The Bank of Mum and Dad - Should They Help Pay Off a Student Loan?


In this post, Riverfall Financial look at the finances behind paying off a student loan, and discuss whether parents should help pay off a student loan. 

Graduates starting work now on average earnings will never have the opportunity of a final salary pension scheme (unless they work in the public sector), will have to save for many years for their first property deposit whilst at the same time paying an additional tax of 9% of everything they earn in excess of £21,000 in a 30-year project to repay their student financing.

Research report calls for greater collaboration between home and school to maximise the development of critical thinking in children

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New study finds discussing global and political events with children can benefit their critical thinking skills and resilience

A new research report, launched today by child development expert Dr Jacqueline Harding, has found that encouraging child curiosity in real world events can support the development of critical thinking skills, improve resilience and enhance cognitive growth.


Solution to prevent theft of your valuable I.T. equipment

 I.T. equipment

I.T. Security comes in two forms. We are all aware of the cyber-attack that took down parts of the NHS and other organisations in the UK and we can buy software solutions to protect ourselves. That is one form of security. 

The second form of security is physical products designed to protect your valuable I.T. equipment from being stolen. This aspect of security is boring and does not attract the same level of media coverage, due to equipment theft being generally localised. However, for schools and colleges who invest their ever increasingly pressured finances into provision of I.T. equipment to deliver high quality learning to their students, losing it to theft can be both heart-breaking and hugely disruptive.

Calling all budding historians in Years 8 and 9

historians in Years 8 and 9

The UCL Institute of Education and school tour operator, Equity, who collectively run the First World War Centenary Battlefield Tours Programme, are inviting all state secondary schools in Kent, Central England and the Midlands, South-East London, East London and Essex, North London, Eastern England and North-West England, to participate in a First World War History Regional Competition, as part of the commemoration of the Battle of Passchendaele centenary. 


Every school in the listed regions are eligible to enter one team of four students from Years 8 and/or 9 led by their teacher, regardless of their schools’ previous participation on a free government funded battlefields tour. 

The Education System and Its Role in Supporting Children Post-divorce

parent and child

A divorce is a traumatic and highly emotional experience for the two parties involved. There is much to think about for the couple going through divorce proceedings. 

But when it comes to children who are also on the journey through divorce with their parents, it is imperative that they have a solid and dependable support network to help at this difficult time, and this includes a strong network at their school. 

With this in mind, we look at the role of the educational system in supporting children during divorce proceedings. 

Informing the Right People

Do our schools pass the cleanliness test?

schools cleanliness test

To anyone working in a school, whatever your job might entail, look around and take note of the cleanliness of the facility. Is the school a gleaming bastion of educational excellence, or is it tainted by mould, vermin and dust? Is it a school that will make parents want to send their children there?

The cleanliness of our schools is frequently called into question by parents, with many preferring to prepare packed lunches for their children so that they won’t eat at the school’s cafeteria. This isn’t strictly about ensuring proper nutrition, either; sometimes they just don’t trust the cleanliness of the cafeteria.

Prestige & Homeseeker launches an Apprentice Academy

Prestige & Homeseeker

Recruitment for 15 apprentices across Rushden and Kettering.

Prestige and Homeseeker Park and Leisure Homes based in Rushden Northants have an exciting opportunity for the next generation of talent.  The launch of the apprenticeship academy is an exciting opportunity for talented individuals to learn all aspects of the production line and will achieve a high standard of craftmanship. Learning all 4 elements of the trade (carpentry, decorating, plumbing and electrics) while obtaining qualifications.  An innovative new scheme from Prestige & Homeseeker which will recruit 15 apprentices across two manufacturing sites Rushden & Kettering. 

Success at school recognised for contributions to education & tech

Mitesh Bhimjiyani success at school

Success at School has been recognised for its significant contributions to education and technology, with three award nominations announced this month.

Success at School, which provides fair, no-nonsense careers advice for young people and connects them to employers and universities, was a finalist in the 2017 #BritishIndianAwards.

Based on a public vote, the awards highlight and commend the determination and entrepreneurial spirit of British Indian businesses and professionals in the UK.

Now in its fifth year, the black tie event was held last night in Leicester. Success at School was nominated in the Best SME category.

Stratford event explored how technology and creativity can boost literacy

Stratford’s Discover Centre

Teachers from schools across the UK gathered at Stratford’s Discover Centre this week to explore new ways of using technology to boost literacy and maintain creativity in the classroom. 

Hosted by Discovery Education, the fast-paced event saw 80 educators come together at East London’s award-winning storytelling museum for a ‘Day of Discovery’, where they shared the latest ideas and tech tools for inspiring a love of stories, language and reading.

New Teaching Resource Highlights 99.95% Decrease In Travel Time For Explorers

a race of discovery

Leading travel company Travelbag journeyed back in time to reveal how long famous expeditions would take today. The results uncovered an astonishing 99.95% decrease in travel time since 1271. Travel time is predicted to decrease by 53.14% from 2017 to 2117.

The interactive ‘A Race of Discovery’ tool allows you to discover how the likes of Christopher Columbus and Amelia Earhart made their way across land and sea, and how their famous voyages translate into the transportation of today.

New digital partnership to boost science and nutrition teaching in primary schools

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Alimentarium Foundation & Discovery Education Launch Exciting New ‘Food and the Body’ Digital Classroom Resources

Thousands of primary school pupils are set to benefit from a new partnership between Switzerland’s Alimentarium Museum and Discovery Education Espresso, which will deliver exciting digital resources to classrooms and transform the teaching of science and nutrition in UK schools.


The 3-year initiative will see Alimentarium, the world’s first ever food museum, collaborate with Discovery Education Espresso to create fresh and engaging multi-media content which will unlock food science secrets and switch pupils on to nutrition. 


Opening doors in education: the inclusive approach of e-learning

As an e-learning organisation, InterActive has a mission to connect students with high-quality online academic and professional education materials and programmes. 


Our programmes are structured with a modern, international perspective in mind. And, as all quality educational institutions should, we aim to meet the evolving needs of each and every student.


We truly believe any organisation must consider and effectively respond to students with disabilities. It is no secret that traditional, face-to-face classroom settings and teaching methods can present difficulties for these students. 


Security in education

Following the acts of numerous schools throughout the US, it seems that teachers at two schools in the UK are to trial wearing body cameras in the classroom, a report by the Times Education Supplement (TES) has found.

The idea, pioneered by two UK police forces, has caught the attention of two unnamed schools  who have already begun looking at early ideas into how they would implement the technology.

The teachers are set to wear the cameras on their clothes to capture incidents during school hours. Although the device needs to be activated to record, the technology intends to be filming at all times. 

6 eLearning Strategies for Developing Deeper Learning


Throughout their education, children will process a large volume of information. Too often, priority is placed on just listening and absorbing, rather than thinking critically. Effective eLearning strategies can change this practice by promoting the development of deeper learning.

Deeper learning allows children to approach problem-solving and decision-making tasks with independent thought processes. It increases their ability to spot flaws in existing concepts and discover ways to adapt and improve them. It empowers teachers to equip students with tools for adulthood.