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School in Huddersfield becomes community hub following major rebuild

school Huddersfield

All Saints Catholic School is opening its doors to become a leisure venue for various activities, such as fitness classes, dance workshops and social groups, following a multi-million pound rebuild.

The popular Bradley school has undergone a complete rebuild after a seven-figure investment and is set to open its new, state-of-the-art facilities to the local area in September 2017.

For the first time, the school will have its own sports centre, which will house a sports hall, four badminton courts, and pitches for netball and basketball. The rebuilt facilities will also include dance and drama studios, and will play host to activities such as five-a-side football, dance recitals, and drama classes.

Turinglab, Ada and BJSS pilot the UK’s first curriculum linked creative coding platform to advance digital skills education

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The new learning-to-code platform to provide pupils aged between 11 and 16 with crucial digital coding skills for the future. 

London, 1st August 2017 –Turinglab, an organisation dedicated to teaching fundamental coding skills to school children, has partnered with Ada, the National College for Digital Skills to develop and pilot the UK’s first creative coding platform aligned to the national computing curriculum. BJSS, the award-winning, delivery-focused IT consultancy supported Turinglab to develop this platform.

Business professionals learn the lost art of making a first impression from world-leading drama school

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World-renowned drama school RADA is reviving the art of making a good first impression by opening its doors to business people wanting to improve how they are perceived by colleagues and clients.

Training courses, run by RADA in Business, specialise in how actor training techniques can enhance the ability to make a positive impact in the workplace or business environment. Courses can be taken at RADA in small groups or as one-to-one performance coaching sessions, as well as team development experiences led by world-leading communication skills tutors.

UK adults embarrassed if they cannot speak a foreign language

UK adults foreign language

46% of UK adults embarrassed they cannot speak a foreign language...

Last week, the British Council announced the results of a poll of 1,768 UK adults which found that even though one in six adults said they could speak a foreign language to a high standard, nearly half of respondents (46 percent) are embarrassed they cannot speak the language of the country they are visiting when they go on holiday. Furthermore, 45 percent of adults said that they rely on the assumption that everyone will speak English in the country they are visiting, and 29 percent said they have been too scared to even try speaking the local language.

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

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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

LACK OF CONFIDENCE BIG FACTOR IN SUCCESSFUL APPRENTICESHIP DELIVERY, NEW SURVEY REVEALS

 

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.