CER, one of UK's most successful education recruiters, is delighted to have been awarded the Recruitment Employment Confederation's prestigious best practice accreditation.

The REC's scheme builds on the legacy of the Department for Education's Quality Mark and has been designed with safeguarding in mind, ensuring agencies are carrying out the relevant safeguarding checks when recruiting teaching and non-teaching sta­ff.

UK school funding cuts are undermining the quality of science teaching and discouraging students from pursuing careers in science and technology, according to school science technicians. Despite Government pledges to boost science teaching, survey results showed that budget cuts are preventing the purchase of basic equipment and holding pupils back from developing vital skills.

YHA (England & Wales) has been named as the Best Residential Experience provider for school trips.

Fareham College, the Times Educational Supplement (TES) FE College of the Year, welcomed education leaders from Iraq as part of a programme by the British Council to develop effective leadership through sharing good practice.  

Spending a week at Fareham College, the delegates met with teaching staff and senior managers, and were able to view the industry-ready facilities and experience the teaching that have earnt it the status of top further education college in the country and an ‘outstanding’ Ofsted judgement.

Young entrepreneurs from 19 primary schools across Glasgow took to the stage at Hampden Park for an event focused on reducing, reusing and recycling. The Circular Economy Showcase, hosted by Young Enterprise Scotland with support from the ScottishPower Foundation, gave youngsters the opportunity to present their enterprise projects to their peers, teachers and a panel of judges.

The showcase marked the culmination of work carried out by the business-savvy youngsters on the Circular Economy Programme (run by YES and the SP Foundation).

The world’s biggest literacy competition has wrapped up for 2018! LiteracyPlanet has officially announced the winners of Word Mania Global 2018, after almost 500,000 students around the world improved their English literacy skills by participating in the competition.

Schools from over 100 countries participated in Word Mania Global 2018, which is based on one of LiteracyPlanet’s most popular exercises. It challenges students to think outside the box and create as many words as they can in three minutes from 15 randomly generated letter tiles.

As part of Bickley Park School’s centenary celebrations pupils enjoyed playing a rugby tournament against schools that previously had been located in the Bromley area.

Amesbury, a prep school which is now in Guildford, Surrey, moved from the same road as Bickley Park shortly after the end of the First World War.

St Hugh’s, which is now based in Oxfordshire, left the Bromley area at the beginning of the Second World War.

Craig Fearnsides, product expert at Smoothwall web filtering, discusses the need for effective monitoring systems in educational settings…

The number of teen suicides has risen dramatically in the past seven years. Cyberbullying is clearly more widespread and more impactful than face-to-face bullying. Why do you think this is?

The recycling plastics education programme R-Generation is widening its reach for 2018, and will now be available to every primary and secondary school in the UK. 

Following its launch in 2016, Nestlé Waters UK is continuing its partnership with recycling charity, RECOUP, and environmental education organisation, Wastebuster, to deliver an updated programme for 2018. This year will see the national roll out of the initiative, which aims to help children understand the responsibility they have in becoming more environmentally aware citizens.

In my opinion governors have a critical role to play in schools. This is why I was happy to join the board of a local school in the past year. They help set out a school’s ethos and vision, take responsibility for financial decisions and spend time analysing data to make recommendations for progress. And crucially, we share our own personal blend of skills and areas of expertise with the school we’re working for.

Recognised as the world’s best; a British education is becoming increasingly popular with parents around the world. This is pleasing news for the 4,300 British international schools* which operate globally and make up over 45% of the international school market.

Craig Cobb, Future Talent Manager from Computacenter, discusses breaking the skills gap cycle when it comes to STEM industries and what the company is doing to help…

The skills gap represents an existential threat to the future economy and despite having been widely discussed, little has been done to address the issue. In turn, this has led many to assume it has an insignificant impact on businesses and the wider workforce, but this couldn’t be further from the truth.

UWC Red Cross Nordic is one of UWC’s 17 schools and colleges on four continents, with a mission to “make education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and sustainability.” Here, UWC Red Cross Nordic (RCN) student Hari Tamang, 21, recounts his recent expedition to the Arctic as part of a think-tank of 100 individuals tasked with discussing technology, sustainability and ethics in the Earth’s northernmost region.