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In great schools everyone learns how to be intelligent and how to succeed

Doing well at school was always seen as only possible for the minority of students because only some have the required ability. Counter-intuitively, new research in the fields of psychology, neuro-science and gifted education have all dispelled that myth and established that most can succeed in achieving highly in school. This book goes further. Using the author’s 30 years of research into how the most able students think and learn, it identifies the competencies students need to develop in… Full story

British Safety Council’s International Safety Awards

The British Safety Council’s International Safety Awards recognise and celebrate organisations who have demonstrated a real commitment to protecting their workers from the risk of injury and ill health during the 2015 calendar year. These awards are open to organisations of all types, sizes and sectors in the UK and internationally – both members of the British Safety Council and non-members – and are independently adjudicated. What’s more is that these awards help promote the social, economic… Full story

BVS ECOtouch Interactive Touch Screens

  CREATING WAVES ACROSS THE COUNTRY The BVS ECOtouch Interactive Touch Screens are creating a wave of interest in the touch screen arena. The low price and excellent quality have made the ECOtouch a very attractive proposition for schools looking to move to this new technology. When it comes to features, the BVS ECOtouch screens are certainly very much on par with the rest. But what sets them apart is the price and performance. The ECOtouch screens cost nearly 40% less than the more… Full story

From Bricks to Clicks: New inquiry report explores what student data will mean for higher education.

The UK’s higher education (HE) system is one of the best known in the world for high quality education, student experience and world class research. But there is an opportunity for UK HE to do even better: by using data. On Tuesday 26th January, the Higher Education Commission is launching its inquiry report, From Bricks to Clicks: the potential of data analytics in Higher Education in Parliament. The report explores what the data revolution could mean for HE and students. Inquiry co-chair,… Full story

Forward thinking: formative assessment throughout the year

Being able to monitor progression throughout pupils’ academic career is essential in ensuring that all gaps in learning are addressed, but I’ve often been asked ‘how can schools achieve this without being overwhelmed by tests?’ Assessment is an integral part of school life. Regular, reliable assessments are crucial in developing a clear picture of pupil development and individual needs. Summative and end-of-year testing is perfect for measuring a pupil’s trajectory from the beginning of the… Full story

The Bright Ideas Challenge

This week, Shell is launching a brand new national, curriculum linked schools competition - The Bright Ideas Challenge - which aims to inspire future scientists and engineers - to understand the role their STEM learning can play in shaping a more positive future for everyone. The new challenge - which has an overall winner's prize of £5000 will challenge young people age 11-14 to assume the role of future scenarios planners and to use their STEM learning to imagine creative solutions to the… Full story

My Epic Era 2016 - History competition

  60 second histories My EPIC Era 2016 is a new History competition for schools and pupils throughout the UK, brought to you by 60 second histories. For 20 years, Kevin Hicks has worked with teachers in schools across the UK to deliver history in a fun, fascinating and relevant way. Two years ago he launched 60 second histories, an online history resource for schools, providing National Curriculum History support at Key Stages 1-3. Here, teachers can deliver chunks of History with film –… Full story

ThoughtBox Education; “Think, Feel and Unlearn”

Challenging educational norms from the inside out. When I was an English teacher, I rarely had time to read a book. Actually, that’s not completely true: I read books for my classes and for my teaching; books of my students’ work and endless books of governmental instruction for new educational policies. Yet I rarely had time to read things that I actually wanted to read, let alone share them and my learning with my students. This lack of time to read, think and share my own learning really… Full story

Discovery Education Wins BETT Award for Early Years Digital Content

Dinosaurs module wins industry prize at last night’s awards Discovery Education Espresso’s Dinosaur Module has been announced as the winner of this year’s BETT AWARD for Early Years Digital Content. The engaging multimedia content, which uses stunning Discovery Channel CGI footage to bring dinosaurs to life, is one of the most popular resources in Discovery Education’s Espresso service. The award was presented at BETT’s annual ceremony in London last night. Lewis Bronze MBE, Founder and… Full story

Innovative programme brings holistic support to school children

There is a new educational programme gaining traction in East London schools for its innovative approach to pupil support. Motivate to Educate (M2E) is designed and run by local social enterprise. Kineara. It is an intensive programme that aims to build confidence and motivation in pupils by working closely with them, their families and the schools’ existing support service to help the young person get the most out of their education. The difference is this: with years of experience working… Full story
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Kramer brings collaborative learning to BETT 2016

With a firm focus on the training and education marketplace, Kramer offers two technology solutions aimed at dramatically changing the way that staff engage with students and showed them for the first time in Stand C418 at BETT, Excel London, 20-23 January 2016. “At BETT, we will demonstrate how easy it is to use any iOS or Android, PC, Mac or Windows device to facilitate learning whilst controlling media sources, displays, audiovisual equipment, lighting, audio, and much more,” enthuses Nigel… Full story

Ofsted head criticises 'one size fits all' education system

Ofsted head, Sir Michael Wilshaw has criticised the ‘one size fits all’ secondary education system, which he said is letting down students. The chief inspector of schools believes the lack of high-calibre vocational training for those who don’t choose the university route is one of the reasons for the UK’s record on youth unemployment. He says the ‘one size fits all’ system lets down less academic pupils and the education system in England, as it stands, does not offer enough opportunities for… Full story

Avoiding the tech trap

Currently, there is a global movement in education to become smarter. Businesses have been competing to be more digitally intelligent and energy efficient for some time and schools are becoming no different. This shouldn't mean a tablet computer for every pupil. Instead it means using existing data in new ways: intelligent ways. Here Carl Plant, CEO of digital technology expert bITjAM gives best practice advice for schools looking to become digital leaders.     In a study conducted by the… Full story

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