Events

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

Sony

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.

Improved FGM training support for frontline professionals this International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

FGM

This International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (25th November 2016), I want to commend the tireless work our frontline professionals across education, healthcare and the voluntary sector are doing every single day to help protect Britain’s young girls from child abuse. To do this effectively though requires investment in individualised training readily available to all.

Child internet safety summit

Child internet safety summit

On Tuesday, 29th November 2016, the annual Child Internet Safety Summit will discuss crucial issues facing parents all over the UK in a bid to improve the way in which we protect our children online. The NSPCC recently revealed that a whole generation is at risk of being ‘stripped of their childhoods’ with shocking statistics showing that 53% of 11-16 year olds have seen porn online. 

The Child Internet Safety Summit aims to arm front line practitioners with the knowledge they need to assist children and teens as they explore the digital world. The Summit has become an integral part of schools’ calendar and it’s a vital way of ultimately communicating to parents and carers ways in which to keep their children safe in this the digital world. 

Child internet safety summit

On Tuesday, 29th November 2016, the annual Child Internet Safety Summit will discuss crucial issues facing parents all over the UK in a bid to improve the way in which we protect our children online. The NSPCC recently revealed that a whole generation is at risk of being ‘stripped of their childhoods’ with shocking statistics showing that 53% of 11-16 year olds have seen porn online. 

The Child Internet Safety Summit aims to arm front line practitioners with the knowledge they need to assist children and teens as they explore the digital world. The Summit has become an integral part of schools’ calendar and it’s a vital way of ultimately communicating to parents and carers ways in which to keep their children safe in this the digital world. 

Rossall students raise the roof at the Grand Theatre

Rossall students

Students from Rossall School had friends, teachers and parents tapping  their feet when they took to the stage of Blackpool’s Grand Theatre for their House Singing competition.

The annual event, which has become one of the highlights of the school year, sees teams of students from each of the Rossall’s eight houses compete to be named the school’s best performers.

Under the watchful eye of judges: vocal coach, Miss Gillian Littlefair and piano teacher, Mr Alistair Mackenzie ,  the students sang their way through a variety of popular songs, complete with dance routines and a few theatrical flourishes!

Silver Skills Show medals for Middlesex students

Winners

A duo of talented teams from Middlesex University London scooped silver medals in the WorldSkills UK National Competition Finals which culminated at NEC Birmingham on 19 November.

The students achieved successes in the robotics and mechatronics categories of the competition which ran from 17 – 19 November as part of The Skills Show which is the UK’s largest technical skills and careers event.

Middlesex students Andrej Lieskovsky and Piotr Nowicki secured silver in the mechatronics (higher) category whilst Eva Blessing Onyeulo and Rahul Vekaria, who both hail from Hendon, claimed silver in the robotics category. 

Pupil wins national competition and Discovery channel tour

Pupils from a High Wycombe primary school

Pupils from a High Wycombe primary school stepped behind the camera at Discovery Channel on Friday, after their classmate scooped first prize in a national competition.

Lauren Croucher from Hughenden Primary School was the winner of the Make Your World Bigger competition – part of a Discovery Education and Discovery Channel initiative to keep children learning during the summer holidays. 

Middlesex students prepare for NEC skills showdown

Middlesex students

Six Middlesex University London students are preparing to compete in WorldSkills UK, a national competition which pits them against some of the most talented young people across the country. 

The three day competition is taking place from 17 to 19 November at the Skills Show, NEC Birmingham, the UK’s largest vocational skills and careers event and sees the students split into three Middlesex teams, two in the Robotics and one in the Mechatronics Higher categories.

Andrej Lieskovsky and Piotr Nowicki (Mechatronics Higher) will compete for Middlesex along with Eva Blessing Onyuelo, Rahul Vekaria, Chibuike Okpaluba and Raj Manandhar (Robotics).

Apprenticeships ‘on the menu’ for Mitchells & Butlers at:

Apprenticeships ‘on the menu’ for Mitchells & Butlers at The Skills Show 2016

 

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 is mixing up its attendance at The Skills Show, to give future school leavers an interactive experience and showcase the possibilities a career in hospitality can offer.

Removing the fog from careers choice: The WorldSkills UK Careers Cloud

Engineer, bricklayer, beauty therapist, accountant, the list goes on and on:  with so many careers on offer to today’s young people, the choice of which to pursue can be bewildering.  To help clear the route to the ideal job, WorldSkills UK has linked up with educational provider SACU to create a unique test for visitors to this year’s Skills Show, the WorldSkills UK Careers Cloud.

Festo Fields Apprentices for Mechatronics Competition

At The Skills Show, held on the 17-19th November at the NEC, Festo is entering the Mechatronics Competition, part of WorldSkills UK. This year two of Festo's apprentices, Ben Nolan and Joshan Tailor make up the team.

Eliza Rawlings, Managing Director at Festo, says, "WorldSkills UK is an exceptional opportunity for our young apprentices to put their skills to the test. It's an international stage to promote the mechatronic skills that will be needed in the future. We've been exhibiting at The Skills Show since 2011 and are delighted to be the Mechatronics Competition Sponsor. Every year we use the exhibition to connect with thousands of young people, their schools and their parents who attend the show and showcase engineering as a rewarding career path."