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Sony Professional Solutions Europe to showcase its latest education solutions at BETT 2017

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The way students learn and educators teach is changing at an unprecedented pace, with 49% of educators believing the foreseeable future will bring significant changes to the way they teach*. The learning environment has moved beyond a dedicated physical space and is more interactive and social than ever before, with educators increasingly taking on a facilitator role. 

With this in mind, Sony will be showcasing solutions at Bett 2017 that enable educational institutions to create and present engaging content that inspires students to work collaboratively both on and off campus. 

Child internet safety summit

Child internet safety summit

On Tuesday, 29th November 2016, the annual Child Internet Safety Summit will discuss crucial issues facing parents all over the UK in a bid to improve the way in which we protect our children online. The NSPCC recently revealed that a whole generation is at risk of being ‘stripped of their childhoods’ with shocking statistics showing that 53% of 11-16 year olds have seen porn online. 

The Child Internet Safety Summit aims to arm front line practitioners with the knowledge they need to assist children and teens as they explore the digital world. The Summit has become an integral part of schools’ calendar and it’s a vital way of ultimately communicating to parents and carers ways in which to keep their children safe in this the digital world. 

Child internet safety summit

On Tuesday, 29th November 2016, the annual Child Internet Safety Summit will discuss crucial issues facing parents all over the UK in a bid to improve the way in which we protect our children online. The NSPCC recently revealed that a whole generation is at risk of being ‘stripped of their childhoods’ with shocking statistics showing that 53% of 11-16 year olds have seen porn online. 

The Child Internet Safety Summit aims to arm front line practitioners with the knowledge they need to assist children and teens as they explore the digital world. The Summit has become an integral part of schools’ calendar and it’s a vital way of ultimately communicating to parents and carers ways in which to keep their children safe in this the digital world. 

Primary school pupils explore law at the University of Bolton

Bolton primary school children

Pupils from Moorgate Primary School in Bolton recently took part in a brand new educational workshop with the National Centre for Citizenship and the Law (NCCL) at the Moot Courtroom at the University of Bolton. This two hour Law and University Life courtroom workshop helps school children to develop a deeper understanding of the law and raises awareness of higher education options.

The aim of the visit was for students to enhance their knowledge of the court system and to help pupils to understand ‘British Values’ such as law and democracy.

Rossall students raise the roof at the Grand Theatre

Rossall students

Students from Rossall School had friends, teachers and parents tapping  their feet when they took to the stage of Blackpool’s Grand Theatre for their House Singing competition.

The annual event, which has become one of the highlights of the school year, sees teams of students from each of the Rossall’s eight houses compete to be named the school’s best performers.

Under the watchful eye of judges: vocal coach, Miss Gillian Littlefair and piano teacher, Mr Alistair Mackenzie ,  the students sang their way through a variety of popular songs, complete with dance routines and a few theatrical flourishes!

Why children must play outside to encourage development

In a world where more than 65% of children aged between 9 and 11 own a smartphone, traditional outdoor pastimes are facing a dangerous rate of decline. Even those who don’t own a personal smartphone will most likely have access to a similar device, with over half of UK households having a tablet. For those involved in playground design, maintenance or construction, this trend is a problem. 

The figures above are daunting when you consider that an increase in smartphone and tablet usage is causing children to be less able to read emotions and be less empathetic than ever. How do we combat this?

Why children must play outside to encourage development

In a world where more than 65% of children aged between 9 and 11 own a smartphone, traditional outdoor pastimes are facing a dangerous rate of decline. Even those who don’t own a personal smartphone will most likely have access to a similar device, with over half of UK households having a tablet. For those involved in playground design, maintenance or construction, this trend is a problem. 

The figures above are daunting when you consider that an increase in smartphone and tablet usage is causing children to be less able to read emotions and be less empathetic than ever. How do we combat this?

Pupil wins national competition and Discovery channel tour

Pupils from a High Wycombe primary school

Pupils from a High Wycombe primary school stepped behind the camera at Discovery Channel on Friday, after their classmate scooped first prize in a national competition.

Lauren Croucher from Hughenden Primary School was the winner of the Make Your World Bigger competition – part of a Discovery Education and Discovery Channel initiative to keep children learning during the summer holidays. 

Pupils at Edge Grove School return home from 2016 netball tour in the Caribbean

Pupils at Edge Grove School

Independent prep school Edge Grove, has welcomed home a group of its Years 5-8 girls who have recently travelled across the Atlantic Ocean to the beautiful Caribbean island of St Vincent to compete in the schools’ 2016 overseas netball tour.  Accompanied by three teachers and team coach Samantha Bird (an ex-England player and technical coach for England netball). This overseas sporting event marks the second time that the school has participated in a Netball Tour in St Vincent following a successful visit in 2014.  

Classroom Connections: Delivering Value to Digital Natives

Sam Blyth

The Facebook Generation, as the media calls it, demands access to the newest and and shiniest technology in the classroom. Students want to pick up their exam results at midnight and begin their morning's work on the bus, before the school day even starts. They want access to information quickly, and they want it to be easy to consume wherever they are. Put simply, these “digital natives” are always on—and they expect the same from their education experience.

St Mary’s students give advice to schools on going ‘green’ at Colchester Council’s Building Resilient Communities Event

St Mary’s students

Tips on making school more eco-friendly were offered by members of the student Eco Team from St Mary’s School, Colchester as part of Colchester Borough Council’s ‘Building Resilient Communities’ conference, held at the Mercury Theatre on 11 November.

Ambassador Eco-School St Mary’s partnered the Council to run the event, which attracted hundreds of delegates from the public and private sectors across the region and covered a variety of topics aimed at improving sustainability in the community.

The award winning Cubetto Playset now available

Cubetto Playset

Cubetto is a Montessori-approved coding toy, designed to help children aged three years and up to write their first programs using a friendly wooden robot, powered by a revolutionary coding language made of tangible blocks, instead of text on screens.

Cubetto represents a significant benchmark in the field of computer programming, as it significantly lowering the age barrier for learning to code by removing a screen based interaction.

The aim of the toy is to control Cubetto, a friendly wooden robot who likes to be told where to go and how to get there, by creating sequences of instructions (programs) using the colourful blocks placed on Cubetto’s “board” or “control panel”: cubet.to/hands-on-coding 

Beach schools south west & south west water team up for free winter safety & education sessions

Award-winning outdoor learning company Beach Schools South West have teamed up with South West Water to help promote clean water, conservation and seaside safety to youngsters in the region this winter.

The Exeter-based water company is adding its weight to a new pilot education project which will see children being taught both on the beach and in schools about taking care not only of themselves but also the life cycle of water and how to keep it clean.

It will be part of free winter-time school sessions from Beach Schools South West who are offering to go into schools to give children talks on how to stay safe on the beach.

Beach schools south west & south west water team up for free winter safety & education sessions

Award-winning outdoor learning company Beach Schools South West have teamed up with South West Water to help promote clean water, conservation and seaside safety to youngsters in the region this winter.

The Exeter-based water company is adding its weight to a new pilot education project which will see children being taught both on the beach and in schools about taking care not only of themselves but also the life cycle of water and how to keep it clean.

It will be part of free winter-time school sessions from Beach Schools South West who are offering to go into schools to give children talks on how to stay safe on the beach.

New reform for improved apprenticeship Levy control

apprenticeship levy laptop

A NEW easy-to-use online diagnostic and action planning resource enables colleges and other FE providers, universities and independent training providers to better prepare for implementation of the forthcoming Apprenticeship Levy, being introduced from April 2017. 

Reform has been developed in partnership by online improvement planning specialists MESMA and apprenticeship experts Strategic Development Network (SDN) and is available on a subscription basis, tailored to meet specific requirements.