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The Perfect Further Education Lesson
The Perfect Further Education Lesson
by Jackie Beere
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the book is user friendly and easy to navigate with each chapter offering a set of ..., 11 Aug. 2014
Jackie Rossa presents her new menu! She has acquired ingredients throughout her career in Further Education and with private providers. She has worked as a teacher, an advanced practitioner, a coach and a Director of Quality and Effectiveness; currently she is an inspector for Ofsted and a senior consultant for College Leadership services. Her aim is to continue to improve the quality of teaching for the benefit of all learners.

There are many books on the market on how to teach or improve teaching but this book offers a one-stop set of recipes. It’s a new and fresh vision to reassure teachers that what they are doing in the classroom is exactly what their learners need in line with the new 2012 Ofsted requirements. Although the book is aimed mainly at classroom based teaching, providers who deliver mainly in the workplace will also find a bank of transferable ideas as the Common Inspection Framework -CIF- 2012 covers both Learner and Employer Responsive delivery.

Divided in 6 parts (planning, engaging learners, behaviour for learning, making progress, collaborative learning and feedback), the book is user friendly and easy to navigate with each chapter offering a set of examples and case studies from the FE sector, top tips and ideas, clarifications and quotes as well as references to current trends. The layout, diagrams and illustrations add to the mix and aid understanding. It’s not just a repertory of ideas though as Jackie has interpreted the various concepts with her Ofsted hat on. She never recites long quotes from the CIF but instead makes reference to it in a targeted and directed way to highlight how the reality of the classroom will be interpreted by external observers.

Throughout the book, the numerous examples and ideas come from a variety of sectors and providers, so whether in Construction or Arts, in Care or Maths, Foundation learning or Horticulture, teachers will relate to them easily. Jackie reminds teachers to use a common sense approach and be SMART in their everyday practice. She clarifies how to include functional skills, ILT or PLTS in lessons through practical tips and demonstrations. Employability skills are highlighted throughout as a key focus to prepare all learners for their future working life and how a “graduate profile” might enthuse learners to think ahead concretely by demonstrating an attitude to learning in the classroom. Questioning techniques, from the Socratic questioning to the use of EVS, to support the formative aspects of learning are covered as is how to track and evidence progress. It pushes teachers to constantly reassess what learners need to do to learn and how they can work collaboratively to achieve their goals. The tick list at the end of each chapter makes it a very useful tool when preparing a lesson or getting ready for an observation.

So on a practical note, I hope the cover of this book is sturdy because it won’t stay on a shelf very long. It will be passed around the office, used in training sessions, transported home to prepare lessons, maybe even taken on holiday!
I am thinking of buying copies for my College colleagues: one for a new teacher who is enthusiastic but comes with a bag full of theories and no practical experience, one for a lecturer who has just returned from maternity leave and feels a little worried about the new FE context, one for a lecturer with years of experience who loves teaching but keeps getting grade 3s when observed, one for the Teaching Coaches so they can dip into it to complement their extensive set of supportive tools and one for the lesson observation team to reiterate the many facets of what an outstanding lesson can look like. And one more copy to be used when I get told that teaching is easy!

Jackie has succeeded in offering a new menu of options which can be tailored to suit the changing needs of the teachers and learners. This positive book focuses on what truly matters in education and offers teachers examples and guidelines which will reaffirm their appetite for outstanding teaching. They will, of course, have to add their own secret ingredients and experiment a little with these recipes to ensure their learners take ownership and get the best experience ever, but isn’t that what teaching is all about?


The Best Of Simple Minds
The Best Of Simple Minds
Price: £5.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC TUNES, 16 Nov. 2012
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Fantastic tunes from the 80s with all the famous songs you want to hear from the Simple Minds... just the best way to get that blast from the past!!!


Martine et le petit chat
Martine et le petit chat
by Marcel Marlier
Edition: Album

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic story, 8 April 2012
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I used to read the Martine books when I was young and they are fantastic stories for girls... my daughter enjoys them and learns French through them too!


Mighty Bright Purple Travelflex LED Book Light
Mighty Bright Purple Travelflex LED Book Light
Price: £7.84

1.0 out of 5 stars poor quality - plastic quite flimsy, 27 Jan. 2012
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Bought the light and the plastic feels flimsy and actually the light section opened up and is hard to keep together now - I would not recommend this product even though the lighting is bright and it does attack to my kindle cover nicely.


Keep Calm and Cycle On Mens Premium T-Shirt Green X Large
Keep Calm and Cycle On Mens Premium T-Shirt Green X Large
Offered by bybulldog
Price: £9.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good quality t-shirt with good printing, 15 Jan. 2012
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Good t-shirt with good quality print - nice colours and fun lines! really pleased and will be ordering more!size is as you'd expect.


The Chronicles of Avantia: 3: Call to War
The Chronicles of Avantia: 3: Call to War
by Adam Blade
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great for kids who like adventure book!, 19 Sept. 2011
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Since buying the first beast quest, 2 years ago, I have had to order about 40 books from the series from my son who loves the stories and also the "font"- it's biggish print, easy to read and gives him a real sense of achievement that he reads a book in a couple of days rather than just a chapter as he loses interest quickly! I woudl recommend for "reluctant readers". I am told the Avantia series is just a little more "grown up"!!


Dork Diaries
Dork Diaries
by Rachel Renée Russell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.85

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fun reading! Bridget jones for kids!, 19 Sept. 2011
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My daughter who is 9 really enjoys reading this series...I think it's all a bit silly but maybe a Bridget Jones for young girls! light reading is still reading so she can keep on reading!!!


Dork Diaries: Party Time
Dork Diaries: Party Time
by Rachel Renée Russell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars fun reading! Bridget jones for kids!, 19 Sept. 2011
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My daughter who is 9 really enjoys reading this series...I think it's all a bit silly but maybe a Bridget Jones for young girls! light reading is still reading so she can keep on reading!!!


Joseph Joseph Rinse&Chop Multi-function Chopping Board (Green)
Joseph Joseph Rinse&Chop Multi-function Chopping Board (Green)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great chopping board, 10 Mar. 2010
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very useful chopping board, easy to chop then fold and clean the vegetables in water...the price is the only downfall!


Brabantia Built-in Bin, 15 Litre - White
Brabantia Built-in Bin, 15 Litre - White
Price: £47.00

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good bin, 10 Mar. 2010
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all fine except the spring in the lid is quite tight so the kitchen door won't shut properly- hubby says he will sort it and then it will be the perfect bin as it fits fine in the cabinet


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