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Man with headphones listening to Calibre Audio Library

Calibre Audio Library

Calibre Audio Library is a national charity that brings audiobooks to those unable to access print because of dyslexia, sight loss or another disability that prevents them from holding a book. Our library has around 11,000 audiobooks; all are unabridged, recorded by professional actors and broadcasters and available for unlimited borrowing by our members.  Do you need key texts in audio? One in ten have dyslexia*, and this can create additional strains and challenges throughout their… Full story
Actavo Direct's Liz Scott on construction skills

The top construction skills needed from tomorrow's workforce

With the global construction industry forecast to hit $8 trillion by 2030 – and the UK driving industry growth in Europe – it’s an attractive career for young people seeking versatility and progression. Here, Liz Scott, Head of HR at Actavo Direct, offers advice on the construction skills needed to help young people thrive in their chosen career. Communicating clearly Many associate the construction industry with just the physical work, however, most critical tasks are completed in the… Full story
The Artie 3000 Drawing robot from Learning resources

CLOSED: Win a set of Gadgets, for your classroom, worth up to £180!

Learning Resources is the number one manufacturer of educational toys in the UK toy market. Founded in 1994, Learning Resources UK provide high-quality educational toys and games to schools and homes. The range supports both academic learning and learning through discovery, play, and exploration. Their mission, to help kids love to learn. We've teamed up with Learning Resources® to give away a fantastic bundle of education toys especially for you and your classroom!               You could… Full story
Learning about financial literacy with RedSTART at The Oak Bank

Financial literacy learning is as important as maths, English and science

Julian Wright, Head of Education Expansion at RedSTART, writes about the need for financial literacy teaching if we are to become a money-savvy society… Rarely a week goes by when a story appears in the news detailing one of the many ways we as a nation are in some way personally in debt. Whether this is the spiralling costs of housing, the amount of debt students are leaving university with, or the amount sitting unpaid on our maxed out credit cards. The general message seems to be that as… Full story
Shine a Light Awards – Longmoor teachers with judge Robert Rilley-Craig from Pearson and host Sally Phillips

Longmoor Primary School wins Shine a Light communication award

Longmoor Primary School in Liverpool, which is dedicated to developing their pupil’s communication skills, has won the coveted Primary School of the Year Award at the 2019 Shine a Light Awards organised by Pearson, in partnership with The Communication Trust. The awards were presented by British comic actress and writer, Sally Phillips with special performance from Britain’s Got Talent winner Lee Ridley (Lost Voice Guy). Longmoor Primary School started an initiative in 2011 to address the… Full story
Teaching application form – a DBS check is carried out on new employees

DBS check mythbuster – avoid costly delays when applying

As most people working within education will know, all staff in schools and nurseries are subject to a DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) check. Schools can encounter staffing problems if DBS checks aren’t done quickly and efficiently. Here, QA Education editor Victoria Galligan busts some of the myths regarding DBS checks and explores what a DBS check actually is, who needs one and how to avoid costly delays when applying… There is only one level of DBS check for school staff Yes – for… Full story
The-Personalised-day-at-the-zoo from In The Book

CLOSED - WIN a personalised book from In The Book!

Here at In The Book, we like to consider ourselves book specialists. To encourage little ones to become keen readers, we are giving three lucky kids to the chance of having their own personalised book! We believe that one story is enough to change a child's view of the world. From favourite stories read in childhood or a classic fiction tale, the memorable adventures last a lifetime. But, with a personalised twist, we write your child into the story. Have you ever imagined yourself in a… Full story
The Institute of Physics is carrying out research on gender stereotyping in science

Girls’ progression in science studied by Institute of Physics

Schools from across England are being invited to sign up for free to the Institute of Physics’ Improving Gender Balance national research trial.  Across England, the trial, funded by the Department for Education (DfE) will work with teachers on whole-school approaches to tackling gender stereotyping and the resulting limits on both boys and girls’ choices. In doing so it seeks to redress the fact that for more than 30 years only a fifth of those taking A-level physics in England have been girls… Full story
Reading Recovery - a child reads 1:2:1 with a teacher

Exploring the long-term impact of Reading Recovery

Literacy expert Dr Susan Bodman, National Lead for Reading Recovery, delivers training on literacy intervention in schools. Dr Bodman has experience teaching in primary schools as a SENCO and literacy coordinator, and working in learning support in secondary schools. Here, she discusses the need for early intervention for children struggling with reading in KS1… By the end of primary school, the gulf between good readers and those who struggle is well-established. In 2018, nearly 20,000 11-… Full story
Wands Ready! Hull Selected As A Finalist

Wands Ready! Hull Selected As A Finalist

A national poll for fans to decide the future tour locations for the magnificent ‘Wizarding World Wands supporting Lumos’  installation which illuminated the City of London last autumn, has revealed eight finalists, including Hull. Birmingham, Dublin, Kingston upon Hull, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Reading, and Stoke on Trent will now form the final poll for fans to determine which four locations will host the installation next. The final ‘Wands Ready’ voting process opens today… Full story
first educational technology company and internet service provider

Educational technology company, LGFL works with police to block piracy sites

Not-for-profit LGfL is first educational technology company and internet service provider to work with City of London police to block known piracy sites. LGfL DigiSafe, safeguarding arm of not-for-profit internet service provider LGfL, is proud to announce that it is the first educational technology company and internet service provider to work with City of London Police to block all websites on the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit’s (PIPCU) Infringing Website List. The Infringing… Full story
Educational Trust Awards

CISI Educational Trust awards totalling £23,000 announced

The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) is delighted to announce the 20 student winners of its 2019 Educational Trust Awards. The CISI Educational Trust Awards annually celebrate achievement amongst students studying CISI accredited courses around the UK, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. The winners received a combined total of £23,000.  Each of the winners, 10 female and 10 male, were nominated by their university based on excellence in an item of work or… Full story
GCSE pupils sitting exams

Primary school children almost as stressed over exams as GCSE pupils

A third of primary school parents say exams are making their children stressed, according to a new study looking into the pressure pupils are put under during their school years. New research by home education provider Oxford Home Schooling reveals that even primary school children are being strained by the prospect of their academic performance. The study reveals that, alongside a third (33%) of parents saying their child feels stressed by exams, two in five parents (40%) of pupils aged… Full story
App that gives business skills to sports and fitness students

New partnership set to deliver essential business skills to sports and fitness students

fibodo, the award-winning booking management platform, has announced a partnership with sport education specialist, AoC Sport, to provide up to 239 colleges in England with free access to a business focused e-learning course. The CIMSPA-accredited course, ‘Grow Your Business’ - created by fibodo - aims to teach and inspire students on best business practice, as well as how to operate effectively online and develop successful careers in the fitness sector. The course is designed for… Full story
Using ICT to reduce school operating costs

Using ICT to reduce school operating costs

Finding ways to cut costs without negatively impacting teaching is an issue pertinent to all education providers across the UK.  In addition, schools have an ambition to integrate ICT throughout learning, but using ICT to its best effect in the classroom is not without challenge.   Schools can invest in the latest ICT kit (for example iPads and Virtual Reality) but without the right support to embed these into the curriculum, the equipment and investment is likely to be underutilised.  … Full story
Young scientist & young Engineer of the year award

Innovative education App wins GSK Awards

Innovative activated charcoal research and music education App wins GSK UK Young Scientist & GSK UK Young Engineer of the Year Awards. Maeve Stillman, from St Mary’s College in Derry, and Grace Lord, Brendan Miralles and Aalia Sellar from Loughborough Schools Foundation have seen off tough competition from over 1,100 entries from across the UK to be awarded the top honours of GSK UK Young Scientist of the Year and GSK UK Young Engineer of the Year at The Big Bang Fair in Birmingham on… Full story