How higher education is embracing technology

Ipad in school

University fees are rising as competition for places at the leading institutions heats up. As a result, students are – more than ever before - looking to maximise on their higher education experiences meaning universities are having to continuously improve to meet their needs. With Generation Y anticipated to drive the economy forward as the digital creators of the future, students have identified the importance of having the relevant technology skills and access to the latest equipment to adopt new ways of learning.  

Academies Enterprise Trust announces new Chief Executive

The Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) announced today that Julian Drinkall, until recently Chief Executive of the Alpha Plus Group, has been appointed Chief Executive Designate of the Group.  Julian will join AET on 12 December, working with the organisation’s outgoing Chief Executive Ian Comfort to ensure a smooth transition before he takes up the post of CEO in the spring term.

CBI responds to Ofsted Annual report

Commenting on this year’s Ofsted Annual Report, CBI Director for People and Skills policy, Neil Carberry, said: “It’s very encouraging to see improvements in English schools, especially in primaries. We congratulate the thousands of teachers, school and college leaders across the country who are doing a very challenging job, very well.  

“Ofsted’s findings chime with our own latest regional growth research, which shows worrying regional disparities in school performance.

“It’s crucial that our education and skills system improves so that it prepares all young people for their future, regardless of their background or where they live.

Ofsted annual report reveals 1.8m more pupils in good or outstanding schools

Ofsted’s outgoing chief inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw, believes ‘A world class education system is within our grasp.’ 

Launching his fifth and final annual report, he said that while England’s education system still fell short of being world class – some parts were closer to achieving that status than they have ever been.

However, he also warned, England faces a widening skills gap, and teacher shortages continue to be a concern.

The Ofsted annual report 2015/16 highlights that overall standards are rising, with 1.8m more pupils in good or outstanding maintained schools in 2016 than in 2010. 

Key finding include:

Education initiative HundrED grows and goes global

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·        As part of the expansion, HundrED has opened a London office to reach a wider international audience 
·        The project has announced a series of seminars to take place next year to include the key insights from across the world 
·        Talks are currently ongoing with five possible countries to launch their own HundrED projects over the next few years.
·        HundrED has also welcomed several new shareholders

HundrED, the most significant education program to be a part of Finland’s centennial year of independence celebrations, today announced a number of significant changes with the aim of expanding globally. 

Easing teachers’ Achilles’ heel

Every profession has an Achilles’ heel. For teachers, it’s often the difficulty of managing their time that can lead to dissatisfaction with the job. Yet the teaching profession can be one of the most satisfying and fulfilling professions, so it’s important that schools support their highly valuable staff.

Here, Chris Smith, head of Target Tracker at EES for Schools, discusses how schools can help their teachers to manage their time and reduce their workload, in turn, boostingtheir job satisfaction.

Rossall’s Big School magically creates the backdrop for Great Expectations

The pupils of Rossall School magically create the backdrop for Great Expectations


Rossall's Big School, completed seven years prior to Dickens finishing his penultimate novel Great Expectations, created the perfect backdrop for the school's adaptation of Pip’s story.

The pupils of Rossall School produced two magnificent performances of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s recent adaptation of the novel. This slick production, performed 'in-the-round', is renowned for its simplicity.

Scenes were set at 90°, 180° and 360°, with actors bringing scenery and props into the circle for additional sets. Most of the actors were on stage throughout, with the narration shared between them. They also reacted to what was going on around them, ensuring that the pace was maintained even when the script became wordy.

Watford UTC wins Fujitsu’s Operation Innovation with BioBand

Fujitsu, alongside partners Intel, Brocade and Kyocera, has announced Watford University Technical College <>  as the winner of the nation-wide ‘Operation Innovation’ competition. Titled the ‘BioBand’, the winning Proof of Concept is a wearable wristband that can monitor the pressure, temperature and heart rate of its users. By collecting biometric data using a developed algorithm, the BioBand provides users advice via an app on what they can do to reduce their stress.

primary school teachers see a digital future for their pupils

– but they feel under-equipped to prepare them for it

GB primary school teachers feel strongly that tech literacy will underpin their pupils’ futures, according to a new study from BT and Ipsos MORI. 78% think it’s as important as reading and writing, and 92% say tech skills will be needed for all careers from now on. 97% believe it’s their role to prepare kids for a digital future – but only 25% strongly agree that they’re equipped to do so. That’s a major challenge for the next generation, as young people grow up into a world shaped by technology. 

Government responds to sexual harassment concerns

The Government has today published a formal response to the Women and Equalities Select Committee report on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence in Schools. In response to the report’s recommendation to make Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) statutory subjects, the Government says that the ‘case for further action on PSHE and SRE delivery is actively under review.’

The report highlights “shocking” levels of sexual violence and harassment in English schools, and MPs have been critical that the issue is not being tackled effectively. Campaigners who gave evidence said there had been some welcome steps by government to understand the severity of the problem, but the response did not go far enough.

Table-top games – ‘added value’ after school

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They’re fun, they’re rumbustious, they’re a laugh a minute. Better still, as part of after-school activities, table-top games (board games and action games) can help consolidate what children have been learning at school. Never underestimate the value of table- top games.

Teachers have used board games in the classroom for many years. While the games themselves can never be a substitute for traditional teaching methods, they can help reinforce learning, especially when fun is not the sole aim of play. 

Careers & enterprise company to invest £3.5million in mentoring programmes


More than £3.5million will be invested in mentoring programmes to support thousands of young people at risk of disengaging from education and not fulfilling their full potential at school. 

The government-backed Careers & Enterprise Company today (28th November) announced the successful bidders for its latest round of funding from its Investment Fund which will target almost 20,000 students across the country. 

The fund will focus on students who are about to begin their GCSEs but risk under achieving and falling behind their peers. This can impact on their future earning potential and career later in life.

QMUL partners with Cambridge Education Group to provide postgraduate blended learning programmes

Geoff Webster

Queen Mary University of London has selected CEG Digital, part of the Cambridge Education Group, as its collaborative partner to create and deliver postgraduate taught programmes to a global student audience through blended learning.

From the 2017-18 academic year, QMUL intends to offer a portfolio of four new flexible and part-time Masters programmes, purposely designed for working professionals and primarily delivered online with opportunities for face-to-face workshops.