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The Importance of Hands on Learning in Schools

Alex Dalton, Managing Director of woodworking machinery specialists Daltons Wadkin, takes a look at the importance of hands on learning, and why subjects such as Design and Technology are important. I think the best example to outline why hands on learning is hugely important is when trying to teach someone to ride a bicycle. You can try and teach them in a classroom, but to actually learn, they should go out and actually ride it.  There is the argument that learning from books or academics… Full story

Is Outsourcing ICT Support Becoming Inevitable in Education?

Martin Pipe, Head of Service Scope & Design at RM Education, explores the growing trend in schools seeking to outsource or co-source their IT support services as a measure to not only save time and cost, but to manage risks, access expertise and future-proof their technology provision. According to RM Education’s latest annual survey, a growing number of schools are now considering outsourcing and co-sourcing their IT support in order to keep up with the constant changes in technologyand … Full story

4 Great Reasons to have African Drumming and Dance in Schools

  If you’ve never experienced one of our Unbeatable Energy workshops before, you might never have considered the many ways that African Drumming and Dance can benefit children’s health, well-being and ability to succeed. Here are four reasons why an Unbeatable Energy workshop can help create a success in your classroom: 1. African Drumming and Dance brings cultural topics to life!  2. African Drumming and Dance boosts children’s confidence! 3. African Drumming and Dance gets children… Full story

Keep calm and seek advice says leading college

With just a week to go before thousands of students across Staffordshire receive their A-level results, Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC), the highest performing further education institution in the region, is reassuring students that whatever their results, there are options and support available. Liz Wyman, Head of Learning Resources and Guidance at Newcastle-under-Lyme College said: “Understandably, students can get nervous in the run up to results day, even though the vast majority get… Full story

Mayor’s Fund for London supports legal education project with primary schools in London

  Almost 1000 primary school pupils have gained an insight into the workings of the justice system through taking part in the Mayor’s Fund for London Theatre of Law project during this academic year. This innovative legal education project is delivered by the National Centre for Citizenship and the Law (NCCL) who have an education team based at the Royal Courts of Justice in London. The project works with primary school pupils from London and aims to improve students’ understanding of the law… Full story
LED lighting in a school sports hall

LED lighting for schools – a bursar's guide

According to the Carbon Trust, getting lighting right is essential for both energy efficiency and the bank balance of a school, and as importantly for the wellbeing of its occupants.  In the third of this special series of lighting in education guides, Energys will explore how LED upgrades can create multiple financial opportunities. It can also improve site health and safety, maintenance, and deliver infrastructure gains for bursars. Many bursars know the basics; energy efficient LEDs save… Full story

Multi-Academy Trusts: What now for quality assurance?

  While the softened, non-legislative path to drive English schools to become academies within a wider multi-academy trust (MAT) seems an inevitability, let’s remember that it’s also a path that remains at the heart of the Department for Education plans. For new or potentially expanding MATs, this move has a significant impact on how their senior leaders choose to oversee and monitor quality within each school under their control, says Louise Doyle, a MAT trustee and maintained school… Full story

The Importance of First Aid Training for Children

When we think of first aid training, we normally think about first aid training for adults. This isn’t necessarily a bad assumption. However, it does show that we often don’t bother investing in teaching first aid skills to children, and this shouldn’t be the case. Investing in first aid training for the children at your school not only gives the students in your care vital skills but also encourages communication and leadership abilities.   First Aid Training: Giving (Literally) Life Saving… Full story

Tackling low-level disruption

  According to the teachers’ union, NASUWT, the main concern for staff in schools in all areas, is the growing pressure from ‘low-level disruption’, which is recognised as the most common form of poor behaviour. Therefore, in order for teachers to encourage productivity and boost attainment, in-class disruption must be kept to a minimum.  Allie Palmer, ex-teacher and training and support manager at MINTclass, discusses the importance of creating pupil seating plans and the role they play in… Full story

New schools careers initiative to plug digital skills gap

A new school careers scheme is addressing teachers’ lack of understanding about the digital industries and the shortage of up-to-date information on how school leavers can get digital jobs. Digital Advantage was set up in response to feedback from creative and digital employers who think the national curriculum and classroom careers advice is failing to equip school leavers with the skills and experience needed to fill thousands of digital jobs. Employers report that schools do not have the… Full story

5 Top Tips for writing a CV and getting a job interview

School leavers and job seekers have been urged by the UK’s leading careers specialist not to send generic CVs when they apply for vacancies. Richard McMunn, founder of the award-winning How2become.com business, says CVs should be tailored to specific roles to significantly increase the chances of being invited for interview. Richard, whose company has helped thousands of people get into their dream profession over the last 10 years through career guides and training courses, was speaking as… Full story

CSG On Campus To Handle Hazardous Laboratory Waste

CSG is a leading and award winning force within the waste management sector founded in 1934 operating from 27sites stretching from Southampton to Middlesbrough. CSG’s Chemical Specialists division is a market leader in providing waste management solutions to schools, universities, research centres, government departments and pharmaceutical chemical manufacturers. The University of Leeds has handed Fareham-based waste managers CSG a two-year contract to remove and treat all hazardous chemical… Full story

How to make school sports safe and enjoyable for everyone

  Daniel Goddard, Manager of Stadia Sports, discusses the importance of safety in sports for children at school. All children should be free to enjoy a high quality physical education, whether at school, or as part of a club or team. It contributes to a healthy and active lifestyle, improves emotional well-being, and helps children to develop key skills such as leadership, confidence and communication. There are governing bodies, such as UK sport, that aim to encourage as many children as… Full story

Is your school ready for academy conversion?

  Academy conversion can be an incredibly complex process – one that requires a great deal of thought before you venture into it. Deciding whether or not your school or college is ready to convert can take time, and can also involve many discussions with your governing body and stakeholders. The academy conversion model (initially common in schools in special measures, known as “sponsor” academies) is now chosen by many good/outstanding schools (known as “convertor” academies) as it turns a… Full story

Child Bereavement UK - How schools can support bereaved pupils?

  Child Bereavement UK supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement. Every year we train over 7000 professionals, helping them to better understand and meet the needs of grieving families. Our vision is for all families to have the support they need to rebuild their lives, when a child grieves or when a child dies. Our mission is to ensure the accessibility of high quality child bereavement support and information… Full story
Ofsted inspection help is at hand

Schools offered free service to help manage Ofsted inspections and improve results

Schools across England are being offered a high-tech solution to prepare for Ofsted inspections and improve results free of charge. Bluewave Education is offering its award-winning Common Inspection Frame work module for free to schools, as leaders face increasing budgetary challenges in the coming year. Managing director of Bluewave Education, Keith Wright, said: “Accurate assessment of a schools strengths and areas for development is an essential requirement for school improvement and… Full story

UK teachers spend a whole day on marking each week

68% of teachers say they spend too much time marking and not enough teaching Teachers in the UK are spending the equivalent of a whole day every week on marking and reporting. In a new international study1, the UK ranks among the highest in terms of time teachers spend on admin, which could otherwise be used teaching in the classroom. The research, from Canvas, the Virtual Learning Environment for academic institutions and companies worldwide, reveals that one in six (17%) teachers in the UK… Full story

UK schools battle it out in Viking Young Inventors’ Competition to win £5000 for their school.

Viking, the school and office supplies channel of Office Depot, a leading global provider of office products and services in the UK are inviting pupils from primary and secondary schools to get their creative juices flowing and take part in Viking’s Young Inventors’ competition. Children 16 and under will be competing with other pupils across the UK in the Young Inventors’ Competition. The competition will be judged in two categories - one for primary schools and one for secondary schools.… Full story

Teacher absence tackled by new partnership between Schools Advisory Service and health app

The Schools Advisory Service (SAS), which provides teachers in the UK with absence insurance, has partnered with a Manchester-based healthcare company to provide members with GP appointments via smartphone. The SAS is working with Now Healthcare Group, utilising their Dr Now mobile app which connects users to a qualified doctor via Skype-style video chat. The partnership is set to begin on 1 April and will be available to the SAS’ 100,000 members nationwide. Dr Now is an ‘mHealth’ app which… Full story

Six steps to keeping classroom technology safe

Having technology in the classroom can help enhance student engagement with what’s being taught. Today, many schools have iPads, iPods or other tech devices, and measures should be put in place to keep these expensive products safe from being lost or stolen.  Here are six safety steps to consider when keeping technology safe in the classroom, provided by gadget and mobile accessory brand Griffin Technology. 1. It’s important to take necessary precautions against theft in the classroom.… Full story

Why School Food and Food Education Matter By Jamie Oliver’s Kitchen Garden Project

Ten years on from Jamie’s School Dinners and the era of the horrific Turkey Twizzler, everyone can agree that a lot has changed in school food. Following Jamie’s national campaign, standards were put into place for the first time. In the years since then there has been a clear improvement in the nutritional quality of school food and a reduction in the amount of junk food being served in dinner halls across the country. The School Food Plan, published in 2013 by Henry Dimbleby and John Vincent… Full story

Performance related pay: make it fair and transparent

Recent research released by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) and the National Union of Teachers (NUT) revealed that one in 12 teachers have been denied a salary increase since performance-related pay (PRP) was introduced in 2014. With the power and responsibility of PRP being given to schools, Damien Roberts, business development director at Schoolip by Derventio, looks at how teaching staff can gather the right information throughout the performance cycle, ensuring that the… Full story


Randstad Student Support, a leading provider of learning support staff, has taken a group of 15 budding Formula 1 racing engineers to the Williams Martini Racing F1 Factory for a day of innovation, excitement and engineering insight. The lucky group from North Shropshire College included 14 students who fought off tough competition to win the trip, managing to take home the trophy in a competition hosted by Randstad Student Support at the Association of Colleges conference held in November.… 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