14+ Appenticeship Academy students raise over £1,000 for charity

A couple of aspirational students from Leeds City College’s 14+ Apprenticeship Academy organised a successful charity event last week, raising over £1,000 for Nephrotic Syndrome Trust (NeST).

Bethany Denison, who suffers from Nephrotic Syndrome (NS), and Elliot Carroll led on creating and organising the event that took place at Park Lane Campus, as part of a Year 11 Citizenship project.

Visionary educator develops pastoral care evidence and improvement tool

Bag your school a complimentary 14-day trial of Pastoral Auditor during February!


The brain child of a visionary deputy headteacher from Telford, Pastoral Auditor is the industry’s first secure online pastoral effectiveness tool for secondary schools & academies.

Developed by safeguarding specialist SSS Learning, Pastoral Auditor enables educators to deliver detailed evidence of different year and gender groups’ knowledge and understanding in PSHE, Citizenship, Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development and Personal Development and Welfare to improve strategy planning. 

Gate Safety Week 2017:

school gates

In 2012, DHF (Door and Hardware Federation) created ‘Gate Safety Week’, a campaign aimed at creating awareness about the installation and maintenance of automated gates.  Its objectives?  To educate both the public and industry professionals on the dangers of poor installation and maintenance, as well as how to spot an unsafe gate and how to report it.

The campaign has grown progressively over the years and we are delighted that organisations such as NSI, HSE, The British Safety Council and Gate Safe, have backed our on-going drive for best practice and higher standards across the industry.  

What could state primary schools learn from/implement from the Steiner approach?

Steiner schools ( are always co-educational, fully comprehensive and take pupils from 3 to ideally 18. They welcome children of all abilities from all faiths and backgrounds.

The priority of the Steiner ethos is to provide an unhurried and creative learning environment where children can find the joy in learning and experience the richness of childhood rather than early specialisation or academic hot-housing. 

They stand out from state primary schools in a variety of ways – the following five points are perhaps the key differentials:

1. An unhurried approach to learning

Is the future homework free? Expert Jo Otto shares the facts

Children at school

There’s a long-running debate on the benefits of homework. Last week former England footballer, Gary Lineker, (father of four himself) had called for homework to be banned as ‘all it does is drive a massive wedge between parents and children’, claiming that parents are the ones that end up doing the work. 

So does homework still have a place? Former teacher of 15 years and mother of two, Jo Otto,gives her verdict. 

Bridging the gender gap: The case for single-sex education

Year 8 Boys

The educational gender gap has long been a recurring headline and 2016’s GCSE results once again highlighted the difference between the sexes.

Girls outperformed boys by nearly 9% last year - the widest gap since 2002. The contrast in achievement is not a recent trait, however, with research showing that as far back as the 1950s – in the era of the O-level – girls achieved better grades.*

And the gap has been revealed as a worldwide concern, with a recent paper revealing girls do better than boys in the classroom in 70% of countries. The research also showed the gap prevailed even in those countries where gender inequality towards women is prevalent.**

National Education Technology Conference


• The National Education Technology conference is to be held by Naace in Leicester on 28 – 29 March 2017

• Speakers include Lee Parkinson (@ICT_MrP), Dughall McCormick, Patrick Hayes, Steve Moss, Jon Tait and many more

• The conference will examine the role of education technology alongside the main issues of education including leadership, teaching and learning, and innovation

Teaching Excellence Framework: Improving Lecture Delivery

Sukhi Hayer

In this post Sukhi Hayer, Head of Communications and Training at Broadcast Media Services, looks at the importance of the Teaching Excellence Framework and how to evaluate and challenge the mind-set of academics when performing and delivering lectures, to help improve performance.

In 2015, the government introduced the Teaching Excellence Framework to try and drive up the quality of teaching in higher education institutions.

Pupils take centre stage at London technology fair

Pupils at Bett

Two pupils from a London primary school took centre stage at the world’s biggest technology fair last week.

The children, from Beatrix Potter Primary School in Wandsworth, were invited by Discovery Education to talk about virtual reality technology, and how they use it to travel the world from their classroom.

Speaking at London’s Bett Show on Thursday, the Year 4 pupils addressed an audience of teachers from across the UK. The youngsters took part in a session on ‘the classroom of the future’, and showed how virtual reality brings their lessons to life.

New schemes announced across the UK to boost learning through football


Worlds are colliding after sporting legends team up with young people to boost education.

Arsenal Football Club played host to education secretary Justine Greening yesterday to celebrate the launch of a joint reading initiative between Arsenal in the Community and the University College London’s Institute of Education (IOE.)

Launch of Education Hub to help streamline the teacher application process

Education Hub

A specialist recruiter has launched a Teacher Application Hub to make the process of applying for a new teaching role easier.

Randstad Education decided to create the guide after a survey of 875 teachers revealed two thirds had been put off applying for a job because of the long and complex recruitment process. 34% said they would only apply one role and just 10% said they would apply for two roles.

The research also revealed 90% would welcome a standard application process which would be used in schools across the country.

MIT’s Curious Learning takes literacy learning global

Younger children learning

Global literacy project Curious Learning is on a mission to bring 100 million children to fluent literacy by 2025 by utilising mobile technology for learning. 

Created by leading researchers from MIT Media Lab (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Tufts University and Georgia State University, Curious Learning is transforming mobile devices into a literacy solution, so every child can learn to read – with or without a teacher. 

Through the distribution of tablet computers loaded with a software package of literacy apps, Curious Learning is reaching economically disadvantaged communities around the world to improve the early reading skills of young children. 

FutureLearn thrilled to be announced Bett 2017 Award winner


On January 25th 2017, Bett announced FutureLearn as their winner of the ‘Free Digital Content/Open Educational Resources’ category. 

Every year, the world’s leading showcase of education technology, Bett, celebrates the creativity and innovation present in the technology of today’s classrooms. Winners are selected based on the ICT support they provide in nurseries, schools, colleges and special schools and the success that their technology brings to these various classroom settings. 

New MESMA quickbook reveals training providers’ OFSTED findings


A NEW booklet covering the latest Ofsted reports on independent training providers is available as a free download from online quality assurance specialist MESMA.

The handy reference guide ‘Ofsted Inspection Key Findings Quickbook’ provides key information from details published by the education standards’ watchdog about dozens of providers across the country. It includes overall grade summary tables, a summary of key findings and advice about ways to improve for failing or struggling providers.

Content has been sourced from the public reports published on the Ofsted website at and covers the 34 organisations inspected by Ofsted between February to April 2016.