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New report reveals that a third of primary school leavers lack basic water safety skills

New report reveals that a third of primary school leavers lack basic water safety skills

Almost a third of all primary school leavers lack basic water safety skills, a new report reveals. 

The Swim Group’s Curriculum Swimming and Water Safety Review Group has issued a stark warning after uncovering startling statistics in their recent survey. 

As curriculum pressures increase, swimming in primary schools is being placed on the back burner, but the Group warns that children will continue getting into difficulty in the water if improvements are not made. 

New report reveals that a third of primary school leavers lack basic water safety skills

New report reveals that a third of primary school leavers lack basic water safety skills

Almost a third of all primary school leavers lack basic water safety skills, a new report reveals. 

The Swim Group’s Curriculum Swimming and Water Safety Review Group has issued a stark warning after uncovering startling statistics in their recent survey. 

As curriculum pressures increase, swimming in primary schools is being placed on the back burner, but the Group warns that children will continue getting into difficulty in the water if improvements are not made. 

Why technology is the key to unlocking the classroom’s potential – and the blackboard has finally bitten the dust

It’s very hard to imagine a world without technology. It impacts every aspect of our daily lives. From ensuring quick and easy communication across the globe to giving us access to almost limitless amounts of information at our fingertips – technology is fundamental to how we interact, connect, and learn.

What’s more, we now have a generation who have grown up with technology, that doesn’t know a world without wi-fi, iPhones and Skype. Children learn how to use a smartphone and tablet before their times tables or even how to write their own name. Across all age groups, they are by far the most engaged with tech.

Why technology is the key to unlocking the classroom’s potential – and the blackboard has finally bitten the dust

It’s very hard to imagine a world without technology. It impacts every aspect of our daily lives. From ensuring quick and easy communication across the globe to giving us access to almost limitless amounts of information at our fingertips – technology is fundamental to how we interact, connect, and learn.

What’s more, we now have a generation who have grown up with technology, that doesn’t know a world without wi-fi, iPhones and Skype. Children learn how to use a smartphone and tablet before their times tables or even how to write their own name. Across all age groups, they are by far the most engaged with tech.

Project reveals new way to combat stress and anxiety in teachers

Project reveals new way to combat stress and anxiety in teachers

Schools and academies across the length and breadth of the country are full of staff battling stress and anxiety, leading one Trust to explore an innovative solution to the problem. 

Leigh Academies Trust in Dartford decided to look at ways to combat stress in school staff by using Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES) with the use of an Alpha-Stim Device.

Refurbished IT holds the answer to technology challenges

Now more than ever, education establishments are faced with replacing and updating equipment on greatly reduced budgets across all departments. IT infrastructure, in particular, is one area that is increasingly central to the provision of modern, high quality teaching and, consequently, requires consistent renewal - something which is beyond the average school or college IT budget.

One solution to this challenge that most education providers are unaware of is the role of refurbished IT hardware and supporting materials. By opting to buy reconditioned PCs, monitors and laptops, schools and colleges can save thousands of pounds.

£1.3bn boost sparks further concerns over core school funding

£1.3bn boost sparks further concerns over core school funding

More than a billion pounds has been pledged to boost core school funding, the education secretary has announced, but education leaders remain concerned over wider implications. 

The announcement follows mounting pressure on the government from campaigns over funding shortages, and will see an additional £1.3bn spent on schools in England over the next two years. 

This funding - £416 million in 2018-19 and £884 million in 2019-20 - is an addition to the core school budget set out in the last spending review, meaning funding for schools will be £2.6 billion higher in 2019-20 than in 2017-18.

The extra cash has been freed up from within the Department for Education's existing budget, with no new money being given by the Treasury. 

Further Education colleges select Canvas to drive progress in digital learning

Further Education colleges select Canvas to drive progress in digital learning

UK colleges turn away from free tools to embrace transformative online learning

Canvas by Instructure (NYSE:INST), the open online virtual learning environment (VLE), has made successful inroads into the UK Further Education College sector. This quarter, institutions such as Belfast Metropolitan College, DLD College London, The Manchester College (HE), National College for High Speed Rail, Northern College, Preston's College, South Essex College (HE) and Weston College, and have all selected Canvas to improve teaching and learning.

Further Education colleges select Canvas to drive progress in digital learning

Further Education colleges select Canvas to drive progress in digital learning

UK colleges turn away from free tools to embrace transformative online learning

Canvas by Instructure (NYSE:INST), the open online virtual learning environment (VLE), has made successful inroads into the UK Further Education College sector. This quarter, institutions such as Belfast Metropolitan College, DLD College London, The Manchester College (HE), National College for High Speed Rail, Northern College, Preston's College, South Essex College (HE) and Weston College, and have all selected Canvas to improve teaching and learning.

Further Education colleges select Canvas to drive progress in digital learning

Further Education colleges select Canvas to drive progress in digital learning

UK colleges turn away from free tools to embrace transformative online learning

Canvas by Instructure (NYSE:INST), the open online virtual learning environment (VLE), has made successful inroads into the UK Further Education College sector. This quarter, institutions such as Belfast Metropolitan College, DLD College London, The Manchester College (HE), National College for High Speed Rail, Northern College, Preston's College, South Essex College (HE) and Weston College, and have all selected Canvas to improve teaching and learning.

Mission to Mars: space challenge for uk schools

Young boy with a parent

MISSION TO MARS: LOCKHEED MARTIN & DISCOVERY EDUCATION LAUNCH SPACE CHALLENGE & STEM EDUCATION PROGRAMME FOR UK SCHOOLS

 

As the first manned mission to Mars draws nearer, UK students are being offered a unique opportunity to join the race to the red planet- by designing a space habitation module for NASA.  

The challenge – the first of its kind in the UK – is being launched today by Lockheed Martin and Discovery Education as part of a new national STEM education programme: Generation Beyond. Unveiled at the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) in Gloucestershire, the exciting initiative will deliver space exploration resources to UK schools, inspiring the next generation of innovators, explorers and astronauts to pursue STEM careers.

Ensuring a secure BYOD university environment

In the past year alone the topic on everyone’s lips has been around cyber-security. While cyber-crime has moved up the business agenda, it’s clear from the recent global ransomware attacks that we’ve still got a long way to go in protecting ourselves from looming threats. 

 

But where are some of the opportunities for attackers coming from? 

 

One in particular is Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives. After all, allowing employees to use their own smartphones, tablets and laptops has the potential to open the wider business up to potential attacks. Why? Because more often than not, it’s very difficult for organisations to regulate and monitor which protection – if any – their employees are using. 

 

St Andrew’s CE School brings the British Theatre to Croydon primary schools

St Andrew’s pupils

St Andrew’s CE School has announced its work in partnership with The British Theatre Academy, to bring musical theatre workshops to primary schools across Croydon.  

 

The workshops were run by groups of 12 students from St Andrew’s, whose work with the British Theatre Academy has seen students from the school perform in West End theatres in productions such as The Colour Purple and soon to be released ‘Pinocchio’The workshops brought movement and singing into the classroom for children in years four and five and began with a performance by the St Andrew’s students.