Initiative to tackle childhood obesity in the Braintree district


National figures state that 1:5 children starting reception year are overweight or obese, which rises to 1:3 by the time they leave primary school.  Braintree District Council and Essex County Council are working in partnership to develop a new initiative entitled ‘LivewellChild’ which aims to halt the rise in obesity in primary school children in the district. The project will initially work with schools within the district who have volunteered to take part, families and the local community to help support children to have a healthy weight and be more active through play.  Businesses in close proximity of the schools involved are being urged to help support the campaign by spreading the word and offering healthier choices for families.

Northern Grid for Learning helps schools in the North East avoid broadband disruption

Northern Grid for Learning helps schools in the North East avoid broadband disruption
·         The BT Broadband Contract for schools in the North East will cease in July 2017, but Northern Grid for Learning (NGfL) will continue to provide schools with E-Safety support as they do now
·         NGfL is providing guidance and advice to its schools ahead of the contract end, to ensure they experience minimal disruption
·         Through a new campaign being introduced, schools can renew broadband contracts with the NEN through E2BN and continue to receive all the safeguards and benefits

Pupils online: National survey of 19,000 UK pupils reveals new trends in children’s internet use

The results of a national pupil survey on internet use will be released on 30 January 2017 ahead of Safer Internet Day, taking data from 60 schools and 19,000 pupils
Primary-aged pupils are more frequently using tablets and smartphones to access the internet
With greater access to the internet, concerns have been raised around the content that is accessible by young children, and how this can be combatted effectively

Yaz El Hakim joins Kortext’s leadership team as part of international expansion plans

Yaz El Hakim joins Kortext’s leadership team as part of international expansion plans

Kortext, the UK’s leading digital textbook solutions provider, has bolstered its senior leadership team with the appointment of Yaz El Hakim as education strategy and communications director. Yaz takes up the newly created role at the company’s Bournemouth headquarters from his previous position as head of UK academic partnerships for RefME.
Yaz has joined Kortext as it looks towards international expansion. As part of his new role, he will be responsible for the company’s communications and education strategies, forging strong partnerships with universities to inform the research and development of Kortext’s learning platform.

Focus Education and 2Eskimos partner to develop reading assessment app

Focus Education

Primary education resource and consultancy provider Focus Education has announced a new partnership with 2Eskimos - the software development company behind the popular ‘2Build a Profile’ assessment systems.

For more than 15 years, 2Eskimos have been creating products to help teachers save time and become more effective. Its ‘2Build a Profile’ app, which tracks pupils’ progress from Reception through to the end of Primary, has won several awards with BETT and ERA.

Now Focus Education are partnering with the software developers in order to create a brand new reading assessment app that will allow teachers to record children reading out loud and to highlight any mistakes within the app; with the app then designed to calculate the child’s reading age. 

Major new software release boasts comprehensive cloud-based reporting and analytics tool

Sam Pemberton

Impero Software, providers of network administration, classroom management and online safety software, have launched the latest version of Impero Education Pro, version 6 (v6). This release includes brand new advanced cloud-based, cross-server reporting and analytics tool, Impero Insight, available as an add-on module. Powered by Microsoft’s industry-leading BI engine, Impero Insight pulls a school’s data (collected by Education Pro on one or across multiple servers) into detailed and rich-visual graphical reports. 

How to Keep School Uniforms Creative and in Dress Code

School Uniforms

For schools with a dress code policy, it can be difficult to strike a balance between having a fun, yet functional uniform for students. But for clothes that are worn five days a week by pupils across the country, it is important to combine these details to get the best out of your uniform. You can still promote uniqueness while maintaining a smart dress code. Subtle changes to the everyday uniform is sure to help promote individuality within schools and pupils.

Leading school uniform suppliers Price and Buckland are offering their key tips on how to create a balanced take on the traditional school uniform.

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Trybooking is great for school events

An online booking system designed for all types of school events and fundraising.  As well as organising bookings for events it has many tools to help schools e.g. data reporting and exporting to more easily manage events holistically.  Here are what some of the many schools using us have to say:

Sedbergh School is using Trybooking to more easily manage bookings, tickets and fundraising across Alumni lunches, dinners, talks, merchandise sales, performances and concerts.  The system is very flexible and empowering and they offer responsive customer service.  Richard Witt and Helen Seabridge, Sedbergh School Foundationtrybooking

Sasha’s lion is judged ‘outstanding’ in national scientific artwork competition

Sasha Morgan

A detailed drawing of a lion on top a lion’s skull by Sasha Morgan, an Art Scholar at St Mary’s School, Colchester, impressed the judges of the Royal Society of Biology’s Nancy Rothwell Award. Sasha’s artwork was described as Outstanding in the judging of the national award, which celebrates specimen drawing in schools and highlights the benefits of combining art and science.

Parents Take Twice As Long As Their Children To Get Back Into A Routine After School Holidays

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Parents take four weeks to get back into their weekday routine after a holiday, compared to just two weeks for their children, according to new research. What’s more, 10% of parents confessed to falling asleep at work while getting back into the swing, while just 5% of children had nodded off at school.
Temper tantrums and falling asleep on the desk are just some of the struggles with the return to the everyday routine after the holidays, but it’s not just children who find it hard to adapt. In fact, new research has revealed that parents take twice as long as their kids to get back in the swing of things. 

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

David Beckie

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.

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.

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