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
Local School Pupil Joey and his home made cards

Local School Pupil Welcomes Residents To Their New Homes

Following a greetings card design competition with David Wilson Homes, an imaginative pupil from Church End Lower School in Marston Moretaine is spreading joy to new residents at the homebuilder’s Marston Fields development. As part of a ‘Welcome Home’ campaign, David Wilson Homes reached out to the school nearby its Torry Orchard site for the help of the pupils in designing greeting cards to be handed out to new homebuyers. Joey Rice, in Year 4, was the winner of the competition and… Full story
Year of Engineering - the Marvel superheroes

Marvel legends inspire the next generation of engineering superheroes

The Government’s Year of Engineering campaign has teamed up with iconic comic brand Marvel, to launch a set of fun educational resources to help KS2 students aged 7-11 identify the superhero qualities needed to solve the global challenges we face. And it features a wealth of inspiration for keeping kids busy and entertained over the Christmas holidays. The exciting new More Heroes Needed Marvel resources, which feature iconic favourites such as The Hulk, Black Panther, The Wasp and Iron Man… Full story
Excel Machine Tools

Excel Machine Tools

Excel Machine Tools was formed during the 1970’s – a name now known far and wide for the supply of quality products and complete after sales service which at that time were confined to a range of Lathes and accessories. Our limited company status was then gained in 1981.  The inaugural success of the company along with multiplying customer demand has forced us to become larger and, as a result, increase our product range to include Milling machines, Drilling machines, Surface Grinders,… Full story
NewVIc Sports Academy playing football

NewVIc Sports Academy teams excel to The AoC National Finals

NewVIc win AoC Sport London Regional Championships in cricket, football and table tennis in the first term. NewVIc's sports teams have had an impressive start to this academic year, with the Cricket Academy beating east London rivals Newham College and George Monoux to win the AoC Indoor Cricket Regional Championships, held at University of East London, and are now on their way to Nottingham to compete at National Finals for the second year running! The AoC regional tournaments are open to… Full story
Gateshead College new principals

College makes double appointment

Gateshead College has strengthened its senior management team with the appointment of two assistant principals. Deni Chambers will lead a number of curriculum areas including digital tech, while Suzanne Slater will be the strategic lead for the delivery of apprenticeship programmes. In their new roles they will build on the college’s long track record of providing the highest quality training which gives students the skills, confidence and business acumen needed for a successful career. … Full story
Irish VR Team Receive Ed-Tech Awards Nominations

Irish VR Team Receive Ed-Tech Awards Nominations

Irish virtual/augmented reality (VR/AR) software firm, Immersive VR Education (IVRE), has been shortlisted for the BETT Awards 2019 in the following categories: The Bett Awards are a celebration of the inspiring creativity and innovation that can be found throughout technology for education. The awards form an integral part of Bett each year, the world’s leading showcase of education technology solutions. The winners are seen to have excelled in ICT provision and support for nurseries, schools… Full story
Cambridge Regional College lecturer

Cambridge Regional College lecturer one of the first in the country to achieve Advanced Teacher Status

Christine Helme, Teaching and Learning Development Manager at Cambridge Regional College, is one of only a small number of teachers in the UK to have achieved Advanced Teacher Status (ATS) this year.  Advanced Teacher Status is a widely respected accolade of advanced professionalism and mastery in further education and training. It is an advanced professional status that is conferred by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) through the Society for Education and Training (SET). Designed… Full story
Children at the Bank of England Museum

Bank of England Museum

Saving and spending money and the prices that we pay for goods and services are such a key part of all our lives that it is never too soon for young people to learn about them. The Bank of England Museum tells the story of the Bank from its foundation in 1694 to its modern role in the economy. Learn through a variety of interactive exhibits such as banknote jigsaw, a roller ball game and a virtual boat to set monetary policy to keep inflation on a stable course. Other activities include some… Full story
Students playing music in the classroom

Bring the magic of music to the classroom

Classical 100 is a free resource for primary schools in the UK that’ll ignite enthusiasm for classical music in your classroom. Classical 100 features 100 pieces of classical music in a dynamic list, ranging from Bach to Bernstein and Handel to Haydn. You can sort the music by mood, instrument, tempo and historical period, or in any other way that suits you.  “Classical 100 offers exciting opportunities for teachers and pupils to explore and enjoy a wide range of classical music. The 100… Full story
Marvel Legends Join Forces To Inspire Next Generation

Marvel Legends Join Forces To Inspire Next Generation

The Government’s Year of Engineering campaign has teamed up with iconic comic brand Marvel, to launch a set of fun educational resources to help KS2 students aged 7-11 identify the super hero qualities needed to solve the global challenges we face.  And it features a wealth of inspiration for keeping kids busy and entertained over the Christmas Holidays. The exciting new More Heroes Needed Marvel resources, which feature iconic favourites such as The Hulk, Black Panther, The Wasp and Iron Man… Full story
tvONE lecture theatre

tvONE injects flexibility into University of Kent teaching space

tvONE (, a leading designer and manufacturer of cutting-edge video and multimedia processing equipment, today announced that CORIOmaster has been chosen to drive projection walls at a 200-seat lecture theatre at the University of Kent. The University sought to upgrade its Bernard Porter lecture theatre to fully adaptable digital technology and found that only tvONE offered the flexibility and ease of use it needed. The theatre retained an eight year old AV installation based on three… Full story
Girl & Teacher - 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
Karen Phillips Coleg y Cymoedd's new Principal

Coleg y Cymoedd announces new Principal

One of Wales’ largest further education colleges, Coleg y Cymoedd, has appointed Karen Phillips as its next Principal and Chief Executive.   Ms Phillips, who has served as Coleg y Cymoedd’s Deputy Principal since 2008 (then known as Coleg Morgannwg), will succeed current Principal, Judith Evans, when she retires from 1 January 2019.     As Deputy Principal, Karen Phillips has been credited for the leading role she has played in guiding the college through a continuous curriculum development… Full story
Little girl practising mindfulness

Understanding the Benefits of Mindfulness in Schools

Improving the attention and overall general well-being of children is of utmost importance to schools. The effects of teaching mindfulness can include more focused attention, a calmer persona, a kinder attitude and an overall more positive outlook on life.  In this article, the team at TTS andGuy Samuels, a Youth Mindfulness Teacher, take a look at how to encourage Mindfulness and well-being in schools for both teachers and children. Many people may wonder what mindfulness is. To put it… Full story
Early Years Education Charity calls for participants for ‘road trip of a lifetime’

Early Years Education Charity calls for participants for ‘road trip of a lifetime’

Early years education charity, Parenta Trust is calling for teams to take part in a ‘road trip of a lifetime’ – the Maidstone to Monaco Rally. From 26th to 30th June 2019, ‘petrol heads’ in both two- and four-wheeled vehicles will travel 2,000 miles through eight countries, traverse the Alps and negotiate the winding roads of the Furka Pass.  The annual five-day escapade encompasses camping under the stars and taking part in challenges - before reaching the final destination of glamorous… Full story
NewVIc students feeling empowered by Michelle Obama

NewVIc students feel empowered by Michelle Obama and female business leaders.

Since October, NewVIc has been working with the National Literacy Trust to deliver ‘Words for Work: Women in Leadership' - a programme which aims to engage and empower our future female leaders. Earlier this week, the programme culminated in a fantastic ‘Women in Leadership' panel event, which was attended by over 200 female students from across East London. Students heard from inspirational female leaders and learnt about their journeys to success, the challenges they faced and how they… Full story
Children learning at Ravenglass Railway Museum

Learning at Ravenglass Railway Museum

Ravenglass Railway Museum is a great place for a school visit. There are many opportunities for learning from the museum, the railway, the site and the community it serves.   Located in West Cumbria, the Museum tells the story of the historic Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway which opened in 1875 and still carries 100,000 passengers every year behind beautifully preserved steam locomotives. The museum offers an extensive archive and exhibits that share the history of the line and allows… Full story
CER awarded prestigious education recruitment accreditation

CER awarded prestigious education recruitment accreditation

CER, one of UK's most successful education recruiters, is delighted to have been awarded the Recruitment Employment Confederation's prestigious best practice accreditation. The REC's scheme builds on the legacy of the Department for Education's Quality Mark and has been designed with safeguarding in mind, ensuring agencies are carrying out the relevant safeguarding checks when recruiting teaching and non-teaching sta­ff. REC Audited Education is a robust education specific audit package that… Full story