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Plugging in to modular buildings – lighting controls in the education sector

lighting controls

As a growing population puts further strain on the demand for public services and school places, local authorities are turning to modular buildings to construct lower carbon buildings more quickly. These buildings, which are typically manufactured offsite and pieced together, demand an alternative approach when it comes to lighting control solutions. Martyn Frear, Business Development Manager at CP Electronics looks at key drivers behind the modular building boom and what this means for the lighting control industry.

Modular buildings…a viable option?

Plugging in to modular buildings – lighting controls in the education sector

lighting controls

As a growing population puts further strain on the demand for public services and school places, local authorities are turning to modular buildings to construct lower carbon buildings more quickly. These buildings, which are typically manufactured offsite and pieced together, demand an alternative approach when it comes to lighting control solutions. Martyn Frear, Business Development Manager at CP Electronics looks at key drivers behind the modular building boom and what this means for the lighting control industry.

Modular buildings…a viable option?

How to Help Children Through a Divorce: An Educational Perspective

Clayton-Miller

Through no particular fault, sometimes, marriages simply don’t work out. But when children are involved, it can be a very difficult transitioning process — no matter how amicable the separation. A child’s life can feel as if it’s being turned upside down. Not only does this have an impact on their home life, but also their relationships with their peers and their performance at school. But is there anything teachers and professionals can do to support their students?

Reformed “Career Criminal” Speaks About Restorative Justice at Clifton College

Clifton College,

Sixth form pupils at Clifton College, Bristol, heard how a notorious “career criminal” turned his life around because of an innovative rehabilitation technique called restorative justice

Peter Woolf, a prolific offender who committed an estimated 20,000 crimes across the UK, discussed his life and unique story to more than 300 sixth form pupils at the College’s Redgrave Theatre. He gave his life story: from growing up around petty criminals and wassent to Wandsworth Prison at 17, and to becoming a career criminal and finally turning his life around after a chance encounter with one of his victims. 

AGR survey: schools essential to closing the skills gap

The Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) Student Development Survey reports that the development of soft skills needs to start at school, leaving it to universities and employers is too late.

 

The report1 launched today (Tuesday 14 March) at the AGR Development Conference revealed that half (49%) of employers think that graduates don’t have the skills expected of them at the point of hiring.

 

On average they reported that a quarter of their graduate intake are lacking essential soft skills.

 

St John’s Catholic School – a place where every voice is heard and celebrated.

St John’s Catholic School

St John’s Catholic School for the Deaf is a school where spoken language is used across every department and where every young person communicates equally and successfully with others. St John’s is a specialist school for sensory and communication needs where skilled staff help students to develop a love of learning, and to achieve their best.

The school provides an optimum listening environment through small teaching groups and sound field technology in acoustically treated classrooms.

Barriers to learning are removed by specialist teaching staff who are qualified teachers of hearing and multi-sensory impairment as well as specialist speech and language therapists who provide 1:1 sessions and group therapy.

Primary Department

Barbecue tips from Cinders Barbecues Limited©

Cinders Barbecues Limited©

BARBECUES BY THEIR VERY NATURE ARE FUN! PERFECT FOR SPORTS DAYS AND GREAT FOR FUND RAISING EVENTS TOO. THEY ALWAYS DRAW A CROWD, PARTICULARLY ON FINE DAYS WHEN EVERYONE WANTS TO BE OUTDOORS.

Here are a few practical tips for a trouble free barbecue event………

1. SAFETY - Ensure that the person connecting the gas bottle to the barbecue is competent in the use of bottled gas. Allow everyone to see what’s cooking, but keep a safe perimeter. 

2. ORGANISATION - Organisation is the key to larger scale catering. Organise your team accordingly and make sure they each know what their specific job will be.

3. STAFF - Barbecues are fun! Choosing the more extrovert members of your staff to be on duty will help create the right atmosphere. 

College inspires budding female engineers

Gateshead College Automotive teacher Katy Malia with pupils Gracie and Leilana from Bede Community Primary School and (back) Nexus and Gateshead College apprentice Morgan Saville

Apprentices and students at a North East college are inspiring the next generation of female engineers, architects, digital creatives and software experts through interactive workshops.

Gateshead College teamed up with four primary schools from across the region – Bede Community, Brighton Avenue and Lingey House in Gateshead and Bournmoor in Houghton-le-Spring – to invite their pupils to a day of fun-filled activities.

The event included sessions on architectural engineering, automotive engineering, computer programming and games design which were delivered by college teachers supported by current students and apprentices. 

Impending cuts mean schools are looking for new ways to raise extra funds

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Schools in the UK are facing a squeeze in funding. In fact, the Institute for Fiscal Studies has discovered that the spend on each pupil is set to fall 6.5% by 2019-20. This is the first-real term cuts in 20 years.

The pressure is on for head teachers, who must now make tough choices when it comes to deciding on how their limited funds should be spent on their school and pupils. Head teachers have even been driven to write to parents to inform them of the cuts. PTAs across the UK are now having to think of additional ways to raise money so that schools and pupils are not affected by the impending cuts.

GDPR - Prepared for the change?

Calibres Steve Nelson

THE management of data and information in schools will change with the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in 2018. Steve Nelson, operations director at Calibre Secured Networks, which provides IT services to dozens of schools, warns that those with responsibility for implementation need to start preparing for its arrival.

The GDPR will, from 25 May 2018, replace the Data Protection Act (DPA), signalling a change in the way schools manage and look after a wide variety of data and information: from paper in filing cabinets, through to the keeping of student and staff records to monitoring day-to-day activities and security. 

Capitalising on technology to engage pupils and reignite their interest in learning

Fleur Sexton

Today’s school children and students are the first generation of true ‘digital natives’ – also known as ‘millennials’ - who have grown up with technology.

Spending much of their free time online messaging friends and playing games, this generation is completely at home in front of a screen. So it’s vital that as teachers we capitalise on this love of technology and use it to reach out to them on their terms. The technology helps to take the fear out of learning because it is a platform with which they already feel at ease. They are more likely to be interested in learning if they can use their phones, computers and iPads in school.

Central College Nottingham rolls out Hytera DMR System

digital radios

Central College Nottingham has announced the successful roll-out of a Hytera DMR (Digital Mobile Radio) system across the whole college.

The system, which combines Hytera’s PD605 and PD665 hand portable radios, replaces an existing analogue system which had proved hard to maintain, and not as user friendly, with some black spots around the campuses poor transmission and call quality.

The college initially transitioned with a set of Hytera TC610 analogue radios, which were hugely appreciated by users around the college. They proved to be robust and easy to use, so it was a logical choice to upgrade to Digital Mobile Radio with a Hytera system.

Why joining a MAT was like getting married all over again…

Why joining a MAT was like getting married all over again…

Whether we like it or not, it appears that more and more schools will become ‘married’ as part of a Multi Academy Trust in the years ahead; leaving behind their relative independence (and the varying quality of parenting provided by different Local Authorities) in order to enter into an often polygamous lifelong partnership with other schools.  Like eternal bachelors, many schools are sitting quietly, hoping  that it will ‘never happen to them’ but I believe there’s a certain inevitability that, as time passes, the benefits of shacking up together (or perhaps more significantly, the risks of staying single) will become more substantial and tip more and more organisations this way.

 

The role of academies in achieving a world-class education for all

At 9.45am on Friday 17 March, at the NEC, Birmingham, Rt Hon David Laws will be hosting a session at Bett Academies, looking at the role that academy schools play in achieving a world-class education for all children. He will be guiding attendees through the evolution of the academy schools programme, and the impact it has had on various areas of performance and achievement. With informed and practical advice on how to work within an academy to achieve a world-class level of education, this is a must-attend session for all academy and multi academy trust (MAT) leaders and teachers. Here, David gives us an insight into what we can expect from his session, and how academies have changed and developed under the previous two Governments. 

 

Carving the shape of the new educational landscape

Carving the shape of the new educational landscape

Andrew Fielder, CEO of Aspire Academy Trust, will be presenting at Bett Academies (NEC Birmingham) at 1:45 on Friday 17 March

 

The aim of Andrew Fielder’s presentation will be to ignite discussion about the shape of the new educational landscape. Despite recent debate in the press, the objective of academies and multi-academy trusts (MATs) remains: to create a world class Trust, providing children with an outstanding education for generations to come.