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Coming Up for Air
Coming Up for Air
Price: £4.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Once again Mags has created characters who take us by ..., 16 July 2017
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Once again Mags has created characters who take us by the hand into their various lives... What we see is often not their reality and with engaging stories we are witness to how they finally "come up for air"...


An Inspector Calls: The Ultimate Audio Revision Guide (Updated for GCSE 9-1) (Ultimate Audio Guides)
An Inspector Calls: The Ultimate Audio Revision Guide (Updated for GCSE 9-1) (Ultimate Audio Guides)
by Emily Bird
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting way to revise a play with songs, activities and detailed summaries, 2 Jun. 2016
I purchased this one as my son had already used the "Of Mice and Men" book for his GCSE revision and he very much enjoyed the mix of interesting facts, detailed info on characters, language and structure and the songs that bring you all the info in a fun and enjoyable way. The extra info you get when you request it via email came very quickly and included extra activities and summaries that helped with painting the overall picture in readiness for the GCSE - just wished I had ordered the book earlier!! Great service from the author too as I received the info on the same day.


Of Mice and Men: The Ultimate Audio Revision Guide: GCSE Success the Easy Way (Ultimate Audio Guide)
Of Mice and Men: The Ultimate Audio Revision Guide: GCSE Success the Easy Way (Ultimate Audio Guide)
by Emily Bird
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great revision guide which is a little different and keeps ..., 21 May 2016
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Great revision guide which is a little different and keeps you going with the songs too. I sent an email to get the extra info and within an hour, I had received the extra guide and Q&A set. Thank you - kept us revising for the GCSE exam :-)


Wild Card
Wild Card
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4.0 out of 5 stars I'm all shook up!!, 9 May 2016
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From the minute you start reading about Frankie's life, you wonder how she will manage to escape the very claustrophobic environment she's stuck in. You hope with all your heart that she'll find a way out of her very predictable life in Scotland... Although her daily routine numbs her senses, you know she has much more to give, learn and experience... Two key people in her life influence her decisions: her Granny who is her rock (and roll!) and her little sister who, despite her own serious issues, understands her urge to escape... Add true love and Frankie is finally freed!
Easy to read thanks to an informal style which brings the Scottish tones and English humour together! I enjoyed the mix of emotions throughout and kept on turning the pages...


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

4 of 4 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: £9.49

1 of 2 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
Offered by Pizzazz
Price: £12.00

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: Call to War: Book 3
The Chronicles of Avantia: Call to War: Book 3
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"!!


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