Events

Diversity Matters: Who is on your Senior Leadership Team?

Two thirds of the teaching profession are women and yet only one third reach a level of leadership. This is an incredible and tragic fact, isn’t it?!

 

For most, this might be surprising, yet in the 21st Century we have all continued to allow it to happen. Diversity across leadership teams is a highly important issue that until recently has not been valued in many schools.

 

Two years ago, I connected with six secondary school leaders via social media. They were all women and were equally exasperated by the lack of females in school leadership roles. 

 

Collaborating for innovation in edtech

Collaborating for innovation in edtech

The rise of the Multi Academy Trust offers new ways for suppliers and schools to work more closely together

The number of academies and multi academy trusts (MATs) increases on a monthly basis. At Bett Academies (16-18 March, NEC, Birmingham) the director of Assembly, a non-profit joint venture between Ark and NEON, will be talking to suppliers and MATs about the changing needs of these schools, and how collaboration will help the next wave of edtech to evolve.

 

Celebrated author announced as judge for top writing competition

Author Steve Backshall is this year's judge

Budding, young writers across the nation are being called to put their talent to the test and battle it out to be crowned champion of a prestigious literary competition. 

The National Young Writers' Awards are back and on the lookout for a wonderful wordsmith to take up this year's highly-contested title. 

Over the past nine years, the awards have seen hundreds of thousands of schoolchildren put to pen to paper and try their hand at storytelling, and this year, competition bosses are hoping to inspire even more young people to give writing a go. 

This year's theme is "The Future", and children will have to write a 500-word story set in 3017. Stories could see families living in space, robots ruling the world or even a new species of animal roaming the wild. 

Students urged to take part in National Apprenticeship Week events

SFA apprentices supporting #NAW2017

Today marks the start of the 10th annual National Apprenticeship Week. 

Schools, colleges and businesses across the nation are joining forces this week to celebrate the wealth of opportunities facing young people leaving school. 

The week got off to a roaring start with a special event held at Barclays Bank on Canary Wharf, where education secretary Justine Greening addressed an audience of 100 employers and apprentices. 

In her speech, Ms Greening praised the lifelong benefits of apprenticeships, calling them a "gold-standard route into a great career".

National Education Technology Conference

Education,Technology,Conference

• The National Education Technology conference is to be held by Naace in Leicester on 28 – 29 March 2017

• Speakers include Lee Parkinson (@ICT_MrP), Dughall McCormick, Patrick Hayes, Steve Moss, Jon Tait and many more

• The conference will examine the role of education technology alongside the main issues of education including leadership, teaching and learning, and innovation

Education Providers Must Strengthen Digital Offering To Accommodate Students Demanding 24/7 Access To Learning

Education Providers Must Strengthen Digital Offering To Accommodate Students Demanding 24/7 Access To Learning

Education and training providers must embrace technology-enhanced learning solutions or risk losing out to more innovative providers, awarding organisation YMCA Awards has warned today.
 
A newly released report from the international awarding organisation reveals that increasing numbers of students now expect access to on-demand learning, enabling them to learn at a time and place suited to them.
 

Leeds University Switches on Lumie Lights for Light Cafe #leedslightcafe

 Lumie Lights

Light therapy specialist Lumie is supplying the lights for a light cafe running from today to 19th January at Leeds University Union. Now in its third year, the café provides an alternate revision space which is designed to improve students’ health and wellbeing. The lights will also be used in meditation and yoga workshops that will complement the café experience.  
  

Minted Box calls for teachers to submit classroom ideas

• Minted Box, the creators of classroom seating plan, MINTclass, is asking teachers to share their challenges, frustrations and ideas for effective school practice 

• Teachers and school staff are able to submit their ideas before, during and after Bett 2017 to be in with a chance of having their concept built by Minted Box

• Schools that have their ideas created can also benefit from earning additional revenue through offering the resource to other schools who could make use of it

 

Teachers to get hands-on with computing and STEM solutions at Bett 2017

• LEGO Education, supported by Hope Education for primary and JTRS for secondary, will deliver workshops at Bett 2017 that show teachers how hands-on learning using technology and computing can benefit STEM classrooms

• Every teacher who prebooks and attends a workshop will receive a free LEGO® kit and will be entered into a prize draw to win either a full WeDo 2.0 classroom set or a half classroom pack of LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3 

• From January 10 2017, LEGO Education will also be offering digital content, including software, curriculum material and extension pack downloads as well as eLearning, free of charge

Saving kittens to learn the language of coding!

coding

Unique new game teaches real-life coding and prepares Students for their future

 

Ever considered there might be a connection between kittens and coding? Of course not, because there wasn’t one…until now! 

Erase All Kittens (E.A.K.) is a revolutionary new web-based platform game designed to prepare children, aged eight to 14, for 21st Century degrees and careers. It teaches students computational thinking and professional coding languages such as HTML, and engages more girls by using a highly gamified, story-driven approach. cave level

BBC announces return of popular literary competition for children

rsz_bbc_500_words.jpgChildren across the UK are being called to tap into their imagination and put pen to paper as a celebrated writing competition is launched once again. 

The BBC has announced the opening date for its popular storytelling competition 500 words. 

Over the past seven years almost half a million children have taken part in the competition which is judged by an expert panel of top authors including Malorie Blackman, Francesca Simon and Frank Cottrell Boyce, in addition to last year’s honorary judge, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall. 

SSS Learning debuts fresh approach to online training at Education Show 2017

SSS Learning

Schools and nurseries can now deliver the highest quality safeguarding training to meet statutory and Ofsted inspection requirements, whilst making vast cost savings with SSS Learning’s new e-learning courses, debuting at the Education Show 2017 (stand H81).

Developed as a ‘much needed’ catalyst for change in safeguarding training, the concise courses are fully CPD-accredited and certify individual educators, replacing ‘often insufficient or costly’ traditional group training methods.

North East schools urged to act in light of agency closure to ensure children stay safe

Advantex

HUNDREDS of North East schools could be without access to adequate e-safety advice and security resources when a Government-backed support network closes this year.

IT experts Advantex Network Solutions Ltd warns that the end of Northern Grid for Learning (NGfL) will have a ‘massive’ impact on schools, colleges and other training providers unless they act and start to draw up alternative plans.

The countdown has started to NGfL winding down at the end of July, when broadband procurement, safety, safeguarding and digital literacy services will no longer be available to around 450 local schools and dozens of other sector providers.

Digibox Brings Newtek to BETT 2017

Digibox Brings Newtek to BETT 2017

Leading UK product distribution company serving the broadcast, telecommunication and multimedia markets, DigiBox, is looking forward to a stimulating start to 2017 as the brand prepares to feature a number of world-class products on its stand at BETT 2017.

Appearing on Stand G380 of the exhibition, DigiBox will highlight the latest innovations from American hardware and software company NewTek, for whom it is the sole UK Distributor with dedicated sales, engineering and installation teams.