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Kaiser Chiefs frontman and Radio 1 star host new CBBC art show

Kaiser Chiefs frontman and former art teacher, Ricky Wilson, is teaming up with award-winning Radio 1 presenter, Vick Hope for a brand new CBBC show, which sees 27 budding young artists from around the UK compete to be crowned Britain’s Best Young Artist.   Armed with a sketchbook and pencil, each episode sees three contenders take part in an Inspiration day, designed to challenge and stretch their artistic muscles, before returning to the art studio to create a showstopping artwork.   The… Full story
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How to get boys to open up about their feelings - a case study

Emotional health training organisation Mind With Heart is on a mission to help schools flourish and build a more compassionate society. Here the London based charity talks about its 'Connected With Others' programme which explores how positive relationships are key to our own wellbeing. It is an interactive and mindfulness-based programme for secondary school students. The aim is to equip young people with essential life skills that will support them throughout their education, as well as in… Full story
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Society reveals 'deeply unfair disadvantage’ face masks are having on deaf children

The National Deaf Children’s Society has stepped in with a list of actions the Government should take to help deaf children while face masks are used in classrooms. Deaf school children left dreading school following the return of face coverings to classrooms at the beginning of the year, the charity says. It says the situation continues to put deaf children, who are struggling to keep up with hearing classmates, at a “deeply unfair disadvantage” and it’s affecting their education and their… Full story
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Forgotten Girls: The Reluctant Girl Readers 

More than 2 in 5 (44%) girls aged 8 to 18 say that they don’t enjoy reading, according to a new report(i), Forgotten Girls: The Reluctant Girl Readers, published today by the National Literacy Trust, with funding from Estée Lauder Companies UK & Ireland. The conversation around reluctant readers most often focuses on (re)engaging boys in reading, rarely considering girls, despite evidence indicating that this group is sizeable. The report reveals: 2 in 5 (44%) girls aged 8 to 18 don’t… Full story
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Oldham primary school achieves top art teaching accreditation

Oldham-based Lyndhurst Primary and Nursery School has been awarded The Artsmark Award having demonstrated an ongoing commitment to quality and diversity in arts and culture.   The Artsmark award, accredited by Arts Council England, is the only creative quality standard for schools and education settings.  Their aim is to ensure every young person can be creative and access a diverse, high-quality cultural education.  ​ Having begun the journey in December 2017, the school had to achieve many… Full story
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Covid-19 impact on the lives of young people

‘Andrea Greystoke is the Founder of Abercorn School, a leading independent school which has recently announced its expansion to accommodate an older age group in response to an oncoming demographic shift in Britain, in which the number of 18 year-olds is expected to grow by 25% over the next decade.’ Here's what Andrea Greystoke has to say about Covid's on-going impact on children and the latest measures the government is encouraging schools to introduce in response to the Omicron variant… Full story
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Outstanding-rated Academy educating sick pupils could close after “deeply flawed” Cornwall Council contract decision

One of the country’s leading academy trusts launched a legal appeal at the High Court against a decision by a county council that could lead to the closure of an academy that provides Outstanding-rated education to pupils with serious health issues including cancer. Since 2007, CHES Academy, part of Wave Multi Academy Trust, has been contracted by Cornwall Council to provide alternative education provision for children unable to attend school because of medical/health needs. It provides the… Full story
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Girls on Track UK Unites at TeamSport Manchester

One hundred girls from ten schools in and around Manchester enjoyed a rare and enviable opportunity last week (11 November 2021) to spend time honing their racing skills around TeamSport Trafford’s impressive indoor kart circuit. The schools, all of which work in tandem with the Manchester United Foundation, also enjoyed a close-up tour of a real Formula One car - all as part of an event organised by female motorsport initiative, Girls on Track UK. As well as learning about the ins and outs of… Full story
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Classroom coding goes into orbit: Astro Pi Challenge allows students to run experiments on the International Space Station

Two upgraded Raspberry Pi computers are set to be launched to the International Space Station (ISS) this December, enabling young people aged 19 and under to run scientific experiments in space and communicate with astronauts aboard the ISS. The European Astro Pi Challenge from the Raspberry Pi Foundation, in partnership with the European Space Agency, empowers primary, secondary and sixth form students, no matter their experience with computers, to write a simple computer program and share a… Full story
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Young people discuss engineering a way out of climate change

Over 24,000 students take part in virtual event Thousands of secondary school students have sent a resounding message to decision makers about the ideas needed to help meet net zero targets. The students, who took part in a Schools COP organised as part of Tomorrow’s Engineers Week (8 to12 November 2021), have discussed how engineers can help the country meet net zero. Ideas included ways that engineers can help efforts to improve biodiversity on land and at sea and the development of self-… Full story
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New Primary School Library Alliance pledges to transform 1,000 school libraries across the UK and highlight need for investment

The National Literacy Trust and Penguin Random House UK launch a national alliance to address the chronic lack of investment in primary school libraries in the UK. The two organisations are calling for large-scale public and private funding, alongside collaboration from other charities, publishers and ambassadors, to transform and equip 1,000 primary school libraries by 2025. This will support half a million pupils over the next four years. Publisher Penguin Random House UK and the National… Full story
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COP26 – Leading financial education charity launches free books and resources for children to show how saving the planet can help save money too

As the world gathers in Glasgow for the COP26 Climate Summit and just in time for Talk Money Week, the Money Heroes programme (created by Young Money and supported by HSBC UK) has just released a series of new books and resources focused on climate action and how this ties into financial education.  Developed for children aged 3 to 11, the two new books – Ed and Bunny Raise some Money and Super Stories for Climate Heroes – bring to life topical issues such as food waste, fast fashion, raising… Full story
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Why wait till adulthood? Research shows significant benefits of delivering financial education to primary aged children

Recent research shows that delivering financial education to primary aged children increases their knowledge and understanding of money and financial issues. During Talk Money Week, it is crucial that conversations about finance and money are embedded into all aspects of daily life, including the classroom. This study was funded by the Centre for Financial Capability, in collaboration with the award-winning charity MyBnk and independent evaluators Substance. The research, involving 600 primary… Full story
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COP26 - What schools can do to help prepare for a greener future

COP26, Glasgow - world leaders discussed the global response to climate change, an industry reaction from Simon Carter, Director at RM – a leading supplier of technology and resources to the education sector, supporting schools, teachers and pupils across the globe. Simon discusses what actions school staff should consider they can take themselves – for example, the removal of on-site computer server rooms as they consume a lot of energy. Simon Carter, Director at RM: “It’s crucial that… Full story
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Young Enterprise and the Westminster Foundation strike five-year partnership to help young people into work

The Westminster Foundation and Young Enterprise, a national enterprise and financial education charity, are proud to announce a strategic partnership that will empower thousands of young people across key locations in England to develop critical enterprise, work readiness, and financial skills, supporting them to thrive.  From September 2021 and running across academic years until July 2026, state primary and secondary schools, and colleges, will have access to Young Enterprise’s impactful and… Full story
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Chancellor to deliver an extra £4.7bn by 2024-25 for schools in the UK

With the chancellor promising to deliver an extra £4.7bn by 2024-25 for schools in the UK – which he claims restores per pupil funding to 2010 levels –  industry response from Simon Carter, Director at RM on what this means for schools. Simon Carter, Director at RM: “With Britain’s national debt significantly higher than pre-COVID, and the country’s ageing population weighing heavy on the NHS, it would have been naïve to expect an optimistic Autumn Budget from the Chancellor this year.… Full story
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Report reveals pressure on Academies to generate their own income

Academies are increasingly under pressure to generate their own income to overcome a shortfall in grant funding, according to a new study of the Academies sector from Xeinadin, the UK and Ireland-based business advisory and accountancy group.  The group’s Academies Benchmarking Report reveals that as funding and budgets tighten up, on average primary schools are spending just over £5,400 per pupil per year with secondary schools recording a figure of just under £7,800. Multi-Academy Trusts (… Full story
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Purdue University, Brigham Young University and RM launch research project to improve student learning outcomes through ‘learning by evaluating’

RM, a leading supplier of technology solutions to the education sector, today announced the third phase of a research project with Purdue University and Brigham Young University to better understand and explore the impact of Learning by Evaluating on student attainment. This research, led by Purdue University’s Polytechnic Institute and Brigham Young University’s School of Technology, will be the largest-ever study using Adaptive Comparative Judgement – which harnesses our natural ability to… Full story
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Enjoy Christmas more for less with £245* worth of savings for teachers from Boundless

Civil-service and public-sector membership club Boundless announces four new benefits for members, their families and friends: Kids Pass, Dine, plus complimentary access to Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) sites, Kew Gardens and Wakehurst It’s only a couple of months until schools break up, so now’s the time to start thinking about exciting and inventive things to do over the Christmas period. Thanks to a new selection of days out and discounts from Boundless, worth up to £245*, it’s easy… Full story
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BYJU’S announces the launch of edtech innovation hub, ‘BYJU’S Lab’

BYJU’S, the world’s leading edtech company, today announced the launch of BYJU’S Lab - an innovation hub based out of the UK in central London, with locations in the US and India. With a vision to shape the future of education, the new venture will incubate new ideas, provide cutting-edge technologies and deliver breakthrough solutions across BYJU’S ecosystem of learning products. Technology plays a key role in empowering students to become lifelong learners, and creators of technology, rather… Full story
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Children least financially literate are from more deprived areas, recent charity study shows

Research shows that children with low financial literacy scores tend to come from poorer areas.  In collaboration with the award-winning charity MyBnk and independent evaluators Substance, The Centre for Financial Capability surveyed over 4,000 children from 50 schools nationwide. The Centre found there is a correlation between young people who are most in need of financial education and financial deprivation. These children also benefit the most from expert-led intervention – their financial… Full story
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Headteacher's advice ahead of results day

The head at a local independent day and boarding school has shared some home truths ahead of GCSE and A-level results day this year. The rite of passage of sitting GCSEs or A levels and all of the associated ups and downs, has once again been impacted this year, and students face yet another period of worry this summer as results day looms.  Whilst most schools have been very good at preparing their pupils and teachers for the TAG (Teacher Assessed Grades) process, it has been a year of… Full story
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Clearing 2021: advice students hoping to secure Plan B

This time of year can be very stressful for students as they await their hotly anticipated exam results. After a much-maligned academic year, this summer, students have the dreaded wait to find out if they have secured their spots at their educational institution of choice. If you’re in this position, the best advice right now is not to forget to have a plan B. If you don’t get the results you expected for your first choice and don’t want to appeal your exams next year, then Clearing is the… Full story
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Combatting Sexual Harassment in Schools

At Johnston & Marsh Training & Consultancy Ltd we pride ourselves on the delivery of educational workshops, produced by academic experts, to combat the issues surrounding sexual harassment, the sending of ‘nudes’ and sexual assault in schools.  There is a growing number of incidences of sexual violence amongst primary and secondary schools. This issue has attracted wide media attention over the course of the last few months with the publication of the Everyone’s Invited website in… Full story