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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
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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
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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
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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
Future First take students to The Flava People factory

Students taste life in the food industry with Future First

School students interested in a career in food are taking part in a programme to demonstrate the breadth of jobs available in the industry and increase their work skills. National education charity Future First has partnered with The Flava People, who supply the UK's leading retailers, restaurants and food manufacturers with sauces and seasonings, to inform state school students about the skills necessary to succeed in the food and hospitality industry. Under the scheme, The Flava People will… Read more
female education professional

Over half of education professionals don't know how to ask for a pay rise 

A study conducted by CV-Library, the UK’s leading independent job board, has discovered that over half of education professionals (56.3%) don’t know how to ask their employer for a pay rise. A further 51.1% revealed that they’ve never even negotiated on parts of a job offer.   What’s more, the survey of 1,200 British professionals reveals that 56.1% of education professionals haven’t received a pay rise in the last 12-18 months. Of those who did, over a quarter (29.4%) received a minimal… Read more
Beyond the walls of a gallery - an art trip unlike any other

Beyond the walls of a gallery - an art trip unlike any other

Imagine a living, breathing art gallery, where nature and art work in harmony to create a truly magical and unique experience. Magnificent sculptures are placed amongst mature trees and architectural plants, whilst gently moving water provides a sense of calm and an accompanying backdrop to the wildlife that calls this outdoor gallery home. The Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden in Ockley, Surrey has proudly exhibited an ever changing collection of contemporary sculpture within 10 acres of… Read more
Teacher Using Free Teaching Resources With Students

Education Destination Creates Over 700 Free Teaching Resources

Education Destination has created over 700 teaching resources that cover all Key Stages, Abilities and Subjects, and are free for teachers to use. Created by Education Destination’s own team of teachers, with over 175 years’ experience between them, no other school trip provider in the world offers such a depth and breadth of teaching resources.  All address specific National Curriculum or main exam board syllabus requirements. And most are differentiated for ability, making it easy for mixed… Read more
Rosh Pinah Primary School pupils by the Book Bus from leading bookseller, The Book People. The school was crowned the winners in the Achievement for All 100 Million Minutes Reading Challenge

Have children lost their love of reading?

The number of five-16 year-olds who read books for pleasure has declined, according to recent research[1] from Childwise, so Achievement for All is calling for schools, settings, families, libraries, community groups, businesses and organisations from across the world to come together to reignite a love of reading during their 200 Million Minutes Reading Challenge. The research shows that whilst the average amount of reading per day has remained consistent year on year (0.6 hours),more than… Read more
Teacher & students with 3D Printer in school

HSE Report Raises Concerns Over 3D Printer Safety In Schools

Leeds-based Kora 3D, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of desktop 3D printers, has developed a unique universal safety cabinet to protect 3D printer users, following the release of a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) report today which found that the printers can create  harmful emissions, potentially endangering staff and pupils. The use of Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) and Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) 3D printers as part of the school curriculum has grown rapidly in recent years… Read more