In this issue of the QA Education Yearbook 19/20 we look at how we expect an awful lot from youngsters nowadays. They need to be able to work the latest technology, keep a handle on current affairs and yet be able to understand historical events.

But how can we expect them to understand events of the past when they’ve grown up on iPads and Netflix?

It’s a tricky one but in an exciting fusing of past and present, the organisation Waterloo 200 has launched a fantastic animation competition to keep the Age of the Revolution alive and inspire pupils’ engagement with the past. Read Victoria Nielson’s explanation of the project on these pages.

Edtech is firmly rooted in everyday school life now, and we have some great insights into how this affects assessment – both by the teacher and by the pupil themselves.

Meanwhile, as mental health and physical wellbeing is such a high priority for schools right now, we take a look at some programmes which are boosting activity levels, as well as leaving pupils with a greater sense of responsibility and belonging.

With all our regular news and views from the world of education, this annual edition features a closer look at the things others often take for granted – school buildings, fire controls and security, for example.


We would like to thank our advertisers for their support throughout the year and of course our readers – who have the unenviable task of deciding what’s best for their school. We just hope QA Education can make your job a little easier so you can focus on the more important things in life!

Yearbook 19-20