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Extra credit: Incentivising extra-curricular activities

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A lack of student engagement and participation in extra-curricular activities is a major issue facing schools. Despite research showing that 70% of businesses believe extra-curricular activities make school leavers stand out in an application, pupil participation continues to be an uphill struggle.

It is a constant challenge for schools to make activities like science club or after-school sports seem as appealing as going out with friends. However, there are solutions available to address this issue. Rewards can be a simple, yet effective technique to encourage more students into extra-curricular activities.

Amthal’s gold star for security with the Orion primary school

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The Orion Primary School is working directly with Amthal Fire & Security to create bespoke fire safety and security solutions at its new and growing site, to protect pupils and staff, inside and outside the classroom.

The Orion Primary School is part of a federation of two schools that forms a large learning community.  In 2014, it moved to its current site, doubling in size to offer a four-form entry.  The school continues to expand to offer the very latest learning facilities and commit to its ‘Gold Star Primary Learning’ approach to its students and provide a brighter future.

Amthal’s gold star for security with the Orion primary school

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The Orion Primary School is working directly with Amthal Fire & Security to create bespoke fire safety and security solutions at its new and growing site, to protect pupils and staff, inside and outside the classroom.

The Orion Primary School is part of a federation of two schools that forms a large learning community.  In 2014, it moved to its current site, doubling in size to offer a four-form entry.  The school continues to expand to offer the very latest learning facilities and commit to its ‘Gold Star Primary Learning’ approach to its students and provide a brighter future.

Schools ‘go bananas’ over shipping

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Schools have ‘gone bananas’ over a new educational campaign, promoting the UK’s reliance on ships

for food and everyday objects.

Children in over 80 schools around the UK, from the Isle of Skye to Devon are taking part, and are

being encouraged to think about where every day items in their classroom and homes come from,

and also how they got there.

Highlighting the importance of shipping, KS1 pupils, through this specific campaign, learnt about the

journey of the banana, and how it gets from the tree into their lunchbox through a fun infographic

and activity sheet.

Shakespeare’s Globe launches apprenticeships and expanded access programme

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Thursday 22 June

Shakespeare’s Globe celebrates its 20th anniversary with renewed commitment to equal opportunity and access, launching four year-long apprenticeships from September that will enable 16 to 19 year olds, from diverse backgrounds, to work at Shakespeare’s Globe. Significant investment is also announced to provide unparalleled welcome and ease of access for all its audiences and visitors.

 

Shakespeare’s Globe launches apprenticeships and expanded access programme

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Thursday 22 June

Shakespeare’s Globe celebrates its 20th anniversary with renewed commitment to equal opportunity and access, launching four year-long apprenticeships from September that will enable 16 to 19 year olds, from diverse backgrounds, to work at Shakespeare’s Globe. Significant investment is also announced to provide unparalleled welcome and ease of access for all its audiences and visitors.

 

Solution to prevent theft of your valuable I.T. equipment

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I.T. Security comes in two forms. We are all aware of the cyber-attack that took down parts of the NHS and other organisations in the UK and we can buy software solutions to protect ourselves. That is one form of security. 

The second form of security is physical products designed to protect your valuable I.T. equipment from being stolen. This aspect of security is boring and does not attract the same level of media coverage, due to equipment theft being generally localised. However, for schools and colleges who invest their ever increasingly pressured finances into provision of I.T. equipment to deliver high quality learning to their students, losing it to theft can be both heart-breaking and hugely disruptive.

Prestige & Homeseeker launches an Apprentice Academy

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Recruitment for 15 apprentices across Rushden and Kettering.

Prestige and Homeseeker Park and Leisure Homes based in Rushden Northants have an exciting opportunity for the next generation of talent.  The launch of the apprenticeship academy is an exciting opportunity for talented individuals to learn all aspects of the production line and will achieve a high standard of craftmanship. Learning all 4 elements of the trade (carpentry, decorating, plumbing and electrics) while obtaining qualifications.  An innovative new scheme from Prestige & Homeseeker which will recruit 15 apprentices across two manufacturing sites Rushden & Kettering. 

Success at school recognised for contributions to education & tech

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Success at School has been recognised for its significant contributions to education and technology, with three award nominations announced this month.

Success at School, which provides fair, no-nonsense careers advice for young people and connects them to employers and universities, was a finalist in the 2017 #BritishIndianAwards.

Based on a public vote, the awards highlight and commend the determination and entrepreneurial spirit of British Indian businesses and professionals in the UK.

Now in its fifth year, the black tie event was held last night in Leicester. Success at School was nominated in the Best SME category.

Jamf Provides “Safe Passage” for Schools and Organisations Considering New Mobile Device Management Solution

Expanded Product Portfolio, Migration Services, Education, Incentives and Partnerships Designed to Help Customers Make the Best Long-Term Decision

 

Jamf today announced a “safe passage” programme for schools and organisations considering migrating to Jamf, the leader in Apple management. Trusted by over 10,000 organisations, including 4,000 K-12 schools, 1,000 universities and over 5,000 businesses, Jamf is a clear, stable and trusted path for customers considering a new mobile device management (MDM) solution.

 

EducationCity’s PlayLive Challenge 2017

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EducationCity, the award-winning online teaching, learning and assessment resource, will be running a PlayLive Maths and English competition as part of its annual Challenge Week (18th-24thJune), which last year saw over 18,500 students get involved!

The competition will be open to all schools who play on any level of PlayLive Maths and English during that week, and new users are welcome to participate. If your school isn’t already a subscriber of EducationCity, you simply need to take one of our 21-day trials to span the PlayLive Challenge Week. Simply playing a game of PlayLive at a given academic level enters you into the competition at that level.

Holding open school fire doors with Agrippa

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A school in Kent has installed Agrippa fire door holders to protect teachers and pupils in the event of a fire. 

When the school’s existing sound activated door retainers were becoming damaged by pupils, the Weald of Kent Grammar School decided to replace all of the units with the Agrippa door holders.

Completely wire-free, the holders can be installed in just ten minutes and are supplied with two C cell batteries. The Agrippa holders are also fitted to the top of the door to prevent damage to the door and floor. Accepted by the UK fire brigade, the Agrippa fire door holders are the perfect solution to holding open fire doors, whilst ensuring they are closed automatically in the event of a fire. 

Pupils send Queen into space to win national coding competition

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Two Manchester primary school pupils have won a national coding competition, after designing a computer game to send The Queen into space.

The Year 3 pupils from Bury Catholic Prep scooped joint first prize in the Discovery Education ISA Junior Coding Competition, which encouraged children to create a space themed app.

8-year-olds Imogen Linas and Zaynah Ghani took the top spot with their royal creation, which sees The Queen and her corgis land on the planet Mars. The talented pupils used Discovery Education’s Coding Service to design the game, and judges were impressed by their imagination and sense of humour. 

 

Pupils send Queen into space to win national coding competition

Pupils from Bury Catholic school

Two Manchester primary school pupils have won a national coding competition, after designing a computer game to send The Queen into space.

The Year 3 pupils from Bury Catholic Prep scooped joint first prize in the Discovery Education ISA Junior Coding Competition, which encouraged children to create a space themed app.

8-year-olds Imogen Linas and Zaynah Ghani took the top spot with their royal creation, which sees The Queen and her corgis land on the planet Mars. The talented pupils used Discovery Education’s Coding Service to design the game, and judges were impressed by their imagination and sense of humour. 

 

Are you a bit cheesed off with your current system?

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