New platform support, features and awards


NetSupport releases new version of its IT Asset Management solution  


NetSupport is pleased to announce the latest update to its award-winning IT Asset Management solution, NetSupport DNA: version 4.5 – Corporate and Education Editions.

With features designed to save schools and enterprises time and money whilst increasing productivity, ensuring reliability and adding security to their IT systems, the new release includes a whole host of new tools and added support, making it the ultimate monitoring and IT management solution on the market – backed by multiple awards including ‘Best of Show’ at ISTE 2017.  

C-Live is the UK’s first virtual reality training which features a classroom environment with pupils


Connect are delighted to announce they are working in association with the Institute for Education at Bath Spa University who will be using C-Live, our innovative teacher-training aid as part of their teacher training programmes from September onwards. 

Bath Spa is a teaching-led university, committed to promoting excellence which is one of many reasons why the Institute for Education is one of the highest rated providers of education training in the country. 

New Primary Free School Will Deliver High-Quality Education For Bedford Children

Great Ouse Primary Academy, in Biddenham, Bedford, is part of the high-performing Sharnbrook Academy Federation (SAF), and will open with pupils in a pre-school, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. It will become a two-class per year school from September 2018 as even more children join the popular primary. Great Ouse will act as a feeder to two other strong SAF schools, Lincroft Academy and Sharnbrook Academy.

Although it is a new school, it already boasts a strong track record - Great Ouse Primary Academy's Principal is Paul Ives, formerly the headteacher at Margaret Beaufort Middle School, which recorded the best results in the area for 11-year-olds in reading, writing and maths over the last six years.

Principal Paul Ives said:

Kong Adventure Keswick

Looking for something that will challenge your pupils in new and exciting ways, whilst pushing them out of their comfort zone? Want to find a unique way to develop teamwork and soft skills? Look no further than Kong Adventure, Keswick! 

Based in the heart of the Lake District, we are a well-established centre specialising in all things adventurous, offering a vast range of activities, both indoors and out!  Each experience is tailor-made to your specifications, and every detail is carefully considered.


Boasting a large, state of the art onsite Climbing Wall, Ice Climbing Zone and our own café/play area, we are well equipped to deliver the experience your pupils deserve.  We even have an indoor caving system, for something truly unique!

Quality sports equipment for schools are a Leicestershire based company specialising in the supply and installation of quality sports equipment for schools, colleges and universities.


sportsequip are major distributors for the most popular ranges of sports equipment for schools including UK manufacturers Harrod UK Ltd and Edwards Sports Products Ltd. With a wealth of experienced personnel on board sportsequip offer unbiased, balanced advise to go alongside their extensive range of products and services.


With competitive pricing being ever more important for all schools continue to secure more and more school orders and contracts for football goals, hockey goals, rugby posts,  cricket cages & artificial wickets.


Calling all budding 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 South East London and Medway, Lincolnshire, Essex, Central England, Cheshire and Lancashire to participate in a First World War History Regional Competition, as part of the national commemorations of the conflict. 


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.


New Executive Director takes up post at NASBTT

The National Association of School-Based Teacher Trainers (NASBTT), which champions school-led teacher training and development, has appointed a new Executive Director following the retirement of Martin Thompson after over 17 years with the organisation.
Emma Hollis, who has been a Trustee at NASBTT for the past 18 months alongside her roles as Head of Educational Strategy at the Inspiring Futures Through Learning multi-academy trust and Head of the Milton Keynes Teaching School Alliance, formally took up her new position as Executive Director on 1st September.

Get Creative, Teaching Times Tables

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With the times tables tests coming to primary schools by 2019, this might be the opportune time to start thinking about how to get kids optimally engaged for what is an essential but daunting learning curve for under 11s.


The times table tests are being implemented because learning the times tables is a crucialstepping stone required for children to undertake long multiplication and long division. 


University Regrets - One in four graduates now regret having gone to university

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One in four graduates now regret having gone to university, according to research.

A survey found the most common reasons to rue time spent in further education are paying too much for their degree, wasting their time and making bad choices such as not choosing subject or institution more carefully. The study of 2,000 university graduates also revealed nearly half work in a job where they could have reached the same level through a trainee or apprenticeship scheme.

And although an overwhelming 93 per cent said they enjoyed their experience of freedom away from their parents, nearly half agree their current job is in no way related to their degree.

How teachers can use mobile apps to engage students

By Paul Swaddle, Co-founder and Chairman of Pocket App

As youngster’s up and down the country prepare for school this September, education technology continues to be an extremely hot topic and mobile apps are proving to be a perfect solution for teachers hoping to enhance their classroom experience. Mobile apps can not only help teachers, but also students and their parents. Here are five ways teachers can use apps to engage their students.


1. Improve in-classroom communication

Ryman test the nation

girl in school uniform, glasses with a cup board smiling

Well it's that time of year again, when you no longer need to find childminders etc because you have to send the kids reluctantly back to school. 


But why are they complaining? Surely school isn't half as difficult as going to work or completing a list of daily chores? You may have even thrown about the line "what I would do to be back at school". 


Well, Ryman sent the nation back to school and the results are in.


Promoting children’s physical development

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Promoting children’s physical development, wellbeing and attainment with Psychomotor Prevention 


Mental health and wellbeing is currently a popular topic in the news. The demand for wellbeing interventions in schools to prevent mental health problems is omnipresent. This is due to overwhelming number of pupils, displaying difficulties regulating emotions. According to the Department for Education: “One in ten children and young people aged 5 to 16 has a clinically diagnosed mental health disorder and around one in seven has less severe problems. (Mental health and behaviour in schools. Departmental Advice for school staff. March 2016).

YouGov Poll: just 8% of students are advised to seek apprenticeships

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Less than 1 in 12 students (8 per cent) aged 15 to 18 in school or college in 2016/2017 are being advised to seek a work-based apprenticeship afterwards, according to new YouGov survey findings commissioned by the ECA, JTL, and the Joint Industry Board.

In contrast, some 85 per cent of students are instead encouraged to go into further or higher education, such as university study, after finishing at school or college. Just 3 per cent were advised to seek a job.