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Sparks Set To Fly At Lincoln Cathedral

Sparks Set To Fly At Lincoln Cathedral

The countdown is on for this year’s three-day Spark engineering festival which is set to fire-up the imagination of young people across the region.

 

The event is taking place from 5-7 May at Lincoln Cathedral will bring engineering to life through interactive exhibits and celebrate Lincolnshire’s engineering past, present and future.

 

As part of the run-up to the event, people are being asked to tweet their favourite Lincoln-based engineer or inventor – whether it’s a historic figure, such as Frank Whittle who invented the jet engine, or someone’s friend or relative who has encouraged them to take an interest in engineering.

 

More than a quarter of Brits left school without any career advice

More than a quarter of Brits left school without any careers advice

More than a quarter of British students left secondary school without any careers advice, a recent study reports. 

The YouGov survey of more than 2,000 adults, which was commissioned by Oxford Open Learning Trust, and career change advice tool The Profession Picker, looked into the advice Brits received at school and how they felt about choosing their future career.

According to the results, only three out of 10 adults knew the career they wanted pursue after leaving secondary school and more than one in 10 (12%) felt that they chose their career pathway too young. 

The study also shows that just under a quarter (24%) of workers currently in a career say that this is what they thought they would end up doing when they left secondary school. 

AMR Consult Lights Up Schools With FortisDay

AMR Consult Lights Up Schools With FortisDay

LED specialist FortisDay is the preferred supplier to AMR Consult, to ensure more schools can benefit from maximum energy savings and guarantee the most technologically advanced lighting for educational facilities.

 
UK-wide specialist services firm, AMR Consult works with clients offering a broad range of technical advice and project and programme management services.

 
With education being an important sector to help improve learning environments across the UK, AMR Consult sourced FortisDay, whose SmartiLumin range of recessed luminaires offers as close to natural daylight as possible, to ensure schools gain maximum benefit from upgrading to LED lighting.

Online Platform Set To Improve PE And Sports Delivery In Schools

Online Platform Set To Improve PE And Sports Delivery In Schools

A new online platform to help improve the delivery of PE and sport within primary schools has been launched.

Leeds based PE Partner developed SPIRALPE™ in partnership with senior teaching professionals and Physical Education specialists to provide schools with a practical and highly efficient way to engage, develop and measure progress in PE and school sport.

 

At the heart of the platform is a teaching framework and curriculum including 252 lesson plans, updated at the start of every academic year, which work together in a ‘spiral’ to build and develop the full range of physical literacy within an overarching spiral framework.   

The Effects of Digital Media Consumption on Education

The Effects of Digital Media Consumption on Education

According to a recent Pew Research Center survey, 92% of teens report using the internet on a daily basis, with 24% claiming to be online “almost constantly.” The prevalence of digital media consumption among young people can have a significant impact on their education and study habits.

 

In another Pew study, while nearly three-quarters of high school teachers admit that digital research tools can have a positive impact on student performance, 87% also say that digital tech has resulted in a generation of teenagers who are far more easily distracted than teens of the past.

 

Wooden playground equipment and why it is better

 playground equipment

The two key components of designing playgrounds is sustainability and safety. When children are playing around them their attentions tend to sway towards how ‘fun’ and interactive they are. So when it comes round to designing the playgrounds sustainability safety and fun must all be equally considered.

The development stage

Wooden play areas can bring children closer to nature. Made from natural resources such as driftwood and logs and are usually supported by natural landscapes such as small grassy hills and mud floors and these natural attributes remind children of the importance of the outdoors.

Thousands of school pupils benefit from multi-million building project

Thousands of school pupils benefit from multi-million building project

A multi-million pound building project has been completed that will give more than 8,000 school pupils across Hertfordshire, Luton and Reading access to top-quality education facilities. 

The £135m project was undertaken by developer and investor Kajima, and partner Interserve Investments, and saw the completion of seven state-of-the-art schools, comprising Kings Langley School, Bishop's Hatfield Girls' School, Goffs School in Cheshunt, Longdean School in Hemel Hempstead, Reading Girls' School, Stopsley High School in Luton, and Westfield Academy in Watford. 

The rebuild was part of the government's £4.4bn Priority School Building Programme, which is rebuilding or refurbishing those school buildings in the very worst condition across the country. 

Introduce your children to wildlife this spring with the CJ Wildlife live webcams

Introduce your children to wildlife this spring with the CJ Wildlife live webcams

For the second year running, CJ Wildlife is live streaming nest box cameras from nine species on their website 24/7 to give you a bird’s eye view of what goes on inside a nest box during the breeding season.

The live webcams run 24 hours a day and let us take a very up close and personal look into the nests of Peregrine Falcons, Little Owls, Tawny Owls, Barn Owls, Storks, Herons, Swifts and Kingfishers.

 

Last year’s nest box cameras proved particularly popular with parents and teachers. Children are captivated by nature and the nest box cameras quite literally bring the nesting season to life in the classroom and allow us to follow the stories of the nesting birds, giving children a front row seat to the world hidden within the nest box.

Children smash 15-million minutes of reading

Monks abbey pupils

Over 125,000 primary school children who registered to take part in the country’s biggest one-week reading competition have smashed the campaign’s 10-million minutes reading target.

 

The children, from 447 schools across the country, were challenged by education charity Achievement for All to see if they could read for a combined total of 10-million minutes in just one week. The aim was to highlight the importance of reading and help boost children’s literacy levels across the country.

 

By the end of the week, the children not only reached the target, but excelled it, clocking up a fantastic 15,995,407 minutes of reading.

 

Strategic Management Change at the Nationwide Hygiene Group

Strategic Management Change at the Nationwide Hygiene Group

Current CEO David Scholes will be retiring in August this year following a successful 17 years leading the Nationwide Hygiene Group.

 

Nationwide Hygiene Group are delighted to announce that Darren Broad has been appointed as their new CEO and will take over the reins on April 26th, following the group’s AGM. Darren and David will work closely together in the coming months to ensure that there is a seamless transition of leadership for all Nationwide Hygiene Group customers, colleagues and suppliers.

 

Darren has a wealth of business experience, most recently as MD of Bunzl Catering Supplies and the Nationwide Hygiene Group are extremely pleased to recruit somebody of his calibre.

 

Professor of Play: Formalizing the connection between learning and play

learning and play

Play provides children important motor, perceptual, social, and neutral benefits - often described as children’s “most important work”. Despite the important role of play in the learning process, schools are allocating less time for free and open play in favor of activities that ‘teach to the test’. This deprioritization of open play is a missed opportunity to prepare kids for academic success. Cambridge University’s newly-established Centre for Research on Play in Education, Development and Learning (PEDAL), marks an important milestone in educational research: one that formalizes play in educational research and policy.

 

New figures reveal shocking literacy trend

New figures reveal shocking literacy trend

New research has unveiled the shocking truth about literacy and young children. 

A study undertaken by Ebookadabra in partnership with Censuswide has shown that one in 20 British parents with children between the ages of three and seven have reported that their child has never read a picture book.

That's about 200,000 children who never been exposed to a picture book. 

The study looks at individual areas around the UK and has discovered that Britain's UNESCO City of Literature, Norwich, is a particular literacy black spot, in addition to Brighton. 

According to the results, the 10 worst places for literacy in young people are:

1)      Brighton (13%)

2)      Norwich (12.9%) (Britain’s UNESCO City of Literature)

New wave of free schools given the green light

The Department for Education has approved 131 new schools

Thousands of schools places will be created after plans for more than 100 new free schools are given the green light. 

Plans for 131 new schools have been approved by the Department for Education today, creating more than 69,000 school places up and down the country. 

The majority of these schools (111) will become free schools, which can be run by parents, community or faith groups. 

A large proportion of these schools will be based in the East (18) and South East of England (27), with the fewest in the North West (5) and the North East (2) of the country. 

Cova Security Gates wins Manufacturing Business of the Year 2017 and celebrates three decades of success

Cova Security Gates

Cova Security Gates, the leading manufacturer of quality perimeter security equipment, has been awarded Manufacturing Business of the Year 2017 at the prestigious Gatwick Diamond Business Awards. Being recognised for its continued innovation and commitment to customer service in this way comes at a significant time for Cova, with the company celebrating its 30th year in business.