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!


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


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.


The Awards, once again have attracted plenty of interest and submissions have been rolling in.

Teacher awards

Rebecca Clark, Regional Schools Commissioner for the South West, has been confirmed as opening speaker for the 2017 Cornwall Teacher Awards.

Nikki Baron Business Development Director at the event's organisers, EMPRA said: "We are absolutely delighted that Rebecca is speaking at the Awards, she's such an important figure in the education sector."

The Regional Schools Commissioner is responsible for overseeing the growth of academies in the region and is responsible for monitoring their performance to ensure children receive the best possible education.

Northern Ireland to showcase its exciting edtech cluster at Bett 2017

• For the first time there is a Northern Ireland pavilion at Bett, organised by Invest Northern Ireland 

• The pavilion will showcase six of the region’s exciting edtech companies

• The aim is to promote the breadth and depth of Northern Ireland’s edtechexpertise  and increase national and international business relationships 

Invest Northern Ireland (Invest NI), the main economic development agency for this part of the UK, will have a Northern Ireland pavilion for the first time at Bett 2017, to showcase six of the region’s exciting and upcoming edtech companies, and to promote trade with Northern Ireland. 

Sir Tony Robinson and Ed Stafford join DISCOVERY EDUCATION at BETT 2017

Tony Robinson

Broadcasters will speak in the BETT Arena and join Discovery Education stand


Discovery Education is delighted to announce that it will be partnering with two of the UK’s best known broadcasters at January’s BETT 2017 show.

Sir Tony Robinson and Ed Stafford will bring their own unique sense of adventure to the world’s biggest education technology fair, leading sessions in the BETT Arena and joining pupils and teachers on the Discovery Education stand.

Working hand-in-hand to benefit schools and businesses

In a recent report by Ofsted, it was revealed that a significant amount of students are being left unprepared for the workplace due to inadequate resources and a lack of emphasis on work-related learning. 

Without this being effectively introduced at school, we are setting pupils up to fail, meaning that more than 80 per cent of them will require "significant training" before being put to work (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants). The research also stated that the top areas of weakness for new recruits are people skills and business skills, followed by technical skills. So what can be done to close the gap?

Sony Professional Solutions Europe to showcase its latest education solutions at BETT 2017


The way students learn and educators teach is changing at an unprecedented pace, with 49% of educators believing the foreseeable future will bring significant changes to the way they teach*. The learning environment has moved beyond a dedicated physical space and is more interactive and social than ever before, with educators increasingly taking on a facilitator role. 

With this in mind, Sony will be showcasing solutions at Bett 2017 that enable educational institutions to create and present engaging content that inspires students to work collaboratively both on and off campus. 

Apprenticeships ‘on the menu’ as Mitchells & Butlers launch new video series at The Skills Show 2016

Apprenticeships ‘on the menu’ as Mitchells & Butlers launch new video series at The Skills Show 2016

Mitchells & Butlers plc, the company behind leading pub and restaurant brands such as All Bar One, Harvester, Miller & Carter, Toby Carvery, Browns and Sizzling Pubs inspired school leavers at last week’s Skills Show, giving future school leavers an interactive experience and showcasing the opportunities that a career in hospitality can offer.