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Over Half of UK School Parents Don't Know Their Times Tables

A new survey by YouGov, on behalf of educational app Edplus, reveals that 52% of parents and guardians of school aged children (under 18 years old) across Britain don't know all of their times tables perfectly. Furthermore, the survey found that: The easiest times table to recall perfectly was the 2 times table, with 76% of the British population being able to do so. The hardest was the 8 times table, with only 59% of British population being able to recall it perfectly. The age group who… Read more
The Timpson Review on school exclusions has been published, with 30 recommendations for change. Recommendations include making settings more accountable for school exclusions in an “effective and fair way” and offering more guidance and tools to teachers, writes QA Education editor Victoria Galligan.  A £10million crackdown on poor behaviour also formed part of the key measures which are being taken by the Government in a bid to reduce exclusions.  The review, carried out by Edward Timpson CBE, highlighted

What does the Timpson Review on school exclusions mean for your school?

The Timpson Review on school exclusions has been published, with 30 recommendations for change. Recommendations include making settings more accountable for school exclusions in an “effective and fair way” and offering more guidance and tools to teachers, writes QA Education editor Victoria Galligan. A £10million crackdown on poor behaviour also formed part of the key measures which are being taken by the Government in a bid to reduce exclusions. The review, carried out by Edward Timpson CBE… Read more
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Open University secures £50M investment in social learning platform FutureLearn

Open University secures £50M investment in social learning platform FutureLearn   SEEK Group investment takes FutureLearn from start-up to a £100m value company in just six years   SEEK Group (ASX: SEK) will invest £50m to become a joint, 50% owner of The Open University’s FutureLearn social learning platform, it was announced today in a deal thought to be the largest ever private-sector EdTech investment in Europe. The Open University launched FutureLearn, which is based in London, in… Read more
New grading framework to be launched to independent schools

New grading framework to be launched to independent schools

The Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) has announced plans to launch its new Pitch Grading Framework to independent schools. This will allow a new way for schools to showcase quality sports turf facilities and recognise the skills and expertise of its grounds teams while adding a new dimension to attract potential students and their parents. A nationwide pilot scheme is planned with a selection of independent schools set to take part. The involvement of these schools will help inform the Pitch… Read more
Secondary school students ask Healthy Only Please

Hertfordshire School Programme Asks "Healthy Only Please!"

Registered Health Coach, Joanna Shurety from Shurety Coaching is collaborating with the team at ELSA to help bolster their “Healthy Only Please!” campaign and share her expertise on how to live a healthier lifestyle.  Created to teach secondary school aged children how to understand, embrace and implement a healthy lifestyle, the Healthy Only Please! campaign covers everything from mental and physical health and the positive effect it can have. The campaign feeds into the government’s ‘5 Ways… Read more
Open University has teamed up with SEEK in a £50m edtech deal

Open University partners with online learning provider SEEK Group in £50m deal

A £50million deal thought to be the largest ever private-sector EdTech investment in Europe will see the Open University partner with international online learning provider SEEK Group. SEEK Group (ASX: SEK) will make the investment to become a joint, 50% owner of The Open University’s FutureLearn social learning platform, it was announced today. The Open University launched FutureLearn, which is based in London, in December 2012 with a dozen UK university partners to test opportunities… Read more
A man teaches in Early Years setting

Grant of £30k to encourage more men into Early Years roles

The government has announced a £300,000 grant to encourage more men to take up careers in Early Years setting. The news was announced this week by Education Minister Nadhim Zahawi, who highlighted the fact that only 3% of EYFS staff in England are men. Mr Zahawi added: “Every child needs a role-model to guide them – whether that’s a parent, a close family member or friend, or someone at nursery or preschool that makes a difference in their life. The early years staff who support children in… Read more
GDPR

Fewer than half of UK schools believe they are GDPR compliant

New research findings released today by RM Education and Trend Micro shows fewer than half of UK schools and colleges (48%) believe that they are fully GDPR compliant. Plus, there remains confusion over staff responsibility in terms of GDPR compliance.  Last year 156 education professionals were surveyed about how practices and systems have changed since the arrival of GDPR in May 2018 and their ongoing concerns about the legislation. Key findings from the research include: ·Half of schools… Read more
A boy studying with National Training Provider

National Training Provider partners with Collaborative Vocational Learning Hub

Qube Learning, the leading training provider, celebrates its new inspirational collaboration with St Edmunds Society, an alternative learning provision for young people, in what will be a truly motivating and transformative approach to education for those who need help the most.  The partnership will encourage a fluid and informative channel for individuals looking to pursue an education and career that deviates away from the more traditional options of GCSEs, A-Levels and Degrees, and that… Read more
tackle holiday hunger

Initiative to tackle holiday hunger for disadvantaged children

A programme to help tackle holiday hunger, physical inactivity and social isolation for some of the disadvantaged children in Hertfordshire returned to the county for the Easter Holiday. The initiative which first ran in the summer of 2018 is a collaborative programme run by Herts Sports Partnership, HCL (Hertfordshire Catering Limited), Hertfordshire Fire Department and Hertfordshire Library Service. The Fit, Fed and Read programme for children aged 8 to 11, focuses on healthy eating, sport… Read more
Nigel getting his OBE from the Queen

Nigel Duncan awarded OBE for services to Further Education

The Principal of Fareham College, Nigel Duncan has been presented with his OBE by Her Majesty the Queen at Windsor Castle for his services to Further Education, during a career spanning nearly 40 years.  After a number of years as a part-time lecturer in Birmingham, Nigel started his full-time career in Further Education as a lecturer at Solihull College of Technology in 1981. Following this he moved on to hold senior posts at Lowestoft College, as Director of Faculty for Vocational and… Read more
Shine a Light Awards – Longmoor teachers with judge Robert Rilley-Craig from Pearson and host Sally Phillips

Longmoor Primary School wins Shine a Light communication award

Longmoor Primary School in Liverpool, which is dedicated to developing their pupil’s communication skills, has won the coveted Primary School of the Year Award at the 2019 Shine a Light Awards organised by Pearson, in partnership with The Communication Trust. The awards were presented by British comic actress and writer, Sally Phillips with special performance from Britain’s Got Talent winner Lee Ridley (Lost Voice Guy). Longmoor Primary School started an initiative in 2011 to address the… Read more
The Institute of Physics is carrying out research on gender stereotyping in science

Girls’ progression in science studied by Institute of Physics

Schools from across England are being invited to sign up for free to the Institute of Physics’ Improving Gender Balance national research trial.  Across England, the trial, funded by the Department for Education (DfE) will work with teachers on whole-school approaches to tackling gender stereotyping and the resulting limits on both boys and girls’ choices. In doing so it seeks to redress the fact that for more than 30 years only a fifth of those taking A-level physics in England have been girls… Read more
Wands Ready! Hull Selected As A Finalist

Wands Ready! Hull Selected As A Finalist

A national poll for fans to decide the future tour locations for the magnificent ‘Wizarding World Wands supporting Lumos’  installation which illuminated the City of London last autumn, has revealed eight finalists, including Hull. Birmingham, Dublin, Kingston upon Hull, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Reading, and Stoke on Trent will now form the final poll for fans to determine which four locations will host the installation next. The final ‘Wands Ready’ voting process opens today… Read more
GCSE pupils sitting exams

Primary school children almost as stressed over exams as GCSE pupils

A third of primary school parents say exams are making their children stressed, according to a new study looking into the pressure pupils are put under during their school years. New research by home education provider Oxford Home Schooling reveals that even primary school children are being strained by the prospect of their academic performance. The study reveals that, alongside a third (33%) of parents saying their child feels stressed by exams, two in five parents (40%) of pupils aged… Read more
App that gives business skills to sports and fitness students

New partnership set to deliver essential business skills to sports and fitness students

fibodo, the award-winning booking management platform, has announced a partnership with sport education specialist, AoC Sport, to provide up to 239 colleges in England with free access to a business focused e-learning course. The CIMSPA-accredited course, ‘Grow Your Business’ - created by fibodo - aims to teach and inspire students on best business practice, as well as how to operate effectively online and develop successful careers in the fitness sector. The course is designed for… Read more
How to get children excited about STEM

How to get children excited about STEM

It’s unsurprising that children who have confidence in their abilities tend to be more successful in their studies - and that confidence isn’t just built within the school gates. Teaching kids about science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) early on helps lay the foundations for deeper learning, and parents can play a big role in supporting this.  Leading chemistry specialists Radleys share their top tips for getting kids excited about STEM subjects. Look outside the classroom… Read more
phs provides free-vend sanitary dispensers to education sector to tackle period poverty

phs provides free-vend sanitary dispensers to education sector to tackle period poverty

Washroom services and consumables provider phs Group has launched a free-vend sanitary dispenser for schools, colleges and universities in a bid to tackle period poverty.  The purpose-designed free-vend dispenser was created in response to the growing period poverty agenda and rise in demand from customers across the UK and Ireland. It has already been extensively trialled in Scotland following a directive by the Scottish Government to make free sanitary products available to all pupils and… Read more
Wrapmaster 3000

North Yorkshire County Council Rolls Out Wrapmaster

North Yorkshire County Council has partnered with Cofresco Foodservice, rolling out the award-winning Wrapmaster across its 25 secondary schools and 298 primary schools. Wrapmaster is the catering professional’s dispensing system for cling film, foil and baking parchment. With 42,000 meals served daily, the affiliation is part of the council’s strict policies on hygiene and food safety, as well as its ongoing commitment to pupil welfare and allergies. Joanne Simpson, Area Manager, North… Read more
This is NewVIc's time to make a stand against knife crime

This is NewVIc's time to make a stand against knife crime

On Thursday 14 March, NewVIc is hosting their annual anti-knife crime event - ‘Life not Knife'.  Students are invited to take part in activities and workshops with special guests including Local MPs, The British Red Cross, Trident Central Gangs Unit, a lead Trauma Nurse from The Royal London Hospital and a Self Defence Expert.  The aim is to educate students on the dangers and impact of knife crime, teach them how to be safe and learn about the support that is available to them.  MPs have… Read more