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Book your school trip now to KidZania London’s 2018 STEM Fair!

KidZania

Launching on Wednesday 20 to Friday 22 June, KidZania - the indoor city run by kids - will be hosting an action-packed STEM Fair, promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths skills and careers through curriculum-based activities to bring the school syllabus to life.

Collaborating with STEM organisations and businesses including; the Aviation Skills Partnership, Usbourne Books and national charity Remap, KidZania will be enhancing the activities in the city to support the learning criteria of pupils in Key Stage 1–3.

Stepping together to raise £30k

BB Training Academy

National training provider BB Training Academy has today announced the launch of a partnership with charity Step Together, with the aim of raising £30,000.

The funds will be used to help Step Together continue and extend its work providing bespoke volunteering placements to young people that have found themselves excluded from society.

The charity works with disadvantaged adults across the UK to offer them support to boost their work-based skills while increasing their self-esteem and confidence.

BB Training Academy currently has 2,300 learners and staff who will be challenged to hold sponsored walks, runs, bike rides, sky dives and cake sales to raise as much money as possible.

Young Enterprise Scotland has been inspiring and equipping young people

Young Enterprise Scotland

Geoff Leask, chief executive at Young Enterprise Scotland, reckons that to prepare for the workplace in 2030, the education system should put just as much focus on developing core skills in creativity, problem solving, teamworking and communication within young people, as it should on honing skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).  

Even if you’re at the forefront of the science and technology industry, and firmly have your finger on the pulse of plans for future development, there’s no way of predicting exactly how the world of work is going to change over the next 10 years.

With that in mind, it’s going to be even more difficult to pre-empt the skills young people will need to develop to help them be successful in life and work in 2030.

The Beanstalk Top 40

Beanstalk Top 40

 

Welcome to the The Beanstalk Top 40, Beanstalk is training reading helpers to transform the lives of children turning them into confident able readers.

Lower Key Stage One Titles:

Alborough, Jez - Some Dogs Do

Axtell, David - We’re Going on a Lion Hunt

Campbell, Rod - Dear Zoo

Collins, Ross - There’s a Bear on My Chair

Donaldson, Julia - Wriggle and Roar! (Illustrated by Nick Sharratt)

Gannon, Frann Preston - Dave’s Cave

Goodhart, Pippa - You Choose! (Illustrated by Nick Sharratt)

Murphy, Jill - Peace At Last

Parr, Todd - It’s Okay to be Different

Scheffler, Axel - Axel Scheffler’s Flip Flap Jungle

 

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.

How does a classroom design affect a child’s ability to learn?

Learning environments

Student outcomes are the most relevant factor when it comes to measuring the success of learning environments. Though classroom design has an important influence on learning achievement, the majority of time is spent on traditional methods of enhancing the learning progress, such as executing standardized tests, professional growth for educators, and advancement or mediation courses for students. Thanks to a growing awareness of the profound impact classroom design can have on the educational achievements of students, opinions on classroom design are changing, as educators are making strides toward constructing optimal learning environments with the goal of meeting the educational needs of various groups of students.

We talked to experts from Wheelyboat Trust about the new fully-accessible powerboat

Wheelyboat Trust

Andy Beadsley, director of the Wheelyboat Trust, and Jennifer Cameron, the CEO of Action4Youth, talk to Education For Everybody magazine about the new fully-accessible powerboat launched recently at the Caldecotte Xperience in Milton Keynes…

 

What challenges do SEND schools face when organising trips and how does Caldecotte Xperience address these issues? 

Palace House launches ideas bank for teachers

National Heritage Centre

The National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art at Palace House, Newmarket has launched an online ideas bank of downloadable resources for teachers on its website.

The resources support learning in the three areas of English, Science and Learning From Objects. They have been created as the result of teacher training sessions ( led by Pippa Smith of “Handling The Past”  and Robert Cooper of c)  and of the Palace House Literacy Project, “Poetry Is A Horse,” which was run in partnership with All Saints’ CE Primary School and performance poet, Justin Coe.

College is first to be ‘outstanding’ for both its care and education

Care Quality Commission

A college which operates in England and Wales has become the first in the country, since the change in Ofsted inspections, to hold outstanding ratings for both its care and education from Care Quality Commission.

National Star College, a national centre of excellence which enables young people with complex disabilities and learning difficulties prepare for adulthood, has earned the top ratings following Care Quality Commission and Ofsted inspections. It was marked outstanding in every category on both reports.

Both reports praised National Star for its outstanding level of care and education and its safe environment.

Mcavoy Uses Award-Winning Bim Technology For Complex Offsite School Building Project

McAvoy

Offsite construction specialist, The McAvoy Group, has handed over a new school building at West Hill School in Leatherhead, bringing the number of education projects now completed by McAvoy for Surrey County Council to more than 40.

The project at West Hill an Ofsted outstanding special school featured extensive use of BIM to help address the complexities of the site. It was manufactured offsite to reduce disruption and was ready for occupation on time and after less than eight months on site. The scheme links the traditionally-constructed main building and an existing modular classroom block on a highly constrained, fully operational school site.

3 Types of Occupational Autism Therapy For Those With ASD

Autism therapy

Living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is challenging and often difficult to manage for both the individual as well as the carers of those with the condition. However, early introduction to an array of different autism therapy options, such as music, art or animal activities, can have a huge impact on the individual as well the surrounding family and friends.

Autism therapy can, and is being used to help autistic individuals understand and explore challenging symptoms of their own condition, such as meltdowns, mental health struggles, difficulties surrounding communication and the application of life skills. Autism therapy has the capability to open up new avenues and adventures that those with autism may not have had the opportunity to explore previously.

College Receives Beacon Award For Students With Learning Difficulties And Disabilities

Weston College has received the Association of Colleges Beacon Award for Students with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities at an event at The Grove Restaurant at Weston College’s Knightstone Campus.

The award recognises the College’s specialist provision for students with special educational needs and disabilities, particularly Weston Bay – the College’s autism spectrum residential training centre. Judges found that the College actively develops and promotes exemplary teaching and learning which benefits its students and sets an example for other colleges across the country to follow.

This year the AoC received 120 submissions from 100 colleges from across the UK.

Dr Paul Phillips CBE, Principal and Chief Executive of the Weston College Group, said:

Grouping students into ability-based sets holds back less able pupils

 Ability-based sets

Students classed as less able are being hindered by being grouped into ability-based sets, according to new research published today in the Cambridge Journal of Education.

Teachers’ expectations of pupils in lower sets, which are based on their prior academic record and closely tied to the belief that their behavior will be more challenging, could instil a damaging ‘culture of dependency’ on teachers among these groups.

Researchers used questionnaire data generated from almost 600 Maths and English teachers based in 82 UK secondary schools, alongside interviews with teachers, to understand how grouping students into sets influenced the independence of lower attaining students.

Young chefs serve up lunchtime treat for older residents

Gateshead College

Five budding young chefs from Gateshead College have been gaining valuable work experience by serving up special lunches this winter for older residents living at a sheltered housing scheme in County Durham.

The students from Gateshead College have been visiting Karbon Homes’ Castle Court in Annfield Plain – an independent living scheme for older people aged 55 and over, to serve freshly made sandwiches and hot soup, much to the delight of residents.

Community-based service to help all children with brain injury

Brain Injury Community

A free to access UK-wide Brain Injury Community Service has launched to maximise a child’s participation in everyday life following a brain injury.

Delivered by The Children’s Trust, the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury and neurodisability, the service offers children with an acquired brain injury assessment and clinical support after they have been discharged from hospital and at key stages of childhood.