schools

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.

Education sector set to benefit from mobile marketing

Education sector set to benefit from mobile marketing

A new report entitled ‘The State of SMS’ reveals how educators are set to benefit from advances in mobile marketing as the number of active mobile phones in circulation tops 80m for the first time. 

The sector is expected to see a 34% increase in students and parents opting to receive text messages from education providers by the end of 2020, presenting significant opportunities.

Schools join forces with garden centre to learn more about benefits of houseplants

Schools across the Essex area have been working with a local garden centre to find out more about how houseplants can positively impact health and wellbeing in the classroom. 

Schools across the Essex area have been working with a local garden centre to find out more about how houseplants can positively impact health and wellbeing in the classroom. 

Perrywood Garden Centre, in Colchester, has been working with schools across Essex to highlight the benefits of bringing plants into the classroom. 

From Peace Lilies to Succulents and everything in between, it’s well known that plants can be hugely beneficial to our health, so as part of its Green Up Your Gaff campaign, award winning Perrywood Garden Centre is hoping to boost concentration, improve air quality and reduce stress levels by visiting local schools in the area and providing them with free houseplants.

The Perfect Finish: Two Schools Score Dulux Smarter Spaces £10,000 Design Prize

The Perfect Finish: Two Schools Score Dulux Smarter Spaces £10,000 Design Prize

Two lucky schools have been announced as winners of the annual Dulux Smarter Spaces competition and are each set to receive £10,000 worth of colour and design services.

Lawley Primary School in Telford and Highdown School & Sixth From Centre in Reading will revitalise their education environments with help from the leading paint manufacturer’s Smarter Spaces team, which puts pupils at the heart of design in schools.

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.

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. 

The Importance of Building a Great Relationship Between Teachers and Parents

The Importance of Building a Great Relationship Between Teachers and Parents

In this post, The Present Tree, discuss thoughts on the importance of teacher-parent relationships, and offers some top tips to ensure that both teachers, and parents are making the most of their relationships.

With the end of the academic year upon us, it is a good time for reflection. Next year, students may have different teachers, so it’s important to understand how to go about making a positive impression. The first contact between a teacher and a parent, in many ways, is the most important, as this is the time a rapport is built and trust can start to develop.

Six tips for online safety during the summer holidays

Six tips for using devices safely in the summer holidays

Summer holidays are finally here, and come rain or shine, children will be spending a lot of time on their mobile devices.

A staggering, yet unsurprising, 92% of children claim to use their devices daily.  As adults, it’s our responsibility to ensure that while they’re using social media, gaming, or video sites they’re having fun, but most importantly, being safe.

Leading providers of classroom management software, Impero Software, put together these six top tips for the next six weeks of summer, offering best practice advice on how to keep young people safe online.

Week 1 – the Talk

Adults go back to school for ideal summer holiday

Giggleswick School takes advantage of growing trend of "wellness breaks" this summer holiday

Sun-drenched sands and sipping cocktails by an azure sea might sound like the ideal holiday for some, but more and more people are looking for active trips rather than beach breaks.

Travel industry commentators have put active and adventure trips at number two of the top seven travel trends for 2017 and evidence suggests that healthy, fitness breaks are definitely on the up.

It's a development that independent co-ed Giggleswick School, in the Yorkshire Dales, is setting out to meet. The school has just launched its first ever holiday residentials for adults looking for outdoor pursuits or wellness breaks.

Project reveals new way to combat stress and anxiety in teachers

Project reveals new way to combat stress and anxiety in teachers

Schools and academies across the length and breadth of the country are full of staff battling stress and anxiety, leading one Trust to explore an innovative solution to the problem. 

Leigh Academies Trust in Dartford decided to look at ways to combat stress in school staff by using Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES) with the use of an Alpha-Stim Device.

£1.3bn boost sparks further concerns over core school funding

£1.3bn boost sparks further concerns over core school funding

More than a billion pounds has been pledged to boost core school funding, the education secretary has announced, but education leaders remain concerned over wider implications. 

The announcement follows mounting pressure on the government from campaigns over funding shortages, and will see an additional £1.3bn spent on schools in England over the next two years. 

This funding - £416 million in 2018-19 and £884 million in 2019-20 - is an addition to the core school budget set out in the last spending review, meaning funding for schools will be £2.6 billion higher in 2019-20 than in 2017-18.

The extra cash has been freed up from within the Department for Education's existing budget, with no new money being given by the Treasury. 

Innovations in educational security

Innovations in educational security

By Trigion Security Services

Electronic solutions have been part of security for many years, with the use of gate security in educational settings, in particular, commonplace in the battle to keep people and property safe. Security threats constantly evolve and so do the solutions available to tackle issues.  There are now cost-effective electronic solutions that cover almost every eventuality, explains Neil Ricketts, technical services director at Trigion Security Services.

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.