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  1. How to Support Mental Health and Wellbeing in Schools

    Posted on: Mar 11, 2022
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    Mental health and wellbeing go hand-in-hand and are not only central to promoting effective learning and future successful, independent living, they are ESSENTIAL for helping children and young people develop and thrive.

    Focusing on improving a child’s mental health and wellbeing will help them to cope with key life events such as stress, trauma and physical ill-health. Not only are children with better mental wellbeing more likely to be engaged in lessons, better behaved and make more progress but they are also more likely to deal better with stressful events and recover more quickly from illness.

  2. Parental Engagement — Reading at Home

    Posted on: Feb 25, 2022
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    The single biggest way to support children academically and emotionally at home is to encourage them to read. The importance of fostering a positive relationship between home and school is highlighted by Ofsted in their ‘Schools and Parents’ report (2011) –

    “Parental engagement can be a powerful lever for raising achievement in schools and there is much research to show the value of schools and parents working together to support pupils’ learning.”

    This is a guide to help boost reading confidence by encouraging families to have fun sharing books at home, even after children start to read on their own.

    Reading together in a fun and relaxed way not only helps children get hooked on reading, but it is also one of the best ways for families to bond, spend quality time together and make memories that will last a lifetime. Sharing books with children and talking about the story will also help to deepen understanding and develop language.

  3. Why are Posters Important and How Can We Use Them to Increase Library Circulation?

    Posted on: Feb 14, 2022
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    Posters can brighten up any library space as they capture the attention and enable discussion, which in turn encourages students to visit. When used as part of a wider library or classroom display, posters have the power not only to promote specific books but to introduce students to new subjects and concepts, encouraging them to think deeply, investigate widely and broaden their horizons.

    Posters are perfect for all your students but especially reluctant and struggling readers. They are visually engaging with clear and concise information so the material can be absorbed quickly, even at a glance. Whether it be a quote, a scientific principle or a profile of a popstar, posters can motivate and focus students in a way that other learning aids may not.

    When 65% of people worldwide find visual learning more effective it is crucial to use images and graphics to impart information within schools. Posters are one of the best (and easiest) ways to effectively achieve this in a library and classroom environment.

  4. Books to Boost Reading Confidence and Help Students Catch Up

    Books to Boost Reading Confidence and Help Students Catch Up

    Posted on: Jun 09, 2021
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    A study conducted by Renaissance Learning in 2020 showed that 63% of teachers expected that lockdown — and all the limitations that come with it — would increase the existing attainment gap for disadvantaged students. Perhaps more alarmingly, over a third of teachers indicated that they did not feel their school was prepared to measure, and subsequently act on, those attainment differences upon returning to the classroom.

    Filling gaps will no doubt be an ongoing priority for teachers as we navigate a post-lockdown landscape, with key areas of learning taking priority in the mission to catch up. Few areas are more key than literacy, and we know it is going to be a race against time to try and accelerate some students back up to the level of their peers, to reinforce the key skills that will enable them to access the rest of the curriculum. To that end, we wanted to highlight some of our best ‘reading for pleasure’ resources to provide as clear a path as possible — particularly at the all-important transition period of UKS2 to LKS3 when children need to build confidence in their literacy skills as they move on to more challenging work.

    As an experienced educational publisher that has specialised in high interest, low reading level books for nearly 20 years, we have amassed a large and varied back catalogue of engaging fiction and non-fiction to cover a wide range of interests, which we are passionate to make sure act as an ‘open door’ into reading. Our fiction is rightly made up of strands of voices from different walks of life, diverse backgrounds and ways of seeing the world, and we can provide digital resources or printed books, depending on your needs.

    Below we have provided details and recommended audiences for some of our popular series, as well as some of the key features that make our books so accessible for struggling or reluctant readers.

    You can view our entire range

  5. Keeping Kids Reading in a Pandemic – Practical Tips from a Primary School Librarian

    Keeping Kids Reading in a Pandemic – Practical Tips from a Primary School Librarian

    Posted on: Oct 13, 2020
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    With infection rates on the rise, we are all trying our best to keep each other safe but also ensure children still have access to books.  We know reading is key to children’s success both academically and emotionally and primary schools are absolutely crucial in teaching literacy and encouraging reading for pleasure. 

     

    We spoke to one primary school librarian, Jane Hitchin, who works in West Kirby Primary School in Merseyside about the role she played in the school’s reading activities before COVID and what she is doing now to ensure children continue to have a chance to develop a passion for reading.

  6. #UnitedByBooks – We Need to #KeepKidsReading

    #UnitedByBooks – We Need to #KeepKidsReading

    Posted on: Apr 08, 2020
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    As parents, we know reading is better for children than watching TV or playing online games, but are we all aware how much better and why schools place such an emphasis on getting kids reading?

    With schools closed and normal life suspended for everyone we are all scrabbling around trying to think how best to support our children. Parents are taking on a new role as home educators, even though most of us have very limited experience in this and children and young people may additionally be scared, worried and frustrated.

    There are a huge number of digital resources out there, and schools will be sharing links with families on what systems they are using to keep children learning their school subjects. However, there is also a hugely important additional way you can support children academically and emotionally and that is to encourage them to read.

    Children who read for pleasure do better in school and in life than children who don’t. There are a number of academic studies showing this, and that’s why schools work so hard to push reading. This holds true, whatever the academic background of the parents and their income. Reading, and reading because you want to, not because it’s a set text, is a super-power, which has more impact on your results in school and salary after school than anything else we know of. Read the research here

    Books are also soothing, studies show reading is good for mental health, lowering stress levels and anxiety more than many other activities. (read research on this here) Reading allows you to escape into other worlds, and as you have to build the pictures in your mind of what those worlds look like, smell like and taste like, they do it better than just watching a screen. Having less is somehow more

  7. 6 Discussion Points to Celebrate International Women's Day

    6 Discussion Points to Celebrate International Women's Day

    Posted on: Feb 17, 2020
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     “We need to live in a culture that values, respects, looks up to and idolizes women as much as men.” Emma Watson

     

    Happy International Women’s Day! March the 8th is a day for celebrating the many achievements of women across the globe. It is also a day to highlight issues that still need to be solved in order to accomplish equality. The #IWD2020 theme is #EachforEqual, calling for each of us to take control of our actions and be held accountable in a world where “we can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women's achievements.”

    2019 felt like a mixture of achievements and failures for women’s rights. Whilst Saudi Arabia granted women the right to drive without a male chaperone, Turkey announced the ‘marry-your-rapist’ law. In Finland women dominated the top political spots, including the youngest Prime Minister ever elected, yet the 2020 Sex and Power Index from the Fawcett Society shows that men still dominate every sector of politics, public life and business. Whilst Ireland brought in legislation so that women and girls can terminate a pregnancy without fear of being prosecuted, states across the U.S. are passing the most restrictive abortion laws in decades, potentially putting women’s lives at risk.

    6 Discussion Points for International Women's Day

    The following six topics are designed to promote awareness and discussion in the classroom.

    1. Women are 47% more likely to suffer severe injuries in car crashes because safety features are designed for men. It is true that we live in world designed for men as we consistently use data where test subjects are male. This is known as the gender data gap. What implications does this have on society? What other data is male biased? What could we do to change this?
    2. It is estimated that the gender pay gap will take around 202 years to close (World Eco
  8. Getting into writing with two Sides Two Sides II Author Emma Norry

    Getting into writing with two Sides Two Sides II Author Emma Norry

    Posted on: Nov 07, 2019
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    Badger publishing fans will be aware of our best-selling Two Sides series of thought-provoking stories on hard-hitting themes that are breaking new ground in accessible literature.  Emma Norry is the author of United, one of the books in the Two Sides II series, and she kindly agreed to an interview about this book and shares some tips on becoming a writer. Danny Pearson, our publisher, also gives us some insight into the commissioning process for this series and the reaction from readers.

    How did you research and prepare for writing this novel?

    My husband is a massive football fan, both playing and watching it. So… I watched games with him, tried FIFA and PES on the PlayStation and asked my son about playing at school. 

    United is a story about Zane, a football-mad teenager coming to terms with his sexuality.  He has to cope with homophobic comments from his dad and coach how do you think this affects his mental state?

    Everything is amplified when you're a teenager. The good and the bad. Teens can be sensitive about many things, a stereotype that they 'don't care' isn't necessarily true, and when you have a secret, or are particularly worried about something, it often plays on your mind a lot and can easily become all consuming. Poor Zane ends up quite depressed and finds his personality changing in some respects as the comments he hears from respected and trusted grown-ups make him doubt any faith he has in the adults around him and make him feel isolated. 

    You pack a lot into a very short story and Zane has a lot to cope with at the same time. How important was that to creating his character?

    Very important. I wanted Zane to get to a point where we almost wondered if he might snap again, and if so, what would that be like, because he had so much to cope with. Worried about his friend's new relationship, as well as trying to accept his own sexuality and possi

  9. Get a flying start in reading this term with Badger Learning’s FREE Guided Reading Resources!

    Get a flying start in reading this term with Badger Learning’s FREE Guided Reading Resources!

    Posted on: Sep 12, 2019
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    Our Enjoy Guided Reading range has become a go-to resource for busy teachers. To launch the new term we’d love for you to try one in the classroom for free. We’re sure once you’ve done so, you’ll be keen to come back for more. Our aim is always to give teachers the best tools for the job, saving time and delivering lessons that provide positive learning outcomes.   

    We have one FREE resource for each year group from 1–6 available, so please share this with your colleagues and teacher friends.  Every school can download all six free resources with no catches.

    FREE RESOURCES

    Year 1: Teacher notes for I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen

    Year 2: Teacher notes for The Enormous Crocodile by Roald Dahl

    Year 3: Teacher notes for The Pied Piper of Hamelin by Michael Morpurgo

    Year 4: Teacher notes for You’re a Bad Man Mr Gum by Andy Stanton

    Year 5: Teacher notes for The Astounding Broccoli Boy by Frank Cottrell-Boyce

    Year 6: Teacher notes for Trickster by Tom Moorhouse

  10. ACE Science Assessment: Top Tips for Using Learning Ladders

    ACE Science Assessment: Top Tips for Using Learning Ladders

    Posted on: Feb 25, 2015
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    Now that levels have essentially gone, teachers are looking for alternative approaches to assessing their students. The Level Ladder was a popular way to engage with national curriculum levels in the context of stimulating classroom tasks. Without a replacement to the national curriculum levels, schools and teachers have been left to develop their own assessment model. This is where the ACE Learning Ladders, developed for Key Stage 3 science lessons, can be used effectively to support assessment, feedback and improvement in the new curriculum.

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