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Harriet and Hannah have been named as the next Senior School Head Girls at St Mary’s School for Girls, Colchester. They take over duties from current Head Girls Megan  and Emma and will be serving until the start of the Summer Term 2017. Year 10 pupils Harriet and Hannah will begin to shadow Megan and Emma straightaway by taking a lead at the school’s open days.

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There are many ways for a person to make a living in the United States, with any level of education or skill. But statistics do show that a person with a four year college degree (a Bachelor’s degree) will earn, on average, nearly $22,000 a year more than a person with only a high school diploma (Farnen, n.d.).

Over a lifetime this can come out to more than a 1.1 million dollar difference! Of course, earning a college degree is challenging and expensive.

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Online learning gives you limitless possibilities. It offers great opportunities beyond the four-walled classroom and allows you to learn through a different medium, which is the Internet.

Online learning lets you meet and interact with different people, review for exams, complete assigned tasks at your own time and pace. But before you submit yourself in an online course, here are five things you need to know and understand about online learning.

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A basic understanding of scientific concepts, processes, and ways of thinking is critical for students to succeed in the world of today and tomorrow. According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s 2014 report on the results of the international PISA 2012 science assessment, “An understanding of science and technology is central to a young person’s preparedness for life in modern society.”

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Why stretching primary education’s resources can’t continue. In wake of the recent deadline for primary school applications, teachers and parents alike have been expressing concern. The dwindling number of school places, the increasing size of classes and the continued budget cuts that are stretching resources to breaking point are all important factors which limit our teachers’ ability to provide the proper safeguarding for vulnerable children.

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Rob Taylor, a maths teacher at The de Ferrers Academy, Staffordshire, explains how Showbie’s audio feedback feature, has increased his students’ progress. Showbie is the classroom management app designed to digitally issue assignments, monitor progress and provide feedback on student tasks or homework.

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A strong musical education should not be exclusive to the privileged few, argues Richard West, director of music at Loughborough Endowed Schools. Here, Richard explains why emphasis on subjects such as music should be encouraged as they can have wider benefits to other subjects, as well as the individual’s own personal development.

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By Motti Nisani, presentation expert and CEO of emaze www.emaze.com

For many teachers, student presentations have always been a bit of a sore spot. While they empower student learning and sharpen oral presentation skills, they can also be dull and monotonous, often generating apathy among students. However, student learning does not need to be that way. Giving students the privilege to present to their peers can actually be rewarding for both the audience and speaker alike.

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Being able to monitor progression throughout pupils’ academic career is essential in ensuring that all gaps in learning are addressed, but I’ve often been asked ‘how can schools achieve this without being overwhelmed by tests?’

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Challenging educational norms from the inside out.

When I was an English teacher, I rarely had time to read a book. Actually, that’s not completely true: I read books for my classes and for my teaching; books of my students’ work and endless books of governmental instruction for new educational policies.

Yet I rarely had time to read things that I actually wanted to read, let alone share them and my learning with my students. This lack of time to read, think and share my own learning really bothered me.

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Mental health campaigner Jonny Benjamin launches new initiative to educate 13 to 18 year olds

Jonny Benjamin, the man behind the worldwide #FindMike campaign, which reached 350 million people and helped saved a number of lives, launches cutting edge workshop to transform mental health for young people and get them talking about the issue.

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Research suggests that approximately 15% of school-age children have poor vision in one or both eyes. This can make certain tasks more difficult and in some cases, have negative consequences for a child’s learning. Yet according to an investigation by the College of Optometrists, less than a third of Local Authorities provide any vision screening in schools. Against this background, Professor Thomson from City University, London, has developed software known as SchoolScreener EZ™ which can detect poor vision in a simple three minute test.

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While some educators still believe books are best, most realise that in the age of the iPad, children can’t be expected to learn solely from text books anymore. They are used to looking up everything they need to know at a touch of a screen. Take away that interactive element, and they’re going to be pretty disengaged.

Specialist education and technology writer, Laura Varley, reports on behalf of Parago, asset management solutions for schools...

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At the top of many of our lists of New Year’s Resolutions is the affirmation to ‘get healthy and be more active’, but encouraging this same enthusiasm and determination among students has traditionally proved more challenging.

All Saints Secondary School in Dagenham, however, seems to be bucking this trend. Last year, the school reported a significant increase in students’ uptake of physical activities, with 95 percent of Key Stage 3 pupils attending at least one extracurricular club.

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