Teaching Excellence Framework: Improving Lecture Delivery

Sukhi Hayer

In this post Sukhi Hayer, Head of Communications and Training at Broadcast Media Services, looks at the importance of the Teaching Excellence Framework and how to evaluate and challenge the mind-set of academics when performing and delivering lectures, to help improve performance.

In 2015, the government introduced the Teaching Excellence Framework to try and drive up the quality of teaching in higher education institutions.

Pupils take centre stage at London technology fair

Pupils at Bett

Two pupils from a London primary school took centre stage at the world’s biggest technology fair last week.

The children, from Beatrix Potter Primary School in Wandsworth, were invited by Discovery Education to talk about virtual reality technology, and how they use it to travel the world from their classroom.

Speaking at London’s Bett Show on Thursday, the Year 4 pupils addressed an audience of teachers from across the UK. The youngsters took part in a session on ‘the classroom of the future’, and showed how virtual reality brings their lessons to life.

Launch of Education Hub to help streamline the teacher application process

Education Hub

A specialist recruiter has launched a Teacher Application Hub to make the process of applying for a new teaching role easier.

Randstad Education decided to create the guide after a survey of 875 teachers revealed two thirds had been put off applying for a job because of the long and complex recruitment process. 34% said they would only apply one role and just 10% said they would apply for two roles.

The research also revealed 90% would welcome a standard application process which would be used in schools across the country.

MIT’s Curious Learning takes literacy learning global

Younger children learning

Global literacy project Curious Learning is on a mission to bring 100 million children to fluent literacy by 2025 by utilising mobile technology for learning. 

Created by leading researchers from MIT Media Lab (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Tufts University and Georgia State University, Curious Learning is transforming mobile devices into a literacy solution, so every child can learn to read – with or without a teacher. 

Through the distribution of tablet computers loaded with a software package of literacy apps, Curious Learning is reaching economically disadvantaged communities around the world to improve the early reading skills of young children. 

FutureLearn thrilled to be announced Bett 2017 Award winner


On January 25th 2017, Bett announced FutureLearn as their winner of the ‘Free Digital Content/Open Educational Resources’ category. 

Every year, the world’s leading showcase of education technology, Bett, celebrates the creativity and innovation present in the technology of today’s classrooms. Winners are selected based on the ICT support they provide in nurseries, schools, colleges and special schools and the success that their technology brings to these various classroom settings. 

New MESMA quickbook reveals training providers’ OFSTED findings


A NEW booklet covering the latest Ofsted reports on independent training providers is available as a free download from online quality assurance specialist MESMA.

The handy reference guide ‘Ofsted Inspection Key Findings Quickbook’ provides key information from details published by the education standards’ watchdog about dozens of providers across the country. It includes overall grade summary tables, a summary of key findings and advice about ways to improve for failing or struggling providers.

Content has been sourced from the public reports published on the Ofsted website at and covers the 34 organisations inspected by Ofsted between February to April 2016. 

Practical Solutions to Help Schools Get Ready for the Future of Recycling…

Wrap’s new guidelines to help standardise household recycling in the UK, presents a real opportunity for schools to introduce effective programmes that are ready to support the future of recycling.

Glasdon, a market leading manufacturer of environmental products, explores the opportunities and some of the practical solutions which can help schools improve recycling rates right now.

Shared vision, shared opportunity

Screentime for the under 10s - ‘digital resilience’ is not such a challenge says TimeTokens founder but advice is needed

screen time

As the classroom becomes more dependent on technology and pupils replace school books with devices, the boundaries between school work and leisure time are becoming increasingly blurred when it comes to screentime. 

Amanda Bucknall, founder of TimeTokens says, “With no official government guidelines in place, parents need as much guidance as children do to navigate this new landscape.”

Studytracks partners with prestigious music and business figures to take app to the next level

      • Studytracks has announced that Cathy Guetta, Fay Arjomandi and Raphael Aflalo have joined the edtech startup’s advisory board with the aim of continuing its rapid development, including plans to partner with renowned music artists. 

• Cathy Guetta and Raphael Aflalo are the co-founders of My Love Affair, an international agency dedicated to bringing together brands and artists. Fay Arjomandi is the former CEO of Vodafone Xone.

• The app has also recently been updated and now features over 500 songs for both GCSE and AS-level subjects, as well as US SAT.


The Best in Automated Gate Design and Installation

The Best in Automated Gate Design and Installation

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Soundtrap’s Offering in Google for Education’s “Creative Apps for Chromebooks” Expands to UK and Nordics

Girl with phone

Soundtrap, the online collaborative music and podcast recording studio, is expanding its participation in Google for Education's “Creative Apps for Chromebooks” program to include the UK and Nordics.  Soundtrap, from Sweden, which launched to the public in early 2015, rolled out an education version of its audio recording platform one year later, with a predominant focus on the US, Europe and Australia. Since then, more than 200 new schools each week embrace Soundtrap as a preferred educational tool in their classrooms. Moreover, Soundtrap has now more than one million users worldwide. 

My EPIC era 2017

EPIC era

A History-based competition for UK schools and pupils, brought to you by 60 second histories. Entries will be judged by educationalists:

Alison Peacock – @AlisonMPeacock
Executive Head of the Wroxham Teaching School & Educational Research Centre. Coauthor of Learning without Limits and from January 2017, CEO of the Chartered College of Teaching.

Kevin Hicks – @HistorySquad
Creator of the History Squad and author of 60 second histories, Kevin delivers history in a fun, fascinating and relevant way.

Matthew Howorth – @HoworthM
Author of Teaching Primary History and Head of History at Twickenham Prep Matthew still finds time to edit the SATIPS broadsheet. 

New Ed-Tech Tool Launched To Help Schools Seek Support

teacher and pupil

The planned shake-up of school funding means many head teachers may need to rely more and more on their own fundraising activities. 

Teachers unions claim the new National Funding Formula sets the basic level of funding too low and it has been calculated that 98% of schools will face a funding cut for every pupil. Interim General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, Malcolm Trode, sums up the potential problem as “the government is trying to slice up a cake which is too small”.

The changes have prompted Grofar, the popular careers guidance management solution, to develop a specially designed platform to help schools reach out to their local communities and bolster their fundraising efforts and access valuable services.