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Here Theresa Johnson, Professional Development Manager at PACEY, highlights the vital role that early years professionals play in preparing children for school…

Every September, thoughts turn to the start of a new school term and shoe shops and school outfitters are packed with parents in a last minute panic. Starting school is a big step for a small person and research that we carried out at PACEY a couple of years ago showed that almost three quarters (71%) of parents were anxious about their child starting school for the first time.

Clare Othman, Operations Director, Supply Desk, specialists in matching school staffing needs with the best available teachers and teaching assistants - permanent, long-term and supply - gives her top tips on how to choose the right agency to meet your recruitment needs and help raise standards in your school...

So you’ve decided to become a supply teacher, and now you’re faced with the task of choosing a supply agency. There are hundreds of agencies out there, so how do you choose the one that will work best for you?

Carol Vorderman, one of Britain’s most popular maths stars and committed educationalists, shares her views with QA Education on the problem of adult maths skills falling short in the workplace and reflects on the importance of engaging children and families with numbers as early as possible…

Maths is the only universal language.

By Ash Merchant, Education Director at Fujitsu UK & Ireland

Recently, London has been named the Artificial Intelligence (AI) growth capital of Europe. With so many opportunities facilitated by technology, there’s no question that businesses play a pivotal role in perpetuating its importance.

During results week, there has never been a better time to address the limitations which children from disadvantaged areas experience when it comes to career aspirations. Here, Future First CEO Matt Lent outlines the work of the education charity…

By Charlotte Baldwin, Operations Manager at IQ Cards

Mark Bentley, Online Safety and Safeguarding Manager for London Grid for Learning, offers QA Education readers some fascinating insights into the emerging trend of online gambling…

Have you heard of loot boxes or skins trading? If not, and you are thinking an article about gambling among schoolchildren is not for you – gaming, sure, but not gambling – then you might want to think again and read on.

Results day can be an emotional time for students. Many young people will turn to their teachers for advice about what to do and, if they don’t achieve the grades they expected, or did better, what this means for them. Mohammed Jakhara, Head of Department for the Institute of Education at the University of Derby, offers his advice on Clearing to teachers.

Five top tips for teachers supporting their students through Clearing:

Preeya Kaur studies Economics and Finance, she shares her clearing experiences in her video - how she felt on the day, how the university supported her and all her other worries.

Joel James, Founder of The Actives Challenge, talks to QA Education about the importance of schools embracing digital technology to lead the battle against childhood obesity…

We all know the challenges around childhood obesity, highlighted once again last week with the Government’s latest strategy document.

Football may not be coming home but former students at Biddenham School in Bedford certainly are.

Twenty-five ex-Biddenham students have chosen to join the teaching team and work at the school where they studied. 

“I think that this is a great example of the way our students and staff feel about Biddenham”, said Head teacher David Bailey.

from Microsoft Education UK 

Today, schools are facing increasing challenges as budgets are progressively shrinking whilst classes continue to grow every year, putting significant pressures on teachers to find the optimal way to provide the personalised learning that students need to succeed. Blended learning, combining e-learning with traditional classroom methods and independent study, is a powerful way to improve both the teaching and learning experience – bringing subjects to life and enabling students to learn in new and tailored ways.

Nigel Peers, Security & Risk Management Consultant at NW Security Group, looks at the lay of the land since the GDPR enforcement, discussing how schools can gain & maintain compliance…


With months of speculation behind us regarding the many complexities and intricate details of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the conversation has now shifted from raising awareness of the practicalities of its implementation, to giving actionable advice that will help schools, colleges and universities achieve and maintain compliance.

Across the world, teachers use local textbooks in their classrooms. Ostensibly old-fashioned, from an outsider’s perspective, textbooks haven’t evolved significantly in 50 years. It’s difficult to see how they can compete for student engagement when other forms of media are available in today’s world.

The local nature of these textbooks means that opportunities of scale are lost. Due to the small volumes and semi-controlled price point, the ability to invest in these products is restricted. Surely knowledge is knowledge no matter where you are?

Tony Staneff, series editor of the latest DfE-approved maths mastery textbook, Power Maths Key Stage 1, outlines four ways schools can embed the much-discussed mastery approach in their classrooms…