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Open University secures £50M investment in social learning platform FutureLearn

Open University secures £50M investment in social learning platform FutureLearn   SEEK Group investment takes FutureLearn from start-up to a £100m value company in just six years   SEEK Group (ASX: SEK) will invest £50m to become a joint, 50% owner of The Open University’s FutureLearn social learning platform, it was announced today in a deal thought to be the largest ever private-sector EdTech investment in Europe. The Open University launched FutureLearn, which is based in London, in… Full story
New grading framework to be launched to independent schools

New grading framework to be launched to independent schools

The Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) has announced plans to launch its new Pitch Grading Framework to independent schools. This will allow a new way for schools to showcase quality sports turf facilities and recognise the skills and expertise of its grounds teams while adding a new dimension to attract potential students and their parents. A nationwide pilot scheme is planned with a selection of independent schools set to take part. The involvement of these schools will help inform the Pitch… Full story
Secondary school students ask Healthy Only Please

Hertfordshire School Programme Asks "Healthy Only Please!"

Registered Health Coach, Joanna Shurety from Shurety Coaching is collaborating with the team at ELSA to help bolster their “Healthy Only Please!” campaign and share her expertise on how to live a healthier lifestyle.  Created to teach secondary school aged children how to understand, embrace and implement a healthy lifestyle, the Healthy Only Please! campaign covers everything from mental and physical health and the positive effect it can have. The campaign feeds into the government’s ‘5 Ways… Full story
Open University has teamed up with SEEK in a £50m edtech deal

Open University partners with online learning provider SEEK Group in £50m deal

A £50million deal thought to be the largest ever private-sector EdTech investment in Europe will see the Open University partner with international online learning provider SEEK Group. SEEK Group (ASX: SEK) will make the investment to become a joint, 50% owner of The Open University’s FutureLearn social learning platform, it was announced today. The Open University launched FutureLearn, which is based in London, in December 2012 with a dozen UK university partners to test opportunities… Full story
A man teaches in Early Years setting

Grant of £30k to encourage more men into Early Years roles

The government has announced a £300,000 grant to encourage more men to take up careers in Early Years setting. The news was announced this week by Education Minister Nadhim Zahawi, who highlighted the fact that only 3% of EYFS staff in England are men. Mr Zahawi added: “Every child needs a role-model to guide them – whether that’s a parent, a close family member or friend, or someone at nursery or preschool that makes a difference in their life. The early years staff who support children in… Full story

Fewer than half of UK schools believe they are GDPR compliant

New research findings released today by RM Education and Trend Micro shows fewer than half of UK schools and colleges (48%) believe that they are fully GDPR compliant. Plus, there remains confusion over staff responsibility in terms of GDPR compliance.  Last year 156 education professionals were surveyed about how practices and systems have changed since the arrival of GDPR in May 2018 and their ongoing concerns about the legislation. Key findings from the research include: ·Half of schools… Full story
A boy studying with National Training Provider

National Training Provider partners with Collaborative Vocational Learning Hub

Qube Learning, the leading training provider, celebrates its new inspirational collaboration with St Edmunds Society, an alternative learning provision for young people, in what will be a truly motivating and transformative approach to education for those who need help the most.  The partnership will encourage a fluid and informative channel for individuals looking to pursue an education and career that deviates away from the more traditional options of GCSEs, A-Levels and Degrees, and that… Full story
Indiana Jones accessories, number one teacher

Indiana Jones voted the number one teacher people would have wanted

Based on a survey of over 2,000 people, Indiana Jones has been voted the number one teacher most people would have wanted as their teacher when they were in school. (London, April 2019) – Teaching Abroad Direct can reveal that Indiana Jones has been voted the number 1 screen teacher that most people would have wanted when they were in school. Beating competition from other class-room teachers including Professor Snape (2nd, 11% - Harry Potter) and Elizabeth Halsey (9th, 5.3% - Bad Teacher),… Full story
roof top sports area

BMI Icopal hot melt provides great result for sports area

BMI provides great result for sports area, pupils at a South East London school can now enjoy sport at height thanks to the timely completion of a rooftop ‘ multi-use games and sports area ’ or MUGA. Flat roof specialist Byford Roofing tackled the job knowing that the installation was complex and demanding but also that the schedule was tight. Byford chose BMI Icopal’s Parabit Holt Melt Duo that it applied to the concrete deck of the roof. Over that went a layer of inverted insulation and… Full story
Kids playing on outdoor adventure

Surprising benefits of outdoor adventure for children

These days, it can be easy for children to get into the habit of staying indoors. Yes, there are many home comforts, computer games, watching TV and hot chocolates are always a good idea! But there are so many advantages to being outdoors, experiencing the wonders of nature. Outdoor adventure and education expert, Kingswood, shares the best benefits being outdoors can bring you and your children.  Encourages team building  There’s no I in team…or outdoors! Improve your child’s team building… Full story
Adrian Jones from Swivel Secure on cybersecurity

Why cybersecurity needs to be a priority for the education sector

Adrian Jones, CEO at Swivel Secure Education institutions need to make cybersecurity a priority. Despite the sector facing major challenges such as a lack of staffing and a lack of funding and resources, cyber attacks are no less frequent or less severe in education. In fact, they seem to be gaining ground in prevalence year-on-year as instances of breaches in schools and higher education are widely reported. In recent years we’ve seen news of ransom attacks causing financial damage - like… Full story
tackle holiday hunger

Initiative to tackle holiday hunger for disadvantaged children

A programme to help tackle holiday hunger, physical inactivity and social isolation for some of the disadvantaged children in Hertfordshire returned to the county for the Easter Holiday. The initiative which first ran in the summer of 2018 is a collaborative programme run by Herts Sports Partnership, HCL (Hertfordshire Catering Limited), Hertfordshire Fire Department and Hertfordshire Library Service. The Fit, Fed and Read programme for children aged 8 to 11, focuses on healthy eating, sport… Full story
Zehnder UK integrated heating and lighting panel for schools

Zehnder UK unveils integrated heating and lighting panel for schools

Zehnder Group UK is proudly unveiling its integrated Multi-service ‘Foil’ product, which encapsulates heating and cooling, lighting, acoustics and other functions all in one panel. The Foil has been jointly engineered with lighting specialists Whitecroft Lighting, and is ideal for schools and other educational facilities. Bringing together Zehnder’s expert knowledge in radiant heating and cooling and Whitecroft’s heritage in specialist lighting, the Foil combines all the best features of… Full story
2 girls exercising combating teenage obesity

Spring into action to combat childhood obesity

Children are being offered free PE lessons in an innovative bid to combat teenage obesity. Free passes for school children are being doled out to schools nationwide in an effort to encourage kids to bounce themselves fit.  Cash-strapped schools will be able to swap dusty gymnasium halls and knee-cutting Astroturf’s for foam pits, stunt box zones and Ninja warrior courses. The keep-fit initiative has been launched by UK trampoline franchise Flip Out after alarming statistics revealed nearly… Full story
Nigel getting his OBE from the Queen

Nigel Duncan awarded OBE for services to Further Education

The Principal of Fareham College, Nigel Duncan has been presented with his OBE by Her Majesty the Queen at Windsor Castle for his services to Further Education, during a career spanning nearly 40 years.  After a number of years as a part-time lecturer in Birmingham, Nigel started his full-time career in Further Education as a lecturer at Solihull College of Technology in 1981. Following this he moved on to hold senior posts at Lowestoft College, as Director of Faculty for Vocational and… Full story
2 boys from Neatherd High School desiging for On your Bike

Tomorrow's designers & technologists supported by Dudgeon grant

A grant from the Dudgeon Community Fund has enabled Neatherd High School in Dereham, Norfolk to establish an out-of-hours Design School, On your Bike. The aim is to inspire students to embrace STEM education [Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics] as they consider their future career options. The Design School runs from 3:30-5:30pm once a week, and groups of between 15 and 20 students, aged 12 to 16 years, undertake a practical STEM project which seeks to provide a solution to an… Full story