“Scratching the surface of coding in schools is just not enough”

 coding in schools

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.


How to handle stress and stay focused when teaching

stress and stay focused when teaching

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.


Students’ First World War Legacy Projects Celebrated at House of Lords

Students’ First World War Legacy Projects

Secondary school students from across England gathered at the House of Lords on Tuesday for an annual awards ceremony to celebrate their First World War legacy projects. 


The awards were given to the best ‘Legacy 110’ projects produced by students following participation in the First World War Centenary Battlefield Tours Programme. 


The £5.3 million programme is jointly funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government and the Department for Education and is a key part of the Government's commemoration of the centenary of the First World War.


Technology in the classroom

Gary Bryant

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. 


There is no doubt that technology has become an integral part of education. As the technology continues to evolve and impact on the way we create, share and digest information, the collective discussion on these topics has a tendency to be rather overwhelming. Which topics should educators be paying attention to, and how can we best adapt our classrooms? 


Why learning to write by hand remains a cornerstone of children’s development

Why learning to write by hand By Dr Jane Medwell

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. 

Motor group, Lookers, announced as regional winners of apprenticeship award

regional winners of apprenticeship award

The winner of the regional leg of the National Apprenticeship Awards 2017 has been announced as motor group, Lookers. The company was successful in the ‘Macro’ category — sponsored by The Open University. They pride themselves on ensuring that customers continue to receive the very best repair and maintenance support, all carried out by world class technicians, and believes recruiting technical apprentices is a vital part of this.

As a result of their focus on young talent, they more than doubled their year-on-year recruitment of technical apprentices. In 2016, they took on 78 and in 2017, this figure was 160.

Clifton College Named Top 100 Preparatory School by the Sunday Times

School by the Sunday Times

Clifton College has once again been named as one of the top 100 preparatory schools in England by the Sunday Times – the only independent school in Bristol to make the list. 

The 25th edition of the newspaper’s Parent Power list used examination results in reading, spelling and mathematics to rank preparatory schools across the country, and Clifton rose 15 places year on year in the Parent Power rankings from 95 to 78. You can read the Sunday Times Schools Guide here.

Pupils strike a chord with dementia residents

St Budeaux Foundation School Pupils

Pupils from St Budeaux Foundation School are hitting the high note with a series of visits to a Plymouth nursing home as part of a scheme that links local schools with people with dementia in the community.

In the first of the visits, Year 4 pupils called on residents at Freshfields for a sing-along concert with songs from yesteryear. Followed by a second where youngsters paid their respects at the home as part of Remembrance Day commemorations. 

Next month the children will be performing a carol concert at the Agaton Road service. Invitations for the residents to attend both the school Christmas play and the end-of-term carol concert at St Budeaux Church.

Legal skills for schools and colleges lauded in legal directories

Kristine Scott

Praise from clients and commentators alike has brought national acknowledgement for Harrison Clark Rickerbys’ education team, with rankings in two leading legal directories in the face of stiff competition from much larger firms.


Both the Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500 directories recognise the team, based in Cheltenham but operating nationally, as a key player in the sector, advising multi-academy trusts, independent schools and sector associations.


Led by Kristine Scott, named as a notable practitioner by Chambers, the team advise the Independent Schools Bursars Association and several leading independent schools, as well as working with the University of Gloucestershire on a £35m multi-phase redevelopment project.


New MESMA online course to boost quality  management skills in education 

online  course

A new  webinar series  from online QA specialists Mesma will enable  education professionals to enhance their understanding of workplace quality management and continuous improvement. 


Running from January to March 2018, the six-part ‘Developing Quality Improvement Strategies in Further Education and Skills’ course is aimed at those in the education and training sectors who have quality responsibilities as part of their role but want to boost their professional skills.


The course will be delivered across six sessions, starting with an introduction to quality management covering key principles, methodologies and how quality can improve the effectiveness of an organisation.


High note for child road safety

 child road safety

Children’s road safety heroes The Conies have struck a chord with one of the UK’s leading recruitment groups as the nation celebrates Road Safety Week (November 20-26).


Midlands-based Pertemps Network Group has matched the money raised by the charity from buskingand other musical fundraising events across Europe to the tune of £10,000.


The brainchild of Fay Goodman, Director of Birmingham road safety organisation DriveSafe & StaySafe, The Conies are an animated family of traffic cones that take part in amusing and instructive adventures to help children improve their road safety.


Why IT monitoring is essential for schools and colleges

Dirk Paessler

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.

IT is a core part of the educational experience of today, as lectures are watched online, course materials are downloaded from online platforms and assignments are submitted through secure sites. It is now impossible to imagine an educational context without a computer or an internet connection, which means getting your IT network operating without a hitch is paramount. 

Leading academy trust develops new pay system to transform the way teachers are paid

pay and rewards system

New model is backed by NEU teacher union

A new pay and rewards system developed by a leading academy trust to recruit, retain and reward teachers has been backed by the country’s biggest teacher union.

The Thinking Schools Academy Trust’s pay framework will be introduced from September 2018 in its 13 schools in Medway and Portsmouth after the National Education Union (NEU) endorsed the new framework, with some 93.5% of NEU members voting in its favour [NC1] .

The new system will: