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BBC announces return of popular literary competition for children

rsz_bbc_500_words.jpgChildren across the UK are being called to tap into their imagination and put pen to paper as a celebrated writing competition is launched once again. 

The BBC has announced the opening date for its popular storytelling competition 500 words. 

Over the past seven years almost half a million children have taken part in the competition which is judged by an expert panel of top authors including Malorie Blackman, Francesca Simon and Frank Cottrell Boyce, in addition to last year’s honorary judge, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall. 

BBC announces return of popular literary competition for children

rsz_bbc_500_words.jpgChildren across the UK are being called to tap into their imagination and put pen to paper as a celebrated writing competition is launched once again. 

The BBC has announced the opening date for its popular storytelling competition 500 words. 

Over the past seven years almost half a million children have taken part in the competition which is judged by an expert panel of top authors including Malorie Blackman, Francesca Simon and Frank Cottrell Boyce, in addition to last year’s honorary judge, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall. 

BBC announces return of popular literary competition for children

rsz_bbc_500_words.jpgChildren across the UK are being called to tap into their imagination and put pen to paper as a celebrated writing competition is launched once again. 

The BBC has announced the opening date for its popular storytelling competition 500 words. 

Over the past seven years almost half a million children have taken part in the competition which is judged by an expert panel of top authors including Malorie Blackman, Francesca Simon and Frank Cottrell Boyce, in addition to last year’s honorary judge, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall. 

The Marks are In: The Biggest Edtech Trends in 2016 and What’s in Store for 2017

A whopping 71% of primary schools and 76% of secondary schools in the UK utilise tablets in the classroom, according to a British Education Studies Association (BESA) survey. As technology and education continues to go hand-in-hand, it’s critical to look back at the biggest edtech trends of this past year to understand how they will evolve and create a lasting impact in 2017.

The demise of BYOD

Brexit impacts santa’s stockings!

boy with toys

Christmas stockings might be feeling a bit lighter this Christmas according to a survey of out today by Childcare.co.uk.

Nearly eight in ten parents (76%) want to embrace a new trend of buying only four presents for their child this Christmas.

The premise is to buy:  one gift a child wants, one they need, one they will wear and one they will read.

And despite the ongoing competition at the school gates, 7 in ten parents say they will not feel pressurised to ‘conform’ and splash out this year.  The average price for one large ticket item will be £50 (33%).

"Edu-Vacation" - the latest trend in modern parenting?

Road school book

NEW BOOK: Road School - The story of a family who pulled their kids out of school for a home education adventure, back-packing across the world

Generation X-ers will remember the fun they had inter-railing in Europe or backpacking around Asia, escaping the daily grind before knuckling down to study or work… and what better way to recreate that carefree time than by taking their kids on the same odyssey?!

Frustrated by a school regime of statutory testing, and keen for a mid-life adventure, Sue Cowley and her partner took their children out of school to educate them on the road. Road School is the story of their family's adventures around Europe and across China.

How higher education is embracing technology

Ipad in school

University fees are rising as competition for places at the leading institutions heats up. As a result, students are – more than ever before - looking to maximise on their higher education experiences meaning universities are having to continuously improve to meet their needs. With Generation Y anticipated to drive the economy forward as the digital creators of the future, students have identified the importance of having the relevant technology skills and access to the latest equipment to adopt new ways of learning.  

primary school teachers see a digital future for their pupils

– but they feel under-equipped to prepare them for it

GB primary school teachers feel strongly that tech literacy will underpin their pupils’ futures, according to a new study from BT and Ipsos MORI. 78% think it’s as important as reading and writing, and 92% say tech skills will be needed for all careers from now on. 97% believe it’s their role to prepare kids for a digital future – but only 25% strongly agree that they’re equipped to do so. That’s a major challenge for the next generation, as young people grow up into a world shaped by technology. 

Table-top games – ‘added value’ after school

children playing

They’re fun, they’re rumbustious, they’re a laugh a minute. Better still, as part of after-school activities, table-top games (board games and action games) can help consolidate what children have been learning at school. Never underestimate the value of table- top games.

Teachers have used board games in the classroom for many years. While the games themselves can never be a substitute for traditional teaching methods, they can help reinforce learning, especially when fun is not the sole aim of play.