Events

College shortlisted for national diversity award

An innovative North East college has been recognised for its outstanding work in encouraging diversity and equality in its organisation and the local community.

An innovative North East college has been recognised for its outstanding work in encouraging diversity and equality in its organisation and the local community.

Gateshead College has been shortlisted for the Diverse Company Award in this year’s National Diversity Awards, which take place on September 8 at the stunning Anglican Cathedral in Liverpool.  

Charities and role models from across the UK will gather at the event – dubbed the UK’s largest celebration of diversity – to showcase and celebrate the outstanding achievements of those who have demonstrated their devotion to enhancing equality, diversity and inclusion in society. 

Blackpool Pleasure Beach invites visitors to break a new world record

GWR

Blackpool Pleasure Beach is challenging guests to set a new world record at this year’s Guinness World Record Summertime Games.

Park-goers are being invited to break seven world records across four days from 25 – 28 July. Records to beat, which will be adjudicated by an official Guinness World Record representative, include the most sand moved with a teaspoon in 30 seconds, the fastest time to pack a suitcase with 20 items and the most wet sponges thrown in the face in 30 seconds.

Successful participants will walk away with an official title and will join Guinness’ famous book of world records.

Recognised chess challenge links up with children's author to inspire youngsters

Prestigious chess competition wins support from businessman and author

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.  

As an avid chess player himself, Mark - who is also the former deputy chairman of the John Lewis Partnership and managing director of Waitrose - understands the importance of learning while young.

Adults go back to school for ideal summer holiday

Giggleswick School takes advantage of growing trend of "wellness breaks" this summer holiday

Sun-drenched sands and sipping cocktails by an azure sea might sound like the ideal holiday for some, but more and more people are looking for active trips rather than beach breaks.

Travel industry commentators have put active and adventure trips at number two of the top seven travel trends for 2017 and evidence suggests that healthy, fitness breaks are definitely on the up.

It's a development that independent co-ed Giggleswick School, in the Yorkshire Dales, is setting out to meet. The school has just launched its first ever holiday residentials for adults looking for outdoor pursuits or wellness breaks.

Bedfordshire academy trust celebrates "brilliant" results for 11-year-olds across its schools

--- Excellent progress of children reflected in SATs results ---

Pupils and staff across Sharnbrook Academy Federation's schools are celebrating today after achieving fantastic provisional results in national tests for 11-year-olds.

The results in all three schools run by the high-performing Bedfordshire-based Trust which have Year 6 pupils are well above the national average in writing (grammar, punctuation and spelling), in reading and in maths.

Stratford event explored how technology and creativity can boost literacy

Stratford’s Discover Centre

Teachers from schools across the UK gathered at Stratford’s Discover Centre this week to explore new ways of using technology to boost literacy and maintain creativity in the classroom. 

Hosted by Discovery Education, the fast-paced event saw 80 educators come together at East London’s award-winning storytelling museum for a ‘Day of Discovery’, where they shared the latest ideas and tech tools for inspiring a love of stories, language and reading.

Over 25,000 UK pupils share a pencil to help 124 million children not in school

St Cuthberts

The first ever Share a Pencil Day takes place today, 17th May 2017 when 25,000 pupils in a range of schools up and down the country are being asked to share a pencil for a single lesson, an afternoon or the whole day to experience what learning is really like for many children across the globe. 

The event is giving pupils the opportunity to learn about the issues faced by many children around the world trying to access an education while living in zones affected by conflict, natural disasters or extreme poverty, and who lack the basic tools and teachers they need to learn.

Freshly Squeezed Refrigeration for School Kitchens

On stand M26 at this year’s LACA Main Event representatives from Williams Refrigeration will be on hand to advise school caterers about how to get the best from their refrigeration and their kitchen space. 

School kitchens are notoriously tight on space and as pupil numbers increase there is the added issue of an increased demand for school meals. This calls for kitchen equipment that is compact in size but big in performance.

Conference programme online for inaugural Music & Drama Education Expo | Manchester!

Music & Drama Education Expo

Rhinegold Media & Events is delighted to announce the conference programme for the first Music & Drama Education Expo | Manchester; the Northern region’s leading free CPD event for music & drama teachers.

 

Taking place on 4 October 2017 at the Hilton Manchester Deansgate Hotel, the free show will offer a day of high-quality CPD, unrivalled networking opportunities and the chance to try out hundreds of products at our comprehensive exhibition.

 

Sarah Lambie, Head of Content (Drama) said:

Liverpool Council Offers Free Access To European Taekwon-Do Championships

Liverpool Council Offers Free Access To European Taekwon-Do Championships

Two hundred lucky school children will get a chance to see international masters in action at the ITF European Taekwon-Do Championships 2017, taking place at the Echo Arena between 26th- 30th April 2017.

ITF England Taekwon-Do and the Council have been collaborating with Liverpool schools for the past couple of months, as part of the drive to get Liverpool active with its “Fit for Me " initiative, which aims to improve the health of Liverpudlians of all ages and inspire them to become active.  Taekwon-Do instructors have been visiting schools on a weekly basis and giving lessons to pupils of all age groups.

Discovery Education to host digital storytelling day for schools

Digital Storytelling event

‘Day of Discovery’ on 18th April will mark the start of National Share a Story Month 

Teachers from schools across the UK will gather at Knebworth House in Hertfordshire next month for a day of digital storytelling.

Hosted by Discovery Education, the event will showcase the very latest ideas and tech tools for using digital media in literacy, highlighting the potential to engage and inspire young learners and nurture their love of stories.

The Lit Film Fest gives key stage two pupils the chance to see their work on Britain’s biggest cinema screen

Lit Film

In June this year, 1500 7-11 year olds, teachers and parents will get to see their youngsters' work on the BFI IMAX’s cinema screen as part of a new initiative to improve literacy using filmmaking.

The Lit Film Fest, featuring films written, performed and filmed entirely by primary school pupils, is soon to hit Britain's biggest cinema screen. Powered by A Tale Unfolds and supported by us here at LGFL, the festival will premier at the British Film Institute’s IMAX Cinema in Waterloo, London, allowing children aged 7-11 see their work showcased on the 20 x 26 metre screen!

Back to the future – spark returns to Lincoln

Spark child with remote

BUDDING engineers are being invited to spark-up their passion for the industry at an event that will showcase excellence in engineering from past, present and future.

Thousands of people are expected to flock to Lincoln Cathedral for the return of the Spark Engineering Festival that’s taking place from 5 to 7 May.

This will be the third Spark festival and this year takes the theme of ‘Back to the Future’ – as organisers prepare to celebrate Lincolnshire’s pioneering excellence in engineering and its lead in engineering innovation now and in the future.  

Schools called go dotty for vital sight-loss charity

Children across the UK invited to go dotty for charity

Schools across the nation are being called to go dotty this spring to raise money for a valuable sight-loss charity. 

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is asking schools up and down the UK to "Wear dots and raise lots" in support of its vital work. 

"Wear dots...raise lots" is an annual fundraiser, which will be taking place in May. It  is inspired by Louis Braille's system which features raised dots and revolutionised reading and writing for people with sight problems. 

The UK is currently home to more than two million people who are affected by sight loss, with one person beginning to lose their sight every 15 minutes. 

New engineering challenge launched at Big Bang Fair

New engineering scheme launched at Big Bang Fair

A new education initiative launched at the national Big Bang Fair is opening the door to engineering for children across the country. 

Junior Technology Tournaments are inviting school children to take part in a range of activities that encourages them to think about engineering. 

The scheme was developed by the Rochester Bridge Trust in partnership with Rotary Great Britain and Ireland, and is based on success of the Rotary's existing Senior Technology Tournaments, where secondary school students take part in innovative engineering challenges as part of a national competition.