Geoff Jones, parent communications expert at ParentMail, identifies some improvements schools could make when keeping in touch with parents…

Thankfully, home-school communications have evolved out of all recognition since the days of the crumpled letter at the bottom of the book bag. But although schools are working hard to improve the way they reach out to parents, their messages don’t always hit home.

So where could you be going wrong with your school communications?

1. Irrelevant messages

The edtech industry has rapidly grown in recent years, with tech giants, start-ups, and everything in between embracing educational initiatives. A simple analysis of the market’s growth reflects an emphasis on education reform Craig Scott, VP of technology at ViewSonic, explains how the most effective edtech resource is one which empowers teachers…

The Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) has partnered with KYOCERA Document Solutions UK to create a new app that collects information about school copying, thereby reducing the burden of administration for schools.

‘CopyScanPublications’ is a free app that can be installed on the school copiers and scanners to collect the copying data that is required by CLA to make royalty payments to authors, visual artists and publishers. The app captures copying done by staff of any articles, chapters or other extracts from publications that they use for teaching.

Lanes for Drains are empowering pupils to lead the fight against hidden plastics by working with secondary schools to produce unique and engaging lesson plans and a set of educational resources that are now available to schools nationwide.

The company - the largest privately owned drainage contractor in the UK - aims to raise awareness of the dangers of hidden plastics and how this generation can have the biggest impact in halting the problem.

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?

 

The online educational publisher Twinkl is partnering with BBC Children in Need this year to support schools to raise as much money as possible for disadvantaged children and young people. 

As Proud Schools Partner Twinkl will be providing free resources and sending materials to schools to help with fundraising, as well as doing plenty at its HQ in Sheffield. Schools can sign up for a free fundraising pack full of inspiring ideas via bbcchildreninneed.co.uk/schools

Jo Cormack, author of Helping Children Develop a Positive Relationship with Food, answers our questions on children’s eating habits…

What kinds of issues are staff faced with when it comes to eating in school?

Despite a growing emphasis on nutrition in recent years, there is a lack of staff training around how to help children develop a positive relationship with food. Staff frequently have to deal with food-related challenges such as picky eating or allergies, especially in the primary sector. It is essential that they feel confident and informed. 

Checkprint, a provider of secure paper and electronic payment solutions, has received special recognition for the community work it delivers across schools and colleges. The organisation was named the winner in the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Education’ category at Leicestershire Cares’ annual celebration.

A school has won a £750 prize to build a garden worthy of growing food for the healthiest packed lunch in Essex. The Healthy Packed Lunch Plot Competition was open to all primary and special schools in Essex. It encouraged pupils to design a kitchen garden plot and create a recipe for a healthy packed lunch using its produce.

With 3D printing making a splash in industry, schools are beginning to invest in the technology to help prepare students for future careers. But with the cost relatively high and the technology still emerging, is it worth handing over much-needed funding? Here, we review the Dremel DigiLab 3D45 model to explore whether 3D printing is a realistic avenue for schools to explore.