Learning Outside the Classroom

Yorkshire Water opens a new Education Facility at Tophill Low Nature Reserve

Tophill Low Nature Reserve

Yorkshire Water is opening the doors to a brand new Education Facility at Tophill Low Nature Reserve in May. 

The Yorkshire Water Education Team is delighted to offer primary schools free visits to the Environmental Centre, which is located at the company’s Tophill Low Nature Reserve, ahead of the official public opening in June. 

Teachers are advised to book their visit now. For more information, or to make a booking teachers should visit; www.yorkshirewater.com/educationcentres  

Schools called go dotty for vital sight-loss charity

Children across the UK invited to go dotty for charity

Schools across the nation are being called to go dotty this spring to raise money for a valuable sight-loss charity. 

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is asking schools up and down the UK to "Wear dots and raise lots" in support of its vital work. 

"Wear dots...raise lots" is an annual fundraiser, which will be taking place in May. It  is inspired by Louis Braille's system which features raised dots and revolutionised reading and writing for people with sight problems. 

The UK is currently home to more than two million people who are affected by sight loss, with one person beginning to lose their sight every 15 minutes. 

The Outdoor Classroom Revisited

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The multifarious benefits of outdoors learning are now generally accepted; fresh air and natural light stimulate the brain and senses, with the possibility of more flexible lessons. But a climate of reduced budgets has seen schools turning to their outside spaces to alleviate the pressures of overcrowded classrooms and there is little sign on the horizon of schools being offered any real help in addressing this problem. 

But outside classrooms are not only a solution to a problem but can be a valuable resource in their own right. Establishing an “outdoor learning hub” helps teachers shape policies and strategy for outdoor learning and encourages collaborative activity in a very natural way. 

New apprenticeship register announced to help young people "climb the ladder of opportunity"

Government announces new apprenticeship

Some of the nation's leading training providers have been highlighted in a new register published by the Department for Education and the Skills Funding Agency. 

This register was created to enable people to find out more about different apprenticeships schemes and ensure they are receiving training with a top-quality provider. 

It also means that the trainers who are providing the courses tailor teaching to the needs of the apprentices and the requirements of the business they work in. 

Collaborating for innovation in edtech

Collaborating for innovation in edtech

The rise of the Multi Academy Trust offers new ways for suppliers and schools to work more closely together

The number of academies and multi academy trusts (MATs) increases on a monthly basis. At Bett Academies (16-18 March, NEC, Birmingham) the director of Assembly, a non-profit joint venture between Ark and NEON, will be talking to suppliers and MATs about the changing needs of these schools, and how collaboration will help the next wave of edtech to evolve.

 

Half of school-leavers are considering taking on an apprenticeship after school

Most employers hire someone with the right attitude and relevant work experience

Half of school students aged between 16 and 18 say they will consider an apprenticeship after leaving school, a new report claims. 

The study was commissioned by AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) ahead of National Apprenticeship Week next week to find out more about what it is young people are after. 

Results from the study showed that 37% of young people wanted to start earning money straight away, while 35% wanted to get valuable work experience, and 30% wanted to learn valuable work skills as soon as possible. 

The study also revealed that two thirds of 16-30 year olds (that's eight million young Britons) think an apprenticeship could fast track their careers over going to university. 

Schools get set for splendiferous celebrations for 20th World Book Day

World Book Day celebrates 20 years of fun

Schools across the nation will be filled with excited children dressed in their best fancy dress in the ultimate homage to some of the world's greatest literary creations.

With playgrounds brimming with Willy Wonkas and Cheshire Cats, and more wizards and witches than you could wave a wand at, schools across England, Wales and Scotland are all set to go above and beyond for this year's 20th anniversary celebrations. 

World Book Day has been a staple in the school calendar for two decades and has seen children all over the country step into the worlds of some of their favourite books. 

Over the years, the event has grown and grown with schools going above and beyond to celebrate some of our best-loved characters. 

Government announces £415m fund to support health and fitness in schools

Schools set to receive £415m to boost health and fitness

Schools across England are set to benefit from a multi-million pound scheme to help give more children a healthy and active start to life. 

A government announcement was made today regarding a new £415 million fund to improve on sports facilities and provide more opportunities for young people to get fit and healthy. 

The funding will be rolled out to both primary and secondary schools, in addition to sixth-form colleges, across England who can use the funding to pay for facilities to support PE, extra-curricular activities and health eating. 

Schools can also use the money to improve facilities for children with physical conditions or support young people struggling with mental health issues. 

New schemes announced across the UK to boost learning through football

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Worlds are colliding after sporting legends team up with young people to boost education.

Arsenal Football Club played host to education secretary Justine Greening yesterday to celebrate the launch of a joint reading initiative between Arsenal in the Community and the University College London’s Institute of Education (IOE.)

Institute for Apprenticeships reveals operational plan

Details on how millions of top-quality apprenticeships will be delivered over the next three years have been revealed today as the Institute for Apprenticeships sets out its operationas300_k1e8325edit.jpgl plan. 

The government announcement to create three million apprenticeships by 2020 has been supported by the creation of the Institute, which will begin work in April this year to make that bid a reality. 

This plan also announces the names of the eight board members appointed to run the institute, who will largely be made up of employers, business leaders and their representatives. 

Schools across the nation take part in special wildlife challenge

Schools across the nation have been taking part in a special activity to find out a little more about the wildlife on their doorstep. gratnells-bird-feeder-trays.gif

The RSPB's (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) Big Schools' Birdwatch is rolling out in schools up and down the country, encouraging children to become part of the world's biggest wildlife survey.

Running until 17 February, the initiative aims to bring children closer to nature by involving them an hour-long activity that is suitable for students of all ages and abilities. 

Winners of Bett Awards 2017 are announced

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The winners of this year’s Bett Awards were announced last night in a glittering awards dinner held at The Tobacco Dock in London. 

The annual awards encourage and recognise outstanding education sector resources, learning solutions and companies.

New app developed to accelerate early-years literacy

Schools can find out more about an innovative app to accelerate early reading. 

Edtech startup Zaprendo is announcing the launch of its learn-to-read-app, Sounds English Phonetics, at this year’s technology-education show, Bett.

The app is designed to boost reading achievement and early-stage literacy by teaching pupils with a reading age of between six and nine years to utilise 92 commonly occurring grapho-phonemes (written sounds).

Children learn by watching a video that demonstrates how to say the written sounds through video, in either British or American English, with learning consolidated through the in-app formative assessment. 

Music and memory: Education app debuts at Bett

Schools can find out more about an innovative app designed to help young people with their studies at the education event of the year.

The biggest education technology show on the calendar, Bett, will begin tomorrow and will feature some of the sector’s newest products.

Among them will be Studytracks, a new app that merges music with study materials to help jog students’s memories. 

Parents call for primary schools to go mobile

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A new tool to improve communication between schools and parents is set to be showcased at a leading industry event next week. 

Capita SIMS will be exhibiting a range of products at BETT - the biggest education technology show of the year at ExCel London between 25 and 28 January. 

Recent research from the company revealed that the majority of parents questioned wanted their primary school to send information about their child home through an app or mobile-enabled web portal.