Legal process of converting a school into an Academy

Richard Riley,

Richard Riley, Associate Solicitor in the education team at Slater Heelis LLP explains the legal process of converting a school into an academy and the possible implications that arise once your application has been approved. 

So, you’ve passed your registration and consultation, your eligibility has been acknowledged and your application accepted, it’s now time to get the legal wheels in motion. 

You will need to seek legal advice throughout the process, even before receipt of your Academy Order from the Secretary of State. Choosing an experienced firm of solicitors is vital to saving you many headaches down the line.


Is the future homework free? Expert Jo Otto shares the facts

Children at school

There’s a long-running debate on the benefits of homework. Last week former England footballer, Gary Lineker, (father of four himself) had called for homework to be banned as ‘all it does is drive a massive wedge between parents and children’, claiming that parents are the ones that end up doing the work. 

So does homework still have a place? Former teacher of 15 years and mother of two, Jo Otto,gives her verdict. 

Prowise UK Director says teachers need to stop testing technology and start embracing it

children learning

There is something special about having your name announced as one of the best in the business. There is something incredible about being part of a company you believe in as they are recognised by one of the world’s most prestigious industry awards.

International education technology specialist Prowise won the Digital Device award for their Chromebook ProLine at the BETT awards this year. A huge achievement for all of us. 

The Chromebook ProLine is our new addition to the Prowise personal device range. The device transforms from laptop to tablet in a few clicks, it’s advanced durability means you (or your students) can drop it from up to 90cm high and it won’t get broken.

Bridging the gender gap: The case for single-sex education

Year 8 Boys

The educational gender gap has long been a recurring headline and 2016’s GCSE results once again highlighted the difference between the sexes.

Girls outperformed boys by nearly 9% last year - the widest gap since 2002. The contrast in achievement is not a recent trait, however, with research showing that as far back as the 1950s – in the era of the O-level – girls achieved better grades.*

And the gap has been revealed as a worldwide concern, with a recent paper revealing girls do better than boys in the classroom in 70% of countries. The research also showed the gap prevailed even in those countries where gender inequality towards women is prevalent.**

National Education Technology Conference


• The National Education Technology conference is to be held by Naace in Leicester on 28 – 29 March 2017

• Speakers include Lee Parkinson (@ICT_MrP), Dughall McCormick, Patrick Hayes, Steve Moss, Jon Tait and many more

• The conference will examine the role of education technology alongside the main issues of education including leadership, teaching and learning, and innovation

Sony’s new solution Vision Exchange™ brings Active Learning and corporate meetings alive


Simple drag & drop control to encourage discussions with Active Learning and Content sharing with remote locations


Sony introduces Vision Exchange, the intuitive new collaboration solution for education and corporate users. 

Uniquely flexible and cost effective, Vision Exchange brings together students, lecturers and presenters in a dynamic workgroup-based environment that encourages creative discussion and knowledge exchange. 

Teaching Excellence Framework: Improving Lecture Delivery

Sukhi Hayer

In this post Sukhi Hayer, Head of Communications and Training at Broadcast Media Services, looks at the importance of the Teaching Excellence Framework and how to evaluate and challenge the mind-set of academics when performing and delivering lectures, to help improve performance.

In 2015, the government introduced the Teaching Excellence Framework to try and drive up the quality of teaching in higher education institutions.

Pupils take centre stage at London technology fair

Pupils at Bett

Two pupils from a London primary school took centre stage at the world’s biggest technology fair last week.

The children, from Beatrix Potter Primary School in Wandsworth, were invited by Discovery Education to talk about virtual reality technology, and how they use it to travel the world from their classroom.

Speaking at London’s Bett Show on Thursday, the Year 4 pupils addressed an audience of teachers from across the UK. The youngsters took part in a session on ‘the classroom of the future’, and showed how virtual reality brings their lessons to life.

Launch of Education Hub to help streamline the teacher application process

Education Hub

A specialist recruiter has launched a Teacher Application Hub to make the process of applying for a new teaching role easier.

Randstad Education decided to create the guide after a survey of 875 teachers revealed two thirds had been put off applying for a job because of the long and complex recruitment process. 34% said they would only apply one role and just 10% said they would apply for two roles.

The research also revealed 90% would welcome a standard application process which would be used in schools across the country.

MIT’s Curious Learning takes literacy learning global

Younger children learning

Global literacy project Curious Learning is on a mission to bring 100 million children to fluent literacy by 2025 by utilising mobile technology for learning. 

Created by leading researchers from MIT Media Lab (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Tufts University and Georgia State University, Curious Learning is transforming mobile devices into a literacy solution, so every child can learn to read – with or without a teacher. 

Through the distribution of tablet computers loaded with a software package of literacy apps, Curious Learning is reaching economically disadvantaged communities around the world to improve the early reading skills of young children. 

FutureLearn thrilled to be announced Bett 2017 Award winner


On January 25th 2017, Bett announced FutureLearn as their winner of the ‘Free Digital Content/Open Educational Resources’ category. 

Every year, the world’s leading showcase of education technology, Bett, celebrates the creativity and innovation present in the technology of today’s classrooms. Winners are selected based on the ICT support they provide in nurseries, schools, colleges and special schools and the success that their technology brings to these various classroom settings. 

New MESMA quickbook reveals training providers’ OFSTED findings


A NEW booklet covering the latest Ofsted reports on independent training providers is available as a free download from online quality assurance specialist MESMA.

The handy reference guide ‘Ofsted Inspection Key Findings Quickbook’ provides key information from details published by the education standards’ watchdog about dozens of providers across the country. It includes overall grade summary tables, a summary of key findings and advice about ways to improve for failing or struggling providers.

Content has been sourced from the public reports published on the Ofsted website at and covers the 34 organisations inspected by Ofsted between February to April 2016. 

Practical Solutions to Help Schools Get Ready for the Future of Recycling…

Wrap’s new guidelines to help standardise household recycling in the UK, presents a real opportunity for schools to introduce effective programmes that are ready to support the future of recycling.

Glasdon, a market leading manufacturer of environmental products, explores the opportunities and some of the practical solutions which can help schools improve recycling rates right now.

Shared vision, shared opportunity