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Oldham primary school pupils reach final of UK robotics competition

Oldham primary school pupils reach final of UK robotics competition

Thirteen Key Stage 2 pupils from Lyndhurst Primary School, Oldham - one of the 15 schools within Focus Trust – have been crowned winners of the regional finals of an international robotics competition, VEX IQ Challenge.   Lyndhurst was the only primary school to attend Greater Manchester’s regional finals with the team’s resilience and technical performance seeing them come out on top against teams of much older children to secure a place in the national finals, which took place in Telford… Full story
Rosh Pinah Primary School pupils by the Book Bus from leading bookseller, The Book People. The school was crowned the winners in the Achievement for All 100 Million Minutes Reading Challenge

Have children lost their love of reading?

The number of five-16 year-olds who read books for pleasure has declined, according to recent research[1] from Childwise, so Achievement for All is calling for schools, settings, families, libraries, community groups, businesses and organisations from across the world to come together to reignite a love of reading during their 200 Million Minutes Reading Challenge. The research shows that whilst the average amount of reading per day has remained consistent year on year (0.6 hours),more than… Full story
Livia Bran, from e-learning platform Cypher Learning

5 reasons e-learning is a great option for introverted students

Livia Bran at Cypher Learning discusses why e-learning is a great option for introverted students… There are many things introversion is confused with. In a world that seems to have been designed based on extrovert ideals, introverted people get tags like shy, aloof, uninterested or anti-social. Even introverts have a hard time understanding themselves, and this can happen way into adulthood. Introverted kids have an even harder time. Chances are, one in three (if not even one in two)… Full story
Teacher & students with 3D Printer in school

HSE Report Raises Concerns Over 3D Printer Safety In Schools

Leeds-based Kora 3D, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of desktop 3D printers, has developed a unique universal safety cabinet to protect 3D printer users, following the release of a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) report today which found that the printers can create  harmful emissions, potentially endangering staff and pupils. The use of Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) and Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) 3D printers as part of the school curriculum has grown rapidly in recent years… Full story
Bromley students cash in on centenary challenge

Bromley students cash in on centenary challenge

Pupils at Bickley Park School in Bromley have taken their first steps to becoming young entrepreneurs after being given ten pounds each. As part of the school’s centenary year, each pupil aged seven to 13 has been challenged to set up a profitable small business, either alone or by pooling their investment, with up to three other pupils. The 'lend us a tenner' initiative challenges the children to unleash their business ideas and acumen over the Easter holiday.  Pupils have been given… Full story
Bookbuzz – a girl holds a stack of books in a field

How Bookbuzz promotes a love for literature

QA Education magazine editor Victoria Galligan speaks to the team at Bookbuzz about how they engage young people with reading and promote a love for literature… How and when did Bookbuzz begin? Bookbuzz is a reading programme suitable for school children aged 11 - 13, regardless of their reading ability or learning needs. Developed by BookTrust, the UK’s largest children’s reading charity, we support schools to encourage reading for pleasure. The programme began in 2012. Five years on, over… Full story
UK’s First Ever College ‘Academic Partnership’ Announced for National Apprenticeship Week

UK’s First Ever College ‘Academic Partnership’ Announced for National Apprenticeship Week

To mark National Apprenticeship Week 2019 (4 – 8 March), an international engineering association announced it is forming the first ever academic partnership agreement with a further education college in the UK. The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), which has 92,000 members globally, attended the Hunslet Campus of Leeds College of Building yesterday (Tuesday 5 March) to launch the partnership. The agreement, usually reserved for higher education institutions, is designed to advance the… Full story
London School of Economics students

London School of Economics students win £15k corporate award at Duff & Phelps annual YOUniversity Deal Challenge

LONDON: A team of three students from the London School of Economics have won a £15,000 cash prize after competing in the final round of Duff & Phelps’ annual YOUniversity Deal Challenge, held in London.  Duff & Phelps, the global advisor that protects, restores and maximizes value for clients, saw a pool of 23 university teams from across Europe prepare and pitch a financial transaction case study that involves a broad range of finance-focused skills, including aspects of Mergers and… Full story
Britannia Village Primary in Newham celebrates its new status as a Centre of Excellence for ICT in Mathematics

Britannia Village Primary in Newham celebrates its new status as a Centre of Excellence for ICT in Mathematics

Britannia Village Primary School, a thriving multi-cultural inclusive school in the heart of Newham, East London, already a Google Reference School, is celebrating its new status as a Centre of Excellence for ICT in Mathematics. The school - rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted - was awarded its new status by 3P Learning, international provider of curriculum-mapped learning resources for maths and English and the team behind the number one worldwide resource for maths, Mathletics.  The school will… Full story
Teachers need more support to tackle self-harm in schools

Teachers need more support to tackle self-harm in schools

84% of secondary school teachers have taught a student who they believe is self-harming in the last year, according to a survey by mental health charity YoungMinds.   YoungMinds is highlighting the need to ensure that teachers have support in identifying and responding to self-harm.   The charity has found that often teachers are the first point of call for students who need mental health support, but have limited training on how to respond or what action to take.   The charity carried… Full story
The OU has launched a social worker degree apprenticeship

The Open University launches social worker degree apprenticeship

The Open University has launched its Social Worker Degree Apprenticeship, supporting more people into higher education and providing a new, flexible route into becoming a social worker. With 25 years experience of delivering work-based training in social work, The Open University recently completed a year-long study into improving retention and diversity in the sector – ‘Social Work for Everyone’ – funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (now Office for Students)[1]. The… Full story
Kids working with Erasmus+

Pupils work to banish cultural and linguistic barriers

Wolstanton High School continues to be a beacon of community cohesion as part of the Erasmus+ ‘Do You Speak Culture?’ programme. The academy, which is part of the Shaw Education Trust, recently welcomed eleven teachers from across Slovenia, Italy, France and Romania in a bid to promote emotional acceptance and active tolerance.  Clint Lakin, the lead teacher for the Erasmus+ programme at Wolstanton, said: “We were honoured to be the host school and thoroughly enjoyed providing the delegates… Full story
Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education Amanda Spielman

“Curriculum is not just a quick fix,” says Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education Amanda Spielman

Primary school curriculum provider Cornerstones Education has interviewed Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, Amanda Spielman about the launch of Ofsted’s draft new inspection framework and their decision to focus on the curriculum.  Speaking with Cornerstones Curriculum Developer Caroline Pudner, Ms Spielman discusses many aspects surrounding the draft framework and answers questions on why Ofsted have chosen to shine a light on the curriculum. Highlights from the interview on ‘The Curriculum’… Full story
Family using highway code to cross road

Is it time to put the Highway Code on the National Curriculum?

The Department for Education has been urged to add the Highway Code to the post-16 curriculum, to improve knowledge among new drivers and reduce road casualty rates. Motoring specialists from LeaseCar.uk  have called on the UK government to include the Highway Code as part of sixth form general studies lessons, so that British teenagers can gain some more practical life skills while studying for their A levels. All post-16 pupils are road users as pedestrians or passengers in cars, taxis or… Full story
Tassomai - a student on phone

Tassomai GCSE revision tool helps boost science results

With private tuition being an unaffordable option for so many, Tassomai is a GCSE learning and revision program which helps close the attainment gap and levels the playing field for all students. It can be used by all pupils – including those with health problems, behavioural issues, those suffering from mental health issues or going through other difficult circumstances. It also allows children to work at their own pace but ensuring clear progress – and the best thing about Tassomai? Pupils… Full story
Children from different schools celebrating science

Free Science Resources For Primary Schools!

A new campaign to engage children with practical science is being launched to UK primary schools in time for British Science Week - 8th to 17th March. Spectacular Science gives schools access to free experiments and activities, helping teachers to bring the wonders of science into primary classrooms. Provided by Empiribox, the resources encourage children to have fun with practical science. They also show pupils how science plays a part in their everyday lives and many exciting jobs - with… Full story