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Stewart Garden, part of the Global Keter Group, is pleased to announce that St Mark’s Church of England Junior School, Gloucestershire, has won its Schools Programme 2018 competition. 

The annual contest, which was set up to reward the gardening skills and creativity of schoolchildren aged between six and eleven across the UK, was very tough this year. However, the Cheltenham-based school came out on top, securing themselves a prize of £1,000 to spend at their local garden centre. 

We take a look at some of the latest children’s titles as well as CPD books.

See the “competitions” section to be in with a chance of winning books throughout the year…

Science, technology and engineering are critical to the future of Britain and the wider world. However, as the new school year starts, Britain’s parents feel the next generation of scientists could be at risk if schools don’t keep up with technological and scientific advances, new research has found. The research quizzed parents of about current science lessons and their own memories of science at school.

Bournemouth & Poole College is home to 11,000+ students from across the region, the UK and the world. The institution is the largest provider of Further Education (FE) and Apprenticeships in the surrounding area. The college supports a range of values, among them a passion for learning and success, within a supportive and caring environment. In order to uphold these values, it is important that the college offers the best learning experience that is supportive to the needs of every student.

The Actives has been selected to join London’s leading SportTech, FitTech and HealthTech incubator programme, SportTechHub.

The incubator, which is backed by London Sport and supported by PwC, Fieldfisher, London & Partners and Loughborough University London, works to support the development of physical activity and sport, and will see The Actives work closely with London Sport and a range of physical activity stakeholders as part of broader efforts to align technology and physical activity strategies across the country.

Nearly a quarter of 11 to 16 year-olds (24%) say that performing well in school exams and tests causes them the greatest amount of anxiety as a young person today, according to a survey of 2,381 secondary school pupils by Ipsos MORI on behalf of The Key, the organisation providing leadership and management support to schools.

by Caroline Offord from the RSPB

Do you remember the feel of sand in your toes, the darkness of a cave as you looked for bears or the thrill of climbing your first tree?

To many people it would seem obvious that having access to play, learning outdoors and exploring the world around you is an essential part of childhood.

Trinity College in Oxford was founded in the sixteenth century as a training house for priests.  The site was originally chosen for its quiet, rural location. The college now, in the present day sits very much in the city centre, but still enjoys a rural aspect through well maintained gardens within the grounds at the rear.

Trinity College has an onsite workshop, with 7 people who maintain the buildings, including Maged Alyas, Workshop Supervisor who has been working at Trinity College for over 20 years.

Launching Friday 5 to Sunday 7 October, KidZania London – the indoor city run by kids at Westfield London, Shepherd’s Bush – will be hosting an action-packed STEAM Week, inspiring kids to develop their skills across science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.

KidZania London, the indoor city run by kids, has teamed up with UK Parliament Week to host a series of exciting activities and workshops for schools, supporting the provision of Key Stages 1-3 PSHE learning. Designed to teach students about the world of politics, debating and current issues, the KidZania’s Parliament Fair will run on the 14th to 16th November 2018. Bookings are now open for schools to book class visits during the autumn term.

Chris Ross, SVP International from Barracuda Networks, answers our questions on cyberbullying and tells us how the landscape of the digital environment is changing…

How is cyber bullying evolving as technology changes?

The arrival of A level results, out on 16th August, can herald a particularly stressful time for both students and parents alike. Gabbitas, the leading education consultants, have a great deal of expertise in identifying a way through the many options. With their in-depth knowledge of the educational landscape and their experience in dealing with students who find themselves having to look for a new way forward, help is at hand to relieve the stress with some practical solutions.

Anthony Langan, director and education sector lead at architecture and building consultancy practice AHR, explains why modular construction might hold the key to delivering more school places.

With growing pressure for school places across many parts of the country, the expansion of school infrastructure, and indeed the creation of new schools, is a key consideration for educational establishments, local authorities and the Government.

This Thursday (16 August 2018) will see students in Yorkshire and the Humber nervously receive their A-Level results. But whilst many teens will be delighted with their grades, the day can also prove to be extremely testing for those who fall short of their expectations. 

Ahead of A Level results day, NICEIC - the UK’s leading name for electricians - is reminding school and college-leavers to consider viable alternatives to the degree route. 

The London Grid for Learning has called for technology companies to embrace calls for change and put the safety of children first in all developments in light of findings from its latest report.

Mediaworks is pioneering the way for the younger generation and helping those interested become familiar with the world of digital opportunities. Recently the digital marketing agency took part in the opening of Lloyds Banking educational programme, The Rediscover Live Project. Selected as part of a cohort of success businesses in the North East, Mediaworks supported the project in a bid to bring more awareness to the sector.

How many hours have your staff spent organising events, selling tickets, collecting cash, giving refunds, explaining the details of the events to parents, all during the school’s busiest periods? Trybooking is a service which does all the legwork for staff and can be used from parents’ evening to the Christmas concert – and some of the service is free. Here, managing director Joan Lind answers QA Education’s questions on how it works…

Where did the idea for Trybooking come from?

Stone’s SCCM imaging solution ensured all 900 devices delivered across multiple academy sites were pre-imaged and ready for use, reducing deployment time by 520hours

The Harris Federation is one of the most successful large multi-academy-trusts in the UK. The Department for Education has just announced Harris Federation as one of the top performing multi-academy trusts, with best scores for pupil progress.

Children from primary schools in Merseyside have been experiencing a unique safari-themed outdoor learning adventure as part of a special project to get more children excited about reading whilst encouraging them to learn and connect to the natural world around them.

The initiative was organised as part of a collaborative project between local reading charity Beanstalk and Knowsley Safari – a partnership which aims to help more school children develop a love of reading while extending their learning beyond the classroom through a range of outdoor learning activities.

The University of Buckingham was established in 1976, has 3 campuses and 65 buildings. It has its own department for maintenance and repair which is led by Operations Manager, Matthew Cross and covers all plumbing, carpentry and electrical needs for the University.

The in-house maintenance department has a woodworking workshop, storage for all the consumables needed, an administration and records office and a team of 10 operatives that are all scheduled with a range of repairs and general up keep in and around the buildings.