World Mental Health Day on 10th October gives us all an opportunity to reflect on whether we are really doing enough to support young people and mental health in an ever-changing world.

When it comes to education establishments - whether that’s a school, a college or university - just how many of them reviewing their hardware and software on a regular basis? No doubt there’s always an urgent need to quickly fix that printer or a hard drive for the geography department or another. But how often are ICT experts getting a chance to assess their infrastructure and carry out the relevant updates? Are some thinking it’s just easier to chuck out the old kit and replace with something brand new and shiny?

 

from Microsoft Education UK 

Today, schools are facing increasing challenges as budgets are progressively shrinking whilst classes continue to grow every year, putting significant pressures on teachers to find the optimal way to provide the personalised learning that students need to succeed. Blended learning, combining e-learning with traditional classroom methods and independent study, is a powerful way to improve both the teaching and learning experience – bringing subjects to life and enabling students to learn in new and tailored ways.

Nigel Peers, Security & Risk Management Consultant at NW Security Group, looks at the lay of the land since the GDPR enforcement, discussing how schools can gain & maintain compliance…


With months of speculation behind us regarding the many complexities and intricate details of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the conversation has now shifted from raising awareness of the practicalities of its implementation, to giving actionable advice that will help schools, colleges and universities achieve and maintain compliance.

Win a copy of Dr Nat Tanoh's powerful book The Day of the Orphan (£10.99, Acorn Press) in our competition. The text is a fictional novel based on the experiences of Dr Tanoh and his friends, family and colleagues during Ghana's opposition to dictatorship. Ideal for young adults studying African history or politics, and for those with an interest in social struggle, The Day of the Orphan is a novel which will open the reader's eyes to life in Africa in times of political instability.

Governors for Schools have announced the launch of Flexi Governors. Flexi Governors is a new initiative designed to support those schools where it has been historically difficult to fill school governing board vacancies.  A Flexi Governor will fulfil all existing governor duties and responsibilities but will attend the majority of board meetings via a dial in visual device, such as Skype or Facetime. 

Daniel Ball, director of Wax Digital spending management solutions, discusses efficient and cost-saving approaches to school food buying…


Purchasing for school catering is never an easy task. Under pressure to feed hungry mouths a range of nutritionally-balanced meals on a daily basis, while at the same time accommodating government standards and compliance with food safety guidelines, there’s a lot to consider when planning menus for a new term and placing orders with the supply chain.

During Mental Health Awareness Week the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) is urging policy makers to introduce mental health training for teachers.

When your schools’ computer systems operate on both Macs and PCs, IT management can be an issue.

London-based Haberdashers’ Aske's Federation needed a solution to optimise the IT management of all desktop computers in order to enable asset management, software distribution, remote maintenance, license monitoring and reporting in the same way for both Windows and Mac computers from one centralised point of control.

Thanks to Parallels Mac Management, Haberdashers’ IT teams can now monitor the entire Mac Hardware and Software inventory. 

A new report has highlighted the growing concern amongst school and Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) heads regarding the potential impact of the industry’s skills crisis and the need for a new approach to teacher recruitment.