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Twinkl creates industry buzz with new EdTech accelerator TwinklHive

Twinkl Educational Publishing is launching a new start-up accelerator which will bring together and provide support to emerging education technology companies. The accelerator, named TwinklHive, will support EdTech startups with a customisable investment opportunity, including options for mentorship and a cash injection.    Located near to the company's head office in Sheffield, TwinklHive has been created to catalyse an EdTech revolution and support companies that are set to transform areas of… Full story
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Should all watches be banned from exams?

An inquiry into the extent of malpractice in exams has called for a “blanket ban” on all watches to discourage cheating. The review, which was commissioned by exam boards, has stated that it is becoming increasingly difficult to distinguish between smart watches and traditional watches. Currently, there are exam centres across the UK that do not allow students to wear watches at all, but according to The Independent Commission on Examination Malpractice there needs to be a complete ban in all… Full story
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Students win a Diana Award for fundraising efforts

A team of fundraising students from Altrincham Grammar School for Boys has been presented with a Diana Award after raising £1,114 for Manchester-based charity Prevent Breast Cancer. Year 11 pupil Amin Hashmi got in touch with the charity to find out how he could support them after attending a conference as part of Prevent Breast Cancer’s Student Challenge, an annual campaign launched by the charity to educate young people about its work. Amin teamed up with a group of students to plan a ‘Pink… Full story
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Children are becoming more vulnerable to cybercriminals

As children head back – or off – to school, parents will naturally focus on making sure they have all the equipment they need to begin their studies. However, guardians often forget about the devices their kids take to school – the increasing number of which is making more children vulnerable to cybercriminals The number of devices children have access to continues to increase. Research shows that 42% of five to seven year-olds now own a tablet, up seven per sent from the previous year. In… Full story
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Progress on empowering schools across Aberdeenshire

Aberdeenshire councillors today agreed a number of key workstreams to progress with the devolution of school budgets.  As part of a national drive to empower head teachers, primary schools across the local area will have more flexibility on how budgets are used in a similar way to the way secondaries have been able to operate since April 2017.   The principles which will support head teachers and their teams in their decision-making reflect the National Improvement Framework – to ensure every… Full story
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"Post-Exam Stress Disorder" Still Causes Nightmare For One In 10 Adults

Young people receive their GCSE results next week, which might also be an unpleasant reminder for parents as one in 10 adults still have nightmares about their own exam experiences and results. This is according to research from MyTutor that explored how stressful experiences during school and university assessments can follow us through life. Coined Post-Exam Stress Disorder, a range of different anxieties still exists in half (48%) of adults, ranging from recurring nightmares to a fear of… Full story
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Research offers lessons for young people heading for university

Develop your personal skills: New research offers lessons for young people heading for university   New research on the importance of non-cognitive skills – such as conscientiousness, self-esteem and feeling in control of one’s life – for graduates’ earnings potential offers important lessons for young people receiving their A-level results.   The study by Gerda Buchmueller and Professor Ian Walker, of Lancaster University Management School, confirms previous evidence on the importance of… Full story
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Over half of education professionals say work has damaged their mental health

Summertime blues: Over half of education professionals say work has damaged their mental health  Are you feeling down right now? With summer drawing to a near close, a new survey from CV-Library, the UK’s leading independent job board, reveals that education professionals are feeling the effects of the upcoming seasonal change, with over half (56.9%) claiming that work is damaging their mental health.  The research, which surveyed over 2,000 professionals, found that almost half (49.7%) of… Full story
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Aberdeenshire’s newest teachers prepare for life in the classroom

It won’t be just the pupils that will be learning when the new session begins, Aberdeenshire’s latest intake of probationer teachers officially start their careers in the classroom soon.  Cllr Gillian Owen, Aberdeenshire Council’s Education and Children’s Services Committee chair, Director of Education and Children’s Services Laurence Findlay, and Head of Education Vincent Docherty formally welcomed the latest cohort at an event at Meldrum Academy today (Friday, August 16).  Cllr Owen said: “… Full story
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NewVIc students achieve stand out results!

Students and staff celebrate a fantastic year of results seeing an increase in the number of students achieving A*- B A Level grades with the largest number of A*- A grades in A Level Biology, Chemistry and Maths.  In Level 3 extended diplomas, students also achieved fantastic results with more than 50% of students achieving a Triple Distinction - equivalent to 3 A grade A Levels. Other stand out A Level subjects included Computer Science, French, Further Maths and Spanish, where 100% of… Full story
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Twinkl, Twinkl, big star: Publisher opens second office in Sheffield

Twinkl Educational Publishing has gone from shining star to supernova after opening its second office in the city of Sheffield, following rapid growth.  The company, which provides an online catalogue of over 625,000 resources and services for schools and educators, has purchased a 20,000 sq.ft building at Hallamshire Business Park on Napier Street.  Over 90 team members have moved to the new building, with others continuing to work from the company’s headquarters at the nearby Wards Exchange… Full story
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Rolls-Royce and Discovery Education bring STEM to primary schools

An exciting new partnership to inspire the next generation of scientists was launched at Rolls-Royce HQ in Derby recently. Teachers from local primary schools visited the Rolls-Royce Learning and Development Centre to celebrate the start of the new initiative, which sees the company joining forces with Discovery Education to support STEM learning. Developed to spark children’s interest in future STEM careers, the pioneering collaboration will provide classroom resources to 40 primary schools… Full story
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Cardiff primary teacher wins Twinkl Teacher of the Year 2019

A Cardiff primary school teacher has been awarded Teacher of the Year 2019 for her outstanding work at Lakeside Primary School, Cyncoed. Holly Buse, who teaches Year 5 at Lakeside, was recognised for her efforts as part of the Twinkl Awards 2019 run by the international educational resource publisher, Twinkl.  Teaching staff from across the UK were asked to nominate their colleagues for the awards by providing testimonials about the impact they have had on their school and pupils.  Holly won… Full story
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1decision awarded PSHE Association Quality Mark

1decision, part of Headway learning resources, has been awarded the PSHE Association Quality Mark for its Key Stage 2 classroom materials. With Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) reaching a pivotal point in UK schooling, and Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education becoming statutory from September 2020, this national recognition for 1decision could not be better timed. The programme, which already held the PSHE Association Quality Mark for its Key Stage 1… Full story
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Exams success for Aberdeenshire pupils 

Exams success sees improvements in attainment levels for Aberdeenshire pupils Aberdeenshire’s 6,000 senior pupils are finding out how they did in their exams today (Tue, Aug 6) in a year that has seen attainment levels improve locally for those in S4, S5 and S6.  Pupils across the area this year entered for a total of 30,000 courses across 65 qualification areas at SCQF levels 2-7.  The wide range of subject areas saw pupils study for vocational and academic exams covering the creative arts… Full story
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University of Derby Dean of Students to receive prestigious award

University of Derby Dean of Students to receive prestigious National Teaching Fellowship award Fiona Shelton, the University of Derby’s Dean of Students, is to receive a National Teaching Fellowship – the most prestigious individual award in higher education. Fiona, who began her career in higher education in 2003, has been awarded the accolade in recognition of her contribution to teaching excellence at the University. The Advance HE National Teaching Fellowship scheme has been running… Full story