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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.

Apprenticeship levy signals new age for skills training

New levy doubles annual investment in apprenticeships

Today welcomes in the biggest shake-up of skills in a generation as the apprenticeship levy comes into force. 

The levy will require all employers in the UK with an annual wage bill of at least £3 million to pay 0.5% of it to go towards funding apprenticeships. 

This money will be invested to provide quality training opportunities for apprentices and double the annual investment in apprenticeships in England to £2.5bn by 2019 to 2020, compared to investment from 2010 to 2011. 

Employers in England can set up an online account to manage their funds and invest in training for apprentices that are working for them. There are around 100 accounts being set up every day. 

Forest school outdoor learning

Forest school outdoor learning nature hut

The Hideout House Company have created a new range of outdoor classrooms and shelters to complement the forest school revolution

As the Forest Schools programme spreads to more and more UK schools and is becoming ever more popular within both rural and urban educational environments, the Hideout House Company is now offering a creative and comprehensive range of products which complement this theme. The principal theme or philosophy being to encourage and inspire individuals of any age range through an innovative and long term approach to outdoor learning in a woodland or outside environment.

UK students working with IceCube Neutrino Observatory to examine radiation in Antarctica

Students from Tapton School in Sheffield are now working with the University of Wisconsin and the IceCube Neutrino Observatory in Antarctica as part of the “IcePix” project, run by the Institute for Research in Schools (IRIS). Using real data, relayed back to the school from particle cameras, the students will be able to measure the presence of background radiation in the polar region, which will then be added to a dataset of readings from around the world (and beyond) for comparison studies. 

38 per cent of students ‘reaching their limit’ when it comes to exams

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A recent survey of 15-17 year olds has revealed that 86 per cent of students feel some level of stress during revision season, with 36 per cent saying they’re reaching their limit or feel completely overwhelmed. 

Over 46 per cent of students also said they revise for five or more hours every week, yet one fifth of students said they don’t feel supported by their teachers. 

Learn to Code in 15 minutes?

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The new computing curriculum requires schools to teach students how to code and understand a number of, to the layman, somewhat complex concepts.

 

But can you teach children to understand simple programming in 15 minutes? Here at FUZE we certainly know we can – and actually teach core coding skills in that short space of time. 

 

Coding has a number of very important fundamentals. An understanding of Loops, Variables and ‘If Then’ statements is required to code using any programming language. In fact, it’s safe to say this is applicable to all programming languages from Machine Code (the most advanced) to Scratch (one of the simplest).

 

5 Crucial Exam Revision tips

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CEO Matthew Glotzbach of Quizlet, the world’s largest online learning platform, shares his top tips for exam revision:

• Spaced-out revision sessions

The way most of us do revision is actually pretty ineffective; all-nighters, re-reading notes, underlining. What is more effective is frequent self-quizzing, shorter spaced-out revision sessions, and presenting information to yourself in different ways throughout your study time. 

• Planning ahead

Regional schools commissioner to visit Oswestry at festival of education!

Ms Christine Quinn.

The Regional Schools Commissioner for the West Midlands, Christine Quinn, will be opening and speaking at The Marches Festival of Education on Thursday 29th June.

 

Before her appointment as Regional School Commissioner, she was the CEO and executive principle of the Ninestiles Academy Trust in Birmingham, where she had worked since 1991.

 

As part of her role, Ms Quinn is responsible for overseeing growth of academies across the region’s 16 local authorities and closely monitors their performance. Currently, there are over 700 academies in the West Midlands and Ms Quinn, advised by a board of headteachers of outstanding academies and experienced educational leaders, will shape the role and priorities of the growing number of academies.

 

Cashing in on procurement

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Procurement is becoming more and more of a prominent issue in the education sector. However, there still appears to be uncertainty and concerns among schools when it comes to buying edtech. The Department for Education (DfE) and the Education Funding Agency (EFA) have recognised this, and as such, there has been a greater focus on procurement guidelines and the promotion of frameworks to help schools save time and money. This is all well and good, but how do schools know which ones to choose and what can they do to ensure the process is as smooth as possible? Here, Neil Watkins, managing director of education sector procurement framework Think IT, offers his advice… 

£2.4bn fund announced to help create additional school places

£2.4bn fund announced to help create additional school places

Schools across England are set to benefit from a £2.4bn investment to help create more than half a million additional school places. 

The funding was announced yesterday by education secretary Justine Greening, and aims to support the government's mission to create more the 600,000 extra school places by 2021. 

It comes as new government figures reveal that almost 735,000 additional places have been created since 2010, with 92% of new primary places and 89% of new secondary places created in school rates as good or outstanding by Ofsted in 2015 to 2016. 

Lessons from the UAE

UAE Education children & teacher

Education in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is currently undergoing a period of remarkable systemic change and is now recognised by PISA as “one of the most rapidly improving education systems in the world”.  Here, we consider the role that teachers, both national and international, play in the reforms.

“[Teachers] are the most important individuals in the education sector. It is their hard work and efforts that result in a competent, well-equipped generation of youth” - Dr Ali Al Nuaimi