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  1. Independent Publishing Awards: Winners
    23
    Sep

    Independent Publishing Awards: Winners

    We were recently announced as winners at the 2021 Independent Publishing Awards, in the category of Education Publisher of the Year. These awards are independently judged and we were up against some tough opposition. As you can imagine, we are delighted! Thank you to all our brilliant staff, authors, illustrators, freelancers, suppliers, customers and advocates for sharing our vision of creating easy-to-use resources that will inspire and motivate children. This award is yours as much as ours.

    The award judges had this to say: Brilliant Publications joins the Independent Publishing Awards shortlists for the first time this year. It responded quickly and constructively to the closure of schools, providing teachers and parents with digital resources, and the goodwill paid off in a sharp increase in direct sales over the year. “Brilliant has a very good understanding of what teachers need… it really stepped up to the plate in 2020.”

    Thank-you to everyon

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  2. Here is something you have all been waiting for ...
    08
    Sep

    Here is something you have all been waiting for ...

    ... there is a new Berthe the Witch French story book out now!

    And guess what? The Berthe stories now come with access to an audio recording of the story. So now your pupils can listen and follow the story with you or for themselves.

    You can order a copy of Berthe Va à Paris on our website - our stock of the new books is on its way to us. Your book will be despatched as soon as possible.

    In the new story - Berthe Va à Paris - Berthe decides to visit Paris with her cat, of course.

    Her broomstick is broken so she has to take public transport. She visits famous places, and we learn something of the history. Her cat, however, has other plans.

    Berthe Va à Paris is written in simple French as it is meant for beginners. It contains a QR link to an audio recording of the story and at the

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  3. Why stories?
    07
    Sep

    Why stories?

    ... because stories are a good starting point for learning a foreign language.

    We are delighted to say we have managed to interview Barbara Scanes, the author of Learn French with Luc et Sophie a story-based approach to learning French. In the interview Barbara explains why including stories is so important to her.

    The interview supplies an interesting insight into how Barbara used her knowledge and expertise from teaching languages to a large age range to produce the Luc et Sophie resources.

    "Make learning fun and the children will want to learn and they will learn effortlessly." Barbara Scanes, author.

    Along with the stories the Learn French with Luc et Sophie resource includes a comprehensive teacher book with flashcards, activities, games, role play and songs as well as interactive whiteboard files.

    T

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  4. Learning Languages from Home Q&A: Tips and Advice from the Experts
    31
    Aug

    Learning Languages from Home Q&A: Tips and Advice from the Experts

    In this article, experts in language learning give you the best insights to encourage yourself and others to learn languages from home.

    https://porch.com/advice/learning-languages-home-tips-advice-experts

     

    Whether you are considering the benefits of learning at home, if music can help, how to practise pronunciation and even whether you will need a teacher for support, these tips and advice will help you.

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  5. Stimulate, challenge, repeat!
    16
    Jul

    Stimulate, challenge, repeat!

    What is the single most effective way of teaching times tables?

    Efficiency in relation to learning the times tables is not a topic that is often discussed. And yet as with all education, some ways of learning times tables are a lot more efficient than others.

    Of course, with learning, efficiency means not only learning quickly but also means ensuring that the learning remains in the children’s brains for future reference. And for this to happen three factors need to be in place.

    Most particularly, the lessons themselves have to be something that is exciting and stimulating for the children, so that they will want to go home and tell their parents about it – and thus engage their parent’s interest and involvement.

    Second, the approach needs to be something that can be used all the way through the series of activities, so that the children see a pattern in what they are learning.

    Third, the result has to be meaningful learning –

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  6. The bright are different.
    30
    Jun

    The bright are different.

    What are the most effective ways of meeting the multiple challenges very intelligent children can face?

    Of one thing there is no doubt: the journey from being a very bright child to becoming a well-rounded, well-adjusted and sociable very bright adult, is not without its challenges.

    Because although many children see the very intelligent pupil in their school as having a great advantage, those very bright children do not always become the well-rounded and happy adults that we might imagine, given their intellectual advantage.

    Indeed, it is not uncommon for the intelligent child at times to wish that she or he was not different, but instead could simply fit in and be like all the rest.

    As a result, to understand how best to aid and support very intelligent children, it is necessary to see what it is that can cause them difficulty at school, and from that point, how they can best be helped.

    Part of the problem is that our societ

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  7. 2021 May Newsletter
    26
    May

    2021 May Newsletter

    Recently the CEO of a major UK publishing house said in a radio interview that his company published a broad selection of views and it wasn’t their role to espouse a particular view.

    The same can’t be said for Brilliant Publications, at least when it comes to education. We have very firm ideas about how children learn. Our mission statement says that we create easy to use resources, with engaging approaches to learning, so as to inspire and motivate pupils across a wide range of curriculum areas. These values underpin everything that we do.

    Our recent title

    Our most recent title, How to Achieve Outstanding Writers in EYFS and Key Stage 1 is an excellent example of how we put our mission statement into practice. The National Curriculum puts grea

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  8. Exciting grammar
    23
    May

    Exciting grammar

    Is it really possible to make English grammar exciting, fun, enjoyable, and varied?

    By and large, English grammar tends to get a bad press.

    For a lot of everyday speech, and indeed a fair amount of contemporary literature, tends to play fast and loose with correct grammar which can make children wonder why they have to learn any grammar at all.

    After all, most of us can speak and be understood…

    However, as many people do come to realise, if we want to be listened to and have our written communications read and understood, we need to express ourselves both clearly and in an interesting way.

    Thus, perhaps more than with any other subject in the curriculum, the image of grammar really needs to be changed.  The only question is, how to do it?

    This is the task the author of “Getting to Grips with English Grammar” has put at the forefront of her course; a course which covers English grammar from year one to year six in

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  9. One man, two people, accessible to all
    20
    May

    One man, two people, accessible to all

    What is the most effective way of allowing lower ability students the chance to fully appreciate Jekyll and Hyde?

    Jekyll and Hyde is a story that appeals to vast numbers of teenagers, not least because so many of them find the notion of becoming someone else an incredibly exciting idea.

    For such a vision allows them to imagine that they are not trapped by their current circumstances but could change themselves into something and someone totally different…

    However, many lower ability students never get to appreciate the story because of the difficulties they have with reading.  Which is why we have produced a Graphic Revision Guide to The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

    Indeed, this Graphic Revision Guide not only gives the students immediate access to the book, it also prepares them for their forthcoming assessments. 

    The graphic sheets enable the students both to grasp the story and its themes, and to underst

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  10. Be calm.  Hold the vision.  Breathe.
    14
    May

    Be calm. Hold the vision. Breathe.

    Many primary school children are suffering from anxiety and stress.

    Not only does this condition have a negative effect on the child’s wellbeing, but it also impacts on their ability to learn.

    For, as anyone who has ever experienced anxiety and other stress-related issues will attest, in such a situation the mind tends to focus completely on the anxiety-giving issue and is not open to any input from elsewhere.

    But there is a technique that many schools are now using to help children to relax and reduce their stress levels.  What’s more, it is a technique that can benefit all children – both those suffering from anxiety and those who are not.

    The approach involves introducing them to visualisation. The calming effect this brings can help to ease their anxiety and also help them to develop their creative thinking skills.

    It can also ensure that others who do not have anxiety will be able to cope with it more readily should

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