9 Useful Websites for School Staff – bookmark these now!

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Whether you’re an overseas trained teacher, a UK trained NQT, a member of school support staff, or even an experienced teacher or manager, Axcis has some great websites to share with you to help you with your classroom practice.

 

http://www.education.gov.uk

The Government website is an essential resource for all people working in the education sector. From up to date legislation and developments in policy, to details of the curriculum – this website has it all. Navigation isn’t always terribly intuitive but you should be able to find what you’re looking for. Plus being the government site, you can be sure that the information on here is reliable.

http://www.primaryresources.co.uk

Primary resources does what it says on the tin! It’s a one-stop shop for resources for those who work with children following the primary curriculum. There are free lesson plans to download as well as worksheets and tons of other resources. Why re-invent the wheel? Check out what this site has to offer if you are planning and need some inspiration.

http://www.prometheanplanet.com

Created by teachers, for teachers, Promethean Planet is a unique teaching, sharing and support community—your place to connect, create, and change the classroom!

http://exchange.smarttech.com

For technology-lovers who have access to SMART products (whiteboards/tablets etc), this is an ESSENTIAL website. Offering literally thousands of games, activities and lesson plans which are free to download, this website can save you hours of planning time. There is also an opportunity to share any content you have developed, so if you are a SMART user, and you don’t already know about this site, check it out!

http://www.nationalcurriculum.co.uk

Another site which does what it says on the tin. If you need to know what the National Curriculum is, understand abbreviations or assessments, this is the place for you. All staff teaching in UK maintained schools will follow the National Curriculum, so this is another essential site for those new to the classroom or in need of brushing up on their basic knowledge.

http://www.teachingideas.co.uk

Thousands of FREE lesson plans and activity ideas for those working in the classroom. Although the special needs content is fairly limited, it’s still well worth taking a look, as there are also plenty of other ideas which could easily be adapted.

http://www.autism.org.uk

As proud sponsors of the National Autistic Society, Axcis highly recommends their website as a reliable source of information on Autism and Asperger Syndrome. So, if you have any children on the spectrum in your class this year, and need to brush up on your understanding of the condition, take a look.

http://www.nasen.org.uk

Again, as proud sponsors of nasen, at Axcis we highly recommend their site. They share current news and developments around special needs, as well as offering support for SEND training through their SEND Gateway. If you work with special needs, and don’t already know about it, check it out!

http://www.ifl.ac.uk

The Society for Education and Training (SET) is the new professional membership organisation of the Education and Training Foundation for practitioners working in the post-16 education and training sector. Since the close of the Institute for Learning (IfL) in November 2014, SET has taken on its legacy and continues to support practitioners through their professional membership.

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