In my opinion governors have a critical role to play in schools. This is why I was happy to join the board of a local school in the past year. They help set out a school’s ethos and vision, take responsibility for financial decisions and spend time analysing data to make recommendations for progress. And crucially, we share our own personal blend of skills and areas of expertise with the school we’re working for.

School sports have come a long way from the days of dodging wooden rounders bats and running around a soggy sports field. Although the traditional British sports are still popular, more and more sports coaches and PE teachers are looking further afield when considering their long-term plans.

Not-for-profit LGfL (London Grid for Learning) has joined forces with Google and Neverware to provide free of charge to its 3,500 community of schools Neverware’s CloudReady operating system, which enables schools to revitalize their old hardware, save money and accelerate their technology plans by giving students the same simple and secure computing experience as can be obtained on a Chromebook. 

A North-East charity that connects education with the world of business is urging Primary schools in the region to follow the enterprising example of a school in Darlington to win the chance of a £5000 prize. Newcastle based charity, Primary Inspiration Through Enterprise - PIE - recently named Reid Street Primary School in Darlington as the North-East's most enterprising school after they won the final challenge in a unique project.

Following The Labour Party’s reported shift to a more hard-line policy on schools, and subsequent pledge to scrap the current academies system – where institutions operate outside of local authority networks and are increasingly grouped together in trusts – an education recruiter has warned of the risk of intensifying existing teacher shortages.

Currently 66% of secondary schools and 29% of primaries operate as Academies, with more than 1,000 more conversions in the pipeline.

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.