Healthier, more sustainable food menus hit UK primary schools

Healthier, more sustainable food menus hit UK primary schools

Thousands of children have returned to school for the new academic year to new-look menus. A range of healthier, more sustainable meat-free menu options have been introduced as part of the new School Plates programme launched by food awareness organisation ProVeg UK earlier this summer.

A total of 110 primary schools across two local authorities in England have been working on new menus in collaboration with ProVeg UK ahead of their launch this term. Changes include the adoption of Meat-Free Mondays, new daily meat-free meals, and new descriptions for the meat-free and plant-based dishes to make them even more appealing to the students. 

STEM subject success for Shaw Education Trust

STEM subject success for Shaw Education Trust

On Wednesday 12th September, Shaw Education Trust held a CREST Awards Ceremony to celebrate students’ achievements in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Over the past academic year, students across the Trust have participated in a variety of British Science Association’s flagship programmes, helping to improve their understanding of, and develop a passion for, STEM subjects. 

Organiser of the event and Director of Science for the Trust, Dawn Platt, said: “We believe that learning through investigation and exploring is a key way in which all our students can enjoy, achieve and learn through science. 

“As a result we are here to celebrate the unique talents of all our students across all our schools with equal importance.” 

The Price of Playing Sports At School

The Price of Playing Sports At School

Children are taking up new sports this school year which is increasing the price of back to school as parents fork out for sports clothing and equipment, according to new research.

A survey of more than 7,600 UK adults published by Decathlon in the Decathlon Activity Index 2018, shows that parents spend £54 on average on sports clothing and equipment per child, ahead of the new school year.

In fact, 86% of those surveyed said that their keen kids will take up a new sport this year at school.

The research shows how the cost correlates to the amount of sport kids take up, with children picking up three sports on average per school year.

Back To School Germs - Keeping Your Child Healthy

Back To School Germs -  Keeping Your Child Healthy

With children across Stockport now back at school for over a week, the chances are that many parents are already dealing with new-term bugs, sniffles and germs.

And even though it is simple advice, one of the easiest ways to reduce the chances of your child and family picking up any germs is for everyone to practice good hand hygiene.

Councillor Tom McGee, Stockport Council’s Cabinet Member for Health, said: “As your children start school for the first time, or return to school, they’ll come into contact with new children, and therefore new germs.

Redway Networks 2018 “Win Big!” competition is back

Redway Networks 2018 “Win Big!” competition is back

Redway Networks popular “Win Big” competition is back for 2018 and is bigger and better than ever! They have teamed up with Aerohive to bring you their new 802.11ax wireless technology for your education institution. This fantastic 802.11ax wireless solution is worth over £20,000! And will ensure that you are one of the first institutions with this solution, providing the very best in connectivity and mobility for your students.

Crest Nicholson donates a Variety Sunshine Coach to Elmwood School

Crest Nicholson donates a Variety Sunshine Coach to Elmwood School

Elmwood School in Bridgwater has today received a Variety Sunshine Coach donated by award-winning developer Crest Nicholson.

In conjunction with Crest Nicholson’s official charity partner Variety, a children’s charity that carries out vital work to support and improve the lives of young people across the UK, the donation will see a specially-adapted Sunshine Coach replace the Elmwood School’s old minibus.

People long for a hobby career

People long for a hobby career

Half of people wish they could take up their favorite hobby as a full time job, according to new research.  

A survey of 1,000 people, carried out by Europe’s number one sports retailer, Decathlon, found that 50% of workers would like to turn their hobby into a career, with 23% more passionate about their hobby than their current profession.

The majority of people (30%) would want to turn their passion of caring for animals or children into a paying career. Sports is another popular choice with 27% wanting to pursue a career in an outdoor pursuit like camping, 25% a team sport like football, cricket or rugby and 24% an individual sport like tennis, golf, cycling or swimming. 

New ‘happiness’ service launched to combat school mental health crisis

New ‘happiness’ service launched to combat school mental health crisis

A new wellbeing subscription service is launched this week which aims to tackle the biggest issue facing education today – mental health. Dubbed ‘Netflix for wellbeing’, Brilliant Schools is a wellbeing club that enables schools to ‘subscribe to happiness’ by providing tools and resources to help boost the wellbeing of pupils, teachers and parents, all through a simple, not-for-profit subscription.

The mental health crisis in our schools is well documented. UK teenagers rank next to bottom in international measures of wellbeing, while a recent report by the Children’s Society revealed that a shocking 1 in 4 14-year-old girls admits to self-harming to cope with the pressures of modern life.

Poor internet access hinders education in rural areas

Poor internet access hinders education in rural areas

Children and young people with strong online access do better at school than those with a poor internet connection, research suggests. 

Findings from the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) revealed a 25% increase in GCSE grades among students with regular internet access, while Learning Foundation research estimated that a million children in the UK with poor internet connection are expected to score a grade lower on their exam results than peers with a better connection. 

Cheshire Accountancy Firm Goes Back To School

Cheshire Accountancy Firm Goes Back To School

It’s back to school for a chartered accountancy firm in Wilmslow this week as they announced their support for an educational programme to give children a better understanding of money.

Langricks is backing Money Skills for Life, devised by DebtAware, the financial education work of national debt advice charity Debt Advice Foundation – and aims to increase money management skills in primary schools across Cheshire and Yorkshire.

According to DebtAware Education Manager Brian Souter, primary school is the best place for spending behaviours to be shaped.

Djanogly City Academy celebrates three years of record breaking results

Djanogly City Academy celebrates three years of record breaking results

Students and teachers at Djanogly City Academy are celebrating after beating their GCSE results record for a third year in a row.

The pass rate of 58 percent is up seven per cent from last year. 

The academy was judged to be “good” by Ofsted in May after being placed in special measures in 2013.

Several students achieved a new grade 9 and high pass rates in the new reformed GCSEs including science, history and geography.

For the second year running, 99 percent of students achieved a pass in science, and the percentage of students gaining a grade 4 (C grade) or above in geography and history are the highest the school has ever achieved.

Reading charity launches ‘Back to School’ campaign to reach more struggling readers across England than ever before  

Reading charity launches ‘Back to School’ campaign to reach more struggling readers across England than ever before  

As the new academic year approaches, national reading charity Beanstalk is stepping up its search for volunteers to help reach more children than ever before with its potentially life-changing reading support programmes.  

More than 1,000 volunteers are needed nationwide to join Beanstalk’s network of trained reading helpers to help deliver vital one-to-one support to children aged 3-13 who are at risk of falling behind at school without intervention.  

According to the latest statistics, 25% of primary school children across England left primary school not meeting the expected levels in reading last year (2017-18). This can have a devastating effect on those children’s futures leading to all sorts of problems in secondary education and beyond.  

New science laboratory opened at specialist school

Sutherland House School

The science facility, opened by the Lord Mayor of Nottingham, will allow Sutherland House School pupils to get more hands-on during experiments and expands the range of qualifications available

Sutherland House School (SHS) officially opened their new science laboratory recently, allowing students a full and immersive experience into the subject of science and broadening the range of qualifications available at the school. 

Enter the 2019 Shine a Light Awards until January 9th

Shine a Light Awards

Pearson and The Communication Trust have once again joined forces to launch the seventh Shine a Light Awards – and the deadline for entries has been extended to Wednesday 9th January.

Entries for this year open at the end of August with the awards ceremony taking place on Thursday 21st March. Britain’s Got Talent winner, Lee Ridley, also known as the Lost Voice Guy will be performing at the event alongside British comic actress and writer, Sally Phillips, who will host the ceremony.

'Children who learn thinking skills could improve GCSE results by a grade'

'Children who learn thinking skills could improve GCSE results by a grade'

Attending a Thinking School can improve pupils’ GCSE results by as much as a grade, according to new research.

And under the new Progress 8 accountability measure, which aims to capture the progress a pupil makes from the end of primary school to the end of key stage 4, schools can expect to see their scores increase by a grade.

Thinking Schools teach students to visualise their ideas with ‘maps’ which help children to create, understand, problem-solve and persist with tasks rather than merely regurgitate answers.

Research author Dr Dave Walters of the Cognitive Education Development Unit at Exeter University, believes the research establishes Thinking Schools as game-changers in school improvement. 

Crazy Noodles Colouring Book, by Emily Gray (Troubador, £7.99)

Crazy Noodles colouring book

While seven-year-old Lily Gray struggles in maths and English due to dyslexia, her creative abilities soar far and beyond not only her years, but most other people on the planet. For as long as mum Emily can remember, her beautiful daughter has been drawing, tearing things up and creating art that stands on its own.

In the most unique of projects, Lily and Emily have now teamed up to release Crazy Noodles, a kids’ colouring book unlike anything else on the market. There are no rules, expectations or convention – just a volume that allows children (and adults!) to unleash their talents and explore creativity in a fun and memorable way.

Arts therapy boost for neurology rehabilitation

Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT)

Company director and arts therapist Daniel Thomas tells Education for Everybody about the work Chroma does with children…

Tell us about Chroma and what you do.

We are the UK’s leading national provider of arts therapies working across a range of sectors to improve the lives of every person who works with us. Our 70+ team of experienced therapists provide a national service covering education, health and social care. We provide art psychotherapy, music therapy, neurologic music therapy and dramatherapy. 

We work with social care partners and local authorities supporting adopted children and their families, in healthcare for people who need rehabilitation from brain injuries but also those with dementia or other neurological diseases. 

Special Educational Needs Conference: Innovations in inclusive learning

SEND professionals

SEND professionals are invited to attend the Special Education Needs Conference in Manchester on November 14th.

The conference at the University of Salford will focus on the key challenges set out by the Education Committee’s recent inquiry into the support for children and young people with SEND. 

Speakers will examine whether the Government’s stated ambitions for simpler, improved and consistent help for youngsters with SEND have been met. Presentations will provide practical solutions and examples of best practice from across the age range of provisions.

Alongside this inquiry, councils are set to benefit from a £50million funding boost to create additional school places and state-of-the-art facilities for children with SEND.