Understanding the fundamentals of student-centered learning

Graham Glass

The educational system of today was perfect for yesterday. Students need to know more than how to read, write, count and be compliant if we want them to make a living and lead a successful life in the future. Teachers, parents, researchers and other education stakeholders recognise this situation and have sounded the alarm concerning educational reform for quite a while now.


Even though it seems to move slowly, the education system is moving forward. Plenty of schools adapt to new requirements, more and more educators make use of edtech in their classrooms, and the needs of the 21st Century learner is something that almost every conversation about education gravitates towards.


Everybody’s talking about student-centered learning.

Primary school children almost as stressed over exams as GCSE pupils

● One in three primary school parents say their child is stressed because of exams.

● Only marginally more secondary school pupils are stressed by exams, according to parents.

● More than one in ten primary school children spend five hours or more on homework each week.

A third of primary school parents say exams are making their children stressed, according to a new study looking into the pressure pupils are put under during their school years.

New research by home education provider Oxford Home Schooling reveals that even primary school children are being strained by the prospect of their academic performance.

New technologies for their temporary facility

Kensington Aldridge Academy

Grenfell replacement school is kitted out with the latest technology from international education technology provider for a fresh start in Kensington.


Manchester based educational technology specialists, Prowise UK, have supplied Kensington Aldridge Academy with new technologies for their temporary facility.


Twenty military volunteers completed the installation, that typically takes 12 weeks, on 15 September so students started the academic year with as little disruption to their education as possible.


Why active monitoring systems in education matter

Since September 2016, it has been a mandatory requirement for all schools to have an online monitoring system in place.

Although, filtering systems, which block or limit access to unsuitable websites, are a common tool in many education establishments, they come with several limitations. Unlike filter systems, active monitoring is a key strengthening tool in safeguarding strategies, revealing information about where online and real-world dangers are in schools. 

What is active monitoring?

Primary schools gather at national pupil wellbeing event

wellbeing event

Teachers from primary schools across the UK joined science, nutrition and health experts at a national pupil wellbeing summit in London this week.

Hosted by Discovery Education and Alimentarium Foundation, Food For Thoughtsaw educators and specialists meet for a day of dynamic workshops, experiments and seminars exploring healthy eating and body image in primary school age pupils.

Over 50 teachers attended the conference at London’s Coin Street Conference Centre on Tuesday 17th October. With sessions led by nutrition experts and body image specialists, the event offered ideas, support and resources to boost pupil wellbeing.

Free online courses from UCAS to help students, parents, and teachers make big decisions

UCAS has launched a series of innovative online courses to help today’s students, and the people who advise them, navigate the tricky business of deciding what to do when they leave secondary education.

Young people have a greater range of options than ever before when considering their next steps after school or college, and most rely on busy teachers or parents and carers for advice and guidance.

To help teaching staff and advisers explore university, college, work, apprenticeships, and other choices, and to advise their students about contemporary choices, UCAS is running a pair of free online courses: one for teachers and advisers, followed by an accompanying course for their students.

BAFTA Launches New Creative Careers Showcase And Online Quiz To Highlight Wide Variety Of Creative Careers In Film, Games & Television

BAFTA Launches New Creative Careers Showcase And Online Quiz To Highlight Wide Variety Of Creative Careers In Film, Games & Television

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) is to hold its first ever dedicated careers event for teachers and careers advisers at its headquarters at 195 Piccadilly, London, on 9 November. The organisation has also launched a free online Careers Quiz designed for young people aged 12 – 18, which will be on show at the event.
Both the BAFTA Creative Careers Showcase and the BAFTA Careers Quiz have been designed to showcase the wide range of opportunities available to young people in the film, games and television industries in a bid to encourage more young people, whatever their background or skillset to consider careers in these competitive yet thriving sectors.

Sportsequip introduces new types of Timber Fitness Trail Equipment

Sportsequip introduces new types of Timber Fitness Trail Equipment

sportsequip have introduced brand new types of timber fitness trail equipment that can be supplied and installed at a fraction of the cost of steel outdoor gym equipment.

Stretch Stations™ are the most cost effective option and are designed to be used independently, without any fixed equipment. Stretch Stations™ provide gentler, easy to use, standalone exercises for school users. Each Stretch Station™ offers users a choice of two exercises (from a choice of 30).

Gym Trails™ are all low level, low impact and low cost exercise round log timber units which eliminate the risk of falls from height.

Shell calls on schools across the country to enter science challenge to power our future cities

science challenge

*£45,000 of educational prizes available for winning schools*

Shell today called for schools across Great Britain to enter The Bright Ideas Challenge, its national schools’ science competition, now in its third year. The competition invites students aged 11-14 to use their STEM skills and creativity to develop innovative solutions that could power our future cities. The prize for the best “bright idea” is £5,000 to super-size the winning school’s STEM teaching.


Total Environmental Compliance

Total Environmental Compliance

Founded as an independent company in 1995, Total Environmental Compliance Ltd (previously known as TEAMS Northern Ltd) are a leading UK based specialist in water hygiene and consultancy which provides services for Industrial, Commercial, Leisure and Healthcare Sectors in Legionella risk assessment, Water Hygiene including cleaning and disinfection, storage tank remedial works, etc, Analytical services (microbiological and chemical) from UKAS accredited laboratories, Chemical treatment for industrial & domestic LPHW as well as steam generating systems, open & closed cooling water and pool water systems.


Free GCSE Religious Studies resources launched by Bible Society Sources of Wisdom workbooks respond to the tougher GCSE Religious Studies examinations

Mike Otter

At the end of the 2017-18 academic year, the first students will sit exams for the strengthened GCSE Religious Studies courses, which were introduced in September 2016 as part of the reform of GCSE qualifications. These new Religious Studies GCSEs have seen a move away from a thematic approach and towards a greater focus on exploring the beliefs and practices of various religions through their sacred texts. 


College joins European drive to get women into STEM


A North East college has joined forces with top academics and business leaders across Europe to encourage more women into science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.


Gateshead College was asked by the Association of Colleges (AoC) to host the EU Erasmus+ funded partnership event for the project ‘GirlsTech’, which attracted key members of the industry from countries including the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Slovenia.