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Kids working with Erasmus+

Pupils work to banish cultural and linguistic barriers

Wolstanton High School continues to be a beacon of community cohesion as part of the Erasmus+ ‘Do You Speak Culture?’ programme. The academy, which is part of the Shaw Education Trust, recently welcomed eleven teachers from across Slovenia, Italy, France and Romania in a bid to promote emotional acceptance and active tolerance.  Clint Lakin, the lead teacher for the Erasmus+ programme at Wolstanton, said: “We were honoured to be the host school and thoroughly enjoyed providing the delegates… Full story
Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education Amanda Spielman

“Curriculum is not just a quick fix,” says Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education Amanda Spielman

Primary school curriculum provider Cornerstones Education has interviewed Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, Amanda Spielman about the launch of Ofsted’s draft new inspection framework and their decision to focus on the curriculum.  Speaking with Cornerstones Curriculum Developer Caroline Pudner, Ms Spielman discusses many aspects surrounding the draft framework and answers questions on why Ofsted have chosen to shine a light on the curriculum. Highlights from the interview on ‘The Curriculum’… Full story
Family using highway code to cross road

Is it time to put the Highway Code on the National Curriculum?

The Department for Education has been urged to add the Highway Code to the post-16 curriculum, to improve knowledge among new drivers and reduce road casualty rates. Motoring specialists from LeaseCar.uk  have called on the UK government to include the Highway Code as part of sixth form general studies lessons, so that British teenagers can gain some more practical life skills while studying for their A levels. All post-16 pupils are road users as pedestrians or passengers in cars, taxis or… Full story
Children from different schools celebrating science

Free Science Resources For Primary Schools!

A new campaign to engage children with practical science is being launched to UK primary schools in time for British Science Week - 8th to 17th March. Spectacular Science gives schools access to free experiments and activities, helping teachers to bring the wonders of science into primary classrooms. Provided by Empiribox, the resources encourage children to have fun with practical science. They also show pupils how science plays a part in their everyday lives and many exciting jobs - with… Full story
Strictly Education acquires school support specialist Babcock 4S

Strictly Education acquires school support specialist Babcock 4S

Leading education support services provider, Strictly Education (www.strictlyeducation.co.uk), has acquired Babcock 4S, enhancing its position as a single source strategic solutions partner for schools, academies and multi-academy trusts (MATs). Babcock 4S will be rebranded to Strictly Education 4S with immediate effect. United by a common mission to be the trusted partner of education support services for schools and academies, Babcock 4S brings enhanced capability, expertise and geographical… Full story
Screen time is replacing outdoor activity

Screen time is replacing outdoor activity

New research shows for the first time a strong link between recreational screen time and children’s inactivity, with children choosing to spend hours indoors and on screens instead of playing outdoors. The report released by the Association of Play Industries (API) – A Movement for Movement - reveals that children have never moved so little and points to substantial evidence that screens are a key reason. There appears to be a ‘rapid and dramatic’ change from outdoor to indoor time, with a 50… Full story
Education is one of the BEST industries for work-life balance right now! 

Education is one of the BEST industries for work-life balance right now! 

A new survey from CV-Library, the UK’s leading independent job site, has revealed that 97.1% of education professionals believe that work-life balance is important, with the sector emerging as one of the best for work-life balance.   The survey investigated how 1,200 workers in various industries across the UK felt about their work-life balance and whether it affected their career decisions. The results revealed that the education sector was one of the top industries for work-life balance… Full story
Juicy Satsuma

Juicy Satsuma

Juicy Satsuma is a family run garment printing and embroidery company specialising in the bespoke personalisation of goods and clothing. We have no minimum order and we are able to offer a fast turnaround on all orders. Our Web catalogue offers a range of over 16,000 items of clothing from all major brands including Fruit of the Loom, Gildan and B&C, we also stock a wide range of workwear and sports clothing including team strips. Juicy Satsuma provide a comprehensive service in all… Full story
Teamwork Helps Sea The Difference For Devon City Kids

Teamwork Helps Sea The Difference For Devon City Kids

DISADVANTAGED children in Devon are to benefit from Co-op teamwork after Beach Schools South West CIC was chosen as Community Fund beneficiaries for this year. Shoppers will be able to choose to donate to the organisation to raise funds to transport kids to the beach for outdoor learning in the marine environment. Beach Schools South West teach on the beach and they are already offering some schools in Plymouth free sessions - but the schools cannot afford the transport to get there. Now the… Full story
Cambridge Regional College student organises consultation with local MP 

Cambridge Regional College student organises consultation with local MP 

Student Union President and Level 3 Sports Studies student, Sophie Day from Cambridge Regional College invited Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, to attend the college for a forum with students and staff about the importance of fair funding for further education (FE). Mr Zeichner, who recently referenced the region’s colleges during a parliamentary debate speech on FE funding, addressed a full room, fielding questions from both students and staff about the role of FE in local economies and… Full story
Schools “concerned” about Relationships, Sex and Health Education changes

Schools “concerned” about Relationships, Sex and Health Education changes

New research by Headway Education, a social enterprise established to help provide children, and those who teach them, with the most up-to-date, sophisticated, high quality and engaging materials possible, has revealed that schools are growing increasingly concerned that they are not equipped to deliver the requirements of the Relationships, Sex and Health Education curriculum from 2020.   In September next year, Relationships Education will become compulsory for all pupils in primary schools… Full story
Research shows employers in the industry DON’T KNOW what education professionals want from a job offer 

Research shows employers in the industry DON’T KNOW what education professionals want from a job offer 

Despite 89% of employers claiming to know what education professionals find most attractive in a job offer, new data reveals that two fifths (40.4%) actually get it wrong. That’s according to the latest survey from CV-Library, the UK’s leading independent job site. The survey asked the industry’s job hunters what they believe to be the most important aspects of a job offer. It also asked employers what aspects they believe professionals deem to be the most important. When comparing the… Full story
University awarded contract from Department for Education to help challenging schools recruit and retain teachers 

University awarded contract from Department for Education to help challenging schools recruit and retain teachers 

The University of Derby is being supported by the Department for Education (DfE) to help increase the supply of trainee teachers to schools with poor recruitment and retention in the Midlands.  Funding from the DfE will be used to support a new initial teacher training pilot initiative, led by the Institute of Education at the University, which aims to improve the supply of newly qualified teachers to schools in challenging areas, promote career progression, and remove obstacles to social… Full story
Creating A Distraction-Free Learning Environment

Creating A Distraction-Free Learning Environment

Motivating students to participate in class can often feel like a challenge. Delivering insights that inspire them to excel in their studies isn’t easy either. Using crowdbeamer from RGB Communications, it doesn’t have to be like that. Crowdbeamer is a game changing presentation system that helps you connect with your students in innovative and collaborative ways. CONNECT TO YOUR STUDENTS’ WORLD It’s so important to structure basic learning content into a compelling story and complete it… Full story
Midlands Business Nominated For Global Education Technology Award

Midlands Business Nominated For Global Education Technology Award

Just launched voice-activated reading app Yap Books is targeting international success this month after being nominated for a global education technology award. Yap Books, developed by Birmingham-based Yap Technology, has been shortlisted in the Innovation Product Awards - Digital/Coding/Software category at the GESS (Global Education Supplies & Solutions) Awards and is up against nine international competitors. App developer and Yap Technology founder Ben Ridgway, from Lichfield, will… Full story
Gratnells Engineering team with school students

Gratnells Engineering inspires school students to consider careers in STEM

The Harlow-based manufacturer is committed to promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Manufacturing subjects to young people and recently welcomed local school students on-site for a day of activities.   Historically known as the leading name in school storage in over 68 countries of the world (and the producer of the iconic Gratnells Tray) Gratnells Engineering has developed into a multi-sector manufacturer capable of providing high-volume laser cutting, powder coating and bespoke… Full story