Skills shortage in teaching damaging school performance

Multi-Academy Trust

More than three quarters (79%) of school and Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) leaders in England believe that the skills shortage in teaching will become more severe over the next three years, and 84% believe that a culture of ‘recruitment compromise’ is undermining overall performance within their schools.

Research from Affinity Workforce finds that the talent crisis within primary and secondary education teaching is getting significantly worse, to the extent that almost three quarters (70%) of school leaders find recruitment to be the hardest and most stressful part of their job.

Book review: Sometimes I Feel Sad

Sometimes I Feel Sad - Kate

Sometimes I Feel Sad by Tom Alexander, Jessica Kingsley Publishers (£9.99)

Sometimes I Feel Sad is a moving, illustrated book which helps young children – especially those not in touch with their feelings – that sometimes it’s OK to feel sad.

Everyone feels sad from time to time, and it's not always clear why. This book explains that this is a part of everyone's life, and that you're not alone in feeling this way.

Wise Owl Aprons

Wise Owl Aprons

What merely began as a hobby 6 years ago, has become an essential part of school-ware for children and teachers around the UK.  Wise Owl Aprons, a new range of aprons and tabards recently launched by UK Aprons Ltd is designed for school children and teaching staff. 

Wise Owl  Aprons which was launched earlier this year offers a variety of aprons in PVC aswell as poly cotton fabrics.

The business was started by husband and wife Andrew and Jenny Branscombe.  Their goal was to work with the educational sector to make school aprons more durable and longer lasting, compared to some of the overseas alternatives which can be of a much cheaper quality. 

Brightening Lives, Building Futures - Birtenshaw College

Birtenshaw College

Birtenshaw College is located in Bolton and provides specialist further education for learners aged 16 to 25 with Special Educational Needs and Disability including physical disability, complex health needs, learning disability and autism.   

The College was established in 2014 in collaboration with Bolton College and Bolton Council.  The joint project was in response to the lack of local further education opportunities for disabled learners leaving school who could not access mainstream college courses because of the high level of support they needed.  It has been an Independent Special Post 16 Provider since September 2016.

Dash Dynamics

Dash Dynamics

Dash Dynamics specialise in creating resin domed or bubble badges and one off graphics across a broad range of industries.

We are committed to producing top quality merchandise and can accommodate fast turnaround times.

Our graphics department are happy to either receive your print ready artwork or give you expert guidance and work with you to produce the designs and products you desire. We can create those quality, special badges and medallions that students will proud to


Have you a requirement for trophies for an event or reward? We have a wide variety of merchandise that can be produced according to your specific needs and budget.

Pendine Outdoors – excellent value!

Pendine Outdoors – excellent value!

Make your next residential brilliant at Pendine Outdoors!

Providing group accommodation and activity breaks to school groups for over 30 years, Pendine Outdoors is well able to offer professional, bespoke packages for all, including a diverse array of activities, making it easy to plan your group's educational residential ... and all within 5 minutes walk of the award winning blue flag Pendine Sands.