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Coppice Primary School awarded the Eco-Schools Green Flag certificate

Oldham-based Coppice Primary School has been awarded the Eco-Schools Green Flag Certification having demonstrated its commitment to encouraging good environmental behaviour amongst pupils and within the local community.   The Eco-Schools awards have international accreditation; recognising and rewarding young people’s environmental actions for over 25 years. Their aim is to empower young people to take care of our planet now and throughout their lifetimes.   Coppice successfully achieved the… Full story
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Explosive fun: free virtual trip for students to experience the volcanoes of the Canary Islands

Schools across the UK are being invited to sign-up for a free virtual and interactive lesson to round-off the summer term and 'whisk’ students to experience the volcanoes of La Palma, Canary Islands. The immersive lesson aims to bring geography and the work of scientists to life in the classroom, as students get to meet a local volcanologist and hear about his important work keeping people safe. The online lessons will be delivered live over Zoom by immersive learning resource, Lyfta, and… Full story
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Scottish government proposes reduced use of restraint in schools

The Restraint Reduction Network (RRN) has welcomed the publication of the Scottish Government’s public consultation on draft guidance on the use of restraint in schools, Included, engaged and involved part 3: A relationship and rights based approach to physical intervention in Scottish Schools.  The RRN said the consultation represented a significant step forward. It said amongst the UK nations, Scotland leads the way in promoting best practice and seeking to reduce the use of restraint… Full story
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Survey reveals generosity of teachers on Public Service Day - 23 June

New research released for Public Service Day has revealed that more than half (59%) of teachers joined education to make a positive difference to the lives of others and 53% have been involved in their local community since they started their career. The survey, carried out by Opinion Matters and commissioned by public sector and civil service membership club Boundless, painted a picture of public service workers as not only serving the country with distinction but also being the cornerstone… Full story
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New careers website tackles outdated stereotypes about careers in geography

Esri UK has announced a new Careers with GIS website, designed to inspire more students to study geography and GIS at GCSE, A-level and degree level, by highlighting the rewarding and exciting careers that these subjects lead to. Containing stories from real professionals working with GIS (Geographical Information Systems), from drone pilots and engineers to those tackling climate change or conserving wildlife, the website dispels the outdated stereotypes about which careers are open to those… Full story
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Two-thirds of teachers doubt reliability of this year’s SATs

Teachers are so concerned about ongoing disruption to children’s education, the transition to secondary school and the reliability of last month’s Key Stage 2 SATs that they are going to extraordinary lengths to plug gaps in learning and skills, according to a new survey. The study of more than 1,000 teachers found that three-quarters of teachers (75%) are worried that incoming Year 7 students will be unprepared academically, while almost four-fifths (79%) are concerned that they won’t be… Full story
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The 'Netflix' of education software launched by The Access Group

One of the UK’s leading education software providers, The Access Group has launched Education Demand, bringing award-winning video content and digital learning tools to schools across the country. Described as the ‘Netflix’ of education, the video content and assessments available via the platform have been developed to engage learners, improve confidence and accelerate progress. Education Demand users benefit from access to GCSEPod, a learning and revision tool that’s proven to help users… Full story
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The headteacher urging kids to ditch the revision this bank holiday weekend

"Put down the revision and enjoy the jubilee." That's the message from one headteacher who believes there is much to be gained by enjoying the festivities despite the looming exams. While you may think that teachers would be advocating that the upcoming Bank Holiday weekend is the perfect time to get some extra revision hours in, Lawrence Tubb, headteacher of online independent school Minerva’s Virtual Academy, says it’s time to put down the textbooks and make the most of the Jubilee… Full story
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West Yorkshire primary school “Borrows the Moon” to inspire children in Science

Meteorites have landed at Birstall Primary Academy in West Yorkshire.   Students at the school near Leeds have had the opportunity to get their hands on rare samples of moon rocks and meteorites which were truly out of this world.   These rare samples were provided to school through a project called 'Borrow the Moon' by the UK's Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) which provides educational packs in a bid to inspire young people in Science.   Hundreds of schools, colleges,… Full story
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Half of UK teachers have experienced harassment by students online

Half of teachers (49%) have been the target of inappropriate use of online devices and social media by students, according to new survey conducted by classroom management and safeguarding software provider, Impero. A similar number (43%) agreed that this type of behaviour is on the rise in UK schools.   Around one-fifth revealed they have been approached online (22%) or followed on social media by their students (21%), while 15% have been filmed without permission in the classroom. One in ten… Full story
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Variety Children's Charity Partners with I.D.E.A. on New Pre-school App

Variety, the children’s charity, a global non-profit advocating for kids, has partnered with I.D.E.A. on a new app for preschool children to highlight the needs of the differently able. Oville World, is an online collection of learning applications for children aged 2-5 years created by International Digital Educational Access (I.D.E.A.).   After a successful launch last year, thousands of young children are using the apps to commence early reading, math, life skills, empathy and safely… Full story
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Grow your own potatoes has a new home

The Grow Your Own Potatoes project has a new home with Potato House Ltd website Potato House | Home of High Quality Seed Potatoes | Free UK Delivery and will be going ahead as normal in 2023. DON’T MISS OUT. Sign up for your FREE growing kit NOW registration page Register | Grow Your Own Potatoes Linked to the UK curricula, the aim of this interactive, hands-on project is to educate children all about potatoes: where they come from, how they grow and how they fit into a healthy balanced diet… Full story
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Nine ways to help your overwhelmed teen prepare for exams 

Leading online tutoring platform, MyTutor, reveals the best tips to support your child's study habits and wellbeing during the upcoming exam season  For the UK's cohort of students, the main summer exam period is due to begin next week. Yet in the run-up to this year's GCSEs and A-levels, a new report has unveiled the spike in levels of anxiety among pupils, with teachers reporting an all-time high in panic attacks, angry outbursts, self-harm, and disengagement among students.  Acknowledging… Full story
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NBA basketball launches free educational resources for secondary schools

The National Basketball Association (NBA) has announced the launch of “NBA in the Classroom,” an NBA-themed educational programme that provides free, downloadable teaching materials for secondary school teachers in the UK. The resources focus on career development, financial management, mental wellbeing and physical education.   NBA in the Classroom, which was developed with input from teachers and is available to all secondary schools across the UK, offers a range of downloadable, flexible,… Full story
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Government regulator to investigate ESS moving schools on to three-year contracts

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is investigating whether education software company ESS is abusing a dominant position to push schools into accepting a new three-year contract.  The investigation will assess concerns around a contract change made by Education Software Solutions Ltd Group (ESS) – the largest provider of school management information systems in the UK. The company is requiring its customers to move from one-year contracts to three-year contracts and the CMA is… Full story
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Children's author Sarah Morrell announces free end of Primary event

A children's author is hosting a free online event for up to 100 primary schools to celebrate their next adventure to secondary school. West Yorkshire author Sarah Morrell and Hashtag Press are will be talking about her new book 'A Head Full Of Magic' on 16th June 2022. Sarah swapped criminology for children's books and since signing with prize-winning independent publishing house Hashtag Press, based in south-east England, she hasn't looked back! Released this week, A Head Full of Magic is… Full story
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Only half of UK parents read with their child every day, according to recent data

A new report for Nick Jr. by the National Literacy Trust shows that fewer parents engaged in home learning activities during lockdown compared with pre-pandemic levels. Research suggests that about 1 in 5 parents said they had struggled with a lack of confidence in their abilities as a new parent during the pandemic. Our Early Words Together programme improves parents' confidence to support their child's literacy activities at home Only half of parents said that they read with their child… Full story
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A quarter of British 6–11-year-olds have chosen their tech devices over spending time with friends in person 

A quarter (25%) of British 'Generation Alpha', children born after 2010, would rather spend time on their iPad, tablet, smart speaker or other devices than socialise with their peers in person, according to exclusive online research from global cloud communications platform Infobip.     The research, commissioned with global public opinion firm YouGov, polled British children aged 6–11 years old and found that a fifth of girls (20%) and nearly a third (30%) of boys have chosen spending time… Full story
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NCFE and WorldSkills UK launch third phase of applications for Centre of Excellence

A technical training firm has opened applications for its Centre of Excellence training programme. NCFE, in partnership with WorldSkills UK, is seeking people for the third year of its scheme training technical educators. With the second year of the programme currently underway, the scheme is already showing positive results from its first-year participants.  An online survey of learners revealed that a significant majority (86%) said that they would be able to apply the skills they had… Full story
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Barnardo's launch educational resources to help schools tackle sexual harassment and abuse

Barnardo’s says much more needs to be done to protect children from sexual abuse, exploitation, and extremism, so is launching a new version of its educational programme, Real Love Rocks.  It comes after the results from an Ofsted rapid review of sexual abuse in schools and colleges. The investigation took place after the Everyone’s Invited website revealed testimonials which showed how prevalent sexual abuse has been in schools over the years.  Ofsted found that almost four-fifths (79%) of… Full story
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Two-thirds of teachers agree use of internet connected devices increases abuse in schools

Two-thirds (63%) of UK teachers believe that internet-connected devices result in more frequent abuse of both teachers and students within the school environment, according to research from classroom management and safeguarding software provider, Impero.   The research, based on a survey of 500 primary and secondary school teachers across the UK, found that 70% struggle with monitoring and controlling student behaviour on the internet amid increasing use of technology in schools.   More than… Full story
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Concern over pupil absence surge amid teacher shortage pressures

Pupil absence is surging just a month after figures appeared to be at their best since the pandemic began. The number of children off school with coronavirus related attendance restrictions has more than doubled in a fortnight.  The worsening picture comes just a month on from attendance being at its highest since May 2021. The DfE has recently updated its school attendance guidance, meaning schools will no longer have to distinguish between Covid-related absence when recording attendance… Full story
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The Big Bang Competition entry deadline has been extended

The deadline for entries to The Big Bang Competition has been extended to Monday 4 April (5pm). This extension will allow for more projects to be entered into the Competition while providing more time for competitors to make the final touches on their project. Inquisitive young people with an idea to invent something to transform people’s lives or use scientific research to find solutions could win the prestigious title of UK Young Scientist or UK Young Engineer of the Year. The winners of… Full story
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Concern over the rise of TikTots - young children accessing social media

The UK's media regulator Ofcom has raised concerns about the levels of very young children accessing social media. New Ofcom research has revealed large percentages of parents are allowing youngsters to use TikTok, YouTube and Instagram. Themes emerging from the research include: Multi-screening TikTots. Despite being under the minimum age requirement (13 for most social media sites), 33% of parents of 5-7s and twice as many 8-11s (60%) said they have a social media profile. Older children… Full story