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Focus News Christmas Term

Focus News – Christmas Term 2017 … And 2017 is coming to a close… what a whirlwind of a year it’s been! Take a look at the highlights of the Autumn Term. Charity Fundraising It is important to us that we get involved in charity events and fundraising. This term... View Article

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Christmas Countdown Offers

Christmas is just around the corner. As a special Christmas ‘thanks’ to our customers, we are running daily offers to get you in the festive spirit. All offers run for one day only. The discount codes will be emailed to you or can be found below. Day 1 £25 off... View Article

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Focus News Summer Term 2017

The Latest News from Focus Education We’ve had another jam-packed term at Focus Education and we are all ready and excited for the summer break. Here is a short but sweet round up of the Focus Education news from the Summer Term. Focus Education Technology  Our new website is now... View Article

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Focus News – Spring Term

The Latest News from Focus It’s been another busy term at Focus Education and we are ready for the Easter break. we have produced a quick round up of the Focus Education news from the Spring Term. Exciting Tech and Product Developments  We are in the process of developing our... View Article

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Focus Education at Inspiring Leadership 2017

 Focus Education at Inspiring Leadership 2017 What an unbelievably INSPIRING time we had at Inspiring Leadership this year. We loved meeting fantastic delegates and other exhibitors, and learning about different leadership experiences in the education world. We’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who made our time... View Article

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Ofsted Annual Report 2017

OfSTED Report 2017. Extract taken from the Focus Update Service. To sign up to the service, please click here.  This year’s annual Ofsted report finds the overall quality of education and care in England is improving, but areas of persistent under-performance remain. Amanda Speilman’s Ofsted Annual Report 2017 Launching her first... View Article

Help Learners to Think Using Metacognition

How can we help learners to think metacognitively and how can thinking metacognitively help in accelerating pupil progress? Get pupils to: think about the planning, monitoring and evaluation; talk aloud about how they think they can tackle the task (planning); talk about any adjustments they made as they were doing... View Article

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History Learning Challenge Curriculum Plan

Free History Learning Challenge Curriculum Template Our Learning Challenge Curriculum plan, ‘What has changed since my grandparents were young?’ sample plan will help primary school history teachers to provide their pupils with fun and engaging history lessons while also integrating the learning of other subjects. This particular Learning Challenge plan... View Article

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The Development of Spelling in Primary Schools

Spelling in primary schools… What are the developmental steps that children go through in order to become confident and accurate spellers? The development of spelling in primary schools As in all areas, there is a developmental process in spelling that children go through in order to improve their spelling, and... View Article

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Rethinking the Curriculum

Rethinking the Curriculum, the Learning Challenge Curriculum  How introducing pre-learning activities can spark life into stale lesson plans Anfield Road Primary School in Liverpool is a recently amalgamated school, combined in September 2014 from the infant and junior schools of the same name. Eighteen months ago, Anfield Road Primary saw... View Article

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From Special Measures to Outstanding

How external advice, a curriculum revamp, and becoming an academy helped one school dramatically improve its Ofsted rating from special measures to outstanding. A school from Sheffield has revealed how a total rework of its curriculum has enabled it to move from ‘Special Measures’ to receiving an ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted rating... View Article

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Hopwood Primary School Case Study

Hopwood Primary School is in Rochdale. The school was judged outstanding by Ofsted. How the school has used Focus Education Over the last few years our use of Focus Education has grown from attending courses and purchasing publications to online updates, Finger Tips and consultancy. This year we have used... View Article

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Westwood Primary School Case Study

Westwood is in Oldham. All pupils live in a ward which is in the bottom 1% in the country in terms of multiple deprivation. All pupils are EAL learners and approx half the school is eligible for FSM. 98% of pupils enter the school well below expectations. Ofsted judged the... View Article

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Sheffield LA Case Study

As part of Sheffield’s overall school improvement strategy the Good to Great programme was designed to lead school transformation and facilitate school – to – school partnership work leading to improvement for pupils. How the school has used Focus Education Focus Education has provided consultancy to develop the Good to Great... View Article

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