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As more than half a million children receive their primary school offers, town hall leaders are calling on the Government to clarify how councils will be expected to provide enough places for everyone when all schools have converted to academies.

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A £5.6 million project to provide a new building for the 480-place Pyrford Primary School near Woking has started on site. The contract awarded to the Portakabin Group is the first scheme in the £28 million Surrey and Kent batch of the Government’s Priority School Building Programme. Four other primary school rebuild projects in this batch are in the final design development stages.

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Specsavers | Screening For Schools
Pupils ar Ravenstone Preparatory School in London try out the 'School Screener EZ' which helps detect potential sight problems in children.
13th November 2015

RADICAL new online vision screening software is being provided free of charge to all schools nationally, following a study revealing that millions of UK children under the age of 12 have never had an eye test.

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Elliott, part of the Algeco Scotsman Group, world leader in modular space solutions has been awarded a contract of over £30M by the Education Funding Agency (EFA), an executive agency of the Department for Education.

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Teachers using data system FFT Aspire are invited to take part in research on the impact of the ways schools use data.

The survey aims to reveal the different ways in which teachers use data, especially its place in informing, managing and monitoring our expectations of students’ academic progress.

Teachers taking part in the survey will be asked what they do with data and where they get it from, as well as perceptions of and attitudes toward aspects of data use.

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Viking, the school and office supplies channel of Office Depot, a leading global provider of office products and services in the UK are inviting pupils from primary and secondary schools to get their creative juices flowing and take part in Viking’s Young Inventors’ competition.

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Adoption UK has been campaigning for a better understanding of the issues facing adopted children in schools so we are delighted that the government is to consider a number of changes to make life in the classroom better for adopted children.

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Unlocking Speaking and Listening in Every Child is an informative and stimulating book about teaching young children how to acquire the aforementioned skills, and thereby communicate effectively. Hopper discerns that speaking and listening skills are generally assumed to have been learnt before school, and so do not need to be taught, leaving the focus on writing and reading.

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The empty parking bays outside your building could be earning a useful additional income for your school. Website and app JustPark rents out space in school car parks to drivers on evenings, weekends and during the holidays - and it’s free to list yours online.

Like many public institutions in the UK, schools and colleges across the country are coming under increased pressure to cut costs - whilst at the same time maintaining a high standard of education for their pupils.

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Specialist independent education agency, Class People, has responded with surprise to the NASUWT survey that suggests supply teachers are missing out on pay and development opportunities. The survey which suggests that 58% of supply teachers were not getting enough work is at odds with Class People figures.  

“We are in the midst of a teacher recruitment crisis and therefore schools are having to rely more heavily on agency cover for support, which has led to us struggling to fill our placements due to teachers’ lack of availability." 

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By Helen Trayler, Managing Director, Wordsworth Editions

This is a banner year for literature. Obviously, for us, every year is a banner year for literature. Literature is what we do. But this year, with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and the beginning of the Brontë 200 celebrations, the media spotlight is being shone more brightly than ever on the classics.

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Finding the time to do a whole day training session can be a big ask of your staff, especially when they are already scrambling to get everything done on time. One innovative solution is breaking up a whole day training session into a number of smaller distance learning sessions that are easier to fit around busy schedules.

So, what is distance learning training?

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The Schools Advisory Service (SAS), which provides teachers in the UK with absence insurance, has partnered with a Manchester-based healthcare company to provide members with GP appointments via smartphone.

The SAS is working with Now Healthcare Group, utilising their Dr Now mobile app which connects users to a qualified doctor via Skype-style video chat. The partnership is set to begin on 1 April and will be available to the SAS’ 100,000 members nationwide.

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Visitors to the forthcoming Education Show 2016 will see the next generation of VIVIDtouch screens, the world’s first-ever non-Android series of interactive panels that run on the new Windows 10 operating system.

Designed to enhance collaboration and interactivity in the classroom, the VTF series from VIVIDtouch will be premiered at the event, held 17-19 March at NEC Birmingham.

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Having technology in the classroom can help enhance student engagement with what’s being taught. Today, many schools have iPads, iPods or other tech devices, and measures should be put in place to keep these expensive products safe from being lost or stolen. 

Here are six safety steps to consider when keeping technology safe in the classroom, provided by gadget and mobile accessory brand Griffin Technology.

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