National Tooth Fairy Day, 28th February 2017

child with missing tooth

Tooth Fairy now shelling out up to £100 per child



She’s almost as famous as Father Christmas and the Easter bunny, but just how old is the tooth fairy ritual and why did pillows become the hiding place of choice?

Plus survey reveals that while half of the UK currently leaves a shiny £1 coin per tooth, more than 20% of British kids are getting between £2 and £5 per tooth – that’s up to around £100 per child by the time they’ve lost all of their baby teeth!

The ‘Tooth Fairy’ has also FAILED to turn up in around 78% cases per child – but help is at hand as parents share top tips on what to do if things don’t quite go to the Tooth Fairy’s plan.

Parents feel out of touch with children's education

Parents are feeling in the dark over their children's education after two fifths admitted they didn't know what their child was doing at school. 

New research from Canvas, the Virtual Learning Environment, examined the relationship between schools and parents as calls were being made to the government to do more to encourage parental engagement with schools.

The study found that 67% of parents agreed that their children would benefit from a closer relationship while 33% even suggested that parents felt as though teachers were "reluctant" to involve them in the education of their children. 

A third also felt that teachers simply don't have enough time to keep parents in the loop.

New scheme announced to deliver top quality IT training

pet-xi.jpgA new scheme to deliver the latest IT training to young people is set to be rolled out across schools and business across the UK. 

Educational training provider PET-Xi has embarked on a new partnership with Prodigy Learning, specialists in IT learning and certification solutions, to run Microsoft Office Specialist training to thousands of young people. 

The scheme will see 10,000 school children trained up in the first year alone, in addition to delivering training to businesses. 

MOS qualifications give young people a huge boost on their CV as it validates their skills in Excel, Word and Powerpoint. 

Having kids makes Brits more environmentally responsible

• Brits with children are 9% more likely to recycle cans than those without

• Almost a third (29%) of parents strongly agree that being a parent has made them more concerned about the environment

• 1 in 5 get their kids involved in home composting

Becoming a parent has a direct impact on how environmentally friendly your actions are, new research has revealed.

The survey, conducted on behalf of Energy, found that parents are 5% more likely to recycle than adults without children are. This equates to 270,000 tonnes* of recyclable materials being saved from landfills by families each year.

Moffat’s More Versatile Versicarte

Moffat’s New Eye-Catching Pop-up Versicartes are ideal for School Meal Specials

Moffat is expanding its popular Versicarte mobile counter range for schools, with the launch of the new Pop-up models.

The new Pop-up Versicartes offer school caterers increased versatility. They are an ideal way of serving special menu items away from the main servery area, reducing bottlenecks. Designed for maximum visual impact, the units house eye-catching magnetic graphics to promote the latest menu offering. The signs can be easily removed and swapped to promote specials, such as themed lunches or new summer menus.

Recycle-Trux are delivering the Prizes


2016 saw the futuristic Recycle.Bots roll in to Schools throughout the county, and following on from the fantastic feedback that was received, Waste Management experts Mick George Ltd, has now expanded the animation themed initiative to incorporate Recycle-Trux.

As part of its drive to educate children on recycling, the local business with the help of its ingenious Recycle-Trux automobiles, are giving school children in Cambridgeshire the chance to win £1,000 for their school or the opportunity to earn themselves an Ipad mini. 

How technology is transforming education

 technology in the classroom

Education has always benefitted from technological advances. From the invention of the abacus to modern day tablets and PCs, children are learning with more opportunities than ever before. Join GPS installations, specialists in everything ‘Audio Visual’ ranging from public address system installations, to impressive Video Wall Displays, as they discuss the history of education technology. 

Early classroom inventions started with chalkboards – a surface that could be wiped and then rewritten on to present to an entire class. Students also used personal slates, which gave them the ability to solve questions and present them visually to the teacher.

FutureLearn announces first US university partners

FutureLearn website

Five leading institutions welcomed to the FutureLearn international portfolio of partners

FutureLearn, the leading social learning platform owned by the Open University, has announced partnerships with five key education institutions in the US.  American University, Colorado State University, Penn State University, Purdue University and UVA Darden School of Business have all selected to work with FutureLearn and will run courses throughout 2017.

Ready, Steady, Sow & Grow

innocent drinks to reach ¼ UK primary schools with food education campaign

Innocent drinks and not-for-profit organisation Grow It Yourself have teamed up with parenting blogger and chef, Emily Leary for this year’s Sow & Grow campaign. Setting out to get ¼ of all UK primary school kids out in the fresh air, the campaign encourages kids to stick their hands in some dirt, and have some fun growing their own veg.  

Engineering apprenticeship puts Rhys on a roll at tissue manufacturer SCA

Engineering apprenticeship

A talented young apprentice has landed his dream job at one of the world’s leading hygiene product manufacturers after the firm developed a special training programme with a Tyneside college. 

Rhys Smith, who is 18 from West Denton, has embarked on a technical apprenticeship at SCA Hygiene after completing a pre-apprenticeship scheme at Gateshead College.

Military training provider launches ‘inspiring’ new campaign

Military training

New #BEINSPIRED video sheds light on life at the Military Preparation College

A Government-funded training provider that helps young people to build self-confidence, life skills and physical fitness through military principles has launched a new recruitment campaign with inspiration at its heart.

#BEINSPIRED is the focus of a new promotional campaign from the Military Preparation College (MPCT), which supports the personal and professional development of teenage learners.

David Gandy launches school reading campaign

David Gandy with pupil

Supermodel and entrepreneur David Gandy is launching one of the country’s biggest school reading competitions in a bid to help improve children’s literacy levels across the country.

Ten Million Minutes, run by education charity Achievement for All, aims to get children reading at every primary school in England during the challenge which takes place over one week; 9th – 15th March 2017.

David Gandy is encouraging schools to take part in the competition, which challenges their pupils to read for as many minutes as they can in one week. The school which reads for the highest number of minutes by the end of the week has the chance to win a brand new library or reading area for their school worth £10,000 courtesy of Peters.

UK schools trial body cameras in the classroom

Two schools are trialling a new tactic to keep bad behaviour to a minimum in the classroom. 

Teachers in two UK schools have taken to wearing small cameras, similar to those worn by police, to reduce “persistant, low level disturbances”.

The cameras are operated according to government-approved guidelines and are only turned on when an incident occurs. 

Students are warned when the cameras are being turned on and all cameras are forward-facing so all students are aware of what is being filmed. 

It is hoped that the approach will help teachers crack down on disruptive behaviour in the classroom and help secure the safety of themselves and other students.