School pupils share pencils to raise awareness of children not in school

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Pupils at Hugh Sexey Church of England Middle School in Somerset, were the first to take part in an innovative scheme to raise awareness of the 124 million children in the world who are missing out on an education* across the globe.

The first ever national Share a Pencil Day takes place on 17th May 2017, when pupils will be asked to share a pencil for a single lesson, an afternoon or the whole day, to experience what learning is really like for the many children without access to school or the basic materials to learn. In the run-up to the event, the organisers, Hope, worked in partnership with Hugh Sexey Middle School to demonstrate the educational benefits of the scheme to teachers,before the big day itself.

UK schools move to cloud services to reduce costs and better manage their budgets survey reveals


“With funding per pupil set to fall in real terms by 6.5%1, more and more UK schools are adopting a cloud first strategy and turning to cloud-based solutions to reduce their IT spend and make significant savings”, says Ian Nairn, Managing Director of C-Learning.  

The company, which commissioned an independent survey from Schoolzone revealed that adoption of the Cloud in UK schools is set to double in the next three years, just as it has in the US.

Ensuring professional development is effective

While continuing professional development (CPD) plays a key role in many sectors, in order to be truly effective when it comes to teaching, a school has to know the specific developmental needs of its staff, and ensure that training will positively impact student outcomes. Damien Roberts, director and co-founder of SchooliP discusses…


Teaching is one of the most important professions that affects our future generation; therefore improvement can only be achieved if we invest in effective professional development that will help build skills and develop classroom practices.

Conference programme online for inaugural Music & Drama Education Expo | Manchester!

Music & Drama Education Expo

Rhinegold Media & Events is delighted to announce the conference programme for the first Music & Drama Education Expo | Manchester; the Northern region’s leading free CPD event for music & drama teachers.


Taking place on 4 October 2017 at the Hilton Manchester Deansgate Hotel, the free show will offer a day of high-quality CPD, unrivalled networking opportunities and the chance to try out hundreds of products at our comprehensive exhibition.


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How UTC education provides a doorway to social mobility

With so many options available to young people, such as grammar schools, free schools, sixth form, apprenticeships, further education colleges, UTC’s and university, it must be a challenging task to decipher which path will be the right one for a young person’s career choices. It is difficult for students to try and foresee how their educational choices will affect their future career – especially when this won’t come to fruition until three, four or even five year’s time - and all too often there is little experience of work life offered to them during secondary school level education.

Strong leaders are like good wine, they mature with age and experience

It is no secret in the education sector that a crescent of factors have contributed to a shortage of teachers in recent years, and in particular, teachers who can fill leadership roles. The hard-line pruning of our sector’s funding combined with increasing demand on teachers’ personal time has understandably pushed many in the industry to opt to leave teaching behind. 

Preparation is key to creating a stronger healthcare sector

A shortage of healthcare professionals is one of the major issues facing today’s National Health Service. 


According to recent research by the Royal College of Nurses and Royal College of Midwives, the country requires a further 20,000 nursing staff and 3,500 more midwives to keep pace with increasing demand. Meanwhile, as between seven and ten percent of doctor posts remain vacant, it has also been estimated that by 2025, our ageing population will necessitate an additional 275,000 jobs in the adult social care sector. 


See beyond the smoke and mirrors and act on school pollution

 David Fitzgerald

THERE is one thing that dominates debate about air pollution and it informs everybody’s view of one of the greatest health problems we face.

There is one simple reason for this. The toxic chemicals expelled from cars are tangible. We can taste them, see them and smell them and their short and long-term effects on our health are well documented. 

Historically, change in this area is something that has come from the top. We have relied on governments to act on our behalf but the next great clean air revolution could - and should - turn all that on its head.

The Winners


We’re delighted to announce the winners of My EPIC Era 2017.  

In January 2017, 60 second histories launched a national history competition for schools in a bid to engage pupils in the joy of history.  By the time the competition closed on 31st March, we had received loads of super (and very creative) entries.  

Our judges had great fun pouring through all the drawings, models, writings, videos and songs etc. from schools across the country.  The standard once again has been pretty EPIC and it has been fantastic to see the creativity and enthusiasm of pupils demonstrating their fascination for history.

Pupils win TV tour for classmates in Roald Dahl centenary competition


Pupils from two primary schools stepped into the exciting world of television at Discovery Channel on Friday after their classmates scooped first prize in a national Roald Dahl competition.

Alfie Richards, 9, from Irthlingborough Junior School in Wellingborough, and Raiya Mann, 7, from Glendower Prep School in London were the winners of Discovery Education’s Sweet Inventions Competition, which encouraged children to step into the shoes of Willy Wonka by inventing their own sweets. The competition was held to mark the centenary of author Roald Dahl’s birth, and attracted thousands of entries from across the UK. 

Strengthening the foundations of global education

• Education experts from around the world gathered to discuss and make recommendations as part of UNESCO’s Sustainable Development Goal 4

• Central topic of the event was the fragmentation of teacher training, and the impact of failing recruitment and retention

• A report summarising the recommendations made at the summit will be presented to UNESCO as part of the Education 2030 Framework for Action

At London’s National Liberal Club on Thursday 4 May 2017, education experts from around the world gathered to discuss UNESCO’s Education 2030 Framework for Action, focusing specifically on the impact and improvement of teacher training worldwide. 

Educater announce Rising Stars partnership

Gareth Heggie

Educater is delighted to announce an exciting new partnership which will see the Rising Stars Progression Frameworks incorporated into its STATonline primary assessment tool, enabling teachers to record pupil progress, gather evidence and plan against the Rising Stars Progression Frameworks. 


Frameworks for English, Maths, Science, Computing and History will be included as an option alongside Educater’s current content partners STAT Sheffield and NAHT Assessment Frameworks. Educater is now in a position to incorporate any school content into its STATonline assessment tracker.


Bunkabin launches new sleeper units for extra student space and comfort

Study desk

Bunkabin, the leading supplier of en-suite site sleepers and portable cabins, has launched its Bespoke Sleeper to offer even more space and comfort for students.


The Oldham-based company provides portable sleeper units to universities and colleges in need of additional student accommodation and has expanded its offering with the Bespoke Sleeper, which boasts more space and extra insulation. The Bespoke unit offers all the quality and comfort associated with regular, permanent buildings, and includes everything a student needs for a good night's rest and a quiet study environment.


Sparkling and speedy warewashing results for schools


It is vital for schools to have clean, hygienic plates, glasses, cutlery and utensils, so the right warewashing equipment is essential. Visitors to Stand M44 will be able to find out how Winterhalter’s new Connected Wash system can make school warewashing more efficient, reliable and controllable, as well as producing sparkling clean wash results time after time.


The Connected Wash system exploits the latest networking and digital technologies to allow Winterhalter warewashers to be networked - providing more continuity and efficiency in the school kitchen, or in multiple kitchens in a school cluster.


Brexit Means We Need A More Global Britain

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Over the past nine months there has been much speculation over Brexit, with many of us wondering what the consequences will be for education as well as our cultural and economic relationships. But, with article 50 finally triggered and our fates soon to be determined, perhaps the UK can begin to look at Brexit as an opportunity to reassess and develop a more global outlook.

No longer being part of a 27 strong group, we will be responsible for our own standing on the world stage. This is an ideal time for the UK to not only maintain, but indeed strengthen and enrich its  cultural and global market.