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CHILDREN are taking up new sports this school year which is increasing the price of back to school as parents fork out for sports clothing and equipment, according to new research.

A survey of more than 7,600 UK adults published by Decathlon in the Decathlon Activity Index 2018, shows that parents spend £54 on average on sports clothing and equipment per child, ahead of the new school year.

 

- Sports clothing and equipment costs £54 on average per child

A new awards system is being launched to encourage children to pursue careers in engineering and technology and prevent a huge shortfall of engineers in the UK.

Research has shown that the UK economy will create 1.2 million jobs in the engineering sector in coming years but the lack of qualified graduates will leave a shortfall of 59,000 candidates a year.

Now UK STEM - a specialist company which works with schools and industry to promote science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) - is launching a special awards system to help plug this gap.

Two specialist teachers in English and Maths are launching a new tutoring service in Altrincham and surrounding areas to help pupils in need of additional support with their studies.
Maria Moyles, 34, from Altrincham and Stephen Readey, 49, from Bolton have created Learn North West, a tailor-made tutoring service that offers both group sessions and private classes in English, Maths and Science for pupils of Primary and Secondary age as well as supporting studies for school entrance exams.

A reading programme which partners students with their younger peers is being rolled out to secondary schools across England to help improve reading skills, confidence and enjoyment. National reading charity Beanstalk is aiming to train more than 3,500 students across the country to become Reading Leaders by the end of the next academic year. The Reading Leaders programme trains students in Years Nine and above to support and encourage younger pupils who are at serious risk of falling behind with their reading.

 A new online software module from quality improvement specialist Mesma provides enhanced teaching, learning and assessment through collaborative observations.

 

Pupils from all seven Schoolsworks schools have taken part in the academy trust's first ever short story writing competition. Children across all schools were challenged to write a creative short story of their choice. The entries were judged across three age categories, and the winners and runners-up were presented with book vouchers and certificates.

Downsbrook Primary School has welcomed a new Head of School to its senior leadership team. Ms Just Jeffrey took up her post at the school earlier this month, and will work alongside the Schoolsworks team to lead the 52 staff and over 300 pupils.

Lanes for Drains are empowering pupils to lead the fight against hidden plastics by working with secondary schools to produce unique and engaging lesson plans and a set of educational resources that are now available to schools nationwide.

The company - the largest privately owned drainage contractor in the UK - aims to raise awareness of the dangers of hidden plastics and how this generation can have the biggest impact in halting the problem.

Janosch Amstutz, founder of HoloMe, has proved that HoloMe has no limits when it comes to the realms in which Augmented Reality can be introduced. They started off the summer on the catwalk with fashion brand, Monki, and are now going back-to-school with EF Education First, the world’s largest international education company.

To ensure schools, colleges, universities and academies are fully-equipped with the knowledge to evacuate safely, Evac+Chair has launched: A Specialist Guide to Emergency Evacuation for Educational Premises. 

Exploring emergency evacuation procedures in educational facilities, the guide is aimed at headteachers, principals, governors, vice-chancellors, facilities managers, occupiers and owners of educational premises.

When it comes to education establishments - whether that’s a school, a college or university - just how many of them reviewing their hardware and software on a regular basis? No doubt there’s always an urgent need to quickly fix that printer or a hard drive for the geography department or another. But how often are ICT experts getting a chance to assess their infrastructure and carry out the relevant updates? Are some thinking it’s just easier to chuck out the old kit and replace with something brand new and shiny?

 

NOW that children are back to school, Manchester opticians are raising awareness of the importance of good vision to children’s education.

Good eyesight is vital for children as their vision helps them explore and concentrate.

In fact, up to 80 per cent of everything learned at school is presented visually, so being able to see clearly is crucial for children’s overall development.

A private girls’ school which recently celebrated achieving some of the strongest GCSE results in Suffolk welcomed boys across the school for the first time on Wednesday 5th September.

Boys have joined Ipswich High School (previously Ipswich High School for Girls) throughout the Prep School and Sixth Form as they move towards becoming a co-educational via the ‘Diamond Model’ of education.

With a severe shortage of teachers across the country and rising pupil numbers, it is essential schools look to new routes to get teachers into their classrooms. Here, we speak with Ashcroft High School Business Manager Julie Ellins about how a Luton-based school has utilised a new Teaching Apprenticeship Programme (TAP), devised by The Education Placement Group (EPG), to solve their recruitment issues. 

THE BRAND NEW PETER JONES ENTERPRISE ACADEMY AT NOTTINGHAM GIRLS’ ACADEMY IS ENCOURAGING BUSINESS LEADERS OF TOMORROW TO CHOOSE THEIR PATH AND LIVE THEIR DREAMS

Nottingham, 7 September 2018 – Applications are now open for the first ever intake of students for the city’s Peter Jones Enterprise Academy. Nottingham Girls’ Academy has kicked off its search to find the business leaders of tomorrow who want to take control of their own futures.