Education authorities could face £17m fine for non-compliance with new GDPR


The EU Parliament has seen a lot of to-ing and fro-ing of the issue over the years, but they’ve finally set a date for implementing a strict zero-tolerance policy towards privacy and data protection.

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is set to become fully effective on 25th March 2018 , after which date any organisations that fail to comply with the GDPR will be charged with a fine of £17.2m (€20m) or 4% of their annual turnover – whichever is higher.

Technology brings learning to life in the classroom

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Schools should be ready to equip their pupils with a strong set of digital skills to succeed in the workplace, says Aisling Hagan, senior teacher and director of e-learning at St Mary’s Grammar School in Northern Ireland.

Today’s young people face the prospect of entering a more fast paced, leaner and more creative workplace made possible by the latest technology. To prepare pupils to thrive in a digitally evolving world, schools increasingly need to look at ways to embed technology right through the curriculum, which is what we have done here at St Mary’s.

Real-life applications

Pupils explore works of First World War writers on new battlefields tour


The First World War Centenary Battlefield Tours programme, designed to engage school students in active commemoration, has been extended to offer free literature themed tours to all secondary and middle schools in England. 


The literature tours are a new and additional element to the government funded programme which is already being run by the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) and school tour operator Equity. The tours give students tangible insight into the lives and experiences of those who fought the Great War, a genuine understanding of its historic importance and why it remains enormously relevant today, 100 years on.


5 Things To Consider When Choosing Your School Canopy

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Outdoor shelters and canopies are a great way to extend the space available to schools - from outdoor classrooms and dining areas to covered playgrounds - but how do you make sure you choose the right canopy or shelter for your school? Ask yourself the following five questions and you can’t go wrong.


What will the canopy be used for?

It’s important to consider when your canopy will be in use, whether it’s during the summer months or all-year-round.

Whichever option works for your school, it’s important to ask a supplier what safety standards their canopies adhere to and what safety features are built in, questions you might want to ask include:

• Is there 100% UV protection?

School-led leadership qualifications provider expands

A school-led leadership qualification provider is to expand in a move that will make it one of the largest professional development organisations of its kind in England.


Outstanding Leaders Partnership (OLP) was established in the north west in 2012 and has grown to 20 teaching school alliances, trusts and individual schools, working in partnership to deliver school leader development programmes across the region. It has worked with over 900 schools – including some of the region’s most challenging schools – since its launch.


The expansion will see two other school-led partnerships – Nottinghamshire based LEAD Academy Trust and West Hertfordshire Teaching Schools Partnership - becoming delivery partners under the OLP brand. 


Former headteacher turns poetry into hip hop to reach 
one million revising GCSE students

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A former headteacher with a goal of teaching one million young people has transformed GCSE English Literature revision, with the launch of a new set of ‘hip-hop poetry’ study videos.


Leon Hady is the founder of TuitionKit, the national e-learning solution that provides interactive video content to help GCSE and A Level students revise in Maths, English and Science. 


Ofsted confirms spectacular turnaround of west London college

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One of the largest further education colleges in England is celebrating what could be the most spectacular turnaround in the sector in recent years. 


Today, it was announced that Ealing Hammersmith and West London’s College has been awarded a good rating from Ofsted. This comes less than 18 months after the college was rated as inadequate and put into special monitoring measures by the inspectorate. 


The leadership team have reinvigorated the college and since 2014, there has been a 17.3% increase in students’ English and maths achievement and a 12% rise in achievement across all subjects.


SATs prep goes digital: primary schools get ready with discovery education espresso


Primary schools across the UK are using an award-winning digital learning service to get pupils ready for next week’s SATs tests. 


Discovery Education Espresso is helping thousands of teachers by providing dynamic online resources which keep children engaged and make revision fun.


Maintaining a love of learning can be a challenge as assessments approach, but the appeal of technology keeps lessons exciting, igniting pupil interest and boosting attainment. 


Primary school secures OFSTED using latest QA technology

Toni Hilton

A PRIMARY school is benefitting from an online quality assurance tool-kit as it secures another strong Ofsted performance.


Bill Quay Primary School in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, caters for more than 100 four – 11 year old children, who are supported by currently 40 teaching and support staff delivering a broad curriculum. 


However, in the same way that thousands of other schools and education facilities are regularly inspected, Bill Quay faces Ofsted to ensure its achieving a high standard of teaching provision with the results published on the inspectors’ website. 


“Make mental health education compulsory”

92% of teenagers think mental health should be discussed in lessons at school

An overwhelming majority of British teenagers think mental health should be discussed in lessons at school, according to a new survey. Yet mental health education is not compulsory in schools.


More than 85,000 people have signed a petition calling on the government to make mental health education compulsory in schools, which needs to receive 100,000 signatures for it to be considered for debate in Parliament.


Due to the snap General Election, the deadline to secure 100,000 signatures has been brought forward to Wednesday 3rd May. The petition has been signed and shared by:


Lancaster University collaborates with FutureLearn to accommodate dyslexic students in foreign language classrooms

dyslexic student

The course on ‘Dyslexia and Foreign Language Teaching’ is open now


According to the national charity, Dyslexia Action, dyslexia affects approximately 10% of the UK population, yet 74% of teachers surveyed by the charity stated that they did not feel satisfied that their initial teacher training provided them with the skills they need to identify and teach children with dyslexia.

UK Trails Europe for School Holidays – But Are More on the Way?

School Holidays map

Following the announcement of a snap election, Jeremy Corbyn has announced that Labour would seek to create four new bank holidays on the days that celebrate the patron saint of each UK country. These days are:

1st March (St. David’s Day)
17th March (St. Patrick’s Day)
23rd April (St. George’s Day)
30th November (St. Andrew’s Day)

Schools sign up for global movement to learn outdoors

Schools sign up for global movement to learn outdoors

Up to half a million children to learn outside on Outdoor Classroom Day on May 18th 2017
School children across the UK will join thousands of other schools all over the world to celebrate Outdoor Classroom Day- a global initiative that encourages teachers to take lessons outside.  
Outdoor Classroom Day will be celebrated across the world in as many as 52 countries on May 18th 2017, with the aim of getting over half a million children learning and playing outside of their classroom.
The initiative is being led globally by Project Dirt with the help of the charity Learning through Landscapes, that will lead the campaign in the UK & ROI.

Smarter Surfaces has made its mark at Milan Design Week 2017

Smarter Surfaces has made its mark at Milan Design Week 2017

Smarter Surfaces has made its mark at Milan Design Week 2017 and attracted the attention of one of Italy’s biggest publications.

Recently returned from exhibiting at Salone Del Mobile, one of the top furniture shows in the world, Smarter Surfaces stood out from the crowd and was spotted by and featured in top Italian newspaper Corriere Della Sera.

Salone Del Mobile features thousands of innovative and exciting exhibitors but journalists at Corriere Della Sera singled out Smarter Surfaces products as standing out from the rest  commenting "Walls are usually dead. They become alive with Smarter Surfaces products.”