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A very funny programme on growing up with dyslexia, and the failures of the education system - mainly for laughs but it raises a lot of issues to be concerned about.

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The IGCSE English as a First Language student book is now available to all staff and students as an ebook

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Reading Ahead 2016

This year The Six Book Challenge has been rebranded Reading Ahead. The programme hasn’t changed, participants select six reads and record them in a diary. Reads can be anything appropriate for the participant’s literacy level and in any format.

Paper registration forms and diaries are available from the library but we have also produced online versions that can be accessed via the library website. We have created a Google+ community called Reading Ahead 2016 for participants to join and share their experience, leave reviews and find suggested. Both developments provide the opportunity to increase digital awareness and participation.

Students can sign up using the online registration form and complete the online diary

There is also a section for recommended reads where students can find suggestions and a link to the Google+ community Reading Ahead 2016.
If you would like a member of the Learning Resources Team to visit your class or provide support with the programme in any other way please get in contact with us.

Tess at Banbury and Bicester College

Lucy at Reading College
Sophie at City of Oxford College
We look forward to working with you again this year and making the challenge successful.
Best wishes

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Group Libraries have just taken out an online subscription to the Complete Issues service. This gives access to a range of great articles and data on social and political issues, aimed at our FE learners.

Under “Extras” you’ll find a publication called Factfile - some staff may already be familiar with the printed resource (Oxford Library has a hard copy). It's recommended as a resource for maths, analysing statistics and how they are presented.

I’ve asked IT to provide the publisher with our range of IP addresses to enable automatic login for staff and students on campus. Until then you can log in as follows:
Username: Activate
Password: Learning

Please check it out - I'd be happy to demonstrate it to staff or students.

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From today's Times.
I think this is what you call an 'unfortunate juxtaposition' .... twice!

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Very upsetting apostrophe experience in Derbyshire at the weekend - we did NOT eat here!

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With revision season looming, encourage your students to access the English Review Online Archive. An excellent resource to extend their subject knowledge, and the worksheets and activities can be used to test exam skills. 
To access the online archive - 
Password: onlinesub

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Teacher Arrested At London Heathrow Airport - held in isolation.
A secondary school teacher was arrested today at London s Heathrow International airport as he attempted to board an international flight while in possession of a ruler, a protractor, a pair of compasses, a slide-rule and a calculator. 
At a press conference, a UK Border Control spokesman said he believes the man is a member of the notorious extremist Al-Gebra movement. He did not identify the man, who has been charged by the Police with carrying weapons of maths instruction.
'Al-Gebra is a problem for us', the Spokesman said. 'They derive solutions by means and extremes, and sometimes go off on tangents in search of absolute values.' They use secret code names like "X" and "Y" and refer to themselves as "unknowns;" but we have determined that they belong to a common denominator of the axis of medieval with coordinates in every country. As the Greek philosopher Isosceles used to say, "There are three sides to every triangle.”
When asked to comment on the arrest, Opposition Leader Ed Milliband said,"If God had wanted us to have better weapons of maths instruction, He would have given us more fingers and toes." Fellow Labour colleagues told reporters they could not recall a more intelligent or profound statement by the Opposition Leader.

Katia Cole shared this on Twitter and it made me giggle.
Some funny teacher excuses inspired by students!

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