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The warm-hearted story of Henry Hoobler and the summer when a new friend, a silver bike and unexpected adventures turn him inside out like a pocket, into something new - laugh-out-loud funny and moving, from the author of my My Big Birkett. Full of unforgettable characters, a page-turning pace and outrageously good dialogue, this is a glorious novel - thoughtful, funny, heartbreaking and wise - about outsiders and secrets, and what it really means to be a hero.

A time-slip novel in which Madeleine finds herself transported back to Australia, where she befriends a family of girls and is witness to a family secret and a family tragedy. A stunning graphic novel from an extraordinarily talented illustrator. On the cusp of having everything slip from his grasp, a young boy has to find a way to rebuild his sense of self.

This incredible tale about two boys' swim from mainland China to Hong Kong in search of freedom from poverty and oppression is inspired by a true story.

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Azra's dreams of finishing high school in Sydney and going to university are threatened by her uncle's plans to marry her off to an older cousin she has never met - will she have to choose between her family and her happiness? Ruby Jane Galbraith is an ordinary girl seeking peace in the wake of family tragedy. Her search leads her into a community that seems guided by love. And it's only after she's drawn into its web that she learns its sinister secrets. Abandoned by the priestess of the island at birth, Aissa is an outcast, surviving by her wits - until she joins the acrobatic bull dancers who are sent away to compete on the island of the Bull King.

A gripping and powerful adventure by acclaimed author Wendy Orr. The powerful story of a young boy whose father develops Alzheimer's disease, from the highly acclaimed author of A Small Madness. Jamie's sister has been kidnapped. And Jamie is convinced he can save her using the principles of game theory. But is strategy the best option when his little sister's life is at stake? A hugely compelling YA thriller. The first Australian cricket team to tour England was a group of Aboriginal stockmen.

This is their story. Engaging and authentic historical fiction about one boy from the Torres Strait trying to work his way up in the pearl-shell industry. A sweet and funny story about a city-dwelling dog, a day when everything goes wrong, a curious rescue and a surprising gift. Two young Vietnam War veterans who fought on opposing sides return home, struggling to recover from their experience. A moving story of trauma, resilience and the challenging road to recovery. The story of an eventful hike in Gariwerd the Grampians , from the creator of the multi-award-winning Rivertime.

The powerful story of Yvonne Edwards, artist and community leader, who lived on or near the Maralinga lands, and the cost of the fall-out for herself and her family from the nuclear tests in the s. This warm and engaging story, inspired by the author's own family, offers a glimpse into a life rich with tradition, celebration and love.

From the author of the award-winning The Dead I Know comes an urban 'bromance' with an unexpected twist, featuring a boy from the upper end of town who finds refuge and friendship pushing trolleys at the local supermarket and avoiding a troubling secret in his own past. Exuberant and warm, this hugely appealing book stars the author's much-loved black labrador. Based on the famous true story of Joseph Merrick, Elephant Man is an unforgettable tale about being different, finding happiness in even the hardest circumstances, and discovering beauty inside everyone.

What if the most terrifying person you'd ever met was your ten-year old sister? A spine-chilling psychological thriller from one of Australia's finest YA authors. A powerful, captivating story about Alice, who is reaching out to express herself through her beautiful-broken words, and Manny who is running to escape his past. When they meet they find the tender beginnings of love and healing. Juxtaposing words and images, the multi-award-winning author of The Island shines an uncompromising light on what it is to be Australian.

Book one of a two-part intriguing mystery series set in the perilous back alleys of Georgian London. From the multi-awardwinning author of A Very Unusual Pursuit. The complete set of award-winning wordless classics by a master of visual storytelling.

If you were given a second chance at life, would you have the courage to do the right thing? A captivating novel set on the West Bank, The Cat at the Wall combines Ellis's respected and unflinching realism with a hint of engaging magic. What if your identical twin sister was a murderer? Does that make you a monster too? A profound, intense, heartbreaking fantasy that tackles issues of fate versus free will, and whether you can ever truly know someone.

An ordinary teenager's world turns upside down when he's mistaken for a ruthless young spy. An action thriller suitable for readers of Cherub or The Last Thirteen. A funny and heart-warming story about a cat finding a home from a uniquely talented and multi-award-winning author. The world of story is a magical place - where almost anything can happen. Join Tuesday McGillycuddy and her dog Baxterr on another nail-biting adventure! After a rescue mission goes wrong, a young soldier and his dog find themselves alone in hostile territory.

Will they survive the perilous journey back to base? Jack is more powerful than ever and has control of the one person Danby truly loves, her brother Evan. Determined to free Evan and rid the world of the evil that is Jack, Danby hatches a risky plan - but will she pay the ultimate price to liberate those she loves? It's hard being a ten-year-old girl when everyone wants to turn you into a princess.

Welcome to the lives of Bella, Grace, Chloe and Emily. A devastating story of forbidden love set in post-Shah Iran from the internationally bestselling author of the Parvana series. A ground-breaking intercontinental collection of speculative stories, in both prose and graphic novel form, with contributors from India and Australia including Isobelle Carmody, Margo Lanagan, Nicki Greenberg and others of similar calibre.

The iconic song about the Battle of Gallipoli, written by Eric Bogle in at the height of the anti-war movement, re-imagined by esteemed children's illustrator Bruce Whatley.

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One big book with all the Minton Goes! Minton the spotty salamander loves things that move - and he finds just what he needs to make them. He's always keen for adventure, but his friend Turtle always worries that it will end in disaster. A fabulous story collection from the creators of Tashi. From one of our most gifted storytellers, a novel about the impact of war on those left behind, set in Australia and Europe in From two outstanding creators comes a lyrical and poetic text and beautiful artwork celebrating the lives of children in a remote Himalayan village as they make their work into play.

If the stars were blown out of the sky by a storm, what would you do? Kelpie and Dymphna are accustomed to the mean streets of s Sydney, but this is a day that will test their courage, their loyalty, and their ability to survive both the ill-intentions of the living and the ever-presence of the dead. A little boy's spirit shines amid some dark truths in this tender and memorable novel about being taken from home and put in an orphanage.

Peterboy wants to find something special for his grandfather, but he finds a fallen duck in need of care. This is an extraordinary and totally enchanting story of friendship, hope and joy from two very talented, award-winning picture-book makers. A gentle and beautiful book about slowing down and growing up, set on Australia's Glenelg River and featuring a ten-year-old boy and his uncle. A powerful and moving picture book about the Vietnam War based on the unforgettable song. A slice of life story for younger readers told with affection and humour about Stephen, a boy who doesn't quite fit in, and his elderly Aunt Lola.

In this refreshing and fascinating collection, twelve Muslim-Australians - some well known, some not - reveal their candid, funny and touching stories of growing up with a dual identity. Thirteen-year-old Joe Riley gets up to all sorts of mischief in this unsentimental portrait of Sydney during the Depression.

The end of the world happened quickly. The sun still shone, there was no explosion - just a tsunami-sized wave of human thought drowning the world in telepathic noise as everyone's inner-most secrets became audible. Everyone's thoughts, that is, except sixteen-year-old Danby. If you could live a different version of your life, would you take the chance? From the award-winning author Margaret Wild, this spellbinding story places two young women at the turning point in their lives, and each must choose to accept the life she has, or to leap into one she might yet live.

A wonderfully engaging and heartening account of a successful Aboriginal community based at a beautiful beach site in Arnhem Land. A gripping time-slip adventure set in a hidden valley. I wanted to follow Lucy right through the wall.

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A unique and beautiful picture book about a child's love for her pet dogs from the one and only Chris McKimmie. A moving story of one child's life in a conflict zone: Shahana, a young girl living in war-torn Kashmir. An absorbing, page-turning story about fame, changing fortunes and music, set in an alternative Victorian world, from the brilliant creator of Worldshaker. Tuesday and her dog Baxterr are swept up into the magical land of story, where they must sail a runaway boat, battle fearsome pirates, and find their way out of the Swamp of Doubt, all in the search for Tuesday's missing mother.

The epic and tragic story of Jandamarra, Indigenous hero of the Kimberley told through text and illustrations. A story for all Australians, providing a unique insight into an extraordinary man and a powerful slice of history. A captivating coming of age story for younger teens, set in New Guinea around the time of independence.

A unique picture book for the whole family. Artist David Cox recalls what it was like to be a child during World War Two, and his warm observations reveal a resilient quintessential Australian spirit. A companion to his much loved picture book The Road to Goonong. Candice Phee wants to bring light and laughter to those around her, and somehow she succeeds despite the bizarre mix-ups and the confusion she effortlessly creates.

An uplifting comedy-drama from award-winning author, Barry Jonsberg. Parvana, now fifteen, is found in a bombed-out school and held as a suspected terrorist by American troops in Afghanistan. A stunning sequel to Parvana and Parvana's Journey. A breathtakingly beautiful book which, like Shaun Tan's The Arrival , will move and delight readers of all ages. Ephemeral as a feather, timeless as a rock, and as true as both, Unforgotten is a magical experience.

From one of Australia's foremost literary talents, this is an unforgettable and heartbreaking story about two young girls living in the wild with Tasmanian Tigers. When a burglar jumps through the kitchen window one night, Louis knows he should get him in a wrestling-hold while he has the advantage, but his heart is hammering and his legs feel like wobbly air. A larger-than-life story from Anna Fienberg, author of the classic Tashi series and Horrendo's Curse. This amazing true story of a boy fleeing Tehran on his own during the Iran-Iraq War provides a powerful child's-eye view of political tumult, separation, survival, dreams and triumphs in a moving memoir that chronicles extraordinary times in an ordinary boy's life.

A brilliant picture book inspired by the Brisbane floods, from the one and only Chris McKimmie. Illustrated by Australia's leading picture-book artist, this is a surprising and delicious story that will lift you off your feet and whirl you away. A coat in a strawberry patch flies off with a down-at-heel man, and together they have the night of their lives.

A gripping mystery unfolds in the aftermath of a devastating cyclone that leaves a young girl unable to remember her name or where she comes from. Vivid, compelling writing from popular, multi-award winning author Libby Gleeson. Are you playing the game - or is the game playing you? A highly addictive thriller about power, manipulation and revenge. A remarkable and gripping story about one refugee boy on a desperate journey from Afghanistan, and the Australian boy who befriends him. An absorbing, emotionally engrossing story about a young Indian girl who has to survive by herself on the streets of Kolkata.

Anh Do's inspirational story about his family's incredible escape from war-torn Vietnam and his childhood in Australia, told especially for children. A funny, poignant, heartwarming story of first love, first job, friends, family and the inevitability of change in the first summer out of school. Does the world shape us, or do we shape the world? A suspenseful story of parallel realities - two girls in two worlds with two different ways to survive.

This glorious story of a bush childhood - growing up on the family farm with horses and animals, eccentric neighbours and a loving family - captures the enduring spirit of Australian country people. An exuberant picture book from a unique talent featuring a girl who loves animals and a memorable holiday on Bee Island. The story of a homeless boy who starts by losing everything, and - through his experience as an evacuee in World War II - finds friendship, vocation and a place to belong.

With historical and contemporary photographs, artwork by leading Indigenous artists, and new colour illustrations throughout, this compilation of Indigenous stories gives a fascinating insight into Aboriginal childhood, both traditional and contemporary. When James drives out west to do a teaching round, he has no idea that a girl with wild hair and flowing black dress will change his direction completely.

A captivating story of tender new friendship and self-discovery. An extraordinary novel about a young girl's response to her aid-worker father's disappearance in a war zone. This brilliant sequel to Worldshaker follows the changed fortunes of Col and Riff as the juggernaut rolls on. Now the Filthies are in charge, and it's the Upper Decks people who are victimised and reduced to a ghetto-like existence. Aaron Rowe has dreams he can't explain, and memories he can't recover. But if he doesn't discover the truth about his hidden past soon, he may fall asleep one night and never wake up.

A potent, intense, psychodrama that will keep you gripped to the very last page. This arresting and beautiful picture book from Margaret Wild and Ron Brooks is a shimmering encounter with the Tasmanian tiger, a lament for a lost species, and a compelling evocation of the place of animals in Nature. A beautiful, haunting novel from the author of the multi-award-winning The Red Shoe. Set in , and imbued with the atmosphere and psychological intrigue of Picnic at Hanging Rock. Justine Larbalestier's brilliant CBCA short-listed YA novel has a truly compelling unreliable narrator who will have readers guessing until the very last page, and beyond.

From the internationally acclaimed, multi-award winning author of Black Juice , Red Spikes and Tender Morsels - a new collection of evocative, moving and richly imagined stories. Brigid Lowry's original fairytale with a modern twist will totally charm romantic girls from age 12 up. It's a clever story that combines a fairytale and a modern-girl's tale, and reveals the magic of the writer's creative journey. The bittersweet story of a girl and a boy, and a secret that was too real to hide.

A heart-stopping adventure novel based on true-life experiences. From the bestselling author of the Parvana series. A gripping wilderness-adventure by the author of Nim's Island. Raven's sister and step-father are trapped under rocks on the mountain top, and their lives depend on Raven making it down the mountain to get help. But can she find the way? Kinglake had one day of disaster with far-reaching effects; Kabul has endured 30 years of war. In this remarkable collection of young people's writing, students from schools in Kinglake and Kabul share their stories of resilience, courage and hope.

A unique picture book collaboration about having fun, sharing culture and the power of story and dance. A picture book to get the whole town dancing. Richly imagined, this is an audaciously brilliant tour de force from the creator of the graphic novel adaptation of The Great Gatsby. A strong and vivid novel based on the fascinating true story of a group of young Australian performers - children aged from seven to seventeen - who toured Asia and India early in the twentieth century before mounting a strike against their manager and precipitating a sensational court case.

The not-so-ordinary life of a boy named Larry, set against the great events of the world. Marvin and Violet have been friends since they were babies. They are like two peas in a pod. But then Violet moves away. With a unique Australian flavour, this story of friendship is both tender and truthful. Following on from the success of The Island , Armin Greder offers young readers and adults, a contemporary mother-and-son fable. Marguerite's father is desperate for a son.

Instead he's stuck with a feisty, stubborn, red-headed daughter who refuses to behave like a lady. This exciting medieval romance-adventure story is based on historical fact about a year-old heiress to Flanders called Marguerite Van Male. Based on a true story, this powerful, authentic novel explores the life of one girl in post-Taliban Afghanistan.

Micah Wilkins admits she's a liar. But will murder be enough of a reason to stop lying? An extraordinary and original story that will have you grasping for the truth until the very last page. From the internationally bestselling author of Chinese Cinderella and the Secret Dragon Society , this is a gripping historical fantasy set in the Song Dynasty and inspired by one of China's most famous paintings. A gripping story about a boy who gains the power of flight, but loses touch with what makes him human.

Is the cost of being a loblolly boy too high? Find out in this beautifully written novel for lovers of fantasy. With stunning images and a child-friendly text based on the latest scientific research, the award-winning author of The Big Picture Book sets out the biggest milestones in human history since the last great Ice Age. It is 40 years into the future and the world is in turmoil. A plague has destroyed humans' ability to conceive females, or so Callum thinks until he meets Bo.

A page-turning adventure unfolds as the pair rely on each other to survive a dangerous journey to a safe haven in the city of Vulture's Gate. The unforgettable story of Sofia, a courageous young woman struggling to take care of her poverty-stricken family in Mozambique. This is the third novel about Sofia, which began with a terrible landmine accident in Secrets in the Fire , and continued into her teenage years in Playing with Fire.

The inspiring true story of one man's reconciliation journey. All through his growing-up years, John Danalis's family had an Aboriginal skull on the mantelpiece; yet only as an adult did he ask where it came from and whether it should be restored to its rightful owners. Eloise doesn't speak, but can she see into the past? An exciting and atmospheric mystery, poignant and gripping at the same time, exploring themes of family, friendship and grief.

A brilliant fantasy that will hook you from the very first page, set aboard a huge ship-city in which the elites live on the top decks while the Filthies toil below. Strong writing, a vivid alternative world and characters you'll never forget. An extraordinary illustrated history told from the Indigenous perspective and created through a series of workshops, extensive research and community consultation. The fifth and final book in John Nicholson's Transport, Trade and Travel series for upper primary schoolchildren shows how Australia entered the Age of Oil, becoming reliant on petrol and diesel to power cars, trucks, trains, tractors, ships, machinery and aeroplanes - all essential to our economy.

The Bell family is in danger of losing their honourable name. Can Darius step up to the challenge and uphold it? A warm, surprising, real and intelligent novel you will fall in love with. Frankie Parsons is twelve and has a rodent voice of worry nibbling in his head.

His new friend - colourful, creative, talkative Sydney - has relentless, unavoidable questions of her own that force Frankie and his family to face up to things that have lain dormant for years. Two young boys, an old tramp, a beautiful lost dancer and her baby - rag-tag survivors of a sudden war - form a fragile family holding together in the remnants of a fun fair. This is a vivid, poetic story about life in the margins and the power of empathy and imagination to triumph over adversity.

A mysterious diary links modern-day Laura to Sara, a Jewish girl fighting to stay alive in the Warsaw Ghetto. A compelling and moving coming-of-age novel that draws upon history to resonate with the present day. I'm getting into trouble without even trying. From a unique and brilliant imagination comes the story of Special Kev and his eleventy million cousins. All great children's literature has some element of danger and mischief, and this new story takes you right to the heart of what it is to be a child.

The fourth book in John Nicholson's fascinating series about Transport, Trade and Travel in Australia takes us back to the days of Australia's industrial revolution, with steam-powered railways, mines and factories speeding up travel and production of goods. This laugh-out-loud, original and chaotic tale of teenagers, dolls, dogs, football, baklava, first love, new love and one helluva party is the perfect book for people who never quite go about things the right way. A compelling novel about a powerful relationship between a troubled teenager and his grandfather, set in the Tasmanian Wilderness.

The story and songs are warm, fun and full of affection; guaranteed to leave children feeling happy and safe in the world. The vivid and compelling story of a young girl fleeing Afghanistan with her family and their journey to Australia. Inspired by a true story. Chellie loves the beautiful green turtles on her tropical island home. So when they are threatened, she does everything she can to save them.

This third book in John Nicholson's fascinating series about Transport, Trade and Travel in Australia takes us back to the days of sheep stations as large as Scotland, bullockies slogging along muddy tracks, clipper ships racing each other to overseas wool auctions, cameleers in the outback, and Cobb and Co.

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    And the action-packed epic continues with the adventures of Babylonne - as feisty, funny and irresistible as her famous father. Alone at night in the bush, alone with her demons - what will this city girl discover about herself and her place in the world? An intense story of psychological struggle, from an acclaimed writer of YA fiction. An international award-winner, this haunting novel set in Chile reaches into the souls of a murderer and an innocent young boy, turning readers' expectations of hero and villain on their heads.

    Deeply moving, outstanding writing. A haunting story of secrets and adventure, set in the ancient pagan world of the Druids, from the writer of the popular Viking Magic series. A true-to-life adventure story about Diego, a gutsy young Bolivian boy, who needs all his ingenuity and courage to stay alive and help his family. Another brave, revealing novel from the author of the best-selling 'Parvana' books. The riveting true story account of a young WW2 pilot's heroic journey, illustrated throughout with fascinating photographs, maps and excerpts from his log books.

    A funny, suspenseful novel, bursting with character and ideas: A journey of friendship and harmony to inspire all Australians and a landmark publication from an acclaimed team. Nadia Wheatley and Ken Searle help sixteen children from eight schools in south-west Sydney explore their local environment and work collaboratively on art and writing. A model for the way harmony can be shared across the whole of Australian society. A groundbreaking book for children about the fascinating networks of trade and ceremonial exchange in pre-European Australia.

    John Nicholson's lively curiosity, clear text and detailed illustrations and maps make this complex subject accessible to any age group. The heart-wrenching story of Lakshmi, from Nepal, who is sold into prostitution at the age of 13, and kept captive in 'Happiness House' - where she not only survives, against all odds, but triumphs.

    Now a film staring Gillian Anderson. A book of whimsical pictures, questions and ideas to tickle young children's imagination, to get them thinking, talking, drawing, writing and exploring the world. What do you look like? Do you have a round nose, three eyes, pointy ears?

    Where do you live? By the sea, up high, in a house your parents built, in a teapot? Does your house have a secret tunnel? Where do you turn when your family is tragically torn apart, your close friends fall away, and your long-lost father is out of reach? Where do you fit when you're part Irish, part Chinese, part Australian?

    A warm-hearted story about teenage life in Australia now. Award-winning and innovative, original and funny, Clubs is the first in a series of Lolly Leopold books. In this story, Lolly is searching for a Club to truly belong to. Lonesome Howl is a taut and tender thriller: Nadia Wheatley's award-winning and critically acclaimed collection, The Night Tolkien Died , was first published in Listening to Mondrian brings six of these stories and an additional two new stories to another generation of readers in a stylish new edition.

    By turns hilarious and bittersweet, this fresh, engaging novel illuminates the hidden corners of suburban life, love and friendship. Told by sassy year-old Rachel, this is a suspenseful, compassionate, yet laugh-out-loud funny story about looking after a woman with brain damage - and about tasting love, finding grace and getting a life. From the author of The Whole Business with Kiffo and the Pitbull and It's not all about YOU, Calma comes an intense, confronting, unforgettable novel to challenge our assumptions about bullying, coping strategies and mental health.

    A bestseller in Thailand, this poignant and beautifully written novel is the story of a 9-year-old girl whose mother is suffering from an incurable illness. Kati's spirited response to the challenges she faces and the evocative Thai setting make this poetic novel especially memorable. An exciting story of discovery, change and identity, with all the drama of life under the big top.

    Told entirely through letters between a city girl and a country boy, this is a totally engaging story that is simple to read but rich in content, with themes of growing up, loss, handicap, migrant experience, friendship, love that leads to marriage, and the greening of the land. A Prayer for Blue Delaney follows the outback adventures of orphaned Colm, who runs away from the cruelties of Bindoon Boys' Home and goes in search of a family of his own. Set in the s. Laugh-out-loud humour with a strong beating heart and a sting in the tail.

    A collection of true stories that present a fascinating insight into a culture that remains mysterious to many non-Lebanese Muslims. Warm, provocative, funny and poignant, these tales of family and community life, contradictions and customs, are a vivid insight into an exotic and vibrant culture. With evocative words and stunning pictures, Mary Malbunka tells her rich story of growing up in the early days of the Papunya settlement in central Australia, going bush with her family and learning about culture and life. A picture book for all ages.

    Four billion years of evolution in 48 pages, told in simple words and stunning images, using the latest scientific research. A must for adults as well as children. Binti is a complex character who readers will never forget. This sumptuous book invites us to closely observe the birds, plants and animals that inhabit the unique environment of Kakadu, through an understanding of the six Aboriginal seasons and their characteristics.

    Becoming Billy Dare follows the life of a feisty Irish boy who runs away to Australia and finds his vocation as an actor in the colourful theatres of Melbourne, around the time of Federation. Part love story, part road story, Guitar Highway Rose is a witty novel of first love, adventure and being fifteen.

    A memorable YA novel about the tough and tender sides of growing up in a small country town. Fourteen-year-old Harry has a knack for wriggling out of trouble, but escaping the constraints and memories that keep him trapped is not so easy, until it's a matter of life or death. The companion to the well-loved and internationally bestselling Chinese Cinderella , Chinese Cinderella and the Secret Dragon Society is a tale of high adventure and friendship, set in China during the Second World War.

    When Neema's great-grandmother Kalpana leaves her village in India to visit her family in Australia, Neema is not sure how to be friends with her, but a boy on a skateboard brings them together, and they both find something they've long forgotten. Judith Clarke writes with humour and insight, and introduces a teacher known as the Bride of Dracula! This third and final book in the popular Viking Magic series, like its predecessors Runestone and Wolfspell , mixes adventure and magic with authentic Viking life and lore to create a breath-taking story for boys and girls Part quirky journal, part detective fiction, this wild and witty novel is a laugh-out-loud comedy about two unlikely friends who are drawn into a dramatic series of events through their mutual mistrust of their new English teacher.

    From the best-selling author of Parvana and Parvana s Journey comes an extraordinary story for young readers, set in fourteenth century France at the time of the Plague; a story about friendship, courage and the importance of resisting hypocrisy and despair. This sophisticated, multi-award winning picture book goes to the heart of human relationships. Funny, engaging and wise, this novel from the one and only Elizabeth Honey is the third adventure involving Henni and the Stella Street mob. On holiday in a remote old house by the beach, Henni finds that being a teenager is more complicated than being a kid.

    Bridie's Fire is the tale of a fiery Irish girl who leaves Ireland to find a home for herself in goldrush Australia. Book one in a blockbuster series, The Keys to the Kingdom, by the internationally acclaimed Garth Nix. Moving between our familiar world and bizarre other realms where nothing is predictable, Nix delivers a thrilling adventure-fantasy of breathtaking scope and ingenuity. A courageous novel - honest, compassionate and wry - about what really goes on in a tough high school. Told alternately from the point of view of the most troublesome student a difficult but astute girl and the deputy principal a sympathetic but overworked man , this story explores dangerous boundaries and reveals uncomfortable truths about parents, students and teachers.

    Multi-award-winning, The Papunya School Book of Country and History is a unique and fascinating account of the history of Western Desert communities from an Indigenous perspective. This second book in the best-selling Viking Magic series combines adventure, magic and authentic historical detail to deliver a riveting junior fantasy in which the young heroes, Oddo and Thora, join forces and make a dangerous journey to foil a greedy neighbour and save their own families from eviction.

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    A story about the friendship between 12 year old Pauline 'PJ' , and a daring, unpredictable new girl, Marie-Claire, whose instinct for adventure leads them both into trouble. Nancy wants so much to be the centre of attention at school that she makes up a story - a wish, really. But with the help of stories from both sides of her family - white Australian and Aborginal - she learns something about what is true for her, and what she herself has to offer. A fantasy adventure about a boy and a girl in Viking times, full of magic, humour, vivid characters and colourful detail.

    A year-old Aboriginal boy leaves his family and home for the big city, and as he struggles to make sense of his experience he realises that he must have the knowledge of his own people and culture in order to know who he is, and to find his direction. Based closely on real life, this is the exciting and inspiring story of Parvana, a young girl growing up in Afghanistan, as she struggles to make a life for herself and her family under the harsh rule of the Taliban. Jen is desperate for life to begin, but her first love relationships are so devastating that she believes she is jinxed.

    Teenage boys tell us what they think about growing up, friends, sex, sport, drugs - no holds barred. A timeslip adventure novel about a boy who goes busking at the market and finds himself transported back to a century ago. Elizabeth Honey skilfully combines humour, adventure, user-friendly language and thought-provoking themes. Remote Man is great entertainment, with depth and heart. A collection of true stories about kids and courage. Some of them are extraordinary kids - high-born or super-intelligent or super-talented - and some are ordinary kids who do extraordinary things like saving a life or leading a crusade.

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    The Eleventh Trade Published: Lenny's Book of Everything Published: November Our mother had a dark heart feeling. Noni the Pony Rescues a Joey Published: November Come on another adventure with Noni the Pony in this totally delightful rhyming story by the much-loved Alison Lester. Tales from the Inner City Published: October A stunning companion to Tales from Outer Suburbia , this collection of illustrated short stories is sure to delight Shaun Tan fans of all ages.

    October The hilarious story about a smelly bug whose unique talent saves the day. Tales from the Inner City Special edition Published: October A stunning limited edition gift box featuring a special hardback of Tales from the Inner City and a limited edition print signed by Shaun Tan. What the Woods Keep Published: October Katya de Becerra's stunning debut combines mystery, science fiction, and dark fantasy in a twisty story that will keep you mesmerized right up to the final page.

    September In a world full of social and military tech, power struggles, dictatorships, surveillance, intrigue and the ever-present threat of treachery, Frey is sent on a potentially deadly mission. Lemonade Jones 1 Published: September Lemonade Jones likes to ask lots of questions and does not like rules - warm, funny stories for the beginning reader about a girl who likes to ask 'why? Morris the Mole Published: September Introducing Morris the mole! Catching Teller Crow Published: September A totally addictive ghost story, crime story and thriller, told half in prose and half in verse, from two of the most exciting Aboriginal voices in Australia.

    Fairytales for Feisty Girls Published: September Renowned girl hero and feisty author Susannah McFarlane presents an illustrated collection of 'tilted' fairytales featuring girls with smarts.

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    After the Lights Go Out Published: August What happens when the lights go off after what might truly be an end-of-the-world event? Sonam and the Silence Published: August A haunting fable-like story by the well-known musician and author, Eddie Ayres, about the power of music and a young girl in Kabul set during the occupation of the Taliban.

    August An engaging and suspenseful story about one girl surviving Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in Yours Troolie, Alice Toolie Published: August Meet Alice Toolie - seriously famous youtootuber, and lead jellyfish in the school jazz ballet - and absolutely not a good friend of Jimmy Cook in this stand-alone humorous story from the CBC award-winning writers of the Captain Jimmy Cook Discovers series.

    July Leira's family flee to the island of Crete just before a huge volcanic eruption destroys their island and sends a tsunami to where they thought they had found safety. July A soulful and heartwarming story about what happens when a pavement artist's drawing comes to life. July Rob has a huge crush on the new girl at school. June An inspiring and hilarious picture book about a Tiger who wants to be his best. June Tildy can see monsters that no one else can see and she sleeps with one eye open, until a new friend at school helps her overcome her fear - a delightful new picture book by the popular picture-book creators of Tashi.

    June The vivid story of a teenage boy and the road trip that clears his head and his heart. George Parker Goes Global Published: June Super-clever George Parker unexpectedly teams up with super-rich Chase Landon-Bond on an international adventure to rescue Chase's sister. May From the co-author of the New York Times bestselling Illuminae Files comes the first book in a new series that's part Romeo and Juliet , part Terminator , and all adrenaline.

    May At the end of the school year, fifteen-year-old high-achieving 'good girl' Vanessa Partridge re-invents herself and seeks out new life experiences as she asserts her independence. May An epic adventure from the author of Song for a Scarlet Runner about a girl who finds a magical musical instrument, a boy from a travelling medicine show, and their perilous journey to a mysterious land. April From an extraordinary novelist and an award-winning illustrator comes this lyrical and unforgettable story about a boy and the untameable wildness of a hand-reared joey.

    Sam and Ilsa's Last Hurrah Published: The Freedom Finders Published: April Choose your own destiny and step into the shoes of an Irish girl making her way from London to Australia in in this exciting interactive series. April Choose your own destiny and step into the shoes of a Somalian boy escaping war-torn Mogadishu for Australia in in this exciting interactive series. April A pointed, amusing and highly-original story set in an alternate reality wherein every person's physical size is directly proportional to their wealth, by the best-selling author of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.

    March The poignant story of a toy kangaroo that goes to war with a young man who doesn't come back. March Bo Mitchell has little on his mind except school, footy and friends. March A gripping and personal story about one girl's experience of the Christchurch earthquake and its aftermath. March A story for anyone who likes to spend a day at the beach, and for everyone who has ever pondered the big questions about our place in the universe. February Unforgettable characters, chaotic family life and an intriguing ghost story combine in this funny, absorbing tale of a family who inherit a mansion on the other side of the world.

    February Precarious boats navigate the waters of the sea, from south to north. A Graphic Novel Published: February A stunning graphic novel edition of the internationally bestselling novel and adapted from the Academy Award nominated film 'The Breadwinner'. January A tense, engaging read that will have you racing through the pages. November A magnificent visual retelling of the classic ballet story from a much-loved, award-winning illustrator. The Red Ribbon Published: November Rose, Ella, Marta and Carla. D-Bot Squad 5 Published: D-Bot Squad 6 Published: October The meerkat choirmaster will only allow meerkats in his choir.

    Accidental Heroes The Rogues 1 Published: October The Rogues is a vividly exciting new trilogy set in the same world as the best-selling Keepers, with all new characters. September How far would you go to become someone else? Pea Pod Lullaby Published: September A glorious, heartfelt story about finding a safe place to call home, from award-winning book creators Glenda Millard and Stephen Michael King. September Imagine if you read your teacher's diary The Children of Willesden Lane Published: September A true story of courage and survival during World War II, and a celebration of the power of music to lift the human spirit.

    The Amber Amulet Published: Gap Year in Ghost Town Published: August Anton Marin and his father are on high alert after a spike in ghost manifestations. August An evocative and compelling story about one boy living through the drought in Henan, China. August An exceptional and compelling novel from one of Australia's most acclaimed and much-loved authors. D-Bot Squad 1 Published: D-Bot Squad 2 Published: D-Bot Squad 3 Published: D-Bot Squad 4 Published: My Lovely Frankie Published: July A masterful, moving story about a teenage boy caught between faith and love, by one of Australia's finest YA writers.

    July A wryly amusing story about a fast family who are taught to slow down when an adorable sloth comes to stay by the award-winning author of Fox and Ruby Roars. July A warm and funny story about a unique Australian experience with a fantastic rhythmic read-aloud text. June Sometimes you have to lose everything to find yourself. Do not lick this book Published: June A brilliantly simple, funny, interactive picture book that introduces children to the strange, unseen world of microbes all around them by the award-winning author of Small Wonders and the animator of the insanely successful video 'Dumb Ways to Die' featuring scanning electron microscope images by Linnea Rundgren.

    Living on Hope Street Published: June A young adult novel that shines a light on contemporary society. June A captivating and beautifully illustrated story about three sisters who find a stranded whale on the beach. My Life as a Hashtag Published: June From the highly acclaimed author of The Guy, the Girl, the Artist and His Ex comes this funny, heartfelt novel about rage, regret and the pitfalls of life in the digital age. A Different Dog Published: May The gripping and surprising story of a boy, a dog and a daring rescue from the bestselling, much-loved author of the Don't Look Now series and The Unforgettable What's His Name.

    How Stressed is Your School? This series follows a world-first scientific investigation into work-related stress among staff. They are measured by taking a questionnaire, DNA and cortisol tests and then discuss the findings and ways to improve quality of life at the school. Human Rights with Cherie Booth QC The lawyer and human rights expert works with teachers to expand their legal literacy and knowledge of rights and legal processes.

    Human Scale Schools How do you introduce a sense of belonging to a vast modern school? Can small schools be amalgamated into a larger establishment? Do smaller schools miss out on bigger opportunities? These and other questions are pondered. Ideas on how to embrace the technology to make learning easier and get pupils excited about what they can achieve online. Improving GCSE Results Watch as other schools turn their performance around, or keep up exceptional standards, in various subjects.

    What does it take to bring in better results? In Search Of Giants Ex-pop musician and physicist, Brian Cox, shares his passion for particles, the sub-atomic world and quantum mechanics. And he makes it comprehensible too! In-School Variation At look at how other schools are successfully addressing the challenging issue of in-school variation, including helping departments work together and using student feedback to help improvement.

    Independent Learning Independent learning consultant, Jackie Beere, finds out how schools have implemeted independent learning frameworks and techniques, and offers advice and guidance to the teachers. Innovation See different ways to open up learning for all, including teaching parents ICT skills, and interlinking different curriculum areas under a general theme. Inside Maths An engaging series for use in KS4 maths lessons, where presenters Fran and Dave use their maths skills to solve everyday problems. Inside Science A wide-ranging and engaging science series for KS4 pupils, that looks at themes including micro-organisms, solar power and forensic analysis.

    Inspecting The Inspectors Some experienced teachers turn the tables on the inspectors and suggest better ways of evaluating progress and achievement. Inspirational CPD Training In association with organisations such as the TDA, this series showcases the work of inspirational and effective CPD leaders who really make a difference to staff learning in schools. Inspirations Inspiring stories about school projects that make a difference. He talks about each clip and suggests how teachers might use similar approaches to create successful lessons. International School Leadership Filmed in partnership with the British Council, these videos tell the story of schools involved in the Connecting Classrooms programme and feature partnerships between headteachers from the UK, Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia and Africa.

    Intervention Strategies This series follows schools where early intervention strategies are helping pupils improve their performance, at both primary and secondary, using maths forums, sweets and breakfast clubs. Interviewing Staff A panel of former headteachers offer their expertise and guidance on conducting interviews when hiring new staff. Je suis un Rockstar Three young hopefuls complete a work experience placement as fixers for indie band The Wombats, putting their French, German and Spanish skills to the test.

    Joined Up Design for Schools The Sorrell Foundation's initiative to involve pupils in their school's redesign has been massively popular, teaching pupils many skills as well as reinventing their physical surroundings. Jonny Heeley's Masterclass The fun is palpable in these programmes showing Heeley's hands-on teaching of some maths masterclasses. Leaves teaching from the front way behind Junk Food Science - Snack Bar Get Key Stage 2, 3 and 4 pupils thinking about the connections between health and diet with this set of science classroom resources and CPD videos about whether a fictional snack bar should be banned, licensed or endorsed.

    Just for Governors Useful information, advice, and discussion especially for governors. Just for New Governors New governors and an expert in the field demonstrate the nature of the role, who they're accountable to and what they hope to achieve. KS3 New Curriculum KS3 New Curriculum investigates the changes in the curriculum, how schools have revised it to suit their needs and the impact on staff and pupils.

    Pupils can take part by voting on the web about dilemmas that affect how the story proceeds and interacting with the characters. Their everyday adventures with the children who frequent the tienda help to introduce and explain the basics of the Spanish language. Leadership and Technology Two schools share their success stories of effectively using ICT across the school.

    Leadership Toolkit Experts work with school leadership teams to help them bring effective change to their schools, from boosting fundraising to writing School Improvement Plans. Learning From the News Find short, topical classroom resources designed for use with primary and secondary pupils, based on the latest news. With a new classroom resource added every weekday, the videos are accompanied by curriculum-based lesson plans, covering Key Stage 1 to 4.

    Learning Outside the Classroom From bird watching to growing food on school grounds, find out how outdoor learning and cross-curriculum activities can work together. Learning Skills Exploring some of the less conventional approaches to teaching, and the impact they can have on pupils' attainment. Learning Through Play Find out how teachers at a Welsh primary school are finding new ways to encourage early years learning by using the outside environment and non-traditional methods.

    Lesson on a Plate Lesson on a Plate presents imaginative lessons, with resources provided to help you bring the ideas into your classroom. If you've tried the lessons, you can share your experiences in the discussion group. Lesson Planning A series of lesson plans delivered by experienced teachers, covering English, science, maths and humanities, looks at lesson planning tips, resources and ideas for improvement. Lesson Planning Pack - Algebra This comprehensive primary maths lesson planning pack makes algebra fun and easy to understand, using examples of when formuale can be very helpful in the real world.

    Lesson Planning Pack - Dance Innovative and inspiring ideas for using dance in PE lessons, as well as for cross-curricular teaching, including history and physics. Lesson Planning Pack - Electricity Inspire your primary pupils with engaging lessons about electricity with this lesson planning pack, including lesson ideas, lesson starters and teacher notes. Lesson Planning Pack - Fractions Fun primary maths ideas for teaching fractions, using pizza slices and discounts in supermarkets for demonstration purposes.

    Lesson Planning Pack - History Bring the history of the Second World War to life with these lesson planning packs, full of resources you need to teach Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils. Lesson Planning Pack - Light Help Key Stage 2 pupils understand light and how it travels by using this primary lesson planning pack including CPD resources and video lesson starters. Lesson Planning Pack - Literacy Fun takes on the Cinderella story and becoming character detectives can all help primary pupils become engaged with literacy and writing. Find video starters and lesson ideas to get pupils thinking in this lesson planning pack.

    Lesson Planning Pack - Media Get primary pupils inspired by their literacy lessons through using films to help them understand narrative and structure. Lesson Planning Pack - Problem-solving Help Key Stage 2 pupils get to grips with problem solving in maths lessons, with this CPD resource, primary lesson idea, and two lesson starters to use in your lesson planning. Lesson Planning Pack - Writing Non-Fiction A primary series for teachers demonstrating how to teach pupils how to write non-fiction, with resources suitable for Key Stage 1 and 2 lessons.

    Lesson Refreshers Teachers Dan Edwards and Nathan Human, dramatise some fun techniques to help produce a creative learning environment in the classroom. Lessons From Alberta A look at how Canada's Alberta education model works, and how this could change the way the curriculum works in England. Lessons from Beyond the Classroom What can teachers learn from other professions?

    The Navy, the police and a performing arts expert help school teachers to expand their repertoire. Discover how curriculum changes in Chilean schools have helped transform the approach to teaching reading and literacy skills at both primary and secondary. The Whole Story Literacy programmes for leaders, teachers and support staff on how to bring the subject alive, from alphabet work and phonics through to spelling strategies, listening and responding and interpreting texts. For early years through to KS3. Looked-After Children New ways to ensure that looked-after children get the support and opportunities they need to get the most from education.

    Lost Boys Twelve troubled teenagers are given an ultimatum: This inspiring series follows the trials they face and how the tough course turns out to be a lifeline for some. Magic of Making Discover how glass bottles are made, water is cleaned and metal is scrapped, as well as learning what is involved in brewing beer? Manage That Class with Sue Cowley Sue Cowley coaches primary and secondary school teachers, via concealed cameras and earpieces.

    From her observations, Sue is then able to offer advice, support and possible behavioural soutions. Managing Capital Projects This series looks at two schools' approaches to their capital projects. A Coventry school builds a new sixth form centre and completes an award-winning refurbishment of the school toilets. ICT hardware is heavily invested in at the second and last school. Managing School Networks Everything you need to know about network learning communities, as told by the experts.

    Find out about how pooling resources and knowledge opens up new ways to teach and to learn. Research and Segmentation Why do businesses use market research and segmentation? Masters Research - Teacher Video Learn more about the work involved in Masters practitioner research, through the work of four teachers who are using video to record their findings, and receiving feedback on their progress from their course lecturer.

    Maths For All Maths For All demonstrates how secondary maths can be taught successfully when it is made applicable to real life. Maths Mansion A television adventure game for 9- to year olds. You are trapped in a gothic mansion by Bad Man until you can successfully crack the maths challenges. Meteorite Survivors A series of short videos looking at how different plant and animal species survived and adapted in the wake of the catastrophic meteorite impact on Earth 65 million years ago.

    Mick Waters Drops In The former QCA director of curriculum visits primary and secondary schools, where he talks to staff and pupils about their learning, and contributes to lessons by drawing on his years of experience. Mike Baker Meets Journalist and educational specialist, Mike Baker, meets some big names in the field of education to ask them about their own schooling and what they think would improve the nation's schools. Nature Inc A natural history series for KS4 students that puts an economic price on what nature provides for free, explaining complex issues in an easy to understand way.

    Need to Know Need to Know is your guide to education hot topics. For the latest on the coalition government's policies, including free schools, pay and academies, try our Need to Know Updates series. Need to Know Updates Find out everything you need to know about the latest education policies with our weekly updates on the plans of the coalition government and the Department for Education. She struggles with staffing problems, poor SATS results and low standards but manages to achieve a much happier atmosphere in just 15 months. What Do I Do Now? How is it best to cope with the huge responsibility of running a school?

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    Follow three new heads as they cope with the loneliness, leadership challenges and developing long-term strategy with the help of educational coaches. New School, New Technology Follow the creation of a new primary school, as the headteacher and staff use ICT to involve parents and pupils in the changes and set themselves the challenge of embedding technology across the school. New Secondary Curriculum This series explores the impact and changes that the new secondary curriculum will bring to schools around the country. One to One Tuition Examples of one-to-one tution in practice in secondary schools.

    Painting With Numbers Mathematician, Professor Marcus du Sautoy, explores the universe of numbers - the common language of the world. Where did zero come from? What does maths have to do with the head of a pint of beer? Parents' Guide Watch some enlightening discussions about what's going on in the education system, new developments in the curriculum and how parents can get more involved in their child's learning.

    Passing the QTS Numeracy Test Get help with the QTS Numeracy Skills Test for trainee teachers with short videos looking at the topics that cause the most trouble, including interpreting and using statistical information and mental arithmetic skills. Peer Mentoring See the Peer Mentoring Project in action, where it is used to address issues such as isolation bullying, exam pressure, racism and more.

    The process can be mutually beneficial for mentor and mentee. Peer Observation with Bayley John Bayley shows how peer observation can promote professional development and bring new ideas to the classroom. Personal Finance Education From budgeting a family day out to staging a fundraising disco, these videos from Teachers TV and the Financial Services Authority provide ideas and support for teaching primary and secondary personal finance.

    Phil Beadle's Masterclass Phil Beadle works with groups of Year 10 students in poetry masterclasses, using interactive and memorable methods to help the students really understand the power of verse. Political Assassination The life, works and assassinations of three prominent figures in history is explored in this series.

    Portraits of Progress Portraits of Progress follows four schools' achievement, looking at the reasons behind underachievement, such as English sometimes being a second language. The Stickman model is used and we see how an East London school's environment encourages learning. Pride and Privilege A look at the lives of teachers and pupils at one of Scotland's most prestigious schools, Glenalmond College. Primary Framework The Primary Framework series looks at topics that are difficult to teach and visits schools which have been identified for their excellent practices in these areas.

    What can we learn and implement? Primary ICT Whiteboard This programme shares clever ideas to use on your interactive whiteboard when teaching. How do you make the most of this resource? What can you do once you master the basics? The potential is endless and can help accelerate learning. Primary Lesson Starters Find short starter clips for use on interactive whiteboards in your classroom, covering primary maths, science, French, history, and literacy.

    Primary Management What's new in the world of running a successful primary school? The programmes follow the successes of various establishments considering issues like using assertive discipline, the role of the bursar and much more. Primary Middle Managers More and more staff are becoming leaders - but what are the best ways of balancing autonomy and accountability? This series considers distributed leadership, coaching, self-assessment and more. Primary NQTs Follows the biggest learning curve in the profession as various NQTs begin their careers and face new challenges as well as new rewards.

    What support can they access and how can they excel? Primary Road Safety Two schools show the methods and teachings staff and parents have adopetd to create a safer school environment, and a new attitude to road safety training. Primary STEM Ambassadors Discover how STEM subjects are introduced and supported in primary schools, when an engineer and a research scientist enter the classroom to encourage and inspire pupils. Primary TAs How to tame the computer, how to achieve the HLTA status, key ways to control pupil anger and many more practical and useful ideas for teaching assistants.

    Dramatised scenarios are analysed, as regards strained relationships, and mentors offer advice on teaching methods. Professional Knowledge Keep up-to-date with developments in your specialism, with information-packed videos outlining the latest research covering everything from neuroscience to early reading. Professional Skills Professional Skills deals with planning and preparation, independent learning and experimenting with classroom layout and see the results the schools have. Progression in Primary Maths An exploration into primary maths skills and methods, demonstrating good practice across the curriculum.

    Proven to Work Tried and tested methods to aid learning, backed by research from the Centre for the Use of Research and Evidence in Education. Raising Boys' Achievement Two schools tackle the issue of boys' achievement using inventive methods, such as working with a football club to improve literacy skills.

    This series recognises the huge task of helping boys to achieve more and why they might not be. Reading Aloud Christmas Treats The Children's Laureate unwraps a selection of literary treats, including a rare and exclusive interview with Raymond Briggs, creator of The Snowman, and a visit to Dickens' house. Which books are good for the classroom and which ones do the panels think are worthy of attention? Watch as this nationwide experiment looking at the effect of nutrition, exercise and sleep on pupil's readiness to learn comes to some significant conclusions.

    Research and Development in SEN Exploring the work of educational researchers who aim to improve teacher training by developing projects relevant to Special Educational Needs. Resource Review Primary Useful classroom resources reviewed by teachers, pupils and subject experts, with presenter Hermione Cockburn.

    We also have Secondary Resource Reviews. Resource Review Secondary Whether you're looking for the latest publication or the most applicable piece of software, we test out our selected resources with real teachers in real primary schools across the country. We also have Primary Resource Reviews. Rosen's Poetry Attic Michael Rosen introduces the five key elements of poetry - rhyme, rhythm, imagery, sound and wordplay - in an engaging and visual way, suitable for KS2 and KS3 pupils.

    RSA Lectures The public lecture series covering contemporary issues debates some big ideas: These and other key though. Sabrina Broadbent's Masterclass Some year 10 students get underneath the skin of Shakespeare, and learn "the many dramatic possibilities of the handkerchief", amongst many other analytical skills.

    Safeguarding NSPCC education advisor, John Stead, safeguarding experts, and primary and secondary teachers, discuss how to spot the signs of abuse and neglect, in order to better protect children. Save Money Bridgid Nzekwu and Department for Education procurement expert Claire Dicks team up to find ways of cutting costs in schools, covering everything from energy-saving measures and revising catering contracts to collaborative purchasing.

    School Councils The pupils have their say on how their school is run through differing set-ups. Which organisation is most effective and what can be learned from other schools' efforts? School Days Some well-known politicians discuss their schooling and how it has affected their lives and outlook. What was the most important thing they learned and did their school or home lives have the bigger political influence?

    School Dilemmas School Dilemmas is a community resource focusing on commonly experienced issues for educators, offering advice, knowledge and good practice tips. School Improvement A look at the ways in which a selection of schools have made significant improvements, from refurbishments to a change in ethos. School Matters Documentaries relating to school improvement and other topical issues.

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    School Stories Stories, strategies and inspiring examples from schools found around the world, from teacher training in Sweden, preparing students for university in Turkey, to a private school in Switzerland, and much more. School Year An event-based series that follows different schools as they move through the year. A trip abroad, a careers advice fair, plays a-plenty, parents' evenings - each school has a different approach and much to share. Schools and Crime This series considers restorative justice as an alternative to exclusion in order to keep kids away from crime.

    It evaluates the role of CCTV and examines methods to deter pupils from getting involved in gang culture. Areas covered include the circulatory, sensory, and immune systems, homeostasis and genetics. Science of Food The properties of different foods, and our reactions to them are examined in this series of short, engaging videos for use in KS2 and KS3 science lessons. Science Tube The fundamentals of science conveyed in refreshingly entertaining ways. Find out about bugs, fire, volcanoes, plants and everything in between. Scientific Eye Classroom resources covering the science curriculum at Key Stage 3.

    Secondary ICT Management How can virtual learning really help in education, does it make the experience all-pervading and can comparing work online stimulate healthy competition among pupils? See how ICT can be used in cricket coaching, on a field trip to the seaside and more, in this problem-solving series. Secondary Lesson Starters From maths at the seaside to functional skills for engineering and hair and beauty diplomas, these short video lesson starters for secondary students present learning in a fun and relevant way. Secondary Management Behaviour management, keeping staff and pupils safe, mentoring and a whole lot more.

    Delve in for real-life examples and to learn from others' experiences on the frontline. Secondary Middle Managers More and more staff are becoming leaders - but what are the best ways of balancing autonomy and accountability? This series considers distributed leadership, coaching, and professional practice in general. Secondary NQTs Follows the biggest learning curve in the profession as various NQTs begin their careers and face new challenges as well as new rewards. Secondary Pastoral Care How to promote a sense of well-being in pupils, good practice in transition, how to spot tell-tale signs in body language and best ways to utilise peer and learning mentors.

    Secondary Singing with Howard Goodall The Sing Up Project, a successful primary initiative, is trialled at secondary level, giving music teachers and senior management both the inspiration and the know-how to get great singing happening in their schools. Secondary STEM Making engineering, science and maths accessible to secondary students through the Bloodhound SSC project, a British attempt to break the land speed record of mph, with a look at the groundbreaking work behind the attempt. Secondary Study Skills Get tips and advice on developing study skills in secondary students in a series covering getting the best out of homework, online research, independent learning and effective and fun revision sessions.

    Shakespeare Shorts Witness the results as schools around the country respond to a BBC challenge to create a second version of Shakespeare. Skills Championships Every two years young people who excel in vocational skills compete at WorldSkills, the global skills olympics. Watch as they fight it out to prove their excellence. So You Want to be a Head Think you've got what it takes to take the helm? Find out by watching these brave souls prepare themselves for a headship interview, with the help of leadership expert Jo Owen.

    Social Enterprise Some examples of enterprise education that focus on social projects to benefit the local community. What did the pupils learn and what will they take forward into the future? Staffroom Confidential Peter Curran chairs groups of top teachers who recount tales, both inspirational and frustrating, of bosses, colleagues and pupils who've made a profound impression on them. Staffroom Monologues This series of short plays based on winning scripts from the competition run by Teachers TV, in association with the National Union of Teachers, offers an alternate view of life in an educational environment, written by those who work within it.

    The programmes illustrate what viewers can find in various habitats in each season, providing a basic understanding of the natural sciences. The Sensations This series investigates the science behind each of the five senses, explaining how humans and animals use them, with engaging animation and film.

    Stars Out of School This series showcases the talents of teachers who do remarkable things outside of the classroom, including a champion table tennis player, a successful exhibitor of championship level dogs and a psychologist. Starting in the Middle In this series we follow two new heads of department throughout their crucial first summer term, gaining a fascinating and genuine insight into what it's like to "start in the middle".

    STEM Career Role Models Discover the impression made upon students when they meet some inspirational professionals, such as a planetary scientist and a spacecraft engineer. STEM Subject Choice and Careers This series looks at the kind of skills needed to work in STEM professions, examines the careers available and includes advice from research scientists, engineers and project managers. Stress Relief for Heads Does distributed leadership and delegating workload really reduce stress for headteachers? And can taking the emotion out of meetings make them more effective?

    Stress Relief for Schools An interesting and informative insight into the causes of stress and how it can be managed in schools. Succeed at Interview Teachers aiming for promotion get expert advice from coaches who share a range of strategies to help them secure their next job. What Matters to You A look at the challenges brought about by the changing role of support staff, including implementing the extended schools initiative.

    Plus, what opportunities do they have when it comes to professional development and taking on a wider range of duties? Sustainability in California What can be learned from the eco initiatives going on in California? Includes a look at Google's headquarters, San Diego Zoo, and a more positive attitude towards transport. Swine Flu Find out more about the swine flu pandemic.

    With expert opinion and advice from top UK scientists and sufferers of the virus. Refugee Lives With basic education free to all in Syria, teachers are responding to the challenge of teaching the large number of Iraqi refugee children and teenagers schools in Damascus. Tackling Technology Tackling Technology is a series exploring the evolution of technology and how it is used in modern society. Talking Art Talking Art interviews prominent figures in the art world about their work - ranging from architecture, film, sculpture and fine art - and looks at the influences and inspirations that lead to the final product.

    Talking Point This series provides a forum for teachers and parents to engage in passionate and honest debate about the issues that really matter to them. Can schools teach pupils what to eat? What's the point of homework? Are we doing enough about bullying? TAs - Celebrity Haircut Teaching Assistants from a secondary school in Leeds receive a celebrity makeover from hairdresser to the stars, Michael Douglas, and share their thoughts and feelings about the roles they play in school.

    Teacher Educators Teacher Educators looks at ways of improving inclusion methods that benefit schools, through additional staff training, and also nurturing relationships between new teachers, mentors and universities. Teacher Tune Up Motivation and creativity consultant, Richard Gerver, helps three teachers with presentation style, relaxation techniques and confidence. Teachers' Trade Secrets A whole gamut of bright ideas from the chalkface! Whether you need to expand their vocabulary, build a classroom identity, or get the quiet quickly, these soundbite tips will inspire.

    Teaching About the Holocaust Examines good practice in teaching and learning about the Holocaust at KS3, including case studies of schools working with the Holocaust Education Development Programme run by the Institute of Education. Teaching in Challenging Circumstances Integrating EAL pupils, providing emotional support and encouraging good behaviour; see how teachers working in challenging circumstances are getting the best from their pupils.

    Teaching Out of the Box Teaching Out of the Box challenges teams of teachers from different subject areas to come up with lesson plans, using mystery objects given to the in a box. Teaching the Future Today This series investigates teaching e-safety, web literacy, website design, and computer programming to primary school children, in an effort to inform, inspire and advise.

    Teaching with Bayley The educational expert and behaviour consultant helps teachers raise their game by giving them pertinent advice specific to their situation. He covers praise, positive language, developing your persona The aim is to "teach your socks off". Teaching with Cowley The behaviour management guru troubleshoots to show how to keep a cool head in the class, why the first 15 minutes of a class are crucial, why too many rules aren't a good thing and how not to pass your stress on to the class.

    Some frank thoughts from those passionate about education, in discussion with the late educationalist and commentator with a gift for getting to the nub of things. Covering sensitive issues such as pregnancy and the pressure to have sex, the videos are designed to prompt discussion. Teens in the Wild Teens in the Wild challenges a group of teenagers to attend a scheme designed to tackle behavioural and confidence issues with surprising results. The Bell This series of chat shows, hosted with razor sharp wit by Peter Curran, brings some welcome entertainment to hardworking teachers.

    Including interviews with and education-based rants from some top stand-ups.. The Big Debate A series of lively debates on the subjects that get everybody a bit heated. Can you teach Britishness? Is the curriculum up to the job? What's the best form of assessment? Find out what teachers and experts think. The Blue Dragon A bear, woodpecker, vixen and beaver find an egg.