CHILDREN are taking up new sports this school year which is increasing the price of back to school as parents fork out for sports clothing and equipment, according to new research.

A survey of more than 7,600 UK adults published by Decathlon in the Decathlon Activity Index 2018, shows that parents spend £54 on average on sports clothing and equipment per child, ahead of the new school year.

 

- Sports clothing and equipment costs £54 on average per child

A new awards system is being launched to encourage children to pursue careers in engineering and technology and prevent a huge shortfall of engineers in the UK.

Research has shown that the UK economy will create 1.2 million jobs in the engineering sector in coming years but the lack of qualified graduates will leave a shortfall of 59,000 candidates a year.

Now UK STEM - a specialist company which works with schools and industry to promote science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) - is launching a special awards system to help plug this gap.

A top Chinese school has chosen East Yorkshire as a centre of excellence for studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Seventy primary school students from Beijing took part in events and activities at the University of Hull, Hymers College and Hornsea School. The visit has been organised by UK STEM – a company which works with schools and industry to promote STEM and to prevent a huge shortfall of engineers in the UK. The company has also set up Global STEM Awards to boost pupil participation from primary age onwards.

Siert Wijnia, CTO and Co-Founder of Ultimaker, examines how 3D printing can help to reduce fear of failure, increase engagement with students, and ultimately better prepare them for the future that lies ahead of them…

The TCT Inspired Minds Classroom, powered by CREATE Education, is providing 12 schools the opportunity to explore STEM and the ever-expanding industry that is additive manufacturing in a three-hour show floor experience at the TCT Show.

Pupils from all seven Schoolsworks schools have taken part in the academy trust's first ever short story writing competition. Children across all schools were challenged to write a creative short story of their choice. The entries were judged across three age categories, and the winners and runners-up were presented with book vouchers and certificates.

Bett, the world’s oldest and largest EdTech exhibition, today announces a collaboration with Learnit, the brand new, venture-backed conference for the global learning ecosystem. This January, a group of Bett’s 35,000+ visitors, 200+ speakers and 850+ exhibitors will also be able to participate in Learnit at the QEII Centre in Westminster as one of its 1,000+ attendees, 150+ speakers, or 50+ sponsors. 

Janosch Amstutz, founder of HoloMe, has proved that HoloMe has no limits when it comes to the realms in which Augmented Reality can be introduced. They started off the summer on the catwalk with fashion brand, Monki, and are now going back-to-school with EF Education First, the world’s largest international education company.

Ashfords legal, professional and regulatory services experts offer advice on how to keep your pupils safe in the event of a fire, and what to do to ensure you are meeting regulations on fire safety in schools…

Following the Grenfell Tower tragedy in June last year, the importance of  fire safety systems has come in to focus.

One sector reviewing this area is education.  Many school buildings have cladding which is not fire resistant and contains asbestos. Often, schools are not fitted with sprinkler systems.

The London Grid for Learning (LGfL) is proud to announce it is now driving what we hope will be the UK’s largest rollout of anti-malware software for schools. The not-for-profit trust which provides high-speed uncontended broadband and associated services to schools, has signed a deal with anti-malware provider Malwarebytes which will see all schools on LGfL’s nationwide network provided with the software at no additional cost.