The Furze-Warren Hard Federation Looks to the Cloud to Backup 3 School Sites

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Collaborative schools that strive for excellence

The Furze-Warren Hard Federation is a Governing Body of two schools within the Romford area. The schools work collaboratively to provide the best possible learning opportunities for its pupils through the provision of high-quality education within a stimulating and creative environment. They are committed to excellence and achievement for all.

The federation holds the values of excellence, enjoyment, respect, equality and high self-esteem for the benefit of pupils and the surrounding community. Aiming to equip students with the skills and knowledge to not only take with them into higher education but to carry them through their lives.

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Yorkshire Water opens a new Education Facility at Tophill Low Nature Reserve

Tophill Low Nature Reserve

Yorkshire Water is opening the doors to a brand new Education Facility at Tophill Low Nature Reserve in May. 

The Yorkshire Water Education Team is delighted to offer primary schools free visits to the Environmental Centre, which is located at the company’s Tophill Low Nature Reserve, ahead of the official public opening in June. 

Teachers are advised to book their visit now. For more information, or to make a booking teachers should visit; www.yorkshirewater.com/educationcentres  

London Grid for Learning wins ERA Award for online-safety resource ‘CyberPass’

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LGfL's diagnostic online-safety tool CyberPass has received a prestigious 2017 Education Resources Award in the key category 'Primary Resource or Equipment (including ICT)'.

Educational not-for-profit the London Grid for Learning is celebrating its latest success in scooping an Education Resources Award (ERA) for its key stage two online-safety tool CyberPass in the category ‘Primary Resource or Equipment (including ICT)’. This award recognises the impact and efficacy that CyberPass had made in keeping young people safe; in the first ten weeks of 2017 alone, the tool was used to ask pupils 245,000 crucial online-safety questions.

Back to the future – spark returns to Lincoln

Spark child with remote

BUDDING engineers are being invited to spark-up their passion for the industry at an event that will showcase excellence in engineering from past, present and future.

Thousands of people are expected to flock to Lincoln Cathedral for the return of the Spark Engineering Festival that’s taking place from 5 to 7 May.

This will be the third Spark festival and this year takes the theme of ‘Back to the Future’ – as organisers prepare to celebrate Lincolnshire’s pioneering excellence in engineering and its lead in engineering innovation now and in the future.  

A new chapter of school dining furniture is unfolding

school hall

Due to the unprecedented demand for primary and secondary school places, schools are more pushed than ever to provide adequate dining facilities for their pupils. 

A primary school in Oxfordshire recently completed the build of a new multi-use school hall. Using Versa’s innovative Wall Pocket system, the sports hall not only boasts a dual-zone climbing wall, but also doubles as a dining hall for the pupils.

Modular Buildings framework could achieve an average of 5% savings

Educational establishments across the UK, including nurseries, schools, universities, colleges and academies, could achieve an average of 5% savings compared to purchasing solutions direct via a new Modular Buildings framework – the only national agreement of its type, launched by NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS). The Framework is free to access to all public sector organisations including local authorities and public funding bodies, such as theEducation Funding Agency (EFA) and the Department for Education. 

Ivor Novello Award winner hits a high note bringing music to study

Studytracks, the revolutionary student study app and brain child of Ivor Novello award-winner George Hammond-Hagan, has been credited with one of the education sector’shighest accolades: an Education Resource Award.

Studytracks was named Start-up of the Year at the Education Resources Awards on Friday night; the awards honour the quality and diversity of products supporting learning in schools. 

Knutsford School wins ICT equipment at education show

Knutsford School

Knutsford Academy, a secondary school based in the Cheshire town recently attended Europe’s leading education technology event, BETT, at Excel in London.

The school was keen to discover the latest technology in the education market and establish what equipment they could potentially invest in to ensure the schoolprovides students with the best opportunities possible.

Schools called go dotty for vital sight-loss charity

Children across the UK invited to go dotty for charity

Schools across the nation are being called to go dotty this spring to raise money for a valuable sight-loss charity. 

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is asking schools up and down the UK to "Wear dots and raise lots" in support of its vital work. 

"Wear dots...raise lots" is an annual fundraiser, which will be taking place in May. It  is inspired by Louis Braille's system which features raised dots and revolutionised reading and writing for people with sight problems. 

The UK is currently home to more than two million people who are affected by sight loss, with one person beginning to lose their sight every 15 minutes. 

New engineering challenge launched at Big Bang Fair

New engineering scheme launched at Big Bang Fair

A new education initiative launched at the national Big Bang Fair is opening the door to engineering for children across the country. 

Junior Technology Tournaments are inviting school children to take part in a range of activities that encourages them to think about engineering. 

The scheme was developed by the Rochester Bridge Trust in partnership with Rotary Great Britain and Ireland, and is based on success of the Rotary's existing Senior Technology Tournaments, where secondary school students take part in innovative engineering challenges as part of a national competition. 

Learning computing through play

Babies’ very first learning techniques are established through play; it’s how they navigate the complex world around them. The power of play is undeniable. Therefore, it makes sense that this learning technique should not be lost as children progress through the education system. Former teacher, head of computing/ICT, and head of education at Digital Schoolhouse, Shahneila Saeed, explains how computing can be demystified through play, allowing students to not only understand the subject but, more importantly, enjoy it.

Start Your Legacy with pBuzz

children playing musical instruments

Discover the joy of music in seconds, learn to play in minutes and enjoy for a lifetime.

More eye-catching than a recorder, lighter than a drum and easier to play than a xylophone - pBuzz makes for a magical, musical playtime.

pBuzz is brand new musical instrument from Warwick Music Group, the makers of the pBone and pTrumpet. Designed to encourage young children into brass playing, pBuzz is the perfect fun alternative to the recorder or other traditional first-time instruments. Easy to play, brightly coloured and lightweight for little hands, pBuzz provides the first step on any child’s musical journey. 

Solving safeguarding within virtual classrooms

Sam Warnes

Earlier this year, updated statutory guidance from the Department for Education (DfE) on ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ came into effect, which revised and replaced the 2015 guidance. This means that, once again, the spotlight is firmly on the issue of safeguarding within the education sector.  

Here, Sam Warnes, a former teacher and founder of EDLounge, a unique platform that gives students who struggle with mainstream education the opportunity to access learning, explains how virtual classrooms and online support systems can provide a great alternative provision for students which adheres to government safeguarding and wellbeing guidance.

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Leading actress supports scheme to raise aspirations among UK school pupils

Julie Walters is support Future First's campaign to raise aspirations in state schools

A leading actress has backed a campaign to inspire young people to achieve more by building alumni networks in every state school in the UK. 

BAFTA award-winning actress Julie Walters is supporting a campaign by national education charity Future First to help raise aspirations among young people by building connections with former students. 

This week celebrates Back to School Week, an event that has seen schools across Birmingham welcome back former pupils to work closely with existing students.