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Ofsted finds parents ‘coerced’ into home education

According to a new Ofsted report, students are being pulled out of school to be educated at home with little notice. Parents are advised that students should not switch to home education simply to solve difficulties in schools. The report - based on a small study of families in the East Midlands area, found that students with special educational needs, medical needs and behavioural issues were all reasons why children had been moved from secondary school to being educated at home. Parents “… Full story
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Empowering the Education Sector - Schools and Academies Show

The education sector remains under pressure and faces both new and long-standing challenges. Funding remains tight, inspection frameworks are changing, rates of disadvantage and high needs are increasing, all of which places more work on teachers and school staff. But there is opportunity too, with more solutions, providers, talent and expertise within the sector than ever before. There is also a new Secretary of State, with a background as a Governor and a TA as a wife, promising extra money… Full story
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Cardiac Science Launches New Defibrillator For Schools

Cardiac Science Launches New Defibrillator For Schools Thousands of school children will learn about the role of  a defibrillator in saving lives next year under the latest government plans for health education. From 2020 pupils in secondary schools will be taught basic life-saving skills and first aid, including how to administer CPR, the purpose of automated external defibrillators (AEDs),  and basic first aid treatments for common injuries. It is a landmark result for those who have long… Full story
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Lancashire Police Warns Parents Of Money Mule Scam

Lancashire Police have warned parents about the dangers and consequences of their children becoming money mules.  Young people are increasingly being targeted to become money mules. They are being approached online through social media, or in person at school, college or sports clubs. Sometimes people they know will persuade them to take part, often because they are also acting as money mules.  A money mule is someone who transfers stolen money through their own bank account on behalf of… Full story
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Education's £9.4million energy efficiency boost

New data from EDF Energy has revealed that better energy efficiency could deliver nearly £9.4million in savings per year across 1,792 colleges, school and universities analysed. By putting in place various energy efficiency measures, the average campus could achieve a total saving of as much as £37,110 per year – the equivalent of 371 student laptops for the new academic year. These energy savings would have a significant environmental impact, and could save 32,421 tonnes of CO2 per year… Full story
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Over 1,000 outstanding schools not inspected in 10 years

The BBC recently discovered that 24 schools have gone without inspection for more than 13 years.  According to the data there are 1,010 outstanding schools that have not had a visit from Ofsted in 10 years.  There has been an exemption rule on routine inspections for outstanding school which has been in place since 2012. Ofsted has now called for it to end due to concerns about falling standards in classrooms.  The latest data showed that more than half of previously outstanding schools lost… Full story
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Coronation Street star urges people to get first aid training

Coronation Street star Cherylee Houston wishes Brits knew how easy it is to learn basic first aid training and skills as she spreads the word with the launch of a new online course, First Aid Five. The actress plays Izzy Armstrong in the popular soap and uses a wheelchair because she has a rare genetic condition called Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and made her plea as part of World First Aid Day which takes place in September. She said: “The statistics show how many lives could be saved if we all… Full story
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Lifesaving lessons for schools from the British Red Cross

To support teachers in delivering first aid education, the British Red Cross are launching a new teaching website for learners aged 5-18. It’s aimed at educators across the UK, and you’re invited to trial the new resources at your school. Why teach first aid? British Red Cross research reveals that 86 per cent of children believe that learning how to save a life is one of the most important lessons to learn at school. Nine out of ten pupils said knowing first aid skills would make them feel… Full story
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First aid lessons will become compulsory in 2020

From 2020 it will be compulsory for all school children in England to be taught First Aid. The move, announced by Education Secretary Gavin Williamson, means the government’s relationships, sex and health education curriculum will be taught in all state-funded schools in England from September 2020.    Starting this month, 1,600 schools in England will be trialling first aid classes as part of the pilot in preparation for the full roll-out next year. Primary school children will be taught… Full story
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Should children be allowed to skip school to attend protests?

A survey, commissioned by the National Citizen Service has revealed that 61% of teachers questioned agreed that pupils should be allowed an “explained absence” to take part in a social activism activity and attend protests or marches.  The National Citizen Service poll found that 8% of teachers polled relayed that 10 or more pupils at their school had missed lessons in 2018/2019 to take part in protests, such as those on climate change.  The National Citizen Service is trialling a new one day… Full story
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HART Prize for Human Rights 2019 winners

The HART Prize for Human Rights aims to raise awareness of global conflict and poverty amongst young people in the UK. Anyone between the ages of 11-25 are encouraged to enter an essay or creative piece which critically examines the human rights abuses occurring in any of the countries where HART operates. It is a fantastic opportunity to inspire the next generation to engage with crucial humanitarian issues that are often absent from the mainstream media.  Winners are rewarded with a cash… Full story
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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