News

Recognised chess challenge links up with children's author to inspire youngsters

Prestigious chess competition wins support from businessman and author

A prestigious chess challenge for UK schools has won the support of a leading businessman and author. 

Lord Mark Price, Minister of State for International Trade, made the decision to support and sponsor the Delancey UK Schools’ Chess Challenge (the UK’s leading junior chess competition) in a bid to raise awareness of the importance of chess to young children. 

The Delancey UK Schools’ Chess Challenge, owned by previous UK Chess Champion, Sarah Hegarty, has been running for 21 years and has seen over 1,100 schools sign up to the challenge this year.  

As an avid chess player himself, Mark - who is also the former deputy chairman of the John Lewis Partnership and managing director of Waitrose - understands the importance of learning while young.

Pottery design adds value to school's ethos

Pottery design adds value to school's ethos

A Northumberland first school has commissioned a pottery painting expert to ensure that their values and ethos will be on display to pupils, staff and visitors.

Lorna Watkinson from Warkworth set up her business, Rainbow Pottery Painting in 2012 after taking her redundancy from the corporate world of advertising. Her business has gone from strength to strength after seeing success across schools in Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland.

New report reveals that a third of primary school leavers lack basic water safety skills

New report reveals that a third of primary school leavers lack basic water safety skills

Almost a third of all primary school leavers lack basic water safety skills, a new report reveals. 

The Swim Group’s Curriculum Swimming and Water Safety Review Group has issued a stark warning after uncovering startling statistics in their recent survey. 

As curriculum pressures increase, swimming in primary schools is being placed on the back burner, but the Group warns that children will continue getting into difficulty in the water if improvements are not made. 

Why technology is the key to unlocking the classroom’s potential – and the blackboard has finally bitten the dust

It’s very hard to imagine a world without technology. It impacts every aspect of our daily lives. From ensuring quick and easy communication across the globe to giving us access to almost limitless amounts of information at our fingertips – technology is fundamental to how we interact, connect, and learn.

What’s more, we now have a generation who have grown up with technology, that doesn’t know a world without wi-fi, iPhones and Skype. Children learn how to use a smartphone and tablet before their times tables or even how to write their own name. Across all age groups, they are by far the most engaged with tech.

Adults go back to school for ideal summer holiday

Giggleswick School takes advantage of growing trend of "wellness breaks" this summer holiday

Sun-drenched sands and sipping cocktails by an azure sea might sound like the ideal holiday for some, but more and more people are looking for active trips rather than beach breaks.

Travel industry commentators have put active and adventure trips at number two of the top seven travel trends for 2017 and evidence suggests that healthy, fitness breaks are definitely on the up.

It's a development that independent co-ed Giggleswick School, in the Yorkshire Dales, is setting out to meet. The school has just launched its first ever holiday residentials for adults looking for outdoor pursuits or wellness breaks.

How teachers can make time

teacher working with laptop

Teaching is a demanding job. The work doesn’t stop at home-time, but often continues into your precious evenings. Ultimately, you need more hours in the day. Seeing as that isn’t possible, teachers must instead make the most of the time they have; whilst still squeezing in a social life.

The first and arguably most important piece of advice is that to-do lists are your best friend.By taking five minutes to make note of the days tasks and ranking them by importance, you can figure out exactly what it is you have to do and prioritise the essential tasks. 

Project reveals new way to combat stress and anxiety in teachers

Project reveals new way to combat stress and anxiety in teachers

Schools and academies across the length and breadth of the country are full of staff battling stress and anxiety, leading one Trust to explore an innovative solution to the problem. 

Leigh Academies Trust in Dartford decided to look at ways to combat stress in school staff by using Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES) with the use of an Alpha-Stim Device.

Tips for Creating Inspirational Classroom Displays

colouring pensclassroom

While schoolchildren across the country are getting more and more excited about breaking up for the summer holidays, teachers are already planning for the beginning of the next academic year. An important part of this preparation, especially for the earlier age groups, is preparing classroom displays.

 

A good display not only engages and informs, it also brightens up the atmosphere of the classroom - a plain, drab classroom is uninviting and may affect concentration. A classroom display should not only create an engaging learning and working environment for the students, but should also reflect your personality and style of teaching.

 

£16 million drive to boost maths skills for post-Brexit Britain

£16 million drive to boost maths skills for post-Brexit Britain

Sixteen million pounds have been invested to improve maths teaching as part of a major drive to encourage more people to study the subject after GCSE, and to ensure Britain can compete in the global marketplace post Brexit. 

The government has set out a series of actions to increase participation among 16-18 year olds, following a government-commissioned review by Professor Sir Adrian Smith. 

What is the CAA? A UK first that parents need to know about

CAA

Children’s activities are a valued and much loved feature in the weekly routine for many families countrywide and when attending a structured activity, class or club it is only natural for parents to assume that the organisor is regulated.  But this is not always the case. In fact it is shocking to learn that up until 2 years ago there was no code of practice or even any guidelines in place to monitor standards in the children’s activities sector or to help parents make informed choices regarding the wealth of providers out there.

The hard-hitting result of the 2017 teaching crisis

Naimish Gohil - CEO & Founder, Satchel

 

It’s long been known that teachers are overworked and the burden of admin and excessive workload is impactful to their lives, both mentally and physically. A recent headline in the Metro newspaper, which read ‘Teachers lose a day’s pay to do homework’ has once again, brought the severity of the teaching crisis to our attention.

Respect, inclusivity and acceptance starts in education

By John Aguilar, Principal of Padworth College

The UK is very fortunate because, as a nation, we are brimming with diversity and culture.  The influence of these diverse nationalities has made the UK a hub of culture and urbanity. Could anyone imagine London’s atmosphere were it not buzzing with different languages, the smells of different foods or the stories of those who have come to live here?

With Brexit on the horizon, we want to do all we can to ensure this wonderful and diverse culture that we are privileged to have continues to thrive. This means making sure that everybody in our society feels respected, accepted and included.

Refurbished IT holds the answer to technology challenges

Now more than ever, education establishments are faced with replacing and updating equipment on greatly reduced budgets across all departments. IT infrastructure, in particular, is one area that is increasingly central to the provision of modern, high quality teaching and, consequently, requires consistent renewal - something which is beyond the average school or college IT budget.

One solution to this challenge that most education providers are unaware of is the role of refurbished IT hardware and supporting materials. By opting to buy reconditioned PCs, monitors and laptops, schools and colleges can save thousands of pounds.