Is your school ready for academy conversion?

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Academy conversion can be an incredibly complex process – one that requires a great deal of thought before you venture into it. Deciding whether or not your school or college is ready to convert can take time, and can also involve many discussions with your governing body and stakeholders.

The academy conversion model (initially common in schools in special measures, known as “sponsor” academies) is now chosen by many good/outstanding schools (known as “convertor” academies) as it turns a school into an independent business (not for profit) that receives funding directly from central government instead of a local authority.

Is the internet of real value, or real danger, to children?

TODAY’S children have the world at their fingertips, it’s called a smartphone, or maybe a tablet or computer.

For children to grow up having the world at their feet, too, it is essential that they are able to make sense of it. They need to be able to distinguish between the information and the misinformation that is coming at them 24/7, thanks to a constant evolution in digital technology.

No generation before them has had to deal with this overload of information. Nor have they needed to grow up with a huge dollop of cynicism to understand that not everything they read is fact, that there may be distortion of the truth or, even, mere fictiontargeting them from every angle.

Kenyan Ministry of Education selects local business NetSupport to aid national literacy programme

Kenyan Ministry of Education selects local business NetSupport to aid national literacy programme


NetSupport’s classroom management software, NetSupport School, has been selected as the solution of choice to be pre-installed on over 695,000 education devices as part of the Digital Literacy Programme in Kenya.

A Ministry of Education-led initiative, it aims to place free technology into the hands of primary school pupils across the country to educate them using the benefits of computer-led learning.

Deb supports Skcin’s Sun Safe School scheme with informative and engaging UV Boards

Deb supports Skcin’s Sun Safe School scheme with informative and engaging UV Boards


Deb – a leading innovator and supplier of skin care products – has partnered with Skcin, a national skin cancer charity, to create a colourful and engaging UV board. These are to be placed in primary schools across the UK; where education on sun safety is crucial.

Exposure to the sun is a pertinent issue for schools as 40% of UK school children have arrived home with sunburn; increasing a child’s risk of skin cancer later in life. However, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has revealed that 90% of all skin cancer cases could be prevented if exposure to UV rays were controlled. 

UK Teachers head to Chicago for prestigious event

8 UK Teachers head to Chicago for prestigious digital teaching and learning event

8 teachers from primary schools across the UK will be flying to Chicago this summer, after being recognised for their work as digital pioneers in the classroom. 

The teachers — from schools in the Midlands, Hertfordshire, London and Devon — have been selected to attend the Discovery Education Summer Institute, an exclusive professional development and networking event taking place in North America this July. They were chosen after taking part in a competitive application process, and impressing judges with their enthusiasm for using digital technology to boost pupil learning and achievement.

Teachers to help shape the next 100 years of education

As part of a worldwide project linked to Finland’s centenary of independence, Helsinki-based non-profit global education initiative, HundrED, invites educators around the world to share their innovations and ideas for transforming teaching and learning practices.

The two-year project will bring together a vision of education for the next 100 years, collecting 100 innovations from Finland and a further 100 from around the world, along with commentary from global thought leaders. The findings will be documented as a book, a documentary and, a series of international seminars and as a toolkit for teachers, all shared with the world for free.

Mesma’s QA resource drives change at training provider TPM

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One of first adopters of an online quality assurance resource has seen the benefits of shifting from time-consuming paper-based SARs to Ofsted-ready information at the press of a button.

TPM (Training Plus Merseyside) Ltd provides training and apprenticeships in business and administration, hairdressing and early years’ teaching and helps more than 200 learners a year achieve nationally recognised qualifications and secure full time employment.

The Liverpool-based firm has seen the benefits of using new developments as part of its approach to learning and training provision, so it was among the first in the independent training sector to adopt new quality assurance technology from online specialists Mesma.

Teachers overwhelmingly support a remain vote in EU Referendum


Teachers in the UK are overwhelmingly in favour of remaining in the European Union, with the majority believing a vote for Brexit would damage the future prospects of the pupils they teach, according to new research released today by TES, the digital education company that has been supporting educators for over 100 years.

TES conducted a survey of 751 UK school teachers between 9th and 13th June 2016, in partnership with YouGov, to ask their thoughts on the upcoming EU referendum vote.

Tamlite LED lighting set to deliver savings at schools

Tamlite LED lighting set to deliver savings at North Yorkshire County Council schools

Low-energy LED recessed modular panels have been specified at four schools operated by GFM. The trend for schools, colleges and universities to replace poor efficiency legacy lighting systems with cost-effective LED fixtures is now well-established – thanks in no small part to the innovative technology that Tamlite Lighting has been able to deliver to the educational community.

In its latest high-profile project the company has supplied well over 300 MODLED™ low energy LED recessed modular panels to four North Yorkshire County Council schools in order to boost the standard of lighting output and reduce energy and maintenance expenses.

Pioneering partnership nets sports equipment for Birmingham schools

Pioneering partnership nets sports equipment for Birmingham schools

PUPILS are set to ace their game after a tennis equipment lending library was launched in a pioneering scheme which has helped transform two Birmingham schools. A thousand pounds worth of equipment is now available on loan to pupils at Rockwood Academy and Nansen Primary School, both run by CORE Education Trust.

The kit, which they can borrow to use to play tennis in their own time at home or in their local park with their families, was unveiled on Thursday (June 16th) at the two schools during a visit by the Lawn Tennis Association’s (LTA) President Cathie Sabin.

Empowering students with collaborative learning

Empowering students with collaborative learning


Students find the learning process easier when working in groups and collaborative learning spaces empower students to do just that. Technology in classrooms has advanced to a point where collaboration has a much higher degree of interaction. The days of static lessons and ‘slideshow fatigue’ have been replaced with virtual whiteboards, real-time student input, and an environment geared more toward problem solving than note taking.

Children Could Help Save Lives

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Flat Stan First Aid™ Workshops provide children with the invaluable skill of saving people’s lives. Flat Stan First Aid™ have launched a first aid training programme which teaches children basic first aid using a simplistic, interactive approach, which is less daunting for children than conventional first aid methods.

The fun and enriching workshops are delivered by qualified first aid trainers, using specially developed Flat Stan manikins and books. These workshops are delivered nationally, providing children with essential life skills at schools and after school clubs, sports clubs, community groups and parties. Young children are capable of helping someone in an emergency situation if they are given the opportunity to learn how. 

Survey reveals how teachers really feel about Progress 8

Survey reveals how teachers really feel about Progress 8

Over 35 per cent have little or no understanding of the new measures. A recent survey on teachers’ understanding of the Government’s new accountability measures, Progress 8 and Attainment 8, has revealed that over 35 per cent of teachers feel they have ‘very little, little or no understanding’ of the new system. The survey, that was carried out by online homework and exam-preparation service for secondary schools, SAM Learning, gained over 400 teacher responses.

A staggering 33 per cent of those surveyed said that they have received no training about Progress or Attainment 8, and 25 per cent said that their school or academy was ‘not’, ‘very slightly’, or ‘slightly’ prepared for the introduction of new measures.