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Hundreds of pupils on track towards fluency in Mandarin

A pilot project that is teaching hundreds of children to learn Mandarin has been hailed a success by leading politicians.

A pilot project that is teaching hundreds of children to learn Mandarin has been hailed a success by leading politicians.

Almost 400 pupils from 14 schools across England have been praised by Nick Gibb for their progress in learning Mandarin, as part of a pilot programme to help them get ahead in the global jobs market.

The Mandarin Excellence Programme, delivered by the UCL Institute of Education in partnership with the British Council, aims to have at least 5,000 pupils in England on track towards fluency in Mandarin Chinese by 2020.

Free online courses from UCAS to help students, parents, and teachers make big decisions

UCAS has launched a series of innovative online courses to help today’s students, and the people who advise them, navigate the tricky business of deciding what to do when they leave secondary education.

Young people have a greater range of options than ever before when considering their next steps after school or college, and most rely on busy teachers or parents and carers for advice and guidance.

To help teaching staff and advisers explore university, college, work, apprenticeships, and other choices, and to advise their students about contemporary choices, UCAS is running a pair of free online courses: one for teachers and advisers, followed by an accompanying course for their students.

Cohesive digital strategy needed in schools, says new report

Cohesive digital strategy needed in schools, says new report

Issues around technology procurement, measurement and adoption have prompted industry heavyweights to call on Government to produce a digital strategy for schools.

The initiative, led by education technology company Instructure (NYSE:INST), involved a country-wide consultation among primary and secondary schools, the Department for Education and industry thought leaders such as Reform,FutureGov and Besa. Today, Instructure is releasing the advisory report, Driving Digital Strategy in Schools, which considers the future of digital education strategy in the UK and provides guidance on key components for a comprehensive approach.

Ofsted study reveals that 11% of English schools were deemed "inadequate" or "requiring improvement"

11% of schools deemed ‘inadequate’ or ‘requiring improvement’ in England by Ofsted last month

Ofsted data from August 2017 has revealed that 2,274, or 11%, of English schools were deemed ‘inadequate’ or ‘requiring improvement’.

The government body, which is responsible for reviewing a range of educational institutions across the UK, has recently revealed changes to its inspection strategy moving forward to 2022. These include inspecting top schools more often, making reports more accessible to parents and listening to the views of employers, learners and parents.

With an increase in parent involvement, Ofsted reports have become more relevant than ever when deciding which school is the best option for your child.

A fruitful partnership: Exploring Apple’s capabilities in the classroom

Exploring the capabilities of Apple in the classroom

By Dave Saltmarsh, global education evangelist, Jamf

Apple CEO Tim Cook visited the Woodberry Down School in Harringay earlier this year to see how students and educators are using iPads in the classroom.During his visit, Tim Cook spoke about the presence of technology in the classroom, noting that it’s a “compliment to tradition teaching and not a substitute.” As a former teacher, I’ve experienced how technology can transform an individual student’s in-class participation, enhance learning for the better and narrow the digital divide. The level of personalisation that the Apple platform, in particular, can deliver makes it a unique educational experience.  

A Level students celebrate exam success

A Level students celebrate exam success

Students across the nation are celebrating their success after receiving their A Level results earlier today. 

Year 13 students from one school in Staffordshire were particularly excited, as 70% of students secured A* - B grades. 

Chase Grammar School students arrived at the Cannock-based independent school this morning to receive the outcome of months of hard work spent revising and sitting those all-important examinations.

Initial analysis of the results has shown that 70% of all entries received A*- B grades and nearly half (47%) were awarded an A* or A grade, which makes Chase Grammar School one of the highest attaining schools in Staffordshire for A-Levels.

Improvisation classes set to boost confidence and communication in London teens

Improvisation classes set to boost confidence and communication in London teens

A new improvisation course has been developed to help young people develop key skills in social interaction, communication, and confidence. 

The London Improv Theatre Training League (LITTL) has teamed up with The Nursery to offer courses for 15-18 year olds to introduce them to the core principles of improvisation, and positive impact it can have in their day-to-day lives both inside and outside the clasroom. 

Students can embark on the eight-week Saturday course this autumn, or enjoy free one to two hour taster classes in schools across London.

Students take on work experience with top company

Students take on work experience with top company

Secondary school pupils got a taste of life in a busy company when they undertook work experience with a leading turf equipment manufacturer. 

Ransomes Jacobsen Ltd, an Ipswich-based manufacturing company recently hosted 15 pupils from local schools for a week of work experience. 

The students were placed in a number of different departments, including operations, engineering, marketing, IT, customer care, sales and HR. 

All of the students were given a thorough overview of the company including its extensive history dating back to 1789. 

College shortlisted for national diversity award

An innovative North East college has been recognised for its outstanding work in encouraging diversity and equality in its organisation and the local community.

An innovative North East college has been recognised for its outstanding work in encouraging diversity and equality in its organisation and the local community.

Gateshead College has been shortlisted for the Diverse Company Award in this year’s National Diversity Awards, which take place on September 8 at the stunning Anglican Cathedral in Liverpool.  

Charities and role models from across the UK will gather at the event – dubbed the UK’s largest celebration of diversity – to showcase and celebrate the outstanding achievements of those who have demonstrated their devotion to enhancing equality, diversity and inclusion in society. 

Recognised chess challenge links up with children's author to inspire youngsters

Prestigious chess competition wins support from businessman and author

A prestigious chess challenge for UK schools has won the support of a leading businessman and author. 

Lord Mark Price, Minister of State for International Trade, made the decision to support and sponsor the Delancey UK Schools’ Chess Challenge (the UK’s leading junior chess competition) in a bid to raise awareness of the importance of chess to young children. 

The Delancey UK Schools’ Chess Challenge, owned by previous UK Chess Champion, Sarah Hegarty, has been running for 21 years and has seen over 1,100 schools sign up to the challenge this year.  

As an avid chess player himself, Mark - who is also the former deputy chairman of the John Lewis Partnership and managing director of Waitrose - understands the importance of learning while young.

Pottery design adds value to school's ethos

Pottery design adds value to school's ethos

A Northumberland first school has commissioned a pottery painting expert to ensure that their values and ethos will be on display to pupils, staff and visitors.

Lorna Watkinson from Warkworth set up her business, Rainbow Pottery Painting in 2012 after taking her redundancy from the corporate world of advertising. Her business has gone from strength to strength after seeing success across schools in Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland.

New report reveals that a third of primary school leavers lack basic water safety skills

New report reveals that a third of primary school leavers lack basic water safety skills

Almost a third of all primary school leavers lack basic water safety skills, a new report reveals. 

The Swim Group’s Curriculum Swimming and Water Safety Review Group has issued a stark warning after uncovering startling statistics in their recent survey. 

As curriculum pressures increase, swimming in primary schools is being placed on the back burner, but the Group warns that children will continue getting into difficulty in the water if improvements are not made. 

£16 million drive to boost maths skills for post-Brexit Britain

£16 million drive to boost maths skills for post-Brexit Britain

Sixteen million pounds have been invested to improve maths teaching as part of a major drive to encourage more people to study the subject after GCSE, and to ensure Britain can compete in the global marketplace post Brexit. 

The government has set out a series of actions to increase participation among 16-18 year olds, following a government-commissioned review by Professor Sir Adrian Smith. 

Bringing assessment into the digital age

Pat Coates discusses bringing assessment into the digital age

By Patrick Coates, director at International Skills UK and board member of The e-Assessment Association

e-Assessment is increasingly the norm in the professional world, with e-Testing having been used for IT exams for over 30 years.

Although this was typically in objective questions format, driven by the 'license to practice' market in the USA where legal defensibility of exam results was and is still required, the system has become more sophisticated over the years; including simulation in the IT world or the use of video in the medical sectors.