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Scribblerzone celebrates National Writing Day with the launch on a children's writing competition

We know that research shows that children who love writing write 7 times above their expected levels at school.* We also know that children love writing competitions as can be seen by the thousands that enter the BBC’s 500 words competition. Tonya Meers co-founder of ScribblerZone says “National Writing Day is an annual event that celebrates writing and we love to do anything that encourages children to write which is why we are running a writing competition for 7-13 year olds.” There are 2… Full story
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Schools pulling teacher training placements for 2020-21, according to NASBTT survey

A “worryingly high” number of schools say they pulling teacher training placements in the next academic year, according to the findings of a survey by the National Association of School-Based Teacher Trainers (NASBTT).   From 247 responses to a survey which closed on 1st June, 124 School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) providers, School Direct Lead Schools and HEIs have reported that school partners had informed them they are unable to participate in training programmes in 2020-21.  … Full story
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Eco-Activists' Online Streaming Platform Backed By PM's Father To Be Offered Free For 32,770 Schools Across Britain

The world's first online streaming platform for Eco-Activists, Ecostreamz (www.ecostreamz.com) backed by PM Boris Johnson's father, Stanley Johnson, will be offered free for 12 months to 32,770 schools across Britain. Johnson, a keen conservationist, is an Honorary Ambassador of Ecostreamz.   The platform embraces viewpoints from both sides of the political spectrum, and has been in talks with organisations from the Ape Alliance to Extinction Rebellion about embracing the platform, hosted on… Full story
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New visusafe stencil kit has the markings of an effective aid for schools in COVID-19 fight

Improved management of social distancing in schools during the COVID-19 pandemic is provided by a new floor stencil kit from visual communication solutions specialist Beaverswood.   Part of the Visusafe Personal Protection range, the stencil kit can be used to quickly mark out two metre spaces on the floor and other eye-catching public information messages to ensure people are kept safe and secure and that strict social distancing is observed.   Suitable for external areas outside where people… Full story
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Free teaching toolkit to support children’s health and wellbeing for reopening schools

The charity Coram Life Education has launched a free online teaching toolkit for primary school teachers, supporting pupils’ mental health as they adjust to a new school environment post-lockdown.   For pupils, time away from school may have set them back academically, and affected their emotional and social wellbeing, whilst teachers are preparing to adapt to the new constraints of social distancing, reduced class sizes and stretched resources.   The toolkit is designed to build children’s… Full story
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Free bereavement training and new bereavement policy for schools

As some schools reopened on 1st June following weeks of coronavirus closures, it is highly likely that many teachers and pupils will be returning having experienced a bereavement.  This may be someone in a pupil’s family or friendship group who has died, or someone within the school itself, such as a teacher, a caretaker or dinner lady, or even another pupil.  With more than 37,000 Covid-19 mortalities to date, these deaths may be as a direct result of the virus, or it may be because of… Full story
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Wellbeing amongst teaching staff drops since lockdown in new survey

60% of teaching professionals rated their wellbeing positive before lockdown restrictions, dropping to 32% since lockdown has been in place More than four fifths (81%) believe their employer has a responsibility to look after their wellbeing 47% say having adequate mental health support from their employer has also become more important since lockdown   Wellbeing amongst teaching professionals has taken a dive since lockdown restrictions were enforced in March, according to a new survey… Full story
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Staff retention during a pandemic: what the UK education sector needs to know

Although some announcements have been made in regards to when children might return to classroom learning, most year groups in schools, as well as colleges and universities throughout the UK remain closed for the foreseeable future. The education sector has had to make big changes to the way they communicate with, as well as the way they educate pupils, students, parents – and staff. But what exactly does COVID-19 mean for staff retention in educational institutions during this period? Is it… Full story
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Re-opening schools and colleges - employers questions answered

The government has asked schools and FE colleges to start to re-open from 1 June for some students has caused a large amount of controversy. Many schools and colleges have remained open to the children of key workers and those who are vulnerable, but opening up to a wider group of children will need careful preparation. This article by Joanne Moseley at national law firm Irwin Mitchell, explains the issues you will need to consider.    1. Conduct a risk assessment   All employers must take all… Full story
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Supply Teacher Furlough Pay – making it fair

This week has seen the debate around furlough eligibility for supply teachers and agency staff reach fever pitch. For many school leaders, agency staff aren’t just the saviours who swoop in at the last minute to cover sickness absence - they’re a critical part of the team, the community and the fabric of the school. Chetan Sood, Head of Operations, Teacher Booker looks at what schools and agency workers need to look out for. The coronavirus disruption has shone a light on the good, the bad and… Full story
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EduCare Make Courses Free in Response to School Closures

As COVID-19 continues to have a far-reaching socio-economic impact on the UK, it can be difficult to navigate and adjust to the big changes to our routines and environments. Duty of care and safeguarding training specialists, EduCare, recognise the impact that school closures will have on the safeguarding of children and young people, and have made a number of their courses and resources available for free online. The courses and resources, which are usually only available to customers, can… Full story
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Schools and colleges urged to continue providing free period products to students

Schools and colleges are being encouraged to keep providing free period products to students to help tackle period inequality. From January, a new portal was launched by period product supplier phs Direct allowing every school and college in England to order free products for students, funded by the Department for Education. The initiative was launched to create period equality for all – ensuring no young person misses out because of a lack of access to such a basic necessity as period… Full story
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Kelly Garrett appointed new Head of School for Ebbsfleet Green Primary

Kelly Garrett has been appointed the new Head of School for Ebbsfleet Green Primary.  She is bursting with excitement at the prospect of leading a brand-new school in a brand-new community that will grow year-by-year as the Ebbsfleet Green community grows.   She says she ‘feels honoured and privileged to have been chosen to work in collaboration with Mrs. Wilkinson-Tabi, Executive Head and Maritime Academy Trust in leading the school to greatness.’ As parents across Ebbsfleet Garden City in… Full story
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Exam Cancellation Update: Coronavirus

For this summer’s awards, schools and colleges are being asked to provide centre assessment grades for their students. Schools, colleges and other exam centres will be asked to submit students assessment grades after Easter. Exam boards will put all centre assessment grades through a process of standardisation using a model being developed with Ofqual, to ensure grades are fair. During these unprecedented times, we appreciate that substantial uncertainty and rapid change may be… Full story
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Department for Education appoints Sigma as its user experience partner

£1.5 million contract for Manchester and North of England partnership UX design and development agency, Sigma has been appointed by the Department for Education (DfE) as its user experience (UX) and design partner in Manchester and the North of England. The appointment will see Sigma support the Department for Education on the development and improvement of a range of its products and services over the next two years, as part of its digital transformation strategy. The contract, valued at up… Full story
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Mobilising 500 staff to support key workers childcare during the Covid-19 outbreak

Kings Active Foundation, a charity established to get children active, is working to create additional resource to support schools providing critical childcare for key workers during the Coronavirus crisis.   Their 500 staff are normally looking forward to getting children active over the Easter holidays but now they’re being mobilised to support the childcare efforts for key workers.   Without the normal function of schools, providing childcare over the next 2+ months will be a challenge, … Full story
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CircleLoop pledges free remote phone service to UK schools

Tech company pledges free remote phone service to all UK schools to support their communication challenges during Coronavirus outbreak CircleLoop, the cloud-based phone system for business, today announces that it will fund a pledge to provide free business telephony to any school, healthcare provider or charity who is facing remote working challenges, due to the unprecedented outbreak of Coronavirus across the country.  The service will be offered free of charge for the next 3-months to any… Full story
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Free remote phone service to all UK schools from CircleLoop

CircleLoop, the cloud-based phone system for business, will fund a pledge to provide free business telephony to any school, healthcare provider or charity who is facing remote working challenges, due to the unprecedented outbreak of Coronavirus across the country. The service will be offered free of charge for the next three months to any existing or new customers who need to facilitate remote, mobile or flexible working at short notice. The internet-based phone system can be live in a matter… Full story
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How to get a free handwriting app from Kaligo

Schools across the globe will be closed for the foreseeable future, as COVID-19 takes its toll across the world.  It’s a well-known phenomenon for school leaders that there is a fall back in progress that can occur when children are away from school for long periods of time. So, what can parents do now to help ensure their child doesn’t fall too far behind in these extraordinary long absences from school?  After listening to the concerns of teachers and senior leaders, Kaligo, the company… Full story
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Free learning resources to help parents and carers

A global educational publisher is providing free learning resources to over 630,000 teaching and learning materials to support teachers, parents and carers as schools close or prepare to close as a result of the coronavirus.  The materials available on the Twinkl website range from activity sheets, information packs and interactive presentations to online educational games and videos. These cover all core subjects for all ages and include a huge range mapped to each curriculum in the UK. … Full story
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Supporting our community when in-person teaching isn't possible

Supporting our community when in-person teaching isn't possible. From the team at online learning platform and app, Quizlet. Over the past week, we’ve seen back-to-school seasons postponed in South Korea and Japan, as well as school closures here in the U.S. due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus. During these challenging and uncertain times, we know teachers want to help students learn and make progress — even if it’s not possible to be in the classroom. For the teachers and students… Full story
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Bristol primary school children kick-off Shakespeare Week celebrations

One of the world’s most historic ships, proudly docked in the European capital of graffiti, will form a stunning backdrop for a special performance of Shakespeare’s famous plays marking the launch of Shakespeare Week – the annual national celebration of Shakespeare in primary schools. Children from two Bristol primary schools will be showcasing their Shakespearian learning with a performance of The Tempest and Romeo and Juliet at Brunel’s SS Great Britain. Organised by independent charity the… Full story
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Robotical Ltd offer a free trial of Marty the Robot for 3 weeks

Free STEM resource: Robotical Ltd offer a free trial of Marty the Robot for 3 weeks to schools throughout the UK! The Edinburgh based tech company, Robotical, are on a mission to create classrooms ‘Where learning comes alive’ with their programmable, walking, dancing, football-playing robot named Marty. To achieve this goal they are offering 3 week free trials of the robots throughout the UK and even covering all of the shipping and collection costs! Marty is designed to deliver real-world… Full story
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QA Education named 9th top education mag in the world

   QA Education has been ranked as the world's 9th top education magazine to follow in 2020. For the second time, the school products and services guide – which also features news and views on primary and secondary education – has been named in Feedspot’s Top 15 education publications.  The content reader announced the list recently, saying it contained “the Best Education Magazines from thousands of online magazines on the web ranked by relevancy, social engagement, domain authority, web… Full story