About the Document Summary Service

Document Summary Service

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Designed with you in mind

We know that you have a huge number of professional commitments and that your time is precious. We also know that there is a wide range of education research and statistics released from organisations such as the NFER and the Sutton Trust that you need to keep up to date with, as well as information released by professional bodies such as the National College for Teaching and Leadership.

Our summaries are produced each month to provide you with succinct and manageable overviews of the latest releases from a variety of sources including the Department for Education, Ofsted and many other national education institutions. See our sample summaries for a taster of the types of documents included.

The Service

Based in the School of Education the service is part of an institution with an outstanding professional record spanning over 100 years. The service began in 1989 and has a large subscriber base of schools, local authorities, universities, educational consultants and many other national bodies with a professional interest in schools and schooling. In an information and data driven age, and with the huge increase in education policy and guidance, the service was born out of a need for a one stop source providing timely, relevant and condensed overviews of key educational documents.

Helen Aberdeen, Service Director

Helen worked as a classroom teacher for twenty three years in both the state and independent sector before joining the University of Bristol's School of Education as a Teaching fellow on the PGCE programme. Helen has first-hand experience of the pressures facing education professionals in schools and is uniquely placed to offer a highly relevant briefing service.

She has worked as Head of Department, business language trainer and adult education tutor. She has 5 years' experience as a Head of Year and was the winner of the West of England teaching Award for Enterprise in 2008.

Helen is particularly interested in the use of drama and music in language teaching. She is a member of the steering group of the local branch of the Association for Language Learning. She has provided professional training to teachers at both local and national level. She has also recently worked as an examiner for AQA and was one of the authors of the German A level textbook "Brennpunkt". Alongside her work on the PGCE course Helen has completed a Masters' degree in Education.