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From Bricks to Clicks: New inquiry report explores what student data will mean for higher education.

The UK’s higher education (HE) system is one of the best known in the world for high quality education, student experience and world class research. But there is an opportunity for UK HE to do even better: by using data. On Tuesday 26th January, the Higher Education Commission is launching its inquiry report, From Bricks to Clicks: the potential of data analytics in Higher Education in Parliament. The report explores what the data revolution could mean for HE and students. Inquiry co-chair,… Full story

The Bright Ideas Challenge

This week, Shell is launching a brand new national, curriculum linked schools competition - The Bright Ideas Challenge - which aims to inspire future scientists and engineers - to understand the role their STEM learning can play in shaping a more positive future for everyone. The new challenge - which has an overall winner's prize of £5000 will challenge young people age 11-14 to assume the role of future scenarios planners and to use their STEM learning to imagine creative solutions to the… Full story

Discovery Education Wins BETT Award for Early Years Digital Content

Dinosaurs module wins industry prize at last night’s awards Discovery Education Espresso’s Dinosaur Module has been announced as the winner of this year’s BETT AWARD for Early Years Digital Content. The engaging multimedia content, which uses stunning Discovery Channel CGI footage to bring dinosaurs to life, is one of the most popular resources in Discovery Education’s Espresso service. The award was presented at BETT’s annual ceremony in London last night. Lewis Bronze MBE, Founder and… Full story

Innovative programme brings holistic support to school children

There is a new educational programme gaining traction in East London schools for its innovative approach to pupil support. Motivate to Educate (M2E) is designed and run by local social enterprise. Kineara. It is an intensive programme that aims to build confidence and motivation in pupils by working closely with them, their families and the schools’ existing support service to help the young person get the most out of their education. The difference is this: with years of experience working… Full story
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Kramer brings collaborative learning to BETT 2016

With a firm focus on the training and education marketplace, Kramer offers two technology solutions aimed at dramatically changing the way that staff engage with students and showed them for the first time in Stand C418 at BETT, Excel London, 20-23 January 2016. “At BETT, we will demonstrate how easy it is to use any iOS or Android, PC, Mac or Windows device to facilitate learning whilst controlling media sources, displays, audiovisual equipment, lighting, audio, and much more,” enthuses Nigel… Full story

Ofsted head criticises 'one size fits all' education system

Ofsted head, Sir Michael Wilshaw has criticised the ‘one size fits all’ secondary education system, which he said is letting down students. The chief inspector of schools believes the lack of high-calibre vocational training for those who don’t choose the university route is one of the reasons for the UK’s record on youth unemployment. He says the ‘one size fits all’ system lets down less academic pupils and the education system in England, as it stands, does not offer enough opportunities for… Full story

Avoiding the tech trap

Currently, there is a global movement in education to become smarter. Businesses have been competing to be more digitally intelligent and energy efficient for some time and schools are becoming no different. This shouldn't mean a tablet computer for every pupil. Instead it means using existing data in new ways: intelligent ways. Here Carl Plant, CEO of digital technology expert bITjAM gives best practice advice for schools looking to become digital leaders.     In a study conducted by the… Full story

TEACHING TALENT UNDER THREAT AS OLDER WORKERS EXIT THE CLASSROOM

  Classrooms are facing a mass exodus of senior teaching staff as the baby boomer generation nears retirement, coupled with societal pressure to leave the workforce at state pension age, according to new research from specialist recruiter Randstad Education. A recent report by Ros Altmann, the Pensions Minister, outlines that by 2022 the number of people in the workforce aged 50 to state pension age will have risen by 3.7 million to 13.8 million and the number aged 16-49 will have reduced by… Full story

Climate Games mark exciting conclusion to economics summer school

Students attending a summer school in the heart of Vienna can get a global perspective on climate change, with a simulated exercise that captures all the pace, excitement and impact of the subject. The Alternative Economic and Monetary Systems (AEMS) summer school gives participants a unique opportunity to take part in the exercise as part of the programme. In the historic setting of Vienna’s old town, the AEMS students are placed in groups to represent countries from around the globe, each… Full story

City College Southampton art student and Groundwork South to give ABP Town Quay containers a splash of colour

City College Southampton has collaborated with ABP Town Quay and local environmental regeneration charity, Groundwork South, in the Urban and Coastal Art Competition which aims to bring two quayside containers to life. The project saw budding Van Goghs and their families come together to create pieces of art at four free summer workshops in Town Quay Marina and Lloyd Recreation Ground, in Marchwood. The winning designs, which were selected from over 40 entries, will now be used to decorate two… Full story

Education Show 2016 joins forces with The Big Bang Fair

The Education Show 2016 has announced a partnership with The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair, the largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) for young people in the UK. According to the National STEM Centre, STEM graduates have the potential to earn amongst the highest salaries of all new recruits, yet STEM skilled staff remain at a premium. The Big Bang Fair and the Education Show aim to address this by working together to inspire students and… Full story

£44 MILLION OFF-SITE SCHEME STARTS ON SITE IN EAST LONDON

The £44 million Riverside Schools off-site project – the largest ever in the education sector – has started on site in Barking. The scheme for the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham was awarded to the Portakabin Group and is using a Yorkon off-site solution to deliver an innovative three-school campus. Now under construction, the 23,000sqm Riverside Schools campus will provide places for 2,645 children from 0-19 years on a six hectare site. The development will integrate provision for… Full story