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Air Pollution Issue In Classrooms

Tackling The Air Pollution Issue In Classrooms

According to recent research, children across the UK are being forced to breathe dangerous levels of toxic air as they make their way to and from school – and even once they are inside their classrooms. As well as potentially damaging their health, this is having a negative impact on learning and productivity. Phil Mangnall, managing director at Jaga UK, explains why schools should invest in efficient ventilation systems to get the best out of their students. “With students now back in school… Read more
New esports platform launches for University students throughout the UK

New esports platform launches for University students throughout the UK

Specialist digital provider Code Wizards has launched a brand new esports platform for University students throughout the UK in time for this year’s students.  The platform has been created for the newly formed company National Student Esports (NSE) a member of The Benchmark Sport Group, which runs traditional sports businesses such as the Square Mile Relay and Beyond Sport, which promotes social change through sport.  Code Wizards have used their proven experience of building engaging and… Read more
Top 10 Pitfalls of Visitor Management

Top 10 Pitfalls of Visitor Management

Visitor management solutions are becoming more prevalent within schools today, particularly since the introduction of GDPR. To comply with the new regulation many are choosing to opt for a more secure method of managing their visitors and data. Making the right choice of provider is important for schools as there are many factors to consider and various issues that can arise. This article aims to outline the potential pitfalls to avoid when making the switch to digital visitor management.… Read more
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EPA Series of PA Systems Launched for school stages

Pro Audio Centre has always prided itself on being able to provide PA systems and lighting to those on a budget, providing the best in low cost gear and big name brands at knock down prices. One of our biggest sellers has always been our range of complete PA systems. So for 2013 we are happy to announce the introduction of our EPA range of complete PA systems starting at just £215. Bargain Value PA Systems When creating the EPA range we listened to our customers to find out what their main… Read more
 Community Brands Closes Acquisition of Education Technology Company Groupcall

 Community Brands Closes Acquisition of Education Technology Company Groupcall

Community Brands, an industry leader in cloud-based software for schools, associations, nonprofits and faith-based organisations, today announced the acquisition of Groupcall, a trusted provider of communications and data analytics solutions for schools, multi-academy trusts, local authorities and education software developers, with 70 employees and a head office in London. Groupcall specialises in data aggregation and analytics, identity management, payment and parental engagement software… Read more
Lewisham Teacher Receives Gold Award From Top British Athletes

Lewisham Teacher Receives Gold Award From Top British Athletes

A Lewisham teacher has received a national award from two top British athletes after helping his pupils to be more active. Edward Pinks, from St Mary Magdalen Catholic Primary School, has been recognised as a Gold Active Teacher, one of the UK’s first. He was presented with the award by Paralympian Aled Davies and sprinter Bianca Williams, who made a special visit to his school today. The athletes led a lively assembly where they shared inspiring stories of competing for Great Britain. They… Read more
Learning about technology and ourselves with the Meet the Ancestors project

Learning about technology and ourselves with the Meet the Ancestors project

Every educator knows that technology is a crucial part of developing 21st-century skills. But teaching technology can at times be dry and uncreative. One of the most effective ways we’ve found to ignite student interest in this subject, is to use technology as a means of bringing immersive, collaborative projects to life.  One subject that we wanted our students exposed to was the changing demographics across society. Given the ongoing political and societal shifts we’ve seen around the world… Read more
YHA appoints new Director of Strategy and Engagement

YHA appoints new Director of Strategy and Engagement

Youth charity YHA (England and Wales) has appointed Anita Kerwin-Nye as the Director of Strategy and Engagement. A highly accomplished charity leader with over 20 years of experience in the sector, Anita will take up her role on 1 November 2018. Within her new role, she will further develop YHA’s charitable focus, partnerships and programmes and strategic communications.  Anita has worked closely with YHA for a number of years through her work across education, charities, including the… Read more
5 Tips for Active Learning Classroom Design 

5 Tips for Active Learning Classroom Design 

Discussions around education and learning often comprise of varying opinions,  but experts are finding some common ground in the area of active learning.  Active learning is all about engagement at a personal level, and research demonstrates that displaying learners’ achievements promotes involvement in learning. Memory and comprehension is enhanced when learners produce their own ideas, as opposed to simply absorbing the ideas of teachers and resources. In this article, British Gypsum share… Read more
Local MP Bim Afolami gets into Action at Pirton Primary School in Rural Hertfordshire

Local MP Bim Afolami gets into Action at Pirton Primary School in Rural Hertfordshire

On Thursday last week, local MP Bim Afolami donned his old school PE kit and got involved in an Action Mats PE session at Pirton Primary School. The session was set up by Shefford based Action Mats to highlight how small schools are making the most of their government Sports Premium.  The session was filmed and featured on Thursday evening’s ITV Anglia News as part of their Healthy Autumn series. Action Mats believe a healthy lifestyle for all kids should be high on the agenda for all schools… Read more
World Space Week: Primary Pupils Reach For The Stars In UK Space Challenge

World Space Week: Primary Pupils Reach For The Stars In UK Space Challenge

Primary school pupils across the UK are being invited to take part in an exciting new challenge to mark the start of World Space Week, which kicks off on 4th October.  “Win a Star” will give children the chance to take their place in space, by winning a star named after them and their school.  Pupils are encouraged to stretch their imagination by designing an alien! They’ll take inspiration for their designs by reading a fun story about an astronaut’s extra-terrestrial encounter and designing… Read more
Dyslexia Awareness Week sees Bristol Zoo 'going green'

Dyslexia Awareness Week - how to get involved

Dyslexia Awareness Week kicks off today and runs from 1-7 October. Here, we take a look at some of the events planned by the British Dyslexia Association (BDA) and find out about the organisation’s year-round work… Go Green for Dyslexia (sponsored by Nessy Learning) To kick off the week, on Monday 1 October, organisations and schools including M Shed and Brunel’s SS Great Britain in Bristol and Cardiff Bay Barrage will be lighting up green for Go Green for Dyslexia along with 3,000 children… Read more
Wilmslow Grange - the latest Frank Field Education Trust school

Outstanding school to become first Academy in Frank Field Education Trust

Wilmslow Grange Community Primary School in Handforth, Cheshire, has been approved to become the lead school in the Frank Field Education Trust (FFET). FFET is chaired by well-respected, long standing local MP for Birkenhead and champion of social justice, Frank Field MP. Its ethos is to promote social justice through outstanding educational provision to improve the life chances of all children and young people, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds, so that they fulfil their potential… Read more
Paul Whiteman of the NAHT on the head teachers' march against school cuts

Over 1,000 head teachers march through Parliament to protest over school cuts

Over 1,000 head teachers marched on London today, to protest against school cuts. Using the hashtag #stillnotlistening on social media, headteachers from up and down the country posted photos from the march with school leaders holding placards reading slogans such as, “Education is an investment, not an expense.” The protesters delivered a letter to Downing Street, asking Theresa May for more funding for schools. Kevin Courtney, joint general secretary of the NEU, said, “I support head… Read more
Bett & Learnit Collaborate

Bett & Learnit Collaborate

Bett, the world’s oldest and largest EdTech exhibition, today announces a collaboration with Learnit, the brand new, venture-backed conference for the global learning ecosystem. This January, a group of Bett’s 35,000+ visitors, 200+ speakers and 850+ exhibitors will also be able to participate in Learnit at the QEII Centre in Westminster as one of its 1,000+ attendees, 150+ speakers, or 50+ sponsors.  Rachel Brodie, Portfolio Director of Bett said, ‘Bett is the must-attend show for EdTech: for… Read more
New look Quizalize automates differentiated learning

New look Quizalize automates differentiated learning

New look Quizalize provides students with support and extension activities after they finish quizzes, plus these are tailored to their level of understanding and is sent directly to their devices.  Quizalize, the award winning gamified formative assessment tool from UK edtech company Zzish – known for its real-time teacher dashboards,  has optimised the programme to make it easier for teachers to differentiate their teaching and, for the first time, measure the precise effectiveness of… Read more
Two male pupils playing sports at school

The price of playing sports at school

CHILDREN are taking up new sports this school year which is increasing the price of back to school as parents fork out for sports clothing and equipment, according to new research. A survey of more than 7,600 UK adults published by Decathlon in the Decathlon Activity Index 2018, shows that parents spend £54 on average on sports clothing and equipment per child, ahead of the new school year.   - Sports clothing and equipment costs £54 on average per child - Kids take up three sports on… Read more
Brian Crosby - state schools

Secondary state schools ‘excessively dominated by male headteachers’

Only 38% of headteachers at state secondary schools in England are women, despite the majority of teachers at those schools being female. The Oxford Open Learning Trust researched official statistics from the Department for Education, which show that 63% of all teaching staff in English state funded secondary schools are female - including headteachers. Despite this, just 1,400 of England’s 3,700 state secondary schools and academies are headed by women. The gender ratio for all secondary… Read more
Spacious Place team in the pub

Accrington and Rossendale College partner up with Spacious Place

Accrington and Rossendale College have partnered up with Spacious Place to refurbish and revitalise the Waterloo Pub in Burnley - the first project of its kind in Lancashire. The Construction Academy based at the college, made up of a team of Plasterers, Joiners, Painting and Decorators and Bricklayers, will be working on the site one day a week for a year as a means to gain real-life working experience. There are 17 individuals participating in the project, who will see it out from start to… Read more
Mike Cargill at Technology & Engineering STEM Global Awards launch

New Initiative Launched To Schools To Promote Careers In Technology & Engineering

A new awards system is being launched to encourage children to pursue careers in engineering and technology and prevent a huge shortfall of engineers in the UK. Research has shown that the UK economy will create 1.2 million jobs in the engineering sector in coming years but the lack of qualified graduates will leave a shortfall of 59,000 candidates a year. Now UK STEM - a specialist company which works with schools and industry to promote science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) - is… Read more