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2017-07-28T01:00:00

Since the 1970s, parents’, teachers’ and children’s attitudes towards nature and the outdoors have changed. During the 1970s to the late 1990s, to be sent to the bedroom for a child would be considered a punishment as they wouldn’t be able to play outside; now, the bedroom is no longer considered a punishment. 

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2017-07-26T01:00:00

A prestigious chess challenge for UK schools has won the support of a leading businessman and author. 

Lord Mark Price, Minister of State for International Trade, made the decision to support and sponsor the Delancey UK Schools’ Chess Challenge (the UK’s leading junior chess competition) in a bid to raise awareness of the importance of chess to young children. 

The Delancey UK Schools’ Chess Challenge, owned by previous UK Chess Champion, Sarah Hegarty, has been running for 21 years and has seen over 1,100 schools sign up to the challenge this year.  

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2017-07-25T01:00:00

A Northumberland first school has commissioned a pottery painting expert to ensure that their values and ethos will be on display to pupils, staff and visitors.

Lorna Watkinson from Warkworth set up her business, Rainbow Pottery Painting in 2012 after taking her redundancy from the corporate world of advertising. Her business has gone from strength to strength after seeing success across schools in Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland.

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2017-07-25T01:00:00

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. 

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2017-07-25T01:00:00

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.

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2017-07-21T01:00:00

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.

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2017-07-21T01:00:00

Starting in 2018, more funding is going to be allocated to schools for PE, extra-curricular activities and healthy eating. The money is coming from the sugary drinks levy. All state-funded primary schools, secondary schools and sixth forms will receive some of the money.

 

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2017-07-19T01:00:00

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.

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2017-07-18T01:00:00

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. 

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2017-07-17T01:00:00

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.

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2017-07-14T01:00:00

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? 

 

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2017-07-14T01:00:00

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.

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2017-07-13T01:00:00

Fay Goodman, founder of new Birmingham-based children’s safety education charity The Conies and well-known regional campaigner as managing director of DriveSafe & StaySafe, is urging parents to be extra vigilant about their children’s safety as school summer holidays get under way.

 

Encouraging the Government to launch a public child safety education campaign in the face of a widespread increase in daredevil activities known as ‘playing chicken’, Fay said:

 

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2017-07-13T01:00:00

Weekend classes for school children from low income families aimed at advancing STEM education and fundamental coding skills

 

 BJSS, the award-winning delivery-focused IT consultancy, today announces that its community investment partnership with Turinglab, an organisation dedicated to tackling the IT skills gap, has launched at Cockburn High School in Leeds. The programme teaches fundamental coding skills to school children, aged between 11 and 16, from low income families.

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2017-07-13T01:00:00

Students in the West Midlands are enjoying the benefits of an artificial turf football pitch and colourful rubber area which has replaced a plain tarmac playground, thanks to LazyLawn®.

840 square metres of Wonder Yarn 36, which won the Which? Best Buy Award in 2016, was installed at the Oasis Blakenhale Academy in Birmingham.

540 square metres of colourful wet-pour rubber was also installed to add more colour to the once dull playground.

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2017-07-12T01:00:00

For parents and teachers alike, children’s screen time can be a source of worry and guilt. Are our children becoming too dependent on technology? Are they at risk of being exposed to inappropriate, potentially dangerous content online? Have they forgotten how to be offline?

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2017-07-07T01:00:00

A lack of student engagement and participation in extra-curricular activities is a major issue facing schools. Despite research showing that 70% of businesses believe extra-curricular activities make school leavers stand out in an application, pupil participation continues to be an uphill struggle.

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2017-06-28T01:00:00

The Orion Primary School is working directly with Amthal Fire & Security to create bespoke fire safety and security solutions at its new and growing site, to protect pupils and staff, inside and outside the classroom.

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2017-06-22T01:00:00

Schools have ‘gone bananas’ over a new educational campaign, promoting the UK’s reliance on ships

for food and everyday objects.

Children in over 80 schools around the UK, from the Isle of Skye to Devon are taking part, and are

being encouraged to think about where every day items in their classroom and homes come from,

and also how they got there.

Highlighting the importance of shipping, KS1 pupils, through this specific campaign, learnt about the

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2017-06-22T01:00:00

Thursday 22 June

Shakespeare’s Globe celebrates its 20th anniversary with renewed commitment to equal opportunity and access, launching four year-long apprenticeships from September that will enable 16 to 19 year olds, from diverse backgrounds, to work at Shakespeare’s Globe. Significant investment is also announced to provide unparalleled welcome and ease of access for all its audiences and visitors.