First World War legacy project wins school education business award


Students and staff at Chatsmore Catholic High School, in Worthing, are delighted after their First World War ‘Legacy110’ project was awarded the Arts and Craft prize at the Education Business Awards.

The awards were held at the Grange Hotel in St. Paul’s, London, last Thursday (6th July), and recognised the achievements of schools across all sectors.

Following participation in the First World War Centenary Battlefield Tours Programme, three students from Chatsmore, Abby Smith, Joe Angioni, and Alicia Dutton, were inspired to create a collaborative public sculpture in memory of three Sussex battalions who fought at the Battle of Boar’s Head, on 30th June 1916.

Activate Learning combines creative arts and the British high street

By Iain Landles, Director, Faculty of Creative Arts

As ecommerce and online shopping have taken off this has created a decline in the selection of shops open to consumers on the high street.  In fact over the past few years some very well-known brands have disappeared from the high street altogether and instead been replaced by charity shops and pound stores, or simply remain unattractively empty.

This poses a challenge for town centres and high street retailers, and in particular many of the independent shop owners who pride themselves on offering unique goods that are not always available online.  So, what can be done to revive the UK’s high streets?

Activate Learning prepares culinary students to be part of the food revolution

By Andy Slater, Director, Faculty of Lifestyles for catering and hospitality, Activate Learning


Here in the UK we are very fortunate in that we are exposed to a multitude of cuisines and celebrated restaurants. The influences that have come from our diverse culture, particularly in the capital, have set the pace when it comes to what we eat. In many towns across the UK independent eateries, many varieties of restaurants from Vietnamese to Italian to English, as well as pop-up food stalls and Michelin starred establishments act as a focal point for the town’s economy and contribute to the cultural diversity of these towns and cities.

Recycle-Trux winners announced


As part of its drive to educate children on recycling, local waste management specialists Mick George Ltd and the help of its ingenious Recycle-Trux automobiles, have for the last eight-weeks been giving school Children in Cambridgeshire, Leicestershire, Boston and Northamptonshire regions the chance to win £1,000 for their school, as well as supplementary prizes for their efforts.

Keen to bring a fresh and fun approach to the topic, Mick George Ltd set the challenge for children, alone, in pairs or small groups to create their very own Recycle-Trux out of recyclable materials.

Extra credit: Incentivising extra-curricular activities


A lack of student engagement and participation in extra-curricular activities is a major issue facing schools. Despite research showing that 70% of businesses believe extra-curricular activities make school leavers stand out in an application, pupil participation continues to be an uphill struggle.

It is a constant challenge for schools to make activities like science club or after-school sports seem as appealing as going out with friends. However, there are solutions available to address this issue. Rewards can be a simple, yet effective technique to encourage more students into extra-curricular activities.

Roald Dahl literary estate and YPO release phizz-whizzing Roald Dahl Day party packs


Schools, nurseries and libraries can benefit from the launch of a completely free downloadable Roald Dahl DAY party pack, thanks to a collaboration between YPO, the UK’s largest public sector buying organisation, and the Roald Dahl Literary Estate responsible for publishing the world’s number one storyteller.

PlayLive challenge week reaches new heights


EducationCity’s annual Challenge Week drew to a close last week (18th-24th June 2017) with record scores being obtained by the 5,350 students and 1,700 schools taking part!

The aim of the week was to find the PlayLive Maths and English Champions for the year, as well as boost excitement and engagement surrounding Maths and English, and culminated in the two top scoring schools, SHAPE International (BFPO) School and Peterhead Central School in Aberdeen being awarded the titles for this year. The winning scores were amazingly high: 92 for PlayLive English and 336 for PlayLive Maths respectively, both of which showed a significant improvement on the winning scores for 2016, which stood at 81 for PlayLive Maths and 132 for PlayLive English.

Primary pupils encouraged to keep learning during school holidays



‘Make Your World Bigger’ digital challenge aims to prevent ‘summer slide’ and rewards learning with prizes  

Primary school pupils are being encouraged to continue their love of learning this summer by taking part in an exciting new digital challenge.

‘Make Your World Bigger’ is being launched by Discovery Education to inspire children to keep learning and prevent a dip in academic skills during the long summer break.

Amthal revises fire and security for Garston manor school


Amthal has worked with Garston Manor School to create a scaleable solution to upgrade the fire and security systems in place and maintain it to the highest quality for the benefit of staff, pupils and visitors.

Garston Manor School is a specialist school for autism, learning difficulties and speech and language, with a vision to ensure all students leave school as confident and self-reliant individuals, following a learning experience that is rewarding and enjoyable.

To ensure all staff can focus on this mission, Amthal carried out an investigative site visit, to understand existing fire and security systems in place, and make recommendations on how to build on, complement and maintain it, using latest technology.

Parental engagement: Joining the dots from school to home

By Iain Bell, managing director of Minted Box – creators of the digital classroom seating planner, MINTclass


While it’s important to implement and manage processes within a school, it’s arguably just as important to extend this beyond the classroom walls. Building strong relationships with those who have a vested interest in the performance of a school and its pupils, particularly parents, is crucial.

It’s widely known that parents have a positive influence on their child’s attainment throughout their time at school, therefore, schools and parents should look to forge strong partnerships, to ensure that both parties are aware of their child’s progress, behaviour and achievements.

Bedfordshire academy trust celebrates "brilliant" results for 11-year-olds across its schools

--- Excellent progress of children reflected in SATs results ---

Pupils and staff across Sharnbrook Academy Federation's schools are celebrating today after achieving fantastic provisional results in national tests for 11-year-olds.

The results in all three schools run by the high-performing Bedfordshire-based Trust which have Year 6 pupils are well above the national average in writing (grammar, punctuation and spelling), in reading and in maths.

Solution-based 3D printing: embracing a holistic approach


Kevin Samuel, Business Development Manager, Y Soft

In recent years, 3D printing has emerged as a highly versatile technology with an exceptional amount of potential. Its possible applications stretch across a vast range of industries and sectors, from healthcare and manufacturing, through to education and a variety of creative pursuits. For these reasons, 3D printing regularly makes headlines.

4 in 10 primary school teachers have suffered from work-related stress in past 6 months - but most still happy in their jobs

Our latest research suggests that four in 10 teachers have suffered from work-related stress in the past six months, as the pressures of planning, marking, paperwork and assessments weigh down on teachers astatscross the country.

The findings, based on a recent survey of 1,500 teachers across the UK, also highlight an ever-increasing workload, with 38% of primary school teachers explaining that their workload has increased over the past year.