Learning Outside the Classroom

Government announces £415m fund to support health and fitness in schools

Schools set to receive £415m to boost health and fitness

Schools across England are set to benefit from a multi-million pound scheme to help give more children a healthy and active start to life. 

A government announcement was made today regarding a new £415 million fund to improve on sports facilities and provide more opportunities for young people to get fit and healthy. 

The funding will be rolled out to both primary and secondary schools, in addition to sixth-form colleges, across England who can use the funding to pay for facilities to support PE, extra-curricular activities and health eating. 

Schools can also use the money to improve facilities for children with physical conditions or support young people struggling with mental health issues. 

New schemes announced across the UK to boost learning through football

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Worlds are colliding after sporting legends team up with young people to boost education.

Arsenal Football Club played host to education secretary Justine Greening yesterday to celebrate the launch of a joint reading initiative between Arsenal in the Community and the University College London’s Institute of Education (IOE.)

Institute for Apprenticeships reveals operational plan

Details on how millions of top-quality apprenticeships will be delivered over the next three years have been revealed today as the Institute for Apprenticeships sets out its operationas300_k1e8325edit.jpgl plan. 

The government announcement to create three million apprenticeships by 2020 has been supported by the creation of the Institute, which will begin work in April this year to make that bid a reality. 

This plan also announces the names of the eight board members appointed to run the institute, who will largely be made up of employers, business leaders and their representatives. 

Schools across the nation take part in special wildlife challenge

Schools across the nation have been taking part in a special activity to find out a little more about the wildlife on their doorstep. gratnells-bird-feeder-trays.gif

The RSPB's (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) Big Schools' Birdwatch is rolling out in schools up and down the country, encouraging children to become part of the world's biggest wildlife survey.

Running until 17 February, the initiative aims to bring children closer to nature by involving them an hour-long activity that is suitable for students of all ages and abilities. 

Winners of Bett Awards 2017 are announced

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The winners of this year’s Bett Awards were announced last night in a glittering awards dinner held at The Tobacco Dock in London. 

The annual awards encourage and recognise outstanding education sector resources, learning solutions and companies.

New app developed to accelerate early-years literacy

Schools can find out more about an innovative app to accelerate early reading. 

Edtech startup Zaprendo is announcing the launch of its learn-to-read-app, Sounds English Phonetics, at this year’s technology-education show, Bett.

The app is designed to boost reading achievement and early-stage literacy by teaching pupils with a reading age of between six and nine years to utilise 92 commonly occurring grapho-phonemes (written sounds).

Children learn by watching a video that demonstrates how to say the written sounds through video, in either British or American English, with learning consolidated through the in-app formative assessment. 

Music and memory: Education app debuts at Bett

Schools can find out more about an innovative app designed to help young people with their studies at the education event of the year.

The biggest education technology show on the calendar, Bett, will begin tomorrow and will feature some of the sector’s newest products.

Among them will be Studytracks, a new app that merges music with study materials to help jog students’s memories. 

Parents call for primary schools to go mobile

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A new tool to improve communication between schools and parents is set to be showcased at a leading industry event next week. 

Capita SIMS will be exhibiting a range of products at BETT - the biggest education technology show of the year at ExCel London between 25 and 28 January. 

Recent research from the company revealed that the majority of parents questioned wanted their primary school to send information about their child home through an app or mobile-enabled web portal.

Brexit and Trump spark new wave of political teaching

Schools across the UK are taking advantage of a new wave of teaching after two political shocks rocked the world last year.

Brexit and the election of Donald Trump of the United States of America are just two of the astonishing political events that shocked people across the world in 2016, leaving many people feeling misinformed or confused. 

In a bid to clear the muddy waters of politics, independent youth news network Shout Out UK is rolling out a series of educational programmes to encourage a new generation to engage in politics through a number of informative courses. 

The political literacy courses, certified by AQA, began in London but have grown in popularity and are now seeing schools up and down the country signing up to the programme. 

New website launched to help schools link up with parents

A new website designed to boost communication between parents and teachers has been released.

EES for Schools has announced the launch of its new website, Target Tracker Link. 

The site will work alongside existing Target Tracker software that is already being used by a quarter of UK schools. 

This new site will enable teachers to create pupil observation reports while in the classroom or by using the app while on the go. 

Once the reports have been completed, they will be quality checked before being made available to parents. 

Other family members can also be granted access to the reports.

Schools can also customise the way in which parents see observations by including school branding or logos.

BBC announces return of popular literary competition for children

rsz_bbc_500_words.jpgChildren across the UK are being called to tap into their imagination and put pen to paper as a celebrated writing competition is launched once again. 

The BBC has announced the opening date for its popular storytelling competition 500 words. 

Over the past seven years almost half a million children have taken part in the competition which is judged by an expert panel of top authors including Malorie Blackman, Francesca Simon and Frank Cottrell Boyce, in addition to last year’s honorary judge, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall. 

Brexit impacts santa’s stockings!

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Christmas stockings might be feeling a bit lighter this Christmas according to a survey of out today by Childcare.co.uk.

Nearly eight in ten parents (76%) want to embrace a new trend of buying only four presents for their child this Christmas.

The premise is to buy:  one gift a child wants, one they need, one they will wear and one they will read.

And despite the ongoing competition at the school gates, 7 in ten parents say they will not feel pressurised to ‘conform’ and splash out this year.  The average price for one large ticket item will be £50 (33%).

"Edu-Vacation" - the latest trend in modern parenting?

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NEW BOOK: Road School - The story of a family who pulled their kids out of school for a home education adventure, back-packing across the world

Generation X-ers will remember the fun they had inter-railing in Europe or backpacking around Asia, escaping the daily grind before knuckling down to study or work… and what better way to recreate that carefree time than by taking their kids on the same odyssey?!

Frustrated by a school regime of statutory testing, and keen for a mid-life adventure, Sue Cowley and her partner took their children out of school to educate them on the road. Road School is the story of their family's adventures around Europe and across China.

Primary school pupils explore law at the University of Bolton

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Pupils from Moorgate Primary School in Bolton recently took part in a brand new educational workshop with the National Centre for Citizenship and the Law (NCCL) at the Moot Courtroom at the University of Bolton. This two hour Law and University Life courtroom workshop helps school children to develop a deeper understanding of the law and raises awareness of higher education options.

The aim of the visit was for students to enhance their knowledge of the court system and to help pupils to understand ‘British Values’ such as law and democracy.

Pupil wins national competition and Discovery channel tour

Pupils from a High Wycombe primary school

Pupils from a High Wycombe primary school stepped behind the camera at Discovery Channel on Friday, after their classmate scooped first prize in a national competition.

Lauren Croucher from Hughenden Primary School was the winner of the Make Your World Bigger competition – part of a Discovery Education and Discovery Channel initiative to keep children learning during the summer holidays.