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Modern day Australian fairytale lands in UK

 

As teachers across the UK prepare to start a new academic year, a modern-day fairytale from a land far away is ready and waiting to take your students on an exciting adventure they will treasure for years to come.
The protagonist is a clumsy young inventor on a quest for true love, and the challenges he must face to find it. But it is also a tale of bravery, absurdity and happiness, and the power of these qualities over negativity and sheer grumpiness.

Hundreds of pupils on track towards fluency in Mandarin

A pilot project that is teaching hundreds of children to learn Mandarin has been hailed a success by leading politicians.

A pilot project that is teaching hundreds of children to learn Mandarin has been hailed a success by leading politicians.

Almost 400 pupils from 14 schools across England have been praised by Nick Gibb for their progress in learning Mandarin, as part of a pilot programme to help them get ahead in the global jobs market.

The Mandarin Excellence Programme, delivered by the UCL Institute of Education in partnership with the British Council, aims to have at least 5,000 pupils in England on track towards fluency in Mandarin Chinese by 2020.

Free online courses from UCAS to help students, parents, and teachers make big decisions

UCAS has launched a series of innovative online courses to help today’s students, and the people who advise them, navigate the tricky business of deciding what to do when they leave secondary education.

Young people have a greater range of options than ever before when considering their next steps after school or college, and most rely on busy teachers or parents and carers for advice and guidance.

To help teaching staff and advisers explore university, college, work, apprenticeships, and other choices, and to advise their students about contemporary choices, UCAS is running a pair of free online courses: one for teachers and advisers, followed by an accompanying course for their students.

BAFTA Launches New Creative Careers Showcase And Online Quiz To Highlight Wide Variety Of Creative Careers In Film, Games & Television

BAFTA Launches New Creative Careers Showcase And Online Quiz To Highlight Wide Variety Of Creative Careers In Film, Games & Television

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) is to hold its first ever dedicated careers event for teachers and careers advisers at its headquarters at 195 Piccadilly, London, on 9 November. The organisation has also launched a free online Careers Quiz designed for young people aged 12 – 18, which will be on show at the event.
 
Both the BAFTA Creative Careers Showcase and the BAFTA Careers Quiz have been designed to showcase the wide range of opportunities available to young people in the film, games and television industries in a bid to encourage more young people, whatever their background or skillset to consider careers in these competitive yet thriving sectors.
 

Education sector set to benefit from mobile marketing

Education sector set to benefit from mobile marketing

A new report entitled ‘The State of SMS’ reveals how educators are set to benefit from advances in mobile marketing as the number of active mobile phones in circulation tops 80m for the first time. 

The sector is expected to see a 34% increase in students and parents opting to receive text messages from education providers by the end of 2020, presenting significant opportunities.

Sportsequip introduces new types of Timber Fitness Trail Equipment

Sportsequip introduces new types of Timber Fitness Trail Equipment

sportsequip have introduced brand new types of timber fitness trail equipment that can be supplied and installed at a fraction of the cost of steel outdoor gym equipment.

Stretch Stations™ are the most cost effective option and are designed to be used independently, without any fixed equipment. Stretch Stations™ provide gentler, easy to use, standalone exercises for school users. Each Stretch Station™ offers users a choice of two exercises (from a choice of 30).

Gym Trails™ are all low level, low impact and low cost exercise round log timber units which eliminate the risk of falls from height.

Shell calls on schools across the country to enter science challenge to power our future cities

science challenge

*£45,000 of educational prizes available for winning schools*

Shell today called for schools across Great Britain to enter The Bright Ideas Challenge, its national schools’ science competition, now in its third year. The competition invites students aged 11-14 to use their STEM skills and creativity to develop innovative solutions that could power our future cities. The prize for the best “bright idea” is £5,000 to super-size the winning school’s STEM teaching.

 

Total Environmental Compliance

Total Environmental Compliance

Founded as an independent company in 1995, Total Environmental Compliance Ltd (previously known as TEAMS Northern Ltd) are a leading UK based specialist in water hygiene and consultancy which provides services for Industrial, Commercial, Leisure and Healthcare Sectors in Legionella risk assessment, Water Hygiene including cleaning and disinfection, storage tank remedial works, etc, Analytical services (microbiological and chemical) from UKAS accredited laboratories, Chemical treatment for industrial & domestic LPHW as well as steam generating systems, open & closed cooling water and pool water systems.

 

Schools join forces with garden centre to learn more about benefits of houseplants

Schools across the Essex area have been working with a local garden centre to find out more about how houseplants can positively impact health and wellbeing in the classroom. 

Schools across the Essex area have been working with a local garden centre to find out more about how houseplants can positively impact health and wellbeing in the classroom. 

Perrywood Garden Centre, in Colchester, has been working with schools across Essex to highlight the benefits of bringing plants into the classroom. 

From Peace Lilies to Succulents and everything in between, it’s well known that plants can be hugely beneficial to our health, so as part of its Green Up Your Gaff campaign, award winning Perrywood Garden Centre is hoping to boost concentration, improve air quality and reduce stress levels by visiting local schools in the area and providing them with free houseplants.

Free GCSE Religious Studies resources launched by Bible Society Sources of Wisdom workbooks respond to the tougher GCSE Religious Studies examinations

Mike Otter

At the end of the 2017-18 academic year, the first students will sit exams for the strengthened GCSE Religious Studies courses, which were introduced in September 2016 as part of the reform of GCSE qualifications. These new Religious Studies GCSEs have seen a move away from a thematic approach and towards a greater focus on exploring the beliefs and practices of various religions through their sacred texts. 

 

The Perfect Finish: Two Schools Score Dulux Smarter Spaces £10,000 Design Prize

The Perfect Finish: Two Schools Score Dulux Smarter Spaces £10,000 Design Prize

Two lucky schools have been announced as winners of the annual Dulux Smarter Spaces competition and are each set to receive £10,000 worth of colour and design services.

Lawley Primary School in Telford and Highdown School & Sixth From Centre in Reading will revitalise their education environments with help from the leading paint manufacturer’s Smarter Spaces team, which puts pupils at the heart of design in schools.

Cohesive digital strategy needed in schools, says new report

Cohesive digital strategy needed in schools, says new report

Issues around technology procurement, measurement and adoption have prompted industry heavyweights to call on Government to produce a digital strategy for schools.

The initiative, led by education technology company Instructure (NYSE:INST), involved a country-wide consultation among primary and secondary schools, the Department for Education and industry thought leaders such as Reform,FutureGov and Besa. Today, Instructure is releasing the advisory report, Driving Digital Strategy in Schools, which considers the future of digital education strategy in the UK and provides guidance on key components for a comprehensive approach.

Ofsted study reveals that 11% of English schools were deemed "inadequate" or "requiring improvement"

11% of schools deemed ‘inadequate’ or ‘requiring improvement’ in England by Ofsted last month

Ofsted data from August 2017 has revealed that 2,274, or 11%, of English schools were deemed ‘inadequate’ or ‘requiring improvement’.

The government body, which is responsible for reviewing a range of educational institutions across the UK, has recently revealed changes to its inspection strategy moving forward to 2022. These include inspecting top schools more often, making reports more accessible to parents and listening to the views of employers, learners and parents.

With an increase in parent involvement, Ofsted reports have become more relevant than ever when deciding which school is the best option for your child.