Get it off your chest campaign launched to reduce mental health issues among teachers

A new service is being launched to help reduce stress in schools by allowing teachers to offload their problems to a qualified counsellor.

Called "Get It Off Your Chest" the service encourages teachers to talk to professional counsellors about problems and issues that they may have kept to themselves for many years.

The confidential service is being launched by national counselling service Mind Matters Corporate Counselling in a bid to reduce the number of teachers suffering from mental health issues in the work place.

"Research shows that nearly half of all teachers have seen a doctor in the last 12 months as a result of work related physical or mental health problems," said David Leckie, Director of Mind Matters Corporate Counselling.

2 in 3 British Children Use Technology For Their Homework Every Day

New research has revealed that the average British parent will almost £4,000 per child throughout the duration of their primary and junior education ensuring that they have school uniform, packed lunches and more. According to the poll, £802 of the money spent goes on technology, with 1 in 3 children needing it for their homework on a daily basis.

A new study has unveiled that 2 in 3 children use technology every day in order to complete their homework, with technology costing parents £802 throughout the duration of the child’s primary and junior education.

New partnership aims to transform treatment of mental health in schools

Representatives of new partnership: (l-r) -r Nick Mitchell (principal consultant at Leeds Beckett), Dean Johnstone (chief executive of Stronger Minds), Olegs Pushkins (co-founder of Stronger Minds) and Alison Iredale (senior lecturer at Leeds Beckett).

Two industry leaders have joined together in a new partnership to help teachers support students dealing with mental health issues in schools. 

Leeds Beckett University has teamed up with social enterprise Stronger Minds Community Interest Company to raise awareness and give teachers the tools they need to help vulnerable pupils. 

Leeds University Switches on Lumie Lights for Light Cafe #leedslightcafe

 Lumie Lights

Light therapy specialist Lumie is supplying the lights for a light cafe running from today to 19th January at Leeds University Union. Now in its third year, the café provides an alternate revision space which is designed to improve students’ health and wellbeing. The lights will also be used in meditation and yoga workshops that will complement the café experience.  

Minted Box calls for teachers to submit classroom ideas

• Minted Box, the creators of classroom seating plan, MINTclass, is asking teachers to share their challenges, frustrations and ideas for effective school practice 

• Teachers and school staff are able to submit their ideas before, during and after Bett 2017 to be in with a chance of having their concept built by Minted Box

• Schools that have their ideas created can also benefit from earning additional revenue through offering the resource to other schools who could make use of it


Teachers to get hands-on with computing and STEM solutions at Bett 2017

• LEGO Education, supported by Hope Education for primary and JTRS for secondary, will deliver workshops at Bett 2017 that show teachers how hands-on learning using technology and computing can benefit STEM classrooms

• Every teacher who prebooks and attends a workshop will receive a free LEGO® kit and will be entered into a prize draw to win either a full WeDo 2.0 classroom set or a half classroom pack of LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3 

• From January 10 2017, LEGO Education will also be offering digital content, including software, curriculum material and extension pack downloads as well as eLearning, free of charge

Saving kittens to learn the language of coding!

Unique new game teaches real-life coding and prepares Students for their future


Ever considered there might be a connection between kittens and coding? Of course not, because there wasn’t one…until now! 

Erase All Kittens (E.A.K.) is a revolutionary new web-based platform game designed to prepare children, aged eight to 14, for 21st Century degrees and careers. It teaches students computational thinking and professional coding languages such as HTML, and engages more girls by using a highly gamified, story-driven approach. 

New website launched to help schools link up with parents

A new website designed to boost communication between parents and teachers has been released.

EES for Schools has announced the launch of its new website, Target Tracker Link. 

The site will work alongside existing Target Tracker software that is already being used by a quarter of UK schools. 

This new site will enable teachers to create pupil observation reports while in the classroom or by using the app while on the go. 

Once the reports have been completed, they will be quality checked before being made available to parents. 

Other family members can also be granted access to the reports.

Schools can also customise the way in which parents see observations by including school branding or logos.

BBC announces return of popular literary competition for children

rsz_bbc_500_words.jpgChildren across the UK are being called to tap into their imagination and put pen to paper as a celebrated writing competition is launched once again. 

The BBC has announced the opening date for its popular storytelling competition 500 words. 

Over the past seven years almost half a million children have taken part in the competition which is judged by an expert panel of top authors including Malorie Blackman, Francesca Simon and Frank Cottrell Boyce, in addition to last year’s honorary judge, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall. 

Supply and demand: staff recruitment and supply teachers

Peter Carpenter

With the recruitment crisis still looming over UK schools, there’s no doubt that supply teachers are becoming increasingly valuable, especially during times of permanent recruitment issues or long-term absences.

Earlier this year, The National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) reported that supply teachers are losing out, not just on pay, but also with any potential continuing professional development (CPD) as they attempt to further their careers. This, however, doesn’t have to be the case. Finding an efficient and effective way of sourcing the right job can lead to CPD opportunities, the benefit of pension schemes, and the assurance that wages aren’t significantly reduced by recruitment agencies.

SSS Learning debuts fresh approach to online training at Education Show 2017

SSS Learning

Schools and nurseries can now deliver the highest quality safeguarding training to meet statutory and Ofsted inspection requirements, whilst making vast cost savings with SSS Learning’s new e-learning courses, debuting at the Education Show 2017 (stand H81).

Developed as a ‘much needed’ catalyst for change in safeguarding training, the concise courses are fully CPD-accredited and certify individual educators, replacing ‘often insufficient or costly’ traditional group training methods.

Half of students predict online tracking of study habits would result in higher grades


Almost half of university students (47%) predict they would achieve better grades if their lecturers were able to track their study habits and progress throughout the academic year, according to new research. 

The University of the Future report by digital learning platform, Kortext, reveals that 91% of students are happy for universities to use analytics to track their weekly progress if it helps them to achieve better grades.

Three quarters (76%) of those who took part in the research also said they believe that closer monitoring of study habits, such as whether students are reading core texts, would result in fewer students dropping-out of university.

North East schools urged to act in light of agency closure to ensure children stay safe


HUNDREDS of North East schools could be without access to adequate e-safety advice and security resources when a Government-backed support network closes this year.

IT experts Advantex Network Solutions Ltd warns that the end of Northern Grid for Learning (NGfL) will have a ‘massive’ impact on schools, colleges and other training providers unless they act and start to draw up alternative plans.

The countdown has started to NGfL winding down at the end of July, when broadband procurement, safety, safeguarding and digital literacy services will no longer be available to around 450 local schools and dozens of other sector providers.

Secondary schools in England to be offered training in mental health

In her first major speech on the NHS since taking office, the prime minister Teresa May is set to announce new measures to support schools to identify children suffering from mental illness.

More than 1,000 secondary schools are to be offered ‘mental health first aid training’ to enable teachers to spot children affected by cyber-bullying.
There will also be a major thematic review of children and adolescent mental health services across the country, led by the Care Quality Commission. And a new partnership with employers to improve mental health support in the workplace.

University education closer to home thanks to College links

WITH the deadline for university applications now only days away, lucky students who live near Leek and Buxton are reminded that they don’t have to leave home to get a degree from a top university.

January 15 is the deadline set by the University and Colleges Admissions Services (UCAS) this year. And, thanks to being part of the University of Derby, both Buxton and Leek College Campuses are able to offer university level qualifications that allow students to combine their academic study with workplace learning.