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Fulham School Welcomes Sixth Form & New Facilities

Fulham School Sixth Form rendering

Fulham School is to offer sixth form education for the first time, as part of a multi-million pound transformation of the leading academic institution.

Under plans outlined by new headmaster Will le Fleming, Fulham School will open a new senior school campus in Chesilton Road, Fulham, intended to provide education to 220 students. Among the students will be a new sixth form intake as Fulham School seeks to widen its educational remit. 

Will le Fleming, Fulham School Headmaster, said: “This is a powerful next step for Fulham School. We launched with just 12 students around 20 years ago. We now cater to 700 on two sites and will soon be welcoming even more as we open our third campus.

Outdoor education charity welcomes proposals for overnight school trips

Little boy playing in a tree on one of his overnight school trips

Proposals to connect every school in England with nature have been welcomed by one of the UK's leading outdoor education charities.

The Field Studies Council, which operates a network of field study centres across the country, was one of a number of key organisations asked to respond to a review of England's national parks and areas of outstanding beauty.

Among the proposals published in the final review by Julian Glover is a suggestion that all children should be given the opportunity to spend a night under the stars in a national landscape. 

It also suggests that a stronger mission to connect all people with national landscapes is needed and landscapes to improve the nation's health and wellbeing should be created.

Versatile 9 – 17 Seat School Minibuses Options

Redkite Minibuses

For almost forty years, Red Kite have designed, manufactured and serviced the UK’s education establishments nationwide. Today as a trusted supplier the company provides minibuses and support vehicles to many leading education establishments throughout Great Britain. 

With a rich British heritage and reputation for craftsmanship, design and innovation. The company continues to grow year on year and is ever mindful of changing regulations and trends to consider with every new model it produces. Building strong working relationships with the industries leading manufacturers and the Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA) and providing customers with real choice with options including:

How to tell if your child has eyesight problems

Little boy with eyesight problems

National Child Measurement Programme and beyond - How to tell if your child has eyesight problems

By Ashish Mathur, eye care expert, Feel Good Contacts

Strong, healthy vision is an important part of a child’s learning and development. Reading, writing, copying work from the board, using computers and participating in sports are all vital tasks requiring stable vision. Children will have to often perform these tasks on a daily basis in the classroom and during play therefore demands on their visual ability increase as they grow.

Using digital to help young people's mental health

Little girl with poor mental health
By Eleanor Bradley, Chief Operating Office at Nominet

The NHS has labelled the issue of addressing mental health among young people as ‘in crisis’, as the support available fails to keep pace with the alarming increase in demand for it. According to the Nuffield Trust, the number of 4-24 year olds reporting a longstanding mental health issue has increased six fold in the last 20 years.

What else has changed in the last 20 years? In less than a lifetime, digital devices and the internet have infiltrated every corner of our lives. Young people today are growing up in a digital world; their lives have been changed by it, for better or worse.

Revealed: the local authorities best at tackling bullying in England

Bullying at school

England’s best local authorities for tackling school bullying have been revealed in new research that has explored the number of exclusions across the country.

Using the latest Department for Education data[1], released at the end of July, Oxford Home Schooling identified the regions which have experienced the biggest increases and decreases in bullying exclusions between 2016/17 and 2017/18.

The East of England is the best region for reducing bullying, with the area seeing a 29% decrease in the number of fixed-term and permanent exclusions for this reason over the time period. This is a significantly better rate than any other English region, with the East Midlands and the South East of England coming equal second with decreases of 20%.

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]. 

New learning service will inspire tomorrow’s STEM professionals

Primary school children at Big Bang STEM showcase

A new learning service to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers was showcased by Discovery Education at The Big Bang Fair in London today. STEM Connect will provide teachers with exciting resources and activities to bring STEM learning to life for primary and secondary pupils in Key Stages 1 to 3. Offering enquiry-based activities, hands-on challenges and dynamic video content, the new service will help pupils to make the link between STEM subjects and real-world issues. 

Supporting troubled children to learn, relate, know true calm and use life well

Teacher high-fiving a troubled child

On Saturday 21 September 2019 The Centre for Child Mental Health London will host a conference on Sensory Attachment Intervention (SAI), an innovative neuro-behavioural approach designed to help professionals and parents address the needs of particularly troubled, challenging and hyperactive children where often all else has failed. Led by Occupational Therapist Éadaoin Bhreathnach, creator of SAI, the conference will explore the connections between sensory processing and attachment issues, using moving video footage of case examples to illustrate how children and teenagers can be helped to regulate their emotions and bodies for optimal wellbeing and functioning.

The Bananagrams Challenge Inspires The Official Bananagrams School Club!

Bananagrams School Club logo

The makers of the international hit word tile game BANANAGRAMS®, announces the launch of the BANANAGRAMS SCHOOL CLUB to encourage schools and students across the UK to “Go Wild with Words” throughout the school year!  

Since 2015, more than 100,000 students along with their teachers throughout the UK have played Bananagrams in their schools as a result of the Bananagrams Challenge. Now, through the CLUB, more than 42,500 students this year alone are expected to join in the quest to have fun, make friends, and most importantly, develop a love of wordplay and the English Language.