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
Sir Matthew Bourne to become patron of Tring Park School for the Performing Arts

Sir Matthew Bourne to become patron of Tring Park School for the Performing Arts

The prestigious Tring Park School for the Performing Arts is delighted to announce that Sir Matthew Bourne OBE has become a patron of the school.   Sir Matthew is viewed as one of the UK's most innovative and successful choreographers in the world of contemporary dance, receiving multiple awards and award nominations, including the Laurence Olivier Award for best new dance production for his modern interpretation of Swan Lake in 1996. Two years later, it opened on Broadway and Sir Matthew won… Full story
Fishwick Primary School pupil chooses ‘Ribble View’ as name for new specialist nursing home 

Fishwick Primary School pupil chooses ‘Ribble View’ as name for new specialist nursing home 

Specialist nursing care provider Exemplar Health Care has announced that its new Preston home will be called Ribble View following a naming competition with Fishwick Primary School pupils.  The result of Exemplar’s inaugural naming collaboration with a primary school, the home’s name plays homage to its nearby river, the River Ribble. The pupils – aged between 9 and 11 - were provided with some brief guidelines for naming the £3m local care home, and with the support of teacher Lucy Wheeler 25… Full story
Two women talking at the Schoolwear Show

All you need to know from the Schoolwear Show 2018

The Schoolwear Show is owned by and operated by The Schoolwear Show Limited. The show is organised on a purely voluntary basis; the directors giving up their own time to organise the show. The Schoolwear Show is hosted at Cranmore Park Conference and Event Centre. The Schoolwear Show Limited is a major donor to and supporter of the Schoolwear Association. Who should attend  The Schoolwear Show is dedicated solely to the independent schoolwear retailer. The exhibition will give you the… Full story