Watson Martin Partnership celebrates excellent CIPD exam results

International Teaching

20/7/17

First time pass rates up, more top marks, plus higher than national average results. Watson Martin Partnership again celebrates an excellent set of CIPD examination results with 83% of first time candidates achieving success and many more than the national average receiving distinctions and merits. Overall, out of the 60 Watson Martin Partnership candidates who sat the exams in Human Resource Management in Context (HRC) and Leading, Managing and Developing People (LMP) in May, 78% were awarded a pass or higher compared to 75% nationally. 

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A-level and Welsh Baccalaureate students congratulated by Kirsty Williams

International Teaching

19/7/17

Students receiving their A-level and Welsh Baccalaureate results have been congratulated by Education Secretary Kirsty Williams today (Thurs 17th August). This year’s A-level results show:

  • 75.3% gained A* to C, the highest since 2009, with 25% achieving A*-A. 
  • In maths, Wales again outperformed England at A* and A* to C, with 19.4% gaining A*, and 80.4% gaining A* to C.
  • There have been increases at A* in Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
  • At A* to C the results have gone up in Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geography.
  • For All Subjects the performance of both male and females learners has improved across all of the grades.
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How to use Padlet - A guide to Teachers

International Teachers

18/7/17

Padlet gives teachers a virtual cork board where anyone can post short text notes in the same way that you could put post-it notes onto a notice board in your classroom. Unlike a classroom board, the great thing about a Padlet board is that it can be shared between people all over the world! Or your class could use it to collaborate and share ideas outside of the classroom.

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What is the best way to support students on the autism spectrum with teen issues and relationships?

International Teaching

16/7/17

For many teenagers on the autism spectrum the world of feelings, emotions, relationships, and indeed the whole range of issues related to being a teenager, can be extremely difficult. While many young people develop their ability to handle these topics and cope with such issues as sexuality, personal hygiene, body image, social drinking, fashion, self-confidence, and so on, for the student on the autism spectrum this can be difficult. The same is true with everyday situations such as going to the pub, responding to suggestions that a friend is gay, speaking in public, having a tattoo, etc, etc.

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Multi-million fund reaches record number of adoptive families

International Teaching

9/7/17

A fund launched to help struggling families who adopt some of the country’s most vulnerable children has reached almost 18,000 homes, providing much-needed emotional support. Announcing the success of the Adoption Support Fund on Wednesday (2 August), Minister for Children and Families Robert Goodwill also confirmed that a further £5 million will be invested in a number of innovative projects across the country, designed to improve families’ experiences of adoption. It is part of a government drive to deliver the best possible services for vulnerable children. Robert Goodwill, Minister for Children and Families, said:

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I was named after a World War One battle'

International Teaching

2/7/17

Passchendaele, Somme, Arras, Cambrai, Verdun, Dardanelles, Ypres and Jutland. There were not only the names of World War One battles, but also the names given to babies, usually in commemoration of a father or relation who fought and died there. It might sound strange to modern ears, but more than 1,600 children during and after World War One were given names related to the war, even down to calling babies Vimy Ridge or Zeppelina. The war literally became part of their identity - and they became a form of living commemoration. The names tended to be given to girls rather than boys and the battle names were feminised, such as Sommeria, Arrasina, Verdunia, Monsalene and

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Record numbers of women going on to university this year

International Teaching

29/6/17

Teenage girls are now more than a third more likely to go to university than boys, according to new figures, as the gap between the sexes reaches record levels. In total, upwards of 30,000 more women than men are set to start degree courses this autumn, official Ucas data shows. The difference is the largest ever recorded by the university admissions service by this point in the year. A-level results day: Record number of students score university places The figures show around 6,600 fewer students have been placed on courses this year, compared with the same point last year.

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WHAT IS THE MOST POWERFUL WAY OF SHOWING STUDENTS THE IMPORTANCE OF THE NOVEL?

International Teaching

11/6/17

It is self evident that we live in a world in which pupils and students primarily value the new.  Indeed it is an era that is said to have evolved the Cult of the New. From the latest phone to the latest software upgrade: new is everything. Which can add a barrier to the students’ appreciation of literature.  Especially if the copy of a book they are studying looks a little… well, not to put too fine a point on it, old. Yet there is a simple solution to this dilemma.  Brand new editions of classic works of literature which are available at the discounted price of just £1.87 each with free delivery when ordered directly from us.The range of titles available at this price is extraordinary.  We have over 450 titles in

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Dustbin man builds free library of thrown away books

International Teaching

4/6/17

A dustbin man in Bogota in Colombia, who never studied further than primary school, has gathered a library of more than 20,000 thrown away books. The collection began 20 years ago, when Jose Alberto Gutierrez fished out a discarded copy of Tolstoy's novel Anna Karenina. He now offers his books to other people as a free community library. "I realised that people were throwing books away in the rubbish. I started to rescue them," he said. Mr Gutierrez, who has gained the nickname The Lord of the Books, began collecting books that had been dumped in the waste bins in wealthier parts of the city. He would take them out of the rubbish and retrieve them for families in poorer areas.

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Learning Technologies Summer Forum opens next week

International Teaching

4/6/17

Innovations and best practices in L&D: the Learning Technologies Summer Forum is taking place next Tuesday in London and includes a thought-leadership conference and an exhibition of leading suppliers and seminar programme. The Learning Technologies Summer Forum is a unique one-day follow up event to February’s Learning Technologies show and is completely free to attend for L&D professionals and takes place in the Olympia Conference Centre, London, Tuesday 13 June. The event comprises a thought-leadership conference with an emphasis on learning in practice with sessions hosted by influential learning leaders including Itiel Dror, David Kelly, Clive Shepherd and Laura Overton. The exhibition, which runs alongside the conference, contains a packed programme of over 30

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ARM partner with Business Smart International to enhance their on-boarding programme

International Teaching

4/6/17

ARM Holdings Plc, a wholly owned subsidiary of SoftBank Group Corps has partnered with Business Smart International to developed a bespoke simulation based on the ARM business. The simulation was aligned to both the ARM business strategy and culture and helps new hires to understand how ARM’s business model works. Teams are tasked with running and managing a core aspect of the ARM business in a virtual environment. The simulation includes, engaging  scenarios, real company visuals, data, KPI’s and a reporting format all based on the metrics of the company. The simulation is deployed online and through

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