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Primary teachers invited to learn with science and nutrition experts

Christopher Lloyd

Free ‘Food For Thought’ event will offer ideas and inspiration to boost pupil health and wellbeing

Primary school teachers from across the UK are being encouraged to join science, nutrition and health experts at a special event in London next month.

Hosted by Discovery Education and Alimentarium Academy on 17th October, Day of Discovery - Food For Thought will bring educators and specialists together for aday of dynamic workshops, experiments and seminars exploring healthy eating and body image in primary school age pupils.

It’s official we’re ‘Outstanding’ Open Study College shortlisted for two Solihull Chamber of Commerce Awards

Open College

Birmingham based Open Study College has been shortlisted in two categories of the finals of the prestigious Solihull Chamber of Commerce Awards.

Open Study College has been shortlisted in the ‘outstanding small business’ category and Samantha Rutter, Chief Operating Officer from Open Study College and Director of Wiggles & Giggles Day Nursery, has also been shortlisted for the Solihull Business Person of the year.  

A Brief Guide to School Toilet Regs

Paul Thorn

When planning washroom facilities for school premises, there are various best practice design guides to point you in the right direction, such as how to choose the perfect urinals for your school or college

However, when it comes to swotting up on the rules and regulations that must be followed when installing amenities, it can be difficult to find the right information, with many people pointing out inconsistencies between varying versions of government guidelines.

Caledonian wins place on £50m ESFA school framework

Farnborough

Caledonian has been awarded a position as an approved supplier on the £50m Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) Framework to act as Lead Designer and Principal Contractor for the design and build of new schools, academies, and other educational facilities.

 

Caledonian and its Design partner HLM Architects will deliver innovative design led solutions that promote the intelligent use of Building Information Modelling (BIM), Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DFMA) and the use of Lean Manufacturing techniques to eliminate waste. This will enable entire school buildings to be manufactured off-site with only minimal works required onsite to install, connect and commission the buildings.

 

£1.6m investment puts Wonde on track to transform data integration in EdTech

Left to right: Peter Dabrowa (CEO, Wonde), Matt Hancock MP, Philip Clifton (CTO, Wonde)

Wonde is a new integration service allowing app developers and schools to share information in a way that is secure, simple and fast. Having raised £1.6m in a seed round led by The Richmond Group, Wonde’s fully managed service ensures third party applications can securely access the school information they require after just one integration.

Wonde’s £1.6m seed round is the largest Seed investment round to be made by any graduate of Emerge Education, Europe’s largest EdTech Accelerator programme. This huge endorsement solidifies Wonde as a real disruption in the market, and puts the company on

course to completely transform how information is shared between schools and the EdTech industry.

New platform support, features and awards

NetSupport

NetSupport releases new version of its IT Asset Management solution  

 

NetSupport is pleased to announce the latest update to its award-winning IT Asset Management solution, NetSupport DNA: version 4.5 – Corporate and Education Editions.

With features designed to save schools and enterprises time and money whilst increasing productivity, ensuring reliability and adding security to their IT systems, the new release includes a whole host of new tools and added support, making it the ultimate monitoring and IT management solution on the market – backed by multiple awards including ‘Best of Show’ at ISTE 2017.  

C-Live is the UK’s first virtual reality training which features a classroom environment with pupils

C-Live

Connect are delighted to announce they are working in association with the Institute for Education at Bath Spa University who will be using C-Live, our innovative teacher-training aid as part of their teacher training programmes from September onwards. 

Bath Spa is a teaching-led university, committed to promoting excellence which is one of many reasons why the Institute for Education is one of the highest rated providers of education training in the country. 

New Primary Free School Will Deliver High-Quality Education For Bedford Children

Great Ouse Primary Academy, in Biddenham, Bedford, is part of the high-performing Sharnbrook Academy Federation (SAF), and will open with pupils in a pre-school, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. It will become a two-class per year school from September 2018 as even more children join the popular primary. Great Ouse will act as a feeder to two other strong SAF schools, Lincroft Academy and Sharnbrook Academy.

Although it is a new school, it already boasts a strong track record - Great Ouse Primary Academy's Principal is Paul Ives, formerly the headteacher at Margaret Beaufort Middle School, which recorded the best results in the area for 11-year-olds in reading, writing and maths over the last six years.

Principal Paul Ives said:

Kong Adventure Keswick

Looking for something that will challenge your pupils in new and exciting ways, whilst pushing them out of their comfort zone? Want to find a unique way to develop teamwork and soft skills? Look no further than Kong Adventure, Keswick! 

Based in the heart of the Lake District, we are a well-established centre specialising in all things adventurous, offering a vast range of activities, both indoors and out!  Each experience is tailor-made to your specifications, and every detail is carefully considered.

 

Boasting a large, state of the art onsite Climbing Wall, Ice Climbing Zone and our own café/play area, we are well equipped to deliver the experience your pupils deserve.  We even have an indoor caving system, for something truly unique!

Quality sports equipment for schools

sportsequip.co.uk are a Leicestershire based company specialising in the supply and installation of quality sports equipment for schools, colleges and universities.

 

sportsequip are major distributors for the most popular ranges of sports equipment for schools including UK manufacturers Harrod UK Ltd and Edwards Sports Products Ltd. With a wealth of experienced personnel on board sportsequip offer unbiased, balanced advise to go alongside their extensive range of products and services.

 

With competitive pricing being ever more important for all schools sportsequip.co.uk continue to secure more and more school orders and contracts for football goals, hockey goals, rugby posts,  cricket cages & artificial wickets.

 

Calling all budding historians in Years 8 and 9

pupils

The UCL Institute of Education and school tour operator, Equity, who collectively run the First World War Centenary Battlefield Tours Programme, are inviting all state secondary schools in South East London and Medway, Lincolnshire, Essex, Central England, Cheshire and Lancashire to participate in a First World War History Regional Competition, as part of the national commemorations of the conflict. 

 

Every school in the listed regions are eligible to enter one team of four students from Years 8 and/or 9 led by their teacher, regardless of their schools’ previous participation on a free government funded battlefields tour.

 

New Executive Director takes up post at NASBTT

The National Association of School-Based Teacher Trainers (NASBTT), which champions school-led teacher training and development, has appointed a new Executive Director following the retirement of Martin Thompson after over 17 years with the organisation.
 
Emma Hollis, who has been a Trustee at NASBTT for the past 18 months alongside her roles as Head of Educational Strategy at the Inspiring Futures Through Learning multi-academy trust and Head of the Milton Keynes Teaching School Alliance, formally took up her new position as Executive Director on 1st September.

Get Creative, Teaching Times Tables

teachers desk

With the times tables tests coming to primary schools by 2019, this might be the opportune time to start thinking about how to get kids optimally engaged for what is an essential but daunting learning curve for under 11s.

 

The times table tests are being implemented because learning the times tables is a crucialstepping stone required for children to undertake long multiplication and long division.