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How to get a free handwriting app from Kaligo

Schools across the globe will be closed for the foreseeable future, as COVID-19 takes its toll across the world.  It’s a well-known phenomenon for school leaders that there is a fall back in progress that can occur when children are away from school for long periods of time. So, what can parents do now to help ensure their child doesn’t fall too far behind in these extraordinary long absences from school?  After listening to the concerns of teachers and senior leaders, Kaligo, the company… Full story
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Free learning resources to help parents and carers

A global educational publisher is providing free learning resources to over 630,000 teaching and learning materials to support teachers, parents and carers as schools close or prepare to close as a result of the coronavirus.  The materials available on the Twinkl website range from activity sheets, information packs and interactive presentations to online educational games and videos. These cover all core subjects for all ages and include a huge range mapped to each curriculum in the UK. … Full story
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Supporting our community when in-person teaching isn't possible

Supporting our community when in-person teaching isn't possible. From the team at online learning platform and app, Quizlet. Over the past week, we’ve seen back-to-school seasons postponed in South Korea and Japan, as well as school closures here in the U.S. due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus. During these challenging and uncertain times, we know teachers want to help students learn and make progress — even if it’s not possible to be in the classroom. For the teachers and students… Full story
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Bristol primary school children kick-off Shakespeare Week celebrations

One of the world’s most historic ships, proudly docked in the European capital of graffiti, will form a stunning backdrop for a special performance of Shakespeare’s famous plays marking the launch of Shakespeare Week – the annual national celebration of Shakespeare in primary schools. Children from two Bristol primary schools will be showcasing their Shakespearian learning with a performance of The Tempest and Romeo and Juliet at Brunel’s SS Great Britain. Organised by independent charity the… Full story
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Robotical Ltd offer a free trial of Marty the Robot for 3 weeks

Free STEM resource: Robotical Ltd offer a free trial of Marty the Robot for 3 weeks to schools throughout the UK! The Edinburgh based tech company, Robotical, are on a mission to create classrooms ‘Where learning comes alive’ with their programmable, walking, dancing, football-playing robot named Marty. To achieve this goal they are offering 3 week free trials of the robots throughout the UK and even covering all of the shipping and collection costs! Marty is designed to deliver real-world… Full story
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QA Education named 9th top education mag in the world

   QA Education has been ranked as the world's 9th top education magazine to follow in 2020. For the second time, the school products and services guide – which also features news and views on primary and secondary education – has been named in Feedspot’s Top 15 education publications.  The content reader announced the list recently, saying it contained “the Best Education Magazines from thousands of online magazines on the web ranked by relevancy, social engagement, domain authority, web… Full story
Construction at Ebbsfleet Green Primary School

Ebbsfleet Green Primary School invites parents to unveiling of building plans

Ebbsfleet Green Primary School – a brand new setting due to open September 2020 – invites local members of the community to the unveiling of the school campus plans. The public consultation event will be held from 4-8 pm on Tuesday 25 February at the Eastgate Centre in Springhead Parkway, DA11 8AD. Held in partnership with the school’s building company Kier Construction, GDM Architects, planning consultants DHA planning and Project Managers Gen 2, the public consultation is an opportunity for… Full story
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Primary academy in Manchester raises £140 for NSPCC

Pupils from Manor Green Primary Academy take part in NSPCC Number Day 2020   A primary school in Denton has raised over £140 as children donated money to dress as their favourite rock stars for the school’s NSPCC Number Day 2020.   Dubbing the initiative as the Manor Green Rockstar Day, the school encouraged pupils to ditch their uniforms and take part in the maths-inspired fundraising day, helping children with their numeracy skills whilst supporting the charity.   As part of the event, the… Full story
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Maximise space on your school campus

Whether it is in the classroom or on the sports pitch, every inch of space matters to school leaders. Schools cannot afford to have teams washed off sports grounds due to bad weather or outdoor seating at lunchtimes made out of bounds due to rain or excessive heat. Streetspace has a range of solutions to help. Its ZONE glazed buildings are perfect to create additional indoor dining hall space and its covered canopies can create all-weather outdoor social spaces that can be used for break time… Full story
Andrea Chatten, the founder of mental health service Unravel, is the Lead Children’s Emotional & Behavioural Psychologist and author of The Blinks novels. Here, she discusses raising child self-esteem and its effect on behaviour…  I have always been fascinated in children’s emotional and behavioural difficulties. Starting out as a teacher, I recognised that, although it was my role to educate them in maths, English and the ten plus subjects that they needed to be taught, but these children needed more. I fe

Raising child self-esteem takes patience

Andrea Chatten, the founder of mental health service Unravel, is the Lead Children’s Emotional & Behavioural Psychologist and author of The Blinks novels. Here, she discusses raising child self-esteem and its effect on behaviour… I have always been fascinated in children’s emotional and behavioural difficulties. Starting out as a teacher, I recognised that, although it was my role to educate them in maths, English and the ten plus subjects that they needed to be taught, but these children… Full story
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A third of education professionals suffer from Sunday night fear

A third of education professionals suffer from Sunday night fear, with a further one in three calling in sick because of it but nearly three-quarters feel better once they’re ‘over the hump’    The latest survey from the UK’s leading independent job board, CV-Library, reveals that over a third (34%) of education professionals suffer from Sunday night fear; with 33.9% admitting that they’ve called in sick because they were too worried to go to work.     The study, which surveyed 2,000 British… Full story
Teacher using school insurance to get medical help

Astonishing March Of New School Insurance 'Disrupter'

A school insurance 'disruptor' have secured an astonishing 3,400 % increase in market share in just 12 months. Only a year ago, they had 20 schools on their books but they now boast over 700 - and the numbers are rising weekly. Education Mutual, set up for schools by schools, is gaining customers at the expense of more traditional private insurance providers like Towergate and The Schools Advisory Service. Some schools, who have switched school insurance providers, have already made savings… Full story
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BETT Awards victory for Texthelp!

Texthelp - the global technology company helping learners of all ages to improve their reading, writing and maths skills - has won best ‘International Digital Education Resource’ in the UK’s BETT Awards 2020 for its flagship Read&Write product.  Read&Write is a software toolbar with literacy support features designed to help teachers deliver inclusive, personalised learning experiences to all students - and assist every member of the class in meeting their full potential.  For educators… Full story
Speedy 100 laser cutter from Trotec

Raspberry Pi purchase a Speedy 100 laser cutter from Trotec

Raspberry Pi has pushed the boundaries to bring a Speedy laser cutter from Trotec to their makerspaces.    Who is Raspberry Pi? Digital making and fabrication are becoming core areas of focus in many industries. The Raspberry Pi Foundation has been leading the way in this field since it was founded in 2008. The charity's mission is to put the power of digital making into the hands of people worldwide. In 2011 the first low-cost, high-performance Raspberry Pi computer was released for people… Full story
Shelley McLaren talks to QA Education about new qualification for aspiring headteachers

Qualification for aspiring headteachers to become a prerequisite from August 2020

Qualification for aspiring headteachers to become a prerequisite from August 2020 As of August, this year, any teacher appointed to their first permanent headteacher post must have been awarded the Standard for Headship.  Aimed at teachers likely to reach a headteacher post within the next two to three years, the fully funded ‘Into Headship’ programme brings a wealth of career benefits and opportunities. Headteachers play a vital role in shaping schools and the lives of pupils and staff –… Full story
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Free period products for all schools and colleges

Free period products are to be made available to all schools and colleges in England from next week, as the Department for Education launches its fully funded scheme. The new scheme is set to give pupils easy access to free period products at school or college, helping to break down stigmas and ensure no young person’s education is disrupted by their period.  From Monday 20 January, schools and colleges across the country will be able to order a range of period products from supplier phs… Full story
STEM competition focuses on climate change

STEM event set to launch competition to stop plastic pollution

The British International Education Association (BIEA) is proud to host its second annual international Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) conference on 15 January 2020. Focusing on the theme of plastic pollution and how to combat the global issue, the conference will convene a series of expert speakers and panellists who will discuss how technology can help counter plastic waste and save threatened marine and land-based life. “We know that the world has a plastic problem… Full story
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Revealed: Education sector among best industries for hiring in 2020 

If you’re looking to expand your team this year, then you are in luck! The latest report from CV-Library, the UK’s leading independent job board reveals that job applications in the education sector have increased by 5.1% in the last year.     The report from CV-Library analysed job market data throughout 2019 and compared it with statistics from 2018. It reveals that the education industry saw the tenth biggest jump in applications year-on-year, with the top 10 including:  Hospitality - job… Full story
Sex and relationships education in schools

Sex and relationships education stalling in schools

Sex and relationships education will soon become a legal requirement in every child’s education. With only nine months to go before this process starts*, a survey of young people suggests that teaching of the subject in schools is flat-lining, and for many the ‘talk’ with parents is not filling in the gaps. In a poll commissioned by the Sex Education Forum, 16 and 17-year-olds were asked to rate aspects of their RSE at school and home. Only 41% per cent rated their school-based RSE as good or… Full story
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Recruitment for education roles slows down in the run up to the general election

As the UK gears up for its fourth general election since 2010, increased economic uncertainty has led to a significant drop in job advertisements across the education industry. In fact, according to data from the UK’s leading job board, CV-Library, the number of advertisements fell by 4.9% month-on-month and a further 1.6% year-on-year. The findings, which explore job market data from November 2019 and compare this with the previous month and the same period in 2018, also reveal that while the… Full story
New school building for High Tunstall College of Science - head Mark and pupils outside the school

The head who lobbied for £18.4m to build a new school

When the roof collapsed just days after a condition survey carried out by the Department for Education concluded the building was in A1 condition, High Tunstall College of Science Headteacher Mark Tilling headed to Parliament to lobby for a new school. With the help of the previous Member of Parliament for Hartlepool, Iain Wright, Dean Jackson, the former assistant Director of Education for Hartlepool Borough Council, Mark was able to secure a meeting with Minister of State for Schools at the… Full story
Climate change information board by a pupil

Plastic Pioneers drive climate change campaign in schools

Thousands of primary and secondary school pupils have joined a major new campaign to drastically cut the consumption of single-use plastic in UK schools in a bid to help stop climate change.  More than 7,000 pupils, across 12 schools, have signed up to Plastic Pioneers - a campaign led by environmental charity Hubbub, and sponsored by retailers TK Maxx and Homesense.  The schools benefit from being part of a community stretching from Scotland to the south coast, sharing ideas on how to reduce… Full story
Smiling teacher in education role

More applications to education roles, as job opportunities improve 

Are you looking to ramp up your hiring efforts as Brexit pressure eases? Well, according to the latest job market report from CV-Library, the UK’s leading independent job board, it’s definitely a good time. In fact, applications for new education jobs have increased by a promising 6.6% year-on-year.    Indeed, the findings, which analysed job market data from October 2019 and compared it with findings from September 2019 and October 2018, found that salaries for education jobs also increased by… Full story
Boy and parent partaking in home education

Ofsted finds parents ‘coerced’ into home education

According to a new Ofsted report, students are being pulled out of school to be educated at home with little notice. Parents are advised that students should not switch to home education simply to solve difficulties in schools. The report - based on a small study of families in the East Midlands area, found that students with special educational needs, medical needs and behavioural issues were all reasons why children had been moved from secondary school to being educated at home. Parents “… Full story