Learning Outside the Classroom

Wednesday 09 August 2017

Debbie Gardiner (pictured),CEO of Qube Learning, explains why “Apprenticeship Reforms" commenced on the 1st May, which changed the way that Apprenticeships are funded and delivered using new Apprenticeship Standards and in turn, has changed how employers are recruiting.

The Reforms mean that large employers with an annual payroll over £3m started paying a 0.5% Apprenticeship Levy from April and registered on The Apprenticeship Service (TAS).

Monday 07 August 2017

A new improvisation course has been developed to help young people develop key skills in social interaction, communication, and confidence. 

The London Improv Theatre Training League (LITTL) has teamed up with The Nursery to offer courses for 15-18 year olds to introduce them to the core principles of improvisation, and positive impact it can have in their day-to-day lives both inside and outside the clasroom. 

Tuesday 01 August 2017

Secondary school pupils got a taste of life in a busy company when they undertook work experience with a leading turf equipment manufacturer. 

Ransomes Jacobsen Ltd, an Ipswich-based manufacturing company recently hosted 15 pupils from local schools for a week of work experience. 

The students were placed in a number of different departments, including operations, engineering, marketing, IT, customer care, sales and HR. 

Friday 28 July 2017

Summer holidays are finally here, and come rain or shine, children will be spending a lot of time on their mobile devices.

A staggering, yet unsurprising, 92% of children claim to use their devices daily.  As adults, it’s our responsibility to ensure that while they’re using social media, gaming, or video sites they’re having fun, but most importantly, being safe.

Friday 28 July 2017

Since the 1970s, parents’, teachers’ and children’s attitudes towards nature and the outdoors have changed. During the 1970s to the late 1990s, to be sent to the bedroom for a child would be considered a punishment as they wouldn’t be able to play outside; now, the bedroom is no longer considered a punishment. 

Wednesday 26 July 2017

A prestigious chess challenge for UK schools has won the support of a leading businessman and author. 

Lord Mark Price, Minister of State for International Trade, made the decision to support and sponsor the Delancey UK Schools’ Chess Challenge (the UK’s leading junior chess competition) in a bid to raise awareness of the importance of chess to young children. 

The Delancey UK Schools’ Chess Challenge, owned by previous UK Chess Champion, Sarah Hegarty, has been running for 21 years and has seen over 1,100 schools sign up to the challenge this year.  

Tuesday 25 July 2017

Almost a third of all primary school leavers lack basic water safety skills, a new report reveals. 

The Swim Group’s Curriculum Swimming and Water Safety Review Group has issued a stark warning after uncovering startling statistics in their recent survey. 

As curriculum pressures increase, swimming in primary schools is being placed on the back burner, but the Group warns that children will continue getting into difficulty in the water if improvements are not made. 

Friday 14 July 2017

St Andrew’s CE School has announced its work in partnership with The British Theatre Academy, to bring musical theatre workshops to primary schools across Croydon.  


The workshops were run by groups of 12 students from St Andrew’s, whose work with the British Theatre Academy has seen students from the school perform in West End theatres in productions such as The Colour Purple and soon to be released ‘Pinocchio’The workshops brought movement and singing into the classroom for children in years four and five and began with a performance by the St Andrew’s students.

Friday 07 July 2017

A lack of student engagement and participation in extra-curricular activities is a major issue facing schools. Despite research showing that 70% of businesses believe extra-curricular activities make school leavers stand out in an application, pupil participation continues to be an uphill struggle.

Thursday 22 June 2017

Schools have ‘gone bananas’ over a new educational campaign, promoting the UK’s reliance on ships

for food and everyday objects.

Children in over 80 schools around the UK, from the Isle of Skye to Devon are taking part, and are

being encouraged to think about where every day items in their classroom and homes come from,

and also how they got there.

Highlighting the importance of shipping, KS1 pupils, through this specific campaign, learnt about the