ITV’s parenting expert and former Deputy Head Sue Atkins discussesthe best way to engage parents, and the dos and don'ts of parent-school communication…
Making the transition from primary to secondary school is both exciting and challenging for both pupils and parents. New larger buildings, as well as new school routes and new friendships must be navigated which can be quite daunting. But it’s also an ideal time for schools to create a strong home to school bond.
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).
Jane Ross, head of public sector at the Zoom video platform, discusses how it’s helping schools both in meetings and in the classroom…
Could you explain what the Zoom video platform is, and how it helps teachers?
Zoom is a unified video-first communications platform that provides remote communications services using cloud computing. It offers software for video, voice, chat, and content sharing. Zoom was named a Leader in the 2018 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Meeting Solutions.
Research from Capita SIMS has revealed that over half of parents (57%) feel primary school reports are either too generic or do not contain enough information about how their child is doing.
More than a third of primary school teachers (35%) agree. This is despite the fact that schools are now recording more information about the children they teach than ever before.
The results suggest that primary schools’ communication with parents needs to evolve, something some heads are actively addressing.
Children of this generation are quick to pick up a smartphone or an iPad and seem to have an automatic, genetically programmed ability to know its function inside out.
Making quick calls, sending a text and operating email have become natural, instant and regular activities amongst youngsters in our modern age.
Whilst these technological advancements and children’s adoption of tech should be celebrated and encouraged, it does leave a crucial question unanswered…
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Daniel Goddard, Manager of Stadia Sports, discusses the importance of safety in sports for children at school. All children should be free to enjoy a high quality physical education, whether at school, or as part of a club or team.
It contributes to a healthy and active lifestyle, improves emotional well-being, and helps children to develop key skills such as leadership, confidence and communication.
Rob Taylor, a maths teacher at The de Ferrers Academy, Staffordshire, explains how Showbie’s audio feedback feature, has increased his students’ progress. Showbie is the classroom management app designed to digitally issue assignments, monitor progress and provide feedback on student tasks or homework.
Professional actress Millie Binks is returning to her former school, St Mary’s, Colchester, to inspire young pupils to enjoy acting.