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DfE Appoints In Diverse Company To Promote Leadership Coaching

DfE Appoints In Diverse Company To Promote Leadership Coaching
Department for Education Appoints In Diverse Company to Promote Leadership Coaching Pledge on National Scale

The Department for Education (DfE) has appointed In Diverse Company as partner to roll out its Women Leading in Education (WLE) Leadership Coaching Pledge over eight regions across the UK.

The Leadership Coaching Pledge was launched by the DfE in 2016, with the aim of assisting women teachers looking to enter, or progress within, senior leadership.  This re-launch of the programme aims to increase awareness of the scheme, re-address the under representation of women at senior levels in primary and secondary schools, and attract women teachers who are returning to teaching or seeking flexible working opportunities.

Mathematician Launches App to Help Children Tackle Times Tables

Dice to help children with times tables
World-Renowned Mathematician Launches App to Help Children Tackle Times Tables Using ‘Topology of Knowledge' Method

Oxford-based education technology start-up Edplus has launched a mobile app today which allows children to learn their times tables for free in a new way, challenging and complementing traditional teaching methods. Developed by Francis Brown, a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford, the technology uses an algorithm that creates a learning pathway unique to each child, adapting and improving as they play.

The Invisible Condition Making Your Child Moody, Sleepless and Miss School 

Little boy suffering with invisible condition hayfever making him miss school

Missed days at school, sleepless nights for both child and parents, revision time interrupted, exams ruined and mood changes due to the debilitating symptoms and lack of sleep. This is the reality for around a third of children in the UK every spring and summer. And the cause? It may surprise many people… tiny microscopic particles of pollen! Airborne allergens expert, Max Wiseberg provides some useful tips for students…

Support your school - National launch

Group of children reading for Support Your School

A brand-new initiative aimed at increasing children’s access to vital school resources has been launched. 

Support your school is a fundraising platform for schools managed by Peters, the UK’s leading specialist children's book and furniture supplier to schools and academies.

Support your school uses five easy to follow steps to help schools to raise funds to support children’s literacy.  The funds raised by the school can be used to create a magical new library, supply a selection of titles to support a topic or the latest collection of fiction.

100% of the funds raised are available to the school to buy resources to aid literacy and help children develop a passion for reading for pleasure.

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How can technology enhance teaching in rural schools?

Using technology to teach in a rural school

With rural schools facing pressure from low pupil rolls, budget cuts and declining birth rates many small schools are struggling to maintain high standards. Kendra Bolton, headteacher at Stewartstown Primary, recognised internationally for its excellence in mathematics, explains how technology has helped her school meet these challenges and embrace its rural environment...

Plymouth Children Sea Changes Thanks To National Lottery

Plymouth Children On The Beach Thanks To The National Lottery

A TRAILBLAZING mental health project to help excluded youngsters get back into full time main-stream education spearheaded by Britain's Ocean City social enterprise Beach Schools South West is being backed by the National Lottery.

Beach Schools South West's revolutionary Sea-ing Changes project was launched in Plymouth last year and helped nine children and their families overcome challenges that led to the pupils being excluded or on the verge of exclusion from school.

Every young person who took part in the project returned to full-time, main-stream, education.

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.  

Leeds City Council provides better travel experience for SEN children

Leeds City Council provides better travel experience for SEN children

Leeds City Council provides better travel experience for SEN children (and takes the sting out of rising entitlement and falling budgets) by using QRoutes

A recent review by Leeds City Council found that by using QRoutes to plan SEN home-to-school transport, the number of children who were in-vehicle for more than 75 minutes fell from 19% (July 2017) to 16% (September 2018). QRoutes also helped the team reduce the daily number of vehicles being used to deliver services from an average of 200 per day to 175 per day, helping the authority keep costs down.

A Generation Of Change Makers

Little girls drawing for change

New research out today reveals that ‘being kind to others’, ‘people not having enough to eat’ and ‘protecting animals and their habitats’, are among the top 10 issues that UK children are most concerned about in 2019.

The poll of over 1,000 4 – 14 year-old girls and boys was commissioned by Disney UK, as part of its Dream Big, Princess campaign, which asked children to identify the issues that they most want to change or improve in the world, ranging from cleaning the ocean, to world hunger.

How to deliver an exceptional PE curriculum for all abilities

PE curriculum - a screenshot from the Youtube video of children in a PE lesson

Ronnie Heath is Managing Director of Create Development. Here, he discusses the benefits of delivering an excellent PE curriculum for children of all abilities…

Why do we want children to do PE? To encourage and enable lifelong participation; to help young people maximise their potential; to develop a range of life and learning skills that can also support whole school aims.

So what are the skills and abilities children need to achieve these outcomes? Physical skills of course, but also their confidence to move and be active, how they cope when things get difficult, how they engage with, support and learn from others, whether they can solve problems, come up with their own ideas, evaluate their own and others’ performance to name a few.

Case study: how St Giles School won SEN School of the Year at Shine a Light Awards

Shine a Light St Giles staff receive award from judge Malcolm Reeves and Sally Phillips

St Giles School in Derby is dedicated to supporting children with complex speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). The school has won the SEN School of the Year Award for its work supporting pupils' communication and independence skills at the 2019 Shine a Light Awards, organised by Pearson in partnership with The Communication Trust. The awards were hosted by Sally Phillips, with a performance from Lee Ridley, aka Lost Voice Guy.

St Giles School’s motto is to ‘inspire and achieve through creativity’ with their mission being to ‘provide pupils with effective strategies to communicate, promote independence and prepare pupils for life in the local and wider community’. Staff at St Giles definitely do that!

Parents' Guide to Autism released

Parents' Guide to Autism – mother and boy

As World Autism Awareness Week takes place, Smart Cells have issued a Parents’ Guide to Autism. The guide contains stats and facts on autism as well as information on where parents can find treatment for their children and support for themselves. This is a great resource to spread awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorder, more commonly known as “autism”, which is a group of developmental brain disorders that affects around 700,000 people in the UK.

Smart Cells, a private cord blood company, released their 20th sample of stem cells collected from cord blood and tissue to a patient to treat autism last year.

FutureLearn offers new Unlimited model in response to learner demand

FutureLearn offers new Unlimited model in response to learner demand

FutureLearn, the online social learning platform committed to transforming access to education on a global scale, is offering learners a new way to engage with the platform. Unlimited is a one-off annual payment model that will give learners unlimited access to all FutureLearn short courses that offer a Certificate of Achievement, except premium courses.

Year 6 students at Nook Lane Junior School ‘take on the Dragons’ in entrepreneurial competition

Year 6 students at Nook Lane Junior School ‘take on the Dragons’ in entrepreneurial competition

Sixty Year 6 students from Nook Lane Junior School, Sheffield have completed a business enterprise challenge that saw them work in teams to form a company, design a uniform and build a model car before pitching to a panel of business owners in a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style finale earlier this week. 

The programme, which has been offered to the school’s Year 6 students for the past four years, encompasses problem solving, cross curricular learning and provides an insight into running a business.

Proving a great hit with the students, the last three months has seen them perfecting every aspect of their business ready for their pitch to ‘The Dragons’ – a panel of judges comprised of parents, governors and local businesses including UK Steel Enterprise (UKSE). 

LGfL scoops Education Resources Award for ‘Not for Profit Supplier of the Year’!

LGfL scoops Education Resources Award for ‘Not for Profit Supplier of the Year’!

Educational technology charity - LGfL - wins top award in ‘Supplier of the Year: Not-for-profit’ category as well as coming ‘highly commended’ for its Key Stage 2 – 3 resource ‘Space Adventures - Mission to the Moon’

Edtech charity LGfL is delighted to be celebrating its latest success in the 2019 Education Resources Awards, having been announced as the winners in the category Supplier of the Year: Not-for-profit. LGfL scooped the top prize after impressing judges with its inspiring approach to meeting the needs of schools today as well as demonstrating outstanding customer care and an exceptional standard of service to education. 

St Giles School Wins National Accolade For Changing The Lives Of Children

St Giles School Wins National Accolade For Changing The Lives Of Children

ST GILES SCHOOL WINS NATIONAL ACCOLADE FOR CHANGING THE LIVES OF CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE WITH SPEECH, LANGUAGE AND COMMUNICATION DIFFICULTIES IN DERBY

Winners of the seventh annual Shine a Light Awards revealed by British comic actress and writer, Sally Phillips with special performance from Britain’s Got Talent winner, Lee Ridley (Lost Voice Guy)

St Giles School in Derby is dedicated to supporting children with complex speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). The school has won the SEN School of the Year Award for it’s work supporting pupils communication and independence skills at the UK-wide 2019 Shine a Light Awards, organised by learning company Pearson, in partnership with The Communication Trust. 

Playscheme goes from strength to strength with sales team expansion

Playscheme Managing Director Nick

Playscheme, the creator of bespoke play areas, is delighted to announce the appointment of Nick Chandler as Special Projects Manager.

Nick brings with him years of experience in developing play solutions in the commercial sector. As Playscheme’s work creating themed playgrounds for commercial attractions such as shopping centres and holiday parks continues to expand, Nick’s role will promote the Company’s unique capabilities to this huge, demanding market.