BJSS and Turinglab launch summer coding classes

coding classes

Weekend classes for school children from low income families aimed at advancing STEM education and fundamental coding skills


 BJSS, the award-winning delivery-focused IT consultancy, today announces that its community investment partnership with Turinglab, an organisation dedicated to tackling the IT skills gap, has launched at Cockburn High School in Leeds. The programme teaches fundamental coding skills to school children, aged between 11 and 16, from low income families.


Croeso / Welcome to The Copper Kingdom, Amlwch, Anglesey

Buried deep beneath a mountain on the isle of Anglesey, North Wales lies an extraordinary mineral wealth.

Once the largest Copper mine in the world, its abundance resulted in the growth of mining, ship building and a chemical industry in this small corner of the island.

The town of Amlwch became Anglesey’s own “Copper Rush” town,  just as unruly as the wild west gold rush towns.

The Copper Kingdom tells the tale of the times and tribulations of the lives of our ancestors and of the transformation of a small fishing village into one of Wales’ most industrious towns of the 18th and 19th centuries.

LazyLawn® supports drive for physical fitness with new football pitch at Birmingham Academy

football pitch

Students in the West Midlands are enjoying the benefits of an artificial turf football pitch and colourful rubber area which has replaced a plain tarmac playground, thanks to LazyLawn®.

840 square metres of Wonder Yarn 36, which won the Which? Best Buy Award in 2016, was installed at the Oasis Blakenhale Academy in Birmingham.

540 square metres of colourful wet-pour rubber was also installed to add more colour to the once dull playground.

Clare Hoods-Truman, Executive Principal of Oasis Blakenhale Academy said: “LazyLawn® has provided a wonderful artificial grass pitch and large rubber area that all 660 children in the academy truly love.

Rewards for teachers helping children SHINE Grants of up to £15,000 given to 10 teachers at Capita SIMS conference

Shine winners

The ten winners of the Let Teachers SHINE competition, run by education charity SHINE (Support and Help in Education), were announced at the Capita SIMS Annual Conference held in Hinckley, Leicestershire.


The competition, supported by Capita SIMS, is now in its sixth year and offers teachers across the country the chance to win a grant of up to £15,000 for their innovative idea to raise the achievement of disadvantaged children in maths, English or science. 


All Saints’ David Williams named National Young Writer of the Year!

Kai Williams, Centre Director at Explore Learning Barking, David Williams and Steve Backshall

A 12 year old from Barking has been crowned the winner of the National Young Writers’ Awards!  David Williams’ story about a robot in 3017 triumphed over 10,000 entries from all across the UK. Author, TV presenter and adventurer, Steve Backshall surprised David with his prize at his school to mark the tremendous achievement. The special presentation assembly took place on Tuesday 20th June at All Saints Catholic School in Dagenham. 

Why Gardening Should be Taught in Schools



It is often debated whether gardening should be included in the national curriculum. Our immediate and soul focus on academic learning can often detract from more creative and explorative learning experiences. Could we do more to improve our children’s nutritional health and environmental appreciation? Here are three reasons why gardening should be taught in schools. 


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A cautionary tale for employer providers

Louise Doyle

LOUISE DOYLE, a further education consultant and director of quality assurance experts MESMA, has a cautionary tale for employer providers delivering apprenticeships under government funded arrangements, who only see self-assessment as a paper exercise.


As the Apprenticeship Levy comes into effect with changes in funding now in place, it’s no surprise that the number of employer providers joining the register of apprenticeship training providers (ROATP) is on the rise. The process of registration allows employers, whose main business activities often sit outside of training and education, to deliver apprenticeships and draw down the associated levy payment. 


Ofsted review highlights urgent quality improvement at employer providers, says MESMA

Lousie Doyle

A REVIEW of Ofsted reports shows a ‘pressing need’ among employer providers for more engagement in the self-assessment and improvement planning process, according to a quality assurance specialist. 


MESMA says that there was considerable room for improvement at nine employer providers after it looked at 22 Ofsted inspections carried out from March 2016 to March 2017. 


This covered either the overall approach to quality assurance or more specifically, self-assessment and improvement planning. 


MESMA’s review, published in its new ‘Employer Provider – Ofsted Inspection Findings Quickbook’, indicates that there’s widespread evidence of staff failing to identify and follow through on those areas where improvements can be made.


First World War legacy project wins school education business award


Students and staff at Chatsmore Catholic High School, in Worthing, are delighted after their First World War ‘Legacy110’ project was awarded the Arts and Craft prize at the Education Business Awards.

The awards were held at the Grange Hotel in St. Paul’s, London, last Thursday (6th July), and recognised the achievements of schools across all sectors.

Following participation in the First World War Centenary Battlefield Tours Programme, three students from Chatsmore, Abby Smith, Joe Angioni, and Alicia Dutton, were inspired to create a collaborative public sculpture in memory of three Sussex battalions who fought at the Battle of Boar’s Head, on 30th June 1916.

Activate Learning combines creative arts and the British high street

By Iain Landles, Director, Faculty of Creative Arts

As ecommerce and online shopping have taken off this has created a decline in the selection of shops open to consumers on the high street.  In fact over the past few years some very well-known brands have disappeared from the high street altogether and instead been replaced by charity shops and pound stores, or simply remain unattractively empty.

This poses a challenge for town centres and high street retailers, and in particular many of the independent shop owners who pride themselves on offering unique goods that are not always available online.  So, what can be done to revive the UK’s high streets?

Activate Learning prepares culinary students to be part of the food revolution

By Andy Slater, Director, Faculty of Lifestyles for catering and hospitality, Activate Learning


Here in the UK we are very fortunate in that we are exposed to a multitude of cuisines and celebrated restaurants. The influences that have come from our diverse culture, particularly in the capital, have set the pace when it comes to what we eat. In many towns across the UK independent eateries, many varieties of restaurants from Vietnamese to Italian to English, as well as pop-up food stalls and Michelin starred establishments act as a focal point for the town’s economy and contribute to the cultural diversity of these towns and cities.