Our Year 3 songs on rocks go live!

We had great fun editing and uploading our latest range of songs into our Year 3 lessons on rocks! This sample song covers the three main types, or classes, of rock aresedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous and the differences among them have to do with how they are formed. Sedimentary rocks are formed from particlesof sand, shells, pebbles, and ...

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Developing Expert's new upgrades go live!

We are delighted to announce our upgrades have just gone live! We are working hard to ensure your user experience is the best possible. The pupil and parent zone has changed considerably and now features a live chat option, a progress graph and timed quizzes. See if you can beat your last time and score!
In our teacher zone our new dashboard gi...

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Developing Experts films with the staff from Ben Burgess who have been serving the local farming community since 1931

It was a pleasure filming with the staff from Ben Burgess this morning. We managed to create 30 expert films today with their farming specialists.
Ben Burgess has been serving the local farming community since 1931 and has supplied grounds care equipment since 1962. As one of two original John Deere dealers since the brand entered the UK market...

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Dr. Ian Bedford's films go live - Ian is the Head of Entomology at the John Innes Centre

In this short sample film Dr. Ian Bedford explains how he uses the light microscope in his work. 
A light microscope works very much like a refracting telescope, but with some minor differences. Let's briefly review how a telescope works.
A telescope must gather large amounts of light from a dim, distant object; therefore, it needs a large obj...

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Developing Experts films with Dr. Ian Bedford Head of the Entomology at John Innes Centre

Mike Linley is delighted to be filming with Dr. Ian Bedford is Head of the Entomology Facility at the John Innes Centre. Ian works with two full time Research Entomologists who specilaise in invertebrates who investigate many different aspects of plant pest management. Ian and his team are often asked to identify different specimens found.
Ian’...

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Filming with Rhys Phillips a research engineer with Airbus

It was a pleasure to film with Rhys Phillips on Friday to learn about his research work. His team research new ways of protecting the next generation of aircraft against lightning strike damage as well as investigating the fundamental electrostatic environment during fuel tank filling scenarios.
Here's one of the twenty films we made.

 

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Developing Experts are proud to be part of a trade delegation with the DIT to BETT Asia

Developing Experts is proud to be taking part in Bett Asia's Great British Classroom event today in Kuala Lumpur which has been created in partnership with the Department for International Trade (DIT) and BESA. This interactive feature built within the expo is fitted with inspiring British products, including the newest in EdTech, resources, fur...

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Developing Experts to film with Airbus Group Engineer Rhys Phillips

We were delighted to meet with Simon Bradley, Head of Global Innovation Network, for the Airbus Group at St. James Palace. Simon kindly agreed to allow Developing Experts to film with their team. On the 17th November we look forward to filming with Rhy Phillips at their Airbus base in Newport.
Rhys is a research engineer at Airbus Group Innovat...

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Developing Experts wins the Breaking Boundaries EDP Awards!

Last evening we attended the EDP Awards, having been shortlisted for 'Breaking Boundaries' sponsored by Lovewell Blake. We were honoured to join Epos Now and Lintott Control Systems who were also shortlisted for the category.
Here's what the judges said about the finalists:
Developing Experts has broken geographical boundaries and used technol...

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Industry Leaders give Developing Experts access to their scientists and engineers

It was a privilege and honour to speak at St. James Palace last evening. The offers of support we received from industry leaders were amazing! We look forward to creating expert films for our lessons with Shell, Brompton Bikes, Airbus, Heathrow, KPMG, Manchester University, BBC and Edinburgh University. It was also great to meet Nick Jenkins fou...

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Developing Experts pay a visit to St. James Palace

We are pleased to be attending Pitch@Palace today.
We are on the train so thought we would learn a little about the palace we are visiting....
Built largely between 1531 and 1536 by Henry VIII, much of the original red-brick building erected by Henry VIII still survives today, including the Chapel Royal, the gatehouse, some turrets and two sur...

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Michael Merrick, St. Cuthbert's Catholic Primary School, blogs on the impact of our science programme to his school

To read Michael Merrick's full blog on Marking and Curriculum click here.
Excerpt: 'Science curriculum
We have been itching to improve our science curriculum since we came into the school. Science can be a tricky one to get right – it can be very easy for development of practical skills and experimentation to find itself sidelined due to lack ...

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Mary Myatt discusses knowledge organisers in one of our new CPD films

What’s the difference between a knowledge curriculum and other curricula? A knowledge curriculum specifies, in meticulous detail, the exact facts, dates, events, characters, concepts and precise definitions that all pupils are expected to master in long-term memory. Many teachers underestimate the value of specifying (and sequencing) such detail...

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We're pitching at St. James Palace on the 1st November!

We are delighted to be pitching at the palace on the 1st November. Last Monday and Tuesday we attended Pitch@Palace's Boot Camp. We received support and guidance on how to develop and hone our Pitch, as well as support with investment, introductions and strategic guidance. All of the Entrepreneurs selected for Boot Camp have been invited to the ...

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Mike Linley films award winning botanists and authors Anne and Simon Harrap

This week our lead scientist Mike Linley paid a visit to Natural Surroundings in North Norfolk. Natural Surroundings is owned and managed by botanists and authors Anne and Simon Harrap.
Their mission is to promote wildlife-friendly gardening and British wildlife.
Natural Surroundings is a small business based in North Norfolk close to the town...

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Eastern Daily Press Business Awards 2017 – Breaking Boundaries sponsored by Lovewell Blake

We are delighted to let you know that we have been selected as a finalist for the Eastern Daily Press Business Awards 2017 - Breaking Boundaries sponsored by Lovewell Blake.
The awards ceremony is on Thursday 2 November 2017 at the Norfolk Showground Arena; we look forward to letting you know how we get on. Its been a busy week with schools fro...

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Developing Experts exhibit at Didac India

Its been an eventful week! Mike Linley our Lead Scientist and Jon Dalton our Accounts Manager have been exhibiting in Mumbai, India. The three-day conference brings together passionate educators, leaders and experts who are committed to expanding the boundaries of education and training while addressing the growing demand for development and gro...

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Developing Experts is off to Bootcamp!

We are delighted to be invited to Pitch@Palace's bootcamp. As part of the programme we will be attending Boot Camp at Hult Business School, Ashridge on Tuesday 10th October, 2017; and if successful then off the Pitch@Palace 8.0 at St James's Palace on Wednesday 1st November, 2017. We will let you know how we get on!

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Shortlisted for the EDP 2017 Business Awards - 'Future 50 One to Watch' Category

We are delighted to find out that we have been shortlisted for our second EDP award; Future 50 One to Watch!
Sponsors Nwes are looking for a company within the Future50 family of businesses able to demonstrate a pioneering approach to business and with the potential to flourish and deliver impressive results.
This category is about recognising...

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Shortlisted for the EDP 2017 Business Awards - 'Breaking Boundaries' Category

This week as we train customers from schools in Hong Kong, I am delighted to announce that Developing Experts has been shortlisted for the EDP Business Award's 'Breaking Boundaries' Category. 
The Breaking Boundaries category looks for companies who exploit technology, the internet and the digital revolution to transform the nature of our econo...

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Developing Experts are getting ready to launch its CPD resource films which feature films with Dr. E. D. Hirsch and Doug Lemov

Developing Experts are committed to providing the very best teaching resources and training materials possible. At the end of August our community page goes live! Our community page is designed to give all schools access to inspiring thought leaders. We will be publishing a series of films which can be used as discussion starters for CPD staff t...

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Developing Experts pays a visit to Sheepcot Rivers Pottery

Today we paid a visit to the Sheepscot River Pottery. All of their pottery is skillfully made, painted and glazed right there at their Edgecomb studio. Their artistic creations are made from pure porcelain English clay and reduction fired to 2400 degrees. It was a pleasure to watch Bill their potter, throw the clay to be shaped and formed into b...

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Filming Dr. Rhian Waller, a marine biologist and Associate Professor at the Darling Marine Center, Maine

Its been a privelege to film with Dr. Rhian Waller this week. Rhian is based at the Darling Marine Center which is the marine biology centre part of Maine University. Rhian completed her Ph.D. at Southampton Oceanography Center, UK, 2004.
Where she studied invertebrate reproduction and larval development, deep-sea biology, cold-water corals, bi...

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Developing Experts films a series of chemistry films with Iceni Diagnostics

Yesterday we had the pleasure of filming with Dr. Paula Garcia Calavia and Jordan Hindes organic chemists, from Iceni Diagnostics Ltd. who focus on the development of carbohydrate-based therapeutics and point-of-care diagnostics for infectious diseases. We were grateful to have the opportunity to film with Paula and Jordan in their chemistry lab...

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Developing Experts founder attends Y Combinator's Female Founders Conference

This year's line up of inspiring speakers included: Laura Behrens-Wu · Co-Founder & CEO, Shippo, Morgan DeBaun · Co-Founder & CEO, Blavity, Diane Greene · Senior Vice President, Google Cloud, Elizabeth Iorns · Co-Founder & CEO, Science Exchange, Erika Jensen · Co-Founder, The Flex Company, Aileen Lee · Founder & Partner, Cowboy V...

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Filming with Nottingham Trent University

It was a pleasure filming today with Dr. Theodore Hughes-Riley; one of my former pupils from Flegg High School. I recall Theodore's passion for science, when as a year 9 pupil, he shared his space research project with me. It was evident then he was destined for great things! Mr Bird and Mr Ohja (who is now the Director of the National Space Cen...

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Developing Experts adds 14 lessons to its Reception and Key Stage 1 programmes

To map against the International Primary Curriculum, we have just added 14 lessons to our Reception and Key Stage 1 programmes. We have created lessons which cover the IPC's topic based approach including lessons such as, 'Know all about transport' and 'Learn about the Olympics and how to get moving!'
We particularly enjoyed creating the lesson...

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Developing Experts exhibits at the 'Inspiring Leadership Conference'

Thank you to everyone yesterday who came to our stand wanting to sign up or say hello as a customer. It's great to hear about the warmth, enthusiasm and impact our primary science curriculum is having on your schools! We value your custom! 
If you have not yet come along to stand D48, pop by and say "hello"!

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The Life Cycle of a Cow

It was a pleasure to spend another day at Norton's Dairy with Emily Norton and her dairy cows.
We learnt all about the life cycle of the cow. In order for cows to produce milk they need to give birth to a calf. In commercial units, pregnant cows will be separated from the milking herd about 2 months before they are due to give birth (classed as...

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How Norton's Dairy use Thermometers

Nortons Dairy use thermometers to measure the temperature of their milk throughout their making processes. are devices used to measure temperature. There are a wide variety of thermometer designs, from electric and mercury to heat-sensitive strips, which are used for everything from medical and domestic use to industrial control.Mercury thermome...

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Exploring chemical reaction when making cheese with Norton's Dairy

What another lovely day spent at Nortons Dairy. The key to great cheese is the quality of the milk, which is where Nortons Dairy comes into its own with its own closed herd of cows. Their cheese as a result has a fuller, richer flavour.
No one knows exactly when cheese was first made, but it is believed to have happened at about the same time a...

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Workload

When teachers were asked about workload, 44,000 responded. Teachers work 50-to-60 hour weeks, often starting at 7am, often leaving after 6pm, and often working weekends. 90% of teachers have considered giving up teaching because of excessive workload, and 40% leave the profession within 5 years. There are teachers out there working 90 hour weeks...

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Norton's Dairy Filming Day

Many thanks to Emily Norton and Ruth Norton from Nortons Dairy for allowing me to film their cheese and pasteurisation process! I learnt all about homogenized milk today which was absolutely fascinating. Their milk pasteurisation process quickly stirred up a childhood memory when I recall being issued a daily bottle of milk to drink at school. O...

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The Bett Show Launch

We were delighted to attend this year’s BETT Show in January to launch Developing Experts’ platform.
Our primary science and mathematics curriculum was greeted by hundreds of schools with great enthusiasm. One teacher commented, ‘This sorts the teacher workload issue’ and another headteacher asked, ‘how soon can you sort the rest of the curricu...

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Tips for using spaced repetition

To start with, what is spaced repetition?
Put simply, spaced repetition is a method of learning which involves repeating previously learned materials with increasing intervals of time between each subsequent review.
The idea was first proposed as a solution to improve learning by Cecil A Mace in 1932 in the book Psychology of Study (1932). In ...

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