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A “mini movie” was commissioned by Bett and had its first playing this week at the opening of the annual trade exhibition, the world’s largest EdTech event attracting over 35,000 people from 130 countries around the world to inspire teachers to fall in love with teaching all over again.

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If you have pupils who wish to study fashion at university, they’ll want to know about their career options after graduation. Luckily there are plenty of opportunities available, some of which they probably haven’t thought of yet. Students can discover a role in communications, or go down the finance in fashion route, so the opportunities are varied.

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Haskins Garden Centre has partnered with Ferring Primary School to donate houseplants to the school in Worthing.

The head teacher of Ferring Primary School, Mrs. Silk, visited Haskins in Roundstone on Sunday January 20 to meet with Nick Joad, the general manager of the Roundstone garden centre, and to collect a variety of houseplants for the school.

Haskins’ donation will benefit massively to staff members and students at the school, which selected the following houseplants:

Caroline Kennard, international business development director at Encyclopaedia Britannica, discusses the technical revolution and how schools can prepare by increasing digital literacy…

Parliament has recently launched an inquiry into the education system and its standards in what they have termed the “Fourth Industrial Revolution”. This inquiry focuses on the suitability of the current school curriculum with the increased use of technology in all aspects of life, including in the classroom and in the workforce.

 

Geoff Jones, parent communications expert at ParentMail, identifies some improvements schools could make when keeping in touch with parents…

Thankfully, home-school communications have evolved out of all recognition since the days of the crumpled letter at the bottom of the book bag. But although schools are working hard to improve the way they reach out to parents, their messages don’t always hit home.

So where could you be going wrong with your school communications?

1. Irrelevant messages

Students preparing to move into university accommodation will no doubt worry for their safety – or at least their parents and teachers will – and news circulating the internet has given them good reason to. A video that went viral last year recorded students at Nottingham Trent University chanting racist comments in front of the door of another student in their university accommodation (halls).

The 24/7 news cycle, social media and ‘fake news’ make it hard for even the savviest to keep up with what’s really happening in the world.

Picture News is the simple yet brilliant new resource that enables schools to encourage children to question what they hear and read, to think around key issues and topics and develop ‘healthy’ news mindsets.

From goldsmiths to CAD designers, read on as we look at the various career paths your students could follow to be involved with creating stunning pieces like wedding rings and necklaces. Employing over 55,000 people and made up of over 16,000 businesses, the UK jewellery industry could be one that your students find themselves working in. But, have they considered the different roles in the sector? Here is some careers advice you could give to your students about working in the jewellery industry…

Baljinder Kuller, Managing Director, The Supply Register, discusses how schools should be attracting and retaining teachers amid the talent drought…

Leading training provider CEO Joe Crossley, of Qube Learning, talks to QA Education about the rise of degree apprenticeships.

Catherine Whitaker, CEO & Head of Learning at EtonX, discusses the teaching of "soft skills" in order to prepare students for the workplace…

As the pension age is set to rise to 67 by 2028, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) says the population of the UK is getting both larger and older. As well as finding that the nation’s population reached its highest ever total at 65.6 million in 2016, the ONS also acknowledged that 18 per cent of those living across the UK were 65+. What’s more, 2.4 per cent were 85+. But will an ageing workforce prove beneficial or a hindrance to the nation’s education sector?

Craig Cobb, Future Talent Manager from Computacenter, discusses breaking the skills gap cycle when it comes to STEM industries and what the company is doing to help…

The skills gap represents an existential threat to the future economy and despite having been widely discussed, little has been done to address the issue. In turn, this has led many to assume it has an insignificant impact on businesses and the wider workforce, but this couldn’t be further from the truth.

UWC Red Cross Nordic is one of UWC’s 17 schools and colleges on four continents, with a mission to “make education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and sustainability.” Here, UWC Red Cross Nordic (RCN) student Hari Tamang, 21, recounts his recent expedition to the Arctic as part of a think-tank of 100 individuals tasked with discussing technology, sustainability and ethics in the Earth’s northernmost region.

School sports have come a long way from the days of dodging wooden rounders bats and running around a soggy sports field. Although the traditional British sports are still popular, more and more sports coaches and PE teachers are looking further afield when considering their long-term plans.