A new local artistic landmark is due to be created in Cradley Heath through a partnership between Halesowen College and A Perry & Co (Hinges) Ltd, a leading manufacturer and supplier of hinges, hardware, ironmongery, chain and threaded bar, which has been based in the West Midlands for the past 93 years.

The independent, family-owned company has offered the opportunity of designing a representative sculpture of its business to second year students at Halesowen College, supporting them in achieving their final diploma assignment.

Qualified Schools has launched the Teaching Apprenticeship Programme (TAP) to help schools recruit, train and retain the best graduates into teaching roles. The TAP handle the whole process, from sourcing, screening and recruiting graduates for shortage subjects (including STEM), supporting schools to access available apprenticeship levy funding and delivering a 1 year programme which guides apprentices towards Qualified Teacher Status.

Amanda Webb, Strategic Relationship Director (Education) from Affinity Workforce, talks to QA Education about the skills shortage within teaching and how to get a better visibility and understanding of staff:

Over 700 Shaw Education Trust staff attended a wellbeing-themed activity day to promote healthy lifestyles and reduce stress levels.

While high workloads and stress continue to fuel the teacher recruitment and retention crisis, Trust staff were invited to combat issues by developing team work, learning self-care techniques and being recognised for their hard work.

Addressing employees, Jo Morgan, Chief Executive of the Trust, said:

TI is doing this by investing in education initiatives and areas that help both teachers and students alike love, understand and apply STEM subjects toward real-world issues. Worldwide, TI encourages the use of TI’s technology that helps teachers teach and students learn. It is TI’s belief that fun, interactive learning tools and resources nurture natural curiosity in how and why things work, inspiring future engineers, and even tomorrow’s scientists, mathematicians, doctors and teachers.

More than 350,000 children around the world will participate in the MISSION MOON℠ and INTO ORBIT℠ Challenges, using new sets developed by FIRST and LEGO Education.

For the last 3 years, Think Global has been running the Global Educator of the Year Award, which recognises educators who have gone above and beyond in raising awareness and deepening understanding of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and encouraging people to take action.

We don’t need to tell you that finding funding can be exhausting. That’s why given it’s our 20th birthday this year, here at Playforce, we wanted to make sure we use the opportunity to get as many children playing as possible…

So, how can you get the funding in place? Here are just some of the routes you can go down in order to turn your great ideas into reality.

1. The Aviva Community Fund

Chester Zoo has enlisted the help of UK schoolchildren in its battle to save South East Asia’s endangered songbirds.

A North East college has joined forces with a top championship basketball club to help the brightest business students gain valuable employment skills and work experience.


Following my article published a few months back concentrating on my strong belief in the importance of educating kindness in schools, starting from the earliest age but most importantly continuing throughout the school years,  I am excited to let you all in on my new project. 

A grant from the Dudgeon Community Fund will enable Reepham High School to make greater use of its Observatory, supporting student STEM studies and enabling the local community to gain a greater understanding of the night sky in a county that is famed for its ‘big skies'.

The school stages community Stargazing evenings at its Observatory three times a year, and the STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics] teaching and support team is keen to keep its activities innovative by doing something different each time.

Leicestershire playground specialist, Red Monkey Play, has announced it’s renewed membership with British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) - a leading UK trade body for Educational Suppliers - after a successful first year of being involved with the organisation.

The company’s membership has recently lead to Managing Director, Simon Winfield, being appointed as Chairman of the Early Years Special Interest Group and has therefore subsequently joined the BESA National Executive Committee.

LIFE-Changing Stories, a campaign from Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books to bring books and stories to life for North East children with additional needs has beaten its target of £7000 in under a month.

The museum and gallery, based in Newcastle upon Tyne, launched the campaign to raise £7000 to fund a range of fully accessible events and experiences that will allow children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities to step into their favourite stories in an inclusive and sensory environment.

12 students from Chancellors School in Brookmans Park, Hertfordshire, raised over £2,000 for the Royal Veterinary College charity, the Animal Care Trust (ACT), helping them to fund a vital piece of veterinary equipment. The money was raised as part of the Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council’s annual Dragons Apprentice Challenge, in which students were tasked with turning £100 into £1000 (or more) for local charities.