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In demand – a more thoughtful approach to faiths and race in 2018

faiths and race

Schools are undoubtedly the place where young people can seek reassurance and strengthen bonds across communities.  Yet tackling religious discrimination and racial prejudice is the number one issue of concern amongst young people. A charity, the Three Faiths Forum has spent the past ten years helping schools teach a more thoughtful approach when it comes to standing up to religious discrimination.

Three Faiths Forum (3FF) takes the view that there is no such thing as an awkward question when it comes to religious and non-religious beliefs.  The charity is all about providing ways where people can question others and most importantly question their own views. 

Pupils’ academic success can be improved through sports-based mentoring in schools

  • New NHS England-supported research from Loughborough University suggests that engagement with Greenhouse Sports’ school-based sport programmes improves pupils’ core life skills and combats physical and mental health issues
  • Greenhouse Sports’ programme participants surveyed in research significantly outperform their peers in English and Maths
  • Study finds that sport helps to increase attendance rates, with an average increase of eight days per year for participants, compared to those who do not participate

New PSHE programme to support primary schools planning for ‘statutory’ curriculum


With the government shaping schools’ work on relationships and sex education (RSE) from September 2019 and consulting on moves towards statutory personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE), a new programme has been launched to help primary school teachers deliver PSHE lessons for 8-11 year olds.

School children to get mental health support in radical shake up to improve the nation’s mental health

 mental health in school
  • New measures signal a fundamental shift in mental health support, with over £300 million funding available
  • Training for senior designated mental health leads in schools to improve prevention work
  • Earlier access to services through the creation of new Mental Health Support Teams working in and directly with schools
  • New four week waiting time for NHS children and young people’s mental health services to be piloted


Explore Learning honoured as one of the best places to work in 2018

best places to work

Tuition providers, Explore Learning has been honoured with a Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award, recognising the Best Places to Work in 2018. The Employees’ Choice Awards, now in its tenth year overall (and fourth  year in the UK), relies solely on the input of employees. These employees elect to provide feedback on their jobs, work environments and companies via Glassdoor. 


Explore Learning, which has 132 centres across the UK and employs over 3,000 incredible people, provides extra tuition in English and maths to children aged four to 14 and is headquartered in Guildford.  


Fylde song writer wins ‘Last Choir Singing’ song writing contest

song writer Simon Cox

After two months of entries, shortlists and performances, ‘Last Choir Singing’ announced Simon Cox as winner of their annual song writing contest.

Simon, an Accountant, who lives and works in Lytham-St-Annes, wrote the winning song ‘Golden Days’ to raise funds for a local charity.  His song will be performed by the school choirs from across Lancashire who make it to the County Final of the Last Choir Singing Choir Competition, at King George’s Hall in Blackburn, on 15th June 2018.

Cityserve hosts prestigious LACA school chef of the year competition

school chef

Multi award-winning caterer Cityserve has played host to the prestigious LACA School Chef of the Year Competition.


The Birmingham-based caterer’s state-of-the-art CityKitchen Live development kitchen was the venue for the regional heats of the 2018 contest, which took place this week.


LACA School Chef of the Year (SCOTY) is a career high for any school chef across the UK, guaranteeing an exciting year ahead for whoever takes the top spot from Yorkshire & Humberside's Tracy Healey, who triumphed in 2017.


Schools failing a generation says Barnardo’s

Schools failing a generation says Barnardo’s

Schools are failing a generation of children who are sacrificing their futures to care for sick or disabled family members, Barnardo’s has found.

New research by the UK’s leading children’s charity shows how teachers are failing to identify and support children who are shouldering an extra burden as young carers by looking after their loved-ones.

As part of the research published today (Wednesday, December 6), a YouGov poll* found that 40 per cent of teachers were not confident they would be able to identify a young carer in their class.

UK teacher shortage laid bare in comparison of European education


The UK has more than twice as many GCSE pupils per teacher as the European average, according to research comparing UK education to the rest of the continent.


Oxford Home Schooling, part of the Oxford Open Learning Trust, used data from Europe-wide reporting to investigate how the UK compares against three key areas of education: pupils per teacher, years spent in school and level of national investment in schools.


It is the ratio of pupils to qualified teachers in upper secondary education where the UK fares worst. With the average amongst the EU member states standing at 12.9 pupils aged 14-16 per teacher, the UK has 26.1 - according to Eurostat.


LocknCharge to launch its new charge and store device, the Putnam 16 Charging Station, at BETT 2018

LocknCharge to launch its new charge and store device, the Putnam 16 Charging Station, at BETT 2018

LocknCharge is committed to making teachers’ lives easier by manufacturing high quality solutions for syncing, charging, transporting, securing and storing iPads, Chromebooks, tablets and other mobile devices. Technology has many advantages in the classroom, but unlike textbooks, devices have to be ‘managed’. LocknCharge helps solve this problem.


On stand E190 at BETT, LocknCharge will launch its brand new Putnam 16 Charging Station focusing on convenience, effectiveness, and space saving in the classroom.


Can Parents Help Their Kids to Learn

Can Parents Help Their Kids to Learn

Can Parents Help Their Kids to Learn if They Don’t Understand – or Share – Educational Priorities?

A short while ago Wonder Workshop conducted some research to discover how much parents knew about STEM subjects: science, technology, engineering and mathematics. These are the things that are now considered to make up the backbone of a comprehensive education. STEM is at the forefront of educational systems globally, and a learning priority of the British Government, and yet when asked if they knew what the acronym stood for, 60% of parents drew a blank. 

‘Tree Power’ blasts off to reach more children and save our forests!

Tree power to reach more children

A new teaching resource aiming to inspire children about the vital importance of trees in forests locally as well as globally has been launched by International Tree Foundation (ITF).

The Tree Power Teachers’ Resource Pack is a free downloadable activity pack which gives primary schools the tools to engage the next generation in protecting and caring for the natural world.

It brings together the two educational strands of global and outdoor learning, to enable children to become both informed ‘Tree Explorers’ and active ‘Tree Guardians’.

Screwfix, has partnered with Yeovil College

Yeovil College

Screwfix invests in the future of trade with new course and purpose-built construction centre at Yeovil College


Leading trade retailer, Screwfix, has partnered with Yeovil College to launch a pilot course covering core construction skills for year 10 and 11 pupils. The course aims to educate young people about a successful future in the trade before leaving school.


The Screwfix Construction Trade Academy course has launched at a time when there is a widely reported construction skills gap and is believed to be the first of its kind in the UK. The 16 students studying the course will learn the foundations of bricklaying, plumbing, carpentry and electrical contracting.


Schools Wand Education

Schools Wand Education Free Trial at Bett

Wand Education is the new teaching platform that is launching at BETT in January. Developed for both primary and secondary schools, it is currently being trialled by West Exe and Cranbrook Schools in Exeter. 


Wand is an education tool that provides teachers with quick and efficient means to access or edit quality ready made lesson and worksheets. It is adaptable to any type of content and schools can, if they wish, upload their own schemes of learning and power them by Wand. 


Wand Education is working with a variety of content providers and when launched it will already have high quality content within it including a phonics, history and geography scheme of learning – the latter two linked to the AQA syllabus for GCSE.


The next generation online video from ARC


New platform provides engaging, two-way video experience and meaningful analytics


Instructure (NYSE:INST), a leading software-as-a-service (SaaS) technology company and creator of the Bridge and Canvas virtual learning environments (VLE), today announced the release of Arc, the next-generation online video platform that enhances learning by turning one-way, passive video into inclusive, productive discussion.