With three children in every class experiencing mental health issues we need to tap into their emotional intelligence earlier*

EQ image showing mental health in schools slide

Mental health issues in the classroom are hitting the headlines once again. Citing an Office of National Statistics study of 7,000 children, Mr Javed Khan, Barnardo’s chief executive, warned it had become a wider issue affecting children of all classes and backgrounds. "Three children in every classroom are thought to have a diagnosable mental health problem, which is approaching epidemic proportions," he said*.

Primary school pupils celebrate diversity through awareness week

Primary school pupils celebrate diversity through awareness week

Pupils at Rudheath Primary Academy, Cheshire - one of the 15 schools within Focus Trust - have been celebrating the diversity that makes up the school and wider community through a week dedicated to providing enriching activities and the opportunity to learn about different cultures, religions, sexualities and genders.

The school-wide initiative saw each class - from Early Years to Year 6 – take part in activities that taught the importance of diversity through some of the key topical issues.  

A sensory work environment and the positive impact on teacher wellbeing

A sensory work environment and the positive impact on teacher wellbeing

According to figures recently compiled by the Liberal Democrats, 3,750 teachers (one in 83) were on long-term sick leave last year due to pressure of work, anxiety and mental illness. And more than three quarters of teachers are seriously considering leaving their job, according to YouGov research commissioned by the Education Support Partnership in 2017.

Cambridge Regional College connecting students and employers with Apprenticeship Fairs

Cambridge Regional College Apprenticeship Fair

Both Cambridge and Huntingdon campuses will be hosting apprenticeship job fairs and information evenings during National Apprenticeship Week.  The Cambridge Fair will take place at the Kings Hedges Road campus on Monday 4th March, with the Huntingdon Fair taking place at the California Road campus on Wednesday 6th March.

Leading regional employers will be attending to meet prospective apprentices and look for their new recruits across a range of professional disciplines and vocational career routes. Some of the exhibitors already confirmed include Anglia Ruskin University, Taylor Wimpey, Aqua Sana Centre Parcs, Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group, JDR Cable Systems and many more. 

Ex-Ofsted Inspector, Early Years Advisor & Best Selling Author Launches #JustQuality

Vanessa - Ex-Ofsted Inspector, Early Years Advisor & Best Selling Author Launches #JustQuality

Vanessa Dooley, Founder of Jigsaw Early Years Consulting, ex-Ofsted Inspector & No.1 Best Selling Author, has launched a CPD Accredited Award - #JustQuality – in order to help Early Years staff to better prepare for Ofsted inspections, learn to add impact and self-evaluate easier in a practical, accessible and structured way.

As an ex-Ofsted inspector, Hampshire-based Vanessa was able to see that many Early Years settings were finding it hard to self-evaluate and noted that there was nothing in the Ofsted self-evaluation document, besides words, which could evidence the impact staff were making on children’s lives and how they could improve on what they were doing.

Gratnells scoops second international award for its MakerSpace trolley

Gratnells scoops second international award for its MakerSpace trolley

The GESS Education Awards were established to encourage the raising of standards in the education sector and recognise the quality and diversity of educational products, resources, and services, people and establishments. This year, the awards ceremony was held at a spectacular gala dinner at the H Hotel, Dubai on 27thFebruary.

After deliberation by a panel of independent experts and thought leaders from the global education sector, the Gratnells MakerSpace trolley came out on top in its category: Innovation Product Awards – non ICT / Equipment / Hardware.  

Who Do I See in the Mirror? By Vese Aghoghovbia Aladewolu

Who Do I See in the Mirror? By Vese Aghoghovbia Aladewolu

"Who Do I See in the Mirror? is a simple, yet powerful, book written to introduce children to the concept of self-love and acceptance. It explores the various parts of the body, making the idea of self-discovery exciting for children, while encouraging them to love each part. It reminds children that they are much more than their physical appearance. This gorgeous, colour-illustrated book concludes with a strong message that it's what is on the inside that counts. A wonderful finishing touch is that it ends with a certificate that each child can hang up on their wall."

Home Appliance Brand Launches Cookery Club Scheme for Primary Schools

Children taking part in Cookery Club Scheme

UK home appliance brand Belling has re-launched Belling Cookery Club, an initiative to support primary schools and enable them to provide practical cookery classes for children.

The first phase of the initiative was a huge success, with schools in Dumfries and London winning an array of cooking appliances and accessories that have transformed their ability to provide hand-on cooking sessions, as well as supporting their local communities.

Belling Cookery Club was launched to support the estimated 75% of primary schools that don’t have a teaching kitchen. For this reason, and despite cooking and nutrition now forming part of the curriculum across the UK, it is believed that the majority of Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils don’t receive practical cookery experiences.

Educational not-for-profit LGfL translates DfE document ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ into ten languages

Educational not-for-profit LGfL translates DfE document ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ into ten languages

LGfL DigiSafe, safeguarding arm of educational not-for-profit organisation LGfL, is providing translations of key DfE document Keeping Children Safe in Education free of charge on its website, enabling schools to comply with their statutory duty to ensure all staff – including support staff – read and understand the guidance. 

What Ofsted’s proposed framework means for best-practice safeguarding

Dawn Jotham on best-practice safeguarding

As many educators are now aware, the new Ofsted Inspection Framework is likely to be implemented from September 2019. After the watchdog launched a consultation on the proposed framework, Dawn Jotham, EduCare’s pastoral care specialist, considers what educators need to be aware of when it comes to safeguarding the wellbeing of both staff and students.

New RSE and Health Education guidelines give subjects “status they deserve”

New RSE and Health Education guidelines give subjects “status they deserve”

The Department for Education (DfE) guidelines for Relationships Education in primary schools, Sex Education in secondary schools and Health Education for all ages are a welcome development that support Headteachers in giving these subjects the status they deserve.

Having contributed to the consultation, and personally met with the DfE to explore the best possible approaches to make RSE more relevant to modern life, I am delighted with the overall outcome. Our interest is mainly within primary education, of course, and getting the right building blocks in place to support children in today’s world. My view is the new guidelines give us a recognised platform to do just that – and I am in total agreement with what schools are required to have in place for September 2020. 

New Mesma Inquire Answers Quality Review Cycle Improvement Need

Mesma Inquire

Quality improvement specialist Mesma has introduced new Inquireto support further education and skills providers as they manage their on-going cycle of quality reviews.

The module has been designed in collaboration with Mesma’s clients by identifying solutions to better coordinate deep-dive inquiries into targeted areas of education, training and assessment. 

It resolves challenges in overseeing organisational quality reviews, designed to assure and improve provision and feed into a broader self-assessment and quality improvement process. 

Expanding the scope of education

Children taking part in holistic education

Traditional education is traditionally recognised as the teacher-centred delivery of instruction to students. It comes with the objective of developing a mastery of core subjects like maths, reading, writing, science, and social studies. Education, as most people know it, is centred around academic learning however, another definition of education frames it as ‘an enlightening experience’. This broader understanding of education carries a lot of value for students as it embraces an interconnected mindset that reflects the environment in which they exist.

Careers scheme helping disabled pupils get digital jobs

Careers scheme helping disabled pupils get digital jobs

Eight schools in Manchester are taking part in a new employability programme that will help teenagers aged 16-18 with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) to get digital jobs.

‘Digital Inc.’ will provide each school with 10 days of employer-led support, with experts from local digital companies coming in to classrooms to take students through a business start-up process and talk about how they themselves got a job in the creative digital sector.

Abbot’s Lea School appoints four new members of staff

Abbot’s Lea School appoints four new members of staff

Abbot’s Lea School in Woolton has welcomed four new members to its team, including one former student. 

The school specialises in highest quality holistic education for young people with Autism and associated complex learning and social needs. It currently employs some 120 staff and is striving to be an International Centre of Excellence in Autism Education, Research and Professional Development.

Joining the strategic leadership team is Micah Grimshaw. A fully qualified and experienced special education teacher, she takes on a role of the head of autism research and development, being responsible for creating, implementing and promoting the school’s autism research and development strategy.

Stockport Schools Tackle Health and Wellbeing in Video Competition

Stockport School Students taking Part In Competition

Totally Local Company has launched a new competition to promote the key messages of healthy living and wellbeing to primary school children in Stockport.

Working in partnership with Life Leisure, Totally Local Company will invite pupils from schools they work with to create a short video promoting healthy living and wellbeing.

To encourage collaborative learning and thinking, Totally Local Company are asking children to work in their classes and share their thoughts and ideas on this subject and create a video with a winning message. The video can take any form they wish, such as a song/pop video, dance, poem, play or chat show as long as it addresses and promotes healthy living and wellbeing.

Shropshire-based Hillcrest Shifnal School extends specialist provision to Key Stage 1 pupils in response to demand for early intervention

Hillcrest student

Hillcrest Shifnal School, an independent specialist setting in Shropshire for children with social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs, is thrilled to have been granted permission from the Department for Education to extend its provision to support Key Stage 1 (KS1) students from the age of five - previously it catered for students aged 7-19. The new extension reflects a growing demand for early intervention, which has been shown to help students with SEMH needs to realise their potential and significantly increase their chances of re-accessing mainstream education. 

Yorkshire education technology start-up a winner at social enterprise awards

Yorkshire education technology start-up a winner at social enterprise awards

An education technology company using software to create stage-appropriate lesson plans to help improve levels of physical literacy among primary school children has been named winner of the 'Tech for Good' category at the 2019 Social Enterprise Yorkshire and the Humber (SEYH) Awards.

Sporting Age, based at the John Smith’s Stadium in Huddersfield, was named winner at the 2019 Social Enterprise Yorkshire and the Humber (SEYH) Awards.

The Tech for Good award recognises technological innovation which creates social impact, and how the creative use of software has benefited the community in which it is used.

Great Ormond Street Ambassador Launches New Play Therapy Service

Sad little girl at Play Therapy Service

Play therapist and Great Ormond Street ambassador Amanda Seyderhelm is launching a specialist play therapy service which will address the increasing needs of children struggling with issues related to loss and change. Based in the Lincolnshire town of Stamford, Amanda will focus on the requirements of children aged between seven and 10.

Primary school children almost as stressed over exams as GCSE pupils

Primary school children in classroom

A third of primary school parents say exams are making their children stressed, according to a new study looking into the pressure pupils are put under during their school years.

New research by home education provider Oxford Home Schooling reveals that even primary school children are being strained by the prospect of their academic performance.

The study reveals that, alongside a third (33%) of parents saying their child feels stressed by exams, two in five parents (40%) of pupils aged between five and 11 feel there is too much pressure on their children to perform well in them.