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UK education charity warns PM outdoor learning at ‘risk’ 

Mark Castle from Field Studies Council education charity

The leader of one of the UK’s most prominent outdoor education charities has urged the new Prime Minister Boris Johnson to improve funding to schools as a matter of urgency.

Mark Castle, chief executive of the Field Studies Council, which operates a network of field centres across England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, warned that children and young people were at ‘risk’ of losing out on valuable outdoor learning experiences because of current funding pressures on primary and secondary schools.

In an open letter, Mr Castle congratulated the new PM on his appointment and welcomed his vision for better education but urged him to make it a matter of ‘greater urgency’.

Hillingdon Manor School celebrates 20 years of educating children with autism

Hillingdon Manor School celebrates 20 years of educating children with autism

Uxbridge-based Hillingdon Manor School celebrates 20 years of educating children with autism

Excitement filled the air on Saturday when Hillingdon Manor School in Uxbridge, West London welcomed past and present staff, pupils and their families to a fundraising Summer Market Day celebration to mark its 20th Anniversary of providing specialist education and support to pupils with autism in Hillingdon and the surrounding areas. Raising over £600 for three charities - Anna Kennedy Online, HACS (Hillingdon Autistic Care & Support) and Dogs Trust - the event was a chance for all to celebrate and reflect on the successes and experiences gained at the school.

‘Slanglish’ - the main culprit for students failing English GCSE

English GCSE Teacher at chalk board

The UK’s leading online tutoring agency has revealed that the use of ‘Slanglish’ is now the number one reason why students are failing their English GCSE. The site surveyed more than 2,000 tutors, and discovered that students using slang terminology in exams is the most commonly cited reason for students failing the subject, a 282% increase compared to data from 2015.

Students in the UK are failing their English GCSE because they’re using slang terminology in exams, according to the UK’s leading online tutoring agency.

TutorHouse.co.uk surveyed 2,103 of its tutors and found that the number of tutors citing ‘Slanglish’ as the main reason students are failing the subject has increased by 282% since 2015.

One Year On: Five-Point Checklist

GDPR - One Year On: Five-Point Checklist

Dr Richard Harrold (Data Protection Officer at ACS International Schools) outlines the most effective methods to meet GDPR regulations

One year on from the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), compliance remains one of the greatest challenges for schools in the UK. An ongoing task at ACS International Schools, data protection brings its own set of challenges for international school administrators. 

Schools set for “game-changing” fundraising platform

David Evans owner of fundraising platform FundStar

FundStar, a not-for-personal-profit enterprise set up by serial entrepreneur David Evans MBE, has been formally launched today after successful trials to offer schools a strategic and co-ordinated approach to their fundraising activity.

As schools experience a reduction in real-terms funding and increased costs, the pressure to raise money by alternative means is growing. Whilst campaigns for more central government funding continue, schools must consider every route to pay for both the ‘bare essentials’ and the added-value opportunities which will help children to thrive in their education, and many are inviting parents to contribute to the cause.

Gratnells Science Technician of the Year winner 2018/2019 announced

Gratnells Science Technician of the Year winner with award

The Gratnells sponsored Science Technician of the Year award 2018/2019 has been awarded to Razika Berboucha from Lampton School Academy in Hounslow, Middlesex.
Now in its eleventh year, the competition is open to Science Technicians in secondary schools, colleges and academies across the world.  Entrants much be 18 years old, with at least two-years’ experience in full or part time employment. The judging panel, consisting of esteemed industry professionals, look for evidence of individuals who go ‘above and beyond’ in their daily work - Science Technicians who embrace their work, enjoy the challenges and look to offer continuous improvement in the services they deliver.

Addressing the time bomb of childrens mental health

Young people in classroom, supporting children's mental health

Children and young people are becoming increasingly anxious, experiencing low mood and self-esteem. In this blog, Lecturer in Child and Youth Studies Melanie Smith looks at what can be done to support childrens mental health.

The mental health and wellbeing of our children and young people is a high priority, particularly in the current education climate where the emphasis on exam results and attainment has resulted in a mental health ticking time bomb.

Dudgeon grant to Greenpower Education Trust

Greenpower Education Trust automobile

Greenpower Education Trust is a UK charity which aims to use the excitement of motor sport to enthuse young people about science and engineering by challenging them to design, build and race a single seat electric car. It does this by supplying age-appropriate kit cars which can be built in school and raced at Greenpower organised events at motorsport venues around the UK.

This year a grant to Greenpower from the Dudgeon Community Fund is enabling teams from seven secondary schools in the Great Yarmouth, North Norfolk and Breckland regions of Norfolk to take part in the 2019 Greenpower IET F24 championship.

School Library Association Information Book Award 2019

School Library Association Information Book Award 2019

The School Library Association announces the longlist for the ninth annual SLA Information Book Award. 

The longlist for each age category are as follows:

Up to 7 

The Big Book of Blue, Yuval Zommer

Thames & Hudson            978 0 500 65119 3

Dogs in Space, Vix Southgate and Iris Deppe

Wren & Rook                   978 1 5263 60571

Hello Horse, Vivian French and Catherine Rayner

Walker                          978 1 4063 4994 8

Peek and Seek, Violet Petu and Charlotte Milner

DK                               978 0 2413 1304 6

Same Sex Parents, Holly Duhig

BookLife Publishing         978 1786 37400 4

Secret of the Egg, Nicola Davies and Abbie Cameron

Schools Urged to Take Part in Children’s Art Week, June 2019

Painted hands for Children’s Art Week

Engage, the National Association for Gallery Education, is delighted to announce that Children’s Art Week is back for 2019, running from Saturday 8 until Sunday 16 June. This annual campaign encourages venues and schools to participate by hosting an event, or running an activity that captures children’s imaginations and encourages creativity. Year after year Children’s Art Week creates an opportunity for children to engage with the arts and schools are being urged to take part. 

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. 

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.

The Invisible Condition Making Your Child Moody, Sleepless and Miss School 

Little boy suffering with invisible condition hayfever making him miss school

Missed days at school, sleepless nights for both child and parents, revision time interrupted, exams ruined and mood changes due to the debilitating symptoms and lack of sleep. This is the reality for around a third of children in the UK every spring and summer. And the cause? It may surprise many people… tiny microscopic particles of pollen! Airborne allergens expert, Max Wiseberg provides some useful tips for students…

Support your school - National launch

Group of children reading for Support Your School

A brand-new initiative aimed at increasing children’s access to vital school resources has been launched. 

Support your school is a fundraising platform for schools managed by Peters, the UK’s leading specialist children's book and furniture supplier to schools and academies.

Support your school uses five easy to follow steps to help schools to raise funds to support children’s literacy.  The funds raised by the school can be used to create a magical new library, supply a selection of titles to support a topic or the latest collection of fiction.

100% of the funds raised are available to the school to buy resources to aid literacy and help children develop a passion for reading for pleasure.

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