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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
Boy looking at Science Equipment

Science Technicians Say Schools Need More Money For Equipment

UK school funding cuts are undermining the quality of science teaching and discouraging students from pursuing careers in science and technology, according to school science technicians. Despite Government pledges to boost science teaching, survey results showed that budget cuts are preventing the purchase of basic equipment and holding pupils back from developing vital skills. The survey of around 550 science technicians conducted by Preproom.org, an online community for secondary school… Full story
YHA winning Best Residential Experience provider award

YHA named as Best Residential Experience provider for school trips

YHA (England & Wales) has been named as the Best Residential Experience provider for school trips. The leading youth charity scooped the accolade at the annual School Travel Awards 2018/19, the UK’s biggest event for school travel and learning outside the classroom.  Chosen by readers of School Travel Organiser magazine, the annual awards recognise the best venues, attractions and companies for educational visits. Anita Kerwin-Nye, Director of Strategy and Engagement at YHA (England… Full story
Iraqi education leaders visiting Fareham College

Iraqi education leaders visit UK College of the Year

Fareham College, the Times Educational Supplement (TES) FE College of the Year, welcomed education leaders from Iraq as part of a programme by the British Council to develop effective leadership through sharing good practice.   Spending a week at Fareham College, the delegates met with teaching staff and senior managers, and were able to view the industry-ready facilities and experience the teaching that have earnt it the status of top further education college in the country and an ‘… Full story
School children at The Circular Economy Showcase

The Circular Economy Showcase by Young Enterprise Scotland

Young entrepreneurs from 19 primary schools across Glasgow took to the stage at Hampden Park for an event focused on reducing, reusing and recycling. The Circular Economy Showcase, hosted by Young Enterprise Scotland with support from the ScottishPower Foundation, gave youngsters the opportunity to present their enterprise projects to their peers, teachers and a panel of judges. The showcase marked the culmination of work carried out by the business-savvy youngsters on the Circular Economy… Full story
Female student at Word Mania Global 2018

Word Mania Global 2018 winning schools announced!

The world’s biggest literacy competition has wrapped up for 2018! LiteracyPlanet has officially announced the winners of Word Mania Global 2018, after almost 500,000 students around the world improved their English literacy skills by participating in the competition. Schools from over 100 countries participated in Word Mania Global 2018, which is based on one of LiteracyPlanet’s most popular exercises. It challenges students to think outside the box and create as many words as they can in… Full story
Bromley Schools playing rugby

Centenary brings old Bromley schools together for a game of rugby

As part of Bickley Park School’s centenary celebrations pupils enjoyed playing a rugby tournament against schools that previously had been located in the Bromley area. Amesbury, a prep school which is now in Guildford, Surrey, moved from the same road as Bickley Park shortly after the end of the First World War. St Hugh’s, which is now based in Oxfordshire, left the Bromley area at the beginning of the Second World War. Forty boys took part in a rugby tournament at Saracens ground, Allianz… Full story
The R-Generation plastics education pack can be downloaded for free

Plastics recycling education programme launched

The recycling plastics education programme R-Generation is widening its reach for 2018, and will now be available to every primary and secondary school in the UK.  Following its launch in 2016, Nestlé Waters UK is continuing its partnership with recycling charity, RECOUP, and environmental education organisation, Wastebuster, to deliver an updated programme for 2018. This year will see the national roll out of the initiative, which aims to help children understand the responsibility they have… Full story
Why we need to get more tech-savvy Governors into schools

Why we need to get more tech-savvy Governors into schools

In my opinion governors have a critical role to play in schools. This is why I was happy to join the board of a local school in the past year. They help set out a school’s ethos and vision, take responsibility for financial decisions and spend time analysing data to make recommendations for progress. And crucially, we share our own personal blend of skills and areas of expertise with the school we’re working for. One of my own personal specialisms is technology. The small school at which I am… Full story
Why Teachers Choose to Work in the International Schools Sector

Why Teachers Choose to Work in the International Schools Sector

Recognised as the world’s best; a British education is becoming increasingly popular with parents around the world. This is pleasing news for the 4,300 British international schools* which operate globally and make up over 45% of the international school market. However, in analysing the report Teacher Supply in British International Schools (July 2018) by the Council of British International Schools (COBIS), international teaching providers, Teachingabroaddirect.co.uk found in the next ten… Full story
Houghton Conquest Pupils Doing A Road Safety Week Activity

Houghton Conquest Pupils Go Site-Seeing For Road Safety Week

Houghton Conquest Lower School pupils have been given a safety talk at Mulberry Homes’ nearby development Houghton Fields as part of a wider Road Safety Week campaign.   The local developer invited pupils to the site and donated 120 high visibility reflector clips to the whole school to help them stay safe and seen as part of the campaign.    The visit aimed to teach pupils about staying safe on the roads and identified the potential dangers of a live building site for younger children… Full story
Stewartstown Primary School students with maths competition certificates

Stewartstown Primary School, County Tyrone, triumphs in international maths competition!

Stewartstown Primary School, County Tyrone, is celebrating international success after its students scooped second prize in the November Numeracy Challenge 2018, an inter-schools competition run by 3P Learning, creators of the online maths resource Mathletics, proven to significantly increase levels of student engagement, confidence and motivation and to improve attainment and progress in maths.  Over the course of a week  students from across the UK, Europe, the Middle East and Africa… Full story
Holly in her christmas jumper

Make The World Better With A Christmas Jumper!

Friday 14th December 2018 sees a whole host of celebrities and brands supporting the return of Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day  This year, Save the Children’s annual Christmas Jumper Day is taking place on Friday 14th December.  Flashing, festive knits will be sweeping the nation once again as schools, homes and offices across the country will be ditching their day-to-day dress and donning their daftest, most wonderful woollies for the annual fundraiser.  From knits festooned in… Full story
Positive Futures group

Positive Futures

Young people in Warwickshire are being helped into work by Positive Futures, a training scheme targeting 15 to 24-year-olds not in education, employment or training who do not have basic maths and English qualifications. Co-funded by the Department for Work and Pensions’ European Social Fund and 50 per cent match funded by Warwickshire County Council and PET-Xi Training, the training course is helping break down barriers to entering the jobs market for young people in the local area. Deputy… Full story
Animation from new course that will improve children’s health and wellbeing

New course will improve children’s health and wellbeing…for life

Health educators, The Sound Doctor, are offering UK parents and teachers a “secret weapon” in combating growing concerns about childhood obesity – kids who are willing to change their own lifestyle choices! Primary school pupils are about to receive fun and memorable facts on healthy eating, weight management and exercise, thanks to a new animated course based on short, animated films to be shown in classrooms.  The fun and educational course is the brainchild of innovative health education… Full story
Bluestone College Finalist at International Learning Awards

New Health & Fitness College Finalist in International Learning Awards

Bluestone College, a vocational training provider, established for less than 2 years, is a finalist in the prestigious Learning Awards alongside Sky, Santander and EDF Energy Bluestone College, a vocational training provider that was started less than two years ago, with premises in Bournemouth, Coventry, Newcastle, Dudley, Henley-on-Arden, Manchester and Watford, has been shortlisted in the prestigious Learning Awards run by the Learning and Performance Institute. The college is a finalist in… Full story
Former teacher with her self-confidence children's book

Former teacher writes books to help children with self-confidence issues

Eleanor Baggaley is using her life experiences to help children and their parents to deal with maths, self-confidence and goal-setting When Eleanor Baggaley received inspiration from two special people in her life, she didn't realise that her journey was about to take her away from mainstream maths education to a life of self-employment, book writing and empowering children through her experiences. But now Eleanor has one children's book published and has two more in the pipeline, all three… Full story
Esh Group collect their STEM award

Esh Group win STEM Engagement Project Award

STEM Learning is delighted to announce that, Esh Group is the winner of the Inspirational STEM Engagement Project award at the recent prestigious STEM Inspiration Awards. These awards celebrate individuals and organisations working to inspire young people in STEM subjects across the UK and are organised by STEM Learning – the largest provider of STEM education and careers support to schools, colleges and other groups working with young people across the UK. This year’s winners are:… Full story
Gratnells collaboration with Makeblock

Gratnells confirms collaboration with Makeblock

Gratnells, providers of award-winning trays and storage systems used by schools in more than 60 countries worldwide, has confirmed its collaboration with Makeblock, the leading STEAM education solution provider, to supply classroom management and storage systems to the Chinese education market. Makeblock’s STEAM educational robotic kits and curriculum resources, currently used in more than 20,000 schools worldwide, will be housed in iconic Gratnells trays that are used and specified by leading… Full story