Our SLEs share their top tips from the classroom

Our Specialist Leaders of Education share their latest top tips for the classroom.

To find out how our team of 44 SLEs  can support your school please contact Deputy Director Ian Hunt at ihunt@belgrave.stoke.sch.uk


Andrew Bowler: 

Airserver is a great way of connecting iPads to interactive whiteboards. Ideal for displaying your iPad screen and sharing videos/pictures/music etc at the fraction of the cost of an Apple TV. Simply needs downloading to the computer that connects to the whiteboard. Find it at www.airserver.com

Nikki Lockett:

With more schools and pupils using iPads, it’s important that we still encourage keyboard skills. My favourite website to teach touch typing is the BBC’s ‘Dance Mat Typing’. A great idea for an easy to run after school club too! Find more at www.bbc.co.uk/guides/z3c6tfr


Holly Spencer: 

This website gives an overview/ideas for policy writing for SENCO’s www.birthtofive.org.uk/features/inclusive-practice.html

You can then access Early Years or SEN or both!


Luci Kendrick: 

What better way to boost the profile of science in your school than celebrating British Science Week?                        

It’s on 11-20th March 2016. See website for further details www.britishscienceweek.org/

Register early to apply for a grant to fund your week’s amazing activities!

Early Years

Michelle Foulkes: 

There is a powerpoint on twinkl that shows the cursive way to write graphemes.

It consists of a large pencil that shows the movement of the grapheme formation. Brilliant!



Jess Preston: 

Help pupils apply phonic knowledge throughout the curriculum by using digital photograph albums. Children can access them independently or take them home. www.primaryict.co.uk/tts-talking-photo-album-a5-size_iphoto_1800.htm

Maths and English

Jo Martin: 

Free progression maps for planning and assessing a variety of age groups/abilities so that you can see where learning has stemmed from and where it is going are available for free from www.primarycurriculum.me.uk/


Sarah McCann: 

Two good websites for challenge, thinking skills and real life application www.mathematicshed.com and www.sparkyteaching.com/resources/thinkingskills/reallifemaths.php

The second one has some fab video clips too!


Paul Davies:

 iVisualiser app: is great for motivating children to produce written work which can be instantly assessed and evaluated against agreed success criteria. Children can see what is good and what aspects need improving. Annotations and highlighting can be carried out resulting in children becoming skilled and effective editors.

Popplet app: supports writing using ICT by allowing learners (including boys and the less able) to mind map ideas in creative ways. Pictures can be taken and uploaded with text used to generate notes and ideas for writing.

written by Ian Hunt

Deputy Director for School to School Support


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