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Kaylie smashes school’s lockdown reading target

8 year old Kaylie smashes school’s lockdown reading target with animal fundraiser

Renaissance believe that every pupil can be a successful learner and their portfolio of education technology products, from Accelerated Reader to myON news, empower teachers to help their students to reach their full potential.   Eight year old…
school MAT budgeting

Top five tips for robust MAT budgeting

Creating a budget for a group of schools across different phases and local contexts, with the potential to also be spread across multiple local authorities, is by no means an easy task.  The sheer variety of areas that require in-depth…
school cost, forecasting and budgeting

Implications for MAT in-year forecasting and budgeting

The unprecedented situation facing Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs) in responding to Covid-19 took another unexpected turn when the Department for Education (DfE) announced it had cancelled “all but the most essential data collections” to “help reduce…
Will Jordan blog on MAT budgeting

MAT budgeting: to centralise or not to centralise?

Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs) have come a long way in the past few years and there are a growing number of Trusts that have started the financial centralisation journey. The Kreston Academies Benchmark report, published in January, highlighted that…
trainee teacher supporting Looked After Children

How can we equip trainee teachers to support Looked After Children?

As a teacher I was always frustrated with how to support Looked After Children (LAC) better than I was. I felt as though I lacked information and that I needed to have a greater understanding of how to support them, but at the time I did not know…
Children playing in playground

How to create playgrounds full of learning opportunities

Marco Boi, Founder and CEO of PlayinnovationTM discusses the importance of playgrounds in primary schools and how they can create plenty of learning opportunities… Learning Outside the Classroom (LOTC) provides children with exciting, engaging and…
Tony Staneff's 4 ways to make a child a master of maths

4 ways to make a child a master of maths

Tony Staneff, series editor of the latest DfE-approved maths mastery textbook, Power Maths Key Stage 1, outlines four ways schools can embed the much-discussed mastery approach in their classrooms… to make each of their students a master of maths.…
School children protesting illustration

Climate change - through the eyes of our school children

Our younger generation is now more aware of the world's environmental issues than ever before – especially around the subject of climate change and the effects of global warming on our planet. Greta Thunberg brought the issue even more to the …
Charlotte Harrison Director of Sixth Form St Margarets

The Evolving World of Sixth Forms: The Challenge of Change

In today’s evolving educational landscape, the challenge for school sixth forms to justify their existence and remain relevant and appealing to students looking for a ‘college style’ experience is greater than ever.  As ‘consumers’ of further…
World Mental Health Day green ribbon

Helping students to understand mental health

Mental Health can affect anyone at any time or any age, and our younger members of society are particularly vulnerable. Teachers need to be aware of the issues around the subject and look out for warning signs that could help support children. The…
Eela Devani of the CLA on reducing teacher workload associated with printing resources

CLA – online service has potential to ease teacher workload

A service launching this autumn for schools aims to reduce the amount of time involved in lesson preparation by delivering digital books needed for the classroom on a single online platform. Eela Devani explains. At a time when government and…
Kayode - Qube Learning

Qube Learning Blog – QA Education

BBC Apprentice Kayode Damali talks education and work life Well-loved BBC Apprentice and motivational speaker, Kayode Damali talks hot education and work topics in The Right Route podcast series. Collaborating with national training provider Qube…
Rocking Ur Teens - a previous event

Rocking Ur Teens - events for your teenage students

Founded in 2015, Rocking Ur Teens is a social enterprise that equips young people with the skills that leaders of the future need. It does this through its annual events. To date, Rocking Ur Teens has welcomed over 1,500 students and teachers at its…
children in class wearing school uniform

School Uniform – A Summary of Government Guidance to Schools

This post was written by Christian McAleenan, Managing Director of Owl & Badger, a schoolwear business. Christian is an advocate of reducing school uniform costs by allowing parents to shop from multiple school uniform suppliers. At the…
DBS checks with a tick to confirm done

DBS checks a guide for the Education Sector (2020)

The DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) was formed on 1st December 2012 through the merger of the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA). Just as the CRB used to do, the DBS conducts background and criminal…
Brampton student Scarlet collects her GCSE results

College celebrates another year of outstanding GCSE results

Students at Brampton College, Hendon – London’s top performing sixth form college since 2001 and third highest-achieving sixth form nationally– are celebrating another year of outstanding GCSE results, with 59.4% 9-7 / A*-A grades (compared to 20.3…