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Do children get too much homework?

Children doing homework

More than one in ten primary school children are spending over five hours on homework each week, according to a study looking into the pressure pupils are put under during their school years.

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.

Imagine a time when EdTech can deliver better outcomes, free up time for teachers to teach and more intuitively protect pupils. It is not so far away

Imagine a time when EdTech can deliver better outcomes, free up time for teachers to teach and more intuitively protect pupils. It is not so far away
by Jeremy Cooper, Managing Director, RM Education

In August 2018, Damian Hinds challenged the tech industry to “launch an education revolution for schools, colleges and universities”[1]. I was delighted to join one of the leading EdTech businesses in this country – RM Education – earlier this month, and it is my goal to do just that – or at least to align the revolution that has already started with the challenges that educational leaders are facing today.

EdTech is evolving fast for good reasons – that technology really can make teachers’ lives easier, it can help schools operate more efficiently, and above all, it can enable better and safer educational experiences and outcomes for pupils.  

Achievement for All Global 200 Million Minutes Reading Challenge! 

Children taking part in the 200 Million Minutes Reading Challenge! 

On Thursday 7th March 2019 (World Book Day), Achievement for All will be launching their biggest challenge yet as they bring children and young people across the world together to collectively attempt to read for 200 Million Minutes!!

Following the huge success of the charity’s 100 Million Minutes Reading Challenge in March 2018, which saw more than 420,000 children and young people collectively read for 100,019,560 minutes, Achievement for All is doubling the target to 200 Million Minutes. For the first time the challenge is open to schools, settings, families, libraries, community groups, businesses and organisations from across the world to help achieve this never before-reached target! 

BIEA International STEM Youth Innovation Competition officially open

BIEA International STEM Youth Innovation Competition

On January 15, 2019, the 2nd annual International STEM Youth Innovation Competition was officially opened at a ceremony at London’s prestigious Royal Institution (RI). The British International Education Association (BIEA) alongside its partner, the Born Free Foundation (BFF) announced the competition before an audience made up of educators, STEM professionals, members of industry and invited dignitaries. Working with the support of the British Science Association (BSA), the Royal Institution (RI), Engineering UK and the Royal Airforce Museum (RAF Museum), BIEA called out for students around the world to get involved and sign up to take part.

Education that’s truly special

Education that’s truly special

When you visit the stunning, eco-friendly, 40 acre campus on the Dorset/Hampshire border it becomes apparent why this college is a first choice for parents and young adults with special educational needs.

Individual buildings linked by natural pathways through green open spaces and woodland give a sense of calm and wellbeing. Exclusive onsite facilities include a gym hall, heated indoor swimming pool, kitchen garden and purpose-built therapy building offering onsite specialist input from occupational, physiotherapy as well as complementary therapies such as massage, music and art.

Budding engineers from Bradfield School reach national finals of F1 competition

Bradfield School reach national finals of F1 competition

A group of six Year 10 students from Bradfield School, Sheffield, are to take part in the national finals of the engineering competition ‘F1 in Schools’ after placing 3rd in the Yorkshire and Humber regional final last month.

Having received sponsorship in the form of funding, technical assistance and components from a number of organisations, including UK Steel Enterprise (UKSE), Timkem, WNT and Primetals Technologies, team ‘Sheff1 Racing’ designed and manufactured a miniature compressed air powered car to take part in the event.

Cuts to specialist teachers threaten deaf children’s futures in the East Midlands

Cuts to specialist teachers threaten deaf children’s futures in the East Midlands

Teachers of the Deaf, who provide vital help and support to deaf children throughout their education, have been reduced by 7% in the last year, a new report from the Consortium for Research into Deaf Education reveals. 

The figures also show that almost one in three (29%) have now been cut since the annual report began eight years ago.

In the 2010/11 academic year, there were 88 fully-qualified specialist teachers for the region’s deaf children. This had fallen to 67 by 2016/17 and the total now stands at just 62.

The National Deaf Children’s Society, which is part of the group that produces the report, says specialist teachers have a huge impact on the lives of deaf children, starting at diagnosis and lasting throughout their education. 

Help Children Spot Fake News

Fake News in newspaper

New films and resources to help primary school children spot fake news and build digital literacy skills are being launched at London’s Bett Show this week.

Building upon Discovery Education’s popular Espresso News content, these new resources feature contributions from ITN journalists and the Institute for Strategic Dialogue. Special lesson plans and videos will help children to develop a critical eye for the news and social media stories they consume. They will also give pupils an insight into the world of news production, as they hear from ITN’s Charlene White about how journalists fact-check and why it’s important to question where stories come from. 

Industry body calls for in-depth consultation on Disabled Students' Allowances 

Disabled Student

The British Assistive Technology Association (BATA) welcomes the Department for Education’s continued commitment to support disabled and neurodiverse students in higher education through the provision of Disabled Student Allowances (DSA).

However, the plans to tender the provision of assistive technology equipment and training, have led to uncertainty about the future of DSA and the wider industry that supports disabled students.

The sector body is calling on government to ensure there is thorough consultation with industry stakeholders, higher education providers and students.

TokensFor Wins Backing from Teaching Professionals for Plastic Token Reward System

Based in Sheffield UK, TokensFor Limited, a leading plastic token manufacturer for schools, wins backing from educational and teaching professionals for their year on year support in schools.

TokensFor has revolutionised the plastic token industry, especially within the education sector. The plastic token supplier provides a behavioural support network and reward system for children in schools who are on the autistic spectrum. But it’s not just the children who receive the benefits; it’s the teachers too.

Teachers can experience mental health issues due to poor behaviour within the classroom. Noticeable psychological impacts include lost teaching time, decrease in teacher job satisfaction, poor teacher recruitment and retention, and stress and mental health.

Gaming approach in a class of its own...Learn to Play, play to Learn!

Gaming in class

It’s well-documented that children learn more when they’re enjoying themselves so if they’re playing games then the skills they pick up will stick with them!

And that’s the winning ethos behind a formula developed by Imagination Gaming (IG) – using gaming and playing as a key tool in their innovative learning programmes.

Used correctly within a classroom environment, games can allow children to apply the skills taught and develop abilities that will help them through both life and work enhancing every part of their development.

Investment in AI is essential to modernise the education sector

Investment in AI is essential to modernise the education sector

Jayne Warburton, former Assistant Head Teacher and CEO EMEA, 3P Learning, providers of curriculum-aligned educational resources Mathletics, Spellodrome and Reading Eggs, discusses artificial intelligence (AI) and its potential to modernise the UK education sector...

According to a new report AI in Education Market, Articifical Intelligence in the US is set to grow by 47.5% by 2023.

Top four teaching resources for supply teachers and teaching assistants

Caroline Cafferty - Top four teaching resources for supply teachers and teaching assistants

One of the key factors in the delivery of an outstanding lesson is preparation. The internet is often the first port of call and online teaching resources are an invaluable aid to both supply teachers and teaching assistants. However, with so many resources available the sheer volume can be overwhelming – where do you turn to for the best science lesson plans, phonics resources, maths worksheets or the crucial end of term quiz? 

Caroline Cafferty, Operations Director, justteachers – a leading supplier of a leading supplier of teachers and support staff – spoke with a number of supply teachers and teaching assistants and put together the top four sites, both paid and free, to help you find the right teaching resources to deliver outstanding lessons.

Gratnells introduces the power of two

Gratnells introduces the power of two

Responding to the universal adoption of technology in the education environment, Gratnells, best known for Britain’s most widely used range of storage systems and iconic trays, has launched a new addition to its PowerTray range – PowerTray2.

Since its introduction in 2016, Gratnells PowerTray has delivered its promise to store, charge and sync thousands of tablets used in classrooms across the globe.

The ultimate solution in mobile device storage and charging, PowerTray2 can charge up to 10 USB devices, each at optimum speed, through its built-in, automatic digital device recognition technology.

LEGO Engineers of the Future celebrated at Parliament

LEGO Engineers of the Future celebrated at Parliament

School children recognised for award-winning projects at event marking LEGO Education support for the Year of Engineering

Forty-four budding young engineers were the guests of honour at a special reception at the House of Commons on Wednesday 12 December, where they showcased their award-winning engineering projects – all inspired by LEGO play.

The students are part of five winning teams in the Engineers of the Future competition, a robotics and coding challenge which inspired children aged 7-16 across the UK to get hands-on and creative with real engineering projects – like developing ideas for renewable energy or sustainable water systems.

Technology from Twinkl brings never seen before objects to the classroom 

Technology from Twinkl

What would happen if you showed a 3D dinosaur to a classroom of children?  Thanks to the team at Twinkl and a new Apple technology called AR Quick Look, you can.

Twinkl has created the largest collection of educational digital models that you can view in the classroom in 3D through augmented reality (AR). 

AR brings the real and virtual world together by superimposing computer generated images into real-world environments. 

The collection of over 100 models includes planets, animals, parts of the human anatomy and even a unicorn or Santa Claus.

The models are free to access and can be used on the latest Apple devices, on the iOS 12 operating system.

Employing personal assistants 

A child with her personal assistant

Employing personal assistants - a PA - gives children and their parents choice and control about how they’re supported. 

A PA can support people with lots of things including social activities, getting ready, meal times and at school or college. 

It also means that they become an ‘individual employer’ and are responsible for recruiting, managing and training their PAs. 

This might seem daunting at first but there’s lots of help out there. 

Nadia Clarke is an individual employer and has employed a team of PAs since she was 8 years of age. 

Liverpool City Council recognised for advances in autism support

Liverpool City Council recognised for advances in autism support

A LIVERPOOL City Council team has become the first of its kind in the country to receive national recognition for the level of support it provides for children with autism.

The council’s Special Educational Needs Inclusion Support Service (SENISS) has become the only outreach service to achieve Autism Accreditation with Advanced Status from the National Autistic Society

The accreditation was set up to improve the support available to autistic people both in the UK and across the globe. To receive the accolade, organisations must prove that they have achieved the society’s ‘standard of excellence’ through a programme of self-examination and development.

Ellesmere College – A Platform for Academic and Personal Success

Ellesmere College students

Founded in 1884, Ellesmere College is a co-educational boarding and day school which offers students between the ages of seven and 18 a platform for academic success and personal development. A wide ranging academic curriculum and extensive activities programme allows each student the opportunity to advance in a range of disciplines, whether in the Arts, Music, Drama, Sport, or to develop leadership and entrepreneurial skills. Ellesmere College treats every pupils as an individual and where success is ‘doing the very best you can’; a philosophy that all parents, pupils and staff recognise and support wholeheartedly.

The Education Show

The Education Show

The Education Show has moved from Birmingham and will now take place at the ExCeL theatre in London on Thursday 24 and Friday 25 January, alongside sister show Bett. The event sees decision makers and school business managers join together and to discuss topics in policy and best practice, to ensure learning and achievement is maximised in institutions.