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A partnership between itslearning, Europe's most widely used learning platform, and Google for Education was  announced recently, enabling teachers to plan, deliver, communicate and engage.

The partnership will also allow educators to formatively assess student learning against academic goals, all within one platform, in any location and from any device.

Richard Hyams from architects astudio discusses how modular buildings offer an affordable alternative to traditionally built classrooms…

For many of us, the idea of a modular school building will rouse memories of dank cabins lacking heating and running water, shunted onto school sites to meet intense demand for school places or as quick fixes during the construction of more permanent extensions.

Modular has come a long way since then, though, and such an image is a far cry from the reality of what modular buildings can do for our schools.

Hard-pressed teachers will be forced to take extra time off sick unless the Government injects more money into cash-strapped schools. The warning comes from a senior school business leader who says overworked teachers are suffering from mental health issues and are at breaking point.

Xavier Briche, Head of Digital Learning at the University of Roehampton, discusses how the Digital Learning department has enhanced the student learning experience.

Here at Roehampton, we have created a robust Digital Learning Services department (DL) to support technology for teaching and learning.

Cyber security is rated as one of the top concerns for organisations worldwide.  As a global leader in the security technology industry, Gallagher is working with Universities all over the world to help them mitigate risk and secure their systems against potential attacks.

Back to Wilderness is a high quality Bushcraft, Survival and Wilderness educational centre of excellence in the heart of East Anglia. We provide a conduit for all ages & abilities to reconnect with nature in a safe, topical, fun & memorable way, all while learning serious survival skills! 

 Ever wish you could look over your lesson to see what went right or wrong? Teachers across the country are doing just that – and getting independent feedback from experts outside of school. Editor Victoria Galligan spoke to Sean Warren at Bett about ONVU Learning – which films the class from above as the children work.

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This year Stockport Grammar School’s Year Five Art Competition welcomed 113 entries from young artists from 16 local primary schools. 

Sponsored by Brewin Dolphin and based around the theme of ‘self-portrait’, the young entrants showed off their creativity and imagination with a wide range of final pieces that included 2D and 3D artwork.

Artists and their families visited Stockport Grammar School for an exhibition evening which showcased their work.

Dr Emily Grossman is an expert in molecular biology and the face of many a scientific TV and radio slot (including The Alan Titchmarsh Show and Duck Quacks Don't Echo). Here, Emily speaks to QA Education editor Victoria Galligan about why she’s involved with Rocking Ur Teens, a social enterprise that runs inspiring conferences that help encourage girls and boys to become confident in their school life and beyond…

Jane Ross, head of public sector at the Zoom video platform, discusses how it’s helping schools both in meetings and in the classroom…

Could you explain what the Zoom video platform is, and how it helps teachers?

Zoom is a unified video-first communications platform that provides remote communications services using cloud computing. It offers software for video, voice, chat, and content sharing. Zoom was named a Leader in the 2018 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Meeting Solutions.

Livia Bran at Cypher Learning discusses why e-learning is a great option for introverted students…

There are many things introversion is confused with. In a world that seems to have been designed based on extrovert ideals, introverted people get tags like shy, aloof, uninterested or anti-social. Even introverts have a hard time understanding themselves, and this can happen way into adulthood. Introverted kids have an even harder time.

With private tuition being an unaffordable option for so many, Tassomai is a GCSE learning and revision program which helps close the attainment gap and levels the playing field for all students. It can be used by all pupils – including those with health problems, behavioural issues, those suffering from mental health issues or going through other difficult circumstances. It also allows children to work at their own pace but ensuring clear progress – and the best thing about Tassomai? Pupils can use it from home on their smartphones.

Well documented research into human behaviour in emergency situations shows that 75 percent of people react immediately to clear authoritative voice messages in the event of fire. Education is one sector where voice commands that instruct and direct students and staff on how to leave a building or other area during an emergency is widely recognised as the most efficient and safest solution.

Schools and groups have the chance to take part in fun-filled residential netball tournaments which promise high-adrenaline excitement and adventure. The two-night camps at Kingswood Grosvenor Hall, in Ashford, Kent, are suitable for U12 to U16 age groups and will be hosted by HC Tournaments.

The site has recently had a £1 million investment in its sports and accommodation facilities, including a brand new flood-lit sports court which players will be able to put to the test.

Dalby is on the southern slopes of the North York Moors and covers over 8,000 acres – perfect for fun, exploration, learning and adventure. We have walking, cycling and running trails for all abilities, exciting play areas, Go Ape, bike hire, self-led learning, Gruffalo and Zog trails, an activity centre and an Enchanted Wood. To refuel, there are two cafes plus BBQ and picnic spots. Our experienced, enthusiastic staff and onsite partners will point you in the right direction.

A team of six Year 10 students from Bradfield School, Sheffield, are to take part in the national finals of the engineering competition ‘F1 in Schools’ after placing 3rd in the Yorkshire and Humber regional final last month.

Godstone Farm is home to over 500 animals, plus cosy play areas and an extensive challenging outdoor play area.  We look forward to sharing 40 years experience of true farmyard fun with your group.  Our schools program has been designed to complement Reception and Key Stage 1 subjects from the classroom.

With entrance to the farm for the whole day and an agenda of tailored morning activities we can offer a perfect mix of indoor and outdoor enjoyment.  A dedicated picnic barn is offered to all school visits and 1 adult goes FREE per 5 children.

Little Owl Farm is a family run business owned by Mr John Beck and Miss Cindy Bramhall.  We are located on Lower Ship Farm in Grains Bar, Oldham, OL1 4SX.  

We opened our doors in March 2016 offering our visitors the benefit of local access to the countryside and the opportunities we have to offer; a safe environment to engage in hands-on activities with exposure to the living environment.