Turning around a failing school is always challenging for multi-academy trusts (MATs) but consistency and persistence can lead to success beyond expectations, says Chris Brislen.

Transforming the third worst performing primary school in the country into a school pupils and staff can be proud of is not a job for the faint-hearted, but it’s one St Bart’s Multi-Academy Trust was happy to take on.

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Schools should use the engaging power of gamification to drive their pupils’ learning, says Winston Poyton, director at Capita SIMS.

"If you have ever played Minecraft, or seen your pupils engrossed in the game, you will know how completely absorbing it can be. And with 55 million people across the world signed up, the game clearly has universal appeal. 

After a large number of entries, the top educational settings for outdoor learning have been announced in the 2018 Pocca Awards shortlist.

The Pocca Awards, developed by outdoor canopy provider i2o Ltd, were launched this year to recognise and reward those educational settings using available outside space to inspire students and enhance learning.

Schools were invited to demonstrate their outdoor learning approach and highlight how innovative and creative they have been in utilising their outside space in four distinct categories.  

The primary schools incorporated into the New Largs Campus, Largs Primary and St Mary’s, moved in Monday, March 12 along with Early Years nurseries. The relocated Largs Academy will join them on April 18.

The Campus, which will accommodate more than 2000 pupils, is part of North Ayrshire Council’s biggest ever investment. It includes two theatres, a gym hall believed to be the biggest in the UK and art classrooms with balconies that enable outdoor working with views of the stunning Largs Coastline.

Britain’s most famous maths whizz and committed educationalist, Carol Vorderman, has praised children across England

Young Giggleswick School guitarist George Collins has won and is now through to the final of a prestigious regional music competition.

Pupils are putting the ‘giggle’ into Giggleswick School to celebrate International Happiness Day on March 20.

I now know why Kings Monkton School put the exclamation mark in the Oliver! title. An exclamation mark is used to indicate an ‘intensity of emotion’ and Oliver! the musical certainly packs some punch.

Entrepreneur and Dragon’s Den star Peter Jones CBE is today inviting schools to host the country’s first school-based Peter Jones Enterprise Academies – as a new poll reveals almost three quarters of people (71%) believe schools and colleges should embed enterprise education as a key part of every young person’s education.

Dolphin Alarms are preparing to launch a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to raise production funding to bring their advanced Dolphin Aquasonic swimming pool alarm to market.

 

Rotherham-based educational service provider, Education Squared, which specialises in harnessing the performing arts to help students engage with material in a non-traditional way, has been founded since receiving £500 from the UK Steel Enterprise (UKSE) Kickstart Fund.
 
Education Squared offers an alternative to traditional educational methods whereby students learn about difficult issues such as bullying, race and sexuality through the performing arts.
 

National education charity Future First's writing competition prize was awarded by author Raffaella Barker, who said the winner's idea was "smart, inventive and funny"

An "Underground Lost Life Explorer" was the winning entry in the writing competition, which asked youngsters to dream up ingenious jobs of the future imagining how the world of work has changed in 2039.

Alfie Clay, a student at City of Norwich School, was one of 250 Year 7 students in Norwich who entered the competition organised by Future First and judged by Norfolk author Raffaella Barker. 

With 3D printing making a splash in industry, schools are beginning to invest in the technology to help prepare students for future careers. But with the cost relatively high and the technology still emerging, is it worth handing over much-needed funding? Here, we review the Dremel DigiLab 3D45 model to explore whether 3D printing is a realistic avenue for schools to explore.

"Life would be tragic if it weren't funny." - Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking has died at the age of 76, leaving a legacy of scientific discoveries and groundbreaking theories, as well as providing inspiration for science students, teachers and people with disabilities.

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As the debate over single-sex education continues, Karen Raven, Headmistress at Chislehurst School for Girls in Bromley cites the importance she believes girls education plays in preparing young women for 21st century