The role of virtual classrooms in providing adjustments for students struggling with their mental health

Mental health problems, such as anxiety, can inhibit someone’s ability to get to school and be physically present during lessons. Here, Sam Warnes, a former teacher and founder of EDLounge, a unique platform that gives students who struggle with mainstream education the opportunity to access learning, explains how virtual classrooms can offer a solution for accommodating pupils with mental health issues.


In order to help students effectively, we firstly need to educate ourselves on the elements of traditional and mainstream education that could be the most triggering for students struggling with their mental health. This helps us to address any problems they may have before they become completely disengaged so we can help them achieve their full potential.

St Andrew’s students celebrate impressive GCSE results

Today, many students at St Andrews Church of England School in Croydon celebrated strong GCSE results.
This year’s results saw a good number of students getting level 4’s in Maths and English.*  There has been a pleasing number of A and A* grades (level 7/8 and 9) across a large number of subjects including Maths, English, ICT and Biology. Students studying science have also made steady progress in their A-C grades with 83 per cent studying biology achieving a C or above. Modern Foreign Languages has continued to perform well, particularly in French.   

Let’s get personal – it’s revision time

Caroline Fox

With revision timetables shortly to be issued for mock exams, how can students win the revision battle?  With mental health once again in the news, it’s important to carefully plan revision timetables so that any stress or anxieties surrounding exams are minimised.  In this article, Senior Tutor, Caroline Fox explains the challenges students face plus top tips for planning so you reach the exam hall with remarkably less stress.

The three ‘Ps’

Under pressure: improving whole-school performance

Schools are under constant pressure to update their policies, values and goals to reflect the changing nature of education and society, and to ensure that students, teachers and staff alike, are following the same path to improvement. But how should you go about setting achievable but ambitious goals for the school, and how can you monitor them effectively throughout the year on an individual and whole-school level?

Here, Damien Roberts, business development director at SchooliP by Derventio, discusses how to establish and maintain effective school improvement plans throughout the year… 

Leeds City College officially opens its University Centre

Leeds City College

Leeds City College, one of the largest FE institutions in the country, has officially opened its University Centre.

Based at the former College House on Park Lane, a ribbon cutting ceremony took place in the presence of the West Yorkshire Lieutenancy’s Major Stan Hardy, the college’s principal Colin Booth OBE and the University Centre’s Dean of Higher Education, Janet Faulkner.

The first intake of higher education (HE) students at the newly refurbished building have been enjoying a relaxed, supportive and adult learning environment, away from the main body of college students.

Janet Faulkner said: “After months of planning and construction work, we’re thrilled to see the finished product and formally open its doors to the students. 

The MOD installs My Concern® to protect students in 21 international schools

The MOD invests in MyConcern to manage all safeguarding concerns in 21 international schools

·         The software was selected to support pupils and staff and to enhance existing safeguarding arrangements 

·         MyConcern was purchased through the Think IT procurement framework to ensure value for money, ease of procurement and to comply with financial regulations.

One Team Logic, specialists in Safeguarding in Education, has announced an agreement with the Ministry of Defence (MOD) to supply 21 of its schools across the world with its safeguarding software, MyConcern®.

Northumberland Career College launches new innovative learning model for 14 to 19 year-olds

 Northumberland Career College

Northumberland College today officially launched the Northumberland Career College. Targeted at 14 to 19 year-olds, Career Colleges are a national initiative conceived by former Education Secretary, Lord Baker, who passionately believes that high quality technical, practical and vocational training should be offered to students from age 14.

The launch took place at the College's Kirkley Hall campus, where business professionals and partners found out about the new venture and talked to the first cohort of Career College land-based and rural tourism students.

Career Colleges provide young people with the opportunity to combine academic studies with high quality practical learning, within a specific industry.

Northumbria to reveal why ‘Physics Matters' to schoolchildren

Physics Matters

Think Physics, at Northumbria University, is running a series of evening talks for North East sixth form pupils to show why physics is important and the career paths it can lead to.

Physics Matters! consists of five Thursday evening talks for students during October and November, promoting the diversity within this scientific field.

Each talk is focused around a different area of physics, and will take place at Northumbria University's city campus. Students do not have to be accompanied by a member of staff; however they are welcome to come along.

Canvas Network and Zappar join forces to bring augmented reality to the classroom



New MOOC brings the water cycle to life

A new ‘massive open online course’ (MOOC) launching this month is set to showcase the ways augmented reality (AR) technology can help bring learning to life. 

The course, developed in partnership between Canvas Network and Zappar comes in response to huge user demand for AR in the classroom, which Zappar reports has tripled in two years (from 11% to 29%)1.

The MOOC will offer an innovative way for teachers and students aged 8 years and up to explore ‘the water cycle’, grounding a theoretical subject in an authentic, tangible and visual way. Young learners under the age of 13 must submit a signed parent consent form in order to enrol and fully participate in the course. 

Parent Poll finds 60% will compromise on their own food shopping to help keep students above the breadline


·        The rising cost of living affects 1.9m * students each year

·        Over 90% of parents help burden the cost by footing the food bill

·        60% of parents anticipate making sacrifices to help out their offspring

New research from online retailer has revealed that 90% of students heading to University this September will be reliant on financial support from their parents to make ends meet, with the average parent contributing around £200 per term to help stock the kitchen cupboard with bare essentials. 

Free academic "ask an expert" service launched for University students


A new free online question and answer service for students has been launched, offering bespoke academic responses.
The new service, called “Ask an Expert” is developed and launched by UK Essays. The first of its kind, Ask an Expert provides custom-written 300 word answers to academic questions on any subject, including business, law, and health.
Designed in response to a growing trend of students accessing unreliable online sources for information, students enter their question and within 24 hours, a qualified expert in the subject field responds with an answer to inspire further reading and deeper understanding of any given topic.

Lack of University Accommodation Could Affect Students' Success


Universities across the UK that are unable to cope with the pressure of accommodating students may be putting their students' success at risk, according to research carried out by the Student Village Company.

Statistics released by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) show that last year’s  full-time equivalent attendance was 1,698,295, while bed spaces, including on-campus and third-party provided, was 361,636. This reveals a ratio of students to purpose-built student beds of approximately 5:1.

Don’t burn the plastic during uni

Carla Rio Alves, Savings Champion at Moneysaving website
Thousands of students have now received their A-level results and for many it signals the start of university, which can be an expensive few years! But, while there are hefty debts involved, students can save the pennies elsewhere. Flubit’s Savings Champion, Carla Rio Alves shares her tips for snapping up the best deals, without damaging the bank balance. 

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Revealed: what’s wrong with Britain’s education system


• As the new school year starts, an online survey reveals what Brits would change about our education system – with increased government funding and anti-bullying programmes coming out on top

• Survey respondents also suggested that giving power to students, teachers and heads could see schools across the UK improve

• Other proposals included dealing with bad behaviour, simplifying the exam process and placing a greater focus on eco-friendly initiatives

A new survey has revealed where Brits think our education system is falling short.