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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.

 

Geoff Jones, parent communications expert at ParentMail, identifies some improvements schools could make when keeping in touch with parents…

Thankfully, home-school communications have evolved out of all recognition since the days of the crumpled letter at the bottom of the book bag. But although schools are working hard to improve the way they reach out to parents, their messages don’t always hit home.

So where could you be going wrong with your school communications?

1. Irrelevant messages

The edtech industry has rapidly grown in recent years, with tech giants, start-ups, and everything in between embracing educational initiatives. A simple analysis of the market’s growth reflects an emphasis on education reform Craig Scott, VP of technology at ViewSonic, explains how the most effective edtech resource is one which empowers teachers…

The Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) has partnered with KYOCERA Document Solutions UK to create a new app that collects information about school copying, thereby reducing the burden of administration for schools.

‘CopyScanPublications’ is a free app that can be installed on the school copiers and scanners to collect the copying data that is required by CLA to make royalty payments to authors, visual artists and publishers. The app captures copying done by staff of any articles, chapters or other extracts from publications that they use for teaching.

With 3D printing making a splash in industry, schools are beginning to invest in the technology to help prepare students for future careers. But with the cost relatively high and the technology still emerging, is it worth handing over much-needed funding? Here, we review the Dremel DigiLab 3D45 model to explore whether 3D printing is a realistic avenue for schools to explore.

When we think of first aid training, we normally think about first aid training for adults. This isn’t necessarily a bad assumption. However, it does show that we often don’t bother investing in teaching first aid skills to children, and this shouldn’t be the case. Investing in first aid training for the children at your school not only gives the students in your care vital skills but also encourages communication and leadership abilities.  

First Aid Training: Giving (Literally) Life Saving Skills

Wilmslow Grange Community Primary School in Handforth, Cheshire, has been approved to become the lead school in the Frank Field Education Trust (FFET). FFET is chaired by well-respected, long standing local MP for Birkenhead and champion of social justice, Frank Field MP. Its ethos is to promote social justice through outstanding educational provision to improve the life chances of all children and young people, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds, so that they fulfil their potential.

2018 - everyone is online students, teachers and parents

In light of recent news that one in three teachers have reported derogatory comments posted about them on social media from parents and children, the discussion around student and teacher communication practices is becoming increasingly vital. 

The interaction with teachers on social media raises a lot of questions: Is there a need for out-of-school hours communication? If so, what channels should they be using? Do teachers need to be more careful about revealing their identities on social media?

Executive head teacher Malcolm Drakes explains how a science resource has changed the way that the subject is being taught across Broadford Primary School…

 

“Pupils at Broadford Primary School