Haylie Taylor, EducationCity’s education consultant and a former teacher, provides insight on the importance of boosting independent learning and looks at how schools can help their pupils thrive by prioritising regular self-assessment activities over formal testing…

The ability to think and act independently is one of the most important skills that students can learn. Creating learners who are in control of their education helps to nurture them to become independent thinkers outside the classroom, and in the interim, helps improve their educational outcomes.

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Caitlin McShane from class 9D at Southend High School for Girls took part in an empowering conference organised by Rocking Ur Teens, aimed at boosting confidence amongst young people. Here's how Caitlin found the experience…

On Tuesday 12 March, following International Women’s Day celebrations, twelve Year 9 pupils attended the Rocking Ur Teens girls’ conference, which took place at the NatWest offices, Bishopsgate. Rocking Ur Teens is a social enterprise whose goal is to give young people the skills, confidence and ideas needed for their futures.

London-based STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts and maths) learning pioneers OKIDO and OjO, have joined forces to launch the first coding board game for four-year-olds.

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Based on a survey of over 2,000 people, Indiana Jones has been voted the number one teacher most people would have wanted as their teacher when they were in school.

Business2Schools was established to connect businesses such as Jaguar Land Rover, Tesco and several City financial firms with schools so that pupils can benefit from both cutting edge technology and high-quality furniture.  

The programme has resulted in thousands of pounds of furniture and equipment, including state of the art computers – surplus to requirements for businesses, but still fully-functional and way beyond the reach of a normal school IT budget – being given to schools in the Chichester, Bognor Regis, Kent and Watford areas.

With the global construction industry forecast to hit $8 trillion by 2030 – and the UK driving industry growth in Europe – it’s an attractive career for young people seeking versatility and progression. Here, Liz Scott, Head of HR at Actavo Direct, offers advice on the construction skills needed to help young people thrive in their chosen career.

Communicating clearly

Many associate the construction industry with just the physical work, however, most critical tasks are completed in the planning stage.

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Julian Wright, Head of Education Expansion at RedSTART, writes about the need for financial literacy teaching if we are to become a money-savvy society…

Rarely a week goes by when a story appears in the news detailing one of the many ways we as a nation are in some way personally in debt. Whether this is the spiralling costs of housing, the amount of debt students are leaving university with, or the amount sitting unpaid on our maxed out credit cards.

As most people working within education will know, all staff in schools and nurseries are subject to a DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) check. Schools can encounter staffing problems if DBS checks aren’t done quickly and efficiently. Here, QA Education editor Victoria Galligan busts some of the myths regarding DBS checks and explores what a DBS check actually is, who needs one and how to avoid costly delays when applying…

There is only one level of DBS check for school staff

Literacy expert Dr Susan Bodman, National Lead for Reading Recovery, delivers training on literacy intervention in schools. Dr Bodman has experience teaching in primary schools as a SENCO and literacy coordinator, and working in learning support in secondary schools. Here, she discusses the need for early intervention for children struggling with reading in KS1…