Start Your Day With Gratitude & Change Your Life

I hope this podcast can help you create the daily experience that supports you to be the best ‘you’ you can be for all those you teach.

Georgian Benta – Gratitude Podcast

Inspiring 100,000 People to Live Grateful Lives Gratitude is the one thing that helped me most in my life from all the personal development and spiritual practices that I did and that’s why I want to inspire 100.000 people to discover how to feel grateful more often and live a happy life. “It’s not happiness that makes us grateful; it’s gratefulness that makes us happy.” – David Steindl-Rast I do this by interviewing successful people and getting them to share fascinating stories about how gratitude has helped them get to where they are now, what they did when it was hard to feel grateful and what they do to be grateful consistently as a habit for a beautiful life. The Gratitude Podcast is meant to be your weekly source of inspiration, to lift you up when you feel down, to help you find new ways of making gratitude a habit, so you’re life is filled with more and more reasons to be grateful and happy.




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Teacher Development Fund from Paul Hamlyn Foundation

If you are a school or arts organisation that would like to apply for funding to support teachers deliver arts in our primary schools this is available now from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.


The Purpose of the Fund

The purpose of the Teacher Development Fund is to support delivery of effective arts-based teaching and learning opportunities in the primary classroom, and to embed learning through the arts in the curriculum. It aims to do this through supporting teachers and school leaders to develop the necessary skills, knowledge, confidence and experience.

Each year we expect to make around five grants of up to £150,000 to partnerships of arts/cultural organisations and up to ten schools, who will work together for two academic years.

There will be a single annual deadline for the Teacher Development Fund. The next deadline is 23 March 2018.

Our focus is on:

  • Primary schools
  • Supporting children and young people experiencing disadvantage
  • Approaches which involve learning through the arts
  • Long-term, inquiry-based projects which support teachers’ professional development and learning
  • Promoting effective and equitable partnerships between schools and arts/cultural organisations and artist practitioners
  • The contributions of school leaders and artist practitioners as both professional learners and as supporters of embedding learning through the arts in the curriculum
  • Approaches which involve any of the following art forms: crafts; creative writing, including poetry; dance; design; film; music; opera; photography; digital arts and media; theatre and drama; the visual arts; and cross-arts practices.

In order to understand the context of teacher continuing professional development and learning across the UK, PHF has funded seven pilot projects (June 2016 to July 2018). During the pilot phase, we have worked in partnership with the Centre for the Use of Research and Evidence in Education (CUREE) who has undertaken formative evaluation and delivered a programme of grantee learning. An evaluation report on the first year of the pilot phase is available here.

The films and blogs included in this area of the site give further detail about the purpose and priorities of the Teacher Development Fund and the work of the pilot projects.

If you would like to receive details of future deadlines for the Teacher Development Fund, please e-mail


Teacher Development Fund

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Safety Snakes – A new online safety themed Barefoot lesson plan

About Safety Snakes:

The Safety Snakes campaign offers teachers a range of free resources to help them combine the principles of online safety with computational thinking. We’re providing a new online safety themed Barefoot lesson plan and printed Bee-Bot mat, designed similar to a Snakes and Ladders game. This includes a digital version of the mat, Scratch Bee-Bot sim, a lesson plan, teacher notes and a printable version of the mat for pupils to enjoy.


Everything teachers need are available from the website they can simply register and download the resource from

In addition, we are also offering a printed online safety mat, to teachers who register on Barefoot’s website and book a workshop, quoting the Safety Snakes campaign code: 999.

Workshops must be requested before 2 March 2018 and be delivered before the end of the 2017-18 academic year.

The Barefoot Safety Snakes resources pack contains:


  • A detailed Safety Snakes lesson plan
  • An overview short lesson plan
  • A printable version of the online safety Bee-Bot mat (4 x A3 size documents)
  • An interactive Scratch Bee-Bot sim.
  • link to the video, presented by young children, showing how to use the online safety mat
  • Other lesson resources, including Bee-Bot command cards, unplugged Bee-Bot image, a printable mat square for children to design their own Bee-Bot mats and dos and don’ts teaching points


Teachers who have already registered with Barefoot can download the Safety Snakes lesson resources, including a digital version from


*   A printed version of the online safety mat is only available to registered teachers who book a workshop, quoting the reference number 999.


You can listen to the 3 Education on Fire podcast episodes I recorded with Barefoot. Start here

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