Teaching sustainability in the classroom

Mark Stevenson

Educating children about sustainability is crucial to their understanding of the world around them. Global Footprints define sustainability as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”. With the evidence of climate change becoming apparently clear, it is vital to strengthen education around the wider subject in the classroom in order to raise awareness and better prepare future generations. This will allow children to consciously change their behaviour and reflect a respect for the environment. 

Get primary school children moving

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Nike and Discovery Education announce UK-wide programme to get primary school children moving

 

 ‘Active Schools’ will support teachers and parents to increase kids’ activity throughout the school day

 

A nationwide drive to get primary school children moving was announced by Nike and Discovery Education today. ‘Active Schools’ will encourage pupils to be active for at least an hour each day, as part of a new education programme for schools.

 

Educating children on the importance of handwashing

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Experienced teachers will know the vital importance of handwashing in school. You only have to witness the lightning speed with which a stomach bug can sweep through a school for the message to hit home.

 

Establishing good handwashing habits as a child doesn’t just keep our children healthier, it ensures the next generation of adults have better handwashing habits than us. A staggering 62% of men and 32% of women admit they don’t wash their hands regularly.

 

60 Second Histories is One of the Best Online Resources for Teachers in 2017

Resources for Teachers

Squaducation is delighted that its online teaching resource, 60 Second Histories, is included on the list of ‘The 50 best EdTech resources of 2017’.  This important list, published by Technology & Innovation magazine, celebrates what truly works in education and what has a particularly positive impact on teaching and learning at secondary school level.  

 

Technology & Innovation magazine reports on the products and resources that are making a real difference in schools and classrooms across the country.  The team invites manufacturers, developers and innovators to nominate the products and resources they think teachers and schools need to know about, so that they can compile this list that their expert assessors consider to be the very best of what’s on offer.

How to Encourage Pupils to Exercise at School.

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As a nation we need to encourage our children to exercise more often. With 20% of children leaving primary school, and 25% of high school leavers classed as clinically obese, now is the time to act. Health experts have stated that the childhood obesity epidemic comes from the fact that children spend too much time in front of a screen, and not enough time outdoors engaging in physical activity. Obesity in childhood is not only detrimental to their healthnow, but if allowed to be carried on into adulthood it can cause life threatening diseases such as type two diabetes, certain types of cancer and cardiovascular disease. Therefore, in order to take a step in the right direction of tackling childhood obesity we must encourage more children to exercise whilst they are at school. 

Calling Wales’ best teachers

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The Professional Teaching Awards Cymru are back to celebrate the very best in Welsh education 

Education Secretary Kirsty Williams has announced the return of the Professional Teaching Awards Cymru to celebrate the commitment, dedication and hard work of teachers across Wales (Fri 22nd Sept).

Students, parents, colleagues and employers are being urged to nominate teaching professionals from across Wales that have made a real difference in their school or education setting.

The inaugural awards were held in 2017 with over 100 nominations being cast across the country. This year, the nine categories you can vote for include Teacher of the Year, Headteacher of the Year and Inspirational use of the Welsh Language.

New study shows calling children ‘average’ hides their problems and potential and could lead to significant underperformance in GCSE exams

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Too many children are routinely identified as ‘average’ and their abilities and problems are overlooked as a consequence, says a new study published today (22 September 2017). The experts behind the analysis claim that this has a significant outcome on pupil performance in the classroom and, critically, on GCSE results.

 

Only one in five (20%) children should be considered ‘average’ across the ability range, according to an analysis of 24,000 children. The study, The Lost Middle by GL Assessment, has found that the vast majority of children exhibit some type of definite verbal, quantitative or spatial reasoning bias.

Digital Schoolhouse hosts panel debate with games industry to encourage the next generation of tech talent

Digital Schoolhouse, the non-profit programme delivered by Ukie, the trade body for the UK’s games and interactive entertainment industry, hosted a panel debate with industry bodies and students in order to help tackle the digital skills gap. The panellists discussed the role that the technology and games industries could play in helping schools addressing the current shortage. 

 

Engaging students in foreign language classrooms

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Muriel Huet, Education Consultant and lead educator of ‘Short Film in Language Teaching’ on the FutureLearn platform, talks about how educators can keep students of all abilities engaged in language learning through the medium of film.

 

Motivating and engaging students in language lessons are challenges that educators face every day. How can we keep students engaged in their learning, when young people live in a world with such easy access to the media? 

 

The challenge for language educators today

Ofsted praises Lincroft Academy for "exceptional" progress of students

Ofsted inspectors have praised Lincroft Academy in Bedfordshire for the strength of its GCSE offer and how it has prepared so successfully for its switch to a secondary school.

Lincroft Academy in Oakley, part of Sharnbrook Academy Federation, became a school for students aged 11 to 16 this term, changing from Lincroft Middle School as part of the local authority's move to a two-tier education system.

Contractors Appointed to Fusion21’s £90 Million Consultants Framework

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Fusion21 has announced the contractors successfully appointed to its national Consultants framework, worth up to £90 million over a four year period.

 

A total of sixty six highly skilled firms – including several SMEs and multinational organisations – have secured a place on the framework following a rigorous selection process. 

 

Tailored to specific UK regions, the framework offers 10 lots and covers a range of construction related consultancy services including surveying, stock monitoring and appraisal, environmental, architectural, engineering, project management and multi disciplinary works.

 

Improvement planning: get it write

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IMPROVING quality is a critical step on the (seemingly endless) road to nirvana for school leaders, says Louise Doyle, director at quality assurance specialists Mesma, who considers how to produce an effective plan.

 

Like many things, preparation is critical when writing an improvement plan. It’s also important to remember to keep things simple, clear and precise to a deliver a successful roll out of your plan. If the printout is as thick as a doorstop, or you have a spreadsheet with so many columns you can’t see the beginning and end on one screen, the whole thing becomes a pain to oversee.

 

BVS ECOtouch cutting edge interactive touch screens making waves

BVS ECOtouch cutting edge interactive touch screens making waves

With the start of the new school year, BVS ECOtouch screens have launched their new wireless ready ETA series interactive touch screens. These screens are designed and developed in the UK with direct input from Head Teachers and Network Managers.

 

The ETA series of Interactive touch screens boast a built-in Android PC with integrated browser and whiteboard, with an optional OPC slot to bolt on a Windows OPS PC. All are available with SMART and/or OKTOPUS software. They come with fully integrated Wi-Fi, allowing for seamless, wireless connectivity of Apple and Android devices as well as Windows laptops. To top that, an industry leading 7 year warranty is standard for extra peace of mind. 

 

Digital Schoolhouse hosts panel debate with games industry to encourage the next generation of tech talent

Digital Schoolhouse, the non-profit programme delivered by Ukie, the trade body for the UK’s games and interactive entertainment industry, hosted a panel debate with industry bodies and students in order to help tackle the digital skills gap. The panellists discussed the role that the technology and games industries could play in helping schools addressing the current shortage.
 

Five top tips for helping your child to code

●     Computer programming has been included within the National Curriculum

●     An estimated £900m is spent on education technology by schools every year

●     Ebuyer.com has created a guide for parents on how to help your child learn to code

 

With schools spending an estimated £900m on education technology every year,[1] and computer programming featured in the National Curriculum, technology is now a fully fledged part of a child’s educational experience. But how can parents aid their child’s development at home?