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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 education, young people today have a multitude of options, experiences and opportunities open to them as they enter into the next stage of their educational journey. 

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World Mental Health Day green ribbon 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.

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The team at QA Education have invited pupils from across the UK to submit their work for a brand new climate change blog.

As Greta Thunberg inspired millions of people worldwide to protest about climate change, we wanted to hear from pupils about their views and what they are doing to tackle climate change in their own schools and communities.

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Monday 07 October 2019

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 conferences. Over the next five years, Rocking Ur Teens aims to expand its impact by growing its mentoring programme. Their mission as an event is to allow students to "develop entrepreneurial spirit, agility and flexibility, character, self esteem and good mental health."

Christian McAleenan - Director Owl & BadgerThis 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.

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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).

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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% nationally in 2018) and 37% 9-8 / A* grades (compared to 10.8% nationally in 2018). 

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Dr Mark Kennedy is a Senior Teaching Fellow at The Institute of Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience, King’s College London. He is also Lead Educator on the Understanding ADHD: Current Research and Practice course on the FutureLearn Platform. 

With the once distant idea of Brexit fast becoming a reality, concerns over the future of the current labour market have grown. For young people, the impact on the job market presents a lot to be worried about, particularly with the threat of large firms moving their offices to Europe. Giving rise to the gig economy, Brexit means young people face increased job insecurity, resulting in potentially hugely damaging consequences.

Benedict Freeburn, history teacher at St Mary Magdalene CE School, explains the positive impact great CPD can have on teachers’ passion for their subject.

After giving explanations of how William the Conqueror won the Battle of Hastings to a multitude of classes, does your passion for teaching shine as brightly as it did the day you first walked into the classroom?