New jobs push by national qa software firm as demand rises

A specialist technology firm is gearing up for expansion in 2017 as it looks to create new jobs on the back of demand for its education quality assurance software.

MESMA, which has seen sales grow by more than 25% over the last 12 months and currently has revenues in excess of £100,000, has launched a drive to recruit business development specialists to bolster its team of highly skilled experts. 

The move is part of plans by the firm’s directors Carole Loader, Neil Donkin and Louise Doyle to continue to diversify in the face of significant changes to the education sector. 

This includes the introduction of new apprenticeship standards and the Apprenticeship Levy, which comes into force next April.

Pupils from Rugby crowned winners of the National Young Mathematicians’ Awards!

After weeks of competition involving five hundred schools across the UK, Bilton Junior School from Rugby have been crowned the winners of the National Young Mathematicians’ Awards! The team made up of Himansa Hingulage, Sriram Chakka, Rachel Hyland and Jessica Naylor battled through three rounds of competition to be declared the best young, mathematical brains in the country!

The annual event, organised by tuition provider, Explore Learning, and the NRICH Project at the University of Cambridge, stretches and inspires the minds of the country’s brightest young students, allowing them to explore their full potential and flourish beyond the classroom.

An Intuitive New Content Creation Platform That Enables Teachers to Create Better Lessons Faster


SIVECO Belgium Sprl announces™, a web based content creation platform that enables teachers to develop interactive lessons in minutes, deliver engaging content across multiple devices and assess students’ performance. With™ teachers can create dynamic presentations using pre-built templates such as galleries, mindmaps, flashcards, labels and many more. 

One key feature of™ is the possibility to import existing slides into the application. As most teachers already have lessons in the form of PowerPoint™ presentations, they are now able to import them into the lesson editor effortlessly.

Jack Jennings: Hampshire’s First YEUK Young Professional

Young Professional

Jack Jennings, 20, has been named Hampshire’s first YEUK Young Professional. This week, Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage came to visit Jack to congratulate him on his achievement.

Youth Employment UK (YEUK) is dedicated to tackling youth unemployment in the UK. The organisation aims to help young people develop themselves both professionally and personally to become more employable. The scheme is free for people between 16 and 24 years old.

Futurelearn and Deakin University the first to offer range of degrees delivered entirely on a mooc platform 


Six postgraduate degrees to be available in 2017 

FutureLearn, the leading global social learning platform, owned by The Open University, will partner with Australia’s Deakin University to offer a range of postgraduate degrees.  This is the first time a MOOC (massive open online course) provider has offered several degrees, fully online, entirely on its platform.  The degrees in Cyber Security, Information Technology, Financial Planning, Humanitarian and Development Action, Property and Diabetes Education will be available from early 2017.

Stockport School closes in response to outbreak of flu

A high school in Stockport has closed for five days, following a mass outbreak of flu.

380 pupils and 21 staff at Bramhall High School have reported sick.

Headteacher Lynne Fox took the decision to shut the school, until Tuesday 13 December, to contain the infection and prevent re-infection.

The school, which has 1,200 pupils will now undergo a ‘full deep clean.’

In a letter sent to all parents and published on the school’s website, Ms Fox wrote: “As you are aware we have had an unprecedented situation at school with so many of our students and staff being ill.

Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire receive £6.9m to bring more people from disadvantaged backgrounds in higher education

 University of Derby

The University of Derby and nine other educational institutions across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire have secured a total of £6.9m to help increase participation in higher education. 
This is part of a new £60m scheme, the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP), which has been announced today (Thursday, December 8) by Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).
The programme aims to increase the number of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in higher education by 2020. 
Consortia were invited to submit proposals for funds to work collaboratively on outreach programmes in specific local areas.

Brexit impacts santa’s stockings!

boy with toys

Christmas stockings might be feeling a bit lighter this Christmas according to a survey of out today by

Nearly eight in ten parents (76%) want to embrace a new trend of buying only four presents for their child this Christmas.

The premise is to buy:  one gift a child wants, one they need, one they will wear and one they will read.

And despite the ongoing competition at the school gates, 7 in ten parents say they will not feel pressurised to ‘conform’ and splash out this year.  The average price for one large ticket item will be £50 (33%).

Sir Tony Robinson and Ed Stafford join DISCOVERY EDUCATION at BETT 2017

Tony Robinson

Broadcasters will speak in the BETT Arena and join Discovery Education stand


Discovery Education is delighted to announce that it will be partnering with two of the UK’s best known broadcasters at January’s BETT 2017 show.

Sir Tony Robinson and Ed Stafford will bring their own unique sense of adventure to the world’s biggest education technology fair, leading sessions in the BETT Arena and joining pupils and teachers on the Discovery Education stand.

Manchester Metropolitan University brings stunning 10K brightness to large lecture theatres with Sony laser projectors



Manchester Metropolitan University is one of the largest campus-based universities in the UK and one of the most extensive education centres in Europe. With a history dating back 150 years, the University combines both a traditional and contemporary setting, providing an inspirational environment to its student population of over 36,000. The University is committed to a strong future and has invested £350 million into its buildings and facilities.

The Challenge

A different kind of Christmas ‘party’ – young girls mutilated


Aisha* is seven years-old and like many children her age, is excited about the presents and parties most of us look forward to at Christmas here in the UK. However, for Aisha, her ‘special party’ involves traveling abroad to be brutally mutilated to ‘fit in’ with her family’s culture.

This Christmas, girls as young as three years-old are at risk of being subjected to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) as their families make the trip during the extended school break. Over 5,700 British girls were subjected to this abuse just last year. 

CBI responds to England OECD PISA education results 2015

The CBI has responded to the OECD’s PISA 2015 England results, which focus on 15-year-old attainment in science, reading and mathematics in 72 countries and economies.

Neil Carberry, CBI Director for People and Skills policy, said:

“The drop in England’s overall performance will be a concern to businesses as well as to thousands of school teachers across the country who are doing a very challenging job.   

“It’s particularly concerning that in the CBI’s latest report on regional growth our research shows that the fundamental driver of economic performance is education.  

Eyes on the prize

Anthony Finney

Is the tide changing when it comes to the choices that young people make post school & college?

Back in the day, leaving school, joining a company and learning on the job was part and parcel of becoming an adult. Back then, any form of further education was solely reserved for the high fliers of the classroom. However, as time went on, University become very much the ‘norm’, with thousands of young people choosing to bridge the gap between home and independent living with a move to another town or city whilst earning a degree to set them up for their future. A rite -of passage to adult-hood, flying the nest without going to universitybecame considered as more of an anomaly than the alternative.

Raspberry Pi Foundation partners with FutureLearn to train teachers all over the world

Desert Island

Two online courses for educators around the world, focusing on teaching computing and computational thinking, are now open for registration.

FutureLearn, a leading social learning provider, is delighted to announce its new partnership with the Raspberry Pi Foundation. Together they are launching two free online CPD training courses aimed at giving teachers the experience and insight to use digital making effectively in the classroom. The courses are open for registration now, and are available to teachers, or anyone with an interest in digital making and computing, all over the world, at any time and on any device.