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Success at school recognised for contributions to education & tech

Mitesh Bhimjiyani success at school

Success at School has been recognised for its significant contributions to education and technology, with three award nominations announced this month.

Success at School, which provides fair, no-nonsense careers advice for young people and connects them to employers and universities, was a finalist in the 2017 #BritishIndianAwards.

Based on a public vote, the awards highlight and commend the determination and entrepreneurial spirit of British Indian businesses and professionals in the UK.

Now in its fifth year, the black tie event was held last night in Leicester. Success at School was nominated in the Best SME category.

Stratford event explored how technology and creativity can boost literacy

Stratford’s Discover Centre

Teachers from schools across the UK gathered at Stratford’s Discover Centre this week to explore new ways of using technology to boost literacy and maintain creativity in the classroom. 

Hosted by Discovery Education, the fast-paced event saw 80 educators come together at East London’s award-winning storytelling museum for a ‘Day of Discovery’, where they shared the latest ideas and tech tools for inspiring a love of stories, language and reading.

New Teaching Resource Highlights 99.95% Decrease In Travel Time For Explorers

a race of discovery

Leading travel company Travelbag journeyed back in time to reveal how long famous expeditions would take today. The results uncovered an astonishing 99.95% decrease in travel time since 1271. Travel time is predicted to decrease by 53.14% from 2017 to 2117.

The interactive ‘A Race of Discovery’ tool allows you to discover how the likes of Christopher Columbus and Amelia Earhart made their way across land and sea, and how their famous voyages translate into the transportation of today.

New digital partnership to boost science and nutrition teaching in primary schools

Pupil on a laptop

Alimentarium Foundation & Discovery Education Launch Exciting New ‘Food and the Body’ Digital Classroom Resources

Thousands of primary school pupils are set to benefit from a new partnership between Switzerland’s Alimentarium Museum and Discovery Education Espresso, which will deliver exciting digital resources to classrooms and transform the teaching of science and nutrition in UK schools.

 

The 3-year initiative will see Alimentarium, the world’s first ever food museum, collaborate with Discovery Education Espresso to create fresh and engaging multi-media content which will unlock food science secrets and switch pupils on to nutrition. 

 

Opening doors in education: the inclusive approach of e-learning

As an e-learning organisation, InterActive has a mission to connect students with high-quality online academic and professional education materials and programmes. 

 

Our programmes are structured with a modern, international perspective in mind. And, as all quality educational institutions should, we aim to meet the evolving needs of each and every student.

 

We truly believe any organisation must consider and effectively respond to students with disabilities. It is no secret that traditional, face-to-face classroom settings and teaching methods can present difficulties for these students. 

 

Security in education

Following the acts of numerous schools throughout the US, it seems that teachers at two schools in the UK are to trial wearing body cameras in the classroom, a report by the Times Education Supplement (TES) has found.

The idea, pioneered by two UK police forces, has caught the attention of two unnamed schools  who have already begun looking at early ideas into how they would implement the technology.

The teachers are set to wear the cameras on their clothes to capture incidents during school hours. Although the device needs to be activated to record, the technology intends to be filming at all times. 

6 eLearning Strategies for Developing Deeper Learning

 

Throughout their education, children will process a large volume of information. Too often, priority is placed on just listening and absorbing, rather than thinking critically. Effective eLearning strategies can change this practice by promoting the development of deeper learning.

Deeper learning allows children to approach problem-solving and decision-making tasks with independent thought processes. It increases their ability to spot flaws in existing concepts and discover ways to adapt and improve them. It empowers teachers to equip students with tools for adulthood.

The importance of physical activity

dance

As a parent we all know how important it is for our children to be physically active but did you know that such habits could be set by the age of 5?

 

How children view activities and classes at an early age can impact how they continue to view them into later life. Therefore, classes in the preschool market is a key one where they can be encouraged to see activity as engaging, healthy and most of all FUN!

 

Sports, music and drama are fantastic for this age group however my passion is for dancing. Moving to music is a natural instinct from being a baby and I believe is a great non-competitive, gender-neutral way of getting very young children physically active. 

 

Managing your budget as a substitute teacher

Nicola Boyd

Working as a substitute teacher has a multitude of benefits, but the lack of regular income can potentially cause problems if not managed properly. Here, Nicola Boyd, operations manager at Creditfix, the UK’s largest personal insolvency practice, shares some tips on how to make the most out of your finances.

 

When you have a regular or fixed income, it is easy to consider your incomings and outgoings, and create a personal budget to help you manage your money. If your income varies from month to month, it is a lot harder to know what you have to spend, and you have to be careful you don’t end up in financial trouble. 

 

Students and Pornography: Having the Right Conversation

The UK is in the midst of a pornography crisis, and the government is now cracking down on explicit content. These attempts at greater censorship have taken the form of the Digital Economy Bill. This is a piece of legislation, designed to target the UK’s electric communications infrastructure. One of the primary attributes of the bill is to restrict access to online pornography websites, making many sites increasingly difficult for their audience to access. 

Home education in England has increased by 361% in the last ten years

A new study looking into the growth of home education in England has revealed a 361% increase in the number of children being taught at home over the last ten years.

The research, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by Oxford Home Schooling, part of Oxford Open Learning Trust, reveals the number of children registered as home educated in England between 2006 and 2016 increased from 8,361 to 38,573 children.

 

Southampton City Council has seen a massive 2,327% increase in children being home educated over the last ten years - the biggest in England. Just 11 children were recorded as educated at home in 2006, but this soared to 267 children in 2016.

 

Added protection: Highlighting teacher abuse

Tim Gooder

A recent study carried out by Bath Spa University’s Psychology Department has revealed that almost a third of teachers (three in ten) have suffered abuse from parents in the past, over a quarter of primary teachers experience abuse once a month and a fifth of secondary teachers are subjected to similar behaviour.

 

These shocking statistics are a sad reflection on the stresses of the job and the potential for conflict, but what protection do teachers have in these situations? Tim Gooder, an education sector expert at Gordons law firm, explores. 

 

Legal protection

 

Phonics is the key, not the barrier, to lifelong reading & writing

Non - phonics

In a few weeks, all six-year-olds in England's state schools will sit the Phonics screening check (now in its sixth year). The test checks their ability to read aloud a mixture of 40 real and made-up words, sounding them out using the phonics system. 

The DfE has found that pupils are unlikely to reach the expected standard in reading and writing at the end of key stage 1 without being able to demonstrate the phonics skills measured by the check (2015).

Despite now being in its sixth year, and pass rates increasing from 58% in 2012 to 81% last year, the check continues to be given a bad press by many organisations and people.