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Academy and Sixth Form Condition Improvement Fund (CIF)

 

Get your FREE, No Obligation Funding Application Underway

Alumasc have been working closely with academies throughout the UK for many years helping compile their applications in order to achieve CIF Funding (Condition Improvement Fund).

Alumasc have a success rate of over 85%.

Alumasc have an excellent track record of highlighting the requirements for a new roof, ensuring deliverability of the project and all within the required budget restraints.

BELOW OUTLINES THE MOST SUCCESSFUL APPLICATION METHODS AND CRITERIA:

 

Leeds College of Music offers the only conservatoire-based BTEC courses in the UK

Leeds College of Music

A founding member of Conservatoires UK, a group of nine institutions dedicated to providing specialist education in performing arts, Leeds College of Music is the only one to provide BTEC courses in Music and Music Technology. 

BTEC students at Leeds College of Music join the conservatoire’s 1000-strong community of undergraduate and postgraduate musicians, and develop their skills across a broad range of genres. With two pathways available – Music (performance) or Music Technology – the BTEC curriculum allows students to focus on units that are appropriate to their own musical specialism, while exploring topics as varied as ensemble skills, composition, music theory and business.

Should tackling be allowed in school rugby?

 

Stadia Sports manager Daniel Goddard takes a look at the dangers of school rugby and discusses the safety equipment available. 

In a recent letter to the Government, more than 70 doctors and health experts asked for a ban on tackling in school rugby games. The letter outlines and warns of the risk of serious injury among under 18s playing the sport, with a recommendation for schools to introduce touch and non-contact versions of the game. 

In the current curriculum, rugby is a compulsory part of physical education from the age of 11, and there is particular emphasis on it in the independent sector.

Should tackling be allowed in school rugby?

 

Stadia Sports manager Daniel Goddard takes a look at the dangers of school rugby and discusses the safety equipment available. 

In a recent letter to the Government, more than 70 doctors and health experts asked for a ban on tackling in school rugby games. The letter outlines and warns of the risk of serious injury among under 18s playing the sport, with a recommendation for schools to introduce touch and non-contact versions of the game. 

In the current curriculum, rugby is a compulsory part of physical education from the age of 11, and there is particular emphasis on it in the independent sector.

Leeds City College hosts a Google and Cloud event for local schools

Leeds City College is embracing the digital age and hosting a ‘Google and the Cloud’ event on Thursday 3 November at its Printworks and Park Lane campuses.

Members of School Management, Network Managers, and those interested in new developments within the learning environment can attend one of two events taking place at 1pm and 4.30pm respectively.

The interactive events will explore the latest technologies and how they are transforming today’s learning environment.  There will also be small group sessions allowing delegates to explore the newly launched Google Expeditions.

Brand new international e-Assessment Awards programme launched

The e-Assessment Association has announced the launch of a brand new awards programme to celebrate the use of technology to enhance assessment worldwide.

The first international e-Assessment Awards programme has been launched to highlight and celebrate the outstanding and positive contributions that technology makes to all forms of assessment. Aiming to showcase the very best practice, research and innovation, the awards hold a unique position that cuts across all of education; from school, through further and higher education to workplace training and professional exams.

The award categories are: Lifetime Contribution, Best Use of Formative Assessment, Best Use of Summative Assessment, Innovation, Best Institution, Research, and Export. 

Acclaimed actor Vanessa Redgrave to appear with school orchestra

Ensemble cathedral sinfonia good

 

Acclaimed actor Vanessa Redgrave will join young musicians at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester for a special performance linked to the centenary of the First World War.

Described as “the greatest living actress of our times”, in Voices of Remembrance Redgrave will read a selection of the most famous poems of WWI alongside music from Chetham’s Sinfonia – an orchestra made up of players aged just 9-15.

Chetham’s is the UK’s largest specialist music school, educating 300 of the country’s finest young musicians. The UK government Music and Dance Scheme funds all or part of tuition and boarding fees for 90% of students, ensuring that they are selected on the basis of musical potential only, and never on background or ability to pay.

British Kodály Academy

British Kodály Academy

 

When I took over as Headteacher the school was on a 3 year downward trend - something needed to change. I felt that Kodály musicianship was the tool to do it - a progressive programme that builds a variety of skills using singing games and rhymes that children really enjoy.

I provided training for the staff on the basis that we were going to do 10 minutes of daily music and employed a specialist musicianship teacher. The staff were worried as to how we were going to fit it in but we found that the 10 minutes we lost settling the children into school could be used in a very productive and enjoyable way, preparing the children to learn.

SEN Schools In Practice

SEN Schools In Practice, Keelman’s Way School is a special school that provides Early Years, Primary and Secondary Education for 125 pupils with severe, profound and complex learning difficulties

 

Every SEN (Special Education Needs) build is different, because every SEN school is different. That being said, the same base requirements that need considering for a SEN construction project apply to all. 

What considerations? Accessibility, the comfort of the pupils, the adaptability of a space and the materials used are all vital elements that need careful consideration for an establishment looking to invest in a SEN build. The trick is to address all these needs in a way that’s personal to you: from practicalities like your setting to emotional drivers like your school’s goals and values. 

With The Stable Company’s Complete Care package, we walk you through it all - the general essentials and your unique specifications - leaving nothing unconsidered. 

Light up your school with GE LED Tubes

Light up your school with GE LED Tubes

 

Since the introduction of light emitting diodes (LEDs), lighting in all applications has rapidly developed and improved. LED lamps use advanced technology allowing lighting solutions to last longer, be more efficient and durable and provide a comparable or higher quality light than other old lighting technologies such as halogen, incandescent, compact fluorescent (CFL) and more.

Schools, along with companies in all sectors are looking to reduce their energy usage and meet energy targets; replacing old lighting solutions with LEDs is a simple, effective and immediate way of achieving this. Switching to LED lighting solutions saves on average 70% on energy savings which in turn reduces operating costs.

Is Outsourcing ICT Support Becoming Inevitable in Education?

Martin Pipe, Head of Service Scope & Design at RM Education, explores the growing trend in schools seeking to outsource or co-source their IT support services as a measure to not only save time and cost, but to manage risks, access expertise and future-proof their technology provision.

According to RM Education’s latest annual survey, a growing number of schools are now considering outsourcing and co-sourcing their IT support in order to keep up with the constant changes in technologyand minimise overall support costs. 

SMART announces new Classroom as a Service distribution agreement with Crystalised

SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMT) (TSX: SMA) an innovator and leading global provider of collaboration solutions, has signed a new distribution agreement with Crystalised, one of the UK’s leading providers in ICT solutions for education. The agreement is designed to make the acquisition of classroom technology in the UK easier and more affordable. Crystalised is the first authorised SMART ClaaS [Classroom as a Service] provider in the UK.

Uk teachers find classroom inspiration at US Digital Schools' Summit

Uk teachers find classroom inspiration at US Digital Schools' Summit

 

Teachers from some of the UK’s leading digital schools will be inspiring their pupils with new technology this term, after attending a prestigious teaching and learning event in the US. 

8 teachers from schools in the Midlands, Hertfordshire, London and Devon flew to Chicago this summer to take part in the Discovery Education Summer Institute, an exclusive professional development and networking summit for education’s ‘digital leaders’.

The group were hand-picked to make the trip after taking part in a competitive application process, and impressing judges with their enthusiasm for using digital technology to boost pupil achievement.