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Louise Doyle, director of Mesma and senior associate at SDN, has called for ‘new education communities of good practice' at an Ofsted conference.

Speaking at the A4E Apprenticeship Ofsted Inspection Conference, she focused on the common threads and strengths across the education spectrum that can be woven together to build a better system.

Some say rules are made to be broken and according to research from the UK’s leading independent job board, CV-Library, almost half (40.5%) of education professionals have worked for a company that implemented strange or ridiculous rules. What’s more, half (52.9%) confessed that they weren’t happy about having to abide by these. 

UCL’s Nathan Lea tells our editor Victoria Galligan about how the incoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will have an impact on schools and what can be done to prepare for the new regime, which comes into force on May 25th...

How will GDPR affect the way primary and secondary schools use data overall?

Bobby Seagull is a Maths Teacher at Chesterton Community College and Ambassador for Shell’s national STEM schools competition The Bright Ideas Challenge.

Fire doors are designed to prevent the spread of smoke, flames and toxic gases throughout a building in the event of a fire. Therefore, when a fire door is held open, or is faulty, fire can quickly pass through the building, blocking escape routes and endangering lives.

A quick fire door checklist:

Leaders in education have come together to pen an open letter to the Secretary of State Damian Hinds, calling on the Government to tackle the teacher recruitment crisis head-on.

As the sugar tax comes into force, today results from the 2018 Child Measurement Programme (CMP) Annual Report show that childhood obesity has increased over the past two years.

Latest data shows more than one in four children assessed were overweight or obese in 2016/17. With the gap in levels of childhood obesity now 6.2 per cent between those living in the most disadvantaged areas (14.9 per cent) and the least disadvantaged (8.7 per cent).

Comedian Adam Hess hosted the 2018 Shine a Light Awards, a national awards scheme that celebrates innovative work and excellent practice in supporting children and young people’s communication development.

Adam struggled with dyslexia and an immense fear of public speaking when he was younger. At the awards, which took place at Pearson’s headquarters in London, 17 individuals and teams across 10 award categories were recognised, as well as children and young people with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). 

For the last 3 years, Think Global has been running the Global Educator of the Year Award, which recognises educators who have gone above and beyond in raising awareness and deepening understanding of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and encouraging people to take action.

During Stress Awareness Month, editor Victoria Galligan speaks to Hitesh Dodhia, Superintendent Pharmacist at PharmacyOutlet.co.uk, about the mental health issues facing the teaching profession. 

Hitesh highlights the importance of recognising the signs of stress in staff, and the need for heads to implement better stress management within UK education.

The second Share a Pencil Day takes place on 23rd May 2018 to raise awareness for the 124 million children globally* who do not have access to an education.  

On Share A Pencil Day 2018, thousands of pupils in classrooms throughout the UK will share one pencil between two students to experience what life is like for children who cannot go to school or have to share the basic tools for learning like a pen or a pencil. 

Leicestershire playground specialist, Red Monkey Play, has announced it’s renewed membership with British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) - a leading UK trade body for Educational Suppliers - after a successful first year of being involved with the organisation.

The company’s membership has recently lead to Managing Director, Simon Winfield, being appointed as Chairman of the Early Years Special Interest Group and has therefore subsequently joined the BESA National Executive Committee.

Finalists for PA Consulting Group’s annual Raspberry Pi programming competition have been selected. The nine teams of school children will be presenting their inventions to nine expert judges on Tuesday, 17 April at the IET in London.

 

The correct type of lighting can significantly improve children’s learning, especially if it is natural light, research shows.

Full spectrum lighting, including sunlight and artificial lighting that replicated natural light, is known to improve behaviour, reduce anxiety and boost health. In turn, these improvements translate to a marked improvement in learning. 

St Hugh’s School, Woodhall Spa, didn’t let a downpour stand in the way of a magnificent day of fun and fundraising for charity.
 
More than 200 pupils, staff and parents took part in a muddy fun run and enjoyed an array of fundraising activities – all to raise money and awareness for the RAF Benevolent Fund and the Matt Hampson Foundation.