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An MP has returned to school in Kirkby to help broaden primary pupils’ jobs horizons and boost their career aspirations, with education charity Future First.

Gillian Keegan, who grew up in Knowsley and is now the Conservative MP for Chichester, visited Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Primary School in Moorfield, Tower Hill, Kirkby, to share her journey from a local girl to Westminster with Year 6 students and to discuss the pupils’ jobs aspirations and how they might achieve them. 

Tuesday 9 October saw Accrington Town Hall become a busy hive of activity as former students of Accrington and Rossendale celebrated their outstanding achievements with an Awards and Graduation Ceremony.  Wendy Higgin, Vice Principal at Accrington and Rossendale College, opened up the evening welcoming students and tutors to the event, with Assistant Principal, Charlotte Scheffmann, taking to the stage afterwards to share the highlights of Higher Education at the college over the last academic year.

Bristol-based 3P Learning scoops Teach Early Years Award for its learning resource Mathseeds and a Teach Primary Award for its Mathletics program.

One in ten children who video chat with strangers have been asked to change or undress on camera, according to a survey. This is just one of the startling statistics revealed in Hopes and Streams – the UK’s largest nationwide online safety survey (40,000 children). Children aged seven to 16 were polled by LGfL DigiSafe, the safeguarding arm of the London Grid for Learning. Some key findings from the research included:

· Youngest pupils (aged seven and eight) were just as likely to be asked to get undressed as students in the first four years of secondary school

You’ve mentored your pupils through their A Levels and they’ve secured a place at their chosen University. While it may feel like the important work is done, there are many more lessons to share (beyond the syllabus), that will prove valuable as they embark on university life.

Of course, factors such as making new friends and keeping track of deadlines will be high up on their list of challenges, but the biggest challenge of all for new students is learning how to budget and manage money.

Following The Labour Party’s reported shift to a more hard-line policy on schools, and subsequent pledge to scrap the current academies system – where institutions operate outside of local authority networks and are increasingly grouped together in trusts – an education recruiter has warned of the risk of intensifying existing teacher shortages.

Currently 66% of secondary schools and 29% of primaries operate as Academies, with more than 1,000 more conversions in the pipeline.

A County Durham pupil is celebrating after winning one of the top prizes in a popular annual challenge for primary schools. Sarah Johnson-Frost, 9, from Crook Primary School has been announced as a winner of Make Your World Bigger 2018, a video challenge designed to keep children learning during the summer holidays. 

There’s no denying that schools and colleges have benefitted from the development of increasingly sophisticated technology for the classroom and back office.

There’s no denying that schools and colleges have benefitted from the development of increasingly sophisticated technology for the classroom and back office. However, with innovation comes greater tech vulnerability, and it is critical to protect sensitive student and staff data. Printers aren’t typically considered the front line of cyber security, but ever-increasing hard drive space means they shouldn’t be overlooked when assessing your school’s vulnerability to data breaches. 

According to recent research, children across the UK are being forced to breathe dangerous levels of toxic air as they make their way to and from school – and even once they are inside their classrooms. As well as potentially damaging their health, this is having a negative impact on learning and productivity. Phil Mangnall, managing director at Jaga UK, explains why schools should invest in efficient ventilation systems to get the best out of their students.

Specialist digital provider Code Wizards has launched a brand new esports platform for University students throughout the UK in time for this year’s students.

Visitor management solutions are becoming more prevalent within schools today, particularly since the introduction of GDPR. To comply with the new regulation many are choosing to opt for a more secure method of managing their visitors and data. Making the right choice of provider is important for schools as there are many factors to consider and various issues that can arise. This article aims to outline the potential pitfalls to avoid when making the switch to digital visitor management.

Integration failure = manual data entry

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Community Brands, an industry leader in cloud-based software for schools, associations, nonprofits and faith-based organisations, today announced the acquisition of Groupcall, a trusted provider of communications and data analytics solutions for schools, multi-academy trusts, local authorities and education software developers, with 70 employees and a head office in London.