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This week QA Education spoke to Joanne Denham, Librarian at Wodensborough Ormiston Academy in Wednesbury, about the ‘Big Debate Day’ recently held at the school and the benefits of inclusive debating workshops to give students a boost in their confidence and a stronger career focus.

They’ve been a staple of the classroom for generations now but Casio calculators are far from stuck in the past. Here, Gerard Dummett, UK Education Manager at Casio, explains to QA Eduction editor Victoria Galligan how Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, is helping Casio to bring education into the 21st Century… 

• Tell us about Casio products in the classroom – what are your biggest sellers? How do your products enhance learning?

Primary school children across the UK are being encouraged to continue their love of learning during the summer holidays by entering an exciting digital challenge, the Make Your World Bigger challenge.

Launched by Discovery Education, Make Your World Bigger is open to schools and families everywhere, extending children’s summer learning while inspiring curiosity and adventure.

Students from Cambridge Regional College were put through their paces recently at a former RAF and Army Barracks.

The end-of-year assessment for Public Service students studying at the college took place at Waterbeach, on the edge of the Fens in Cambridgeshire, and saw 183 students march over 6 miles to reach their destination, carrying equipment and supplies.

The EducationCity annual PlayLive Challenge, which took place between the 17th and 22nd June, was a phenomenal success, with a record number of children taking part. All in all, over 7,340 students participated in the two-day competition.

The aim of the week was to crown the PlayLive Maths and English Champions for the year, as well as boost excitement and engagement surrounding Maths and English, and to this end, the company opened up the competition to all schools, not just their subscribing schools and schools already taking a trial with them.

Bohunt School Worthing has hosted a pioneering technology event, attended by a representative from Apple Education, following the success of its Digital Leaders initiative.
 
The event included an introduction to the senior digital leader team and a full briefing on the achievements of the digital leaders to date. The team were keen to receive professional advice and guidance regarding the quality and professionalism of their daily news articles, live broadcasts via Youtube and plans for the future of The Bohunt Times.
 

Graham Cooper, head of education at Capita SIMS, shares top tips from influential EdTech Bloggers on using technology to smoothly deliver inspiring lessons…

Greg Brookes-Clayton is the Educational Director at Challenge Academy – a Community Interest Company (CIC) set up and directed by experienced professionals and leaders from education and the military. Challenge Academy offer active outdoor learning experiences. Its aims are to provide innovative and accessible learning opportunities outside the classroom.

We were first made aware of the school place crisis we were going to encounter back in 2009/2010. On the back of this, strategic plans were put in place in terms of school extensions, new builds, academies and free schools. So where are we now?

It is said that the standard of the education is down to the teacher’s skills and somewhat of the individual; others will place more emphasis on the resources of the school. But what about the building itself? The sound of commuter traffic from the outside drifts in, voices in the hallway can be heard as people walk to class, a draft from the windows sweep in - not a comfortable environment to learn in, let alone to concentrate. Secondary glazing can help combat all of these problems and can also improve a building’s energy efficiency and increase window security.

The Green Britain Centre is a wonderful environment in which to inspire groups of all ages and abilities. Come and share our exciting vision for a Green Britain powered by the wind, the sun and the sea. Learn about renewable energy, new forms of transport and sustainable food. Our tailor-made talks, group activities and presentations will get your group talking about environmental issues and the world around them.And with activity sheets, problem solving and creative exercises, there’s loads to engage and inspire thinking around the issue of sustainability.  

York Minster is one of the world’s most magnificent cathedrals, a vision of heaven on earth crafted in stained glass and stone. For a millennia, people have been drawn to this sacred place but the story stretches back 2,000 years to the birth of modern day Christianity in Roman York.

York Minster’s dedicated Learning Team deliver a wide range of fascinating workshops and tours which meet curriculum needs and give students memories that can last a lifetime.

Having access to discover, learn and play outdoors is surely an essential part of childhood.

A survey of over 1000 school children and teachers revealed that 85% of school children want to spend more time outside in nature and four out of five teachers want to spend more time teaching outside.

Come and try the newest Olympic sport! If you’re looking to introduce the kids to an adventurous new sport, want to enjoy a fun family activity or would like an hour of individual climbing, you are always welcome at Golden Gecko Climbing in Romsey.

Pupils at a Wandsworth primary school were inspired to be more active after receiving a special visit this week from an Olympic gold medallist thanks to "The Active Kids Do Better" programme.

Slalom canoeist Joe Clarke, who made history at the 2016 Rio Games by winning GB’s first gold medal in the canoe slalom men’s K1, shared his inspiring story and spent time with pupils at Riversdale Primary School.

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The positive impact of 3D printing on school curriculum has already been well-documented. But as any school IT administrator will attest, implementing such a resource can pose significant challenges behind the scenes.

Websites, apps and social media mirror and reflect the lives of young people, but they may also have a deep impact on their personal experiences so how can we be keeping children safe online.