Month: October 2023

Spooky Sustainability Myths: Busted!

Welcome to Recycle Week 2023!

This October during recycle week 16th to the 20th, we’re diving headfirst into the world of sustainability and recycling to bust the most common and spooky myths that have been haunting our eco-consciousness.

Join us on this adventure as we shed light on the truth behind these myths in a witty and informative way. Armed with knowledge, we can all make informed choices and contribute to a more sustainable future.

Top Tips for a Sustainably Spooky Halloween

Myth #1: Recycling is a waste of time and resources

Bust: Recycling is an essential part of the sustainability puzzle

Recycling has often been misunderstood as a futile process that consumes more resources than it saves. However, this myth couldn’t be further from the truth. Recycling plays a critical role in preserving our planet’s resources by reducing the need for raw materials, saving energy, and decreasing greenhouse gas emissions. By recycling, we can help conserve water, reduce pollution, and minimise waste in landfills.

So, the next time you catch yourself thinking recycling is a waste of time, remember that every action counts when it comes to creating a greener future.

Myth #2: It doesn’t matter if I don’t recycle; others will do it for me

Bust: Every individual’s contribution is vital for a sustainable future

It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that the responsibility for recycling lies solely in the hands of others. However, the truth is that each and every one of us has a role to play in creating a sustainable future.

Fostering a recycling mindset starts at home, in schools, and in the workplace. By actively participating in recycling programs, we demonstrate the power of collective action and send a strong message to manufacturers and policymakers that sustainability matters to us.

So, don’t wait for someone else to do it for you; take charge and make recycling a priority in your daily life.


Myth #3: All recyclable materials are actually recycled

Bust: Understanding what’s truly recyclable is key

In the age of greenwashing and confusing recycling labels, it’s no wonder this myth has gained traction. The truth is that not all materials labelled as recyclable actually get recycled. Some materials, such as certain plastics or mixed materials, are harder to recycle or lack the necessary infrastructure for efficient processing.

To make informed eco-friendly choices, educate yourself about what can and cannot be recycled in your local area. Look for clear recycling symbols and guidelines provided by your local council or waste management company.

By understanding the recycling process, you can make better choices when it comes to purchasing and disposing of items.

Find a recycling facility near you.

Now that the spooky sustainability myths have been busted, let’s put our knowledge into action. Together, we can create a world where recycling is the norm, sustainability is embraced, and future generations can thrive.

If you would like to read more about Recycle Week 2023 then head over to the link below!


Recognising Dyspraxia in the Classroom: 7 Key Signs for Teachers

How to spot Dyspraxia in the Classroom?

Dyspraxia, also known as Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), affects children’s coordination and motor skills. For Dyspraxia Awareness Week from 9th to 14th October 2023, it’s important that educators understand the signs of dyspraxia to provide inclusive support to their students.

The experience of dyspraxia/DCD varies for each individual, influenced by factors such as age, skill development opportunities, environmental demands, and the support/understanding received from their surroundings. Nevertheless, there are identifiable common signs of dyspraxia/DCD to look out for. In this blog, we will explore seven key signs that teachers can look out for to recognise a child with dyspraxia in the classroom.

1. Difficulty with Physical Activities:

Children with dyspraxia often struggle with running, jumping, hopping, catching, and throwing, compared to their peers. They may appear less coordinated and encounter challenges in executing these basic motor skills.

2. Frequent Tripping and Falling:

Dyspraxic children may display an increased tendency to trip and fall, which could be attributed to issues with balance and spatial awareness. If a child consistently exhibits clumsiness or experiences frequent accidents, dyspraxia might be a factor worth considering.

Dyspraxia in the classroom

3. Poor Pencil Grip and Immature Writing:

A notable sign of dyspraxia is a poor pencil grip, resulting in slow and immature handwriting. Teachers should observe students’ fine motor skills closely, as well as their ability to hold and control writing instruments effectively.

4. Difficulty with Social Interactions:

Children with dyspraxia often find it challenging to keep friends and struggle to judge appropriate behaviour in social situations. They may require additional support and guidance in understanding social cues and forming meaningful connections with peers.

Dyspraxia in the classroom

5. Difficulty Following Instructions:

Dyspraxic students may struggle to process and follow instructions effectively. They might require instructions to be broken down into smaller steps, repeated, or provided in a visual format to enhance understanding and ensure successful task completion.

6. Challenges with Time Management:

Managing time can be particularly difficult for children with dyspraxia. They may struggle with gauging time intervals, estimating the duration of activities, and adhering to schedules. Providing visual aids, timers, or structured routines can help them better manage their time.

Dyspraxia in the classroom

7. Flourishing in One-on-One or Small Group Settings:

Dyspraxic students often thrive in one-on-one interactions or small group settings. They may benefit from additional support, personalized attention, and tailored teaching strategies to accommodate their unique learning needs.

By recognising these key signs, teachers can identify potential dyspraxic students in their classrooms and provide them with the support and resources needed for their academic and personal success. Dyspraxia Awareness Week presents an opportunity for educators to promote inclusive learning environments and empower every child to reach their fullest potential.

For more information on Dyspraxia and Dyspraxia Awareness Week head to:


10 Ways Educators Can Support Children’s Mental Health

Mental health is important at all ages

World Mental Health Day, observed on October 10th, is a crucial reminder of the importance of mental well-being in our lives. This year let’s shine a spotlight on the role educators play in supporting children’s mental health in schools.

Teachers and teaching assistants are not just academic guides; they can also be pillars of strength and support for students who are struggling with their mental health. This listicle offers ten practical ways teachers and teaching assistants can support students struggling with their mental health.

1. Recognise the Signs:

Stay vigilant for behavioural changes, academic declines, and emotional expressions.

2. Create a Safe Space:

Encourage open communication, practice mindful listening, and normalise discussions about mental health.

3. Positive Reinforcement:

Boost students’ self-esteem by acknowledging their achievements, no matter how small.

4. Work in partnership with Professionals:

Share concerns with school counsellors and psychologists and work together to create support plans.

5. Promote Self-Care:

Set an example by maintaining a healthy work-life balance and seeking support when needed.

6. Attend Training:

Stay informed about mental health resources and attend relevant training sessions.

7. Coordination with Parents:

Work together with parents to ensure students receive consistent support at home and school.

8. Inclusivity and Diversity:

Respect cultural differences and consider diverse backgrounds when offering support.

9. Teach Stress Management:

Integrate stress-reduction techniques into the curriculum to empower students with coping skills.

10. Encourage Peer Support:

Create a supportive classroom atmosphere where students can help each other and share experiences.


A different kind of homework…

Britain Get Talking – ITV Campaign

Additionally, on World Mental Health Day, 10th October 2023, ITV’s Britain Get Talking campaign is taking a unique approach to address the mental health challenges facing school children. With mental health concerns rising in nearly 40% of school children, this campaign is assigning a different kind of homework—one aimed at reducing stress and anxiety by encouraging open conversations about what’s on our minds. You can participate by engaging in a chat tonight or taking part in their national homework exercise. There’s no need for pen and paper; you can start by downloading their task and expressing your worries by writing or drawing them on the front cover. It’s a meaningful initiative to promote mental well-being and create spaces for vital discussions about mental health.

Download the ITV Campaign schools resource pack here:

Make a difference to children’s mental health

Teachers and teaching assistants have the potential to make a profound impact on a child’s mental health. On World Mental Health Day 2023, let’s commit to creating compassionate, safe, and inclusive learning environments where children can thrive academically and emotionally.

By recognising the signs, promoting open communication, collaborating with professionals, encouraging self-care, and embracing diversity, educators can be beacons of hope and support for children facing mental health challenges. Together, we can help our students navigate the path to mental well-being and a brighter future.

Remember that there are numerous organisations that offer valuable resources and advice to teachers concerned about their students’ mental well-being. Don’t hesitate to reach out to organisations like YoungMinds for more information and assistance.