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Schools Gather At National Digital Storytelling Day

Schools Gather At National Digital Storytelling Day

Teachers from schools across the UK gathered at Knebworth House in Hertfordshire last week to mark the start of National Share-a-Story Month.

Hosted by Discovery Education on 18th April, the Digital Storytelling Day showcased the very latest tools and ideas for using ed-tech in literacy, helping teachers to nurture a love of stories in every child.

Taking advantage of Knebworth’s famous dinosaur trail, teachers took part in a prehistoric QR coded treasure hunt, and learned how the bar-code technology can be used in literacy lessons.

 

More than a quarter of Brits left school without any career advice

More than a quarter of Brits left school without any careers advice

More than a quarter of British students left secondary school without any careers advice, a recent study reports. 

The YouGov survey of more than 2,000 adults, which was commissioned by Oxford Open Learning Trust, and career change advice tool The Profession Picker, looked into the advice Brits received at school and how they felt about choosing their future career.

According to the results, only three out of 10 adults knew the career they wanted pursue after leaving secondary school and more than one in 10 (12%) felt that they chose their career pathway too young. 

The study also shows that just under a quarter (24%) of workers currently in a career say that this is what they thought they would end up doing when they left secondary school. 

AMR Consult Lights Up Schools With FortisDay

AMR Consult Lights Up Schools With FortisDay

LED specialist FortisDay is the preferred supplier to AMR Consult, to ensure more schools can benefit from maximum energy savings and guarantee the most technologically advanced lighting for educational facilities.

 
UK-wide specialist services firm, AMR Consult works with clients offering a broad range of technical advice and project and programme management services.

 
With education being an important sector to help improve learning environments across the UK, AMR Consult sourced FortisDay, whose SmartiLumin range of recessed luminaires offers as close to natural daylight as possible, to ensure schools gain maximum benefit from upgrading to LED lighting.

Online Platform Set To Improve PE And Sports Delivery In Schools

Online Platform Set To Improve PE And Sports Delivery In Schools

A new online platform to help improve the delivery of PE and sport within primary schools has been launched.

Leeds based PE Partner developed SPIRALPE™ in partnership with senior teaching professionals and Physical Education specialists to provide schools with a practical and highly efficient way to engage, develop and measure progress in PE and school sport.

 

At the heart of the platform is a teaching framework and curriculum including 252 lesson plans, updated at the start of every academic year, which work together in a ‘spiral’ to build and develop the full range of physical literacy within an overarching spiral framework.   

Thousands of school pupils benefit from multi-million building project

Thousands of school pupils benefit from multi-million building project

A multi-million pound building project has been completed that will give more than 8,000 school pupils across Hertfordshire, Luton and Reading access to top-quality education facilities. 

The £135m project was undertaken by developer and investor Kajima, and partner Interserve Investments, and saw the completion of seven state-of-the-art schools, comprising Kings Langley School, Bishop's Hatfield Girls' School, Goffs School in Cheshunt, Longdean School in Hemel Hempstead, Reading Girls' School, Stopsley High School in Luton, and Westfield Academy in Watford. 

The rebuild was part of the government's £4.4bn Priority School Building Programme, which is rebuilding or refurbishing those school buildings in the very worst condition across the country. 

£2.4bn fund announced to help create additional school places

£2.4bn fund announced to help create additional school places

Schools across England are set to benefit from a £2.4bn investment to help create more than half a million additional school places. 

The funding was announced yesterday by education secretary Justine Greening, and aims to support the government's mission to create more the 600,000 extra school places by 2021. 

It comes as new government figures reveal that almost 735,000 additional places have been created since 2010, with 92% of new primary places and 89% of new secondary places created in school rates as good or outstanding by Ofsted in 2015 to 2016. 

Teacher shortage crisis is now "critical"

Teacher shortage crisis reaches "critical level"

A leading recruitment agency has warned that the teacher shortage crisis is "reaching a critical level".

Latest figures from UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) have revealed that acceptances to teacher training courses have plummeted by seven per cent this year. 

This year is the fifth consecutive year where government targets for teacher training have been missed, with only 26,000 people being accepted on to teacher training courses for 2016 and 2017. 

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. 

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.

UK schools trial body cameras in the classroom

Two schools are trialling a new tactic to keep bad behaviour to a minimum in the classroom. 

Teachers in two UK schools have taken to wearing small cameras, similar to those worn by police, to reduce “persistant, low level disturbances”.

The cameras are operated according to government-approved guidelines and are only turned on when an incident occurs. 

Students are warned when the cameras are being turned on and all cameras are forward-facing so all students are aware of what is being filmed. 

It is hoped that the approach will help teachers crack down on disruptive behaviour in the classroom and help secure the safety of themselves and other students. 

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. 

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.

New app developed to accelerate early-years literacy

Schools can find out more about an innovative app to accelerate early reading. 

Edtech startup Zaprendo is announcing the launch of its learn-to-read-app, Sounds English Phonetics, at this year’s technology-education show, Bett.

The app is designed to boost reading achievement and early-stage literacy by teaching pupils with a reading age of between six and nine years to utilise 92 commonly occurring grapho-phonemes (written sounds).

Children learn by watching a video that demonstrates how to say the written sounds through video, in either British or American English, with learning consolidated through the in-app formative assessment.