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Pilot road safety initiative hailed as a success

road safety

A road safety initiative aimed at reducing child accidents and making road safety part of the national curriculum has been piloted successfully in Birmingham.

Teachers at all 27 schools involved in the pilot praised the safety messages from lessons using a new early learning book featuring a family of traffic-cone characters for producing a 100% improvement in road safety awareness. 

The schools in the districts of Yardley, Hall Green, Garrett’s Green and Hodge Hill – locations identified in the 2016 Birmingham Road Safety Strategy as child accident ‘hot spots’ – all gave road safety lessons in which each pupil worked from their own copy of ‘The Conies: Walking to School Safely Journal’.

Time to Shine

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Giggleswick pioneers new trends in school sport

 

Increasing numbers of teenagers are taking up individual sports such as triathlon, cycling, climbing, judo and gymnastics – a trend noticed by leading Northern independent, Giggleswick School.

 

Said headteacher Mark Turnbull: “Against a background of increasing participation in sport in general there is a national trend of more and more people taking up individual sports.” Certainly this would seem to be backed up by Sport England’s Active People Survey. Figures released in December 2016 suggest almost 230,000 more people play sport weekly in 2016 than 2015. 

 

UK schools move to cloud services to reduce costs and better manage their budgets survey reveals

C-Learning

“With funding per pupil set to fall in real terms by 6.5%1, more and more UK schools are adopting a cloud first strategy and turning to cloud-based solutions to reduce their IT spend and make significant savings”, says Ian Nairn, Managing Director of C-Learning.  

The company, which commissioned an independent survey from Schoolzone revealed that adoption of the Cloud in UK schools is set to double in the next three years, just as it has in the US.

Bringing assessment into the digital age

Pat Coates discusses bringing assessment into the digital age

By Patrick Coates, director at International Skills UK and board member of The e-Assessment Association

e-Assessment is increasingly the norm in the professional world, with e-Testing having been used for IT exams for over 30 years.

Although this was typically in objective questions format, driven by the 'license to practice' market in the USA where legal defensibility of exam results was and is still required, the system has become more sophisticated over the years; including simulation in the IT world or the use of video in the medical sectors.

Conference programme online for inaugural Music & Drama Education Expo | Manchester!

Music & Drama Education Expo

Rhinegold Media & Events is delighted to announce the conference programme for the first Music & Drama Education Expo | Manchester; the Northern region’s leading free CPD event for music & drama teachers.

 

Taking place on 4 October 2017 at the Hilton Manchester Deansgate Hotel, the free show will offer a day of high-quality CPD, unrivalled networking opportunities and the chance to try out hundreds of products at our comprehensive exhibition.

 

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Education authorities could face £17m fine for non-compliance with new GDPR

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The EU Parliament has seen a lot of to-ing and fro-ing of the issue over the years, but they’ve finally set a date for implementing a strict zero-tolerance policy towards privacy and data protection.

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is set to become fully effective on 25th March 2018 , after which date any organisations that fail to comply with the GDPR will be charged with a fine of £17.2m (€20m) or 4% of their annual turnover – whichever is higher.

Technology brings learning to life in the classroom

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Schools should be ready to equip their pupils with a strong set of digital skills to succeed in the workplace, says Aisling Hagan, senior teacher and director of e-learning at St Mary’s Grammar School in Northern Ireland.

Today’s young people face the prospect of entering a more fast paced, leaner and more creative workplace made possible by the latest technology. To prepare pupils to thrive in a digitally evolving world, schools increasingly need to look at ways to embed technology right through the curriculum, which is what we have done here at St Mary’s.

Real-life applications

Pupils explore works of First World War writers on new battlefields tour

Somme

The First World War Centenary Battlefield Tours programme, designed to engage school students in active commemoration, has been extended to offer free literature themed tours to all secondary and middle schools in England. 

 

The literature tours are a new and additional element to the government funded programme which is already being run by the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) and school tour operator Equity. The tours give students tangible insight into the lives and experiences of those who fought the Great War, a genuine understanding of its historic importance and why it remains enormously relevant today, 100 years on.

 

5 Things To Consider When Choosing Your School Canopy

Dinning outdoors

Outdoor shelters and canopies are a great way to extend the space available to schools - from outdoor classrooms and dining areas to covered playgrounds - but how do you make sure you choose the right canopy or shelter for your school? Ask yourself the following five questions and you can’t go wrong.

 

What will the canopy be used for?

It’s important to consider when your canopy will be in use, whether it’s during the summer months or all-year-round.

Whichever option works for your school, it’s important to ask a supplier what safety standards their canopies adhere to and what safety features are built in, questions you might want to ask include:

• Is there 100% UV protection?

Primary school secures OFSTED using latest QA technology

Toni Hilton

A PRIMARY school is benefitting from an online quality assurance tool-kit as it secures another strong Ofsted performance.

 

Bill Quay Primary School in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, caters for more than 100 four – 11 year old children, who are supported by currently 40 teaching and support staff delivering a broad curriculum. 

 

However, in the same way that thousands of other schools and education facilities are regularly inspected, Bill Quay faces Ofsted to ensure its achieving a high standard of teaching provision with the results published on the inspectors’ website. 

 

Schools sign up for global movement to learn outdoors

Schools sign up for global movement to learn outdoors

Up to half a million children to learn outside on Outdoor Classroom Day on May 18th 2017
 
School children across the UK will join thousands of other schools all over the world to celebrate Outdoor Classroom Day- a global initiative that encourages teachers to take lessons outside.  
 
Outdoor Classroom Day will be celebrated across the world in as many as 52 countries on May 18th 2017, with the aim of getting over half a million children learning and playing outside of their classroom.
 
The initiative is being led globally by Project Dirt with the help of the charity Learning through Landscapes, that will lead the campaign in the UK & ROI.
 

Schools sign up for global movement to learn outdoors

Schools sign up for global movement to learn outdoors

Up to half a million children to learn outside on Outdoor Classroom Day on May 18th 2017
 
School children across the UK will join thousands of other schools all over the world to celebrate Outdoor Classroom Day- a global initiative that encourages teachers to take lessons outside.  
 
Outdoor Classroom Day will be celebrated across the world in as many as 52 countries on May 18th 2017, with the aim of getting over half a million children learning and playing outside of their classroom.
 
The initiative is being led globally by Project Dirt with the help of the charity Learning through Landscapes, that will lead the campaign in the UK & ROI.
 

Benefits of Outdoor Play

Benefits of Outdoor Play

As the summer months approach, it is the perfect time to get outdoors and be active.  Playing outdoors and being active is extremely important for early year’s children. Only 21% of boys and 16% of girls aged 5-15 are achieving the recommended daily levels of physical activity.

The British Journal of Sports Medicine reported findings of a study which demonstrated that the interest in exercise wanes during childhood, around the ages of six. It is therefore vitally important for children to engage in play from an early age. Playing outdoors and being active, not only builds physical development but it also provides a gateway to other forms of exercise.    

              

Benefits of Outdoor Play

Benefits of Outdoor Play

As the summer months approach, it is the perfect time to get outdoors and be active.  Playing outdoors and being active is extremely important for early year’s children. Only 21% of boys and 16% of girls aged 5-15 are achieving the recommended daily levels of physical activity.

The British Journal of Sports Medicine reported findings of a study which demonstrated that the interest in exercise wanes during childhood, around the ages of six. It is therefore vitally important for children to engage in play from an early age. Playing outdoors and being active, not only builds physical development but it also provides a gateway to other forms of exercise.    

              

Benefits of Outdoor Play

Benefits of Outdoor Play

As the summer months approach, it is the perfect time to get outdoors and be active.  Playing outdoors and being active is extremely important for early year’s children. Only 21% of boys and 16% of girls aged 5-15 are achieving the recommended daily levels of physical activity.

The British Journal of Sports Medicine reported findings of a study which demonstrated that the interest in exercise wanes during childhood, around the ages of six. It is therefore vitally important for children to engage in play from an early age. Playing outdoors and being active, not only builds physical development but it also provides a gateway to other forms of exercise.