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The Institute of Physics is carrying out research on gender stereotyping in science

Girls’ progression in science studied by Institute of Physics

Schools from across England are being invited to sign up for free to the Institute of Physics’ Improving Gender Balance national research trial.  Across England, the trial, funded by the Department for Education (DfE) will work with teachers on whole-school approaches to tackling gender stereotyping and the resulting limits on both boys and girls’ choices. In doing so it seeks to redress the fact that for more than 30 years only a fifth of those taking A-level physics in England have been girls… Full story
Reading Recovery - a child reads 1:2:1 with a teacher

Exploring the long-term impact of Reading Recovery

Literacy expert Dr Susan Bodman, National Lead for Reading Recovery, delivers training on literacy intervention in schools. Dr Bodman has experience teaching in primary schools as a SENCO and literacy coordinator, and working in learning support in secondary schools. Here, she discusses the need for early intervention for children struggling with reading in KS1… By the end of primary school, the gulf between good readers and those who struggle is well-established. In 2018, nearly 20,000 11-… Full story
Wands Ready! Hull Selected As A Finalist

Wands Ready! Hull Selected As A Finalist

A national poll for fans to decide the future tour locations for the magnificent ‘Wizarding World Wands supporting Lumos’  installation which illuminated the City of London last autumn, has revealed eight finalists, including Hull. Birmingham, Dublin, Kingston upon Hull, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Reading, and Stoke on Trent will now form the final poll for fans to determine which four locations will host the installation next. The final ‘Wands Ready’ voting process opens today… Full story
first educational technology company and internet service provider

Educational technology company, LGFL works with police to block piracy sites

Not-for-profit LGfL is first educational technology company and internet service provider to work with City of London police to block known piracy sites. LGfL DigiSafe, safeguarding arm of not-for-profit internet service provider LGfL, is proud to announce that it is the first educational technology company and internet service provider to work with City of London Police to block all websites on the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit’s (PIPCU) Infringing Website List. The Infringing… Full story
Educational Trust Awards

CISI Educational Trust awards totalling £23,000 announced

The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) is delighted to announce the 20 student winners of its 2019 Educational Trust Awards. The CISI Educational Trust Awards annually celebrate achievement amongst students studying CISI accredited courses around the UK, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. The winners received a combined total of £23,000.  Each of the winners, 10 female and 10 male, were nominated by their university based on excellence in an item of work or… Full story
GCSE pupils sitting exams

Primary school children almost as stressed over exams as GCSE pupils

A third of primary school parents say exams are making their children stressed, according to a new study looking into the pressure pupils are put under during their school years. New research by home education provider Oxford Home Schooling reveals that even primary school children are being strained by the prospect of their academic performance. The study reveals that, alongside a third (33%) of parents saying their child feels stressed by exams, two in five parents (40%) of pupils aged… Full story
App that gives business skills to sports and fitness students

New partnership set to deliver essential business skills to sports and fitness students

fibodo, the award-winning booking management platform, has announced a partnership with sport education specialist, AoC Sport, to provide up to 239 colleges in England with free access to a business focused e-learning course. The CIMSPA-accredited course, ‘Grow Your Business’ - created by fibodo - aims to teach and inspire students on best business practice, as well as how to operate effectively online and develop successful careers in the fitness sector. The course is designed for… Full story
Using ICT to reduce school operating costs

Using ICT to reduce school operating costs

Finding ways to cut costs without negatively impacting teaching is an issue pertinent to all education providers across the UK.  In addition, schools have an ambition to integrate ICT throughout learning, but using ICT to its best effect in the classroom is not without challenge.   Schools can invest in the latest ICT kit (for example iPads and Virtual Reality) but without the right support to embed these into the curriculum, the equipment and investment is likely to be underutilised.  … Full story
Young scientist & young Engineer of the year award

Innovative education App wins GSK Awards

Innovative activated charcoal research and music education App wins GSK UK Young Scientist & GSK UK Young Engineer of the Year Awards. Maeve Stillman, from St Mary’s College in Derry, and Grace Lord, Brendan Miralles and Aalia Sellar from Loughborough Schools Foundation have seen off tough competition from over 1,100 entries from across the UK to be awarded the top honours of GSK UK Young Scientist of the Year and GSK UK Young Engineer of the Year at The Big Bang Fair in Birmingham on… Full story
Children design their own Christmas Cards & Gifts

Children design their own Christmas Cards & Gifts. We Print. You Fundraise

IQ Cards print high quality personalised Stationery & Gifts using each child’s individual design. Schools raise money for EVERY pack purchased, a great fundraising project.  IQ Cards Info Children have great fun designing a picture in class, IQ Cards print high quality Christmas Cards, Stationery, Keyrings & Magnets using the child’s individual design, these can be kept as a memory forever. Our competitive pricing and fantastic quality products combined with a very simple process all… Full story
A Jackon's Fencing fence boosts school security

School security risks – matching boundary protection to your needs

Cris Francis, security consultant for Jacksons Fencing, offers a guide to ensuring pupils are safe when it comes to school security… Whether renewing, refurbishing or building from new, the school fence, entrance gates and access control should be carefully considered for today and in anticipation of the future. Here are our top five areas to consider when evaluating the security of a school site: Access points Over half of teachers say their school has more than one entrance (56%).… Full story
How to get children excited about STEM

How to get children excited about STEM

It’s unsurprising that children who have confidence in their abilities tend to be more successful in their studies - and that confidence isn’t just built within the school gates. Teaching kids about science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) early on helps lay the foundations for deeper learning, and parents can play a big role in supporting this.  Leading chemistry specialists Radleys share their top tips for getting kids excited about STEM subjects. Look outside the classroom… Full story
phs provides free-vend sanitary dispensers to education sector to tackle period poverty

phs provides free-vend sanitary dispensers to education sector to tackle period poverty

Washroom services and consumables provider phs Group has launched a free-vend sanitary dispenser for schools, colleges and universities in a bid to tackle period poverty.  The purpose-designed free-vend dispenser was created in response to the growing period poverty agenda and rise in demand from customers across the UK and Ireland. It has already been extensively trialled in Scotland following a directive by the Scottish Government to make free sanitary products available to all pupils and… Full story
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Google for Education partners up with itslearning

A partnership between itslearning, Europe's most widely used learning platform, and Google for Education was  announced recently, enabling teachers to plan, deliver, communicate and engage. The partnership will also allow educators to formatively assess student learning against academic goals, all within one platform, in any location and from any device. The ability to collaborate at any time, anywhere will help to maximise the benefits of both itslearning and Google’s G Suite products. The… Full story
Wrapmaster 3000

North Yorkshire County Council Rolls Out Wrapmaster

North Yorkshire County Council has partnered with Cofresco Foodservice, rolling out the award-winning Wrapmaster across its 25 secondary schools and 298 primary schools. Wrapmaster is the catering professional’s dispensing system for cling film, foil and baking parchment. With 42,000 meals served daily, the affiliation is part of the council’s strict policies on hygiene and food safety, as well as its ongoing commitment to pupil welfare and allergies. Joanne Simpson, Area Manager, North… Full story
Allan Hunt from AHR Building Consultancy is an expert on the Condition Improvement Funding

The role of building consultancy in securing Condition Improvement Funding

Allan Hunt is director of education at AHR Building Consultancy, and an expert on the Condition Improvement Funding (CIF) bidding process. Here, he advises on making a successful bid… MATs, both large and small, are acutely aware of the pressing issue of school condition and the shortage of funds to deal with this. For lone Academies and smaller MATs, CIF funding remains fiercely competitive, so that for anything other than the most urgent work (and even then) it is hardly a guaranteed… Full story