A holistic approach to energy efficiency in SEND schools

Energy efficiency Jack Saunders, Client Support Officer at Salix Finance School

Throughout the education industry there is a growing awareness of the benefits of implementing a well-rounded, long term energy efficiency plan. Here, Jack Saunders, Client Support Officer at Salix Finance School and Academies Programme, tells Education for Everybody the factors behind successful energy initiatives and explores how SEND schools can benefit from a holistic approach to energy efficiency...

At a time when the education sector is facing rising costs, schools and colleges are increasingly looking to identify effective strategies to make savings. Reducing energy consumption is a key way to minimise monetary spend, environmental impact and improve the learning environment. 

Technology to help fight off loneliness

Companies such as Oslo-based start-up No Isolation are leading the fight in using technology to help find a solution for lonely groups of people within society. Their first product, a telepresence robot named AV1, has been designed to help a vulnerable section of society that sometimes is overlooked in the media. Children who suffer from long-term illness and cannot connect with their friends and school-mates, often suffer from depression as a result of their isolation. With doctors’ appointments and treatments sometimes taking over the lives of these children, it can be a relief to chat to their friends and learn alongside them at school using simple technology.

Teacher training recruitment levels drop by a third with 'low pay to blame'

teacher training with children

Low pay, confusing training routes and poor staff morale have been blamed for a fall in teacher training applications.

Figures from UCAS recently showed that teacher recruitment numbers have dropped by a third. In December 2017, 12,820 people had applied to begin ITT – down from 19,330 the year before. 

The general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, Geoff Barton, said, “It’s alarming, I think, particularly as we know there are going to be another half a million children coming through the system over the next nine years.

Schools face uncertainty as new funding boost creates multimillion pound black hole

Schools face uncertainty as new funding boost creates multimillion pound black hole

Education leaders are questioning what lies in store over the next academic year after the education secretary makes an additional £1.3bn available to spend on core schools funding. 

The announcement comes on the back of months and months of campaigning over funding shortages, as schools across England were forced to make £3bn of cuts. 

However, this latest announcement has revealed a £1.3bn boost over the next two years that will result in schools funding being £2.6bn higher in 2019-20 than in 2017-18. 

Education secretary Justine Greening announced the decision yesterday and confirmed that the money will be freed up from within the existing education budget - not from any new money from the Treasury. 

Schools step up for Slippers for Shelter to help homeless children this Christmas

School children across the country are getting ready to give their old school shoes the boot, and slide on their slippers instead – all in support of children who will be homeless this Christmas. With a shocking 100,000 children in Britain facing the prospect of waking up homeless on Christmas morning, Shelter is calling on schools to take part in their Christmas appeal, Slippers for Shelter. On Friday 4th December, school children can support Slippers for Shelter in three simple steps:

•Wear your slippers into school;

New Vision Screening Programme for Primary Schools

A ground-breaking New Vision Screening Programme for primary schools has been launched to help the one million children who have undiagnosed eye conditions in the UK.

The programme is a completely free and quick online assessment system and accompanying toolkit that school personnel, such as teachers, school nurses or administrators, can use to vision screen children.

The Boots Opticians Schools Vision Screening system checks visual acuity to help identify vision defects including amblyopia, refractive error and strabismus.

Once the screening is complete, at the press of a button a letter is produced that advises parents whether their child needs a referral to an opticians or not.

Schools sign up for online safety tool to help parents

A new online tool for schools across the country aims to give parents the best advice and tips on preparing their children for adult life.

Parent Info, offers a wealth of information – from help to understand teenage text messages, to spotting the warning signs of self-harm, having a healthy body image and managing money in a digital world.

As well as giving parents the confidence and support to speak to their children on such sensitive issues, the department for education say it will also provide parents with pathways for where they can go for more hands on support on specific issues.

Up to 550 schools are already hosting the new government-funded site and the site itself has had 48,000 page views in the past month.

Latest wave of free schools include centre for pupils with autism

Eighteen new free schools have been announced today in the first wave of free schools for this Parliament, providing 9,000 new school places.

The new schools to be created include a Vocational Learning Free School, in Cheshire, which will help children with severe learning difficulties and autism spectrum disorder.

Announcing the latest pioneering free schools the prime minister David Cameron pledged “not waver” in his commitment to open 500 new free schools over the next 5 years, creating 270,000 school places across the country.

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan also called on more groups to “step forward, invest in the next generation and reap the rewards” that opening a free school can bring.

Guest blog; The secrets of schools over summer

By estates manager Tom Allardice, Loughborough Endowed Schools, in Leicestershire

As children enjoy the holidays and teachers take a well-earned break, it’s easy to think that schools stand still over the summer months. However, the reality is that the end of term means one thing: an opportunity for upkeep and improvements to the grounds and facilities. Staff at Loughborough Endowed Schools in Leicestershire are busier than ever making the most of a quieter campus ahead of the new term....