Blogs

Beth Goddard - school leavers as role models

The value of recent school leavers as role models.

It’s a positive step that the benefits of bringing employer volunteers into the classroom are now much more widely recognised and shows the value of recent school leavers as role models.  Gatsby benchmark number 5 highlights multiple encounters with…
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Can apprenticeships close the UK's STEM skills gap?

A lack of workers with the correct STEM skills is reportedly costing the UK economy around £1.5 billion per annum. But could improving and developing STEM apprenticeships be the solution? Apprenticeships are becoming more popular than ever before,…
Louise Doyle, director at Mesma, on ensuring the quality of apprenticeships

APPRENTICESHIPS: A QUESTION OF QUALITY

Louise Doyle, director at Mesma, on ensuring the quality of apprenticeships... The figures below are the results of Ofsted inspection activity in-year. It’s important to note these grades are for apprenticeship provision. This means they are not…
GAG pooling - Mat Smith on improving school finance

School finance – has your MAT considered GAG pooling?

Mat Smith, chartered certified accountant and solutions architect at PS Financials, part of the IRIS Software Group, puts a spotlight on improving school finance through General Annual Grant (GAG) pooling. Lord Agnew, the under-secretary of state…
Najwa Jawahar at the Rocking Ur Teens careers event

Girls in STEM careers: Nothing is impossible

Najwa Jawahar MEng, BEng CEng MIStructE, is a senior structural engineer at WSP – which provides a range of services from building high-rise property to mining precious metals. Here, she reviews the Rocking Ur Teens event which took place earlier…
The Speaker's Coach Graham Shaw, expert on public speaking

Brilliant body language for public speaking

The Speaker's Coach Graham Shaw discusses how teachers can help children to speak with confidence, through effective public speaking skills… When speaking to a group, a few aspects of body language can make all the difference. Body language matters…
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Keeping careers advice accessible: Top tips for SEND teachers

Kirstie Mackey, Head of Barclays LifeSkills, on how relating careers advice to real-life school situations can help pupils with SEND to explore their employment potential… Helping young people realise their aspirations and reach their full…
maths mastery - Katie Hiatt, publisher at Pearson

UNCOVERED: Maths mastery for four-year-olds

Katie Hiatt is a Publisher at Pearson and has led the development of Power Maths Reception. Here, she explains the CPA method and how it's suited to children in early years. With a mastery approach becoming increasingly popular in primary schools,…
Cath Hunter - expert in child mental health, talks about using reflective language

Using reflective language to support child mental health and well-being

Cath Hunter is a therapeutic consultant, trainer, play therapist and author with over 30 years’ experience of working with schools, children and families. Here, she discusses reflective language and its impact on children with behavioural issues……
Haylie Taylor, EducationCity’s education consultant and a former teacher, on pupil self-assessment

Helping pupils thrive through self-assessment

Haylie Taylor, EducationCity’s education consultant and a former teacher, provides insight on the importance of boosting independent learning and looks at how schools can help their pupils thrive by prioritising regular self-assessment activities…
Caitlin blogs on the Rocking Ur Teens event

Rocking Ur Teens: Year 9 pupil Caitlin blogs about conference

Caitlin McShane from class 9D at Southend High School for Girls took part in an empowering conference organised by Rocking Ur Teens, aimed at boosting confidence amongst young people. Here's how Caitlin found the experience… On Tuesday 12 March,…
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Pioneers OKIDO & OjO launch the first coding board game

London-based STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts and maths) learning pioneers OKIDO and OjO, have joined forces to launch the first coding board game for four-year-olds. OKIDO, makers of Messy Goes to OKIDO CBeebies TV show and OKIDO…
Leora Cruddas, CEO of the Confederation of School Trusts, on multi-academy trust management

Building strong relationships within a multi-academy trust

/*-->*/ /*-->*/ /*-->*/ /*-->*/ How can a multi-academy trust (MAT) engage its schools during times of change? Leora Cruddas, CEO of the Confederation of School Trusts, shares some top tips from trust leaders… Working together in a trust…
Indiana Jones accessories, number one teacher

Indiana Jones voted the number one teacher people would have wanted

Based on a survey of over 2,000 people, Indiana Jones has been voted the number one teacher most people would have wanted as their teacher when they were in school. (London, April 2019) – Teaching Abroad Direct can reveal that Indiana Jones has…
Business2Schools launch

New Business2School scheme launch

Business2Schools was established to connect businesses such as Jaguar Land Rover, Tesco and several City financial firms with schools so that pupils can benefit from both cutting edge technology and high-quality furniture.   The programme has…