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A DfE expert panel has announced that Power Maths Key Stage 1, a whole-class maths mastery programme from leading learning company Pearson, is to join the list of recommended textbooks supporting teaching maths in England.

Gill Bullock is the Director and one of the founders of Aspire Behaviour Management Ltd, which is based in Lancashire. Here, Gill talks to QA Education editor Victoria Galligan about working with children who are at risk of exclusion…

Can you describe what happens during the placements at Aspire, and during the transition period?

Children aged between three and nine can access placements at The Aspire Hub. All those children who come to us have exhibited Social and Emotional Mental Health and are at high risk of exclusion. 

The UK’s College of the Year, Fareham College is one of 52 colleges nationally, and one of only nine in the South East, chosen by the Department for Education to pilot T-levels: a new technical qualification intended as a vocational alternative to A-levels.

 

An award-winning education charity is calling for new thinking and collaboration at their national conference, which will see voices across education and industry put social justice into action as they work together to build a system where every child achieves.

Qualified Schools has launched the new Teaching Apprenticeship Programme to help schools recruit and train new graduates. Here, programme director Neil Gamewell explains why the programme provides a simple, fee-free and paid route into teaching.

One of the country's oldest charities has teamed up with a university for the mutual benefit of students and engineers, professor Amir Alani has been appointed the Rochester Bridge Trust Professor in Engineering at the University of West London. 

Jo Cormack, author of Helping Children Develop a Positive Relationship with Food, answers our questions on children’s eating habits…

What kinds of issues are staff faced with when it comes to eating in school?

Despite a growing emphasis on nutrition in recent years, there is a lack of staff training around how to help children develop a positive relationship with food. Staff frequently have to deal with food-related challenges such as picky eating or allergies, especially in the primary sector. It is essential that they feel confident and informed. 

Leading training provider, Qube Learning, paid tribute to the UK's Apprentices, Trainees and their employers, with an award ceremony at London’s Montcalm Hotel. The ceremony was hosted by Multiple Gold Medallist & World Record Holder Colin Jackson CBE who greeted the winners on stage with words of congratulations on their success and an award to walk away with. 

You can all remember the scene in Oliver Twist where the little boy takes his bowl to the master in his cook’s uniform and simply says: “Please, sir, I want some more.”

Established 12 years ago, allmanhall specialise in food and catering-related procurement for education. They apply their thorough understanding of supply chain management, commodity market movement, food inflation and market trends to benefit clients, achieving value, cost savings and efficiencies without reducing quality. 

Allmanhall negotiate competitive prices on behalf of clients, never losing sight of product quality, the clients’ values and objectives, or the needs of diners. 

A selection of schools in the North West are testing out Surfaceskins: a revolutionary new technology that fights cross-contamination and aims to improve hand hygiene among pupils.

With studies showing 80% of infections are transmitted by hands, the special needs school, high school and two primary schools in Wigan have implemented Surfaceskins on a trial basis to see if it boosts hand hygiene and reduces absenteeism.

Dan Sullivan, founder of Empiribox – a whole-school solution that makes it easy for primary schools to deliver thought-provoking science in their classrooms – shares his thoughts on why practical science should remain strongly within the primary national curriculum…

School catering is something of a balancing act. Business Managers are facing the challenge of controlling labour and food costs, while reducing wastage and offering an affordable product for students.

With one of their largest client groups being within education, Raynor Foods were very aware of the importance of listening to the demands, and adapting their offering to help solve the problems business managers were facing.

Students at Leeds College of Building are gaining hands-on construction experience after visiting their new £13-million Hunslet campus site through the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) . 

Main contractor, Clugston Construction, started work on the foundations and ground works last October. Since then, a total of 186 student site visits and 14 group tours have been organised up until June.

Gateshead College has secured £30,000 of funding for the project, which also involves Keighley College, Cumbria University, ESPA, Creative & Cultural Skills, North East-based tech firms, Sunderland Software City, Spearhead Interactive and PROTO: The Emerging Technology Centre, a soon-to-be-launched research and development facility for emerging technology and digital innovation.