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Government regulator to investigate ESS moving schools on to three-year contracts

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is investigating whether education software company ESS is abusing a dominant position to push schools into accepting a new three-year contract.  The investigation will assess concerns around a contract change made by Education Software Solutions Ltd Group (ESS) – the largest provider of school management information systems in the UK. The company is requiring its customers to move from one-year contracts to three-year contracts and the CMA is… Full story
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Children's author Sarah Morrell announces free end of Primary event

A children's author is hosting a free online event for up to 100 primary schools to celebrate their next adventure to secondary school. West Yorkshire author Sarah Morrell and Hashtag Press are will be talking about her new book 'A Head Full Of Magic' on 16th June 2022. Sarah swapped criminology for children's books and since signing with prize-winning independent publishing house Hashtag Press, based in south-east England, she hasn't looked back! Released this week, A Head Full of Magic is… Full story
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Only half of UK parents read with their child every day, according to recent data

A new report for Nick Jr. by the National Literacy Trust shows that fewer parents engaged in home learning activities during lockdown compared with pre-pandemic levels. Research suggests that about 1 in 5 parents said they had struggled with a lack of confidence in their abilities as a new parent during the pandemic. Our Early Words Together programme improves parents' confidence to support their child's literacy activities at home Only half of parents said that they read with their child… Full story
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A quarter of British 6–11-year-olds have chosen their tech devices over spending time with friends in person 

A quarter (25%) of British 'Generation Alpha', children born after 2010, would rather spend time on their iPad, tablet, smart speaker or other devices than socialise with their peers in person, according to exclusive online research from global cloud communications platform Infobip.     The research, commissioned with global public opinion firm YouGov, polled British children aged 6–11 years old and found that a fifth of girls (20%) and nearly a third (30%) of boys have chosen spending time… Full story
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NCFE and WorldSkills UK launch third phase of applications for Centre of Excellence

A technical training firm has opened applications for its Centre of Excellence training programme. NCFE, in partnership with WorldSkills UK, is seeking people for the third year of its scheme training technical educators. With the second year of the programme currently underway, the scheme is already showing positive results from its first-year participants.  An online survey of learners revealed that a significant majority (86%) said that they would be able to apply the skills they had… Full story
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Barnardo's launch educational resources to help schools tackle sexual harassment and abuse

Barnardo’s says much more needs to be done to protect children from sexual abuse, exploitation, and extremism, so is launching a new version of its educational programme, Real Love Rocks.  It comes after the results from an Ofsted rapid review of sexual abuse in schools and colleges. The investigation took place after the Everyone’s Invited website revealed testimonials which showed how prevalent sexual abuse has been in schools over the years.  Ofsted found that almost four-fifths (79%) of… Full story
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Two-thirds of teachers agree use of internet connected devices increases abuse in schools

Two-thirds (63%) of UK teachers believe that internet-connected devices result in more frequent abuse of both teachers and students within the school environment, according to research from classroom management and safeguarding software provider, Impero.   The research, based on a survey of 500 primary and secondary school teachers across the UK, found that 70% struggle with monitoring and controlling student behaviour on the internet amid increasing use of technology in schools.   More than… Full story
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Concern over pupil absence surge amid teacher shortage pressures

Pupil absence is surging just a month after figures appeared to be at their best since the pandemic began. The number of children off school with coronavirus related attendance restrictions has more than doubled in a fortnight.  The worsening picture comes just a month on from attendance being at its highest since May 2021. The DfE has recently updated its school attendance guidance, meaning schools will no longer have to distinguish between Covid-related absence when recording attendance… Full story
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The Big Bang Competition entry deadline has been extended

The deadline for entries to The Big Bang Competition has been extended to Monday 4 April (5pm). This extension will allow for more projects to be entered into the Competition while providing more time for competitors to make the final touches on their project. Inquisitive young people with an idea to invent something to transform people’s lives or use scientific research to find solutions could win the prestigious title of UK Young Scientist or UK Young Engineer of the Year. The winners of… Full story
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Concern over the rise of TikTots - young children accessing social media

The UK's media regulator Ofcom has raised concerns about the levels of very young children accessing social media. New Ofcom research has revealed large percentages of parents are allowing youngsters to use TikTok, YouTube and Instagram. Themes emerging from the research include: Multi-screening TikTots. Despite being under the minimum age requirement (13 for most social media sites), 33% of parents of 5-7s and twice as many 8-11s (60%) said they have a social media profile. Older children… Full story
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New report shines light on school governing boards’ lack of diversity

A new report from GovernorHub has exposed the lack of diversity on school governing boards in England, revealing the majority of school governors and trustees to be white, older, and educated to at least graduate degree level.   These findings demonstrate the limited representation pupils have on their schools governing boards, in the midst of calls for schools to do more to protect and safeguard Black pupils, following widespread public outrage at the treatment of Child Q.   The report, which… Full story
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Pupils who've never met win competition to put experiment in space

Slime - the gooey and beloved children's plaything - will be used by astronauts to help clean the International Space Station thanks to an experiment designed by two teenage classmates who have never met in person. The unusual solution to the problem of keeping the ISS clean is the brainchild of Oleg Shkarovskyy and Noah Deisges, who will fly to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to watch their design being built and fine-tuned, before witnessing the launch of the rocket that will take it… Full story
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New report on pupil learning loss from the pandemic published by the Department for Education

New research from Education Policy Institute (EPI) and Renaissance for the Depart for Education has found that learning losses for primary pupils in the 2021/2022 autumn term had shown signs of recovery since the 2020/2021 summer term. But for pupils in secondary schools, in reading, there have been further losses amongst pupils since the summer. Learning losses for disadvantaged pupils remain greater than their non-disadvantaged peers. Between the summer and autumn terms, the gap in progress… Full story
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Digital exclusion in classrooms fuelled by lack of access to devices and connectivity

Southampton University has launched a report, commissioned by Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., analysing how digital exclusion is being fuelled in classrooms by a lack of access to devices and connectivity. By surveying teachers, lecturers, students, IT support staff and educational sector regulators in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain, and Italy, the research measures the impact that a lack of devices and connectivity is having today – as well as the effect an ongoing shortage will have… Full story
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Fire risk warning over school kitchen extraction systems

Hundreds of schools across the UK could be at risk of devastating fires because the commercial extraction systems in their kitchens aren’t being cleaned to required industry wide standards. All kitchens in a commercial setting now need to be cleaned by specially accredited technicians in order to adequately remove dangerous volumes of grease which quickly build up in the extraction ventilations systems. Due to the flammable nature of the greases and oils in large-scale kitchens, there is a… Full story
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Pupils across the UK encouraged to get creative in competition to find the art and everyday maths

To get children across the country thinking about ‘everyday maths’, leading edtech provider Renaissance Learning has today, on World Maths Day, launched an exciting drawing competition for primary schools. On World Maths Day (23 March) research has revealed that, due to the pandemic, 61% of teachers in the UK are finding that their students are less secure in their understanding of maths being taught whilst 44% are worried that their pupils risk falling behind in the subject and almost half (… Full story
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Exhibition gives insight into children’s play in pandemic

New research from the University of Sheffield, University College London (UCL) and play specialists from Great Ormond Street Hospital has revealed the impact the Covid-19 pandemic had on children’s play. Contributions to the collaborative Play Observatory study have been used to curate the Young V&A’s first ever online exhibition, Play In The Pandemic, which will be launched on Wednesday 23 March 2022, exactly two years on since the prime minister announced the first national lockdown.… Full story
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ukactive Kids and Nike expand Active School Hero to every school in the UK following huge success in England

ukactive Kids, in partnership with Nike, has announced a nationwide campaign to recognise unsung primary school staff who have inspired physical activity among schoolchildren. The Active School Hero Award, backed by Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, one of Britain’s greatest Paralympians and Chair of ukactive, has now opened for nominations and will see finalists nominated from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, ahead of a UK winner, to be announced at the ukactive Awards. A recent… Full story
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Twinkl launches new augmented reality resources for British Science Week 2022

Twinkl has created interactive learning materials for the classroom to coincide with British Science Week 2022 (Mar 11-20) British Science Week, (https://www.britishscienceweek.org ) is a wonderful way of celebrating pioneering developments in different scientific fields. In order to make this come alive, Twinkl has created a selection of augmented reality (AR) resources that can be used with Twink’s LeARn & Explore App. The LeARn & Explore App uses AR to  provide students with… Full story
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Scholarship fund helps Black and mixed Black heritage students studying geography at university

Esri UK and Black Geographers today announced that this year’s Geospatial Scholarship Fund is now open to applicants. Two awards will be made this academic year, consisting of an Undergraduate Award of £30,000 and a Masters Award of £20,000, to study within the disciplines of geography or geoscience. Supporting Black and mixed Black heritage students to achieve their full potential at university, by removing some of the financial burden, the fund is now in its second year. Successful students… Full story
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Environmental art competition invites schools to take part with the chance to win free beach trip

To mark Earth Day and to encourage more students to become active in protecting the planet, the competition invites children to create artwork addressing, ‘my role in protecting the environment’   Primary, secondary and special schools across the country are invited to take part in a national art competition, aimed at inspiring children to tackle the climate emergency and play their part in protecting the planet. Created by immersive storytelling organisation, Lyfta, the competition aims to… Full story
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National Careers Week – an opportune moment to inspire young people as they enter the world of work

Joe Crossley, CEO of a leading national recruitment and training solutions provider, sees first-hand the challenges young people face when searching for employment opportunities, especially in areas that are considered disadvantaged. This has always been a huge driver in how Qube Learning function as a business; they are motivated to secure job vacancies for those in need of a sustainable profession. Joe says: "The past two years have been extremely tough for many people, particularly young… Full story
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Oldham student takes home British Muslim Award 

Hannah Miah, of Lyndhurst Primary in Oldham, picked up the Young Achievers award at the British Muslim Awards on the 24th of February.   Now in its 9th year, the British Muslim Awards honour top professionals for their ingenuity and achievements at the Marquee British Muslim Heritage Centre in Manchester.   Hannah Miah, just 10 years old, was commended for her work raising awareness on the hardships experienced by the street children in Bangladesh, whilst also raising a staggering £15,600 for… Full story
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Edtech firm launches in 100 schools to tackle pandemic learning gaps

Elastik, the pioneering analytics and assessment platform for schools, is launching in the UK to help schools and teachers urgently address gaps in learning that have been created or exacerbated by the pandemic.   Designed by teachers, for teachers, Elastik maps student performance data against the national curriculum, so that teachers can quickly and easily pinpoint individual and class-wide learning needs.   Elastik initially launched to help schools identify learning gaps in Western… Full story