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Today, schools are facing increasing challenges as budgets are progressively shrinking whilst classes continue to grow every year, putting significant pressures on teachers to find the optimal way to provide the personalised learning that students need to succeed. Blended learning, combining e-learning with traditional classroom methods and independent study, is a powerful way to improve both the teaching and learning experience – bringing subjects to life and enabling students to learn in new and tailored ways.

Nigel Peers, Security & Risk Management Consultant at NW Security Group, looks at the lay of the land since the GDPR enforcement, discussing how schools can gain & maintain compliance…


With months of speculation behind us regarding the many complexities and intricate details of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the conversation has now shifted from raising awareness of the practicalities of its implementation, to giving actionable advice that will help schools, colleges and universities achieve and maintain compliance.

Across the world, teachers use local textbooks in their classrooms. Ostensibly old-fashioned, from an outsider’s perspective, textbooks haven’t evolved significantly in 50 years. It’s difficult to see how they can compete for student engagement when other forms of media are available in today’s world.

The local nature of these textbooks means that opportunities of scale are lost. Due to the small volumes and semi-controlled price point, the ability to invest in these products is restricted. Surely knowledge is knowledge no matter where you are?

Tony Staneff, series editor of the latest DfE-approved maths mastery textbook, Power Maths Key Stage 1, outlines four ways schools can embed the much-discussed mastery approach in their classrooms…

Having entered a competition to win her very own Rover, STEM Coordinator and Science Inclusion Mentor Dr Nickerson was more than excited when she found out she'd won the prize for the Science Department at Didcot Girls School.

When a child starts school or nursery or returns for a new term the amount of things they need to take, and bring home again, can be a little overwhelming but the Back To School Set from Easy2Name helps make it all a little less stressful for your child and you.

Have you noticed? While there is little doubt that classrooms have become more sophisticated and digital, the physical classroom furniture and their settings don’t seem to have evolved at the same pace.

It’s true.

The tablets and devices that are transforming the learning process still sit on top of the same style desks from the 1950s. The blackboards and chalk may have been replaced by interactive whiteboards connected to a computer or projector, but far too often, students still sit in stagnant rows looking up in the same direction at the teacher for the daily lesson.

New research, for the Gift of Books campaign, to find the best children’s book of all time has revealed that it’s classics from the 1940s and beyond that are still the most picked up and fondest remembered stories.

The survey of 2,000 people, of all ages, by cartridgesave.co.uk, saw Enid Blyton’s classic Famous Five take top spot - the first of which was published in 1942.

CS Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe took the second spot, despite being written in 1950, while third was the even older Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, which dates from 1911.

In the run-up to the highly anticipated Modern Foreign Languages Conference 2018, we caught up with keynote speaker Jane Harvey, President – Elect at the Association for Languages Learning, to address the major challenges facing MFL teaching and the future of MFL learning.

1.    What are the major challenges MFL teaching currently faces?

The UK’s College of the Year, Fareham College last night hosted a glitzy evening to showcase some of the amazing work of its creative students, kicking off with a runway-style show for fashion, hair, beauty and make-up. 

 

The acquisition was made on behalf of Legal & General’s LPI (Limited Price Inflation) Income Property Fund for a total consideration of £25.6m.

The UK boasts many of the best universities in the world and has one of the world's strongest higher education systems. Attracting international students and academic talent, the higher education sector remains vital to the long-term prosperity of the UK economy. In order to support this strong demand from students, modern purpose-built accommodation is an essential part of a first class education experience.

Students at UTC Swindon have got their feet firmly on the path to their future careers as they celebrate securing apprenticeships with top employers in the region. After receiving their examination results in August, the students will get the opportunity to learn and earn as they put their skills into practice in the workplace with companies such as Batten & Allen, Fundamentals and Diamond Light Source.

UTC Swindon’s industry partnerships help prepare its students to apply for apprenticeships, as Principal Jon Oliver explains:

2018 has seen Backstage Academy further strengthening its expertise both in live events industry education and business support.

Jack Scarr and Gabriel Woodger have both joined the team at the UK’s leading live events university centre based at Production Park in South Kirkby, West Yorkshire in recent months. Gabriel has been appointed Live Events Production Lecturer while for Jack the job of Marketing Manager is a role made in heaven.

EMPLOYEE morale doesn’t just promote loyalty but it can actually improve how effective and productive employees are in their role, according to the new The 2018 Happiness Survey.

A survey of 1,024 UK workers, by workplace incentives and rewards provider, One4all Rewards, and published in The 2018 Happiness Survey, asked employees from different age groups, genders and industries about the impact their happiness at work has on their productivity, revealing that 43% of workers in the education sector would work harder if they are happy in their current role or place of work. 

When your schools’ computer systems operate on both Macs and PCs, IT management can be an issue.

London-based Haberdashers’ Aske's Federation needed a solution to optimise the IT management of all desktop computers in order to enable asset management, software distribution, remote maintenance, license monitoring and reporting in the same way for both Windows and Mac computers from one centralised point of control.

Thanks to Parallels Mac Management, Haberdashers’ IT teams can now monitor the entire Mac Hardware and Software inventory.