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NASBTT statement: Response to Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategy

NASBTT statement: Response to Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategy

The Department for Education (DfE) has today published its Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategy, which NASBTT has been involved in shaping. Giving her reaction to the strategy, NASBTT Executive Director Emma Hollis said: “NASBTT is pleased that the government has clearly recognised the challenges faced by the teaching profession and is committing to address them. It is good to see competitive salaries and pathways for teachers remaining in the classroom on the agenda, alongside the… Full story
Bournville College Academy  Opened By Lord Mayor Of Birmingham

Bournville College Academy Officially Opened By Lord Mayor Of Birmingham

Birmingham’s newest 14-16-year-old education provider, Bournville College Academy, which has just achieved an Ofsted Grade 2, was officially opened by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor Yvonne Mosquito on Wednesday 6th February.  The Academy was delighted to welcome local dignitaries and educational professionals to the event. The Lord Mayor, along with Mr Chaudry Khaliq and Principal Mike Hopkins, performed the ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the Academy based at Bournville… Full story
reuse4education science equipment

reuse4education – like eBay, but better

With another term underway, schools, colleges and universities will have the opportunity to make their budgets go a little bit further thanks to the launch of reuse4education. At a time when funds are constantly being stretched, this free, easy to use online platform allows educational institutions to buy, sell, swap and loan anything from photocopiers and PE equipment, to musical instruments and books, and reuse4education is the only site that is exclusively for education institutions. … Full story
The Mutual Revolution: New Insurance To Cover Staff Shortages

The Mutual Revolution: New Insurance To Cover Staff Shortages

Shock figures reveal a staggering 57% of teachers have considered leaving the education sector within the past two years because of health pressures.  The latest studies from the Teacher Wellbeing Index expose the problems facing the sector with the recruitment and retention of teachers being a key issue.  Now one company, based in the North East, is trying to change the way school finances are run so that profits are fed back into the system rather than being sucked into the private sector… Full story
Children and teachers at FXP Festival

FXP Festival launches for 2019 with new creative category

FXP Festival, an East Anglian education initiative which aims to drive social mobility in the region, has announced the launch of its 2019 competition (6-8th July) with the introduction of an exciting new category.  Originally formed as a STEM initiative based on a computer game design and development competition, FXP Festival 2019 is expanding to include a ‘Storytelling’ category, which will encourage students to develop both their creative writing and illustration skills. Publishing and… Full story
Vlogstar Challenge comes to NewVIc

Vlogstar Challenge comes to NewVIc!

"To date, more than 4,500 young people from across London and Essex have been trained on how to create, shoot and edit vlogs!" This week NewVIc Performing Arts students have been working on a social media project with facilitator and former Rising Star Vlogstar Challenge winner Justyn Hollett, exploring how to shoot, edit and produce their own vlogs. This unique training and competition is run by the Jack Petchey Foundation and Media Trust. The Vlogstar Challenge is also working in partnership… Full story
Teacher using one of her sick days

Education professionals feel too guilty to take sick days and it’s affecting their mental health 

CV-Library offers advice to those who are feeling overworked or struggling with mental health Research from leading job site, CV-Library, has found that the majority of education professionals (65.1%) actually only take one or two sick days a year. What’s more, only 14.3% said they have ‘pulled a sickie’ in the last 12 months.  The study sought to uncover just how many sick days the average worker takes each year, and the affect this has on their physical and mental health. Worryingly, two… Full story
Education Mutual - Teacher with Insurance

The Mutual Revolution: New Insurance To Cover Staff Shortages

Shock figures reveal a staggering 57% of teachers have considered leaving the education sector within the past two years because of health pressures.  The latest studies from the Teacher Wellbeing Index expose the problems facing the sector with the recruitment and retention of teachers being a key issue.  Now one company, based in the North East, is trying to change the way school finances are run so that profits are fed back into the system rather than being sucked into the private sector… Full story
Woodhouse Grove School receives donation of 3D Printer

Woodhouse Grove School receives donation of 3D Printer and Safety Cabinet from Kora

Aspiring engineers at Woodhouse Grove School in Apperley Bridge will be enjoying interactive Design and Technology lessons thanks to the generous donation of a 3D printer and accredited Safety Cabinet by the Leeds-based manufacturer of desktop 3D printers, Kora. The top-of-the-range Kora Pro PC 3D Printer and SC-01 Safety Cabinet will enable Senior School pupils to produce intricate designs from filament and enrich the teaching of STEM and design subjects. The donation of Kora’s newly… Full story
Bowhill kits out Selkirk hockey team

Bowhill kits out Selkirk hockey team

The S1 girls’ hockey team at Selkirk High School will be playing in style this year after receiving new training tops funded by Bowhill House and Grounds.  Earlier this year Bowhill launched a community bursary initiative with a focus on supporting local youth groups and clubs to celebrate VisitScotland’s Year of Young People. The scheme will see more than £1,000 shared between community groups based in or around Selkirk which are in need of a financial boost. The first beneficiary was… Full story
School libraries

Researchers appointed to gather data about school libraries

The Great School Libraries campaign announced in late October that the Foyle Foundation had awarded a grant to appoint a researcher to gather data about school libraries – specifically to try and find out how many there are. After a tender and interview process we are delighted to announce that the research group tasked with gathering this data is BMG Research. They have carried out a number of education based research projects, including working for the Welsh Government and the Department for… Full story
Child using tablet for communication

Now vs then – how communication has evolved

By Adele Abbiss, Online Safety Expert, Smoothwall The 90s – oh what a time to be alive. Great (or not so great) music, funky hairstyles, denim overalls, the beloved Tamagotchi and who can forget the Spice Girls. When meeting up with your friends at the local park was arranged… using the house phone! Or if you were lucky it may have been via MSN - but that was often shared between your household members! Slower internet speeds and fewer devices per person meant online communication was often… Full story
Stronger Than Hate: USC Shoah Foundation & Discovery Education Launch Anti-Hate Video Challenge in UK Secondary Schools

Stronger Than Hate: USC Shoah Foundation & Discovery Education Launch Anti-Hate Video Challenge in UK Secondary Schools

Secondary schools across the UK are being encouraged to take part in a new challenge, inspired by the testimonies of Holocaust and genocide survivors, to empower pupils to make a difference in their own communities. Launched by USC Shoah Foundation in partnership with Discovery Education, the Stronger Than Hate Challenge inspires pupils to take positive local action against prejudice and to capture their work in a short film. Introduced in the US and Canada in 2013, the high-profile challenge… Full story
Medmerry Primary School Celebrates Good Ofsted Rating

Medmerry Primary School Celebrates Good Ofsted Rating

Medmerry Primary School in Selsey has secured another Good rating from Ofsted, following an inspection in December 2018. The inspector praised the friendly, welcoming and well behaved pupils and recognised the work which has been done to raise both the quality of teaching and the curriculum taught in the school since the last inspection. Medmerry has been classified as a ‘Good' school since 2010. The report noted the breadth of the curriculum taught at Medmerry, alongside the wide range of… Full story
Business focus heralds major changes at Shropshire prep school

Business focus heralds major changes at Shropshire prep school

Tapping into its accountant's business acumen is enabling an independent preparatory school in Shropshire to enhance experiential learning whilst also expanding its offering to Years 7 and 8 and providing educational sessions for nursery school age children. Founded in 1944, Castle House School in Chetwyn End, Newport, currently provides a comprehensive curriculum for children up to Year 6 (age 11 years). Now, it is now expanding its offering to educate 12-13 year olds. Meanwhile, the school'… Full story
Sarah from Cambridge Regional College holding AoC Beacon Standard certificate

Cambridge Regional College achieves AoC Beacon Standard 

Cambridge Regional College (CRC) has received high recognition for its work with Looked After Children, Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children and Care Leavers; having been acknowledged as a Beacon Commended College for its innovative and appropriate wraparound support programme. The AoC Beacon Awards celebrate the best and most innovative practice among UK FE colleges. It is awarded by the Association of Colleges; the national representative body for further education, sixth form and… Full story