Open Study College shortlisted for Education Investor Awards

Open Study College

Open Study College, based on Birmingham Business Park, have been shortlisted for an Education Investor Award for the Skills Provider of the year category. 

The Education Investor Awards help to promote excellence and innovation in the business of education.

This year’s competition, supported by Education Investor magazine, is set to be fierce as judges sift through the many entries from organisations which have made an outstanding contribution to education. 

Students Perform Song Dedicated to Tottenham First World War Hero

Student with tour dates T-Shirt

A century on from his death, Tottenham soldier Private George Baxter Lowson has been celebrated in a fitting, contemporary memorial created by two students from Vale Special School, Haringey. 

Jhonattan and Zac were so inspired by the story of George Baxter Lowson that they wrote and produced their song and rap, ‘My Mate George’, which was performed in London and Belgium as part of the Battle of Passchendaele commemorations. 

The creation of the song followed the students’ participation in the government-funded First World War Centenary Battlefield Tours Programme in February 2015, during which they visited Ypres and The Somme, and were accompanied by their Deputy Headteacher, Tony Millard.                                           

Gate Safe register hits 1,000

Nearly seven years since Gate Safe became the first organisation to initiate a campaign for improved standards in automated gate safety, the charity marked another important milestone, as it celebrated hitting 1,000 installers on its acclaimed national register of Gate Safe Aware Installers - which currently features 459 companies.


The training session at Trade Skills 4 U – the UK’s no 1 provider of electrical training which regularly hosts Gate Safe Aware training – was attended by 17 delegates, including 4 from Acctive Systems, signifying 1,000 trained Gate Safe Aware installers in the UK.


The best apps and websites for teachers

Nowadays, so many of us use apps on a daily basis, but it may be that we haven’t considered how apps could help us in our working lives. For teachers in particular, there are a slew of apps and websites specifically designed to help you manage your busy working day and bring lessons to life. Here, computer leasing specialists Hardsoft have rounded up some of the best apps and websites for teachers to give you a helping hand in the new academic year: 

Slack Team Communication

Three common HR issues in schools and how to handle them

Natalie Spink

Whilst schools are very different in their characteristics there are some common HR issues they may face. Natalie Spink, Employment Solicitor for Education Services for Your HR Lawyer, explains how schools can handle three of the most common problems.


The school needs to change the staffing structure for its Senior Leadership Team, how do we do this?


It is highly likely that you will have a restructuring policy, so the first thing for you to do is have a read through this. 


Educational inequality using digital technology


Engaging students and tackling educational inequality using digital technology

According to the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA), more than 50 per cent of learning time in UK classrooms is now spent using technology.This is hugely encouraging, but with school budgets under intense pressure,it’s imperative that tech’s potential to address inequalities, reverse negative trends and raise educational attainment continues to be realised, and students are equipped with the digital skills needed to flourish in the workplace of the future.


The Importance of Building a Great Relationship Between Teachers and Parents

The Importance of Building a Great Relationship Between Teachers and Parents

In this post, The Present Tree, discuss thoughts on the importance of teacher-parent relationships, and offers some top tips to ensure that both teachers, and parents are making the most of their relationships.

With the end of the academic year upon us, it is a good time for reflection. Next year, students may have different teachers, so it’s important to understand how to go about making a positive impression. The first contact between a teacher and a parent, in many ways, is the most important, as this is the time a rapport is built and trust can start to develop.

Parents fear their child will be at a disadvantage if they don’t use technology at home

  • 74% believe tech has improved their children’s problem solving skills
  • 67% believe tech has improved their children’s writing skills

More than half (54%) of parents are worried that their child will start school behind their peers if they don’t have any interaction with technology at home, according to a new report.

Indeed, the majority of parents (91%) believe it is important for children to be familiar with current technology and software, and that it will be beneficial as they get older.

WIN! your very own copy of The Grumpface

The Grumpface

Modern day Australian fairytale lands in UK


As teachers across the UK prepare to start a new academic year, a modern-day fairytale from a land far away is ready and waiting to take your students on an exciting adventure they will treasure for years to come.
The protagonist is a clumsy young inventor on a quest for true love, and the challenges he must face to find it. But it is also a tale of bravery, absurdity and happiness, and the power of these qualities over negativity and sheer grumpiness.

Exam results helpline is back for August 2017


Careers advice service on hand to help stressed-out students take the next step.

Students waiting for exam results this summer are being reminded that the Exam Results Helpline, which has been a lifeline for worried young people and their families for nearly three decades, will be operational again for 2017.

The 40-strong team of career advice experts provide free, specialised information, help and guidance to students who have higher or lower exam results than expected.

The helpline number 0808 100 8000 opens in Scotland first on August 8, when Higher, Advanced Higher, National and Scottish Baccalaureate results are announced and closes North of the Border on August 16. 

Nottingham school wins custom wall graphic from MX Display


A Nottingham school has been presented with a custom-made wall graphic containing its motto of ‘Enjoy, Achieve, Excel’.

Large-format graphic and signage specialist MX Display's learning space team created and installed the mural at Whitegate School, in Clifton, which won a competition that aimed to raise awareness of the importance of good design and layout in schools.

The Derby-based firm ran the campaign to make schools aware of the benefits of creating a positive working environment. Figures show that school design and layout, if done well, can boost pupils’ performance by 25%.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach invites visitors to break a new world record


Blackpool Pleasure Beach is challenging guests to set a new world record at this year’s Guinness World Record Summertime Games.

Park-goers are being invited to break seven world records across four days from 25 – 28 July. Records to beat, which will be adjudicated by an official Guinness World Record representative, include the most sand moved with a teaspoon in 30 seconds, the fastest time to pack a suitcase with 20 items and the most wet sponges thrown in the face in 30 seconds.

Successful participants will walk away with an official title and will join Guinness’ famous book of world records.

D2L’s Brightspace Summer17 gives instructors more time to reach every learner     


Upgrades to Brightspace Platform Will Improve Efficiency So Instructors Can Focus on Teaching and Learning

LONDON—July 21st, 2017—D2L, a global learning technology leader, has unveiled the Summer17 release of Brightspace, its award-winning learning management system (LMS). With the Summer17 enhancements, instructors save time on common tasks to enable them to reach every learner.