Three things schools need to consider upon reopening as an academy

Whilst the conversion process enables a school to achieve academy status, when you’re ready to reopen as an academy the support continues.

This article looks at some issues a school must pay attention to and deal with fully after reopening as an academy. 

1) Enlisting support

It would be churlish for schools to go through such a momentous change without seeking advice from existing supporting bodies. That is why, after reopening, it is a good idea to speak to networks such as Freedom and Autonomy for Schools (FASNA) or Schools, Students and Teacher’s Network (SSAT) who are on hand to offer advice and guidance to new academies. 

Young Inventors’ Competition - Schoolgirl from Oldbury, West Midlands wins her school £5000


A 10-year-old girl from Oldbury has won her school a substantial amount of £5000 to spend with Viking after impressing a judging panel with an invention for the classroom.

Shajeevana Pratheevan from St James CE Primary School, Oldbury, won the Viking Young Inventors’ Competition, beating hundreds of entries from primary schools across the UK.

Judges from Viking, provider of everyday essentials to schools, and competition partner, Eastpoint, were impressed by Shajeevana’s design and it was clear she evaluated her environment and the challenges pupils do face in school. 

Safeguarding experts come together for education seminar

A host of child safeguarding experts will unite for a second time this autumn on the 10th November at a safeguarding seminar designed for education professionals. The event, hosted by online safety software provider Impero Software, will see speakers from the UK Safer Internet Centre, Internet Watch Foundation, a Police Cyber Specialist Unit, Victvs, and E-Safety Adviser (Alan Mackenzie) deliver a series of presentations and workshops. 

Let’s get personal – it’s revision time

Caroline Fox

With revision timetables shortly to be issued for mock exams, how can students win the revision battle?  With mental health once again in the news, it’s important to carefully plan revision timetables so that any stress or anxieties surrounding exams are minimised.  In this article, Senior Tutor, Caroline Fox explains the challenges students face plus top tips for planning so you reach the exam hall with remarkably less stress.

The three ‘Ps’

Pupils Go Digital To Celebrate Diwali


Plymouth school children showed off their digital skills as part of celebrations to mark the Hindu and Sikh festival of Diwali this week.

Pupils from Boringdon Primary School took part in an exciting afternoon of educational activities to mark the Hindu festival of lights and used special Diwali-themed digital resources - including e-books, videos and online games – from the award-winning Discovery Education Espresso service to learn about this important cultural celebration.

Under pressure: improving whole-school performance

Schools are under constant pressure to update their policies, values and goals to reflect the changing nature of education and society, and to ensure that students, teachers and staff alike, are following the same path to improvement. But how should you go about setting achievable but ambitious goals for the school, and how can you monitor them effectively throughout the year on an individual and whole-school level?

Here, Damien Roberts, business development director at SchooliP by Derventio, discusses how to establish and maintain effective school improvement plans throughout the year… 

The Buck Stops Here

The Buck Stops Here

Paul Phillips of Global Environmental looks at where the responsibility lies for managing asbestos in schools.

It is estimated that as many as a quarter of schools in the UK still contain some asbestos. This potentially hazardous building material is still therefore a major health and safety issue which needs to be managed on a continuous basis. So who is expected to fulfill this role?

A search for an explanation of who is responsible for the management of asbestos in a school usually results in the answer, the “employer”.  Who is the “employer”? 


Make Your Move Dance Competition

Make Your Move Dance Competition

UK Autism Ambassador Anna Kennedy OBE is so proud to announce that our UK Autism charity, AnnaKennedyonline and British Red Cross Events are working together for the ‘Make your Move‘ Dance Competition.

Winners of the Heat for individuals competing who are on the autism spectrum will compete on April 2 and the winners will then take part in the final at O2 Whoop!

Click here to find out how.


BookTrust relaunches Children’s Book Week


BookTrust, the children’s reading charity relaunches Children’s Book Week today to help to encourage more children to read for pleasure. Aimed at children of primary school age, the annual event is rolled out in partnership with several high profile children’s writers, schools and booksellers across seven different areas in England, Northern Ireland and Wales.

This year, between 31 October – 4 November authors including Cressida Cowell, Nick Butterworth and Jon Mayhew will read stories, sign books and run interactive workshops to help ignite a love of reading in children.

Stay Safe This Halloween

Happy Halloween

It's that time of the year again, when on 31st October we will be celebrating Halloween.  This is the night when ghosts, witches and fairies are out there making their presence felt and spooking us.  Halloween is a time of celebration and also superstition and it's thought to have originated from the Celtic festival of Samhain.   During the festival of Samhain, people would light bonfires and wear animal costumes to ward off ghosts and ghouls. Banquet tables would be laden with food to placate the spirit world.

Sadly, Halloween is also the time of year when many adults and children are injured.

DB Fire Safety would like to offer you some advice to help you reduce any fire risk this Halloween.

The Importance of Hands on Learning in Schools

Alex Dalton, Managing Director of woodworking machinery specialists Daltons Wadkin, takes a look at the importance of hands on learning, and why subjects such as Design and Technology are important.

I think the best example to outline why hands on learning is hugely important is when trying to teach someone to ride a bicycle. You can try and teach them in a classroom, but to actually learn, they should go out and actually ride it. 

There is the argument that learning from books or academics is the best way to learn, however you can’t ride a bike from reading a book, no matter the number of books you read about cycling, you are still likely to fall off the first time you try!

YPO invites children to design official Christmas card

Christmas card

Ahead of Christmas, YPO, the UK’s largest public sector buying organisation, has launched a nationwide search for a budding artist whose design will appear on its corporate Christmas card, which will be distributed to the company’s contacts, including customers, suppliers and partners.

YPO is calling on teachers and parents to encourage children to create imaginative and festive designs that it can imprint upon its corporate greeting to spread the holiday cheer. 

The competition is open to primary school children (aged 5-11) across the UK. 

Leeds City College officially opens its University Centre

Leeds City College

Leeds City College, one of the largest FE institutions in the country, has officially opened its University Centre.

Based at the former College House on Park Lane, a ribbon cutting ceremony took place in the presence of the West Yorkshire Lieutenancy’s Major Stan Hardy, the college’s principal Colin Booth OBE and the University Centre’s Dean of Higher Education, Janet Faulkner.

The first intake of higher education (HE) students at the newly refurbished building have been enjoying a relaxed, supportive and adult learning environment, away from the main body of college students.

Janet Faulkner said: “After months of planning and construction work, we’re thrilled to see the finished product and formally open its doors to the students.