Legionella & School Holidays – What Should I Do?

microscopic magnification Legionella

If you are a Duty Holder or formally appointed Responsible Person (Water), e.g. Head Teacher, Business Manager Maintenance Manager or similar, you have a legal responsibility to ensure that the occupants within your premises are suitably protected from water safety risks including Legionella bacteria.   When dealing with water safety issues in schools, frequent reviews and […]

How edtech can relieve exam stress for an entire school community

Karin Bjerde, Head of Strategic Growth at Kognity, on how edtech eases stress, teacher workload and budget pressures.

Karin Bjerde, Head of Strategic Growth at Kognity, comments on how edtech embraces a hands-on and personalised approach to education that eases stress, teacher workload and budget pressures. Students have studied hard over the year. They’ve memorised quotes from plays and poems, learned the tools of critical analysis, practised applying formulae and theories, and mastered the […]

Parent-school communication: How much is too much?

Sue Atkins on parent-school communication

ITV’s parenting expert and former Deputy Head Sue Atkins discussesthe best way to engage parents, and the dos and don’ts of parent-school communication… Making the transition from primary to secondary school is both exciting and challenging for both pupils and parents. New larger buildings, as well as new school routes and new friendships must be navigated which […]

Road safety highlighted by primary children’s march

road safety - a child ready to cross the road

Schoolchildren took to the streets today in a national day of action to raise awareness of road safety, as horrifying statistics surrounding traffic deaths and injuries were highlighted. More than 63,000 children of primary age took part in Brake’s Kids Walk with Shaun the Sheep, as 45 children are killed or injured every day on […]

What to expect in an inspection, from an Ofsted leader

Ofsted Deputy Director for Schools, Matthew Purves

An interview with Ofsted’s Deputy Director for Schools, Matthew Purves, has revealed that school leaders and teachers believe Ofsted has the right focus for the new Education Inspection Framework (EIF) which will be launched in September. The interview, conducted by primary school curriculum provider Cornerstones Education, is the third in a series with Ofsted, as […]

School finance – has your MAT considered GAG pooling?

GAG pooling - Mat Smith on improving school finance

Mat Smith, chartered certified accountant and solutions architect at PS Financials, part of the IRIS Software Group, puts a spotlight on improving school finance through General Annual Grant (GAG) pooling. Lord Agnew, the under-secretary of state for the school system, suggested that GAG pooling – where a multi-academy trust (MAT) collects general annual grant funding […]

Lessonvu from ONVU Learning – evidence-informed EdTech

ONVU Learning – an EdTech demonstration of Lessonvu

From concept to operational in schools, action-based research and evidence-informed practice has been, and always will be, at the heart of the Lessonvu 360-degree video recording and sharing system, DNA and developments.  It’s a cliché but Lessonvu in all aspects is truly, “from teachers, with teachers and for teachers”. But that headline is the only thing about Lessonvu that is a cliché, everything in the technology, workflow and use of the Lessonvu system for teacher professional […]

DBS check mythbuster – avoid costly delays when applying

Teaching application form – a DBS check is carried out on new employees

As most people working within education will know, all staff in schools and nurseries are subject to a DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) check. Schools can encounter staffing problems if DBS checks aren’t done quickly and efficiently. Here, QA Education editor Victoria Galligan busts some of the myths regarding DBS checks and explores what a […]

Girls’ progression in science studied by Institute of Physics

The Institute of Physics is carrying out research on gender stereotyping in science

Schools from across England are being invited to sign up for free to the Institute of Physics’ Improving Gender Balance national research trial.  Across England, the trial, funded by the Department for Education (DfE) will work with teachers on whole-school approaches to tackling gender stereotyping and the resulting limits on both boys and girls’ choices. In […]