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National policy agreement and local business leadership essential - CBI Businesses, the Government and learning providers must take a fresh approach to skills in 2018. 
In a new report, In Perfect Harmony, the UK’s leading business group argues that 28 skills reforms in 30 years have alienated firms, confused learning providers and failed to deliver on skills needs.

Cambridge IGCSE® is the world's most popular international qualification for 14 to 16 year olds. It is tried, tested and trusted by schools worldwide – and forms the basis of everything Kaleem Akbar teaches his students.

School trips are an eagerly anticipated event in the school calendar for children, and it seems that this sentiment is shared by parents too, with nearly half (46%) believing children learn more from visiting places than they do in the classroom.

  • New NHS England-supported research from Loughborough University suggests that engagement with Greenhouse Sports’ school-based sport programmes improves pupils’ core life skills and combats physical and mental health issues

Exciting new KS2 courses develop and present core reading and writing skills

 

Teachers across the country have been invited to share their views on the new Internet Safety Strategy green paper, in a number of focus groups organised by the London Grid for Learning (LGfL TRUSTnet) on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

One of the UK’s leading independent supply teacher firms, First Class Supply, has kicked-off a new sponsorship deal that will see youngsters in North Tyneside kitted out with smart football strips.

 

Dozens of boys and girls playing at week-ends at U11, 12, 13 and 14 level for North Tyneside Schools Football Association (North Tyneside SFA) will be looking to score in their new tops thanks to the generosity of Whitley Bay-based First Class Supply.

 

Procurement organisation Fusion21 has announced the launch of its national dynamic purchasing system (DPS) for Fire Suppression Systems and Associated Works - the first on the market to provide a complete fire safety solution suitable for the education sector and all public sector buildings.

Much-loved broadcaster Sir David Attenborough’s latest long-awaited dive into the Blue Planet has created a big wave of interest in the undersea world, with a sharp increase in shark experience and school bookings at SEA LIFE Blackpool.

 

Sir David’s Blue Planet ll series, which continues on BBC1 this Sunday, is giving viewers an amazing glimpse into an underwater world teeming with alien-like creatures.

 

A three-and-a-half year intensive programme that used sport to engage disadvantaged young people in educational activities outside of the classroom, is celebrating its conclusion with the news that over 2,000 young people across London have benefitted since it launched in May 2013.

LocknCharge is committed to making teachers’ lives easier by manufacturing high quality solutions for syncing, charging, transporting, securing and storing iPads, Chromebooks, tablets and other mobile devices. Technology has many advantages in the classroom, but unlike textbooks, devices have to be ‘managed’. LocknCharge helps solve this problem.

On stand E190 at BETT, LocknCharge will launch its brand new Putnam 16 Charging Station focusing on convenience, effectiveness, and space saving in the classroom.

A new teaching resource aiming to inspire children about the vital importance of trees in forests locally as well as globally has been launched by International Tree Foundation (ITF).

The Tree Power Teachers’ Resource Pack is a free downloadable activity pack which gives primary schools the tools to engage the next generation in protecting and caring for the natural world.

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If you look back and reflect on your childhood now you’re an adult, you will most likely smile at memories of riding your bike, playing hopscotch and playing outdoors with your friends – traditionally, outdoor play is a staple part and often a highlight of every child’s upbringing — but is it in decline?

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A mum of two has written a toolkit which assists primary school teachers in empowering their pupils to overcome bullying in the playground this Anti-bullying Week.

With this year’s Anti-Bullying Week taking place this week(13-17 November), Laura Gilchrist – author of ‘Playground Buddies’ – is keen to raise awareness of how her toolkit could make a profound difference in many children’s lives.

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A national training provider of 1,500 childcare, management and catering apprentices has been recognised for its commitment to training and skills development with a Princess Royal Training Award.

Busy Bees Training was one of only 40 recipients, including Barclays and Waitrose, to be presented with the award by HRH The Princess Royal at a ceremony which took place at St James’s Palace on 2 November 2017.

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Mental health problems, such as anxiety, can inhibit someone’s ability to get to school and be physically present during lessons. Here, Sam Warnes, a former teacher and founder of EDLounge, a unique platform that gives students who struggle with mainstream education the opportunity to access learning, explains how virtual classrooms can offer a solution for accommodating pupils with mental health issues.

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An East London teacher will be flying to Switzerland in the New Year, after winning a science and nutrition competition for primary schools.

Sally Peckover, from Redlands Primary School in Stepney Green, was the winner of Food for Thought, a UK-wide competition organised by Discovery Education and Alimentarium Foundation as part of a drive to boost children’s learning about food.

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Marshall-Tufflex’s Sterling Profile 1 dado system has been used extensively in the expansion of Gascoigne Primary School, Barking, Essex, the largest primary school in the UK.

Victorian era Gascoigne Primary has expanded considerably over the years. The most recent development is an £11m project providing a new three-storey facility to accommodate 1,500 pupils complete with a rooftop playground looking out over the Thames Barrier and Barking Abbey.