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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]. 

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.

New children's book out July 2019 with themes of diversity, STEM & friendship

New children's book - Stars Of Paradise

New children's book out July 2019 with themes of diversity, STEM & friendship - Stars of Paradise By Mary Obozua

The Wonderful Life of Daisy & Ewe (The WLDE) series is off to a colourful flying start…

What do you get when you mix an incredible flying machine that travels at the same speed of light, with exotic birds of paradise, and a singing contest? It's carnival time in Marshill and the stars of the new WLDE series for six to nine year olds springs into action from July 18th 2019!

Long-term literacy difficulties – what works?

Little boy with literacy difficulties reading in the library

Dr Susan Bodman is National Lead for Reading Recovery. Here, she discusses the 20-minute interventions and their impact on children with long-term literacy difficulties...

Every SENDCo is familiar with the impact of long-term literacy difficulties, both on attainment and social and emotional wellbeing of individual pupils and on the school responsible for meeting those educational needs. Literacy difficulties tend to be resistant to remediation without specific targeted response. This presents schools with a dilemma.

How classical music, movement and water bottles can improve maths and literacy

Water bottles on school desks

The authors of a new white paper have explained how their primary school intervention MiMo – Minimum Input Maximum Output – can improve maths, literacy and personal skills in short six-minute sessions.

Tamara Nathan & Myrom Kahaner published the white paper to outline their research and confirm that in just six minutes a day following the unique combination of activities of the MiMo Programme, skills in maths and literacy and many developmental areas can be enhanced.

The white paper states: “In 2007 England had plummeted from third to nineteenth in an international league table of children’s literacy levels and 2018 saw a slide to 49th.

New Horizons Children’s Academy receive SEND Inclusion Award

New Horizons Children's Academy students with SEND Inclusion Award

New Horizons Children’s Academy is celebrating after being the first school in the Kent local authority area to achieve the SEND Inclusion Award.

The SEND Inclusion Award offers mainstream schools the opportunity to review, develop and gain accreditation for their provision for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). Specifically, the award concentrates on ‘outcomes’ for pupils and how schools can demonstrate the impact of their SEND provision.

Lexonik improves reading age by average of 31 months

Students and teacher using Lexonik

Internationally recognised literacy programme Lexonik has been praised by head teachers for its work with children from areas of high deprivation in the North West. A special education event was held at South Shore Academy to showcase Lexonik’s work in the region, with more than 700 students across nine Blackpool schools, as part of the Government’s Opportunities Areas project, which is supported by the Blackpool Headteacher’s Group and the charity Right to Succeed.

Lexonik aims to improve reading ages following six separate hour-long sessions.

Rolls-Royce and Discovery Education Launch Pioneering Partnership

Rolls-Royce and Discovery Education Aerospace Tent

Rolls-Royce and Discovery Education Launch Pioneering Partnership to Bring STEM Learning to Derbyshire Primary Schools

An exciting new partnership to inspire the next generation of scientists was launched at Rolls-Royce HQ in Derby on Friday.

Teachers from local primary schools visited the Rolls-Royce Learning and Development Centre to celebrate the start of the new initiative, which sees the company joining forces with Discovery Education to support STEM learning.