By Maureen McTaggart

Michael RosenAre you sitting comfortably? Then let's begin. Poet Michael Rosen, the London Grid for Learning and the Booktrust have joined forces to create a website where young people can upload videos of their poetry recitals and check out the performances put on by their peers.

“The best learning,” says Michael Rosen, “takes place when you create an atmosphere of curiosity and excitement. Poetry has never been written with the intention of making young people irritated, bored, anxious or humiliated and it can’t purely exist on the page.” Perform-a-Poem, therefore, is intended to be a way to handle poems so that a whole class will be curious and excited enough to want to read, write, perform and think about them.

Footee screenshotFootee 2010: engaging and fun to useBy Hugh John
Footee is changing. Not with the introduction of video technology, or the capping of transfer fees or a clamp-down on abuse of referees. But with Footee 2010, the exciting online education resource that fuses football’s huge global appeal with kids’ love of games, competition and social networking to deliver learning materials that are stimulating and fun.

Created by MotivatEd, Footee 2010 is aimed at children aged 6-12. Registration is free (there is also a ‘Golden Gamer’ subscription for less than £3 per month – details below) and allows access to the Footee website which is colourful, inviting and easy to navigate. It is also, says Phil Clegg, managing director of MotivatEd, “designed to help motivate all children in the classroom, not just football-mad boys less interested in schoolwork.”

Vernon CoakerVernon Coaker MPSchools could save a whopping £30 million a year on recruitment advertising with the new online Schools Recruitment Service launched by the Department for Children Schools and Families (DCSF).

Speaking at Hurlingham and Chelsea Secondary school in Hammersmith and Fulham – one of the service's first customers – schools minister Vernon Coaker said: “This is a watershed in how schools recruit staff. Too often recruiting staff takes up far too much time and is a costly, long-winded process.

Annika SmallAnnika Small: 'optimistic'By John Galloway
"For me the core is the dealing with difference, and our ability to be explicit about the differences between religions," explains Annika Small director of education at the Tony Blair Faith Foundation when describing its Face to Faith programme

"There is a lot of work that goes on that tries to find the similarities between religions - and it's very important and there is a lot of similarity – but where we get into problems is where we try to hide the differences." Launched earlier this year, the programme is connecting young people across the globe to learn directly from each other.

By Alan Mills
Working with learners who have English as an additional language can be challenging for teachers. But help is at hand from a group of experienced teachers and local authority advisers who have created EmasUK, a “digital vault of resources” that can be accessed the instant a child who can't speak English arrives in class.

The good news is that EmasUK is a new online service, and the better news is that its services fall within the Department for Children Schools and Families’ local authority Ethnic Minority Achievement Grant (EMAG) remit. So schools can pay for its services with LA specific funding. What will they get?

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