Safeguarding Training and its Social Implications

Prevent duty

As defined by the government, Prevent Duty is a school’s legal obligation to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. Prevent Duty has been put in place with the aim of helping children to better understand certain extremist cultures which exist in Britain today. It seeks to equip teachers and carers with the ability to identify children who may be “vulnerable to radicalisation” as part of a school’s wider safeguarding responsibilities.

Celebrating diversity, language and culture

Global Citizenship map

Here in the UK Languages have always been ‘in shortage’. Reports repeatedly highlight (and often note as ‘alarming’) the deficit of language learners and teachers. Unfortunately it seems that the importance and the wonder of being able to communicate in a second, third or even fourthlanguage is overlooked, particularly by children of an impressionable age. Now ‘Brexit’ has made the languages shortage even more critical as the government realises it will no longer be able to rely on EU national officials to ‘plug the gap’. 

The value of internationalism in education

John Aguilar, Principal at Padworth College

In recent months the value of internationalism (which advocates greater political and economic cooperation among nations and peoples) has been overshadowed by certain political events, including the Brexit motion and the US Presidential election result. Although we can certainly hear protest from the Remainers and the Democrats, we need to address the reality that the loudest noise is coming from those who cast the consequential votes.  Though to many this noise comes as a surprise, we now need to acknowledge that this feeling of dissatisfaction amongst great parts of our society needs to be addressed. However, I don’t think it should be addressed by closing the door on perceived problems, but rather by gaining a greater understanding of what makes our community. 

Padworth College Student Excels in National Senior Maths Challenge

Padworth College

Jungi Park, a South Korean student from independent senior school Padworth College, has triumphed to the top 3% of a national Senior Maths Challenge in which 82,000 pupils took part countrywide. Padworth College has global citizenship and equality at the heart of its values and is home to over 30 different nationalities of students who appreciate the alternative methods of learning and teaching offered by the school. 

Maximising pupil and staff space, time and budgets for learning


Schools and colleges up and down the country continue to face pressure on standards, space, maintenance and budgets. Here at BiGDUG we’re proud to have been working with many of them over the last 10+ years to meet these and other challenges through innovative cost-effective storage solutions, many of which are in-stock for delivery next day (or a day of your choice).

Typically we work on the “behind the scenes” areas, on safely and securely storing less interesting, but essential items that keep schools and colleges running effectively, maximising pupil and staff space, time and budgets for learning.

We’re experts in storage solutions and work with our school and college customers in four key areas.

How technology transformed education

From the pen and paper to the desktop computer, technology has always gone hand-in-hand with education. Aiding our understanding of a subject, or as a tool to help find specific information within a dataset, technology is used to present and digest information in classrooms throughout the world. 

To understand how far education has come within the classroom, we’ve teamed up with GPS installations – a specialist in public address system installation – to discover the history and progression of its use up to and including the present day. 

The 20th century: a turning point

The value of technical education

Joanna Harper

There has been a great deal of news commentary in recent months about the introduction of a new wave of grammar schools.  Whilst I am not going to get into the debate as to whether grammar schools should be implemented, I would be disappointed if their opening in any way impacts on the progress being made by UTCs, which offer a clear route for young people.   In my view it is essential that the public, and most importantly parents and teachers, are aware of the UTCs’ function and how it fits into the education system. UTCs provide a secondary education route that is led by a sponsor university and offers a solid academic education, with specialisation in technical and scientific subjects.

Industry partnerships are key to closing the skills gap

Jon adams

The government’s industrial strategy has reaffirmed its commitment to developing the technical, engineering and construction skills our country needs to maintain a competitive edge.

The strategy comes at a time when skills shortages in the STEM sector remains a significant concern for employers. A recent analysis of the opportunities and threats posed by Brexit, produced by the Royal Academy of Engineering, highlighted the need to maintain a supply of skilled labour set against current shortcomings. The academy’s president, Professor Dame Ann Dowling, rightly stated that this is a critical time for Britain’s engineering sector and educators and businesses must work more closely together than ever before if we are to close the skills gap.

The Thames Barrier

The Thames Barrier

The Thames Barrier is one of the largest moveable flood barriers in the world. It protects over 125 square kilometres of London and over 375,000 properties, historic buildings including the Houses of Parliament, offices, power supplies, tube lines and hospitals to name a few.

The Environment Agency maintains and operates the Barrier as well as the capital’s other flood defences. The Barrier is also one of London’s most striking and famous landmarks. With its distinctive stainless steel piers it spans 520 metres across the Thames near Woolwich. 

Visit the Thames Barrier Information Centre, based next to the Thames Barrier in Woolwich, to view this amazing structure.

New super-union celebrates "historic moment"

Teachers across the UK have a powerful new voice after two of the nation's largest unions joined forces to create one "super-union".

The new National Education Union will become the biggest union of teachers and education professionals in the whole of Europe, as well as the fourth largest trade union in the UK, with almost half a million members. 

This new super-union, which was announced today, comprises the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) and the National Union of Teachers, and will come into existence on 1 September 2017. 

Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, paid tribute to this "historic" moment and hopes the it will provide the sector with a much more powerful voice. 

The Furze-Warren Hard Federation Looks to the Cloud to Backup 3 School Sites


Collaborative schools that strive for excellence

The Furze-Warren Hard Federation is a Governing Body of two schools within the Romford area. The schools work collaboratively to provide the best possible learning opportunities for its pupils through the provision of high-quality education within a stimulating and creative environment. They are committed to excellence and achievement for all.

The federation holds the values of excellence, enjoyment, respect, equality and high self-esteem for the benefit of pupils and the surrounding community. Aiming to equip students with the skills and knowledge to not only take with them into higher education but to carry them through their lives.

Utilising inefficient tape-based backup

Yorkshire Water opens a new Education Facility at Tophill Low Nature Reserve

Tophill Low Nature Reserve

Yorkshire Water is opening the doors to a brand new Education Facility at Tophill Low Nature Reserve in May. 

The Yorkshire Water Education Team is delighted to offer primary schools free visits to the Environmental Centre, which is located at the company’s Tophill Low Nature Reserve, ahead of the official public opening in June. 

Teachers are advised to book their visit now. For more information, or to make a booking teachers should visit;  

London Grid for Learning wins ERA Award for online-safety resource ‘CyberPass’

Cyber pass

LGfL's diagnostic online-safety tool CyberPass has received a prestigious 2017 Education Resources Award in the key category 'Primary Resource or Equipment (including ICT)'.

Educational not-for-profit the London Grid for Learning is celebrating its latest success in scooping an Education Resources Award (ERA) for its key stage two online-safety tool CyberPass in the category ‘Primary Resource or Equipment (including ICT)’. This award recognises the impact and efficacy that CyberPass had made in keeping young people safe; in the first ten weeks of 2017 alone, the tool was used to ask pupils 245,000 crucial online-safety questions.

Back to the future – spark returns to Lincoln

Spark child with remote

BUDDING engineers are being invited to spark-up their passion for the industry at an event that will showcase excellence in engineering from past, present and future.

Thousands of people are expected to flock to Lincoln Cathedral for the return of the Spark Engineering Festival that’s taking place from 5 to 7 May.

This will be the third Spark festival and this year takes the theme of ‘Back to the Future’ – as organisers prepare to celebrate Lincolnshire’s pioneering excellence in engineering and its lead in engineering innovation now and in the future.