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Schools and teachers involved in the PIE project

Schools Urged to Take a Slice of the PIE

A North-East charity that connects education with the world of business is urging Primary schools in the region to follow the enterprising example of a school in Darlington to win the chance of a £5000 prize. Newcastle based charity, Primary Inspiration Through Enterprise - PIE - recently named Reid Street Primary School in Darlington as the North-East's most enterprising school after they won the final challenge in a unique project. The challenge helped young people to develop the knowledge… Read more
Students & Teachers from Ormiston Academies Trust

Ormiston Academies Trust secures landmark £2 million funding

Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT) has today announced that it has secured £2 million funding, thanks to the #iwill Fund. The #iwill Fund supports the aims of the #iwill campaign - to make involvement in social action a part of life for young people, by recognising the benefit for both young people and their communities. Ormiston Academies Trust has been awarded £1m through the #iwill Fund, made possible thanks to the Big Lottery Fund, using National Lottery funding, and the Department for… Read more
Woman using Hey Ants file transfer service

Hey Ants extends file transfer service offer to include teachers, educators and students

Hey Ants (www.heyants.com), the popular global file transfer platform, has extended its offer to include the education sector.   Teachers, educators and students are being invited to use the service for free or take advantage of a special package price for the higher volume tier - https://www.heyants.com/teachers-offer   Originally created as a business tool to facilitate collaboration between creative types such as photographers, designers, visual artists, architects and musicians, the… Read more
The Education Training Hub - Early Years

The Education Training Hub - Early Years

The Education Training Hub (TETH) are delighted to announce the launch of The Early Years Training Hub from the 20th of November 2018, featuring June O'Sullivan, an expert member of its advisory board, as the keynote speaker. The event will be held from 1pm to 4pm at Finsbury Square, London, EC2A 1AF. With high-quality and affordable online training, written and reviewed by Early Years experts and inspectors, the Hub will change the face of training for Early Years and childcare providers… Read more
Gillian Keegan MP meets pupils from Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Primary School in Kirkby as part of Future First alumni programme.

MP goes back to school to inspire pupils through Future First

An MP has returned to school in Kirkby to help broaden primary pupils’ jobs horizons and boost their career aspirations, with education charity Future First. Gillian Keegan, who grew up in Knowsley and is now the Conservative MP for Chichester, visited Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Primary School in Moorfield, Tower Hill, Kirkby, to share her journey from a local girl to Westminster with Year 6 students and to discuss the pupils’ jobs aspirations and how they might achieve them.  She… Read more
Accrington and Rossendale College - Higher Education Awards 2018

Accrington and Rossendale College - Higher Education Awards 2018

Tuesday 9 October saw Accrington Town Hall become a busy hive of activity as former students of Accrington and Rossendale celebrated their outstanding achievements with an Awards and Graduation Ceremony.  Wendy Higgin, Vice Principal at Accrington and Rossendale College, opened up the evening welcoming students and tutors to the event, with Assistant Principal, Charlotte Scheffmann, taking to the stage afterwards to share the highlights of Higher Education at the college over the last academic… Read more
Bristol-based 3P Learning scoops Teach Early Years Award

Bristol-based 3P Learning scoops Teach Early Years Award

Bristol-based 3P Learning scoops Teach Early Years Award for its learning resource Mathseeds and a Teach Primary Award for its Mathletics program. Bristol-based 3P Learning, worldwide leader in online education and creator of curriculum-mapped resources covering mathematics, spelling and literacy, is celebrating a double success after winning a Teach Early Years Award for its resource Mathseeds and a Teach Primary Award for its Mathletics program. Mathseeds, a digital maths resource created… Read more
10% of children in ‘stranger chats’ have been asked to undress

10% of children in ‘stranger chats’ have been asked to undress

One in ten children who video chat with strangers have been asked to change or undress on camera, according to a survey. This is just one of the startling statistics revealed in Hopes and Streams – the UK’s largest nationwide online safety survey (40,000 children). Children aged seven to 16 were polled by LGfL DigiSafe, the safeguarding arm of the London Grid for Learning. Some key findings from the research included: · Youngest pupils (aged seven and eight) were just as likely to be asked to… Read more
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3 Money-Saving University Tips to Pass on to Your Students

You’ve mentored your pupils through their A Levels and they’ve secured a place at their chosen University. While it may feel like the important work is done, there are many more lessons to share (beyond the syllabus), that will prove valuable as they embark on university life. Of course, factors such as making new friends and keeping track of deadlines will be high up on their list of challenges, but the biggest challenge of all for new students is learning how to budget and manage money.… Read more
academies – children read with a teacher

Reaction to Labour Party’s plans to scrap academies

Following The Labour Party’s reported shift to a more hard-line policy on schools, and subsequent pledge to scrap the current academies system – where institutions operate outside of local authority networks and are increasingly grouped together in trusts – an education recruiter has warned of the risk of intensifying existing teacher shortages. Currently 66% of secondary schools and 29% of primaries operate as Academies, with more than 1,000 more conversions in the pipeline. Commenting on… Read more
Sarah Wins National Digital Challenge

County Durham Pupil 'Makes World Bigger' To Win National Digital Challenge

A County Durham pupil is celebrating after winning one of the top prizes in a popular annual challenge for primary schools. Sarah Johnson-Frost, 9, from Crook Primary School has been announced as a winner of Make Your World Bigger 2018, a video challenge designed to keep children learning during the summer holidays.  Organised by Discovery Education, the competition encourages pupils to join a 30-day film adventure, watching a daily Discovery video clip to learn something new. Nearly 8000… Read more
School safety mobile app

School safety in the palm of your hands

Scott Deutschman, EVP Mobile Platforms at DMI   The recent and incredibly tragic school shootings in the US has increased the focus on school and campus safety exponentially. Even with the UK’s stricter gun laws, the risk of injury or death is still very real for UK education institutions.   The issue is particularly acute due to the lack of security personnel at schools. There is an urgent need for schools to become more secure, while on the flip side, not turning schools into prisons… Read more
Improve document security by investing in the right education printing solutions

Improve document security by investing in the right education printing solutions

There’s no denying that schools and colleges have benefitted from the development of increasingly sophisticated technology for the classroom and back office. However, with innovation comes greater tech vulnerability, and it is critical to protect sensitive student and staff data. Printers aren’t typically considered the front line of cyber security, but ever-increasing hard drive space means they shouldn’t be overlooked when assessing your school’s vulnerability to data breaches.  The 2018… Read more
Improve document security by investing in the right education printing solutions

Improve document security by investing in the right education printing solutions

There’s no denying that schools and colleges have benefitted from the development of increasingly sophisticated technology for the classroom and back office. However, with innovation comes greater tech vulnerability, and it is critical to protect sensitive student and staff data. Printers aren’t typically considered the front line of cyber security, but ever-increasing hard drive space means they shouldn’t be overlooked when assessing your school’s vulnerability to data breaches.  The 2018… Read more
Air Pollution Issue In Classrooms

Tackling The Air Pollution Issue In Classrooms

According to recent research, children across the UK are being forced to breathe dangerous levels of toxic air as they make their way to and from school – and even once they are inside their classrooms. As well as potentially damaging their health, this is having a negative impact on learning and productivity. Phil Mangnall, managing director at Jaga UK, explains why schools should invest in efficient ventilation systems to get the best out of their students. “With students now back in school… Read more
New esports platform launches for University students throughout the UK

New esports platform launches for University students throughout the UK

Specialist digital provider Code Wizards has launched a brand new esports platform for University students throughout the UK in time for this year’s students.  The platform has been created for the newly formed company National Student Esports (NSE) a member of The Benchmark Sport Group, which runs traditional sports businesses such as the Square Mile Relay and Beyond Sport, which promotes social change through sport.  Code Wizards have used their proven experience of building engaging and… Read more
Top 10 Pitfalls of Visitor Management

Top 10 Pitfalls of Visitor Management

Visitor management solutions are becoming more prevalent within schools today, particularly since the introduction of GDPR. To comply with the new regulation many are choosing to opt for a more secure method of managing their visitors and data. Making the right choice of provider is important for schools as there are many factors to consider and various issues that can arise. This article aims to outline the potential pitfalls to avoid when making the switch to digital visitor management.… Read more
PA systems

EPA Series of PA Systems Launched for school stages

Pro Audio Centre has always prided itself on being able to provide PA systems and lighting to those on a budget, providing the best in low cost gear and big name brands at knock down prices. One of our biggest sellers has always been our range of complete PA systems. So for 2013 we are happy to announce the introduction of our EPA range of complete PA systems starting at just £215. Bargain Value PA Systems When creating the EPA range we listened to our customers to find out what their main… Read more
 Community Brands Closes Acquisition of Education Technology Company Groupcall

 Community Brands Closes Acquisition of Education Technology Company Groupcall

Community Brands, an industry leader in cloud-based software for schools, associations, nonprofits and faith-based organisations, today announced the acquisition of Groupcall, a trusted provider of communications and data analytics solutions for schools, multi-academy trusts, local authorities and education software developers, with 70 employees and a head office in London. Groupcall specialises in data aggregation and analytics, identity management, payment and parental engagement software… Read more
Lewisham Teacher Receives Gold Award From Top British Athletes

Lewisham Teacher Receives Gold Award From Top British Athletes

A Lewisham teacher has received a national award from two top British athletes after helping his pupils to be more active. Edward Pinks, from St Mary Magdalen Catholic Primary School, has been recognised as a Gold Active Teacher, one of the UK’s first. He was presented with the award by Paralympian Aled Davies and sprinter Bianca Williams, who made a special visit to his school today. The athletes led a lively assembly where they shared inspiring stories of competing for Great Britain. They… Read more