Edtech opens up the possibility of an Eton education for all

Edtech - a phone with books illustration

Alongside print management software providers United Carlton, Education for Everybody explores how technology is improving education and where edtech is heading in the future…

Technology has had its fair share of nay-sayers, with worries that the new digital age would cause robots to take over the world. But what about all the positives of technology? 

Nearly every sector has seen a boost thanks to new technological advances, and that includes education. From ditching chalk for whiteboard pens, then from that to digital boards to bring all manner of visuals and interactives to presentations and lessons, the classroom has definitely had a technological makeover! 

Technology’s place in the classroom 

What is inclusive cycling?

Wheels For Wellbeing

As part of their 10th birthday celebrations, Wheels for Wellbeing launched possibly a world first with their Guide to Inclusive Cycling at a well-attended conference at London’s City Hall In October. Neil Andrews Campaigns and Policy Officer at the inclusive cycling charity outlines what the Guide is, who it is for and how it can be used.

Why the Guide?

Wheels for Wellbeing’s Guide is the product of years of campaigning to make cycling more inclusive. Its roots can be traced back to a talk they gave at a London Cycling Campaign seminar in 2014, where some of its key principles were first developed, and more recently with the launch of our Beyond the Bicycle manifesto in 2016.

The challenges of recruiting SEND teachers

Supply Desk recruit SEND teachers

Schools across the UK are currently in the midst of a recruitment and retention crisis, with low numbers of candidates and teacher trainees. Applications for teaching training courses fell by one-third this year – plummeting from 19,330 in December 2016 to just 12,820 in 2017, according to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. Additionally, high numbers of teachers are leaving the profession – 81% of teachers surveyed by the National Education Union (NEU, 2018) said they had considered leaving the profession in the last year. 

68% Increase in Incidence of Self-Harm Amongst 13-16 Year Old Girls

Teenage girl listening to music after participating in self-harm

According to a recent study in the British Medical Journal (BMJ)1, a 68% increase in self-harm incidence was found amongst girls aged 13-16 between 2011 and 2014 in the UK, with an annual incidence of 77 per 10,000 (or 0.77%) in that specific group of age. The study also highlights that self-harm is the strongest risk factor for subsequent suicide, with suicide being the second most common cause of death before age 25 worldwide. According to the authors, these revealing results indicate an “urgent need to develop and implement effective interventions for girls in their early-mid teens”. 

Getting the right specialist equipment in SEN schools

specialist equipment in SEN schools

Knowing and using the right moving and handling practices in SEN schools is very important. Making sure you have the best equipment at your fingertips is equally important to providing the best support and care for students of varying needs and abilities. Here are a couple of things that will help.

Flexible Hoist Systems

Overhead hoist systems can help with moving pupils around the school, and they can even be used for gait training and other physiotherapy exercises. Choosing a flexible hoist track layout will help staff to move students wherever they need to. 

Playstage Junior & Playstage YA

Playstage Junior & Playstage YA

PLAYSTAGE JUNIOR 

We have been selling quality school plays to English speaking schools around the world for 15 years. Since Playstage Junior started in 2002, our plays have been performed by English-speaking primary schools and youth groups in 43 countries! And we are always reaching new markets

Many of our customers come back time and time again because they know that our plays are fun and audiences adore them. Teachers love the plays because they are so easy to purchase and download and we give teachers and youth leaders full production notes that offer invaluable help with props, sound effects, scenery and costumes.

3D Printing Finds Its Mark

3D Printing Moonray

Like many technologies 3D Printing has taken its time to find its true vocation where the gains in digital processing are discovered by both leaders and followers. Often, new technologies need time to be matched with other skills and processes in order to be fully efficient. The advances in software, 3D scanners and 3D printers and light sensitive resins has now certainly reached this point.

Awesome Apps Ltd is a European Distributor for the new MoonRay series of DLP printers that are revolutionising the worlds of dental production, investment casting applications and rapid prototyping, among others.

What Chill? Kids Opt For Outdoor Sports This Half Term

What Chill? Kids Opt For Outdoor Sports This Half Term

As the weather turns colder this October half term, new research has revealed that kids are not going to let this dampen their fun when it comes to the sports they will take part in. A survey of more than 7,600 UK adults published by Decathlon in the Decathlon Activity Index 2018, shows that the majority of the top 10 sports children intend to take part in over October half term take place outdoors.

In fact, the data found that children will play sport four times on average over the half term week in October.

Despite the colder weather at this time of year, predominantly eight of the top ten list are outdoor activities, with swimming and football found to be popular activities that children intend to take part in this half term.

Priory Group invests £2.5 million in new Devon school for young people with autism and learning difficulties

Priory Group new Devon school for young people with autism and learning difficulties

A new independent school for young people with autismand learning difficulties, to help meet local need, is to open in Tavistock, Devon. The school will be run by Priory Education and Children’s Services, which runs schools, colleges and homes across the country for children and young adults with specialist needs.

The new site is set to open just after half term on 29 October- with an official opening planned for later in the academic year - and its senior leadership team has announced it will be admitting 25 young pupils aged between 7 & 19 years old. Admittance to the school will be staged, to ensure all students are receiving the right support for their individual needs, prioritising young people from the local area.