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Holme Valley Primary School in Timberland, Scunthorpe, North Lincs

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The original challenge

The school was trying to cope with an ageing and cramped PC suite which doubled as a busy thoroughfare to other rooms. It was apparent that the use of technology in lessons was seen as difficult and distracting. 

Staff were eager to move away from the confines of the PC suite and integrate learning into the classroom in order to enhance the curriculum and improve pupil engagement through more creative learning.

Better learning – for teachers

Better learning – for teachers

Learning never stops, even for teachers. Teachers are always looking for better methods to help themselves and their peers to become better educators, presenters and inspirers. Obviously technology forms a big part of this, and there’s a twist on an old technology that looks set to become a new and powerful method of self-coaching: Cameras… 360-degree camera to be exact.

Any system of coaching relies on trust and truth to help the mentee understand the factors that are under their control, and that they can change to drive development. Professional mentoring is an intensive and costly process but also yields great benefits.

Low cost solution to slippery decking

Low cost solution to slippery decking

 

Wooden decking can become hazardous in damp and slippery conditions, creating the possible threat of a slips or falls for anyone walking across the surface. Outside areas where people gather need to be made safe to comply with health and safety issues. 

FibreGrid has come up with a solution to this problem with the development of Anti Slip Standard GRP Decking Strips, part of their affordable  GRP SlipGrip® Standard range. Timber decking becomes safer with these quick and easy to install DeckGrip Strips, which come supplied with decking screws and are pre-drilled 

School for the stars gears up for October open days

School for the stars gears up for October open days

The prestigious Tring Park School for the Performing Arts will be holding three open days in October.

The open days, which take place on 7, 13 and 14 October, are the perfect opportunity for parents who have children with a passion for performing to experience the excellent facilities at the school, meet the principal, Stefan Anderson, and senior members of staff and enjoy performances by pupils on all the vocational courses in the school’s very own Markova Theatre.

There’s nothing ‘old-skool’ about BASIC

There’s nothing ‘old-skool’ about BASIC

 

The Rt Hon John Bercow, Buckinghamshire MP and Speaker for the House of Commons recently attended a coding workshop at Swanbourne School to see how they were keeping up with the new computing curriculum.  Mr Bercow certainly got more than he bargained for as he ended up taking part in the work shop provided by FUZE Technologies and even partnered with a very impressed student.

FUZE coding workshops give an insight into real coding using text based programming languages that are perfect for late primary to early secondary.

Five reasons why you SHOULD be able to take your IT for granted

Five reasons why you SHOULD be able to take your IT for granted

 

IT is the now fourth utility, after your gas, electric and water; it has to ‘just work’ because it is integral to the business critical functions of your school, so you have to be able to take your IT for granted like this…

Your staff and pupils can work together anywhere without any fuss
Pupils can access their homework online, collaborate with their peers easily.
Teachers can review progress, mark work and provide feedback quickly and efficiently.  
You don’t print out work to mark it, or have to hand out worksheets at the start of the class. 
IT does this for you by providing a strong and stable platform for sharing and learning.

Any issues are fixed quickly and effectively when you raise them

Survey finds international students are less likely to study or work in the UK following Brexit

Survey finds international students are less likely to study or work in the UK following Brexit

Promising young students from around the world are being dissuaded from studying in the UK following the EU Referendum, according to research published today and undertaken by the London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF).

A survey conducted amongst existing and previous LIYSF students, found that 90% of the 406 respondents agreed that the idea of studying in the UK was an exciting or attractive prospect, however 38% also admitted that the departure of the UK from the European Union would dissuade them from studying or working here.

You Can Study With Selfies and Twitter?!

You Can Study With Selfies and Twitter?!

 

SAM Labs wireless blocks revolutionise studying with the Internet of Things, teaching kids programming while they study or complete their homework

As of 2015, children clock around an average five to seven hours per week on homework. One in four parents is said to use a tutor to “top up” their child’s education. What if you could replacing expensive tutors and make homework an enjoyable, learning experience? With SAM, you can.

Success in the classroom can be improved with technology

 

The impact of technology in the classroom is a hotly contested topic. The OECD says that students glued to tablets all day perform worse and that “more technology doesn’t guarantee better outcomes”, which is true to an extent, but partly due to the fact that they’re no longer getting a classroom experience. Research has shown that top-level classroom success grows by 36 per cent when the right approach is taken to technology.

Too many schools have fallen victim to rushing in, spending money and then not getting the results that they want. It’s because they’ve overlooked some vital steps. Further research has shown that top-level classroom success grows by 36 per cent when the right approach is taken to technology. 

Mayor’s Fund for London supports legal education project with primary schools in London

Mayor’s Fund for London supports legal education project with primary schools in London

 

Almost 1000 primary school pupils have gained an insight into the workings of the justice system through taking part in the Mayor’s Fund for London Theatre of Law project during this academic year. This innovative legal education project is delivered by the National Centre for Citizenship and the Law (NCCL) who have an education team based at the Royal Courts of Justice in London.

The project works with primary school pupils from London and aims to improve students’ understanding of the law and the contemporary justice system. The project consists of two days – one at school and one at the Royal Courts of Justice.

Alumni urged to inspire 12,000 state students to career confidence

Workshops prove to current generation ‘people like them’ can succeed in fulfilling jobs.

Former state school students across the South West are being urged to volunteer in an ambitious programme to inspire current students to career confidence and academic success.

The Alumni Communities project will link former students in a wide range of professions and vocations with current students in 40 state secondary schools across Cornwall, Devon and part of Somerset. The alumni will support teachers to encourage more ambitious thinking about careers by helping today’s students make the link between their education and future jobs and prove that ‘people like them’ can succeed in their chosen career.

Connected classrooms capture student attention

Connected classrooms capture student attention

Technology is completely transforming the learning experience. In recent years we’ve seen the proliferation of mobile devices and educational applications in the classroom. Education technology charity Tablets for Schools found that as of last December, 70% of primary and secondary schools in the UK now use tablet computers, and this is increasing at an exponential rate.

With so many devices entering the classroom, the right wireless network has become themost critical component to help teachers do their jobs. Whether in a school or university, the IT administrator needs to have visibility and control of how each device, and the apps on them, are being used, to empower teachers.

The future is mobile

Can Digital Apps Help Students With Their Educational Needs?

Can Digital Apps Help Students With Their Educational Needs?

Educational resources have come a long way since the day of the humble copybook and pen. We now live in a world where digital resources are at our fingertips.

E-books, whitepapers and academic journals can be easily accessed and downloaded online. Online forums and intranet systems are in place for students to communicate with each other. They are also in place so that students can communicate directly with their tutors, teachers and lecturers, if needed.

Energys boiler management controls boost Devon schools’ economy drive

Energys boiler management controls boost Devon schools’ economy drive

Hyde Park Junior and Infant Schools in Plymouth were equipped with four Energys Dynamic Burner Management Units in just a single half-day of work.

From low-consumption lighting infrastructures to more acutely optimised heating systems, schools and colleges of higher education throughout the UK are beginning to reap the benefits of technologies designed to boost operational efficiencies and reduce energy bills. As a company with a variety of solutions in this area, Energys is well-placed to observe this ongoing transition – and has a rapidly expanding portfolio of project credits to prove it.