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This is NewVIc's time to make a stand against knife crime

This is NewVIc's time to make a stand against knife crime

On Thursday 14 March, NewVIc is hosting their annual anti-knife crime event - ‘Life not Knife'.  Students are invited to take part in activities and workshops with special guests including Local MPs, The British Red Cross, Trident Central Gangs Unit, a lead Trauma Nurse from The Royal London Hospital and a Self Defence Expert.  The aim is to educate students on the dangers and impact of knife crime, teach them how to be safe and learn about the support that is available to them.  MPs have… Full story
The Whizz Education Team at Bett 2019. Photo: Bett

Whizz Education – a pioneering education organisation

Whizz Education is a pioneering education organisation committed to improving learning outcomes. Its proprietary personalised virtual tutor, Maths-Whizz, is available in five languages – English, Russian, Spanish, Thai and Kiswahili – and has been adapted to multiple curricula. Educators are supported by Whizz Education teams in London, Seattle, Nairobi and Dubai as well as partners in Russia, Mexico, Thailand and New Zealand, enabling communities around the world to reach their full potential… Full story
Modular buildings are helping schools to expand: Kingston Academy school

Modular buildings can help save our schools

Richard Hyams from architects astudio discusses how modular buildings offer an affordable alternative to traditionally built classrooms… For many of us, the idea of a modular school building will rouse memories of dank cabins lacking heating and running water, shunted onto school sites to meet intense demand for school places or as quick fixes during the construction of more permanent extensions. Modular has come a long way since then, though, and such an image is a far cry from the reality… Full story
Tracey Grey – school business leader and founding director of Education Mutual

School business leader: 'Schools must spend smart'

Hard-pressed teachers will be forced to take extra time off sick unless the Government injects more money into cash-strapped schools. The warning comes from a senior school business leader who says overworked teachers are suffering from mental health issues and are at breaking point. Mrs Tracey Gray, director of support at Walbottle Campus in Newcastle upon Tyne, said budgets had been slashed putting even more pressure on the wellbeing of staff: “As School Business Leaders we are tasked with… Full story
Future First take students to The Flava People factory

Students taste life in the food industry with Future First

School students interested in a career in food are taking part in a programme to demonstrate the breadth of jobs available in the industry and increase their work skills. National education charity Future First has partnered with The Flava People, who supply the UK's leading retailers, restaurants and food manufacturers with sauces and seasonings, to inform state school students about the skills necessary to succeed in the food and hospitality industry. Under the scheme, The Flava People will… Full story
female education professional

Over half of education professionals don't know how to ask for a pay rise 

A study conducted by CV-Library, the UK’s leading independent job board, has discovered that over half of education professionals (56.3%) don’t know how to ask their employer for a pay rise. A further 51.1% revealed that they’ve never even negotiated on parts of a job offer.   What’s more, the survey of 1,200 British professionals reveals that 56.1% of education professionals haven’t received a pay rise in the last 12-18 months. Of those who did, over a quarter (29.4%) received a minimal… Full story
Birmingham has seen several college mergers

The Growing Role of College Mergers

Mike Hopkins, Principal of South and City College Birmingham, comments on the role of college mergers and keeping the students' best interests at heart… Mergers and acquisitions previously carried a stigma in higher education, but the sector is seeing more than ever before. College mergers offer relief for a struggling establishment and provide a strong cultural change. Simply put, they offer an avenue for those seeking a strategy to turnaround a college if they are willing to put in the work… Full story
Xavier Briche, Head of Digital Learning at the University of Roehampton

Roehampton’s digital learning journey

Xavier Briche, Head of Digital Learning at the University of Roehampton, discusses how the Digital Learning department has enhanced the student learning experience. Here at Roehampton, we have created a robust Digital Learning Services department (DL) to support technology for teaching and learning. The department strives for innovation within the University and focuses on new and existing technologies to support the learner’s journey and to provide digital tools to the teaching community. We… Full story
Students wearing lanyards

Wearing Lanyards to Keep Staff & Students Safe is ImperativeWearing Lanyards to Keep Staff & Students Safe is Imperative

What is a Lanyard and why do we wear them? The simplest answer is that in business we need cost effective items to keep us safe, that can be worn by all and meets necessary safety criteria for every school/workplace environment. Lanyards are typically worn around the neck and have a clip to attach a security pass or some form of identification to indicate the wearer belongs to the organisation or has a specific role to play within the workplace. Lanyards are available in several styles of… Full story
Beyond the walls of a gallery - an art trip unlike any other

Beyond the walls of a gallery - an art trip unlike any other

Imagine a living, breathing art gallery, where nature and art work in harmony to create a truly magical and unique experience. Magnificent sculptures are placed amongst mature trees and architectural plants, whilst gently moving water provides a sense of calm and an accompanying backdrop to the wildlife that calls this outdoor gallery home. The Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden in Ockley, Surrey has proudly exhibited an ever changing collection of contemporary sculpture within 10 acres of… Full story
Students stood outside Universities

Protecting Universities from Cyber Attacks

Cyber security is rated as one of the top concerns for organisations worldwide.  As a global leader in the security technology industry, Gallagher is working with Universities all over the world to help them mitigate risk and secure their systems against potential attacks. In looking at the cyber risks that relate to Universities, there are three main areas of concern: protecting Intellectual Property (IP), protecting personal data, and protecting facilities and infrastructure.  “A… Full story
ONVU's Sean Warren

ONVU Learning reviewing tool allows teachers to play back lessons

 Ever wish you could look over your lesson to see what went right or wrong? Teachers across the country are doing just that – and getting independent feedback from experts outside of school. Editor Victoria Galligan spoke to Sean Warren at Bett about ONVU Learning – which films the class from above as the children work. ONVU Learning isn’t a CCTV system – although the small black dome camera placed on the ceiling in the classroom looks like any other monitoring device. ONVU Learning is… Full story
100 young artists at Stockport Grammar Art Competition

More than 100 young artists shine at Stockport Grammar Art Competition

This year Stockport Grammar School’s Year Five Art Competition welcomed 113 entries from young artists from 16 local primary schools.  Sponsored by Brewin Dolphin and based around the theme of ‘self-portrait’, the young entrants showed off their creativity and imagination with a wide range of final pieces that included 2D and 3D artwork. Artists and their families visited Stockport Grammar School for an exhibition evening which showcased their work. Lukas Schwarzmayr of Gorsey Bank Primary… Full story
Dr Emily Grossman - girls at the Rocking Ur Teens event

Dr Emily Grossman: 'Anyone can be a scientist!'

Dr Emily Grossman is an expert in molecular biology and the face of many a scientific TV and radio slot (including The Alan Titchmarsh Show and Duck Quacks Don't Echo). Here, Emily speaks to QA Education editor Victoria Galligan about why she’s involved with Rocking Ur Teens, a social enterprise that runs inspiring conferences that help encourage girls and boys to become confident in their school life and beyond… To say Dr Emily Grossman is an inspiring person is, quite frankly, an… Full story
Zoom video platform - Jane Ross

Zoom video platform improves communication in education

Jane Ross, head of public sector at the Zoom video platform, discusses how it’s helping schools both in meetings and in the classroom… Could you explain what the Zoom video platform is, and how it helps teachers? Zoom is a unified video-first communications platform that provides remote communications services using cloud computing. It offers software for video, voice, chat, and content sharing. Zoom was named a Leader in the 2018 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Meeting Solutions. The Zoom… Full story
Teacher Using Free Teaching Resources With Students

Education Destination Creates Over 700 Free Teaching Resources

Education Destination has created over 700 teaching resources that cover all Key Stages, Abilities and Subjects, and are free for teachers to use. Created by Education Destination’s own team of teachers, with over 175 years’ experience between them, no other school trip provider in the world offers such a depth and breadth of teaching resources.  All address specific National Curriculum or main exam board syllabus requirements. And most are differentiated for ability, making it easy for mixed… Full story