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Viking School Visits

Viking School Visits

Most schools these days are used to working with external musicians, sports coaches, and dance teachers.  But what about using an external visitor to help with your history topic? If you want a WOW factor to your history topic, trips out of school are the obvious way to go; there are many excellent museums that cater to schools. However, trips can also be expensive, a logistical nightmare and you run the risk of losing children in the gift shop or having them run off to look at the Egyptians… Full story
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Bring the magic of music to the classroom with Classical 100

The start of the school year is always an exciting, albeit busy, time.  After summer, students and teachers (hopefully) come back to school feeling re-energised and eager to tackle the year ahead. Lesson planning can be enjoyable but it can also be daunting, as there are so many competing priorities. Trying to put together lesson plans that deliver key curriculum objectives whilst also being engaging for children is no easy task. Music education is a priority for the Department for Education… Full story
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Busting the myths around becoming a foster carer in Manchester 

There are lots of misconceptions around foster care and what it takes to become that special person in a youngster's life. Giving a young person a home where they can live, learn and grow can be a life-changing experience, but many people don't know where to start. People think there are all sorts of reasons why they can't become a foster carer, but most of these are myths. What matters isn't your age, whether you own a home, your sexuality or relationship status, but whether you can give a… Full story
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Planning the perfect school garden

Alana Cama, Schools and Groups Programme Manager at the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) talks you through the steps to planning the perfect school garden. Gardening is a trick up many schools’ sleeves – helping to get pupils active, boost educational attainment and promote good health and wellbeing.  After twelve years working with schools we’ve seen how even the smallest of spaces can be transformed into a thriving kitchen garden or wildlife sanctuary, while also engaging and inspiring… Full story
Belleview Primary School Washrooms

Vanesta are committed to raising the standard of our children’s washrooms

From nurseries to universities, we’re committed to raising the standard of our children’s washrooms.  We’ve been supplying school washroom solutions for over 50 years and pride ourselves on paving the way for children’s safety with a number of essential safety features throughout our education range. To cater for young children, schools have the option to choose low-level cubicles for easy supervision and our clever anti-finger trap hinges come as standard.  As well as safety we believe… Full story
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NEA Is Enormously Excited To Introduce...

Their brand new Filmed Group Performance Examinations in Acting, Musical Theatre, Devised Drama and Shakespeare. After asking drama teachers and schools we learnt that there is a need for a large regulated group exam that allows each of their learners to receive individual marks, report forms and certificates. This also allows learners to take differing grades within the same group performance. To accomplish this successfully the examiner attends the exam venue and films the group they are… Full story
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Why playgrounds are essential in primary schools

Marco Boi, Founder and CEO of PlayinnovationTM discusses the importance of playgrounds in primary schools.   Playground days live long in the memory. Who doesn’t remember the breaktime stampede as pupils squeeze their way through classroom doors to unleash their energy – whether swinging from the monkey bars (a teacher’s worst nightmare) or playing a game of imaginary, swashbuckling pirates – keeping feet off the tarmac as if it were crocodile-infested waters.   For most children at primary… Full story
Galloways pledges support for cash for kids

Galloway Country Fair pledges support for local children’s charity cash for kids

Cash for Kids has been named as the official charity partner of Galloway Country Fair for the third year running. The Fair organisers have pledged to donate all of the takings from programme sales alongside any cash donations over the weekend, to raise vital funds to support the charity’s work throughout the local area.  Representatives from Westsound Cash for Kids will also be on site at this year’s event providing activities and competitions for children to take part in throughout the weekend… Full story
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Teach school children the importance of handwashing (competition)

A book created to actually show young school children the bacteria which lurks on their hands is helping to visually reinforce the important hygiene message of handwashing. The book, A Germ’s Journey, is the brainchild of microbiologist Dr Katie Laird and education expert Dr Sarah Younie of De Montfort University Leicester (DMU). As parents themselves they knew the importance of handwashing in preventing disease and communicating it at a young age.   Aimed at children aged three to five, A… Full story
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Football and education: Our motivation for success 

As the first academic year of PeterDeen reaches a conclusion, Aberdeenshire’s Head of Education Vincent Docherty and his brother Tony, assistant manager at Aberdeen Football Club (AFC), are getting together with Steven Sweeney from AFC’s Community Trust to congratulate scholars and look to the future.  In short, more football, more education and more passion for helping local young people to succeed.  As Vincent, who played in the same team as his brother, at Stirling Albion, earlier in their… Full story
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More competition for education roles, as pay increases by 3.7%

According to the latest job market data from the UK’s leading independent job board, CV-Library, the amount of education professionals applying for new jobs increased by 14.5% last month, while average salaries also grew by a comfortable 3.7%. The findings, which compared job market data from June 2019 with the same period last year, comes as welcome news to employers that are hiring right now, as the amount of education professionals looking for work online grew by 50.4%. A key driving… Full story
Katy Parkinson, founder and director of Lexonik by Sound Training, discusses how literacy training can improve the experience which academics have when attending UK universities

English as an addition language: literacy training

Katy Parkinson, founder and director of Lexonik by Sound Training, discusses how literacy training can improve the experience which academics have when attending UK universities… Academics with English as an additional language (EAL) can benefit greatly from literacy education programmes, which improve both their vocabulary when writing and their confidence in speaking to others. Many students who attend our universities who are not native English speakers find that, although there is no gap… Full story
RHS School Gardeners Of The Year Winners!

RHS School Gardeners of the Year 2019

RHS School Gardeners of the Year 2019 - winners announced  City schools have swept the board in this year’s Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) School Gardeners of the Year competition, winning all three categories - Young School Gardener, School Gardening Team and School Gardening Champion of the Year – and hammering home the many benefits of gardening, particularly food growing, in urban areas.      Now in its eighth year, the nationwide RHS School Gardeners of the Year competition supported… Full story
STEM based careers

Parents in the UK prefer science-based careers for their children

Over three quarters (76%) of UK parents would like their children to choose careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), according to a survey commissioned by Shell’s national schools’ competition, The Bright Ideas Challenge[1]. This is despite more than a third of parents (36%) saying they lack the knowledge and confidence to give STEM careers advice to their children.   The survey findings come as the regional winners of the Bright Ideas Challenge gather at Imperial College… Full story
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Little Troopers charity launches new course for primary schools 

Military Child Wellbeing: Little Troopers charity launches new course for primary schools  Military children’s charity, Little Troopers, has launched a new resource for primary schools to support service children. The Military Child Wellbeing Course is the first of its kind and is designed to encourage children in the military community to explore the unique challenges they experience while their parents are in the armed forces. The comprehensive pack features all the resources needed for the… Full story
Successful Difficult Conversations in School

WIN one of five Successful Difficult Conversations in School books

Successful Difficult Conversations in School: Improve your team's performance, behaviour and attitude with kindness and success by Sonia Gill (£14.00, John Catt Educational Ltd) Most heads have been there – when it comes to discussing those difficult issues with staff, parents and pupils you sometimes wish someone could have have the conversation for you. Luckily, QA Education has five copies of this useful how-to book to give away.    The authors recognise that holding difficult… Full story