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Generate Power at The Turn of a Handle with Kitronik’s 3D Printed Windup Torch

Torch

The latest project from Kitronik helps students shine a light on 3D printing and alternative energy.   

Kitronik, a leading provider of electronic kits and educational resources to schools, has launched its latest project, an environmentally friendly torch which requires only manual power to create light!

The 3D Printed Windup Torch Kit is a great way to learn about electronics and alternative power sources and also lends itself perfectly to enclosure design projects, with students being tasked with designing a case and handle. The resources section on the Kitronik website provides a set of design files to inspire teachers and to form the substance of a scheme of work.

Teen boys conference tackles bullying and raises aspirations to celebrate International Men’s Day

International Men’s Day

To celebrate International Men's Day, Rocking Ur Teens is teaming up with Thomson Reuters to hold a one-day energetic and interactive conference for teenage boys. Bringing together teens from different backgrounds, the event is timed to take place in Anti-Bullying Week and aims to nurture our leaders of tomorrow, inspire them and raise their aspirations.

School’s fallen heroes remembered through competition winner’s films

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In January 2016, Squaducation announced a new competition for schools, My EPIC ERA. Launched as a national history based competition, its aim was to enthuse children and help them create and develop a passion for history.  And it did exactly that! Brendan Ind from Wycliffe School in Stonehouse, Gloucestershire was the outright winner with an incredibly moving entry, having researched and written about the lives of two Old Wycliffians who met at the school, grew up and later fought in the Great War.  

Creating a happy sporting environment for every girl

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The benefits of physical exercise on academic learning have long been documented, yet three years after Public Health England issued a report1 detailing the positive link between pupil health and wellbeing and academic attainment, young people’s participation rate in physical exercise is still falling. 

This trend is particularly true of girls. The complex and largely negative attitudes held by many girls towards sport and physical activity is an issue that schools have been attempting to address for years. Research has identified an alarming fall in the number of girls participating in sport. A recent study by the Women’s Sport Foundation showed that by age 14, girls are dropping out of sports at twice the rate of boys.2

Educater launch online SEF to get schools ready for Ofsted

online SEF

Educater is very excited to announce the launch of its new module SEFonline - an online self-evaluation tool that supports senior school leaders in preparing for Ofsted inspection visits and shaping their school improvement plans.

The purpose of the new module is to take school leaders through a primary school self-evaluation process based around key performance indicators, designed to interpret the Ofsted grade descriptors for good and outstanding in order to provide an indicative grade. 

Top marks for Golden Coast

Top marks for Golden Coast

School budgets are rarely extensive when it comes to wet leisure projects. Often, these refurbishment projects are only possible through the support and fundraising efforts of parents, staff, and pupils. Because of this, it’s a huge boon when pool companies can find products that do more than meet the budget by lowering day-to-day running costs or making pools that bit safer for staff and students alike.

Packed with innovative, inspiring and cost-effective ideas, Golden Coast’s extensive range of high-quality products is a valuable resource when tendering for school projects.

One Month Left To Vote For An Amazing Teacher

People across Wales have until Thursday 30 November to nominate outstanding teachers in Wales for the Professional Teaching Awards Cymru and with three extra categories, there are even more opportunities to celebrate the very best in Welsh education.

Nominations have already been flooding in from across Wales for the Professional Teaching Awards Cymru 2018 but there is still one month to give an excellent educational professional the recognition they deserve. Organisers are especially looking for teachers leading the way in digital learning.

NewTek Recognises Creativity and Innovation with UK Education Awards

—Awards seek to highlight originality, creativity and technical ability in the education sector—
 

NewTek today launched its 2018 UK Education Awards to recognise excellence in creating engaging and inspiring videos and live streams by students and staff at colleges and universities across the country. Award entries must be created using NewTek’s TriCaster® or 3Play® systems and be submitted by 17 January 2018.

 

Can The UK'S Creative Industries Really Be Facing A Talent Shortage?

Can The UK'S Creative Industries Really Be Facing A Talent Shortage?

As news comes that BAFTA is to hold its first dedicated careers event for teachers and careers advisers – The BAFTA Creative Careers Showcase  – we caught up with Tim Hunter, BAFTA’s Director of Learning and New Talent, to ask why such an event is necessary and what the organisation is hoping it will achieve…

 

Surely the UK’s film, games and television industries are in the fortunate position of needing to turn away rather than attract talent?

 

Gratnells take storage into the digital age

Gratnells take storage into the digital age

Gratnells, the family run business with over 100 years of history and a worldwide business extending to more than 65 export destinations, has added to its record on product innovation with two new ICT introductions, PowerTray and PowerTrolley.

 

The company, best known for 40 years of designing, manufacturing and marketing advanced storage systems for the education and medical sectors, has introduced these new products to meet the ever-increasing role of digital technology in the learning environment.

 

How to Spend the New Primary PE and Sport Premium Funding

How to Spend the New Primary PE and Sport Premium Funding

YPO’s category buyer for Sport, John Healey, explains the purpose of the additional PE and Sport Premium funding and offers practical advice on how to spend it and tools to help evidence its impact. 

 

Schools are set to receive an increase in their physical education and school sport premium from £160 million per annum to £320 million per annum for 2017/18. The funding, available to schools from September 2017, is intended to improve the health of future generations, enabling them to continue to make sustainable improvement to the provision of PE and physical activity.  

 

Newgate Hurdles Barriers to Growth with Quality Accreditation

Newgate is one of the UK’s market leaders within the traffic barrier and gate industry - designing, manufacturing and fitting automated and manual barriers, gates and blockades.

A traditional company, based in Newark in Nottinghamshire, Newgate is founded on family values and employs almost 90 people, many of whom are fathers and sons, brothers and sisters, and mothers and daughters. 

The company was established in 1984 and now boasts some of the country’s most well-known blue-chip companies in its long list of clients. Wherever you go - whether to the shopping centre or the train station – it’s likely you have experienced one of Newgate’s systems.

Identifying potential barriers 

The Importance of Interactive Learning in School

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It’s impossible to understate the importance of interactive learning ina school environment, especially as recent developments in technology have, in turn,brought about ground-breaking changes to the way that kids learn.In essence, interactive learning espouses a “hands-on” approach which goes above and beyond textbooks to encourage student engagement and knowledge retention. Far from being a method of teaching reserved for only elementary-level students, the notion of the interactive classroom has been realised even at the highest stages of education (we’re talking tertiary institutions like Harvard!) -  but if you still need more convincing,have a read of the following benefits.

 

Student engagement

 

The benefits of hosted telephony in schools

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Having an up to date phone system is incredibly important for schools and all workplaces in the education sector. Parents, teachers and students need to stay connected and be quickly and reliably contacted for the smooth running of schools.

 

Hosted telephony means your phone system is hosted in the cloud rather than on site, using a high bandwidth broadband. Upgrading to a hosted telephony, or SIP based telephony, benefits schools with advanced functionality and a cost effective plan in line with possibly stretched budgets.