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It’s Not Rocket Science launches with The Foundry software

The new comedy science animation show—It’s Not Rocket Science—is a 10-episode series that has been developed using solutions and tools from leading creative software developer The Foundry. Created by retired Canadian astronaut and commander of the International Space Station Chris Hadfield, together with his son Evan, the series seeks to address current issues and misunderstood science topics, from vaccinations to climate change. An animated Commander Hadfield and his space pug Albert will use… Full story

TEACHING TALENT UNDER THREAT AS OLDER WORKERS EXIT THE CLASSROOM

  Classrooms are facing a mass exodus of senior teaching staff as the baby boomer generation nears retirement, coupled with societal pressure to leave the workforce at state pension age, according to new research from specialist recruiter Randstad Education. A recent report by Ros Altmann, the Pensions Minister, outlines that by 2022 the number of people in the workforce aged 50 to state pension age will have risen by 3.7 million to 13.8 million and the number aged 16-49 will have reduced by… Full story

More young people experience mental health problems than asthma

  Mental health campaigner Jonny Benjamin launches new initiative to educate 13 to 18 year olds Jonny Benjamin, the man behind the worldwide #FindMike campaign, which reached 350 million people and helped saved a number of lives, launches cutting edge workshop to transform mental health for young people and get them talking about the issue. On Thursday 14th January 2016, Jonny Benjamin, the man who created the phenomenal #FindMike campaign, launches a new mental health workshop … Full story

Reduce your supply teacher costs AND create a healthier school!

  Staff sickness is a major issue for any school and, with the average daily charge to schools for a supply teacher being as much as £100 higher than the daily pay rate for the absent teacher, costs can escalate quickly!   For example, it cost one school in Birmingham more than £500,000 to cover staff absences and fourteen schools in Birmingham each spent more than £200,000 on supply teachers. This is why it’s more important than ever to reduce the spread of persistent infections like colds,… Full story

Win a free class trip to Alton Towers - Competition now closed

Alton Towers Resort has many educational events planned for 2016, but what event will they be celebrating from 3rd -7th Octotber 2016? a. National Trill Week b. Business of Leisure c. World Space Week [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"173","attributes":{"class":"media-image alignleft wp-image-7093 size-thumbnail","typeof":"foaf:Image","style":"","width":"150","height":"150","alt":"logo"}}]]See below to enter, **Terms and conditions a Rafflecopter giveaway A school trip to… Full story

Poor vision among schoolchildren – a hidden cause of under-attainment?

Research suggests that approximately 15% of school-age children have poor vision in one or both eyes. This can make certain tasks more difficult and in some cases, have negative consequences for a child’s learning. Yet according to an investigation by the College of Optometrists, less than a third of Local Authorities provide any vision screening in schools. Against this background, Professor Thomson from City University, London, has developed software known as SchoolScreener EZ™ which can… Full story

Climate Games mark exciting conclusion to economics summer school

Students attending a summer school in the heart of Vienna can get a global perspective on climate change, with a simulated exercise that captures all the pace, excitement and impact of the subject. The Alternative Economic and Monetary Systems (AEMS) summer school gives participants a unique opportunity to take part in the exercise as part of the programme. In the historic setting of Vienna’s old town, the AEMS students are placed in groups to represent countries from around the globe, each… Full story

City College Southampton art student and Groundwork South to give ABP Town Quay containers a splash of colour

City College Southampton has collaborated with ABP Town Quay and local environmental regeneration charity, Groundwork South, in the Urban and Coastal Art Competition which aims to bring two quayside containers to life. The project saw budding Van Goghs and their families come together to create pieces of art at four free summer workshops in Town Quay Marina and Lloyd Recreation Ground, in Marchwood. The winning designs, which were selected from over 40 entries, will now be used to decorate two… Full story

Holdens appointed to rebrand University of Southampton Students’ Union

With over 23,000 members and a wide range of services, offers and facilities, the University of Southampton Students’ Union is one of the biggest in the country. The University is in the top 1% of universities worldwide and the Union has recently released a 2020 Vision Plan, with the ultimate objective of becoming one of the top ranked unions in the UK within the next five years. To help them achieve this status, SUSU have appointed Holdens - one of Manchester’s leading integrated creative… Full story

The most effective ways to interact with kids using technology in the classroom

  While some educators still believe books are best, most realise that in the age of the iPad, children can’t be expected to learn solely from text books anymore. They are used to looking up everything they need to know at a touch of a screen. Take away that interactive element, and they’re going to be pretty disengaged. Specialist education and technology writer, Laura Varley, reports on behalf of Parago, asset management solutions for schools... How can educators make sure their students… Full story

Competition draws attention to children's nutrition

  Eden Foodservice, part of Interserve, has launched an ‘Art of Food’ drawing competition across primary schools throughout the UK. The winning school will be rewarded with their drawing being created into a bespoke piece of artwork by a local artist, up to the value of a £1,000. The competition aims to support the current curriculum, whilst highlighting the important role school food plays in getting pupils ready to learn. It is the hope of Eden that the winning drawing will capture the… Full story

Mesma’s the key to change as national apprenticeship provider

  Key Training, one of England’s largest providers of 16-19 apprenticeships is better prepared for Ofsted inspections after boosting its self-assessment and improvement planning using experienced online education software and quality assurance specialists Mesma. Operating nationally, Key Training secures work for young people not in employment, educator or training, and offers apprenticeship opportunities with employers across the UK alongside work-based learning and courses to help young… Full story

Education Show 2016 joins forces with The Big Bang Fair

The Education Show 2016 has announced a partnership with The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair, the largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) for young people in the UK. According to the National STEM Centre, STEM graduates have the potential to earn amongst the highest salaries of all new recruits, yet STEM skilled staff remain at a premium. The Big Bang Fair and the Education Show aim to address this by working together to inspire students and… Full story

Healthy New Year’s resolutions – boosting physical activities

  At the top of many of our lists of New Year’s Resolutions is the affirmation to ‘get healthy and be more active’, but encouraging this same enthusiasm and determination among students has traditionally proved more challenging. All Saints Secondary School in Dagenham, however, seems to be bucking this trend. Last year, the school reported a significant increase in students’ uptake of physical activities, with 95 percent of Key Stage 3 pupils attending at least one extracurricular club… Full story

£44 MILLION OFF-SITE SCHEME STARTS ON SITE IN EAST LONDON

The £44 million Riverside Schools off-site project – the largest ever in the education sector – has started on site in Barking. The scheme for the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham was awarded to the Portakabin Group and is using a Yorkon off-site solution to deliver an innovative three-school campus. Now under construction, the 23,000sqm Riverside Schools campus will provide places for 2,645 children from 0-19 years on a six hectare site. The development will integrate provision for… Full story