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The Great Abbot’s Lea School Bake Off

A group of talented senior students from Abbot’s Lea School have been crowned ‘Star Bakers’ as part of its show-stopping Bake Off competition.

The  -based school, which specialises in high-quality holistic education for students with autism and a range of associated learning needs, invited its Key stage four classes to bake and build bespoke gingerbread creations.

In the age of a digital world, it’s never been more important for pupils to get to grips with computing and computational thinking. As exciting as the digital world is, it can also pose a danger to those who don’t know what is safe, and what is not.

Five steps to finding out

Louise Doyle, director of quality assurance experts Mesma, says that in a shifting landscape, good practices allow education decision makers to stay in control while improving quality, balance and control.

Chris Budd, Head of UK Sales at Watco, the UK’s leading manufacturer of industrial strength flooring products, gives tips and advice on jobs to be done this winter. 

1 – Waterproofing

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Digital Schoolhouse, delivered by Ukie, the only trade body for the UK's games and interactive entertainment industry, uses play-based learning to engage the next generation of pupils and teachers with the new Computing curriculum. In September, it brought together educators, businesses, students and public sector professionals to discuss the digital skills gap. 

In 2012 FUZE recognised a counterproductive gap between teaching coding in schools using visual tools like Scratch, and real world languages like Python. FUZE predicted that primary schools focusing only on early learning tools would not best prepare students for the challenges that lay ahead in secondary school. This could only lead to fewer students taking coding as a subject choice in year 9, and especially so if they were exposed to more Scratch like applications in years 7 & 8, which should be noted, is often the case.

 

The stress epidemic rings true all over the UK, not least for those working in the education profession, where 85% admit to experiencing stress in the workplace. While there will always be periods that are harder than others (the run up to student exams, for example) if not managed effectively, stress can lead to deteriorations in both mental and physical health amongst teachers.

Here, Gary Bryant from ITSI explains the benefits of a broad church approach to technology in the classroom and looks at some of the latest research on how we all learn, unpacking some of the most common ‘teaching myths’ that persist within the education system, while providing insight into why this may be. 

Teaching children to write by hand is one of the most important aspects of their early years education. Learning to write is a crucial milestone in developing memory processes, cognition and motor skills in young children, but surprisingly little attention or time is devoted to this area in classrooms or at home. 

We all know that constant advancements in technology are changing both how we work, and also our private lives. IT monitoring now plays a key role across all sectors, with education being no different. The internet isn’t just where people go to do their research; it is now often the primary route through which students obtain their education, and teachers deliver it.

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A national training provider of 1,500 childcare, management and catering apprentices has been recognised for its commitment to training and skills development with a Princess Royal Training Award.

Busy Bees Training was one of only 40 recipients, including Barclays and Waitrose, to be presented with the award by HRH The Princess Royal at a ceremony which took place at St James’s Palace on 2 November 2017.

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If you look back and reflect on your childhood now you’re an adult, you will most likely smile at memories of riding your bike, playing hopscotch and playing outdoors with your friends – traditionally, outdoor play is a staple part and often a highlight of every child’s upbringing — but is it in decline?

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A national training provider of 1,500 childcare, management and catering apprentices has been recognised for its commitment to training and skills development with a Princess Royal Training Award.

Busy Bees Training was one of only 40 recipients, including Barclays and Waitrose, to be presented with the award by HRH The Princess Royal at a ceremony which took place at St James’s Palace on 2 November 2017.

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Mental health problems, such as anxiety, can inhibit someone’s ability to get to school and be physically present during lessons. Here, Sam Warnes, a former teacher and founder of EDLounge, a unique platform that gives students who struggle with mainstream education the opportunity to access learning, explains how virtual classrooms can offer a solution for accommodating pupils with mental health issues.

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An East London teacher will be flying to Switzerland in the New Year, after winning a science and nutrition competition for primary schools.

Sally Peckover, from Redlands Primary School in Stepney Green, was the winner of Food for Thought, a UK-wide competition organised by Discovery Education and Alimentarium Foundation as part of a drive to boost children’s learning about food.