Streamlining the Business of Running Schools

Lawrence Royston

It is one thing to effectively manage relationships with your pupils’ parents, but dealing with all the administration that results from effective engagement is a time-consuming task. However, edtech is here to help! Research commissioned by education communication experts, Groupcall, has found that schools that make use of systems like parental payment or homework systems have a much higher satisfaction rating among parents. Lawrence Royston, managing director of Groupcall draws attention to the shortfalls of manually processing paperwork, payments and bookings and shows how dedicated software can make things easier for everyone involved.

The Key Safe Company unlocks support for education industry

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The Key Safe Company, the market leader of mechanical security access products, is revolutionising the way in which people can access schools and education facilities safely and securely.

Its leading Supra C500 Key Safe™ can hold up to five keys and is regularly used by caretakers and maintenance staff to gain access to a facility. The Supra C500 is a locked metal box, which provides a secure method of externally storing keys to the exterior of a property.

The product allows caretakers to gain access to a property without having the hassle of permanently carrying the keys or relying on a key holder, giving staff flexibility and security of knowing their keys will be stored safely.

Sharnbrook Upper School repeats exam success with top GCSE grades well above national average

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GCSE results are the school’s last before it becomes the 11-18 Sharnbrook Academy next term.

Students at high-performing Sharnbrook Upper School in Bedfordshire are celebrating achieving outstanding GCSE s – beating the 2016 results despite this being the first year of the new tougher exams.

Overall more than three-quarters of students (78%) achieved a Grade 4 or better in English and maths, with a 4 the new grade set by the Government as a pass. This is up on the equivalent proportion last year, when the old Grade C was still in place. It is also well above this year’s national average of 66%.

St Andrew’s students celebrate impressive GCSE results

Today, many students at St Andrews Church of England School in Croydon celebrated strong GCSE results.
This year’s results saw a good number of students getting level 4’s in Maths and English.*  There has been a pleasing number of A and A* grades (level 7/8 and 9) across a large number of subjects including Maths, English, ICT and Biology. Students studying science have also made steady progress in their A-C grades with 83 per cent studying biology achieving a C or above. Modern Foreign Languages has continued to perform well, particularly in French.   

Alternative routes to college and university which are becoming increasingly popular

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With GCSE results day having finally arrived, many students may still be unsure as to whether college, possibly followed by university, is a path to their future career they really want to follow. Something that is becoming more and more appealing to students at this crucial stage is the alternative - but equally beneficial - apprenticeship or traineeship option.

Both of these alternative options cover a wide range of careers, and are particularly useful if the person already has an idea of the career they'd like to pursue, as they allow someone to become more skilled and specialised in that particular job.

Introduction to Apprenticeships/Traineeships

Red Monkey backs Government plans to increase Primary PE and Sports Premium

Simon Winfield

The Department for Education has recently confirmed that the Primary PE & Sport Premium will double. From September 2017, schools across the country will benefit from a significant amount of extra funding.


For a company like Red Monkey, who work in the interest of young people’s education, the Secretary of State’s announcement came as a relief. The learning 

development specialists design, manufacture and install outdoor play equipment for schools and nurseries. They're hoping that they may choose to use the funding for investing in such equipment to keep children active.


Simon Winfield is the Managing Director at Red Monkey:


High Court finds OFSTED ’s complaints procedure “unfair”

Polly Kerr, Senior Associate at Cambridge-based law firm Tees, takes a look at the latest developments with OFSTED 's complaints processes.

The thought of OFSTED pulling into the school car park on a cold winter’s morning is enough to send shivers down the spines of even the calmest teachers, at the most well-performing schools. Preparation for an impending OFSTED inspection is arduous at best and anything less than a fair and rational inspection and subsequent outcome is unthinkable.

Gary Brookshaw Appointed UK Product Director at Intact Software

Gary Brookshaw

Gary Brookshaw has recently been appointed as UK Product Director to the Intact Software Group. 


Intact Software is a leading developer of ERP, Accounting & Business Management Software to merchants and distributors in Ireland, the UK and Australasia.


Before joining Intact Gary was Co-founder and Product Director for BisTrack, a market leading solution for merchants and distributors which he helped introduce to North America. In the intervening years, BisTrack was acquired by Progressive Solutions, Solarsoft and finally by Epicor. 


A lesson from primates– how play encourages learning

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The Conversation, an independent academic and research source, produced a study in June 2017 which gives new insight on the role of play in the learning process. The study found that the amount of play among primates can be related to an important part of the brain: the cortico-cerebellar system. This system plays an essential role in creating schemas in the brain which make sense of the social world around us. If play really does affect this part of the brain, does it prove, what many of us already believe to be true, that that play actively encourages learning?


Simon Davenport from LEGO Education believes it does. Here, he explains the importance of incorporating elements of play into the classroom to cement engagement and learning among preschool children.

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

Andy Slater

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.

The Language Show London

The Language Show

What is the Language Show?

The Language Show is the must-attend event for anyone with a passion for languages.Attend three inspirational days packed with over 50 CPD certified seminars, language classes, live forums, cultural performances and a large range of exhibitors promoting their latest advice and industry guidance. Find out more on our website at 


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Cost Effective CPD for schools and teachers:

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Why the Language Show is where professional development is heading


What is CPD?

Continuing Professional Development enables teachers to maintain and enhance knowledge and skills to the benefit of their careers by improve pupil’s attainment.  Seen as a highly valuable activity, CPD keeps you up-to-date with the newest advances in the industry, gives you access to leading seminars and displays your commitment to self-improvement.


Why should I do it?

Attending these sessions can help: