Scouting has been a central organisation for youngsters for 110 years and, as the Scouts work hard to ensure diversity by welcoming girls and boys from all ethnic backgrounds and of all abilities, our contributor KATIE PARKER takes a look at one special leader and his fight against segregation…

Acclaimed international architecture practice Woods Bagot has secured planning permission from Wiltshire Council for a new library building on behalf of St Mary’s School in Calne.

St Mary’s Calne, an independent all girls’ boarding school founded in 1873, occupies a 25- acre site in the town and the new library will be located at the heart of the campus next to an existing and much-loved orchard. The result of close dialogue between Woods Bagot and

Canvas by Instructure (NYSE: INST), has announced that it has been selected by Queen's University Belfast to provide its innovative and scalable open online virtual learning environment (VLE).
 
The VLE will play a central role in helping the institution meet its strategic ambition to deliver a Digital Learning pathway. By 2020, the Russell Group University – which is already in the top one percent of institutions worldwide – aims to offer an online learning element in all of its programmes.
 

Schools are usually surrounded by green space, and if you’re lucky enough yours will have a sports field as well. But how much time and money is spent on maintaining turf? Husqvarna – the Swedish brand which started off in the 1600s making shotguns, and today also sells under the brands Flymo, Gardena, Weed Eater and McCulloch among others – launched its first robotic lawnmower 23 years ago and the brand is proving popular for groundskeepers tasked with taking care of acres of lawn.

Robyn Johnstone, Chief Executive Officer of Education Placement Group specialists in teacher recruitment, recently partnered with Education Support Partnership (ESP). ESP is the only UK charity dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of teachers, and its free and confidential 24-hour helpline receives over 7,500 calls a year from education staff who have reached breaking point. Here she answers some questions about the rising mental health issues within teaching...

Following on from Damian Hind's announcement to cut teacher workload in an attempt to resolve a recruitment crisis in England's schools, CEO and Founder of Satchel (previously Show my Homework), Naimish Gohil discusses how the UK's ed-tech sector can help achieve these goals. 

A group of students from UWC Atlantic College have been working with Rolls-Royce engineers to lay the foundations for a collaborative project which aims to design and develop new technologies that could save lives at sea.

Seven students at UWC Atlantic College in south Wales have been developing their ideas for new marine technologies, such as scouting drones, which could aid the search and rescue process at sea, alongside three of Rolls-Royce’s most experienced marine specialists.  

Children’s running organisation GO Run For Fun has announced ambitious plans to get children aged between five and 10 more active this year by participating in its free events across the UK. 
 
The organisation, which is run in partnership with the Great Run series, aims to get a total of 55,000 children running by the end of the 2018.
 
Since starting in 2013, GO Run For Fun has already welcomed over 200,000 young runners across its events in the UK, France, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, Norway, Mexico and the USA.

Now in the modern classrooms, technology has drastically evolved the way in which schools teach and children learn. However a long gone is the time where learning at school primarily revolved around the use of blackboards, chalks and textbooks.

The wide adoption of smartphones and tablets by students inside as well as outside the classroom has made studying more engaging and interactive. Consequently, the unquestionable benefits of introducing technology in the classroom has encouraged schools to annually spend an astonishing £900m on education technology.

Turning around a failing school is always challenging for multi-academy trusts (MATs) but consistency and persistence can lead to success beyond expectations, says Chris Brislen.

Transforming the third worst performing primary school in the country into a school pupils and staff can be proud of is not a job for the faint-hearted, but it’s one St Bart’s Multi-Academy Trust was happy to take on.

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