Turning around a failing school is always challenging for multi-academy trusts (MATs) but consistency and persistence can lead to success beyond expectations, says Chris Brislen.

Transforming the third worst performing primary school in the country into a school pupils and staff can be proud of is not a job for the faint-hearted, but it’s one St Bart’s Multi-Academy Trust was happy to take on.


The primary schools incorporated into the New Largs Campus, Largs Primary and St Mary’s, moved in Monday, March 12 along with Early Years nurseries. The relocated Largs Academy will join them on April 18.

The Campus, which will accommodate more than 2000 pupils, is part of North Ayrshire Council’s biggest ever investment. It includes two theatres, a gym hall believed to be the biggest in the UK and art classrooms with balconies that enable outdoor working with views of the stunning Largs Coastline.

I now know why Kings Monkton School put the exclamation mark in the Oliver! title. An exclamation mark is used to indicate an ‘intensity of emotion’ and Oliver! the musical certainly packs some punch.

Dolphin Alarms are preparing to launch a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to raise production funding to bring their advanced Dolphin Aquasonic swimming pool alarm to market.


Rotherham-based educational service provider, Education Squared, which specialises in harnessing the performing arts to help students engage with material in a non-traditional way, has been founded since receiving £500 from the UK Steel Enterprise (UKSE) Kickstart Fund.
Education Squared offers an alternative to traditional educational methods whereby students learn about difficult issues such as bullying, race and sexuality through the performing arts.

National education charity Future First's writing competition prize was awarded by author Raffaella Barker, who said the winner's idea was "smart, inventive and funny"

An "Underground Lost Life Explorer" was the winning entry in the writing competition, which asked youngsters to dream up ingenious jobs of the future imagining how the world of work has changed in 2039.

Alfie Clay, a student at City of Norwich School, was one of 250 Year 7 students in Norwich who entered the competition organised by Future First and judged by Norfolk author Raffaella Barker. 

With 3D printing making a splash in industry, schools are beginning to invest in the technology to help prepare students for future careers. But with the cost relatively high and the technology still emerging, is it worth handing over much-needed funding? Here, we review the Dremel DigiLab 3D45 model to explore whether 3D printing is a realistic avenue for schools to explore.

"Life would be tragic if it weren't funny." - Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking has died at the age of 76, leaving a legacy of scientific discoveries and groundbreaking theories, as well as providing inspiration for science students, teachers and people with disabilities.


To mark International Women’s Day today, home education provider Oxford Home Schooling is celebrating women in education by compiling a list of the top female figures from recent history who have influenced the British system.

The British education system is revered all over the world, with the standard of teaching and breadth of curriculum earning global admiration.

Websites, apps and social media mirror and reflect the lives of young people, but they may also have a deep impact on their personal experiences so how can we be keeping children safe online.

As the enforcement date of 25th May 2018 approaches, your organisation should be promoting a strong culture of protecting data ahead of the General Data Protection Regulation being implemented.

IT solutions company, XMA-Viglen joins PlayStation to support Digital Schoolhouse in its second year running the National Esports Tournament. Launched 8 December 2017, the careers event with a difference is set to bring together over 2,000 students to compete for the final trophy.

STARS - Northumberland parents launch STARS - Save Tynedale's Amazing Rural Schools - as petitions against NCC's proposed school closures gain over 8,000 signatures

A broad network of parents from across West Northumberland have launched a campaign to fight against the proposed closure of 16 rural schools. STARS - Save Tynedale's Amazing Rural Schools - was set up in the wake of Northumberland County Council's controversial schools consultation.

A new platform helps connect young people in education to the world of work. An innovative new HR company, Uptree, is connecting people in education (aged 16-20) with employers and professionals for events, work experience and apprenticeships. The new ‘professional network and careers platform’ gives young people the opportunity to make numerous professional connections before leaving school, which will prove an invaluable kick-start to their careers and leave them unburdened by crippling student debt.

As National Apprenticeship Week highlights the opportunities available for apprentices, UK-based charity Education and Employers launches a report, Teenage Apprenticeships: Converting Awareness to Recruitment. The Government want to have recruited 3million apprenticeships by 2020, and the report investigates why the number of school leavers becoming apprentices has flatlined.