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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
Former Big Issue North Vendor Alex and his dog Muttley

Former Big Issue North Vendor Inspires College Students

Students at Leeds College of Building are being motivated this new year after spending time alongside a former Big Issue North seller, Alex Old. Alex was accepted on to a Painting & Decorating course at Leeds College of Building and is now inspiring others to turn their lives around following his own time on the streets. Several years ago, Alex was begging and struggling with alcohol dependency. Now, thanks to his own perseverance and determination, Alex has transformed his life and is… Full story
Two children cycling

Schools invited to take on UK’s biggest cycling, walking and scooting challenge

Schools are being invited to take up the Big Pedal 2019 – the UK’s largest cycling, walking and scooting challenge for schools. This year’s competition is backed by Angellica Bell, British television, radio presenter and cycling advocate, who took on the ‘Tour de Celeb’ in 2016 where she found her love for cycling. Organised by the walking and cycling charity Sustrans, the competition will run from Monday 25 March to Friday 5 April and will encourage young people from across the UK to travel… Full story
Stratford Circus Arts Centre and National Theatre Shakespeare Book

Stratford Circus Arts Centre and National Theatre stage free theatre shows for 5000 Newham Schoolchildren

This January all Year 6 students in the London Borough of Newham will have a chance to watch performances of William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale as part of an initiative to introduce children to live theatre. Every Child a Theatregoer is a partnership between Stratford Circus Arts Centre and other local theatres alongside Newham Council which is now in its sixth year, with January’s performances taking place between 21st Jan and 1st Feb. For many children attending it will be their first… Full story
Smoothwall join forces with VESPA Mindset and Warwickshire County Council at BETT 2019

Leading online safety experts Smoothwall join forces with VESPA Mindset and Warwickshire County Council at BETT 2019

This week at BETT, leading online safeguarding solutions provider Smoothwall, will be joining forces with VESPA Mindset and Warwickshire County Council to provide expert advice on internet safety and mental wellbeing within an academic environment.  For those unfamiliar with BETT, it’s the UK’s leading education technology show attended by over 34,500 educators and decision makers from all around the world. Taking place at ExCeL London from 23rd to 26th January 2019, those attending can expect… Full story
NewVIc achieves Ofsted outstanding

NewVIc achieves Ofsted outstanding

Newham Sixth Form College's latest Ofsted inspection has praised the college for being outstanding in their provision for personal development, behaviour and welfare. Students were found to achieve excellent results at the college. The report highlighted that "the proportion of students who successfully achieved their qualifications was high" with many students achieving top grades. The report, published on the Ofsted website today (22 January 2019) confirms NewVIc as a diverse and… Full story
The Mason Trust classroom

The Mason Trust set to hit even greater heights in 2019!

Since its foundation in 2008 as a charity with the mission of inspiring young people of East Anglia to fulfil their potential, 2018 has been The Mason Trust's most successful year to date, and the charity is looking forward to 2019 with the intention of bettering that record.  It has achieved success in various ways.  A total of 64 young people have been helped to achieve their dreams in 2018 by personal funding.  These encompass a variety of activities from a volunteering trip to Honduras… Full story
College Students Celebrating Best In Birmingham

Recently Merged College Judge To Be The Best In Birmingham

Staff and students at South & City College Birmingham and Bournville College are celebrating after receiving a “Good” Ofsted grade across all areas, just fifteen months after the two establishments merged. The college, with campuses in six locations across the city, is now judged to be the best Further Education College in Birmingham. The Ofsted report follows a successful inspection which took place in November 2018, where inspectors observed lessons, met with staff, students, governors… Full story
Teacher workloads in the cloud by 2020

Education sector to host over 50% of its workloads in the cloud by 2020

Nutanix-commissioned survey by Vanson Bourne reveals the education sector will benefit from increased security, decreased TCO and ease of management Nutanix has announced the findings of its first ever global Enterprise Cloud Index, which included education institutions’ plans for adopting private, hybrid and public clouds*. The Index found that 55% of educational institutions’ workloads will be running in the cloud by 2020, compared to 38% currently. The results depict a future powered by… Full story
Group of students studying at Open University

The Open University Business School receives EOCCS certification for its courses on FutureLearn 

The Open University are delighted to announce a suite of eight Business and Finance Fundamentals massive online open courses (MOOCs) has been awarded the EOCCS Certification: – Customer engagement – Effective communication – Effective networking – Project management – Managing the household balance sheet – Financial planning and budgeting – Investment theory and practice – Financial services after the banking crisis These eight MOOCs are delivered through the FutureLearn platform. As… Full story
PET-Xi Training’s New Skills Hub

PET-Xi Training’s New Skills Hub

West Midlands Mayor Andy Street has visited PET-Xi Training’s new Skills Hub in Nuneaton to see first-hand the difference digital training is making in communities. Skills shortages is one of the key areas the Mayor is keen to address throughout the region to ensure businesses are able to employ qualified digital staff. Andy met staff and learners taking part in the Positive Futures and ITQ programmes run by PET-Xi Training to break down employability barriers at its Skills Hub in Abbey… Full story
Ofsted’s new Vision: Benchmarking your MATs performance 

Ofsted’s new Vision: Benchmarking your MATs performance 

In light of the recent announcement that Ofsted[1]will focus less on exam results and place emphasis on the quality of teaching, it’s more important than ever that Multi-Academy Trusts - MATs - are spending their time on creating a rich curriculum learning rather than data crunching. Today, there are 1532 MATs[2]throughout the UK and this number is expected to continue to grow. Data analysis is one of the most important measurers within MATs. On a student level, a Management Information Systems… Full story
GFORCE Sportswear

GFORCE Sportswear – Passion For Sport

GFORCE Sportswear is a cutting edge brand developed by Gymphlex Ltd that boasts more than 100 years of experience producing high quality sportswear and leisurewear. Its fantastic range of technical, high performance customised kit harnesses the latest design and manufacturing technologies to create either fully-bespoke or ready-made sports kits giving teams across the UK the cutting edge on the playing field. From personalised t-shirts to shorts and striking training gear, GFORCE’s image… Full story
Actor David Harewood, who is working with Future First

Actor David Harewood backs Future First alumni networks in Birmingham state schools

Former state students in Birmingham are to help transform current students’ opportunities and give them a better start in life by going back to their old schools in an initiative to build an alumni network in schools and colleges in the city. The programme – run by the education charity Future First – has been backed by the Birmingham born actor David Harewood who went to Washwood Heath Academy in Burney Lane, Stechford. The school is one of a thousand state schools and colleges across… Full story