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."

Education leaders come together at Yorkshire’s largest educational conference

Tony Draper

Head teachers and senior leaders from across Yorkshire attended the leading education conference, Educated Yorkshire, on Thursday 10th November.
The free one-day conference gave delegates the chance to hear from the industry’s leading professionals on emerging themes and topics.  
Opening the conference was Saci Lloyd, author of best-selling novel The Carbon Diaries and sixth teacher in East London, who discussed how creativity can be used to train and educate in a fast paced future as well as the importance of storytelling to inspire younger generations.
The year the event was supported by Lloyds Banking Group, Wrigleys Solicitors, Armstrong Watson and CBiS-education.

Financial Capability Week 2016

Research suggests teenagers are ‘ill-prepared’ in money management 

Less than half of young people aged seven to 17 are receiving financial education at school.

Financial education is designed to teach children how to handle their finances confidently and is currently part of the curriculum across the UK.

However, just 4 in 10 young people in the UK say they’ve received financial education, according to new findings by the Money Advice Service, released at the launch of Financial Capability Week 2016.

Safeguarding experts come together for education seminar

A host of child safeguarding experts will unite for a second time this autumn on the 10th November at a safeguarding seminar designed for education professionals. The event, hosted by online safety software provider Impero Software, will see speakers from the UK Safer Internet Centre, Internet Watch Foundation, a Police Cyber Specialist Unit, Victvs, and E-Safety Adviser (Alan Mackenzie) deliver a series of presentations and workshops. 

Leeds City College hosts a Google and Cloud event for local schools

Leeds City College is embracing the digital age and hosting a ‘Google and the Cloud’ event on Thursday 3 November at its Printworks and Park Lane campuses.

Members of School Management, Network Managers, and those interested in new developments within the learning environment can attend one of two events taking place at 1pm and 4.30pm respectively.

The interactive events will explore the latest technologies and how they are transforming today’s learning environment.  There will also be small group sessions allowing delegates to explore the newly launched Google Expeditions.

The ultimate Halloween Event in London

PhoboPhobia, The London Bridge Experience and London Tombs, the home of Halloween


PhoboPhobia, The London Bridge Experience & London Tombs, the home of Halloween, which is no surprise considering they have won the UKs scariest attraction, for 8 years in a row. 

This Halloween enter into the Nightmare of the Ventriloquist, where the puppets are out to play and want you to join in on their games, but beware as these puppets don’t have strings to hold them back from catching you. The Ventriloquist doesn’t always get his experiment right so as you delve deeper through the vaults, lurking in the shadows may be discarded marionettes who are dying to meet you!

October 22nd-31st, 6pm-11pm, strictly adults only.

Local firm LWA shortlisted at the British Accountancy Awards again

Local firm LWA shortlisted at the British Accountancy Awards 2016 Finalist


Northwest based accountancy and business advisory firm Leavitt Walmsley Associates (LWA) have been shortlisted at the nationally acclaimed British Accountancy Awards 2016, in the Most Innovative Practice category for independent firms. The firm based in Sale and Warrington have been recognised for implementing a number of modern, technological advancements to constantly improve their services over the past 18 months.

With the awards in their sixth year, they are regarded as the industry’s most prestigious accolades, and look to pinpoint professional development whilst celebrating excellence in the accountancy profession.

Bett Academies launches

Bett Academies, a new event developed in consultation with senior education leaders in the UK, launches this week to provide advice, guidance and inspiration to academies, MATs and schools exploring academisation. The event takes place from 16 to 17 March at the NEC in Birmingham.

Based on extensive research with schools, academies and MATs across the UK, Bett Academies has been designed to address key challenges and considerations relating to academisation. The peer-led programme covering topics such as change management, effective leadership and futureproofing education will help leaders build vital collaborative links with peers, key education stakeholders and suppliers.

Don’t forget to remember….

The Junior Memory Championship is now open for entries

Now in its ninth year, The Junior Memory Championship™, a hugely popular nationwide memory championship for primary school children, is officially open for entries for 2017. 

Following on from the success of last year’s championship, which saw over 300 schools take part, the competition aims to find Britain’s rising memory stars. Schools from all over the UK are invited to register their Year 6 pupils to take part. Once registered, schools receive a full range of simple yet effective learning materials, lesson plans and online training, making them better equipped to support their pupils and teachers to develop powerful memory skills and embed them in the curriculum. 

SPARK:ED Brighton returns for third year

- 1 day festival of ideas, sparking new local opportunities - 


SPARK:ED, the one-day festival of ideas sparking new local opportunities through innovation in digital education, will return to Brighton for its third consecutive year on Saturday 17th September.  Taking place at the Barclays Eagle Labs Brighton, SPARK:ED has this year been commissioned by Brighton Digital Festival as part of its Education Strand.  

For one day, SPARK:ED Brighton will bring together teachers, entrepreneurs, employers, community leaders and young people to find new ways of using innovation in digital education to create real, local opportunities.

School for the stars gears up for October open days

School for the stars gears up for October open days

The prestigious Tring Park School for the Performing Arts will be holding three open days in October.

The open days, which take place on 7, 13 and 14 October, are the perfect opportunity for parents who have children with a passion for performing to experience the excellent facilities at the school, meet the principal, Stefan Anderson, and senior members of staff and enjoy performances by pupils on all the vocational courses in the school’s very own Markova Theatre.

New project will unite the globe to Bang the Drum for street children’s rights

New project will unite the globe to Bang the Drum for street children’s rights


Bang the drum 2016 is a new project that will unite drummers of all ages and abilities across the UK and the globe, who will be joined together via a live stream, to support the street children's right!

Bringing together drummers of all ages and abilities from across the globe, the event on 3rd October 2016 will include the world record attempt for the World's largest Drumming Lesson. Bang the Drum 2016 will be steamed live on YouTube from the Copper Box Arena in London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park where 2,000 London school children will play drums together.

Inspiring the next generation

Inspiring the next generation

Budding Brunels course offers unique taste of the construction industry.

Over the course of 3 days in July, 15 students from schools in Tower Hamlets, Newham and Waltham Forest attended the Budding Brunels course in the Olympic Park, run by Construction Youth Trust in partnership with Canal & River Trust.

Budding Brunels is a schools engagement programme aimed at students from diverse backgrounds, with the aim to inform and inspire them about professional opportunities available within the construction industry. Students experience the industry from the inside, see what it's like to take on different professional roles and receive support and careers guidance to develop their own employability skills.

Over 1100 children register for Wiltshire Festival of Engineering

Over 1100 children register for Wiltshire Festival of Engineering

Significant numbers of Wiltshire school children have shown early interest in the Wiltshire Festival of Engineering by registering to attend the event.  Latest registration figures show that 37 schools have signed up to take part in the Festival - which will see a staggering total of over 1100 young people (aged Year 6 upwards) inspired by local technology businesses.