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Legal skills for schools and colleges lauded in legal directories

Kristine Scott

Praise from clients and commentators alike has brought national acknowledgement for Harrison Clark Rickerbys’ education team, with rankings in two leading legal directories in the face of stiff competition from much larger firms.

 

Both the Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500 directories recognise the team, based in Cheltenham but operating nationally, as a key player in the sector, advising multi-academy trusts, independent schools and sector associations.

 

Led by Kristine Scott, named as a notable practitioner by Chambers, the team advise the Independent Schools Bursars Association and several leading independent schools, as well as working with the University of Gloucestershire on a £35m multi-phase redevelopment project.

 

New MESMA online course to boost quality  management skills in education 

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A new  webinar series  from online QA specialists Mesma will enable  education professionals to enhance their understanding of workplace quality management and continuous improvement. 

 

Running from January to March 2018, the six-part ‘Developing Quality Improvement Strategies in Further Education and Skills’ course is aimed at those in the education and training sectors who have quality responsibilities as part of their role but want to boost their professional skills.

 

The course will be delivered across six sessions, starting with an introduction to quality management covering key principles, methodologies and how quality can improve the effectiveness of an organisation.

 

High note for child road safety

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Children’s road safety heroes The Conies have struck a chord with one of the UK’s leading recruitment groups as the nation celebrates Road Safety Week (November 20-26).

 

Midlands-based Pertemps Network Group has matched the money raised by the charity from buskingand other musical fundraising events across Europe to the tune of £10,000.

 

The brainchild of Fay Goodman, Director of Birmingham road safety organisation DriveSafe & StaySafe, The Conies are an animated family of traffic cones that take part in amusing and instructive adventures to help children improve their road safety.

 

Why IT monitoring is essential for schools and colleges

Dirk Paessler

We all know that constant advancements in technology are changing both how we work, and also our private lives. IT now plays a key role across all sectors, with education being no different. The internet isn’t just where people go to do their research; it is now often the primary route through which students obtain their education, and teachers deliver it.

IT is a core part of the educational experience of today, as lectures are watched online, course materials are downloaded from online platforms and assignments are submitted through secure sites. It is now impossible to imagine an educational context without a computer or an internet connection, which means getting your IT network operating without a hitch is paramount. 

Leading academy trust develops new pay system to transform the way teachers are paid

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New model is backed by NEU teacher union

 

 

A new pay and rewards system developed by a leading academy trust to recruit, retain and reward teachers has been backed by the country’s biggest teacher union.

 

The Thinking Schools Academy Trust’s pay framework will be introduced from September 2018 in its 13 schools in Medway and Portsmouth after the National Education Union (NEU) endorsed the new framework, with some 93.5% of NEU members voting in its favour [NC1] .

 

The new system will:

 

All the GDPR essentials for schools

Kristine Scott

Practical and comprehensive advice and guidance on the new data protection regulations coming into force next May was on offer to schools in the first of three events hosted by Harrison Clark Rickerbys across the UK last week. 

 

Held at the Law Society in London, the event featured presentations by the Information Commissioners Office (ICO), two legal experts and several independent schools, speaking from their own experience of the changes.

 

Delegates from independent schools and leading education sector organisations attended the first Essential Legal Conference for Schools – two more events are planned for Birmingham (30 November) and Manchester (March 2018) so that schools can benefit from expert advice and others’ experience.

 

School funding cuts leaving students feeling under pressure

New research by online tutor service, Tutor Hunt, today revealed that 88 per cent of primary and secondary students surveyed felt there is pressure on them to perform to a certain level in exams, yet almost half (42 per cent) revealed that despite this, their school does not, or is unable to, offer any additional support.

The data further highlights the pressures and funding cuts that schools are currently facing and the negative impact it is having on students, with 49 per cent of respondents stating that they felt like their individual needs were not being met by their teacher. 

New report warns of damaging accountability system for schools

New report warns of damaging accountability system for schools

A former Number 10 adviser and education chief at the RSA has warned that English schools are being damaged by common practices that are of little value to students.

The Ideal School Exhibition is an essay penned by Julian Astle, which reveals that schools are dicing with students' futures by scrambling to achieve the best league table results. 

This essay is a result of Astle's search for inspiring "mission-led" schools that are bucking a growing trend of schools hollowing out their teaching in a bid to meet the constantly shifting demands of the government's accountability system. 

These issues include: 

Five GDPR Myths Debunked

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Living in an increasingly digital world has brought about undeniable changes to our lives. 

 

One of the consequences of this is the amount of data we all share, including many of our personal details. Medical professionals, retailers, insurers and numerous other service providers all hold personal data, some of which is highly sensitive.

 

However, the way our data is used isn’t always clear and nor can we be sure it is being kept secure. The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) the EU is introducing next May aims to tackle this by creating new rules to keep data safe. It will also give people greater control over how their personal data is used.

 

BNF celebrates the school and college students that are driving the future of food and nutrition science

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Today in London, the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) recognised the outstanding achievements of the top food and nutrition students and teachers from UK schools and colleges, during its annual Education Awards. 

 

The BNF established the Education Awards scheme in 1990 to promote interest in, and raise awareness of, good practice in food and nutrition. This year prizes were awarded to the students who received the highest grades in food and nutrition subjects by their respective examination boards – AQA, CCEA, Edexcel, OCR, SQA, WJEC. The BNF also recognised and rewarded the hard work and dedication of each winning student's teacher.

 

National training provider achieves a hat-trick of successes

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A 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.

The award completes a hat-trick of 2017 successes for Busy Bees Training: in February the organisation achieved an ‘outstanding’ rating from Ofsted and recently beat off almost 800 entrants to become a finalist at the North West National Apprenticeship Awards 2017. 

Is this the death of outdoor play?

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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?

A report by The Guardian would suggest so. In today’s society, three-quarters of children in the UK receive less than 60 minutes of outdoor play each day. That’s less than prisoners, as UN guidelines are in place to ensure they get a minimum of one hour’s open air activity per day. Alarmingly, one fifth of children do not play outside at all.

Nip playground conflict in the bud this Anti-Bullying Week 2017

Nip playground conflict in the bud this Anti-Bullying Week 2017

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.

An independent mediator, facilitator and trainer with more than 15 years’ experience of working within the education sector – focusing on setting up projects that brought about whole school change in thinking and culture – Laura has created a resource where children are taught to form good relationships with their peers through clear and friendly communication.

National training provider achieves a hat-trick of successes

National training provider achieves a hat-trick of successes

A 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.