Low English language skills at school entry linked to academic and behavioural difficulties

Children who enter reception with poor English language skills – whether it’s their first language or an additional language – are more likely to struggle academically and have social, emotional and behavioural difficulties in later years, finds a new study co-authored by UCL and Royal Holloway and funded by Wellcome.

The research, published in Child Development, found the cognitive advantages of bilingualism tend to help with academic achievement only if English skills are sufficient at school entry for the child to be fully engaged.

CENTURY Tech to join Mayor of London on US International visit

The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has selected CENTURY Tech to represent the best of the UK’s innovation and technology industry on an international trademission to the United States. 

CENTURY Tech is a newly launched cloud-based platform that uses a unique blend of artificial intelligence, cognitive neuroscience and big data. The platform empowers students through personalised learning that constantly adapts to each student’s level and progress, and provides instant and constructive feedback, improving both engagement and attainment. The platform also provides teachers and school leaders with the data they need at the click of a button, reducing the administrative workload for teachers while offering powerful insight into students’progress for teachers and school leaders.

 Gratnells PowerTrolley/PowerTray Case Study

“We loved it and we don’t want to give it back.”


New Gratnells PowerTrolley makes big impression in product trial


The latest product releases from Gratnells, the PowerTrolley and PowerTray, have recently been placed into a local school for a 6-week placement trial.  The PowerTrolley and 3x PowerTray combination came through the demanding 6-week trial and passed with flying colours.


The equipment was supplied to Purford Green Primary School in Harlow, Essex, identified by Gratnells as a school with a reputation for excellence and local to the company’s manufacturing and marketing HQ.


Pupil’s one step closer to WINNING £5000 in Vikings Young Inventors’ competition

5 Pupils have been shortlisted in a national competition to win £5000 for their school to spend with Viking and a Cannon EOS 1200D package for themselves worth £346 (Inc VAT).

The competition, run by Viking the provider of everyday essentials to schools, encouraged pupils to utilise their imagination, and expand their vision of the potential advancements to their everyday stationery items in the classroom. Pupils had the choice of inventing a design for their classroom that was either fun, futuristic or eco-friendly.  

Rethinking The Curriculum

How introducing pre-learning activities can spark life into stale lesson plans

Anfield Road Primary School in Liverpool is a recently amalgamated school, combined in September 2014 from the infant and junior schools of the same name.

Eighteen months ago, Anfield Road Primary saw themselves at the point of change, finding themselves struggling with originality after National Curriculum changes implemented by the QCA. Rather than teaching, staff were delivering activities – and the true learning objectives had been decidedly dumbed down.

From special measures to top 40


How external advice, a curriculum revamp, and becoming an academy helped one school dramatically improve its Ofsted rating


A school from Sheffield has revealed how a total rework of its curriculum has enabled it to move from ‘Special Measures’ to receiving an ‘Outstanding’ Osted rating – in the space of just eight years.

Staff at Totley Primary School, based on the outskirts of Sheffield, were devastated in 2007 to be judged inadequate and put into Special Measures. Despite its location in an affluent area, the rating categorised the school as one of the worst primaries in the city. Today, the school proudly bears the ‘Outstanding’ rating, has transitioned to an Academy, and – based on its KS2 attainment – is now placed 33rd in the country.

Teal's Kiddiwash clean hands competition winner revealed


TEAL Patents’ Kiddiwash Clean Hands competition, exclusive to nurseries across the UK, has announced its five winners with each set to receive a Kiddiwash Xtra - a portable, warm water, hand washing basin which requires no access to mains water or drainage.

Forest School at Garstang Nursery and Pre-school, Futurepath Childcare, M Lindsay Childcare, Roxwell Pre-school and Tweenies Pre-school were all named winners of the competition. Each nursery tasked their pupils with drawing their idea of a sparkling, clean hand for a chance to win the child-friendly handwashing unit for their nursery.

Creativity was key with each of the winning entries using coloured pens and pencils,paint, crayons, gems and glitter to creatively decorate their perfectly clean hands. 

Parent Poll finds 60% will compromise on their own food shopping to help keep students above the breadline


·        The rising cost of living affects 1.9m * students each year

·        Over 90% of parents help burden the cost by footing the food bill

·        60% of parents anticipate making sacrifices to help out their offspring

New research from online retailer has revealed that 90% of students heading to University this September will be reliant on financial support from their parents to make ends meet, with the average parent contributing around £200 per term to help stock the kitchen cupboard with bare essentials. 

Don’t forget to remember….

The Junior Memory Championship is now open for entries

Now in its ninth year, The Junior Memory Championship™, a hugely popular nationwide memory championship for primary school children, is officially open for entries for 2017. 

Following on from the success of last year’s championship, which saw over 300 schools take part, the competition aims to find Britain’s rising memory stars. Schools from all over the UK are invited to register their Year 6 pupils to take part. Once registered, schools receive a full range of simple yet effective learning materials, lesson plans and online training, making them better equipped to support their pupils and teachers to develop powerful memory skills and embed them in the curriculum. 

Call for schools to teach first aid training to students

 first aid

only 7% of the UK population have the skills necessary to carry out first aid

Irlam-based first aid training provider, imperative training are calling for first aid qualifications to not only count towards the adult:child ratio but that first aid lessons should also be built into the school curriculum.

8.4 million pupils are enrolled in schools in the UK, making up 10% of the population. Having first aid training compulsory in schools will allow students to gain confidence in helping a friend or family member out should an emergency occur.

David Howarth, Chief Executive of imperative training, said: “By raising awareness early, children will be able to understand the importance of first aid and how to respond in case of emergency.”

Free academic "ask an expert" service launched for University students


A new free online question and answer service for students has been launched, offering bespoke academic responses.
The new service, called “Ask an Expert” is developed and launched by UK Essays. The first of its kind, Ask an Expert provides custom-written 300 word answers to academic questions on any subject, including business, law, and health.
Designed in response to a growing trend of students accessing unreliable online sources for information, students enter their question and within 24 hours, a qualified expert in the subject field responds with an answer to inspire further reading and deeper understanding of any given topic.

Roald Dahl goes digital: Discovery Education launches new resources & pupil competition


Primary school pupils are being invited to take part in a Wonka-inspired competition, and use new digital resources, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Roald Dahl this week.

Discovery Education is challenging pupils to step into the shoes of Willy Wonka by designing their very own ‘frothbuggling’ sweet or chocolate, taking inspiration from the fantastical creations of the fictional chocolatier.

Ready for the new school year? Get the kids into a perfect bedtime routine


As you may know, getting the kids into a bedtime routine is easier said than done, especially after the school holidays.

For some children, irregular sleeping patterns can cause problems and could even impact their performance at school. Not the sort of fresh start you would hope for.

Thankfully, there are a number of tried and tested ways for easing them back into a routine that works for both you and your children.

For children and adults alike, the ‘winding down’ stage in preparing for bed is critical for both mind and body.

Prepare a warm bath