Take time to consider evidenced based practice in your school

If evidence-informed teaching is to become a reality, we need to create time and space to engage with the research evidence. But, more than that, we need to be able to discuss the research collaboratively and especially, discuss how to translate research findings into practice in the classroom.

The Health Education Service, in collaboration with Birmingham City University (BCU), has created a forum for SLT members to meet to discuss research topics – akin to a book club.

We (the group) choose a research topic for each meeting, BCU supplies key background information on the research topic and we then come together to discuss the implications of the research, its strengths and limitations, and the practicalities of implementing in the classroom (or not).

The sessions are free to attend and are proving popular with senior leaders.  However we always welcome more colleagues to share their insights and successes.

The fourth meeting of the SLT Research Interest Group will take place on Thursday 9th June, 4:00pm – 6:00 pm at HESTC, Midland Croft, B33 0AW.

The Topic for this session is: How curriculum design and school structures can affect learning

The reading can all be found on our website at: http://servicesforeducation.co.uk/index.php/health-education/2013-10-09-13-36-52/bham-slt-research-interest-group

If you wish to join the group please email Sandra Passmore, Education Adviser -sandra.passmore@servicesforeducation.co.uk or you can find us on twitter – @S4E_HES #bhamslt


All your wildest CPD dreams come true!

We are jumping for joy  –  our new prospectus of support and training for 2016/17 is out!!!!

All the training and support you need to improve pupil outcomes, support emotional health and wellbeing, and make sure your school is a safe place to be. Let us help you prepare for the requirements of 2017 statutory assessment (whatever they may be!), and support the development of your new and sparkly NQTs. We are here to guide you through the complexities of safeguarding and make sure you know what you need to know, when you need to know it!

As always we welcome a range of Specialist Leaders in Education and Lead Practitioners to contribute to the programme to work alongside our core team. This year we are really excited to include The Globe Theatre who will be delivering new courses for primary teachers and secondary NQTs.

We have extended our range of subject leader sessions and we now provide termly network meetings for English, maths, science, RE and PSHE co-ordinators and leads.

For new and aspiring middle and senior leaders our range of Leadership and Management support will get you off to a flying start.

So whether you are a classroom teacher, support staff, governor or senior leader please have a look (and book) at our courses here


Hopefully all the professional development you are looking for. Or download the individual booklets here.

Teaching and Learning DF TEACHING AND LEARNING

Maths and Reading interventions DF INTERVENTIONS

Safeguarding and emotional health DF SAFEGUARDING


NQT support DF NQT


Leadership and Management DF LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT

Year calendar Calendar for inserts

Ten Tops Tips for students to survive the run-up to GCSE exam season


As your Year 11s are preparing to sit the most important exams in their lives so far, Dr Sandra Passmore, an Education Adviser for the Health Education Service, has some last-minute handy tips for you to share with your students, to help them to survive revision and exam days.

Why not print them out and put them up around your classroom and read one out in form time each day?  Your students might find they have their own top tips to share with each other too and this might be the start of a healthy discussion.

Before major sporting events such as Olympics, athletes train hard but they are also careful to rest their bodies so they hit peak fitness on the day of the key events.

Preparing your mind for GCSEs and other exams is the same. So here are a few tips to help you hit the ground running.

  1. Have a revision plan
    It may sound obvious but planning can make a huge difference and make sure you revise the subjects/topics you don’t like as well as the ones that you do like. The annoying thing about knowledge is that it’s all tightly rolled up inside your head; you can’t just spread it out on the floor, like a rug, and see where the gaps and threadbare bits are. In terms of revision, however, your job is to try to achieve this overall picture, to identify not just what you do know, but what you don’t.
  2. Sleep
    Nothing can relax your mind better than a good night’s sleep. Sleep can make your memory function better, as it helps to boost long-term memory. Avoid studying late in the night. Not getting enough sleep make sure more likely to be anxious and stressed and cannot perform well in exams. Teenagers need 8-10 hours sleep a night – make sure you get this.
  3. Eat Breakfast
    Meet breakfast, your new study buddy. While much is said about the reasons to eat breakfast, less known are the best ways to eat smart in the morning. Coffee and a doughnut just don’t do the trick. So, a bowl of cereal with milk or toast and glass of milk or fruit juice. Try these healthy breakfasts (for people who hate breakfast) http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/loseweight/Pages/Healthybreakfasts.aspx
  4. Take regular breaks
    It is very important to make a study plan before your exams start. In this plan, include small breaks after every study session. For instance, take a break of ten minutes after studying for an hour. This break can be used to spend some time with your family, eat, watch television or just to chat with friends. These breaks rejuvenate the mind and prepare you mentally and physically for the next round of studying
  5. Go outside
    Get some fresh air. Get regular exercise. It may not be possible to go to the gym when you are busy studying. However, you should take out half an hour a day to keep yourself fit. Moreover, it has been scientifically proven that exercise acts as a stress buster by releasing endorphins in the body. So, whenever you get sick of studying, take a small exercise break and rejuvenate your body and mind
  6. Remember to breathe
    When you get panicked or too stressed just sit down and take six deep breaths in through the nose (both nostrils) and out through the mouth. Imagine you’re inhaling knowledge and expelling doubt. Then pick up your pen and make your parents and yourself proud.
  7. Eat at regular intervals 
    Eating regular meals helps keep nutrient and energy levels more stable, curbing the temptation of empty-calorie snacks in the vending machine.
  8. Be nice – to yourself, your parents and your friends
    Keep in touch with friends (but not to compete about how much revision you’ve done).  Don’t isolate yourself as this will add to your anxiety. Remember that it is just an exam. Life still goes on no matter how well or badly you do.
  9. Drink lots of water
    Drinking water is very important for maintaining your body’s equilibrium.. Water not only keeps you mind and body healthy! Try to consume a minimum of eight glasses of water every day
  10. Say no to caffeine and alcohol
    Many students drink huge quantities of coffee to stay awake at night, but the caffeine present in coffee increases stress. Avoid caffeine, especially at night. Similarly, alcohol has a negative effect on the physical functioning of the body, and it makes you sleepy.