Dr Weston Talks with Professor Deirdre Butler and Dr Paula Lehane: Using Minecraft in Schools

In this podcast interview, Dr Weston talks with Professor Deirdre Butler and Dr Paula Lehane about how Minecraft: Education Edition is being used in classrooms. They discuss the great potential of so called ‘sandbox’ games in children’s learning, outline current gaps in the research evidence and provide useful tips for any teachers wanting to make the most of game-based learning.

Someone I Love is Poorly: Activity for Primary-Age Children with a Sick Relative

This resource is designed to help adults engage younger children in supportive conversations about a loved one’s illness. We invite children to gently open up about worries they may have, give them confidence to ask questions and demonstrate that there are people in their lives who are prepared to help them find out the answers.

Coping with a Parent’s Alcoholism: Worksheet for Primary-Age Children

This resource is designed to help adults engage younger children in supportive conversations about a parent’s alcoholism. We invite children to gently open up about worries they may have, give them confidence to ask questions and demonstrate that there are people in their lives who are prepared to help answer those questions. This resources also features a question and answer section written for adults to use, with guideline responses suggested by NACOA (National Association for the Children of Alcoholics).

The Latin and Greek of Our Supermarket Shelves

Greek teacher, David Bowker, gives us the lowdown on how the names of much of the food and produce that we buy today have roots in Latin and Ancient Greek. He also gives us lots of fun facts about the diets of Romans. Perfect for both adults and children to read, this article, which includes suggestions for follow up resources, will help make those boring trips to the supermarket that little bit more interesting.

Leadership for Great Teaching

In this webinar for school staff, David Weston, CEO of the Teacher Development Trust, outlines the key principles of effective teacher professional development and learning. Find out more about the evidence base behind school improvement and learn more about the kind of culture that senior leadership teams should aim to foster.

Reflections on Marriage – A Video for Students (Yrs 7-11)

In this short video, Dr Weston delves into the concept of marriage, sharing research and facts, and dispelling some prevalent myths. With suggestions for classroom exercises and things to consider, Dr Weston looks at various aspects of committed and healthy relationships, the legalities surrounding marriage and she also addresses the issue of forced marriage.

Year 10 Wellbeing Presentation

In this 20 minute video for year 10 students, we help young people to understand more about their stage of development, introduce the concept of emotional literacy and point out the power that teens have in changing their mood and developing resilient habits.