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Happy Easter to all our members. Photograph: www.alamy.com
As schools broke up for the holidays, there was seismic schools news with the leak that Education Secretary, Michael Gove, wants universities to set A-level exams making them more rigorous, something that could impact teaching in both primary and secondary schools wherever in the world A-levels are used.
One of our headteacher members disagreed with Mr. Gove and wrote a blog in response which provoked a very lively debate which is still running as I write this. Feel free to add your own comment.
Here we've also curated a selection of Guardian coverage - both news and views - about the story which attracted hundreds and hundreds of comments.
Quick reminder that our Easter gift to you is a basketful of discounts on books, gardening products, holidays and more. You can find all the details here.
New teaching resources on the network:
This week we have some fabulous Olympic resources from our friends at Go-Givers - so if you fancy giving your class a bit of background to the rapidly approaching London 2012 Olympics then this resource could be ideal.
And we are also delighted to have teamed up with Mencap's Spellathon (and the glorious Stephen Fry) to bring you a whole host of resources which support Spellathon's online global spelling competition. Take a look here for more details:
If your students have come across recent discussion about Joseph Kony, the leader of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), and Uganda this set of resources from ActionAid may help to inform them and stimulate a discussion.
Uganda under Kony - lesson ideas
Also new this week is a really helpful resource for any teacher who has pupils with OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) in their class. This resource from OCD Action may help other pupils to have a better understanding of it. Take a look here.
Also we have an interesting lesson for A-Level chemists covering azoic reaction and colour chemistry and dyes. Download it here
Coping strategies for teachers
If you have found these links useful please do spread the word and share them with your friends and colleagues.
Blog of the week
We have a record-breaking blog for you this week - head of ICT at Kingston Grammar School Matt Britland wrote a blog for us about the power of Twitter and we published it on Saturday. It has (as I am writing this) been tweeted out an amazing 403 times - just to put this in context that is more tweets than any single news/sport article on guardian.co.uk homepage at the moment. Well done Matt - goes to show the power of Twitter indeed! Take a look at his blog here (and please do tweet it out!).
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Seminars coming up
If Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and its friends all just make you want to curl up under your desk then the Digital Communications seminar could be for you.
This half-day event on Tuesday, April 17 will help you work out how to promote your school online, protect your profile and reach out to parents and the wider community.
GTN members get a discount - for details click here.
On May 11 Paul Dix - an Ofsted commended, award-winning trainer and former teacher - delivers a seminar called From good to outstanding teaching. This is a practical and active course with strategies and plans to take away and use in class from the following day.
To grab your place click here.
One of our bloggers shared this rather marvellous Stephen Collins cartoon - she said it would entertain her staff for at least a week! So here it is. It involves Gove, an alien invasion and a fighter jet (the mind boggles).
Have a great Easter break,
Head of Education, Business and Professional
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