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Professor Brian Cox inspires the next generation at the Science Summer School 2019

Students at Science Summer School 2019

Over 400 young people from over 50 schools across the UK have attended the Science Summer School 2019 in London, an innovative event aimed at inspiring the next generation of Britain’s scientists and encouraging them to think about a career in the UK’s Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths (STEAM) industries.

The Science Summer School 2019 was designed to excite and invigorate the younger generation, giving them the opportunity to hear inspirational speakers and engage in seminars and workshops aimed at promoting the fantastic and innovative careers available in STEAM businesses.

Discovery Education Announces The Acquisition Of Inspyro

Little Girl In VR Headset - Discovery Education Announces The Acquisition Of Inspyro

Purchase of Leading Virtual and Augmented Reality Provider Highlights Discovery Education’s Commitment to Immersive Learning Experiences 

Discovery Education, one of the UK’s leading providers of digital curriculum content and professional learning for primary and secondary schools, today announced the acquisition of the award-winning virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) provider Inspyro. Terms were not disclosed. 

Discovery Education’s purchase of Inspyro is a critical component of the company’s global content and product strategy. The acquisition will deliver augmented and virtual reality to thousands of UK schools, harnessing the latest technology to transform lessons and inspire pupils.

Course helps teachers understand the impact of social media

Children on social media course at school

An online course designed to help teachers better understand young people's uses of social media and how it influences their health and wellbeing is being launched at the University of Birmingham.

Starting in September 2019, the free online course is sponsored by Google and delivered by lecturers in the University’s School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences. It is designed particularly for primary and secondary teachers, and those currently undergoing teacher training.

EduCare: The challenges of September

Children back at school in September

EduCare: The challenges of September - changes to the inspection framework and PSHE 

The start of any academic year is always filled with excitement, enthusiasm and to a degree, nervousness. This is amplified this year because of the changes to Ofsted’s inspection framework, the update to KCSIE and updates to PSHE guidelines.

The challenges of September arise back as far as April when the new intake are offered places, but really begin as soon as pupils arrive on the first day of term. 

The Bedtime Story Isn’t Dead! 83% of Parents Still Read to Their Toddlers Before Bed

Parents reading a bedtime story to their child

But 86% fear screens are causing young children to enjoy books less

Recent comments from HM Chief Inspector of Education at Ofsted, Amanda Spielman, have raised concerns that the bedtime story is a dying art, however new data from Kiddi Caru Day Nurseries Group shows that for one age group in particular this is thankfully not the case.

The study of parents with toddlers aged 0-5 years old revealed that 99% of parents still read to their children, with 4 in 5 choosing to do so in the evening as part of a bedtime routine.

Why recognising the early signs of mental health issues in children is crucial

Parent and young daughter talking about recognising the early signs of mental health issues

Children and young people’s mental health has never been so high on the public agenda. Figures released recently show that 5% of children aged 5-10 have conduct disorder; this increases to 7% as young people approach secondary school years (Green et al.) and referrals to child mental health units from UK primary schools for pupils aged 11 and under have risen by nearly 50% in three years.

XenZone Launches New Online Mental Health Service for Barnet’s Teachers

Students using XenZone Online Mental Health Service

Teachers and School Staff Throughout Barnet to Benefit from Free Access to New Online Counselling and Emotional Wellbeing Service, Qwell

Barnet Council has commissioned XenZone’s online counselling service for adults, Qwell, to give free online mental health and wellbeing support to teachers and school staff in the area, having commissioned the organisation’s Kooth service for local children and young people in June 2018. 

The move signals XenZone’s drive to make accessible help available to specific user groups who stand to benefit from timely support, and the Council’s goal to support resilience in educational staff. Any member of school staff who is over the age of 18 can use Qwell for free online mental health and wellbeing support. 

Specialist school celebrate school diversity week

Speak at Specialist school during school diversity week

Students and staff from a specialist school in Cheadle joined one million students and school staff across the country to celebrate School Diversity Week 2019 (1-5 July). Inscape House School, which supports young people aged five to 18 with autism, took part in the national celebration of lesbian, gay bisexual and trans (LGBT+) equality in education.

Inscape House School is part of the Together Trust, a leading charity that provides special education, fostering, family and community support to over 3,700 people across the North West. With a growing number of LGBT+ students, Inscape House School is getting creative to make school a place where every young person can be themselves and thrive.

New ‘ToddlerLab’ for autism research funded by CareTech Foundation

Child with autism at research facility The Toddlerlab

Breakthroughs in the understanding of the development of autism and other behavioural conditions could be made thanks to a new laboratory to study toddlers, funded in part by the CareTech Foundation.

Research at the £3.7m Wohl Wolfson ToddlerLab at Birkbeck, University of London will increase the understanding of developmental disorders. The research could lead to new interventions, transforming the outlook for people with these conditions.

Wellbeing in schools

Bernard Canetti on Wellbeing in schools

Wellbeing in schools: how can school leaders respond to the fact that one in eight students experience mental health issues?

Bernard Canetti, Principal of Brampton College, London’s highest achieving independent sixth form college gives his opinion on the government’s plan to dedicate an additional £31.6 million to the training of more educational psychologists and the need for a proactive holistic approach to wellbeing in schools...

With one in eight 5 to 19-year-olds experiencing at least one “mental health” disorder, according to results published last year by the NHS[1], I, along with many of my fellow teaching professionals, welcome the Government’s plan to dedicate an additional £31.6 million to the training of more educational psychologists[2].