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New Glasdon Nexus® Evolution is step forward in Waste Management

The latest addition to the Glasdon range is changing the face of how we recycle. Entirely customisable; from aperture colour to waste type; the Nexus® Evolution is a stylish, robust and versatile multi-stream recycling unit. Choose from a multitude of colours, sizes, configurations and over 50 apertures, including cup recycling and even confidential waste to fit your exact waste management requirements. A narrow footprint makes Nexus Evolution the perfect fit for a wide variety of environments… Full story
Children riding bikes at Beaudesert

Beaudesert Outdoor Activity Centre

Beaudesert Outdoor Activity Centre is located in the former parklands of the former Beaudesert Hall in Cannock Wood, Staffordshire. Beaudesert offers a wide choice of residential packages, self-catered options and various day visits. With over 125 acres including camping glades and woodland, Beaudesert is a magical setting. The walls of the former Beaudesert Hall still stand in the grounds, Cannock chase is a short walk away as is the ancient castle ring fort. We have lodges, tented village,… Full story
Children on bike at Greenwood Park

A Five-Star Day Of Forest Fun At Greenwood

A FIVE-STAR DAY OF FOREST FUN & OUTDOOR DISCOVERY AT GREENWOOD       Nestled amongst a forest clearing at the foothills of Snowdonia’s National Park, lies GreenWood; an eco-friendly inviting land which promises the ultimate trip full of outdoor adventure, learning and discovery. Studies have shown that children learn best through real world experiences and so, the activities at GreenWood have been designed to offer an unrivalled sensory stimulus, educational environment and calming… Full story
Little boy using school apps on his phone

The next generation of school apps

92% of UK adults aged 25-44 own a smartphone and are used to having information at their fingertips. Schools that embrace this trend have engaged parents and higher performing students, but there is a huge difference between an app and a good app. The new generation of school apps truly are school gateways, ready to deal with the challenges schools face.  Schools have adopted several systems to communicate a range of information with parents. Parents love having the information, but soon… Full story
Damian Hinds, Education Secretary at Oak View Academy

Education secretary praises Oak View Academy

Cabinet minister Damian Hinds heaped praise on the ‘inspirational leadership’ at Oak View Academy after a visit to see the school’s stunning turnaround. The Secretary of State for Education described the Winsford primary as a 'success story' after witnessing its ‘truly dramatic’ progress since being ranked second-worst in the country five years ago. At its lowest ebb in 2014, the Whitby’s Lane school was taken on by North West Academies Trust (NWAT) and relaunched as Oak View. Now Mr Hinds… Full story
Shaun Masters OT to deliver first ever educational seminar

Shaun Masters OT to deliver first ever educational seminar

Shaun Masters, Occupational Therapist and Trusted Assessor, in association with Theraposture, will be delivering a seminar at Kidz to Adultz South entitled: 'Becoming confident in prescribing cot beds for better sleep hygiene, client care and moving and handling.' Thursday 16th May 2019, 9.30am – 4.30pm, Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre, Farnborough, GU14 6FD. Free entry and parking. Stand F1: FREE PROFESSIONAL THERAPOSTURE TAPE MEASURE FOR ALL VISITING THERAPISTS… Full story
Leora Cruddas, CEO of the Confederation of School Trusts, on multi-academy trust management

Building strong relationships within a multi-academy trust

/*-->*/ /*-->*/ /*-->*/ /*-->*/ How can a multi-academy trust (MAT) engage its schools during times of change? Leora Cruddas, CEO of the Confederation of School Trusts, shares some top tips from trust leaders… Working together in a trust provides schools with the benefits of mutual support and collaboration - but it can also mean changes in a school's way of working. So how can trusts build strong links with schools and get them on board with their overarching vision? 1.… Full story
Open University student on laptop

Open University secures £50M investment in social learning platform FutureLearn

Open University secures £50M investment in social learning platform FutureLearn   SEEK Group investment takes FutureLearn from start-up to a £100m value company in just six years   SEEK Group (ASX: SEK) will invest £50m to become a joint, 50% owner of The Open University’s FutureLearn social learning platform, it was announced today in a deal thought to be the largest ever private-sector EdTech investment in Europe. The Open University launched FutureLearn, which is based in London, in… Full story
New grading framework to be launched to independent schools

New grading framework to be launched to independent schools

The Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) has announced plans to launch its new Pitch Grading Framework to independent schools. This will allow a new way for schools to showcase quality sports turf facilities and recognise the skills and expertise of its grounds teams while adding a new dimension to attract potential students and their parents. A nationwide pilot scheme is planned with a selection of independent schools set to take part. The involvement of these schools will help inform the Pitch… Full story
Secondary school students ask Healthy Only Please

Hertfordshire School Programme Asks "Healthy Only Please!"

Registered Health Coach, Joanna Shurety from Shurety Coaching is collaborating with the team at ELSA to help bolster their “Healthy Only Please!” campaign and share her expertise on how to live a healthier lifestyle.  Created to teach secondary school aged children how to understand, embrace and implement a healthy lifestyle, the Healthy Only Please! campaign covers everything from mental and physical health and the positive effect it can have. The campaign feeds into the government’s ‘5 Ways… Full story
Open University has teamed up with SEEK in a £50m edtech deal

Open University partners with online learning provider SEEK Group in £50m deal

A £50million deal thought to be the largest ever private-sector EdTech investment in Europe will see the Open University partner with international online learning provider SEEK Group. SEEK Group (ASX: SEK) will make the investment to become a joint, 50% owner of The Open University’s FutureLearn social learning platform, it was announced today. The Open University launched FutureLearn, which is based in London, in December 2012 with a dozen UK university partners to test opportunities… Full story
A man teaches in Early Years setting

Grant of £30k to encourage more men into Early Years roles

The government has announced a £300,000 grant to encourage more men to take up careers in Early Years setting. The news was announced this week by Education Minister Nadhim Zahawi, who highlighted the fact that only 3% of EYFS staff in England are men. Mr Zahawi added: “Every child needs a role-model to guide them – whether that’s a parent, a close family member or friend, or someone at nursery or preschool that makes a difference in their life. The early years staff who support children in… Full story
GDPR

Fewer than half of UK schools believe they are GDPR compliant

New research findings released today by RM Education and Trend Micro shows fewer than half of UK schools and colleges (48%) believe that they are fully GDPR compliant. Plus, there remains confusion over staff responsibility in terms of GDPR compliance.  Last year 156 education professionals were surveyed about how practices and systems have changed since the arrival of GDPR in May 2018 and their ongoing concerns about the legislation. Key findings from the research include: ·Half of schools… Full story
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National Training Provider partners with Collaborative Vocational Learning Hub

Qube Learning, the leading training provider, celebrates its new inspirational collaboration with St Edmunds Society, an alternative learning provision for young people, in what will be a truly motivating and transformative approach to education for those who need help the most.  The partnership will encourage a fluid and informative channel for individuals looking to pursue an education and career that deviates away from the more traditional options of GCSEs, A-Levels and Degrees, and that… Full story
Indiana Jones accessories, number one teacher

Indiana Jones voted the number one teacher people would have wanted

Based on a survey of over 2,000 people, Indiana Jones has been voted the number one teacher most people would have wanted as their teacher when they were in school. (London, April 2019) – Teaching Abroad Direct can reveal that Indiana Jones has been voted the number 1 screen teacher that most people would have wanted when they were in school. Beating competition from other class-room teachers including Professor Snape (2nd, 11% - Harry Potter) and Elizabeth Halsey (9th, 5.3% - Bad Teacher),… Full story
roof top sports area

BMI Icopal hot melt provides great result for sports area

BMI provides great result for sports area, pupils at a South East London school can now enjoy sport at height thanks to the timely completion of a rooftop ‘ multi-use games and sports area ’ or MUGA. Flat roof specialist Byford Roofing tackled the job knowing that the installation was complex and demanding but also that the schedule was tight. Byford chose BMI Icopal’s Parabit Holt Melt Duo that it applied to the concrete deck of the roof. Over that went a layer of inverted insulation and… Full story