inspired. Year 6 teacher Anne Plummeridge discusses the versatility of Mind Mapping, a graphic technique for recording information and generating new ideas. Headteacher Rosemary Olley explains the benefits of a cross-curricular approach which seems to reflect the associative way in which the brain works. An educational neuroscientist discusses some of the foundations of multi-sensory pedagogies.
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