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22-year-old Dragons’ Den star and serial entrepreneur Jordan Daykin has announced the launch of the Jordan Daykin Enterprise Scheme – a nationwide business competition offering under 16s the chance to win £30,000 and 12 months of mentoring for their business idea. 

Jordan, CEO and founder of Wiltshire-based GripIt Fixings, who this week released his autobiography, ‘Gripped’, is hoping the competition and his personal story will inspire and empower the next generation of young entrepreneurs.  

The Ryman National Enterprise Challenge Finals saw 1,400 youngsters, aged 11-15 from across the UK take part in pitching their ideas to a judging panel which included Dragons’ Den star Theo Paphitis and the TES editor.

Theo said that enterprise must be “at the heart” of education so that schoolchildren can learn the right skills for their future careers.

The successful businessman said that the future was “looking positive” after 50,000 UK youngsters took part this year in the UKs largest ever schools enterprise challenge.

Toy and book seller OnBuy.com took to analysing 2018 reading data from YouGov* to determine which classic books are no longer cherished, and which 21st century children’s classics may replace forgotten titles in 2018.

OnBuy found Robert Louis Stephenson’s timeless classic Treasure Island has seen the steepest decline in readership of all the books listed by 6-17-year-olds – with as little as 19% choosing to pick up the title. Overall, half of adults (49%) have read the book – including 80% of those aged over 65 and 73% of those aged 55-64.

The power of pupil voice is well documented; it develops students’ self-confidence, identifies pupils’ needs and provides schools with the opportunity to improve pupil learning experiences says Shaw Education Trust. But, how can schools capture this information in an exciting and engaging way?

While student questionnaires can be useful, they do not actively engage students in the strategic planning and direction of the school and therefore cannot ensure that their needs are effectively met.

Bohunt School Worthing has hosted a pioneering technology event, attended by a representative from Apple Education, following the success of its Digital Leaders initiative.

Due to changes in accountability and performance measures, it has become increasingly important for schools to remain at the forefront of evaluating their own progress and areas for improvement. 

Facing challenges which include a widening attainment gap, the introduction of Analyse School Performance and a need to assess risk, it is apparent that today’s schools must learn to effectively self-evaluate and benchmark performance within an increasingly digital world.  

Staff and pupils from a Bromley school have returned from a gruelling week away undertaking the Three Peaks Challenge.

Bickley Park School took 26 boys - aged 12 and 13 years old - to test their own abilities in terms of motivation, team, and leadership skills.

As part of the challenge the boys tackled Ben Nevis and Scafell Pike before the final push up Snowdon. In between climbsthe boys also stopped at Fort William where they undertook the additional test of canyoning and flew 125mph down the world’s fastest zip wire.

A total of 2.16 million days were lost due to teacher sickness absence in 2015/16 according to the latest statistics from the Department of Education[

Historians, museum educators and digital learning experts have today joined together to launch a new web resource, The Age of Revolution, which aims to reinvigorate young people’s interest in a turbulent period of revolution with stunning parallels to the present day.
 
The project, titled The Age of Revolution, covers global developments between 1775 – 1848 with a UK focus, and at the centre of this is a website that brings a plethora of historical objects from museums across the country, and digital resources relating to the period, into schools.
 

Children aged five to 15 across the country are being invited to enter the Dragonfly Tea Story Competition, with book vouchers and a prize-giving at one of the UK's leading book festivals on offer to the winners.

2018 marks the fourth consecutive year the Berkshire-based tea company has teamed up with the Henley Literary Festival for a short story competition. New this year is a focus on children and an exciting new partnership with literacy charity Beanstalk.

A Liverpool primary school teacher is the first in the UK to receive a new national award after inspiring his pupils to be more active, with Active Kids Do Better.

Jay Clarke from Rudston Primary School received the Gold Active Teacher award at a special event in Manchester last week. Presented by Olympic athletes Laura Weightman and Danny Talbot, the award recognised Jay’s involvement with Active Kids Do Better– a Nike and Discovery Education programme to increase kids’ movement and play throughout the school day.

Renowned education writer Alex Quigley answers QA Education's questions on his latest title, Closing the Vocabulary Gap…

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Innovative social enterprise The Prologue is set to gift all children and schools in the UK FREE personalised stories in an altruistic attempt to drastically improve literacy.

Written by Luke Swann – the award-winning educationalist, published children’s author and director of education start-up The Prologue – The Secret Book of I is the first personalised story to be offered for free, the first to be used as an educational tool and the first to tackle lack of diversity in children's literature.