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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
Men working on the Pleckgate Sports Hall Refurbishment

Sports Hall Floor Refurbishment in Pleckgate

Sports Hall Refurbishment this time for the courtship team was in Pleckgate, Blackburn. A little far away from our base in Somerset, but we travel nationwide for contracts on sports halls. The size of this sports hall floor refurbishment contract was 600sqm. With a strong team of five flooring engineers, this wasn’t a problem. The condition of the sports hall flooring was rather dire in the respect that there were scratches from years of activity and lots of wear on the top lacquer, giving a… Full story
Carole Loader from Mesma

Ofsted Report Analysis Show Positive Impacts, Says Mesma

Analysis of Ofsted’s early monitoring visits to employers, independent training providers and universities by online quality assurance specialist Mesma has revealed some positive impacts.  The news comes as Ofsted says that the levy has contributed to a huge increase in the number of providers delivering apprenticeships, doubling the numbers of independent learning providers and employer providers. However, while Ofsted also declares in its annual report ‘that some of the biggest providers… Full story
Young chefs cooking for Wokingham Mayor

Young chefs cook up a feast for Wokingham Mayor

This week, the Rainbow Café, located in the Acorn Community Centre, saw a group of young amateur chefs chop, slice and blend to create and serve a hearty lunch for local residents and special guest, the Mayor of Wokingham.  Customers from Optalis’ Supported Employment service took over the community café for the day to develop their catering and customer service skills, serving freshly made meals to visitors and the Mayor of Wokingham, Cllr John Kaiser. Donna Morgans, Optalis’ Supported… Full story
Dudgeon grant enhancing student's lives

Dudgeon grant encourages tomorrow's engineers

A grant from the Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm's Community Fund STEM Programme is enabling Sheringham High School to lead an innovative robotics development project for students from six Norfolk schools. Sonja Chirico Indrebø is the Power Plant Manager of the Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm operated by Equinor. She recently met a number of the students involved in the project when she visited Sheringham High School and commented, "Among these students are tomorrow's engineers, vital to the future… Full story
KUBO Robotics launches innovative new coding pack

KUBO Robotics launches innovative new coding pack

KUBO Robotics has launched a brand-new innovative coding pack for primary school children. Available from January 2019, “Coding+” builds on KUBO’s existing robotics resource and teaches children aged 4-10 more advanced programming elements and stronger computational thinking skills. Coding+ comes with a set of 36 additional TagTiles which deliver high-quality, innovative programming challenges. The TagTile pieces fit together like a puzzle in order to create a sequence of code. The robot is… Full story
NewVIc supporting Newham students

NewVIc opens doors to support Newham students in succeeding at Oxford interviews

This year, NewVIc has been announced as the Newham hub for all Year 13 students applying to the University of Oxford, Wadham College.  Wadham College are working closely with NewVIc to support students and other Newham students with their admissions process. Like NewVIc, Wadham College values the importance of diversity and believes that drawing its' student body from a wider cultural and social base drives standards up, not down. Wadham College works closely with NewVIc to help bright… Full story