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Five GDPR Myths Debunked

Living in an increasingly digital world has brought about undeniable changes to our lives. 

 

One of the consequences of this is the amount of data we all share, including many of our personal details. Medical professionals, retailers, insurers and numerous other service providers all hold personal data, some of which is highly sensitive.

 

However, the way our data is used isn’t always clear and nor can we be sure it is being kept secure. The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) the EU is introducing next May aims to tackle this by creating new rules to keep data safe. It will also give people greater control over how their personal data is used.

 

Is this the death of outdoor play?

outdoor play

If you look back and reflect on your childhood now you’re an adult, you will most likely smile at memories of riding your bike, playing hopscotch and playing outdoors with your friends – traditionally, outdoor play is a staple part and often a highlight of every child’s upbringing — but is it in decline?

A report by The Guardian would suggest so. In today’s society, three-quarters of children in the UK receive less than 60 minutes of outdoor play each day. That’s less than prisoners, as UN guidelines are in place to ensure they get a minimum of one hour’s open air activity per day. Alarmingly, one fifth of children do not play outside at all.

Is this the death of outdoor play?

outdoor play

If you look back and reflect on your childhood now you’re an adult, you will most likely smile at memories of riding your bike, playing hopscotch and playing outdoors with your friends – traditionally, outdoor play is a staple part and often a highlight of every child’s upbringing — but is it in decline?

A report by The Guardian would suggest so. In today’s society, three-quarters of children in the UK receive less than 60 minutes of outdoor play each day. That’s less than prisoners, as UN guidelines are in place to ensure they get a minimum of one hour’s open air activity per day. Alarmingly, one fifth of children do not play outside at all.

Nip playground conflict in the bud this Anti-Bullying Week 2017

Nip playground conflict in the bud this Anti-Bullying Week 2017

A mum of two has written a toolkit which assists primary school teachers in empowering their pupils to overcome bullying in the playground this Anti-bullying Week.

With this year’s Anti-Bullying Week taking place this week(13-17 November), Laura Gilchrist – author of ‘Playground Buddies’ – is keen to raise awareness of how her toolkit could make a profound difference in many children’s lives.

An independent mediator, facilitator and trainer with more than 15 years’ experience of working within the education sector – focusing on setting up projects that brought about whole school change in thinking and culture – Laura has created a resource where children are taught to form good relationships with their peers through clear and friendly communication.

National training provider achieves a hat-trick of successes

National training provider achieves a hat-trick of successes

A provider of 1,500 childcare, management and catering apprentices has been recognised for its commitment to training and skills development with a Princess Royal Training Award.

Busy Bees Training was one of only 40 recipients, including Barclays and Waitrose, to be presented with the award by HRH The Princess Royal at a ceremony which took place at St James’s Palace on 2 November 2017.

The role of virtual classrooms in providing adjustments for students struggling with their mental health

Mental health problems, such as anxiety, can inhibit someone’s ability to get to school and be physically present during lessons. Here, Sam Warnes, a former teacher and founder of EDLounge, a unique platform that gives students who struggle with mainstream education the opportunity to access learning, explains how virtual classrooms can offer a solution for accommodating pupils with mental health issues.

 

In order to help students effectively, we firstly need to educate ourselves on the elements of traditional and mainstream education that could be the most triggering for students struggling with their mental health. This helps us to address any problems they may have before they become completely disengaged so we can help them achieve their full potential.

Teacher Flies To Switzerland For Classroom Inspiration

An East London teacher will be flying to Switzerland in the New Year, after winning a science and nutrition competition for primary schools.

Sally Peckover, from Redlands Primary School in Stepney Green, was the winner of Food for Thought, a UK-wide competition organised by Discovery Education and Alimentarium Foundation as part of a drive to boost children’s learning about food.

The Reception class teacher will make the journey to Lake Geneva in January, where she will meet experts at the Alimentarium Museum, an international public learning centre for food and nutrition. Sally will gather ideas to take back to the classroom and spend time in Geneva as part of her prize.

A Sterling job for UK’s largest primary school

Marshall-Tufflex’s Sterling Profile 1 dado system has been used extensively in the expansion of Gascoigne Primary School, Barking, Essex, the largest primary school in the UK.

Victorian era Gascoigne Primary has expanded considerably over the years. The most recent development is an £11m project providing a new three-storey facility to accommodate 1,500 pupils complete with a rooftop playground looking out over the Thames Barrier and Barking Abbey.

Cloud technology what you need to know

Ian Florey, Solutions Engineer Manager at Akamai UK talks about what it’s like to be a solutions engineer and the pressing need for a new cohort of talent in the industry.

The adoption of cloud technology is essential for companies that have aspirations to innovate their products and services at scale. What’s more, many are now looking to recruit the workforce that will help take them to the next level in their cloud journey and drive for even more growth.

Education charity Future First appoints new chief executive

Education charity Future First appoints new chief executive

The national education charity Future First has appointed a new chief executive officer to guide the charity through its next phase of development and growth. 

Matt Lent will join Future First from UK Youth in January where he is currently Director of Partnerships and Policy leading on cross-sector partnerships, income generation, impact measurement and national policy. He brings 25 years of experience in the voluntary and education sector working extensively with businesses, funders, schools, charities, and government.

Top marks for Golden Coast

Top marks for Golden Coast

School budgets are rarely extensive when it comes to wet leisure projects. Often, these refurbishment projects are only possible through the support and fundraising efforts of parents, staff, and pupils. Because of this, it’s a huge boon when pool companies can find products that do more than meet the budget by lowering day-to-day running costs or making pools that bit safer for staff and students alike.

Packed with innovative, inspiring and cost-effective ideas, Golden Coast’s extensive range of high-quality products is a valuable resource when tendering for school projects.

Top marks for Golden Coast

Top marks for Golden Coast

School budgets are rarely extensive when it comes to wet leisure projects. Often, these refurbishment projects are only possible through the support and fundraising efforts of parents, staff, and pupils. Because of this, it’s a huge boon when pool companies can find products that do more than meet the budget by lowering day-to-day running costs or making pools that bit safer for staff and students alike.

Packed with innovative, inspiring and cost-effective ideas, Golden Coast’s extensive range of high-quality products is a valuable resource when tendering for school projects.

Top marks for Golden Coast

Top marks for Golden Coast

School budgets are rarely extensive when it comes to wet leisure projects. Often, these refurbishment projects are only possible through the support and fundraising efforts of parents, staff, and pupils. Because of this, it’s a huge boon when pool companies can find products that do more than meet the budget by lowering day-to-day running costs or making pools that bit safer for staff and students alike.

Packed with innovative, inspiring and cost-effective ideas, Golden Coast’s extensive range of high-quality products is a valuable resource when tendering for school projects.

One Month Left To Vote For An Amazing Teacher

People across Wales have until Thursday 30 November to nominate outstanding teachers in Wales for the Professional Teaching Awards Cymru and with three extra categories, there are even more opportunities to celebrate the very best in Welsh education.

Nominations have already been flooding in from across Wales for the Professional Teaching Awards Cymru 2018 but there is still one month to give an excellent educational professional the recognition they deserve. Organisers are especially looking for teachers leading the way in digital learning.