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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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2017-11-15T00:00:00

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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2017-11-15T00:00:00

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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2017-11-14T00:00:00

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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2017-11-14T00:00:00

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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2017-11-14T00:00:00

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.

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2017-11-14T00:00:00

Marshall-Tufflex’s Sterling Profile 1 dado system has been used extensively in the expansion of Gascoigne Primary School, Barking, Essex, the largest primary school in the UK.

Victorian era Gascoigne Primary has expanded considerably over the years. The most recent development is an £11m project providing a new three-storey facility to accommodate 1,500 pupils complete with a rooftop playground looking out over the Thames Barrier and Barking Abbey.

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2017-11-13T00:00:00

Advanced report shows education sector is not taking security seriously enough and doesn’t know if it is subject to GDPR

 

Over one in four (27%) education establishments in the UK are unprepared for a cyber-attack, and almost half (47%) don’t know if the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will affect them. That is according to the Advanced Trends Report 2017, the second national survey to be commissioned by British software and services company Advanced polling over 1,000 UK organisations*.

 

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2017-11-10T00:00:00

With more and more young people spending more and more time on tablets and smart phones, engagement and attentiveness in the classroom is an especially pressing issue for teachers making lesson plans. 

With their focus on collaboration, team working and communal learning, it’s worth considering the benefits of a work board in the classroom. Making a work board the centre of your learning environment can potentially lead to a more open and engaged classroom. 

1. Increasing student self-belief 

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2017-11-10T00:00:00

Dorset-based manufacturing company, Superior, has its own company-run Academy which offers apprenticeships to students from as young as 16, through to graduates. Apprentices are given the chance to learn about engineering, science and manufacturing. There are currently 20 apprentices going through the Academy, with students working in various roles that include design, manufacturing, maintenance, quality, process engineering, precision engineering and working in the laboratory. 

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2017-11-09T00:00:00

Jeremy C Bradley, Executive Director at InterActive, shares his insight on the evolution of e-learning.

 

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