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Adults go back to school for ideal summer holiday

Giggleswick School takes advantage of growing trend of "wellness breaks" this summer holiday

Sun-drenched sands and sipping cocktails by an azure sea might sound like the ideal holiday for some, but more and more people are looking for active trips rather than beach breaks.

Travel industry commentators have put active and adventure trips at number two of the top seven travel trends for 2017 and evidence suggests that healthy, fitness breaks are definitely on the up.

It's a development that independent co-ed Giggleswick School, in the Yorkshire Dales, is setting out to meet. The school has just launched its first ever holiday residentials for adults looking for outdoor pursuits or wellness breaks.

How teachers can make time

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Teaching is a demanding job. The work doesn’t stop at home-time, but often continues into your precious evenings. Ultimately, you need more hours in the day. Seeing as that isn’t possible, teachers must instead make the most of the time they have; whilst still squeezing in a social life.

The first and arguably most important piece of advice is that to-do lists are your best friend.By taking five minutes to make note of the days tasks and ranking them by importance, you can figure out exactly what it is you have to do and prioritise the essential tasks. 

Project reveals new way to combat stress and anxiety in teachers

Project reveals new way to combat stress and anxiety in teachers

Schools and academies across the length and breadth of the country are full of staff battling stress and anxiety, leading one Trust to explore an innovative solution to the problem. 

Leigh Academies Trust in Dartford decided to look at ways to combat stress in school staff by using Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES) with the use of an Alpha-Stim Device.

Tips for Creating Inspirational Classroom Displays

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While schoolchildren across the country are getting more and more excited about breaking up for the summer holidays, teachers are already planning for the beginning of the next academic year. An important part of this preparation, especially for the earlier age groups, is preparing classroom displays.


A good display not only engages and informs, it also brightens up the atmosphere of the classroom - a plain, drab classroom is uninviting and may affect concentration. A classroom display should not only create an engaging learning and working environment for the students, but should also reflect your personality and style of teaching.


£16 million drive to boost maths skills for post-Brexit Britain

£16 million drive to boost maths skills for post-Brexit Britain

Sixteen million pounds have been invested to improve maths teaching as part of a major drive to encourage more people to study the subject after GCSE, and to ensure Britain can compete in the global marketplace post Brexit. 

The government has set out a series of actions to increase participation among 16-18 year olds, following a government-commissioned review by Professor Sir Adrian Smith. 

What is the CAA? A UK first that parents need to know about


Children’s activities are a valued and much loved feature in the weekly routine for many families countrywide and when attending a structured activity, class or club it is only natural for parents to assume that the organisor is regulated.  But this is not always the case. In fact it is shocking to learn that up until 2 years ago there was no code of practice or even any guidelines in place to monitor standards in the children’s activities sector or to help parents make informed choices regarding the wealth of providers out there.

The hard-hitting result of the 2017 teaching crisis

Naimish Gohil - CEO & Founder, Satchel


It’s long been known that teachers are overworked and the burden of admin and excessive workload is impactful to their lives, both mentally and physically. A recent headline in the Metro newspaper, which read ‘Teachers lose a day’s pay to do homework’ has once again, brought the severity of the teaching crisis to our attention.

Respect, inclusivity and acceptance starts in education

By John Aguilar, Principal of Padworth College

The UK is very fortunate because, as a nation, we are brimming with diversity and culture.  The influence of these diverse nationalities has made the UK a hub of culture and urbanity. Could anyone imagine London’s atmosphere were it not buzzing with different languages, the smells of different foods or the stories of those who have come to live here?

With Brexit on the horizon, we want to do all we can to ensure this wonderful and diverse culture that we are privileged to have continues to thrive. This means making sure that everybody in our society feels respected, accepted and included.

Refurbished IT holds the answer to technology challenges

Now more than ever, education establishments are faced with replacing and updating equipment on greatly reduced budgets across all departments. IT infrastructure, in particular, is one area that is increasingly central to the provision of modern, high quality teaching and, consequently, requires consistent renewal - something which is beyond the average school or college IT budget.

One solution to this challenge that most education providers are unaware of is the role of refurbished IT hardware and supporting materials. By opting to buy reconditioned PCs, monitors and laptops, schools and colleges can save thousands of pounds.

£1.3bn boost sparks further concerns over core school funding

£1.3bn boost sparks further concerns over core school funding

More than a billion pounds has been pledged to boost core school funding, the education secretary has announced, but education leaders remain concerned over wider implications. 

The announcement follows mounting pressure on the government from campaigns over funding shortages, and will see an additional £1.3bn spent on schools in England over the next two years. 

This funding - £416 million in 2018-19 and £884 million in 2019-20 - is an addition to the core school budget set out in the last spending review, meaning funding for schools will be £2.6 billion higher in 2019-20 than in 2017-18.

The extra cash has been freed up from within the Department for Education's existing budget, with no new money being given by the Treasury. 

Further Education colleges select Canvas to drive progress in digital learning

Further Education colleges select Canvas to drive progress in digital learning

UK colleges turn away from free tools to embrace transformative online learning


LONDON: Jul. 17, 2017 — Canvas by Instructure (NYSE:INST), the open online virtual learning environment (VLE), has made successful inroads into the UK Further Education College sector. This quarter, institutions such as Belfast Metropolitan College, DLD College London, The Manchester College (HE), National College for High Speed Rail, Northern College, Preston's College, South Essex College (HE) and Weston College, and have all selected Canvas to improve teaching and learning.

YMCA to help schools navigate mental health with new teacher training programme

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YMCA Cambridgeshire & Peterborough has launched a new offer for schools that will help develop their health and well-being programme and recognise when their children and young people might need extra support.

YMCA already supports schools across Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire and Suffolk through direct work such as therapy or counselling, as well as resilience programmes including group work, family work and mentoring.

Five steps to (self-assessment) heaven

Louise Doyle

AS the FE and wider skills landscape shifts, effective self-assessment and the improvement plan that shakes out from this, is a key Ofsted expectation, says Louise Doyle, a further education consultant and director of quality assurance experts Mesma. Moreover, she says, such good practices allow education decision makers to stay in control while improving education and training provision.


Mission to Mars: space challenge for uk schools

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As the first manned mission to Mars draws nearer, UK students are being offered a unique opportunity to join the race to the red planet- by designing a space habitation module for NASA.  

The challenge – the first of its kind in the UK – is being launched today by Lockheed Martin and Discovery Education as part of a new national STEM education programme: Generation Beyond. Unveiled at the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) in Gloucestershire, the exciting initiative will deliver space exploration resources to UK schools, inspiring the next generation of innovators, explorers and astronauts to pursue STEM careers.