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Improved FGM training support for frontline professionals this International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

FGM

This International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (25th November 2016), I want to commend the tireless work our frontline professionals across education, healthcare and the voluntary sector are doing every single day to help protect Britain’s young girls from child abuse. To do this effectively though requires investment in individualised training readily available to all.

Child internet safety summit

Child internet safety summit

On Tuesday, 29th November 2016, the annual Child Internet Safety Summit will discuss crucial issues facing parents all over the UK in a bid to improve the way in which we protect our children online. The NSPCC recently revealed that a whole generation is at risk of being ‘stripped of their childhoods’ with shocking statistics showing that 53% of 11-16 year olds have seen porn online. 

The Child Internet Safety Summit aims to arm front line practitioners with the knowledge they need to assist children and teens as they explore the digital world. The Summit has become an integral part of schools’ calendar and it’s a vital way of ultimately communicating to parents and carers ways in which to keep their children safe in this the digital world. 

Child internet safety summit

On Tuesday, 29th November 2016, the annual Child Internet Safety Summit will discuss crucial issues facing parents all over the UK in a bid to improve the way in which we protect our children online. The NSPCC recently revealed that a whole generation is at risk of being ‘stripped of their childhoods’ with shocking statistics showing that 53% of 11-16 year olds have seen porn online. 

The Child Internet Safety Summit aims to arm front line practitioners with the knowledge they need to assist children and teens as they explore the digital world. The Summit has become an integral part of schools’ calendar and it’s a vital way of ultimately communicating to parents and carers ways in which to keep their children safe in this the digital world. 

International students make up almost 50% of those seeking external easy support

Daniel Dennehy, chief operations officer at UK Essays

British universities are fundamentally letting down international students due to a lack of writing support, according to new data that reveals the proportion of students from abroad paying for example essays. 
 
UK Essays, the academic writing firm that helps students worldwide, surveyed 2,885 students who had ordered example essays in the past 12 months, and found that 46% were international students.
 
The study, which comprises responses from individuals studying at Undergraduate, Masters and PHD level, also found that 42% of students do not speak English as their first language, and 1 in 10 do not speak English at all.
 

Primary school pupils explore law at the University of Bolton

Bolton primary school children

Pupils from Moorgate Primary School in Bolton recently took part in a brand new educational workshop with the National Centre for Citizenship and the Law (NCCL) at the Moot Courtroom at the University of Bolton. This two hour Law and University Life courtroom workshop helps school children to develop a deeper understanding of the law and raises awareness of higher education options.

The aim of the visit was for students to enhance their knowledge of the court system and to help pupils to understand ‘British Values’ such as law and democracy.

Rossall students raise the roof at the Grand Theatre

Rossall students

Students from Rossall School had friends, teachers and parents tapping  their feet when they took to the stage of Blackpool’s Grand Theatre for their House Singing competition.

The annual event, which has become one of the highlights of the school year, sees teams of students from each of the Rossall’s eight houses compete to be named the school’s best performers.

Under the watchful eye of judges: vocal coach, Miss Gillian Littlefair and piano teacher, Mr Alistair Mackenzie ,  the students sang their way through a variety of popular songs, complete with dance routines and a few theatrical flourishes!

Silver Skills Show medals for Middlesex students

Winners

A duo of talented teams from Middlesex University London scooped silver medals in the WorldSkills UK National Competition Finals which culminated at NEC Birmingham on 19 November.

The students achieved successes in the robotics and mechatronics categories of the competition which ran from 17 – 19 November as part of The Skills Show which is the UK’s largest technical skills and careers event.

Middlesex students Andrej Lieskovsky and Piotr Nowicki secured silver in the mechatronics (higher) category whilst Eva Blessing Onyeulo and Rahul Vekaria, who both hail from Hendon, claimed silver in the robotics category. 

Flippin’ the homework script

George Hammand

‘Homework’ has been a source of debate for teachers and parents for years. The benefits are obvious; primarily, it enables students to identify gaps in their knowledge when they come to complete tasks without the supervision of a teacher. However, the drawbacks are also well-known; the pressure of having to complete homework every night is quite daunting for many students, especially after a long and intense day of learning. 

But, maybe there’s a happy medium? 

George Hammond-Hagan, creator of Studytracks, discusses how homework can be modified so that it serves its purpose without placing additional pressure on today’s students’ shoulders.

Why children must play outside to encourage development

In a world where more than 65% of children aged between 9 and 11 own a smartphone, traditional outdoor pastimes are facing a dangerous rate of decline. Even those who don’t own a personal smartphone will most likely have access to a similar device, with over half of UK households having a tablet. For those involved in playground design, maintenance or construction, this trend is a problem. 

The figures above are daunting when you consider that an increase in smartphone and tablet usage is causing children to be less able to read emotions and be less empathetic than ever. How do we combat this?

Pupil wins national competition and Discovery channel tour

Pupils from a High Wycombe primary school

Pupils from a High Wycombe primary school stepped behind the camera at Discovery Channel on Friday, after their classmate scooped first prize in a national competition.

Lauren Croucher from Hughenden Primary School was the winner of the Make Your World Bigger competition – part of a Discovery Education and Discovery Channel initiative to keep children learning during the summer holidays. 

Bringing the world into our classrooms

All-Saints-bring-technology-to-life

Reliable technology can save valuable time for teachers and help them work together to enrich pupils’ learning. Richard Haysom, IT Manager at All Saints Primary School in Devon, talks about the difference technology has made by supporting innovative teaching and opening up new horizons for pupils.

Picture a classroom full of eager faces waiting for the teacher to log everyone in to a literacy program. But then the internet connection drops out, the wait gets longer and even the keenest child starts to lose focus.

It’s a familiar scene for many schools, and one we understand all too well.  

Finding a solution 

Creating efficiencies in education procurement

Gemma Waring, Head of Training and Consultancy, Millstream

For hundreds of thousands of British pupils and their teachers, next year’s summer holidays seem an age away. However, for decision makers and buyers within education institutions, now is a crucial time to start planning ahead for the variety of maintenance work and other services that are required while pupils are enjoying their break. 

The procurement process can be time consuming and often difficult to navigate, but high demand for vendors during this six week period means it’s not a job to be left to the last minute. 

With schools’ budgets varying across different regions, and also within the same local authority, securing the most competitive cost and value for money is vital. 

Pupils at Edge Grove School return home from 2016 netball tour in the Caribbean

Pupils at Edge Grove School

Independent prep school Edge Grove, has welcomed home a group of its Years 5-8 girls who have recently travelled across the Atlantic Ocean to the beautiful Caribbean island of St Vincent to compete in the schools’ 2016 overseas netball tour.  Accompanied by three teachers and team coach Samantha Bird (an ex-England player and technical coach for England netball). This overseas sporting event marks the second time that the school has participated in a Netball Tour in St Vincent following a successful visit in 2014.  

Holding out for a hero!

Safeguarding children is everyone’s responsibility

 

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre, a command of the National Crime Agency, has reported that in the UK, a child is reported missing every 3 minutes. With this in mind, Lawrence Royston, managing director of Groupcall, an education communication specialist, explains how we can all actively play apart in safeguarding children using technology.