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Knutsford School wins ICT equipment at education show

Knutsford School

Knutsford Academy, a secondary school based in the Cheshire town recently attended Europe’s leading education technology event, BETT, at Excel in London.

The school was keen to discover the latest technology in the education market and establish what equipment they could potentially invest in to ensure the schoolprovides students with the best opportunities possible.

Learning computing through play

Babies’ very first learning techniques are established through play; it’s how they navigate the complex world around them. The power of play is undeniable. Therefore, it makes sense that this learning technique should not be lost as children progress through the education system. Former teacher, head of computing/ICT, and head of education at Digital Schoolhouse, Shahneila Saeed, explains how computing can be demystified through play, allowing students to not only understand the subject but, more importantly, enjoy it.

Start Your Legacy with pBuzz

children playing musical instruments

Discover the joy of music in seconds, learn to play in minutes and enjoy for a lifetime.

More eye-catching than a recorder, lighter than a drum and easier to play than a xylophone - pBuzz makes for a magical, musical playtime.

pBuzz is brand new musical instrument from Warwick Music Group, the makers of the pBone and pTrumpet. Designed to encourage young children into brass playing, pBuzz is the perfect fun alternative to the recorder or other traditional first-time instruments. Easy to play, brightly coloured and lightweight for little hands, pBuzz provides the first step on any child’s musical journey. 

Solving safeguarding within virtual classrooms

Sam Warnes

Earlier this year, updated statutory guidance from the Department for Education (DfE) on ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ came into effect, which revised and replaced the 2015 guidance. This means that, once again, the spotlight is firmly on the issue of safeguarding within the education sector.  

Here, Sam Warnes, a former teacher and founder of EDLounge, a unique platform that gives students who struggle with mainstream education the opportunity to access learning, explains how virtual classrooms and online support systems can provide a great alternative provision for students which adheres to government safeguarding and wellbeing guidance.

How do virtual classrooms work? 

Cyber essentials is essential for schools

Pupils using IT

Cohort company MASS has supported The Leys and St Faith’s schools in becoming some of the first schools to achieve Cyber Essentials certification.

The Leys, the only co-educational boarding and day school in Cambridge, and St Faith’s, the largest co-educational prep school in Cambridge, identify data protection as a high priority and pursued the certification to demonstrate that they take cyber security seriously.  

Cyber Essentials certification, which is now a prerequisite in bidding for Government work, is primarily focussed at business and aims at helping protect organisations from common cyber security threats, demonstrating their understanding and approach to the issue. 

Schools meet the challenge with discovery education

Pupil with VR

Primary schools are being encouraged to take part in an exciting new digital challenge which is already engaging thousands of pupils across the UK.

Over 2200 schools have signed up to take part in Discovery Education’s ‘Spotlight on Strategies Challenge’ – a free 12-week programme which helps teachers to introduce technology across the curriculum, and see instant engagement among pupils.

The initiative gives primary schools access to a handpicked range of ideas and resources, enabling teachers to use digital media in every lesson. With topics linked to each area of the National Curriculum, Spotlight on Strategies helps teachers make every lesson digital. 

The Outdoor Classroom Revisited

 canopy roof

The multifarious benefits of outdoors learning are now generally accepted; fresh air and natural light stimulate the brain and senses, with the possibility of more flexible lessons. But a climate of reduced budgets has seen schools turning to their outside spaces to alleviate the pressures of overcrowded classrooms and there is little sign on the horizon of schools being offered any real help in addressing this problem. 

But outside classrooms are not only a solution to a problem but can be a valuable resource in their own right. Establishing an “outdoor learning hub” helps teachers shape policies and strategy for outdoor learning and encourages collaborative activity in a very natural way. 

The Impact Of Brexit On Teaching

The Impact Of Brexit On Teaching infographic

For the past 20 years membership of the EU has been at the forefront of the political debate, whether it be parliamentary sovereignty, open borders or bendy bananas.  However one side of this debate that has gathered less fanfare has been how leaving the EU will affect the teacher shortage and as a result how education recruitment agencies will evolve their businesses and business practice.

Plugging in to modular buildings – lighting controls in the education sector

lighting controls

As a growing population puts further strain on the demand for public services and school places, local authorities are turning to modular buildings to construct lower carbon buildings more quickly. These buildings, which are typically manufactured offsite and pieced together, demand an alternative approach when it comes to lighting control solutions. Martyn Frear, Business Development Manager at CP Electronics looks at key drivers behind the modular building boom and what this means for the lighting control industry.

Modular buildings…a viable option?

Plugging in to modular buildings – lighting controls in the education sector

lighting controls

As a growing population puts further strain on the demand for public services and school places, local authorities are turning to modular buildings to construct lower carbon buildings more quickly. These buildings, which are typically manufactured offsite and pieced together, demand an alternative approach when it comes to lighting control solutions. Martyn Frear, Business Development Manager at CP Electronics looks at key drivers behind the modular building boom and what this means for the lighting control industry.

Modular buildings…a viable option?

How to Help Children Through a Divorce: An Educational Perspective

Clayton-Miller

Through no particular fault, sometimes, marriages simply don’t work out. But when children are involved, it can be a very difficult transitioning process — no matter how amicable the separation. A child’s life can feel as if it’s being turned upside down. Not only does this have an impact on their home life, but also their relationships with their peers and their performance at school. But is there anything teachers and professionals can do to support their students?

Reformed “Career Criminal” Speaks About Restorative Justice at Clifton College

Clifton College,

Sixth form pupils at Clifton College, Bristol, heard how a notorious “career criminal” turned his life around because of an innovative rehabilitation technique called restorative justice

Peter Woolf, a prolific offender who committed an estimated 20,000 crimes across the UK, discussed his life and unique story to more than 300 sixth form pupils at the College’s Redgrave Theatre. He gave his life story: from growing up around petty criminals and wassent to Wandsworth Prison at 17, and to becoming a career criminal and finally turning his life around after a chance encounter with one of his victims. 

AGR survey: schools essential to closing the skills gap

The Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) Student Development Survey reports that the development of soft skills needs to start at school, leaving it to universities and employers is too late.

 

The report1 launched today (Tuesday 14 March) at the AGR Development Conference revealed that half (49%) of employers think that graduates don’t have the skills expected of them at the point of hiring.

 

On average they reported that a quarter of their graduate intake are lacking essential soft skills.

 

St John’s Catholic School – a place where every voice is heard and celebrated.

St John’s Catholic School

St John’s Catholic School for the Deaf is a school where spoken language is used across every department and where every young person communicates equally and successfully with others. St John’s is a specialist school for sensory and communication needs where skilled staff help students to develop a love of learning, and to achieve their best.

The school provides an optimum listening environment through small teaching groups and sound field technology in acoustically treated classrooms.

Barriers to learning are removed by specialist teaching staff who are qualified teachers of hearing and multi-sensory impairment as well as specialist speech and language therapists who provide 1:1 sessions and group therapy.

Primary Department

Barbecue tips from Cinders Barbecues Limited©

Cinders Barbecues Limited©

BARBECUES BY THEIR VERY NATURE ARE FUN! PERFECT FOR SPORTS DAYS AND GREAT FOR FUND RAISING EVENTS TOO. THEY ALWAYS DRAW A CROWD, PARTICULARLY ON FINE DAYS WHEN EVERYONE WANTS TO BE OUTDOORS.

Here are a few practical tips for a trouble free barbecue event………

1. SAFETY - Ensure that the person connecting the gas bottle to the barbecue is competent in the use of bottled gas. Allow everyone to see what’s cooking, but keep a safe perimeter. 

2. ORGANISATION - Organisation is the key to larger scale catering. Organise your team accordingly and make sure they each know what their specific job will be.

3. STAFF - Barbecues are fun! Choosing the more extrovert members of your staff to be on duty will help create the right atmosphere.