'Application apathy' hurting teachers and Schools

• Two thirds of teachers say lengthy job application process has prevented them from applying for new positions

• Roughly a third (34%) of teachers tend to apply for just one position because of the effort involved

• Nine in 10 teachers want a simple, universal application process that is valid across all schools rather than specific to each

‘Application apathy’ among UK teachers is disincentivising many from applying for new jobs, and potentially having a negative impact on school morale and pupils’ education, according to the results of a new survey* and report — The Invisible Barrier — by Randstad Education.

Magical ‘Elf for Christmas’ this years must-have advent trend. December will never be the same again!


A modern family tradition, ‘Elf for Christmas’ is a magical toy & reward kit perfect for girls & boys aged 2 & over. Available as a girl or boy Elf, this engaging toy brings fun & magic to your home throughout December – while promoting good behaviour and family engagement.

Where the magic really happens is in the Christmas Reward Kit - a unique package to help you bring the excitement of the Elf to life. Our kit includes an arrival letter from Santa, explaining Elf's role in your home, a reward chart & stickers, Mini Report Cards & Certificates that can be used to promote kindness & good behaviour. Will you be on the Naughty or Nice List?

Put your slippers on at school and help Shelter to be there for homeless children this Christmas

School children across the country are being asked to kick off their school shoes and snuggle into their slippers on 9 December to raise money in support of homeless children.

With over 100,000 children in Britain waking up homeless last Christmas, Shelter is calling on schools to take part in this fun and easy fundraiser and support the charity’s work helping families with nowhere to call home.
As well as wearing your slippers for a small donation, schools are encouraged to take part in other fundraising activities on the day, such as bake sales, raffles and slipper catwalks. 

ITPS urged to act on Ofsted prevent duty report


Seven point action plan - MESMA


Hundreds of independent training providers (ITPs) have a lot of hard work ahead of them if they are to comply with Prevent duty guidance, says quality assurance specialist MESMA,which has outlined a seven-point help plan.

MESMA’s comments follow the Prevent duty guidance for FE colleges and ITPs in England and come in the light of the recent Ofsted report that highlighted progress to date.

The ITPs sector came under fire in Ofsted’s assessment of how the anti-terrorism Prevent duty - which represents new obligations under the Counter Terrorism and Security Act - is being implemented across FE.

Being a Primary Deputy Head, This Much I Know…


Laura Knight

When I was 11 years old I knew that I wanted to be a primary school teacher. It wasn’t just the influence of having parents as teachers (they didn’t put me off!) I just knew that I liked doing pretty much everything. I loved learning and I loved the day-to-day variety of being busy doing different things at school.

It’s this sense of being into ‘everything’ that has seen me progress from class teaching into my current role as a Deputy Headteacher. Being a Deputy Head is an ‘everything’ job. Teaching commitments aside, not that this is in any way a small part, the sheer range of tasks that a Deputy may be required to perform means that the role is a very unique one indeed.

Spinning Plates

Bett Academies launches

Bett Academies, a new event developed in consultation with senior education leaders in the UK, launches this week to provide advice, guidance and inspiration to academies, MATs and schools exploring academisation. The event takes place from 16 to 17 March at the NEC in Birmingham.

Based on extensive research with schools, academies and MATs across the UK, Bett Academies has been designed to address key challenges and considerations relating to academisation. The peer-led programme covering topics such as change management, effective leadership and futureproofing education will help leaders build vital collaborative links with peers, key education stakeholders and suppliers.

Parents call for teachers to rethink the traditional primary school report


Research from Capita SIMS has revealed that over half of parents (57%) feel primary school reports are either too generic or do not contain enough information about how their child is doing.

More than a third of primary school teachers (35%) agree. This is despite the fact that schools are now recording more information about the children they teach than ever before. 

The results suggest that primary schools’ communication with parents needs to evolve, something some heads are actively addressing.

Child Protection Training: Preventing Radicalisation

Child protection training is being used more and more often as a tool to help fight against radicalisation among young people.

As educators, one of our primary obligations is to ensure that the children in our care are kept safe from harmful forces, neglect and abuse. This can take on various forms and can occur through many different mediums. One of the most extreme versions is that of radicalisation.

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. 

Mighty Writer: The Revolutionary New Literacy Resource That Gets Results


Teachers are praising a groundbreaking new literacy resource that helps 4-7-year-olds to learn grammar, punctuation, syntax and storytelling.

Revolutionary new Mighty Writer uses picture tiles to help children construct sentences to tell stories. They stick the tiles to soft-touch mats and toolbars using hook and loop fastening.

Mighty Writer teaches speaking and listening, composition, vocabulary, grammar and punctuation in an easy way that enables children to engage – and reduces teacher workload.

Nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs are represented by bright and memorable pictures and shapes to help teachers deliver powerful and memorable lessons in literacy.

Edtech’s Sweetspot: Empowering teachers through technology


Technology has long been a part of education, with PCs and interactive whiteboards being a staple during the 90s and early 00s. However, technology has continued to evolve within the education sector as more and more institutions utilized web-based learning and social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Youtube. 

Some schools embraced social media, some rejected it. Then in 2010 the iPad was launched. With this came a brand new way to teach without the outdated chalkboards and textbooks. Children could proactively engage in what they found interesting around a subject, whether it be dinosaurs, equations or thermodynamic Heating systems. 

Low English language skills at school entry linked to academic and behavioural difficulties

Children who enter reception with poor English language skills – whether it’s their first language or an additional language – are more likely to struggle academically and have social, emotional and behavioural difficulties in later years, finds a new study co-authored by UCL and Royal Holloway and funded by Wellcome.

The research, published in Child Development, found the cognitive advantages of bilingualism tend to help with academic achievement only if English skills are sufficient at school entry for the child to be fully engaged.

Leeds City College joins a three-year project to support South Leeds Academy students


Leeds City College has partnered with Young Enterprise and Johnson & Johnson’s Bridge to Employment initiative to deliver a three-year project with South Leeds Academy.

The project will give 48 students the opportunity to experience a range of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects, in partnership with Johnson & Johnson companies such as DePuy Synthes, Janssen Pharmaceutical, LifeScan and Noramco.

The aim of the programme is to provide academic enrichment for students, encourage them to pursue health and sciences careers, whilst providing them with opportunities to explore further and higher education in an interactive and inclusive environment.