According to a recent report published by Sir John Holman, president of the Royal Society for Chemistry, high-stake exams are preventing schools from carrying out enough practical science activities. Many have responded by highlighting the importance of practical lessons, however, perhaps we need to take it further. 

New UK Government cyber schools programme ‘Cyber Discovery’ launches to find next generation of cyber security talent.

Young people in years 10-13 invited to test their skills in’ Cyber Discovery’, in a bid to find and train undiscovered cyber security talent

National policy agreement and local business leadership essential - CBI Businesses, the Government and learning providers must take a fresh approach to skills in 2018. 
In a new report, In Perfect Harmony, the UK’s leading business group argues that 28 skills reforms in 30 years have alienated firms, confused learning providers and failed to deliver on skills needs.

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2017-10-12T01:00:00

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

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2017-07-26T01:00:00

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.  

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2017-04-06T01:00:00

Today welcomes in the biggest shake-up of skills in a generation as the apprenticeship levy comes into force. 

The levy will require all employers in the UK with an annual wage bill of at least £3 million to pay 0.5% of it to go towards funding apprenticeships. 

This money will be invested to provide quality training opportunities for apprentices and double the annual investment in apprenticeships in England to £2.5bn by 2019 to 2020, compared to investment from 2010 to 2011. 

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2017-03-14T00:00:00

A new study has revealed that one third of school governing bodies are on the look out for expert legal knowledge. 

The survey carried out by SGOSS Governors for Schools, a national charity that links up schools with skilled volunteers from professional sectors, found that one in three schools who register with the body are seeking a governors with legal skills.

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2016-11-01T00:00:00

Plymouth school children showed off their digital skills as part of celebrations to mark the Hindu and Sikh festival of Diwali this week.

Pupils from Boringdon Primary School took part in an exciting afternoon of educational activities to mark the Hindu festival of lights and used special Diwali-themed digital resources - including e-books, videos and online games – from the award-winning Discovery Education Espresso service to learn about this important cultural celebration.

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2016-10-21T01:00:00

As 1,000 books make a 10,000-mile journey across the world, the founder of a children’s literacy project has announced ambitious plans to partner the UK’s schools with South Africa to give children the gift of reading. 

Alison Delaney, who founded Little Bird People Development, has put her coaching skills to a new test by creating ‘Dreams Workshops’ which aim to build confidence, self-belief and resilience in young people. 

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