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Childcare Expo Midlands has announced that Tracy Brabin, MP for Batley and Spen and Shadow Early Years Minister, will be officially opening the show when it returns in September this year, before taking to the stage to give a free keynote speech to visitors.

The longest running event for the early years and primary education sectors will be returning to Ricoh Arena in Coventry on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th September, and already has a packed line-up of industry experts and leading early years suppliers scheduled to appear at the event.

As an academically outstanding school, The West Bridgford School (WBS) needed to upgrade its virtual learning environment (VLE) to enhance its existing education platform and deliver a more engaging, measurable and personalised learning experience to its 1,650 students. Having used a combination of both Moodle and a separate mark book and grading platform for a number of years, WBS found they were high maintenance, too rigid, and required too many clicks and logins for access, which led to incredibly low usage rates.

Hull Collegiate School’s eagerly awaited Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Centre officially opened its doors to pupils, parents and teachers. 

SAM is bespoke online staff absence management software for schools and MATS that tells you who has hit triggers, when tasks are due, centralises all documents and quickly provides reports. It was developed by a School Business Manager to address the time and monetary cost of managing staff absence. 

Quest Professional students Imogen Kisberg and Katy Horwitz present cheque to Sean Kelly, Chief Executive for charity Action for A-T.
 
In a glittering ceremony held on Friday night in the splendour of the Plaisterers’ Hall in the City of London, Quest Professional students celebrated the dual achievement of graduating from their diploma level business courses as well as raising a total of £18,000 over the last year for degenerative childhood disease charity Action for A-T.
 

The Hallfield School new Headmaster has big plans for the school when he takes hold of the reins in September.

Keith Morrow, who has just wrapped up his eleven-year Headship at The Elms in Long Eaton, says he is looking forward his move to Birmingham and marking his first year by celebrating the school’s 140th year with a series of events and activities.

Keith said:

22-year-old Dragons’ Den star and serial entrepreneur Jordan Daykin has announced the launch of the Jordan Daykin Enterprise Scheme – a nationwide business competition offering under 16s the chance to win £30,000 and 12 months of mentoring for their business idea. 

Jordan, CEO and founder of Wiltshire-based GripIt Fixings, who this week released his autobiography, ‘Gripped’, is hoping the competition and his personal story will inspire and empower the next generation of young entrepreneurs.  

The Ryman National Enterprise Challenge Finals saw 1,400 youngsters, aged 11-15 from across the UK take part in pitching their ideas to a judging panel which included Dragons’ Den star Theo Paphitis and the TES editor.

Theo said that enterprise must be “at the heart” of education so that schoolchildren can learn the right skills for their future careers.

The successful businessman said that the future was “looking positive” after 50,000 UK youngsters took part this year in the UKs largest ever schools enterprise challenge.

Toy and book seller OnBuy.com took to analysing 2018 reading data from YouGov* to determine which classic books are no longer cherished, and which 21st century children’s classics may replace forgotten titles in 2018.

OnBuy found Robert Louis Stephenson’s timeless classic Treasure Island has seen the steepest decline in readership of all the books listed by 6-17-year-olds – with as little as 19% choosing to pick up the title. Overall, half of adults (49%) have read the book – including 80% of those aged over 65 and 73% of those aged 55-64.

The power of pupil voice is well documented; it develops students’ self-confidence, identifies pupils’ needs and provides schools with the opportunity to improve pupil learning experiences says Shaw Education Trust. But, how can schools capture this information in an exciting and engaging way?

While student questionnaires can be useful, they do not actively engage students in the strategic planning and direction of the school and therefore cannot ensure that their needs are effectively met.

Bohunt School Worthing has hosted a pioneering technology event, attended by a representative from Apple Education, following the success of its Digital Leaders initiative.

Due to changes in accountability and performance measures, it has become increasingly important for schools to remain at the forefront of evaluating their own progress and areas for improvement. 

Facing challenges which include a widening attainment gap, the introduction of Analyse School Performance and a need to assess risk, it is apparent that today’s schools must learn to effectively self-evaluate and benchmark performance within an increasingly digital world.  

Staff and pupils from a Bromley school have returned from a gruelling week away undertaking the Three Peaks Challenge.

Bickley Park School took 26 boys - aged 12 and 13 years old - to test their own abilities in terms of motivation, team, and leadership skills.

As part of the challenge the boys tackled Ben Nevis and Scafell Pike before the final push up Snowdon. In between climbsthe boys also stopped at Fort William where they undertook the additional test of canyoning and flew 125mph down the world’s fastest zip wire.