Schools should use the engaging power of gamification to drive their pupils’ learning, says Winston Poyton, director at Capita SIMS.

"If you have ever played Minecraft, or seen your pupils engrossed in the game, you will know how completely absorbing it can be. And with 55 million people across the world signed up, the game clearly has universal appeal. 

After a large number of entries, the top educational settings for outdoor learning have been announced in the 2018 Pocca Awards shortlist.

The Pocca Awards, developed by outdoor canopy provider i2o Ltd, were launched this year to recognise and reward those educational settings using available outside space to inspire students and enhance learning.

Schools were invited to demonstrate their outdoor learning approach and highlight how innovative and creative they have been in utilising their outside space in four distinct categories.  

The primary schools incorporated into the New Largs Campus, Largs Primary and St Mary’s, moved in Monday, March 12 along with Early Years nurseries. The relocated Largs Academy will join them on April 18.

The Campus, which will accommodate more than 2000 pupils, is part of North Ayrshire Council’s biggest ever investment. It includes two theatres, a gym hall believed to be the biggest in the UK and art classrooms with balconies that enable outdoor working with views of the stunning Largs Coastline.

Britain’s most famous maths whizz and committed educationalist, Carol Vorderman, has praised children across England

Young Giggleswick School guitarist George Collins has won and is now through to the final of a prestigious regional music competition.

Pupils are putting the ‘giggle’ into Giggleswick School to celebrate International Happiness Day on March 20.

I now know why Kings Monkton School put the exclamation mark in the Oliver! title. An exclamation mark is used to indicate an ‘intensity of emotion’ and Oliver! the musical certainly packs some punch.

Entrepreneur and Dragon’s Den star Peter Jones CBE is today inviting schools to host the country’s first school-based Peter Jones Enterprise Academies – as a new poll reveals almost three quarters of people (71%) believe schools and colleges should embed enterprise education as a key part of every young person’s education.

Dolphin Alarms are preparing to launch a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to raise production funding to bring their advanced Dolphin Aquasonic swimming pool alarm to market.


Rotherham-based educational service provider, Education Squared, which specialises in harnessing the performing arts to help students engage with material in a non-traditional way, has been founded since receiving £500 from the UK Steel Enterprise (UKSE) Kickstart Fund.
Education Squared offers an alternative to traditional educational methods whereby students learn about difficult issues such as bullying, race and sexuality through the performing arts.