Ready, Steady, Solder!

Solder kit

Kitronik develops student skills by supporting the teaching of basic electronics techniques. 

Keen to assist teachers in equipping students with the key skills to make good progress in electronics, Kitronik has produced a ‘Learn to Solder Pack’ which has been carefully designed for use in Key Stage Three (KS3) Design and Technology lessons. 

The kit has been created to give students a successful introduction to soldering with simple component placement. Further information is available to view on the Kitronik website here

Supporting soldering success 

How to respond when one child does well and another does less well (or fails) in exams

child better exams

We all know that there is an increasing pressure to perform well academically in order to be successful in an increasingly competitive world; we also understand that not all children are high academic performers, some children barely scrape through their academic exams or perform poorly.

So, how can parents best navigate the difficult situation of one child (of a pair of siblings) doing well in their exams and another child not doing as well, or even failing?

Overseas trips – a source of inspirational learning

overseas trips

Children of prep school age will develop hugely during an overseas trip, accelerated by external influences and exposure to new cultures, challenges and unfamiliar surroundings. 

But it is often these radical life experiences that push prep school children right out of their comfort zones which helps to nurture independence and boost self-confidence as they learn to adapt and appreciate how different communities live, develop and grow.  Are overseas trips an important source of learning for prep school age children?  I say yes; and I’ll explain exactly why.

A New Route To Learning

Teach9’s New Online Learning Platform provides certainty in an uncertain educational climate 


Tuition fees have been increasingly in the news of late, starring centre stage as the latest ‘political hot potato’ that nobody seems to want to catch. Whilst the future of the charges seems more uncertain than at any time since their rise to £9,000 per year in 2011, the uncertainty seems to be turning students toward tuition alternatives, such as online learning models.


Over the past week or two:

• UCAS figures published this week show that university applications have fallen by 4%.

• A Times Higher Education Survey (THE) highlights that one in three university vice-chancellors surveyed back scrapping fees.

The rise of the invisible classroom

Tutoring might be one of the world's oldest professions but it cannot escape the rising "Uberisation" of modern life.

Plato tutored Dionysius, ruler of Syracuse, while Aristotle instructed Alexander the Great. But students and parents, in the stress of the exam season, can now turn to a tutoring industry using online technology.
Lewys White is part of the team behind the newest educational platform on the block – Teach9 - who hope that their new bespoke mobile and desktop app Power By The Minute will herald the beginning of a virtual online community that removes the restrictions of geography, time-zones and commute for any student who needs to find the right tutor suited to their needs.

Protecting young people

Florian Malecki

SonicWall keeps students safe and prevents ransomware, encrypted threats and phishing attacks at Luton Sixth Form College


Educational institutions face a unique set of challenges when it comes to data security. Protecting young people from external threats and safeguarding their data is the paramount concern. And yet IT plays an increasingly important role in education meaning the provision of a shared network and fast internet connection is critical to performance. ICT managers must therefore be equipped with the right tools to be able to provide a well performing infrastructure with 24/7 uptime, while ensuring its users are protected. One such institution facing such challenges was Luton Sixth Form College.


Future apprenticeships

Louise Doyle



NEW research* indicates that front-line FE staff lack confidence in their organisation’s ability to successfully deliver future apprenticeships, says quality assurance specialists, Mesma.


The company was commenting on a survey undertaken by consultancy partner Strategic Development Network to gauge sector confidence in the wake of the general election.


The survey, which revealed FE colleges are slightly more optimistic about their future than independent training providers, showed a significant disparity between the level of confidence among front-line staff compared to their senior colleagues. 


Five top tips for learning with little ones during the summer break

summer break

With the summer holidays in full swing, it’s important to remember that now the first couple of weeks of fun are over, you could try to help your little one retain some of what they’ve learnt at nursery school during the remainder of the long summer break.


We asked Janna Geiregger, primary school teacher and nursery manager at Wiggles & Giggles Day Nursery, shares her successful tips to help keep your littles ones brains alert during the break.


Before we start, it’s really important to remember this learning is about having fun whilst you are out and about, not about sitting at the dining table doing book work.


1)At one with nature

The Apprenticeship Levy and why retailers and food manufacturers must embrace Apprenticeships more

apprenticeship reform

Debbie Gardiner (pictured),CEO of Qube Learning, explains why “Apprenticeship Reforms" commenced on the 1st May, which changed the way that Apprenticeships are funded and delivered using new Apprenticeship Standards and in turn, has changed how employers are recruiting.

Keeping today’s constantly-connected student generation truly connected

staying connected

Young people today are constantly connected – for many, smartphones have almost become extensions of themselves. Research from Google shows that 90% of millennials venture online daily, with 75% going online via a smartphone at least as often as a computer. Now, your location might change but you’ll always remain online – how often have you heard someone ask for the Wi-Fi code as soon as they enter a hotel, café, restaurant, or friend’s house?

Pupils Branch out into New Timber Classroom with Star Power

Wylde Green Primary School

TV star Emma Willis has officially unveiled a brand-new timber teaching facility at an open day at Wylde Green Primary School in Sutton Coldfield.


Willis, the host of Big Brother, is a former pupil of the school and was joined by singer-songwriter husband Matt. The new classroom block is for the year six children at the school. It enables them to move out of the school hall into a dedicated teaching space, containing two equal 52m² sized rooms, in addition to a lobby and entrance area. The build facilitates the achievement of outdoor learning objectives, representing a change of scenery for pupils and staff. 


Why I Volunteer with the Barefoot Computing Project


​Are you still looking for engaging computing resources for your school and need support in teaching them? Maybe it is time to book a Barefoot Computing Workshop! As a Barefoot volunteer, I have led ten Barefoot workshops so far for primary teachers in schools across the U.K. 

Barefoot is supporting U.K. primary teachers with free workshops and resources in exploring computational thinking. Fully aligned to all UK curricula, they are supported by Department for Education, Education Scotland, Welsh Government, BT and Computing at School, and include engaging activities for SEN pupils too.

Q: What does a Barefoot Workshop involve?