New report warns of damaging accountability system for schools

New report warns of damaging accountability system for schools

A former Number 10 adviser and education chief at the RSA has warned that English schools are being damaged by common practices that are of little value to students.

The Ideal School Exhibition is an essay penned by Julian Astle, which reveals that schools are dicing with students' futures by scrambling to achieve the best league table results. 

This essay is a result of Astle's search for inspiring "mission-led" schools that are bucking a growing trend of schools hollowing out their teaching in a bid to meet the constantly shifting demands of the government's accountability system. 

These issues include: 

Five GDPR Myths Debunked

Living in an increasingly digital world has brought about undeniable changes to our lives. 

 

One of the consequences of this is the amount of data we all share, including many of our personal details. Medical professionals, retailers, insurers and numerous other service providers all hold personal data, some of which is highly sensitive.

 

However, the way our data is used isn’t always clear and nor can we be sure it is being kept secure. The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) the EU is introducing next May aims to tackle this by creating new rules to keep data safe. It will also give people greater control over how their personal data is used.

 

BNF celebrates the school and college students that are driving the future of food and nutrition science

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Today in London, the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) recognised the outstanding achievements of the top food and nutrition students and teachers from UK schools and colleges, during its annual Education Awards. 

 

The BNF established the Education Awards scheme in 1990 to promote interest in, and raise awareness of, good practice in food and nutrition. This year prizes were awarded to the students who received the highest grades in food and nutrition subjects by their respective examination boards – AQA, CCEA, Edexcel, OCR, SQA, WJEC. The BNF also recognised and rewarded the hard work and dedication of each winning student's teacher.

 

National training provider achieves a hat-trick of successes

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A provider of 1,500 childcare, management and catering apprentices has been recognised for its commitment to training and skills development with a Princess Royal Training Award.

Busy Bees Training was one of only 40 recipients, including Barclays and Waitrose, to be presented with the award by HRH The Princess Royal at a ceremony which took place at St James’s Palace on 2 November 2017.

The award completes a hat-trick of 2017 successes for Busy Bees Training: in February the organisation achieved an ‘outstanding’ rating from Ofsted and recently beat off almost 800 entrants to become a finalist at the North West National Apprenticeship Awards 2017. 

Is this the death of outdoor play?

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If you look back and reflect on your childhood now you’re an adult, you will most likely smile at memories of riding your bike, playing hopscotch and playing outdoors with your friends – traditionally, outdoor play is a staple part and often a highlight of every child’s upbringing — but is it in decline?

A report by The Guardian would suggest so. In today’s society, three-quarters of children in the UK receive less than 60 minutes of outdoor play each day. That’s less than prisoners, as UN guidelines are in place to ensure they get a minimum of one hour’s open air activity per day. Alarmingly, one fifth of children do not play outside at all.

Nip playground conflict in the bud this Anti-Bullying Week 2017

Nip playground conflict in the bud this Anti-Bullying Week 2017

A mum of two has written a toolkit which assists primary school teachers in empowering their pupils to overcome bullying in the playground this Anti-bullying Week.

With this year’s Anti-Bullying Week taking place this week(13-17 November), Laura Gilchrist – author of ‘Playground Buddies’ – is keen to raise awareness of how her toolkit could make a profound difference in many children’s lives.

An independent mediator, facilitator and trainer with more than 15 years’ experience of working within the education sector – focusing on setting up projects that brought about whole school change in thinking and culture – Laura has created a resource where children are taught to form good relationships with their peers through clear and friendly communication.

National training provider achieves a hat-trick of successes

National training provider achieves a hat-trick of successes

A provider of 1,500 childcare, management and catering apprentices has been recognised for its commitment to training and skills development with a Princess Royal Training Award.

Busy Bees Training was one of only 40 recipients, including Barclays and Waitrose, to be presented with the award by HRH The Princess Royal at a ceremony which took place at St James’s Palace on 2 November 2017.

National training provider achieves a hat-trick of successes

National training provider achieves a hat-trick of successes

A provider of 1,500 childcare, management and catering apprentices has been recognised for its commitment to training and skills development with a Princess Royal Training Award.

Busy Bees Training was one of only 40 recipients, including Barclays and Waitrose, to be presented with the award by HRH The Princess Royal at a ceremony which took place at St James’s Palace on 2 November 2017.

The role of virtual classrooms in providing adjustments for students struggling with their mental health

Mental health problems, such as anxiety, can inhibit someone’s ability to get to school and be physically present during lessons. Here, Sam Warnes, a former teacher and founder of EDLounge, a unique platform that gives students who struggle with mainstream education the opportunity to access learning, explains how virtual classrooms can offer a solution for accommodating pupils with mental health issues.

 

In order to help students effectively, we firstly need to educate ourselves on the elements of traditional and mainstream education that could be the most triggering for students struggling with their mental health. This helps us to address any problems they may have before they become completely disengaged so we can help them achieve their full potential.

Teacher Flies To Switzerland For Classroom Inspiration

An East London teacher will be flying to Switzerland in the New Year, after winning a science and nutrition competition for primary schools.

Sally Peckover, from Redlands Primary School in Stepney Green, was the winner of Food for Thought, a UK-wide competition organised by Discovery Education and Alimentarium Foundation as part of a drive to boost children’s learning about food.

The Reception class teacher will make the journey to Lake Geneva in January, where she will meet experts at the Alimentarium Museum, an international public learning centre for food and nutrition. Sally will gather ideas to take back to the classroom and spend time in Geneva as part of her prize.

A Sterling job for UK’s largest primary school

Marshall-Tufflex’s Sterling Profile 1 dado system has been used extensively in the expansion of Gascoigne Primary School, Barking, Essex, the largest primary school in the UK.

Victorian era Gascoigne Primary has expanded considerably over the years. The most recent development is an £11m project providing a new three-storey facility to accommodate 1,500 pupils complete with a rooftop playground looking out over the Thames Barrier and Barking Abbey.

One in four education establishments unprepared for cyber-attack

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Advanced report shows education sector is not taking security seriously enough and doesn’t know if it is subject to GDPR

 

Over one in four (27%) education establishments in the UK are unprepared for a cyber-attack, and almost half (47%) don’t know if the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will affect them. That is according to the Advanced Trends Report 2017, the second national survey to be commissioned by British software and services company Advanced polling over 1,000 UK organisations*.

 

5 ways work boards can improve and enhance student engagement

With more and more young people spending more and more time on tablets and smart phones, engagement and attentiveness in the classroom is an especially pressing issue for teachers making lesson plans. 

With their focus on collaboration, team working and communal learning, it’s worth considering the benefits of a work board in the classroom. Making a work board the centre of your learning environment can potentially lead to a more open and engaged classroom. 

1. Increasing student self-belief 

Dorset manufacturing company takes home two awards at regional EEF Future Manufacturing Awards

dorset company scoops two business awards at the eef future manufacturing awards

Dorset-based manufacturing company, Superior, has its own company-run Academy which offers apprenticeships to students from as young as 16, through to graduates. Apprentices are given the chance to learn about engineering, science and manufacturing. There are currently 20 apprentices going through the Academy, with students working in various roles that include design, manufacturing, maintenance, quality, process engineering, precision engineering and working in the laboratory. 

Evolution of e-learning

Jeremy C Bradley, Executive Director at InterActive, shares his insight on the evolution of e-learning.

 

The objectives facing higher and further education providers are transforming. One largely unanticipated aspect of blending modern technology with education delivery methods has been the introduction of and increases in tuition fees, which has caused a shift in power when it comes to higher education stakeholders. Since £1,000 per year tuitions fees were introduced in the UK in 1998, fees have skyrocketed, with many universities now setting fees at £9,250 per year.