The National Society for Education in Art and Design Survey Report 2015-16

  The detrimental consequences of government policy on art, craft and design education have been exposed by the findings of The National Society for Education in Art and Design Survey Report 2015-16 to be launched at the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Art, Craft and Design in Education at 4pm on Tuesday 9 February 2016. Commenting ahead of NSEAD’s report launch, Sharon Hodgson MP, Chair of the All- Party Parliamentary Group for Art, Craft and Design in Education, said: “Nurturing… Full story


Randstad Student Support, a leading provider of learning support staff, has taken a group of 15 budding Formula 1 racing engineers to the Williams Martini Racing F1 Factory for a day of innovation, excitement and engineering insight. The lucky group from North Shropshire College included 14 students who fought off tough competition to win the trip, managing to take home the trophy in a competition hosted by Randstad Student Support at the Association of Colleges conference held in November.… Full story

Education rides out the recession above private sector roles

Education has proven its mettle as one of the top most recession-proof careers in the UK over the past decade, according to an analysis of ONS and professional industry data carried out by specialist recruiter Randstad Education. Randstad’s analysis ranks each occupation by the change in the aggregate wage bill for full-time staff between 2002 and 2014, adjusting for the effects of inflation.  This takes account of both the resilience of employment levels and real wages to provide a rounded… Full story

How can Wi-Fi networks in schools and colleges live up to expectations?

The real Wi-Fi heroes in schools, colleges and universities are the hardworking IT teams. Whilst IT teams in businesses would tend to focus more heavily on either high performance or high-density coverage, educational institutions require both. Similarly, IT teams in educational institutions may be required to onboard hundreds of new users and thousands of new devices multiple times over the course of a year. Now education IT teams are up against new challenges. Incorporating Wi-Fi into the… Full story


As the Education and Adoption Bill reaches its final stage in the House of Lords, Cllr Roy Perry, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Children and Young People Board, said: “Councils must be regarded as education improvement partners and not a barrier to change. This Bill should remove the bureaucratic barriers that are currently stopping councils from intervening in underperforming schools and allow them to share their extensive experience and expertise. “With more than 80 per… Full story

The Growth of Educational Technology in Our Classrooms: What to expect in 2016

Tablet computers are now present in almost 70% of primary and secondary schools in the UK, according to a study from Tablets for Schools . Educational technology (EdTech) is very much a part of our education system today. Rising number of technological devices and new innovations in EdTech mean it’s here to stay. However, while many educators welcome the advances in technology, there are still those who question the place of tech in the classroom. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large… Full story

Supply firm announces free 360° safeguarding service for client schools

Connex Education has taken the industry lead in reducing online threats to children by introducing a “vital last link” to a suite of free safeguarding support it gives to its schools. Based in Liverpool, the national education supply company already gives its client schools access to free safeguarding training for their staff and free help for pupils’ parents to understand issues around online safety of their children. Now the company has taken a further huge step – it is giving its schools… Full story

Professional actress to inspire St Mary’s pupils to take centre stage

Professional actress Millie Binks is returning to her former school, St Mary’s, Colchester, to inspire young pupils to enjoy acting. Millie, a scholar at St Mary’s from 2005 to 2010, was a successful child actress and appeared in the stage production of ‘Chitty Chitty, Bang Bang’ at The London Palladium aged ten, and in the CBBC series, ‘The Roman Mysteries’, among other radio, film, stage and television roles. At St Mary’s she will teach London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA)… Full story

St Mary’s Year 11 students are inspired by National Citizen Service workshops.

  The chance to learn about a potentially life-changing youth programme was welcomed when a representative from the National Citizen Service (NCS) visited Year 11 students at St Mary’s School, Colchester. Seth Everard, a representative of NCS who completed the initiative himself as a teenager, delivered presentations and interactive workshops on 20th January. The aim being to educate students about the programme, these inspirational sessions included a wealth of information about the… Full story


“Team Azzurro”, comprising Year 10 and Year 11 students, won four awards out of a possible nine at the Young Enterprise Bristol and South Gloucestershire Area Final at Kingsweston House. The team picked up the overall Bristol Team Award plus Best Innovation, Best Company Report and Best Company Programme. It will now go forward to compete in the South West regional final, being held in Cornwall on 19th June. Team Azzurro’s business idea involved marketing and selling easy bake cake jars and… Full story

A Quality Building, Delivered On Time and On Budget

John Taylor High School has been an Ofsted rated ‘outstanding’ school for many years, so when a number of housing developments began appearing nearby, they knew they could expect an increase in pupil numbers. However, as the school is already oversubscribed, they knew they would need some new facilities quickly to cope with the upcoming demand. They wanted to expand their facilities with a brand new two storey block containing four classrooms.  “We used a competitive tendering process,”… Full story

In great schools everyone learns how to be intelligent and how to succeed

Doing well at school was always seen as only possible for the minority of students because only some have the required ability. Counter-intuitively, new research in the fields of psychology, neuro-science and gifted education have all dispelled that myth and established that most can succeed in achieving highly in school. This book goes further. Using the author’s 30 years of research into how the most able students think and learn, it identifies the competencies students need to develop in… Full story

British Safety Council’s International Safety Awards

The British Safety Council’s International Safety Awards recognise and celebrate organisations who have demonstrated a real commitment to protecting their workers from the risk of injury and ill health during the 2015 calendar year. These awards are open to organisations of all types, sizes and sectors in the UK and internationally – both members of the British Safety Council and non-members – and are independently adjudicated. What’s more is that these awards help promote the social, economic… Full story

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