Schools collect a car load of batteries in recycling campaign

A Cardiff primary school and secondary school have been named joint winners of a battery collection competition launched by The City of Cardiff Council’s waste education campaign. 

Riverbank Special Primary School and Cantonian High School have beaten off competition from all other Cardiff schools to collect over 55,000 old batteries in the latest competition launched by The Really Rubbish Campaign.

Over 60 schools took part in the competition collecting a total of 1350kg, with Riverbank Primary School collecting 153 kilos and Cantonian High School collecting 17 kilos. The total amount would weigh the equivalent of a Ford Fiesta.

Jaguar Land Rover to help Birmingham students kick start their careers

Jaguar Land Rover with children

Jaguar Land Rover has announced a new partnership with a Birmingham secondary school to help give its students the best start as they prepare for their future careers.

The vehicle manufacturer, the largest in the UK, has launched the partnership with Erdington Academy, which is run by Fairfax Multi-Academy Trust (FMAT).

Jaguar Land Rover is a member of the Business In The Community (BITC) scheme, part of which involves companies focussing on helping school students make the most of their potential.

The partnership with Erdington Academy offers its students support and training at Jaguar Land Rover’s Castle Bromwich site in Chester Road, Birmingham.

Classroom Connections: Delivering Value to Digital Natives

Sam Blyth

The Facebook Generation, as the media calls it, demands access to the newest and and shiniest technology in the classroom. Students want to pick up their exam results at midnight and begin their morning's work on the bus, before the school day even starts. They want access to information quickly, and they want it to be easy to consume wherever they are. Put simply, these “digital natives” are always on—and they expect the same from their education experience.

Edtech startup secures £4.5m funding round to fire up expansion

Simon on the left, Joe on the right

· Firefly Learning achieves largest early stage fundraising in Edtech sector 

· Product already used by 480 schools in 32 countries 

· Business founded by two entrepreneurs who nurtured their boyhood startup

Firefly Learning, an Edtech business dreamt up by two London school boys to help them revise for exams, has secured the biggest series A fundraising ever seen in the UK Edtech sector. The online tool, which can be used by teachers, students and parents, has raised £4.5 million from BGF Ventures and Beringea*. BGF Ventures is the leading investor, contributing £3 million.

Middlesex students prepare for NEC skills showdown

Middlesex students

Six Middlesex University London students are preparing to compete in WorldSkills UK, a national competition which pits them against some of the most talented young people across the country. 

The three day competition is taking place from 17 to 19 November at the Skills Show, NEC Birmingham, the UK’s largest vocational skills and careers event and sees the students split into three Middlesex teams, two in the Robotics and one in the Mechatronics Higher categories.

Andrej Lieskovsky and Piotr Nowicki (Mechatronics Higher) will compete for Middlesex along with Eva Blessing Onyuelo, Rahul Vekaria, Chibuike Okpaluba and Raj Manandhar (Robotics).

Removing the fog from careers choice: The WorldSkills UK Careers Cloud

Engineer, bricklayer, beauty therapist, accountant, the list goes on and on:  with so many careers on offer to today’s young people, the choice of which to pursue can be bewildering.  To help clear the route to the ideal job, WorldSkills UK has linked up with educational provider SACU to create a unique test for visitors to this year’s Skills Show, the WorldSkills UK Careers Cloud.

Festo Fields Apprentices for Mechatronics Competition

At The Skills Show, held on the 17-19th November at the NEC, Festo is entering the Mechatronics Competition, part of WorldSkills UK. This year two of Festo's apprentices, Ben Nolan and Joshan Tailor make up the team.

Eliza Rawlings, Managing Director at Festo, says, "WorldSkills UK is an exceptional opportunity for our young apprentices to put their skills to the test. It's an international stage to promote the mechatronic skills that will be needed in the future. We've been exhibiting at The Skills Show since 2011 and are delighted to be the Mechatronics Competition Sponsor. Every year we use the exhibition to connect with thousands of young people, their schools and their parents who attend the show and showcase engineering as a rewarding career path."

Education leaders come together at Yorkshire’s largest educational conference

Tony Draper

Head teachers and senior leaders from across Yorkshire attended the leading education conference, Educated Yorkshire, on Thursday 10th November.
The free one-day conference gave delegates the chance to hear from the industry’s leading professionals on emerging themes and topics.  
Opening the conference was Saci Lloyd, author of best-selling novel The Carbon Diaries and sixth teacher in East London, who discussed how creativity can be used to train and educate in a fast paced future as well as the importance of storytelling to inspire younger generations.
The year the event was supported by Lloyds Banking Group, Wrigleys Solicitors, Armstrong Watson and CBiS-education.

St Mary’s students give advice to schools on going ‘green’ at Colchester Council’s Building Resilient Communities Event

St Mary’s students

Tips on making school more eco-friendly were offered by members of the student Eco Team from St Mary’s School, Colchester as part of Colchester Borough Council’s ‘Building Resilient Communities’ conference, held at the Mercury Theatre on 11 November.

Ambassador Eco-School St Mary’s partnered the Council to run the event, which attracted hundreds of delegates from the public and private sectors across the region and covered a variety of topics aimed at improving sustainability in the community.

The award winning Cubetto Playset now available

Cubetto Playset

Cubetto is a Montessori-approved coding toy, designed to help children aged three years and up to write their first programs using a friendly wooden robot, powered by a revolutionary coding language made of tangible blocks, instead of text on screens.

Cubetto represents a significant benchmark in the field of computer programming, as it significantly lowering the age barrier for learning to code by removing a screen based interaction.

The aim of the toy is to control Cubetto, a friendly wooden robot who likes to be told where to go and how to get there, by creating sequences of instructions (programs) using the colourful blocks placed on Cubetto’s “board” or “control panel”: 

MBNA Number Cruncherz celebrates 10,000th student

Sam James, Kayti Calderbank, Matt Rogerson and Mark Elliott

Award-winning financial education programme run in partnership with Premiership Rugby side Sale Sharks teaches children how to better manage their money 10,000th student was 11-year-old Kayti Calderbank, from East Manchester Academy

Sale Sharks and MBNA had reason to celebrate a special milestone this week after an award-winning education partnership that uses rugby to teach young people about money management welcomed its 10,000th student.

The MBNA Number Cruncherz programme was created by the Premiership Rugby side and the Chester-based financial services company in 2014 to help improve  financial literacy amongst 11 and 12 year-olds. 

IFRC and FutureLearn partner to offer an introductory course on first aid skills to save the lives of children


The new course begins on 23 January and opens for enrolment today

FutureLearn, the social learning platform, and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), are partnering to introduce a series of basic first aid courses—the first, open for enrolment today, is aimed at increasing survival rates of children.

Every year, nearly one million children die from injuries and violence and millions more are hospitalized—mostly from unintentional accidents like drowning, car crashes, falls, burns and poisoning.  When a medical professional is not immediately available, it is often family members, friends or bystanders who are on the scene first and become the first critical step in the chain of survival.

Financial Capability Week 2016

Research suggests teenagers are ‘ill-prepared’ in money management 

Less than half of young people aged seven to 17 are receiving financial education at school.

Financial education is designed to teach children how to handle their finances confidently and is currently part of the curriculum across the UK.

However, just 4 in 10 young people in the UK say they’ve received financial education, according to new findings by the Money Advice Service, released at the launch of Financial Capability Week 2016.

Sixty school children travel back in time to WW2 to honour Remembrance Day

school children

Sixty primary school children were transported back in time by Chiswick-author Lotte Moore at the London Corinthian Sailing Club on November 10th 2016. In a beautiful Thames-side room in West London, decorated with camouflage, bunting, British flags, artefacts such as gas masks and a rationing table displaying the meagre amounts of food allocated to individuals each week, the children were immersed in the story of Lotte's War. Published by Urbane Publications and officially released on Remembrance Day 2016 (November 11th 2016), Lotte's War: Bunkers, Bombs and Barrage Balloons tells the story of a five-year-old girl's experiences living in Britain during World War Two: a time of hardship, heroism and hope.