North East schools urged to act in light of agency closure to ensure children stay safe


HUNDREDS of North East schools could be without access to adequate e-safety advice and security resources when a Government-backed support network closes this year.

IT experts Advantex Network Solutions Ltd warns that the end of Northern Grid for Learning (NGfL) will have a ‘massive’ impact on schools, colleges and other training providers unless they act and start to draw up alternative plans.

The countdown has started to NGfL winding down at the end of July, when broadband procurement, safety, safeguarding and digital literacy services will no longer be available to around 450 local schools and dozens of other sector providers.

Calls for a digital ombudsman to represent the right of children

The children’s commissioner Anne Longfield is calling for greater support to protect children online.
It comes as a study finds half of eight to 11-year-olds in England willing ‘agree’ to website terms and conditions when online. However, in signing over their digital rights they do so without understanding the implications.

Anne Longfield, said a specialist ombudsman is needed to represent the rights of children to social media companies.
She also suggests a broader digital citizenship programme should be obligatory in every school from ages four to 14. 
Growing Up Digital, a year-long study into how well children are prepared to engage with the internet, is published today by Anne Longfield, Children’s Commissioner for England.

The Awards, once again have attracted plenty of interest and submissions have been rolling in.

Teacher awards

Rebecca Clark, Regional Schools Commissioner for the South West, has been confirmed as opening speaker for the 2017 Cornwall Teacher Awards.

Nikki Baron Business Development Director at the event's organisers, EMPRA said: "We are absolutely delighted that Rebecca is speaking at the Awards, she's such an important figure in the education sector."

The Regional Schools Commissioner is responsible for overseeing the growth of academies in the region and is responsible for monitoring their performance to ensure children receive the best possible education.

How to Develop Your Study Skills-Work Smarter, Not Harder

Studying is never easy an easy task. We have so much going on in our lives and it can be easy to get distracted. When you are studying, you must ensure that you are doing it effectively. There’s nothing worse than spending hours trying to get work done when you’re constantly losing focus. There are things you can do to make your study sessions as effective as possible and get back to the things you like doing in life.

Youngsters bring ‘miles of smiles’ to nursing home

Students from Robert Blake Science College in Bridgwater brought ‘miles of smiles’ to the residents of Avalon Nursing Home, when they visited to share a festive musical programme with them.

Wearing Santa hats or reindeer antlers, students from years 7 to 11 and their music teacher Matt Hawkins, sang a mixture of traditional carols such as Silent Night, and seasonal favourites such as Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.

Lisa Priddice, Avalon’s joint activity co-ordinator, said: “It was a lovely concert and the residents really enjoyed it. 

“The time and effort put into the event by the students and Mr Hawkins was very much appreciated, and we’re looking forward to a return visit from them in the New Year.”

Northern Ireland to showcase its exciting edtech cluster at Bett 2017

• For the first time there is a Northern Ireland pavilion at Bett, organised by Invest Northern Ireland 

• The pavilion will showcase six of the region’s exciting edtech companies

• The aim is to promote the breadth and depth of Northern Ireland’s edtechexpertise  and increase national and international business relationships 

Invest Northern Ireland (Invest NI), the main economic development agency for this part of the UK, will have a Northern Ireland pavilion for the first time at Bett 2017, to showcase six of the region’s exciting and upcoming edtech companies, and to promote trade with Northern Ireland. 

HCSS Education founder hands over the reins after dedicating over 35 years to the education sector

Howard Jackson

A leading education finance specialist is retiring from HCSS Education after contributing over 35 years of experience to the education sector.

Howard Jackson, head of education and founder of HCSS Education, part of Access Group, is retiring at the end of December following decades of experience, with roles including internal audit, school business manager and finance director.

He first set up the company in the back bedroom of his home in Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire in 1993. Since then, HCSS Education has grown to become a successful business, employing over 80 people and boasting an impressive portfolio of software solutions, training and consultancy services.

F40 welcomes main thrust of government’s fair funding proposals

Fair funding for schools campaign group, f40, has welcomed the overall proposals put forward by the government in Stage 2 of the consultation on fair funding for schools.

The group, which has campaigned for over 20 years for a fairer, more equitable school funding formula, says it needs time to analyse the detail within the government’s announcement but thinks that the basic fair funding element meets its demand for a fairer allocation arrangement.

Three quarters of model essays paid for by mature students

Daniel Dennehy

The pressure of juggling full time work with university means that as many as 75 per cent of those who pay for model essays are mature students, a new study has shown.
UK Essays, a global academic writing company, surveyed 2,885 students who had ordered example essays in the past 12 months, and found that more than three-quarters (76.2 per cent) of respondents were aged 25 or over.
Of the mature students, more than half (53 per cent) were in full time employment clocking up 40 hours a week, while a quarter worked part time.

Matt Fiddes Is Calling On The UK Government To Introduce Mandatory Personal Security/Self-Defence Classes Into UK Secondary Schools

This campaign plans to help school children from age 11 to learn essential personal security and self-defence skills. With the assistance of communities, the Police and key martial arts experts; Fiddes aims to present 20 techniques to nationwide PE teachers in order for them to be able to efficiently teach their students these fundamental skills.

As we are well aware, there are threats all around affecting our children. This petition is calling on schools to help the younger generation to be able to defend themselves against all physical threats, from simple playground pushing to lethal abductions.

The Marks are In: The Biggest Edtech Trends in 2016 and What’s in Store for 2017

A whopping 71% of primary schools and 76% of secondary schools in the UK utilise tablets in the classroom, according to a British Education Studies Association (BESA) survey. As technology and education continues to go hand-in-hand, it’s critical to look back at the biggest edtech trends of this past year to understand how they will evolve and create a lasting impact in 2017.

The demise of BYOD

Could YOU pass modern GCSEs? Take this new test to find out!

Many people say modern GCSE subjects are easier than the traditional Maths, English and Science papers sat by previous generations, but could you pass these tests yourself?

Distance learning provider Oxford Open Learning Trust created the Would You Pass? quiz to put adults to the test and find out which questions from modern exams - like Citizenship and Health & Social Care - they can answer correctly.

Some 1,000 British adults were surveyed to find out which modern subjects they wish were an option when they took their GCSEs.

The top five modern GCSE subjects Brits wish they could've taken:

Computer Science (40%)

Law (24%)

Psychology (24%)

Business Studies (22%)

Teaching teenagers with SPD

secondary school library

Sensory processing disorder (SPD) is most often spoken about in relation to toddlers and young children, but it’s a condition that affects teenagers as well. However, much of the treatment information and advice available on SPD is targeted at a younger age bracket, and isn’t always helpful when it comes to knowing how to help a teenager cope in an educational setting. 

Teenagers are more conscious of what their peers will think than a small child might be, and won’t necessarily respond in the same way to techniques designed to help them cope in the classroom. Understanding SPD as it affects each teen individually is the key to helping them succeed in secondary education.

Overview of SPD