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The bell needs to ring on old tech in schools

Children using old tech in schools
Article by Simone Martorina, business manager VI, Epson UK 

They say our school years are the best of our lives, and it is remarkable how fast they pass, so it is undoubtedly integral that teachers and pupils get the absolute most out of them. The methods of teaching are constantly evolving too, with technology increasingly embraced in classrooms up and down the country. With time in education so precious, it is important that not a second is needlessly lost – and using old, outdated tech is doing exactly that.

Lost time

QA employees help children to read 

A boy led on the floor learning how to read
QA to engage employees in regular volunteering as part of new charity partnership with Coram Beanstalk 

QA – the UK's leading IT training provider – has announced that as part of its new charity partnership with national reading charity, Coram Beanstalk, it will be giving staff the opportunity to volunteer regularly during work hours to support children with reading at local primary schools across the country. 

As part of the newly-launched partnership, QA would like to see around 10% of its workforce volunteering with Coram Beanstalk on a regular basis. QA will also aim to raise at least £50,000 during the course of the next 12 months to help the charity continue to expand its vital work.  

Playing it safe: why schools should adopt an innovate mindset to realise the power of play

Children in the park using the power of play

Only by switching to an “innovative mindset” will schools realise the true power of play, is the advice being given by Playinnovation founder and industry expert, Marco Boi. 

Although schools are becoming more open to investing in less traditional and more forward-thinking sport and play areas, Marco says there’s still work to be done to change an outdated perception of play in the education sector, and for teachers and governing bodies to realise the full range of health and social benefits that can be achieved by going beyond the status quo.

Schools invited to take on UK’s biggest cycling, walking and scooting challenge, the Big Pedal 2019.

 Two girls walking to school, this year’s competition will see schools across the UK close their streets to cars in a bid to reduce air pollution and congestion

Schools are being invited to take up the Big Pedal 2019 – the UK’s largest cycling, walking and scooting challenge for schools.

This year’s competition is backed by Angellica Bell, British television, radio presenter and cycling advocate, who took on the ‘Tour de Celeb’ in 2016 where she found her love for cycling.

Organised by the walking and cycling charity Sustrans, the competition will run from Monday 25 March to Friday 5 April and will encourage young people from across the UK to travel by bike, foot or scooter for their journey to and from school.

How Animal Assisted Therapy in schools can improve children’s mental health

Little girl with white rabbit for animal assisted therapy

Animal Therapy in schools has made observable differences to children’s mental health, behaviour and wellbeing in the past. With more than 1/6th of young people identified as having Special Education Needs (SEN) and one in eight children assessed in 2017 being identified with at least one mental disorder, Animal Therapy could make a huge improvement to a child’s life.

Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) is delivered by a human professional, such as a teacher or therapist as a goal-directed intervention. Animal therapist Sarah Gordon believes that, in animal therapy, the comforting nature of animals is deployed so that a person is able to guide sessions towards objectives. AAT accreditation is also required to ensure the sessions are undertaken properly.

CLOSED - Children's books competition: win books worth £38!

Children's books competition: win books worth £38!

We have five books to give away in our children's books competition, from three of our favourite publishers: Featherstone, Bloomsbury and National Online Safety. 

The prize is worth over £38 and the books are…

1. Let's Talk About When Someone Dies

by Molly Potter (£10.99, Featherstone)

From Molly Potter, best-selling author of How Are You Feeling Today? and What's Worrying You?, comes a picture book for starting conversations with children about death, bereavement and what happens next.

Children take part in biggest wildlife survey in schools    

Little girl taking part in biggest wildlife survey in schools    

School children across the UK will be filling up bird feeders, turning classrooms into bird hides and creating wildlife friendly bakes in preparation for watching and counting the birds in their school grounds for the 2019 RSPB Big Schools’ Birdwatch.

The Birdwatch – which takes place during the first half of the spring term (2 Jan – 22 Feb) – is a chance for children to put down their books and discover the nature that lives in their local community. The Birdwatch involves children spending an hour watching and counting the birds that visit their outdoor space, before sending the results to the RSPB.

Why schools use supply agencies

Supply Desk

Clare Othman, Operations Director, Supply Desk, specialists in matching school staffing needs with the best available teachers and teaching assistants - permanent, long-term and supply - gives her reasoning on why many schools choose supply agencies, such as Supply Desk, to fill teaching vacancies.

Education recruitment agencies, including supply agencies, have become an integral part of most UK school recruitment strategies.