Education

New super-union celebrates "historic moment"

Teachers across the UK have a powerful new voice after two of the nation's largest unions joined forces to create one "super-union".

The new National Education Union will become the biggest union of teachers and education professionals in the whole of Europe, as well as the fourth largest trade union in the UK, with almost half a million members. 

This new super-union, which was announced today, comprises the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) and the National Union of Teachers, and will come into existence on 1 September 2017. 

Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, paid tribute to this "historic" moment and hopes the it will provide the sector with a much more powerful voice. 

Leading actress supports scheme to raise aspirations among UK school pupils

Julie Walters is support Future First's campaign to raise aspirations in state schools

A leading actress has backed a campaign to inspire young people to achieve more by building alumni networks in every state school in the UK. 

BAFTA award-winning actress Julie Walters is supporting a campaign by national education charity Future First to help raise aspirations among young people by building connections with former students. 

This week celebrates Back to School Week, an event that has seen schools across Birmingham welcome back former pupils to work closely with existing students.

New apprenticeship register announced to help young people "climb the ladder of opportunity"

Government announces new apprenticeship

Some of the nation's leading training providers have been highlighted in a new register published by the Department for Education and the Skills Funding Agency. 

This register was created to enable people to find out more about different apprenticeships schemes and ensure they are receiving training with a top-quality provider. 

It also means that the trainers who are providing the courses tailor teaching to the needs of the apprentices and the requirements of the business they work in. 

School governing bodies on the hunt for expert legal knowledge

SGOSS Governors for Schools recruiting for volunteers with legal expertise

A new study has revealed that one third of school governing bodies are on the look out for expert legal knowledge. 

The survey carried out by SGOSS Governors for Schools, a national charity that links up schools with skilled volunteers from professional sectors, found that one in three schools who register with the body are seeking a governors with legal skills.

SGOSS Governors for Schools appoints new chief executive

An educational charity has welcomed on board a new chief executive who is set to oversee a period of growth and development. 

Louise Cooper takes up the position of chief executive of SGOSS Governors for Schools, which supplies a free governor search and selection service for schools looking to recruit candidates with commercial experience to boost the skill sets of the existing Board of Governors. 

In her new role, Louise will be required to lead the business through its next stage of growth, and to more than double the number of placements it makes each year, expanding its footprint into cold spot areas and increasing the impact it makes on the education system. 

UK firms increasingly embrace apprenticeships as part of recruitment policy

As National Apprenticeship Week draws to a close, new figures have been released highlighting just how popular the scheme has become in recent years. 

New research from AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) has found that almost half (48%) of UK businesses have taken on an apprentice in the last five years.

The study shows that apprenticeships can act as a catalyst for young people looking for a quick route into employment, and the majority of businesses believe apprenticeships are on the up. 

More than three quarters (77%) of British businesses think that young people will consider other routes into employment than university, including apprenticeships, over the next five years. 

Chancellor claims £320m fund will allow children of all backgrounds reach their full potential

The Spring Budget was delivered in the House of Commons today

Today’s Budget has come under attack as the Chancellor faces claims that a £320m fund for free schools would be better spent elsewhere. 

Philip Hammond delivered his first Spring Budget this afternoon which highlighted plans to put aside £320m to fund 110 new free schools, in addition to the 500 already pledged to be created by 2020. 

The government believes its White Paper will create a more level playing field and provide equal opportunities for children of all backgrounds.

Unions slam free schools plan as an "irresponsible use of public money" ahead of tomorrow's Budget

Tomorrow's Budget will confirm £320m of funding for free schools

Teaching unions have spoken out in frustration regarding plans to invest £320m in free schools, while existing schools are forced to save £3bn by 2020.

Chancellor Philip Hammond is set to announce the multi-million pound fund in tomorrow's Budget, which will be used to create up to 140 new free schools, including grammar schools.

These will be in addition to the 500 already pledged to come into fruition by 2020 and aim to give power back into the hands of parents and local communities. 

Mr Hammond said: "These announcements take the next steps in giving parents greater choice in finding a good school for their child, whatever their background.”

Sex education to be made compulsory in all English schools

Sex education to be made compulsory in all English secondary schools

A new government announcement has outlined that all English secondary schools will have to teach sex and relationships education. 

Education secretary Justine Greening made the announcement yesterday to make amendments to the Children and Social Work Bill to make lessons compulsory in all English secondary schools. 

The amendments also enable the government to make regulations requiring PSHE (personal, social, health and economic education) to be taught in all primary, secondary, maintained and academy schools in England. 

PSHE and relationships education aim to equip students with valuable knowledge and life schools to stay safe and develop healthy and supportive relationships, especially as they grow up in a new digital age. 

Schools get set for splendiferous celebrations for 20th World Book Day

World Book Day celebrates 20 years of fun

Schools across the nation will be filled with excited children dressed in their best fancy dress in the ultimate homage to some of the world's greatest literary creations.

With playgrounds brimming with Willy Wonkas and Cheshire Cats, and more wizards and witches than you could wave a wand at, schools across England, Wales and Scotland are all set to go above and beyond for this year's 20th anniversary celebrations. 

World Book Day has been a staple in the school calendar for two decades and has seen children all over the country step into the worlds of some of their favourite books. 

Over the years, the event has grown and grown with schools going above and beyond to celebrate some of our best-loved characters. 

Government announces £415m fund to support health and fitness in schools

Schools set to receive £415m to boost health and fitness

Schools across England are set to benefit from a multi-million pound scheme to help give more children a healthy and active start to life. 

A government announcement was made today regarding a new £415 million fund to improve on sports facilities and provide more opportunities for young people to get fit and healthy. 

The funding will be rolled out to both primary and secondary schools, in addition to sixth-form colleges, across England who can use the funding to pay for facilities to support PE, extra-curricular activities and health eating. 

Schools can also use the money to improve facilities for children with physical conditions or support young people struggling with mental health issues. 

Research reveals a rise in smartphone use to boost studies

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The education sector is seeing a shift towards the digital age after a recent report revealed that more than 80% of students are using their smartphone to boost their studies. 

A report from YMCA awards revealed that 82% of students valued a mix of both traditional offline resources and digital tools to get the most out of their schooling. 

The research examined the learning techniques of 250 students and found that 78% of students use websites, 70% use online quizzes and 62% use online videos, and 25% use online games to support their studies. 

These findings coincide with recent news that smartphones have overtaken desktop devices for web browsing. 

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. 

New schemes announced across the UK to boost learning through football

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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.)