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Tablet computers are now present in almost 70% of primary and secondary schools in the UK, according to a study from Tablets for Schools .

Educational technology (EdTech) is very much a part of our education system today. Rising number of technological devices and new innovations in EdTech mean it’s here to stay.

However, while many educators welcome the advances in technology, there are still those who question the place of tech in the classroom.

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Connex Education has taken the industry lead in reducing online threats to children by introducing a “vital last link” to a suite of free safeguarding support it gives to its schools. Based in Liverpool, the national education supply company already gives its client schools access to free safeguarding training for their staff and free help for pupils’ parents to understand issues around online safety of their children.

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Professional actress Millie Binks is returning to her former school, St Mary’s, Colchester, to inspire young pupils to enjoy acting.

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The chance to learn about a potentially life-changing youth programme was welcomed when a representative from the National Citizen Service (NCS) visited Year 11 students at St Mary’s School, Colchester.

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“Team Azzurro”, comprising Year 10 and Year 11 students, won four awards out of a possible nine at the Young Enterprise Bristol and South Gloucestershire Area Final at Kingsweston House.

The team picked up the overall Bristol Team Award plus Best Innovation, Best Company Report and Best Company Programme. It will now go forward to compete in the South West regional final, being held in Cornwall on 19th June.

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John Taylor High School has been an Ofsted rated ‘outstanding’ school for many years, so when a number of housing developments began appearing nearby, they knew they could expect an increase in pupil numbers. However, as the school is already oversubscribed, they knew they would need some new facilities quickly to cope with the upcoming demand.

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Doing well at school was always seen as only possible for the minority of students because only some have the required ability. Counter-intuitively, new research in the fields of psychology, neuro-science and gifted education have all dispelled that myth and established that most can succeed in achieving highly in school.

This book goes further. Using the author’s 30 years of research into how the most able students think and learn, it identifies the competencies students need to develop in order to be successful and the ways in which schools – and parents - can develop them.

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The British Safety Council’s International Safety Awards recognise and celebrate organisations who have demonstrated a real commitment to protecting their workers from the risk of injury and ill health during the 2015 calendar year. These awards are open to organisations of all types, sizes and sectors in the UK and internationally – both members of the British Safety Council and non-members – and are independently adjudicated.

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The UK’s higher education (HE) system is one of the best known in the world for high quality education, student experience and world class research. But there is an opportunity for UK HE to do even better: by using data. On Tuesday 26th January, the Higher Education Commission is launching its inquiry report, From Bricks to Clicks: the potential of data analytics in Higher Education in Parliament.

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This week, Shell is launching a brand new national, curriculum linked schools competition - The Bright Ideas Challenge - which aims to inspire future scientists and engineers - to understand the role their STEM learning can play in shaping a more positive future for everyone.

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Dinosaurs module wins industry prize at last night’s awards

Discovery Education Espresso’s Dinosaur Module has been announced as the winner of this year’s BETT AWARD for Early Years Digital Content.

The engaging multimedia content, which uses stunning Discovery Channel CGI footage to bring dinosaurs to life, is one of the most popular resources in Discovery Education’s Espresso service.

The award was presented at BETT’s annual ceremony in London last night.

Lewis Bronze MBE, Founder and Director of Content at Discovery Education said:

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There is a new educational programme gaining traction in East London schools for its innovative approach to pupil support.

Motivate to Educate (M2E) is designed and run by local social enterprise. Kineara. It is an intensive programme that aims to build confidence and motivation in pupils by working closely with them, their families and the schools’ existing support service to help the young person get the most out of their education.

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With a firm focus on the training and education marketplace, Kramer offers two technology solutions aimed at dramatically changing the way that staff engage with students and showed them for the first time in Stand C418 at BETT, Excel London, 20-23 January 2016.

Ofsted head, Sir Michael Wilshaw has criticised the ‘one size fits all’ secondary education system, which he said is letting down students.

The chief inspector of schools believes the lack of high-calibre vocational training for those who don’t choose the university route is one of the reasons for the UK’s record on youth unemployment. He says the ‘one size fits all’ system lets down less academic pupils and the education system in England, as it stands, does not offer enough opportunities for those who do not succeed at GCSEs to set them up for the world of work.

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Currently, there is a global movement in education to become smarter. Businesses have been competing to be more digitally intelligent and energy efficient for some time and schools are becoming no different. This shouldn't mean a tablet computer for every pupil. Instead it means using existing data in new ways: intelligent ways. Here Carl Plant, CEO of digital technology expert bITjAM gives best practice advice for schools looking to become digital leaders.    

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