World Mental Health Day on 10th October gives us all an opportunity to reflect on whether we are really doing enough to support young people and mental health in an ever-changing world.

Community Brands, an industry leader in cloud-based software for schools, associations, nonprofits and faith-based organisations, today announced the acquisition of Groupcall, a trusted provider of communications and data analytics solutions for schools, multi-academy trusts, local authorities and education software developers, with 70 employees and a head office in London.

A Lewisham teacher has received a national award from two top British athletes after helping his pupils to be more active.

Edward Pinks, from St Mary Magdalen Catholic Primary School, has been recognised as a Gold Active Teacher, one of the UK’s first. He was presented with the award by Paralympian Aled Davies and sprinter Bianca Williams, who made a special visit to his school today.

The athletes led a lively assembly where they shared inspiring stories of competing for Great Britain. They also took part in lessons and spent time meeting with pupils and teachers.

Every educator knows that technology is a crucial part of developing 21st-century skills. But teaching technology can at times be dry and uncreative. One of the most effective ways we’ve found to ignite student interest in this subject, is to use technology as a means of bringing immersive, collaborative projects to life. 

Discussions around education and learning often comprise of varying opinions,  but experts are finding some common ground in the area of active learning. 

On Thursday last week, local MP Bim Afolami donned his old school PE kit and got involved in an Action Mats PE session at Pirton Primary School.

The session was set up by Shefford based Action Mats to highlight how small schools are making the most of their government Sports Premium.  The session was filmed and featured on Thursday evening’s ITV Anglia News as part of their Healthy Autumn series.

Author Matthew Pigott has kindly provided a copy of his poignant, descriptive eco-tale Tantaya and Sunika: The Turtle and the Bottle – about a turtle whose best friend is a plastic bottle. A timely tale published when the world's scientists are desperately trying to collect and dispose of the huge swathes of plastic in our oceans, the book is well-written, emotive and a perfect reminder of the need to take care of the Earth and its endangered species.

Primary school pupils across the UK are being invited to take part in an exciting new challenge to mark the start of World Space Week, which kicks off on 4th October. 

“Win a Star” will give children the chance to take their place in space, by winning a star named after them and their school. 

Pupils are encouraged to stretch their imagination by designing an alien! They’ll take inspiration for their designs by reading a fun story about an astronaut’s extra-terrestrial encounter and designing an alien creature that has adapted to live on a newly discovered planet. 

Dyslexia Awareness Week kicks off today and runs from 1-7 October. Here, we take a look at some of the events planned by the British Dyslexia Association (BDA) and find out about the organisation’s year-round work…

Go Green for Dyslexia (sponsored by Nessy Learning)

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Wilmslow Grange Community Primary School in Handforth, Cheshire, has been approved to become the lead school in the Frank Field Education Trust (FFET). FFET is chaired by well-respected, long standing local MP for Birkenhead and champion of social justice, Frank Field MP. Its ethos is to promote social justice through outstanding educational provision to improve the life chances of all children and young people, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds, so that they fulfil their potential.

Over 1,000 head teachers marched on London today, to protest against school cuts.

Using the hashtag #stillnotlistening on social media, headteachers from up and down the country posted photos from the march with school leaders holding placards reading slogans such as, “Education is an investment, not an expense.” The protesters delivered a letter to Downing Street, asking Theresa May for more funding for schools.

Bett, the world’s oldest and largest EdTech exhibition, today announces a collaboration with Learnit, the brand new, venture-backed conference for the global learning ecosystem. This January, a group of Bett’s 35,000+ visitors, 200+ speakers and 850+ exhibitors will also be able to participate in Learnit at the QEII Centre in Westminster as one of its 1,000+ attendees, 150+ speakers, or 50+ sponsors. 

New look Quizalize provides students with support and extension activities after they finish quizzes, plus these are tailored to their level of understanding and is sent directly to their devices.