The tough transition from primary to secondary school, solved 

Primary school students in a science lesson

Going from primary to secondary school can be a challenging time for children and parents. There are so many mixed emotions and things to consider. However, there are ways to make this transition easier. Here the experts at outdoor education provider, Kingswood, explain how a residential could help. 

Transitioning from primary to secondary school is a time full of excitement and apprehension over new surroundings, new people and new found independence. 

While the transition can be easier for some children, there are others who will find the change, including making new friends and learning new skills, a daunting prospect. And although the move to secondary school can’t be avoided, it can definitely be prepared for. 

Cerebra Innovation Centre wins presigious St David Award

Cerebra centre winning St David Award

The Cerebra Innovation Centre (CIC), a partnership between Carmarthen based charity Cerebra and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD), has won a prestigious award for Innovation, Science and Technology Award at the annual St David Awards ceremony organised by Welsh Government.

CIC is a team of engineers based within UWTSD’s Swansea College of Art. They design and build innovative, bespoke products to help disabled children to discover the world around them. Their designs are desirable and exciting as well as functional, promoting social inclusion and peer acceptance for the children they help. Products and advice are provided to families free of charge.

Design A Hotel On The Moon!

A Hotel On The Moon!

As the 50th anniversary of man’s first lunar landing approaches, primary school children are being invited to take a giant leap of their own by designing a hotel on the Moon.

Launched by primary science experts Empiribox, the‘Moon Hotel Competition’asks pupils to stretch their imagination by inventing the very first lunar lodging, considering the weird and wonderful features needed to make Moon holidays possible.

North Tyneside Secondary School Leads The Way With Mindfulness Workshops

Emma at a mindfulness workshop

MINDFULNESS workshops have been introduced at John Spence Community High School in North Tyneside to educate young people about the importance of social and emotional learning.

The Mindfulness Based Living Course (MBLC) is being delivered to students in year 9, for those aged between thirteen and fourteen, and forms part of the school’s curriculum, supporting its existing PSHE teachings. 

The course was sponsored by John Spence’s partner First Class Supply who selected the school to trial the mindfulness programme. The programme is designed to help young people have an easier experience both at school and at home through gentle training in qualities of attention and attitude. 

GFORCE Sportswear – Passion for Sport

Children wearing GFORCE Sportswear

GFORCE Sportswear is a cutting edge brand developed by Gymphlex Ltd that boasts more than 100 years of experience producing high quality sportswear and leisurewear. Its fantastic range of technical, high performance customised kit harnesses the latest design and manufacturing technologies to create either fully-bespoke or ready-made sports kits giving schools and teams across the UK the cutting edge on the playing field.

Education for all: Mental health charity helps service users gain professional qualifications

Education for all: Mental health charity helps service users gain professional qualifications

A Northumberland-based charity has helped over 60 people living with severe mental health issues and or learning disabilities to achieve professional-level qualifications as part of an innovative in-house training scheme.

Delivered by qualified trainers, service users from Blyth Star Enterprises have had the opportunity to participate in two different vocational courses as an extension of the charity’s day services at its Woodfuel Centre and Stakeford Nurseries.

Taught in modules with a range of additional units to choose from, the courses replicate that of traditional NVQ qualifications and enable service users to expand their knowledge at the same time as develop their social and interpersonal skills.

DfE Appoints In Diverse Company To Promote Leadership Coaching

DfE Appoints In Diverse Company To Promote Leadership Coaching
Department for Education Appoints In Diverse Company to Promote Leadership Coaching Pledge on National Scale

The Department for Education (DfE) has appointed In Diverse Company as partner to roll out its Women Leading in Education (WLE) Leadership Coaching Pledge over eight regions across the UK.

The Leadership Coaching Pledge was launched by the DfE in 2016, with the aim of assisting women teachers looking to enter, or progress within, senior leadership.  This re-launch of the programme aims to increase awareness of the scheme, re-address the under representation of women at senior levels in primary and secondary schools, and attract women teachers who are returning to teaching or seeking flexible working opportunities.

Mathematician Launches App to Help Children Tackle Times Tables

Dice to help children with times tables
World-Renowned Mathematician Launches App to Help Children Tackle Times Tables Using ‘Topology of Knowledge' Method

Oxford-based education technology start-up Edplus has launched a mobile app today which allows children to learn their times tables for free in a new way, challenging and complementing traditional teaching methods. Developed by Francis Brown, a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford, the technology uses an algorithm that creates a learning pathway unique to each child, adapting and improving as they play.

Tokens Help Enforce School Rewards Systems For Children With Additional Needs

behavioural support network Tockens for logo

TokensFor a leading plastic token manufacturer for schools, provides a behavioural support network and reward system, for children in schools who are on the autistic spectrum.

House point systems have long been employed in schools, proving to be an effective way of encouraging and motivating pupils. Intangible rewards, in the form of verbal or written praise, are commonly used, with most children understanding that a point from the teacher is equivalent to a merit.