Edutech Show 6-7 October 2017 London Olympia


Edutech Show 2017

Curriculum centred exhibition launched for UK Teachers at Olympia, London.

NAPE are pleased to support this upcoming conference and the Education on Fire podcast will be there getting all the behind the scenes information for its Life Long Learning listeners.

Edutech show is set to launch this autumn at Olympia, London on 6-7 October.

Organised by Events Ltd and supported by the Primary School Association, NAPE and media partners Education Technology, Independent Education Today, and Academy Today magazines.

Edutech is designed for UK teachers and educational practitioners and aims to bridge the gap between technology and the curriculum by demonstrating how technology can support them and drive engagement in the classroom.

Event organiser Joanna Burke MD at VAB Events said: “ The Ed-tech event sector has become extremely fragmented for UK Teachers who are always searching for practical tips and ideas on how to use technology more effectively in the classroom. Edutech Show aims to demystify technology and make it more accessible by providing an expert range of speakers and commentators who can ‘pull back the curtain’ and provide practical tips and ideas that can be used in any educational setting. “

The free-to-attend event will showcase the latest products and services whilst delivering over 40 insightful seminars, master classes and demo sessions covering topical themes such as the Curriculum, E-Safety, Reality of the modern classroom, Learning models, and Big data.

Suppliers will demonstrate the latest technology and services to support practitioners across all subjects from Arts to Science and develop working partnerships.

Visitors will also be able to relax in the Networking Lounge or Café or catch up with colleagues.

Pre-event registration is available now – seminar registration will open by the end of May 17. To guarantee entry to popular seminar sessions visit:

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What do the children think? – Get involved with season 3



You can be involved with season 3 by talking to the children in your class about the 10 questions listed below.

If you teach children aged 5-13 anywhere in the world this is for you!

Listen here to my pre-season 3 podcast episode, as I explain how to get involved and inspire your students.

  • I’m looking for children and teachers to be on the podcast. Let me know if that’s you and we can record your answers for the show!
  • Write down your own answers, send them to me and I’ll include them on the Education on Fire blog!
  • Write your own blog or record a video for your school and send me the link. I will then share it with other teachers.

Let’s get to know what our students think about their school life.


  1. If you could design your own classroom what would it look like? Eg Large open plan loft style, small rooms, sit in rows or groups? Anything goes be creative!
  2. How would you create your day and spend your time? Eg How much time inside/outside, how much studying, exercise, time on your own/with others, playing, games, projects. Anything goes be creative!
  3. How do you assess your progress? What do you do everyday to move forward towards your goals and dreams?

  4. How often do you discuss and think about – what you eat, exercise, breathing, sleeping, mindfulness, gratitude, volunteering?

  5. How often do you discuss and think about life? Babies being born or people dying.

  6. How often do you discuss money, budgets, savings, financial planning?

  7. Do you work with a mentor? Do you know what a mentor is?

  8. How often do you lead a team of people?

  9. Do you like working on real projects that are relevant to you? Eg Fundraising, events for the local community, school productions, concerts, sports events?

  10. Of the things you enjoy most – do they happen in school time or are they after school clubs?

Have fun and explore you imaginations. Remember nothing is impossible just think about what you would like your school to be!

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Top 5 tips for whole class primary music

Today I want to share my top 5 tips for teaching whole class primary music lessons.

In my experience you have to look at the progress and achievement of your lessons over a period of time. It is hard to gauge week on week. This can be for many reasons – the children may have just had a hard day –  just come back from P.E or simply it is nearly lunchtime and they are flagging!

So remember it is important as the primary music teacher to have an overview of the skills that you are imparting but keep the framework of each lesson complete.

  • Take a look at me in action here.

1. Repetition is good for learning

I start each lesson in the same way. The class sits in a circle and we play our rhythm games. Each week the sense of pulse improves, the children become more confident in speaking in front of the rest of the class and any musical or co-ordination skills I have used improve. Before very long the children are desperate to get started and have their favourite games to play. You can develop the games and make them harder but the format remains the same.

2. Keep it fun

In my early years classes I start by playing a game that is simply just ‘watch and copy’. I slowly start by using my hands to touch parts of my body e.g. knees, feet, elbow etc. I increase the speed and then do more things at once maybe by using both hands. By the end everyone is in hysterics as we are all flapping around trying to keep up. I often finish by doing the actions of ‘head, shoulders, knees and toes’ before you know it the class are singing without even thinking about it on their own. I also use my voice to make animal noises……nothing removes barriers like everyone being a cow or a monkey!

3. Keep the lesson in the present

While you may have goals that you want the class to achieve over a term or semester, remember that it is only the lesson that you are delivering now that is important. Keep it interesting, fast paced and continually praise the achievement made in the last game/activity or the great answer a child has given you. The moment you are teaching something that doesn’t seem relevant or doesn’t link to what you have previously done the children will switch off. You might think it is an ‘important skill they need to learn for the future’ or ‘something will aid them for next terms work’ but if the jump is too big and the children can’t see where you are heading you will loose their enthusiasm and flow.

4. Engage the whole class

If you can avoid it don’t work with just part of a class while others are just left with nothing to do. Chaos will quickly ensue! Either have them working in focused groups or engage everyone together in the process of what you are doing. So for example it might be that in your circle only one person at a time is saying something but if the other 29 have to follow on from the previous person or they keep a pulse going for those who are speaking then everyone is included in the same process even if the actual activity is different.

5. Be aware of the individual needs of every child

Within a class you will have a wide range of people from different backgrounds and with different personalities. Support them all individually to be their ‘best self’ today. A shy person who says one word will have achieved just as much as the confident person who sings a scale in 3rds! The aim for me is never to make the whole class the same but to create an environment where every child can grow and feel supported. From that point great results can be achieved, individually and collectively.


For more educational insights listen to my podcast Education on Fire

Happy primary music teaching!

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