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Twinkl celebrates International Women’s Day by sharing the inspiring thoughts of their female leaders, to empower the next generation 

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2022, the women of Twinkl have come together to discuss their roles within the company and offer advice to the next generation of women who may be looking for a role in education. “We are living in a historical moment” International Women’s Day is set to be a global celebration of female achievements and will raise awareness of equality issues women face daily.  Emmeline Pankhurst, Rosa Parks and Amelia Earhart, are just some of the remarkable women… Full story
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The world’s first International Baccalaureate autism school opens in Cambridge

The world’s first International Baccalaureate (IB) special autism school building has officially opened its doors, enabling The Cavendish School to accept an additional 50 students this term in Years 3 - 7.   The school, which started teaching in September 2021, was previously located in temporary accommodation at Girton Glebe Primary School with capacity for just 10 students. The new site means that more families, whose children’s needs cannot be catered for within current… Full story
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National Book Retailer To Donate 18,000 Children’s Books Across The UK To Celebrate World Book Day

To celebrate World Book Day on 3rd March 2022, independent, online children’s bookseller, Books2Door, is donating 18,000 free books to several charities, libraries, schools and hospitals across the UK. Confirmed partners include The Children’s Literacy Charity, Alder Hey Children’s Charity, several primary schools and regional libraries.  With World Book Day 2022 coming up, the donation demonstrates their commitment to “make books accessible for all children.” The donation also coincides with… Full story
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English schools facing a significant rise in water rates

The Coronavirus pandemic has increased the amount of bad debt in the commercial water market.  In April 2022, this cost will be passed on to customers through a temporary price rise. The commercial water market was deregulated in 2017, allowing schools to choose their water supplier. Until recently, the savings available from switching business water tariffs have been minimal, so the vast majority of schools have continued with the water supplier they’ve always had. Businesses that have never… Full story
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Secondary schools invited to enter Stronger Than Hate Challenge

A powerful challenge which empowers secondary school students to tackle hate within their communities is being launched across the UK this week.  The annual Stronger Than Hate Challenge encourages students aged 13-18 to use their creativity to show how testimony can bring communities closer together. Entries can take the form of a video, poem, song, blog or piece of art and a first prize of £5000 plus iPads is on offer. Full rules and submission details are available here. The Stronger Than… Full story
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Teaching Crisis Looms with 90% set to quit the classroom before they retire

Fewer than one in ten teachers plan to stay in their jobs until retirement, a survey has found. Just nine per cent of teachers said they would only leave teaching on retirement - a figure that remained the same across the state and private school sectors. A wide-ranging survey of 4,690 teachers by Teacher Tapp for Bett 2022, the world’s biggest education technology event [MUST LEAVE] showed that parental engagement had become more positive with schools in the wake of the pandemic peak, with… Full story
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Fears over teacher and classroom assistant shortages

Three-quarters of education employers expect to encounter a shortage of suitable teaching professionals over the next 12 months according to new research. The research, launched by Hays Education found that the same amount (75%) of schools have experienced recruitment difficulties over the past 12 months. Classroom-based support staff have been the most difficult to hire over the past 12 months (45%) followed by teachers (43%) and other support staff such as administration, recruitment, and… Full story
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Headteacher criticises government refusal to ban mobile phones in schools

The Head of a local independent day and boarding school in Bushey, St Margaret’s, has spoken out today following the recent news that Education Secretary, Nadhim Zahawi has decided not to go ahead with the plan to ban mobile phones from schools across England.  Like many other teachers, Lara Péchard, believes that young people’s relationships with their mobile phones have changed as a result of the pandemic and not for the better. Schools like St Margaret’s have already banned their use in a… Full story
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Pupils' new product brings the buzz back to Britain

A group of pupils from a West Yorkshire school are celebrating the official launch of their award winning design. The Design Museum has begun selling Grow Wild, a flower seed canon that was the winning entry for Design Ventura 2020. The team of Year 10 pupils from Heckmondwike Grammar School began the project two years ago and are now proudly able to offer their product for general sale.    All proceeds from sales will be donated to the students' chosen charity The Kirkwood - a hospice in… Full story
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‘Oscars of education’ return to celebrate the best of education in person

The Tes Schools Awards, recognising the outstanding teachers and schools in the UK, are returning for a full in person ceremony, following two years of virtual events. The Tes Schools Awards are now open for nominations, with the ceremony held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on Friday 17 June 2022. For the first time, this year’s awards will bring together categories for state and independent schools to create one combined and inclusive national event to celebrate excellence across the… Full story
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School children call for mental health, finance and survival skills to be added to the curriculum 

New research has revealed the topics young people in the UK want to add to the curriculum. A new study from Huddersfield based youth-led community organisation Conscious Youth has found that 57% of young people want more freedom for individual learning following COVID-19. In line with Children’s Mental Health Week (7-13th February 2022), Conscious Youth polled young people in the UK to find out how they found the learning experience during the pandemic and what changes they would like to see… Full story
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Safer Internet Day 2022 - Nearly half of young people say they would lose a part of who they are without online games

To mark this year’s Safer Internet Day, research released today (8th February) by the UK Safer Internet Centre (UKSIC), coordinators of Safer Internet Day in the UK, reveals young people’s experience with online games and apps, and exposes the importance of staying safe during online game play.   48% of young people say if they couldn't game online anymore, they would feel like they've lost a part of who they are Playing games online has helped 61% of young people spend more time with… Full story
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Education firms team up for Harry Potter Book Night tonight

With this year’s Harry Potter Book Night taking place on Thursday 3rd February 2022, Bloomsbury has teamed up with Twinkl to take children on a truly magical journey of reading. As 2022 marks 25 years since Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling was published, the annual celebration of the iconic series is set to be the biggest and best yet. Not only will Twinkl users be able to download a whole host of free bewitching resources,  they can also access an exclusive free… Full story
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Free resources and prizes to inspire pupils ahead of this summer’s UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 

Primary and secondary schools can now download an extensive programme of free cross-curricular resources to inspire pupils as the nation counts down to the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 tournament on home soil this summer. One lucky school will win a Q&A session with an England player, while other top prizes will be given out to schools in the lead-up to the first match of the tournament on 6 July.  England Women’s Leah Williamson and Demi Stokes have already surprised a school from two of the… Full story
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Educators celebrate a new route into teaching offered by Tes during National Apprenticeship Week

Tes, the largest Subject Knowledge Enhancement provider and fifth-largest qualifier of teachers in England, is celebrating an innovative route into teaching and a way to upskill and professionalise Teaching Assistants (TAs), as part of National Apprenticeship Week (7th – 13th February). Tes launched the Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship and the Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship last September and the first learners are almost halfway through the programmes right now. In most cases, the cost… Full story
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Children invited to 'Boogie with the Bard' for Shakespeare Week

Shakespeare Week, the annual national celebration of Shakespeare in primary schools, is back for another year of Shakespearian fun. This year children across the nation are invited to ‘Boogie with the Bard’ in an exciting programme of Shakespeare-inspired activities, challenges and events to be enjoyed in school, at home and at the Shakespeare Family Homes in Stratford-upon-Avon. Organised by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Shakespeare Week 2022 runs from 21 - 27 March and carries the theme… Full story
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New research reveals the best way to solve the teacher shortage crisis

A new report has claimed that investing in teacher training would be more effective than seeking to recruit thousands of new ones. The research for education charity PTI - formerly The Prince’s Teaching Institute - argues that the additional cost of embedding 35-hours of high-quality professional development a year for all teachers would likely be offset by improved teacher retention rates. Existing research confirms that this additional training could result in an increase in retention rate… Full story
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Schools urged to sign up for NSPCC maths fun day

Primary and secondary schools are invited to sign up for the NSPCC’s Number Day, which will take place next week. Number Day is an annual fundraising event that sees teachers and pupils raise vital funds for the NSPCC so it can continue its important work to protect children from abuse and support them with any issues they may face.    This includes the charity’s Childline counselling service which has been a lifeline for thousands of children since the coronavirus pandemic began in March 2020… Full story
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Major study shows staff wellbeing in schools is on a knife edge

Teachers are reeling from the shock of the pandemic as the continued pressures on them are taking a lasting toll on their wellbeing, according to the latest Tes Staff Wellbeing Report. Worryingly, just 38% of the UK teaching population surveyed feel confident in their roles. The report shows how school staff are battling unmanageable workloads exacerbated by inadequate resources and a lack of flexibility, as well as limited opportunities for career development. Poor school staff wellbeing… Full story
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Identifying meaningful measures to address the attainment gap

A project to explore how to make better use of data to assess the poverty-related attainment gap across eight local authorities has begun. The research is being led by the Northern Alliance - a collaboration of Scottish councils - and the Data for Children Collaborative, and international partnership of universities and government. The partnership also includes researchers from University of Strathclyde Fraser of Allander Institute, the CivicDataLab, and additional support from Glasgow… Full story
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Ethnic minority teachers offered free Google backed training scheme

Happy2Host Education, a UK-based professional development and creative agency, has announced it has been chosen to run an innovative program aimed at improving diversity and increasing the number of Black and Asian educators in the Google for Education Trainer community. The worrying lack of Black and Asian trainers in the Google community also extends to Google’s partners. Last year, Happy2Host Education became the first black-owned company in Europe to become a Google for Education partner… Full story
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Jorvik Viking Centre invites schools to free week of activities

York’s JORVIK Viking Centre is inviting schools all over the country – and beyond – to join a free week packed with Viking-themed activities created by its award winning education team.   That JORVIK Viking Thing: Schools’ Week runs from 14 – 18 February 2022 with content remaining online until 27 February.   Schools’ Week is an extension of JORVIK’s school visits and virtual outreach programme, bringing fun and engaging content to schools across the world free of charge.  First run in… Full story
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Coronavirus closures have left pupils more than 18 months behind

The learning gap created by the pandemic will take more than 18 months to close, teachers have warned.   State school teachers were far more likely to offer a gloomy forecast of how long it would take pupils to catch up compared to teachers in private schools, according to a survey of 4,690 teachers for leading EdTech event, Bett.   The survey - carried out by Teacher Tapp - showed that 14 per cent of teachers in private primary schools and 23 per cent of private secondary teachers had not seen… Full story
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New film released for schools to highlight 'County Lines' grooming threat

A new film tackling the growing issue of criminals grooming and exploiting teenagers has been released for schools. New this week on Into Film’s free screening service for UK schools, Into Film+, is the film County Lines, an Award-winning British drama depicting the story of a teenage boy pressured into running ‘County Lines’, an escalating issue facing vulnerable children and young people today.  Aimed at pupils aged 16+, Into Film launched the film and accompanying teaching resource to… Full story