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West Midlands Mayor Andy Street has visited PET-Xi Training’s new Skills Hub in Nuneaton to see first-hand the difference digital training is making in communities.

Skills shortages is one of the key areas the Mayor is keen to address throughout the region to ensure businesses are able to employ qualified digital staff.

Andy met staff and learners taking part in the Positive Futures and ITQ programmes run by PET-Xi Training to break down employability barriers at its Skills Hub in Abbey Street.

In light of the recent announcement that Ofsted[1]will focus less on exam results and place emphasis on the quality of teaching, it’s more important than ever that Multi-Academy Trusts - MATs - are spending their time on creating a rich curriculum learning rather than data crunching. Today, there are 1532 MATs[2]throughout the UK and this number is expected to continue to grow. Data analysis is one of the most important measurers within MATs.

GFORCE Sportswear is a cutting edge brand developed by Gymphlex Ltd that boasts more than 100 years of experience producing high quality sportswear and leisurewear.

Former state students in Birmingham are to help transform current students’ opportunities and give them a better start in life by going back to their old schools in an initiative to build an alumni network in schools and colleges in the city.

The programme – run by the education charity Future First – has been backed by the Birmingham born actor David Harewood who went to Washwood Heath Academy in Burney Lane, Stechford.

The prestigious Tring Park School for the Performing Arts is delighted to announce that Sir Matthew Bourne OBE has become a patron of the school.
 

Specialist nursing care provider Exemplar Health Care has announced that its new Preston home will be called Ribble View following a naming competition with Fishwick Primary School pupils. 

The result of Exemplar’s inaugural naming collaboration with a primary school, the home’s name plays homage to its nearby river, the River Ribble. The pupils – aged between 9 and 11 - were provided with some brief guidelines for naming the £3m local care home, and with the support of teacher Lucy Wheeler 25 brilliant suggestions were put forward to a judging panel at Exemplar.

The Schoolwear Show is owned by and operated by The Schoolwear Show Limited.

The show is organised on a purely voluntary basis; the directors giving up their own time to organise the show.

The Schoolwear Show is hosted at Cranmore Park Conference and Event Centre.

The Schoolwear Show Limited is a major donor to and supporter of the Schoolwear Association.

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Sports Hall Refurbishment this time for the courtship team was in Pleckgate, Blackburn. A little far away from our base in Somerset, but we travel nationwide for contracts on sports halls.

The size of this sports hall floor refurbishment contract was 600sqm. With a strong team of five flooring engineers, this wasn’t a problem.

The condition of the sports hall flooring was rather dire in the respect that there were scratches from years of activity and lots of wear on the top lacquer, giving a messy finish to the floor.

Analysis of Ofsted’s early monitoring visits to employers, independent training providers and universities by online quality assurance specialist Mesma has revealed some positive impacts. 

The news comes as Ofsted says that the levy has contributed to a huge increase in the number of providers delivering apprenticeships, doubling the numbers of independent learning providers and employer providers.

This week, the Rainbow Café, located in the Acorn Community Centre, saw a group of young amateur chefs chop, slice and blend to create and serve a hearty lunch for local residents and special guest, the Mayor of Wokingham. 

Customers from Optalis’ Supported Employment service took over the community café for the day to develop their catering and customer service skills, serving freshly made meals to visitors and the Mayor of Wokingham, Cllr John Kaiser.

A grant from the Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm's Community Fund STEM Programme is enabling Sheringham High School to lead an innovative robotics development project for students from six Norfolk schools.

KUBO Robotics has launched a brand-new innovative coding pack for primary school children. Available from January 2019, “Coding+” builds on KUBO’s existing robotics resource and teaches children aged 4-10 more advanced programming elements and stronger computational thinking skills.

This year, NewVIc has been announced as the Newham hub for all Year 13 students applying to the University of Oxford, Wadham College. 

Wadham College are working closely with NewVIc to support students and other Newham students with their admissions process.

Following a greetings card design competition with David Wilson Homes, an imaginative pupil from Church End Lower School in Marston Moretaine is spreading joy to new residents at the homebuilder’s Marston Fields development.

As part of a ‘Welcome Home’ campaign, David Wilson Homes reached out to the school nearby its Torry Orchard site for the help of the pupils in designing greeting cards to be handed out to new homebuyers.

The Government’s Year of Engineering campaign has teamed up with iconic comic brand Marvel, to launch a set of fun educational resources to help KS2 students aged 7-11 identify the superhero qualities needed to solve the global challenges we face.

And it features a wealth of inspiration for keeping kids busy and entertained over the Christmas holidays.