Leading supply teacher agency scores with new sponsorship

teacher agency football team

One of the UK’s leading independent supply teacher firms, First Class Supply, has kicked-off a new sponsorship deal that will see youngsters in North Tyneside kitted out with smart football strips.


Dozens of boys and girls playing at week-ends at U11, 12, 13 and 14 level for North Tyneside Schools Football Association (North Tyneside SFA) will be looking to score in their new tops thanks to the generosity of Whitley Bay-based First Class Supply.


The firm has agreed the sponsorship in a move that will provide new kit for the whole association for 2017/18 football season.


Virtual Reality Training Bett Awards

Bett Virtual Reality

Connect, an education specialist company based in Nantwich have been shortlisted for 2018’s Bett Awards with C-Live, the first virtual reality training platform in the UK. 

The Bett Awards, now in their 20th year, are one of the education industry’s most esteemed accolades, and celebrate innovation and creativity in educational technology. 

C-Live, which is a finalist in the Higher or Further Education Digital Services category, is currently being used by Bath Spa University for their initial teacher training and utilises innovative technology to allow participants to interact in real time with a virtual class.

Teen calls on headteachers to offer first aid in schools

first aid in schools

An inspirational teenager is calling on schools across the UK to teach pupils life-saving and first aid in schools after witnessing a tragic incident in her home town. 

Walsall teen Phoebe Lago-Willetts is heading a campaign to ensure young people are being taught vital first aid in school. 

The 16-year-old enrolled on first aid training after bearing witness to a fatal attack, and felt she needed to be prepared in case she was ever involved in a medical emergency again. 

After embarking on a course with national training provider Busy Bees Training, Phoebe decided it was time to take her quest to the next level and is now encouraging schools across the UK to teach basic first aid to young people.

New language club strives to prepare students for post-Brexit Britain

post-Brexit Britain

A teacher with more than 30 years experience has kickstarted a campaign to transform language learning across the nation in post-Brexit Britain. Staff journalist Holly Harrison speaks to founder of educational programme Speak Like a Native to discover the true trick to learning a new language. 

“If we are able to acquire our first language we are able to learn another one. It’s just a matter of time.”

Stuart Rubenstein is an experienced teacher and language specialist, boasting a thriving career teaching people across the world to learn a new language. 

For more than 30 years, Stuart has travelled the length and breadth of the globe helping people learn to speak English, but his quest has now brought him back to British shores with a rather stark message:

Schools offered training programme by MHFA to help battle mental health issues


Schools across the nation are being called to take up a training opportunity that equips staff with the vital skills they need to support vulnerable pupils. 

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a national campaign that aims to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health, increase awareness, and improve the support network in work, education and living environments. 

With an aim to provide 10% of the population with essential mental health first aid skills, MHFA is offering schools across the nation the chance to sign up for one free training place on its one-day course. 

Staff fund education supplies from own pocket in effort to plug funding gap

Staff fund education supplies

Teachers in England have claimed that they are funding educational resources from their own pockets, as schools do not have sufficient funds to provide supplies themselves. 

The information has come from a survey carried out by the National Education Union, which questioned more than 1,800 school staff in England.

Results from the survey revealed that 94% paid for classroom resources or equipment themselves in the last school year, with a third reporting they had spent more last year than in previous years. 

Two-thirds (61%) also claimed they forked out for supplies because their school did not have enough funds to do so itself. 

Julie Walters supports scheme to raise aspirations and boost social mobility

julie walters

A leading actress ( Julie Walters ) is supporting a campaign to capture the imagination of young people across the UK and give them a helping hand into a successful career. 

Future First is an education-based charity that is tapping into the talents of former students to source inspiring success stories to motivate young people in education. 

Charity bosses are firm believers in the power of using school alumni to inspire state-school students to have greater career confidence and success in the world of work by acting as positive role models, providing valuable industry-based connections, or volunteering as mentors or governors. 

Motor group, Lookers, announced as regional winners of apprenticeship award

regional winners of apprenticeship award

The winner of the regional leg of the National Apprenticeship Awards 2017 has been announced as motor group, Lookers. The company was successful in the ‘Macro’ category — sponsored by The Open University. They pride themselves on ensuring that customers continue to receive the very best repair and maintenance support, all carried out by world class technicians, and believes recruiting technical apprentices is a vital part of this.

As a result of their focus on young talent, they more than doubled their year-on-year recruitment of technical apprentices. In 2016, they took on 78 and in 2017, this figure was 160.

Clifton College Named Top 100 Preparatory School by the Sunday Times

School by the Sunday Times

Clifton College has once again been named as one of the top 100 preparatory schools in England by the Sunday Times – the only independent school in Bristol to make the list. 

The 25th edition of the newspaper’s Parent Power list used examination results in reading, spelling and mathematics to rank preparatory schools across the country, and Clifton rose 15 places year on year in the Parent Power rankings from 95 to 78. You can read the Sunday Times Schools Guide here.

Pupils ‘make world bigger’ to win national competition

national competition winner

Ten primary school pupils from across the UK are celebrating after scooping top prizes in a national competition.

The children were all winners of Discovery Education’s Make Your World Bigger, avideo challenge designed to keep children learning during the summer holidays. 

The competition, which attracted over 2000 entries from schools across the UK, saw pupils take part in a 30-day film adventure, watching a daily Discovery video clip to learn something new.  

Answering questions along the way, and enjoying fun activities such as star gazing and butterfly spotting, the summer challenge encouraged children to be curious about the world around them, using films about space, natural history and geography to spark their imagination.

Pupils strike a chord with dementia residents

St Budeaux Foundation School Pupils

Pupils from St Budeaux Foundation School are hitting the high note with a series of visits to a Plymouth nursing home as part of a scheme that links local schools with people with dementia in the community.

In the first of the visits, Year 4 pupils called on residents at Freshfields for a sing-along concert with songs from yesteryear. Followed by a second where youngsters paid their respects at the home as part of Remembrance Day commemorations. 

Next month the children will be performing a carol concert at the Agaton Road service. Invitations for the residents to attend both the school Christmas play and the end-of-term carol concert at St Budeaux Church.

Legal skills for schools and colleges lauded in legal directories

Kristine Scott

Praise from clients and commentators alike has brought national acknowledgement for Harrison Clark Rickerbys’ education team, with rankings in two leading legal directories in the face of stiff competition from much larger firms.


Both the Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500 directories recognise the team, based in Cheltenham but operating nationally, as a key player in the sector, advising multi-academy trusts, independent schools and sector associations.


Led by Kristine Scott, named as a notable practitioner by Chambers, the team advise the Independent Schools Bursars Association and several leading independent schools, as well as working with the University of Gloucestershire on a £35m multi-phase redevelopment project.


New MESMA online course to boost quality  management skills in education 

online  course

A new  webinar series  from online QA specialists Mesma will enable  education professionals to enhance their understanding of workplace quality management and continuous improvement. 


Running from January to March 2018, the six-part ‘Developing Quality Improvement Strategies in Further Education and Skills’ course is aimed at those in the education and training sectors who have quality responsibilities as part of their role but want to boost their professional skills.


The course will be delivered across six sessions, starting with an introduction to quality management covering key principles, methodologies and how quality can improve the effectiveness of an organisation.


High note for child road safety

 child road safety

Children’s road safety heroes The Conies have struck a chord with one of the UK’s leading recruitment groups as the nation celebrates Road Safety Week (November 20-26).


Midlands-based Pertemps Network Group has matched the money raised by the charity from buskingand other musical fundraising events across Europe to the tune of £10,000.


The brainchild of Fay Goodman, Director of Birmingham road safety organisation DriveSafe & StaySafe, The Conies are an animated family of traffic cones that take part in amusing and instructive adventures to help children improve their road safety.