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Teamwork Helps Sea The Difference For Devon City Kids

Teamwork Helps Sea The Difference For Devon City Kids

DISADVANTAGED children in Devon are to benefit from Co-op teamwork after Beach Schools South West CIC was chosen as Community Fund beneficiaries for this year. Shoppers will be able to choose to donate to the organisation to raise funds to transport kids to the beach for outdoor learning in the marine environment. Beach Schools South West teach on the beach and they are already offering some schools in Plymouth free sessions - but the schools cannot afford the transport to get there. Now the… Read more
Cambridge Regional College student organises consultation with local MP 

Cambridge Regional College student organises consultation with local MP 

Student Union President and Level 3 Sports Studies student, Sophie Day from Cambridge Regional College invited Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, to attend the college for a forum with students and staff about the importance of fair funding for further education (FE). Mr Zeichner, who recently referenced the region’s colleges during a parliamentary debate speech on FE funding, addressed a full room, fielding questions from both students and staff about the role of FE in local economies and… Read more
Schools “concerned” about Relationships, Sex and Health Education changes

Schools “concerned” about Relationships, Sex and Health Education changes

New research by Headway Education, a social enterprise established to help provide children, and those who teach them, with the most up-to-date, sophisticated, high quality and engaging materials possible, has revealed that schools are growing increasingly concerned that they are not equipped to deliver the requirements of the Relationships, Sex and Health Education curriculum from 2020.   In September next year, Relationships Education will become compulsory for all pupils in primary schools… Read more
Research shows employers in the industry DON’T KNOW what education professionals want from a job offer 

Research shows employers in the industry DON’T KNOW what education professionals want from a job offer 

Despite 89% of employers claiming to know what education professionals find most attractive in a job offer, new data reveals that two fifths (40.4%) actually get it wrong. That’s according to the latest survey from CV-Library, the UK’s leading independent job site. The survey asked the industry’s job hunters what they believe to be the most important aspects of a job offer. It also asked employers what aspects they believe professionals deem to be the most important. When comparing the… Read more
University awarded contract from Department for Education to help challenging schools recruit and retain teachers 

University awarded contract from Department for Education to help challenging schools recruit and retain teachers 

The University of Derby is being supported by the Department for Education (DfE) to help increase the supply of trainee teachers to schools with poor recruitment and retention in the Midlands.  Funding from the DfE will be used to support a new initial teacher training pilot initiative, led by the Institute of Education at the University, which aims to improve the supply of newly qualified teachers to schools in challenging areas, promote career progression, and remove obstacles to social… Read more
Creating A Distraction-Free Learning Environment

Creating A Distraction-Free Learning Environment

Motivating students to participate in class can often feel like a challenge. Delivering insights that inspire them to excel in their studies isn’t easy either. Using crowdbeamer from RGB Communications, it doesn’t have to be like that. Crowdbeamer is a game changing presentation system that helps you connect with your students in innovative and collaborative ways. CONNECT TO YOUR STUDENTS’ WORLD It’s so important to structure basic learning content into a compelling story and complete it… Read more
Midlands Business Nominated For Global Education Technology Award

Midlands Business Nominated For Global Education Technology Award

Just launched voice-activated reading app Yap Books is targeting international success this month after being nominated for a global education technology award. Yap Books, developed by Birmingham-based Yap Technology, has been shortlisted in the Innovation Product Awards - Digital/Coding/Software category at the GESS (Global Education Supplies & Solutions) Awards and is up against nine international competitors. App developer and Yap Technology founder Ben Ridgway, from Lichfield, will… Read more
Gratnells Engineering team with school students

Gratnells Engineering inspires school students to consider careers in STEM

The Harlow-based manufacturer is committed to promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Manufacturing subjects to young people and recently welcomed local school students on-site for a day of activities.   Historically known as the leading name in school storage in over 68 countries of the world (and the producer of the iconic Gratnells Tray) Gratnells Engineering has developed into a multi-sector manufacturer capable of providing high-volume laser cutting, powder coating and bespoke… Read more
NASBTT statement: Response to Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategy

NASBTT statement: Response to Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategy

The Department for Education (DfE) has today published its Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategy, which NASBTT has been involved in shaping. Giving her reaction to the strategy, NASBTT Executive Director Emma Hollis said: “NASBTT is pleased that the government has clearly recognised the challenges faced by the teaching profession and is committing to address them. It is good to see competitive salaries and pathways for teachers remaining in the classroom on the agenda, alongside the… Read more
Bournville College Academy  Opened By Lord Mayor Of Birmingham

Bournville College Academy Officially Opened By Lord Mayor Of Birmingham

Birmingham’s newest 14-16-year-old education provider, Bournville College Academy, which has just achieved an Ofsted Grade 2, was officially opened by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor Yvonne Mosquito on Wednesday 6th February.  The Academy was delighted to welcome local dignitaries and educational professionals to the event. The Lord Mayor, along with Mr Chaudry Khaliq and Principal Mike Hopkins, performed the ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the Academy based at Bournville… Read more
reuse4education science equipment

reuse4education – like eBay, but better

With another term underway, schools, colleges and universities will have the opportunity to make their budgets go a little bit further thanks to the launch of reuse4education. At a time when funds are constantly being stretched, this free, easy to use online platform allows educational institutions to buy, sell, swap and loan anything from photocopiers and PE equipment, to musical instruments and books, and reuse4education is the only site that is exclusively for education institutions. … Read more
The Mutual Revolution: New Insurance To Cover Staff Shortages

The Mutual Revolution: New Insurance To Cover Staff Shortages

Shock figures reveal a staggering 57% of teachers have considered leaving the education sector within the past two years because of health pressures.  The latest studies from the Teacher Wellbeing Index expose the problems facing the sector with the recruitment and retention of teachers being a key issue.  Now one company, based in the North East, is trying to change the way school finances are run so that profits are fed back into the system rather than being sucked into the private sector… Read more
Children and teachers at FXP Festival

FXP Festival launches for 2019 with new creative category

FXP Festival, an East Anglian education initiative which aims to drive social mobility in the region, has announced the launch of its 2019 competition (6-8th July) with the introduction of an exciting new category.  Originally formed as a STEM initiative based on a computer game design and development competition, FXP Festival 2019 is expanding to include a ‘Storytelling’ category, which will encourage students to develop both their creative writing and illustration skills. Publishing and… Read more
Vlogstar Challenge comes to NewVIc

Vlogstar Challenge comes to NewVIc!

"To date, more than 4,500 young people from across London and Essex have been trained on how to create, shoot and edit vlogs!" This week NewVIc Performing Arts students have been working on a social media project with facilitator and former Rising Star Vlogstar Challenge winner Justyn Hollett, exploring how to shoot, edit and produce their own vlogs. This unique training and competition is run by the Jack Petchey Foundation and Media Trust. The Vlogstar Challenge is also working in partnership… Read more
Teacher using one of her sick days

Education professionals feel too guilty to take sick days and it’s affecting their mental health 

CV-Library offers advice to those who are feeling overworked or struggling with mental health Research from leading job site, CV-Library, has found that the majority of education professionals (65.1%) actually only take one or two sick days a year. What’s more, only 14.3% said they have ‘pulled a sickie’ in the last 12 months.  The study sought to uncover just how many sick days the average worker takes each year, and the affect this has on their physical and mental health. Worryingly, two… Read more
Education Mutual - Teacher with Insurance

The Mutual Revolution: New Insurance To Cover Staff Shortages

Shock figures reveal a staggering 57% of teachers have considered leaving the education sector within the past two years because of health pressures.  The latest studies from the Teacher Wellbeing Index expose the problems facing the sector with the recruitment and retention of teachers being a key issue.  Now one company, based in the North East, is trying to change the way school finances are run so that profits are fed back into the system rather than being sucked into the private sector… Read more
Woodhouse Grove School receives donation of 3D Printer

Woodhouse Grove School receives donation of 3D Printer and Safety Cabinet from Kora

Aspiring engineers at Woodhouse Grove School in Apperley Bridge will be enjoying interactive Design and Technology lessons thanks to the generous donation of a 3D printer and accredited Safety Cabinet by the Leeds-based manufacturer of desktop 3D printers, Kora. The top-of-the-range Kora Pro PC 3D Printer and SC-01 Safety Cabinet will enable Senior School pupils to produce intricate designs from filament and enrich the teaching of STEM and design subjects. The donation of Kora’s newly… Read more
Bowhill kits out Selkirk hockey team

Bowhill kits out Selkirk hockey team

The S1 girls’ hockey team at Selkirk High School will be playing in style this year after receiving new training tops funded by Bowhill House and Grounds.  Earlier this year Bowhill launched a community bursary initiative with a focus on supporting local youth groups and clubs to celebrate VisitScotland’s Year of Young People. The scheme will see more than £1,000 shared between community groups based in or around Selkirk which are in need of a financial boost. The first beneficiary was… Read more
School libraries

Researchers appointed to gather data about school libraries

The Great School Libraries campaign announced in late October that the Foyle Foundation had awarded a grant to appoint a researcher to gather data about school libraries – specifically to try and find out how many there are. After a tender and interview process we are delighted to announce that the research group tasked with gathering this data is BMG Research. They have carried out a number of education based research projects, including working for the Welsh Government and the Department for… Read more
Child using tablet for communication

Now vs then – how communication has evolved

By Adele Abbiss, Online Safety Expert, Smoothwall The 90s – oh what a time to be alive. Great (or not so great) music, funky hairstyles, denim overalls, the beloved Tamagotchi and who can forget the Spice Girls. When meeting up with your friends at the local park was arranged… using the house phone! Or if you were lucky it may have been via MSN - but that was often shared between your household members! Slower internet speeds and fewer devices per person meant online communication was often… Read more