Resources

Schools Gather At National Digital Storytelling Day

Schools Gather At National Digital Storytelling Day

Teachers from schools across the UK gathered at Knebworth House in Hertfordshire last week to mark the start of National Share-a-Story Month.

Hosted by Discovery Education on 18th April, the Digital Storytelling Day showcased the very latest tools and ideas for using ed-tech in literacy, helping teachers to nurture a love of stories in every child.

Taking advantage of Knebworth’s famous dinosaur trail, teachers took part in a prehistoric QR coded treasure hunt, and learned how the bar-code technology can be used in literacy lessons.

 

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.

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.

 

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)

Top training tools for school sporting needs

goals

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.

 

Government launches new company to create 500 more free schools

Government launches new company to carry out plans for more free schools

The government has got the ball rolling on its pledge to deliver a new cohort of free schools by launching a new public property company. 

This new company, LocatED, has been created to acquire land and buildings across the country to help the government with its plans to build 500 new free schools by 2020, and create 600,000 new school places by 2021. 

Campaigners reacted with anger when the plans were announced, saying the money being ploughed into this project would be better spent on existing schools that are facing cuts of £3bn in the next three years. 

Maximising pupil and staff space, time and budgets for learning

lookers

Schools and colleges up and down the country continue to face pressure on standards, space, maintenance and budgets. Here at BiGDUG we’re proud to have been working with many of them over the last 10+ years to meet these and other challenges through innovative cost-effective storage solutions, many of which are in-stock for delivery next day (or a day of your choice).

Typically we work on the “behind the scenes” areas, on safely and securely storing less interesting, but essential items that keep schools and colleges running effectively, maximising pupil and staff space, time and budgets for learning.

We’re experts in storage solutions and work with our school and college customers in four key areas.

Schools called go dotty for vital sight-loss charity

Children across the UK invited to go dotty for charity

Schools across the nation are being called to go dotty this spring to raise money for a valuable sight-loss charity. 

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is asking schools up and down the UK to "Wear dots and raise lots" in support of its vital work. 

"Wear dots...raise lots" is an annual fundraiser, which will be taking place in May. It  is inspired by Louis Braille's system which features raised dots and revolutionised reading and writing for people with sight problems. 

The UK is currently home to more than two million people who are affected by sight loss, with one person beginning to lose their sight every 15 minutes. 

Carving the shape of the new educational landscape

Carving the shape of the new educational landscape

Andrew Fielder, CEO of Aspire Academy Trust, will be presenting at Bett Academies (NEC Birmingham) at 1:45 on Friday 17 March

 

The aim of Andrew Fielder’s presentation will be to ignite discussion about the shape of the new educational landscape. Despite recent debate in the press, the objective of academies and multi-academy trusts (MATs) remains: to create a world class Trust, providing children with an outstanding education for generations to come.

 

Chancellor claims £320m fund will allow children of all backgrounds reach their full potential

The Spring Budget was delivered in the House of Commons today

Today’s Budget has come under attack as the Chancellor faces claims that a £320m fund for free schools would be better spent elsewhere. 

Philip Hammond delivered his first Spring Budget this afternoon which highlighted plans to put aside £320m to fund 110 new free schools, in addition to the 500 already pledged to be created by 2020. 

The government believes its White Paper will create a more level playing field and provide equal opportunities for children of all backgrounds.

Unions slam free schools plan as an "irresponsible use of public money" ahead of tomorrow's Budget

Tomorrow's Budget will confirm £320m of funding for free schools

Teaching unions have spoken out in frustration regarding plans to invest £320m in free schools, while existing schools are forced to save £3bn by 2020.

Chancellor Philip Hammond is set to announce the multi-million pound fund in tomorrow's Budget, which will be used to create up to 140 new free schools, including grammar schools.

These will be in addition to the 500 already pledged to come into fruition by 2020 and aim to give power back into the hands of parents and local communities. 

Mr Hammond said: "These announcements take the next steps in giving parents greater choice in finding a good school for their child, whatever their background.”

Research reveals a rise in smartphone use to boost studies

group of students

The education sector is seeing a shift towards the digital age after a recent report revealed that more than 80% of students are using their smartphone to boost their studies. 

A report from YMCA awards revealed that 82% of students valued a mix of both traditional offline resources and digital tools to get the most out of their schooling. 

The research examined the learning techniques of 250 students and found that 78% of students use websites, 70% use online quizzes and 62% use online videos, and 25% use online games to support their studies. 

These findings coincide with recent news that smartphones have overtaken desktop devices for web browsing. 

Schools across the nation take part in special wildlife challenge

Schools across the nation have been taking part in a special activity to find out a little more about the wildlife on their doorstep. gratnells-bird-feeder-trays.gif

The RSPB's (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) Big Schools' Birdwatch is rolling out in schools up and down the country, encouraging children to become part of the world's biggest wildlife survey.

Running until 17 February, the initiative aims to bring children closer to nature by involving them an hour-long activity that is suitable for students of all ages and abilities. 

Winners of Bett Awards 2017 are announced

bett-awards-2017-all-winners.gifLeaders of innovation within the education sector battled it out to be crowned the winners at a prestigious awards ceremony last night. 

The winners of this year’s Bett Awards were announced last night in a glittering awards dinner held at The Tobacco Dock in London. 

The annual awards encourage and recognise outstanding education sector resources, learning solutions and companies.

New app developed to accelerate early-years literacy

Schools can find out more about an innovative app to accelerate early reading. 

Edtech startup Zaprendo is announcing the launch of its learn-to-read-app, Sounds English Phonetics, at this year’s technology-education show, Bett.

The app is designed to boost reading achievement and early-stage literacy by teaching pupils with a reading age of between six and nine years to utilise 92 commonly occurring grapho-phonemes (written sounds).

Children learn by watching a video that demonstrates how to say the written sounds through video, in either British or American English, with learning consolidated through the in-app formative assessment.