Pupils Branch out into New Timber Classroom with Star Power

Wylde Green Primary School

TV star Emma Willis has officially unveiled a brand-new timber teaching facility at an open day at Wylde Green Primary School in Sutton Coldfield.


Willis, the host of Big Brother, is a former pupil of the school and was joined by singer-songwriter husband Matt. The new classroom block is for the year six children at the school. It enables them to move out of the school hall into a dedicated teaching space, containing two equal 52m² sized rooms, in addition to a lobby and entrance area. The build facilitates the achievement of outdoor learning objectives, representing a change of scenery for pupils and staff. 


Why I Volunteer with the Barefoot Computing Project


​Are you still looking for engaging computing resources for your school and need support in teaching them? Maybe it is time to book a Barefoot Computing Workshop! As a Barefoot volunteer, I have led ten Barefoot workshops so far for primary teachers in schools across the U.K. 

Barefoot is supporting U.K. primary teachers with free workshops and resources in exploring computational thinking. Fully aligned to all UK curricula, they are supported by Department for Education, Education Scotland, Welsh Government, BT and Computing at School, and include engaging activities for SEN pupils too.

Q: What does a Barefoot Workshop involve?

Open Study College shortlisted for Education Investor Awards

Open Study College

Open Study College, based on Birmingham Business Park, have been shortlisted for an Education Investor Award for the Skills Provider of the year category. 

The Education Investor Awards help to promote excellence and innovation in the business of education.

This year’s competition, supported by Education Investor magazine, is set to be fierce as judges sift through the many entries from organisations which have made an outstanding contribution to education. 

Students Perform Song Dedicated to Tottenham First World War Hero

Student with tour dates T-Shirt

A century on from his death, Tottenham soldier Private George Baxter Lowson has been celebrated in a fitting, contemporary memorial created by two students from Vale Special School, Haringey. 

Jhonattan and Zac were so inspired by the story of George Baxter Lowson that they wrote and produced their song and rap, ‘My Mate George’, which was performed in London and Belgium as part of the Battle of Passchendaele commemorations. 

The creation of the song followed the students’ participation in the government-funded First World War Centenary Battlefield Tours Programme in February 2015, during which they visited Ypres and The Somme, and were accompanied by their Deputy Headteacher, Tony Millard.                                           

Gate Safe register hits 1,000

Nearly seven years since Gate Safe became the first organisation to initiate a campaign for improved standards in automated gate safety, the charity marked another important milestone, as it celebrated hitting 1,000 installers on its acclaimed national register of Gate Safe Aware Installers - which currently features 459 companies.


The training session at Trade Skills 4 U – the UK’s no 1 provider of electrical training which regularly hosts Gate Safe Aware training – was attended by 17 delegates, including 4 from Acctive Systems, signifying 1,000 trained Gate Safe Aware installers in the UK.


The best apps and websites for teachers

Nowadays, so many of us use apps on a daily basis, but it may be that we haven’t considered how apps could help us in our working lives. For teachers in particular, there are a slew of apps and websites specifically designed to help you manage your busy working day and bring lessons to life. Here, computer leasing specialists Hardsoft have rounded up some of the best apps and websites for teachers to give you a helping hand in the new academic year: 

Slack Team Communication

Three common HR issues in schools and how to handle them

Natalie Spink

Whilst schools are very different in their characteristics there are some common HR issues they may face. Natalie Spink, Employment Solicitor for Education Services for Your HR Lawyer, explains how schools can handle three of the most common problems.


The school needs to change the staffing structure for its Senior Leadership Team, how do we do this?


It is highly likely that you will have a restructuring policy, so the first thing for you to do is have a read through this. 


Students take on work experience with top company

Students take on work experience with top company

Secondary school pupils got a taste of life in a busy company when they undertook work experience with a leading turf equipment manufacturer. 

Ransomes Jacobsen Ltd, an Ipswich-based manufacturing company recently hosted 15 pupils from local schools for a week of work experience. 

The students were placed in a number of different departments, including operations, engineering, marketing, IT, customer care, sales and HR. 

All of the students were given a thorough overview of the company including its extensive history dating back to 1789. 

Educational inequality using digital technology


Engaging students and tackling educational inequality using digital technology

According to the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA), more than 50 per cent of learning time in UK classrooms is now spent using technology.This is hugely encouraging, but with school budgets under intense pressure,it’s imperative that tech’s potential to address inequalities, reverse negative trends and raise educational attainment continues to be realised, and students are equipped with the digital skills needed to flourish in the workplace of the future.


The Importance of Building a Great Relationship Between Teachers and Parents

The Importance of Building a Great Relationship Between Teachers and Parents

In this post, The Present Tree, discuss thoughts on the importance of teacher-parent relationships, and offers some top tips to ensure that both teachers, and parents are making the most of their relationships.

With the end of the academic year upon us, it is a good time for reflection. Next year, students may have different teachers, so it’s important to understand how to go about making a positive impression. The first contact between a teacher and a parent, in many ways, is the most important, as this is the time a rapport is built and trust can start to develop.

Six tips for online safety during the summer holidays

Six tips for using devices safely in the summer holidays

Summer holidays are finally here, and come rain or shine, children will be spending a lot of time on their mobile devices.

A staggering, yet unsurprising, 92% of children claim to use their devices daily.  As adults, it’s our responsibility to ensure that while they’re using social media, gaming, or video sites they’re having fun, but most importantly, being safe.

Leading providers of classroom management software, Impero Software, put together these six top tips for the next six weeks of summer, offering best practice advice on how to keep young people safe online.

Week 1 – the Talk

Parents fear their child will be at a disadvantage if they don’t use technology at home

  • 74% believe tech has improved their children’s problem solving skills
  • 67% believe tech has improved their children’s writing skills

More than half (54%) of parents are worried that their child will start school behind their peers if they don’t have any interaction with technology at home, according to a new report.

Indeed, the majority of parents (91%) believe it is important for children to be familiar with current technology and software, and that it will be beneficial as they get older.