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Practical Solutions to Help Schools Get Ready for the Future of Recycling…

Wrap’s new guidelines to help standardise household recycling in the UK, presents a real opportunity for schools to introduce effective programmes that are ready to support the future of recycling.

Glasdon, a market leading manufacturer of environmental products, explores the opportunities and some of the practical solutions which can help schools improve recycling rates right now.

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Screentime for the under 10s - ‘digital resilience’ is not such a challenge says TimeTokens founder but advice is needed

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As the classroom becomes more dependent on technology and pupils replace school books with devices, the boundaries between school work and leisure time are becoming increasingly blurred when it comes to screentime. 

Amanda Bucknall, founder of TimeTokens says, “With no official government guidelines in place, parents need as much guidance as children do to navigate this new landscape.”

Studytracks partners with prestigious music and business figures to take app to the next level

      • Studytracks has announced that Cathy Guetta, Fay Arjomandi and Raphael Aflalo have joined the edtech startup’s advisory board with the aim of continuing its rapid development, including plans to partner with renowned music artists. 

• Cathy Guetta and Raphael Aflalo are the co-founders of My Love Affair, an international agency dedicated to bringing together brands and artists. Fay Arjomandi is the former CEO of Vodafone Xone.

• The app has also recently been updated and now features over 500 songs for both GCSE and AS-level subjects, as well as US SAT.

 

The Best in Automated Gate Design and Installation

The Best in Automated Gate Design and Installation

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Internet Safety

Internet Safety

‘70% of children aged five to 15 have access to a tablet, while 40% of five to 15s and 80% of 12 to 15s have a mobile phone.
Which means that each child – however diligent their parents have been about filtering and monitoring at home – is only as
safe as their least-protected friend’

 
A new report into digital resilience from family internet safety experts Parent Zone asks ‘Is it time to rethink online parental controls?’

 

Ordinary Magic for the Digital Age: Understanding Digital Online Resilience
by Rachel Rosen

Institute for Apprenticeships reveals operational plan

Details on how millions of top-quality apprenticeships will be delivered over the next three years have been revealed today as the Institute for Apprenticeships sets out its operationas300_k1e8325edit.jpgl plan. 

The government announcement to create three million apprenticeships by 2020 has been supported by the creation of the Institute, which will begin work in April this year to make that bid a reality. 

This plan also announces the names of the eight board members appointed to run the institute, who will largely be made up of employers, business leaders and their representatives. 

Schools across the nation take part in special wildlife challenge

Schools across the nation have been taking part in a special activity to find out a little more about the wildlife on their doorstep. gratnells-bird-feeder-trays.gif

The RSPB's (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) Big Schools' Birdwatch is rolling out in schools up and down the country, encouraging children to become part of the world's biggest wildlife survey.

Running until 17 February, the initiative aims to bring children closer to nature by involving them an hour-long activity that is suitable for students of all ages and abilities. 

Education Providers Must Strengthen Digital Offering To Accommodate Students Demanding 24/7 Access To Learning

Education Providers Must Strengthen Digital Offering To Accommodate Students Demanding 24/7 Access To Learning

Education and training providers must embrace technology-enhanced learning solutions or risk losing out to more innovative providers, awarding organisation YMCA Awards has warned today.
 
A newly released report from the international awarding organisation reveals that increasing numbers of students now expect access to on-demand learning, enabling them to learn at a time and place suited to them.
 

University course launches new medical course to improve diversity

leicester-logo.gifA new university course has been announced to make a career in medicine more accessible. 

The University of Leicester has teamed up with a local charitable trust to launch the programme after discovering figures in a recent report. 

The Class Pay Gap report found that almost three-quarters of doctors come from privileged backgrounds while less than six per cent come from working-class backgrounds. 

Academies stuck in financial rut - report reveals

joe-scaife-11.gifSeven out of ten academies are operating with accounting losses, as budgets are being squeezed and schools seek to find cost savings, according to an independent survey of academies.

In its 2017 release, the sixth Kreston Academies Benchmark report, one of the leading reports on the health of the sector, raises concerns about the future viability of a number of academy schools, as the government seeks to encourage even more schools to become academies.

Winners of Bett Awards 2017 are announced

bett-awards-2017-all-winners.gifLeaders of innovation within the education sector battled it out to be crowned the winners at a prestigious awards ceremony last night. 

The winners of this year’s Bett Awards were announced last night in a glittering awards dinner held at The Tobacco Dock in London. 

The annual awards encourage and recognise outstanding education sector resources, learning solutions and companies.

Soundtrap’s Offering in Google for Education’s “Creative Apps for Chromebooks” Expands to UK and Nordics

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Soundtrap, the online collaborative music and podcast recording studio, is expanding its participation in Google for Education's “Creative Apps for Chromebooks” program to include the UK and Nordics.  Soundtrap, from Sweden, which launched to the public in early 2015, rolled out an education version of its audio recording platform one year later, with a predominant focus on the US, Europe and Australia. Since then, more than 200 new schools each week embrace Soundtrap as a preferred educational tool in their classrooms. Moreover, Soundtrap has now more than one million users worldwide. 

My EPIC era 2017

EPIC era

A History-based competition for UK schools and pupils, brought to you by 60 second histories. Entries will be judged by educationalists:

Alison Peacock – @AlisonMPeacock
Executive Head of the Wroxham Teaching School & Educational Research Centre. Coauthor of Learning without Limits and from January 2017, CEO of the Chartered College of Teaching.

Kevin Hicks – @HistorySquad
Creator of the History Squad and author of 60 second histories, Kevin delivers history in a fun, fascinating and relevant way.

Matthew Howorth – @HoworthM
Author of Teaching Primary History and Head of History at Twickenham Prep Matthew still finds time to edit the SATIPS broadsheet. 

New Ed-Tech Tool Launched To Help Schools Seek Support

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The planned shake-up of school funding means many head teachers may need to rely more and more on their own fundraising activities. 

Teachers unions claim the new National Funding Formula sets the basic level of funding too low and it has been calculated that 98% of schools will face a funding cut for every pupil. Interim General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, Malcolm Trode, sums up the potential problem as “the government is trying to slice up a cake which is too small”.

The changes have prompted Grofar, the popular careers guidance management solution, to develop a specially designed platform to help schools reach out to their local communities and bolster their fundraising efforts and access valuable services.