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Twinkl, Twinkl, big star: Publisher opens second office in Sheffield

Twinkl Educational Publishing has gone from shining star to supernova after opening its second office in the city of Sheffield, following rapid growth.  The company, which provides an online catalogue of over 625,000 resources and services for schools and educators, has purchased a 20,000 sq.ft building at Hallamshire Business Park on Napier Street.  Over 90 team members have moved to the new building, with others continuing to work from the company’s headquarters at the nearby Wards Exchange… Full story
Rolls-Royce STEM education sessions for primary schools

Rolls-Royce and Discovery Education bring STEM to primary schools

An exciting new partnership to inspire the next generation of scientists was launched at Rolls-Royce HQ in Derby recently. Teachers from local primary schools visited the Rolls-Royce Learning and Development Centre to celebrate the start of the new initiative, which sees the company joining forces with Discovery Education to support STEM learning. Developed to spark children’s interest in future STEM careers, the pioneering collaboration will provide classroom resources to 40 primary schools… Full story
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Cardiff primary teacher wins Twinkl Teacher of the Year 2019

A Cardiff primary school teacher has been awarded Teacher of the Year 2019 for her outstanding work at Lakeside Primary School, Cyncoed. Holly Buse, who teaches Year 5 at Lakeside, was recognised for her efforts as part of the Twinkl Awards 2019 run by the international educational resource publisher, Twinkl.  Teaching staff from across the UK were asked to nominate their colleagues for the awards by providing testimonials about the impact they have had on their school and pupils.  Holly won… Full story
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1decision awarded PSHE Association Quality Mark

1decision, part of Headway learning resources, has been awarded the PSHE Association Quality Mark for its Key Stage 2 classroom materials. With Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) reaching a pivotal point in UK schooling, and Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education becoming statutory from September 2020, this national recognition for 1decision could not be better timed. The programme, which already held the PSHE Association Quality Mark for its Key Stage 1… Full story
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Exams success for Aberdeenshire pupils 

Exams success sees improvements in attainment levels for Aberdeenshire pupils Aberdeenshire’s 6,000 senior pupils are finding out how they did in their exams today (Tue, Aug 6) in a year that has seen attainment levels improve locally for those in S4, S5 and S6.  Pupils across the area this year entered for a total of 30,000 courses across 65 qualification areas at SCQF levels 2-7.  The wide range of subject areas saw pupils study for vocational and academic exams covering the creative arts… Full story
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University of Derby Dean of Students to receive prestigious award

University of Derby Dean of Students to receive prestigious National Teaching Fellowship award Fiona Shelton, the University of Derby’s Dean of Students, is to receive a National Teaching Fellowship – the most prestigious individual award in higher education. Fiona, who began her career in higher education in 2003, has been awarded the accolade in recognition of her contribution to teaching excellence at the University. The Advance HE National Teaching Fellowship scheme has been running… Full story
Group Of School Teachers talking about scrapping skills tests

NASBTT statement: Scrapping skills tests

The Department for Education (DfE) has today confirmed that it will withdraw the professional skills test at the end of the current recruitment style. These tests are undertaken to assess the core skills that teachers need to fulfil their professional role in schools, rather than the subject knowledge needed for teaching, to ensure that all teachers are competent in numeracy and literacy, regardless of their specialism. Currently, all trainee teachers have to pass skills tests in numeracy and… Full story
Gratnells STEM packaging for Robolink

Gratnells consolidates STEM packaging expertise with international partnership

Gratnells, the global leader in educational storage solutions, based in Harlow, has continued its commitment to enhancing worldwide classrooms by redesigning a CoDrone STEM education kit for a robotics company in the USA. Established 7 years ago in San Diego, California, Robolink make STEM education accessible, engaging and fun for American children and hobbyists. The company encourages students to learn about science, technology, engineering and mathematics through hands-on robotics kits, the… Full story
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Modular school buildings mythbuster

by QA Education editor Victoria Galligan With a rising number of pupils and an ever-increasing demand for schools in the most populated areas of the country, the need for more classrooms continues to grow – and fast. Many schools find themselves stuck in older buildings which now cost a lot to maintain or, worse still, are no longer fit for purpose. Here, we look at the modern methods of construction (MMC) which are changing the landscape of the building trade and ask: is modular right for… Full story
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How Twinkl Parents has progressed in the last 10 months

In August 2018, Twinkl Parents was launched, a service designed to meet the needs of an increasing number of parents accessing and subscribing to the Twinkl website.  The service provides resources ranging from flash-cards and activity sheets to online educational games and apps.  Jay Wynn, who manages the Parents service at Twinkl, said: “We wanted to create a service to address the universal challenges parents and guardians face raising children. The team's mantra is “made by teachers,… Full story
Schoolworks Celebrates SATS Progress

Schoolworks Celebrates SATS Progress

Dave Ayers, Head of School at River Beach Primary in Littlehampton, which is celebrating its best ever SATs results Schoolsworks has announced its unverified Key Stage 2 SATs results for 2019, which show that the multi-academy trust is having a positive impact on school improvement. For schools which have been in the Trust for more than 3 years this year's combined RWM is 67% against a national average for combined RWM this year of 65%.  Schoolsworks is a growing multi-academy trust, based on… Full story
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More competition for education roles, as pay increases by 3.7%

According to the latest job market data from the UK’s leading independent job board, CV-Library, the amount of education professionals applying for new jobs increased by 14.5% last month, while average salaries also grew by a comfortable 3.7%. The findings, which compared job market data from June 2019 with the same period last year, comes as welcome news to employers that are hiring right now, as the amount of education professionals looking for work online grew by 50.4%. A key driving… Full story
STEM based careers

Parents in the UK prefer science-based careers for their children

Over three quarters (76%) of UK parents would like their children to choose careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), according to a survey commissioned by Shell’s national schools’ competition, The Bright Ideas Challenge[1]. This is despite more than a third of parents (36%) saying they lack the knowledge and confidence to give STEM careers advice to their children.   The survey findings come as the regional winners of the Bright Ideas Challenge gather at Imperial College… Full story
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Majority Of Education Professionals Want To Move Jobs

Majority of professionals working in education want to move jobs, but won’t because of low salaries  A new study from the UK’s leading independent job board, CV-Library, reveals that despite the fact that 86% of professionals working in the education industry are considering moving jobs right now, 62% aren’t doing so jobs because they believe the salaries on offer aren’t high enough. Indeed, according to further analysis* from CV-Library, pay for new education jobs is currently 8.9% lower than… Full story
Birmingham Teachers Group Photograph For Active Kids Do Better

Birmingham Teachers Unite to Make Schools More Active

Nike, Youth Sport Trust & Discovery Education host event for Birmingham Primary Schools as part of nationwide Active Kids Do Better programme Teachers from across Birmingham came together at a special event last week to help the region’s primary schools.  Hosted by Nike, The Youth Sport Trust and Discovery Education, “The Power of an Active School” saw 22 teachers from around the city gather at Greet Primary School in Sparkhill on Thursday 20th June, where they shared ideas and heard from… Full story
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Road safety highlighted by primary children's march

Schoolchildren took to the streets today in a national day of action to raise awareness of road safety, as horrifying statistics surrounding traffic deaths and injuries were highlighted. More than 63,000 children of primary age took part in Brake’s Kids Walk with Shaun the Sheep, as 45 children are killed or injured every day on roads across the UK. The national project, in partnership with the Ocado Foundation, saw Shaun and his flock help youngsters learn key road safety messages and call… Full story