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Thousands of school pupils benefit from multi-million building project

Thousands of school pupils benefit from multi-million building project

A multi-million pound building project has been completed that will give more than 8,000 school pupils across Hertfordshire, Luton and Reading access to top-quality education facilities. 

The £135m project was undertaken by developer and investor Kajima, and partner Interserve Investments, and saw the completion of seven state-of-the-art schools, comprising Kings Langley School, Bishop's Hatfield Girls' School, Goffs School in Cheshunt, Longdean School in Hemel Hempstead, Reading Girls' School, Stopsley High School in Luton, and Westfield Academy in Watford. 

The rebuild was part of the government's £4.4bn Priority School Building Programme, which is rebuilding or refurbishing those school buildings in the very worst condition across the country. 

Introduce your children to wildlife this spring with the CJ Wildlife live webcams

Introduce your children to wildlife this spring with the CJ Wildlife live webcams

For the second year running, CJ Wildlife is live streaming nest box cameras from nine species on their website 24/7 to give you a bird’s eye view of what goes on inside a nest box during the breeding season.

The live webcams run 24 hours a day and let us take a very up close and personal look into the nests of Peregrine Falcons, Little Owls, Tawny Owls, Barn Owls, Storks, Herons, Swifts and Kingfishers.

 

Last year’s nest box cameras proved particularly popular with parents and teachers. Children are captivated by nature and the nest box cameras quite literally bring the nesting season to life in the classroom and allow us to follow the stories of the nesting birds, giving children a front row seat to the world hidden within the nest box.

Children smash 15-million minutes of reading

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Over 125,000 primary school children who registered to take part in the country’s biggest one-week reading competition have smashed the campaign’s 10-million minutes reading target.

 

The children, from 447 schools across the country, were challenged by education charity Achievement for All to see if they could read for a combined total of 10-million minutes in just one week. The aim was to highlight the importance of reading and help boost children’s literacy levels across the country.

 

By the end of the week, the children not only reached the target, but excelled it, clocking up a fantastic 15,995,407 minutes of reading.

 

Strategic Management Change at the Nationwide Hygiene Group

Strategic Management Change at the Nationwide Hygiene Group

Current CEO David Scholes will be retiring in August this year following a successful 17 years leading the Nationwide Hygiene Group.

 

Nationwide Hygiene Group are delighted to announce that Darren Broad has been appointed as their new CEO and will take over the reins on April 26th, following the group’s AGM. Darren and David will work closely together in the coming months to ensure that there is a seamless transition of leadership for all Nationwide Hygiene Group customers, colleagues and suppliers.

 

Darren has a wealth of business experience, most recently as MD of Bunzl Catering Supplies and the Nationwide Hygiene Group are extremely pleased to recruit somebody of his calibre.

 

Professor of Play: Formalizing the connection between learning and play

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Play provides children important motor, perceptual, social, and neutral benefits - often described as children’s “most important work”. Despite the important role of play in the learning process, schools are allocating less time for free and open play in favor of activities that ‘teach to the test’. This deprioritization of open play is a missed opportunity to prepare kids for academic success. Cambridge University’s newly-established Centre for Research on Play in Education, Development and Learning (PEDAL), marks an important milestone in educational research: one that formalizes play in educational research and policy.

 

New figures reveal shocking literacy trend

New figures reveal shocking literacy trend

New research has unveiled the shocking truth about literacy and young children. 

A study undertaken by Ebookadabra in partnership with Censuswide has shown that one in 20 British parents with children between the ages of three and seven have reported that their child has never read a picture book.

That's about 200,000 children who never been exposed to a picture book. 

The study looks at individual areas around the UK and has discovered that Britain's UNESCO City of Literature, Norwich, is a particular literacy black spot, in addition to Brighton. 

According to the results, the 10 worst places for literacy in young people are:

1)      Brighton (13%)

2)      Norwich (12.9%) (Britain’s UNESCO City of Literature)

New wave of free schools given the green light

The Department for Education has approved 131 new schools

Thousands of schools places will be created after plans for more than 100 new free schools are given the green light. 

Plans for 131 new schools have been approved by the Department for Education today, creating more than 69,000 school places up and down the country. 

The majority of these schools (111) will become free schools, which can be run by parents, community or faith groups. 

A large proportion of these schools will be based in the East (18) and South East of England (27), with the fewest in the North West (5) and the North East (2) of the country. 

Cova Security Gates wins Manufacturing Business of the Year 2017 and celebrates three decades of success

Cova Security Gates

Cova Security Gates, the leading manufacturer of quality perimeter security equipment, has been awarded Manufacturing Business of the Year 2017 at the prestigious Gatwick Diamond Business Awards. Being recognised for its continued innovation and commitment to customer service in this way comes at a significant time for Cova, with the company celebrating its 30th year in business.

 

Top training tools for school sporting needs

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Phoenix Sporting Goods (PSG) was born on the 5th May 2015, to create and distribute a range of strong, performance led brands to the grass roots, sports education and professional markets, throughout the UK and Europe. With inspirational leadership and world class customer service, PSG’s aim is to aid aspiring athletes and their coaches, from grass roots to sporting professionals, to achieve their goals, with products that will increase the accuracy of the athlete through repetition or via products that will enable the athlete to train through the winter months on their own or within a team environment.

 

Where’s the creativity in coding?

Craig teaching coding

For more than four decades, the subject of computing has only managed to inspire a small percentage of students. In September 2014, following the realisation that technology now plays a key role in everyday life at home, work and school, the national curriculum changed and required all schools to teach computing to children aged five to16. The intention was to teach children how to problem solve and empower them to become creators of technology, rather than consumers, in preparation for life beyond school.

 

Ten years on, BYOD helps the flipped classroom come of age

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2017 marks the ten year anniversary of when the ideology behind the flipped classroom first took hold. Jon Bergmann and Aaron Sams, two chemistry teachers in Colorado, wanted to spend more time with each student during class time, so began posting their lectures online to free up time face to face time for discussion. Since then the concept has become popular all over the world, and with the onset of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), adoption has skyrocketed.

BYOD in the classroom

Highgate Farm Caravan Park and Campsite is the perfect place for that summer getaway.

Highgate Farm Caravan Park

Summer is nearly here, and as we head into the final term of the school calendar, panicked parents up and down the country begin to wonder how they will fill the long summer break?

One caravan park and campsite might just have the perfect solution. 

Nestled deep into the lush Norfolk countryside, Highgate Farm Caravan Park and Campsite is the perfect place to go for a quiet, rural retreat. 

The park has been run by dream team Lesley and Mike Smith for the past 16 years, but the site itself boasts an incredible history spanning more than 300 years. 

Handwriting vs Typing – Why the Pen is Mightier than the Keyboard

Are the days of the old pen and paper numbered? Where once we wrote letters to communicate with people in far-reaching places, we now turn to emails or social media. Where before we would have scribed handwritten notes, we’re now far more likely to type notes into a smartphone or tablet. It’s not unreasonable to suggest that handwriting is becoming a lost art.

Barefoot Boost For Computing Science In Welsh Primary Schools

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Calls for Welsh primary schools to sign up to project aimed at inspiring next generation of digital entrepreneurs

A new national project to help boost the computing skills of Welsh primary school children has been launched today (Weds 5 Apr) by Cabinet Secretary for Education, Kirsty Williams.

The Barefoot Computing project in Wales aims to help primary school teachers get to grips with computing so that they can inspire and excite pupils aged from five about the world of IT.

The initiative is funded and led by BT, which has worked closely with the Welsh Government to ensure resources for the project in Wales are closely aligned to the Digital Competence Framework and are available bilingually via the Hwb digital learning platform.