Events

The Lit Film Fest gives key stage two pupils the chance to see their work on Britain’s biggest cinema screen

Lit Film

In June this year, 1500 7-11 year olds, teachers and parents will get to see their youngsters' work on the BFI IMAX’s cinema screen as part of a new initiative to improve literacy using filmmaking.

The Lit Film Fest, featuring films written, performed and filmed entirely by primary school pupils, is soon to hit Britain's biggest cinema screen. Powered by A Tale Unfolds and supported by us here at LGFL, the festival will premier at the British Film Institute’s IMAX Cinema in Waterloo, London, allowing children aged 7-11 see their work showcased on the 20 x 26 metre screen!

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.  

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. 

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.

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.

 

Diversity Matters: Who is on your Senior Leadership Team?

Two thirds of the teaching profession are women and yet only one third reach a level of leadership. This is an incredible and tragic fact, isn’t it?!

 

For most, this might be surprising, yet in the 21st Century we have all continued to allow it to happen. Diversity across leadership teams is a highly important issue that until recently has not been valued in many schools.

 

Two years ago, I connected with six secondary school leaders via social media. They were all women and were equally exasperated by the lack of females in school leadership roles. 

 

Collaborating for innovation in edtech

Collaborating for innovation in edtech

The rise of the Multi Academy Trust offers new ways for suppliers and schools to work more closely together

The number of academies and multi academy trusts (MATs) increases on a monthly basis. At Bett Academies (16-18 March, NEC, Birmingham) the director of Assembly, a non-profit joint venture between Ark and NEON, will be talking to suppliers and MATs about the changing needs of these schools, and how collaboration will help the next wave of edtech to evolve.

 

Celebrated author announced as judge for top writing competition

Author Steve Backshall is this year's judge

Budding, young writers across the nation are being called to put their talent to the test and battle it out to be crowned champion of a prestigious literary competition. 

The National Young Writers' Awards are back and on the lookout for a wonderful wordsmith to take up this year's highly-contested title. 

Over the past nine years, the awards have seen hundreds of thousands of schoolchildren put to pen to paper and try their hand at storytelling, and this year, competition bosses are hoping to inspire even more young people to give writing a go. 

This year's theme is "The Future", and children will have to write a 500-word story set in 3017. Stories could see families living in space, robots ruling the world or even a new species of animal roaming the wild. 

Students urged to take part in National Apprenticeship Week events

SFA apprentices supporting #NAW2017

Today marks the start of the 10th annual National Apprenticeship Week. 

Schools, colleges and businesses across the nation are joining forces this week to celebrate the wealth of opportunities facing young people leaving school. 

The week got off to a roaring start with a special event held at Barclays Bank on Canary Wharf, where education secretary Justine Greening addressed an audience of 100 employers and apprentices. 

In her speech, Ms Greening praised the lifelong benefits of apprenticeships, calling them a "gold-standard route into a great career".

National Education Technology Conference

Education,Technology,Conference

• The National Education Technology conference is to be held by Naace in Leicester on 28 – 29 March 2017

• Speakers include Lee Parkinson (@ICT_MrP), Dughall McCormick, Patrick Hayes, Steve Moss, Jon Tait and many more

• The conference will examine the role of education technology alongside the main issues of education including leadership, teaching and learning, and innovation

Education Providers Must Strengthen Digital Offering To Accommodate Students Demanding 24/7 Access To Learning

Education Providers Must Strengthen Digital Offering To Accommodate Students Demanding 24/7 Access To Learning

Education and training providers must embrace technology-enhanced learning solutions or risk losing out to more innovative providers, awarding organisation YMCA Awards has warned today.
 
A newly released report from the international awarding organisation reveals that increasing numbers of students now expect access to on-demand learning, enabling them to learn at a time and place suited to them.
 

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.