Kick start the new school year with good hand hygiene

Kick start the new school year with good hand hygiene

With preparations for the new school term well underway, it is crucial that all new pupils are taught good hand hygiene habits in order to minimise the spread of common, contagious infections such as colds and flu. 

As more lessons seek to inspire and engage their pupils by progressing from the classroom to the great outdoors, teaching staff need to provide hand washing facilities. 

Manty Stanley - managing director at Teal Patents – says: “The rise in popularity of outside learning is sweeping the UK. A growing number of primary schools and nurseries incorporate outside learning into their curriculum, hand hygiene is a top priority. 

How 3D printing is revolutionising the classroom

How 3D printing is revolutionising the classroom

From printed prosthetics, to cars, planes and houses, to 3D printed food, there doesn’t seem to be a day that goes by without some mention of the incredible ways 3D printing technology has been applied to the ordinary for extraordinary effect. But it’s 3D printing in the classroom that is having some of the greatest effects on people’s lives as the next generation learns to shape and manipulate the technology to feed their creativity.

Historically, 3D printing has been out of reach for the general consumer, but so advanced are the latest developments that the technology is becoming more efficient and more affordable every day, meaning beginners need no longer invest their entire savings or school budget on a single 3D printer.

University students ask parents for over £2,200 each year

University students ask parents for over £2,200 each year

New research has revealed that 87% of undergraduates had to ask their parents for money on average five times per study year, asking for £457 per time, in order to help pay their rent and buy food. According to the poll, however, over half of those asking for money weren’t entirely honest with their parents about the money that they were asking for.

According to new research, whilst requesting money from their parents in order to get by, some undergraduates admitted to asking for money than they really needed, and others admitted that they had enough in the first place, but wouldn’t have had money to socialise if they didn’t ask for financial help.

‘Every second could be his last’

Every second could be his last’

Nine-year-old pens poem telling pet owners not to leave dogs in hot cars as RSPCA reveals it’s received more than 5,700 reports already this year

A nine-year-old has put pen to paper to tell pet owners not to risk leaving dogs in cars during warm weather after being inspired by the RSPCA’s Dog Die in Hot Cars campaign.

Lana Castagnetti (pictured left), from Brighton, decided to write the hard-hitting poem after seeing an article about the campaign - which is led by the animal welfare charity and supported by 11 other charities and organisations. 

Technology and the collaborative learning model: vital tools for providing a tailored education

Technology and the collaborative learning model: vital tools for providing a tailored education

Dick de Vaal, founder – wePresent

Students learn best via one-on-one collaboration in the classroom, but unfortunately, this is not always possible. Nowadays, UK classrooms, especially in higher education, are becoming larger and often cover more complex material. This makes it harder for a teacher to address the mistakes of individual students, even though those mistakes may be common among their classmates.

Fire Risk Warning of Charging Mobile Phones in Bed

Fire Risk Warning of Charging Mobile Phones in Bed

Children in Lincolnshire could be putting their lives, and the lives of their families, at risk by charging their mobile phones in bed.  Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue are recommending that parents are to check where their children are charging their mobiles phones at night.

Research has revealed that 53 per cent of children are charging their phone or tablet either on their bed or even under their pillow. This is an extremely dangerous practice.  The heat generated cannot dissipate and the charger will become hotter and hotter. The likely result is that pillows will catch fire - thus placing the child (as well as everyone else in the property) in great danger.

Students prove ties are knot a dying art

ASK most high school students if they can do the Shelby, the Four-in-Hand, the Windsor and Half-Windsor and you can expect blank looks. 

They’re not dance crazes or downloadable games, but they are a skill that’s becoming a vital part of a student’s school life once more. 

Ties – and the four main ways of tying them – are making a comeback with the growing trend towards smart blazer and tie-based uniforms. 

 “The drive towards a smart, formal uniform is back in fashion, especially among new Academies who want to ring the changes for students and make a positive impact in the community,” says sales manager of YourSchoolUniform.com, John Adams.

New children's books that will win over reluctant readers

New children's books that will win over reluctant readers

A reluctant reader is a child (or adult) who does not enjoy reading and will never pick up a book of their own accord.

A child who's a reluctant reader and falls behind their peers in their reading ability is much less likely to get along in life. Reading isn't just a pleasurable pastime; it's a technology, one of the oldest and most important, that each of us needs to get to grips with in order to communicate, learn and work. At The Salariya Book Company, we pride ourselves on being experts at using all of the tools at a publisher's disposal to design new children's books that will win over reluctant readers. 

Just a third of undergrads believe uni gives value for money

Just a third of undergrads believe uni gives value for money

Students unconvinced that courses prepare them for the workplace

Concerns about whether university prepares graduates for the world of work is casting doubt over the value for money it provides students, new research suggests.

The study from Canvas, the Virtual Learning Environment for academic institutions and companies worldwide, reveals that just one in three (30%) current undergraduates believe they are getting their money’s worth from their degree course, and with university tuition fees set to rise next year, the figure falls to just a fifth (21%) among sixth formers who are considering their next move.

Encouraging Children’s Creativity in School – Whilst Fundraising!

Encouraging Children’s Creativity in School – Whilst Fundraising!

When it comes to high-profile events like Children in Need and Comic Relief, the UK’s school children have been found to be tremendous supporters, raising millions of pounds per year for charity. However, schools everywhere are increasingly pressed for money to fund the resources they need to deliver the standard of education they would like to. And with teachers and parents being busier than ever, the ideal fundraiser would preferably be easy to organise and easy to support.

why nurturing teachers and strengthening leadership is a must

The rise in numbers of school children and a lack of teachers to support this new cohort of pupils has meant that schools are finding themselves increasingly understaffed. So what can schools do to strengthen their leadership model and support the teachers they have to develop their classroom practice? 

Keren Prior, a qualified secondary science teacher and head of education services at EES for Schools, discusses how schools can develop their leadership model and ethos to ensure all members of staff are supported and motivated. 

Holme Valley Primary School in Timberland, Scunthorpe, North Lincs

boy and girl at school

The original challenge

The school was trying to cope with an ageing and cramped PC suite which doubled as a busy thoroughfare to other rooms. It was apparent that the use of technology in lessons was seen as difficult and distracting. 

Staff were eager to move away from the confines of the PC suite and integrate learning into the classroom in order to enhance the curriculum and improve pupil engagement through more creative learning.