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Game-based learning helps Wirral secondary to raises standards in maths

Kids using the Mathletics programme

Bebington High School is a specialist sports college based in the Wirral in North West England, the school’s vision is to ‘shape exceptional futures’ which it achieves through the values represented in sport: leadership, perseverance, fair play, teamwork, and loyalty, using Mathletics. The school encourages all within its community, including parents, to gain leadership and coaching awards, opening up further opportunities for students and prides itself on its position in the community. 

As the only non-faith and non-grammar school in the area Bebington High has a high proportion of pupils qualifying for free school meals as well as EAL and SEND students.

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Who Do I See in the Mirror? By Vese Aghoghovbia Aladewolu

Who Do I See in the Mirror? By Vese Aghoghovbia Aladewolu

"Who Do I See in the Mirror? is a simple, yet powerful, book written to introduce children to the concept of self-love and acceptance. It explores the various parts of the body, making the idea of self-discovery exciting for children, while encouraging them to love each part. It reminds children that they are much more than their physical appearance. This gorgeous, colour-illustrated book concludes with a strong message that it's what is on the inside that counts. A wonderful finishing touch is that it ends with a certificate that each child can hang up on their wall."

Home Appliance Brand Launches Cookery Club Scheme for Primary Schools

Children taking part in Cookery Club Scheme

UK home appliance brand Belling has re-launched Belling Cookery Club, an initiative to support primary schools and enable them to provide practical cookery classes for children.

The first phase of the initiative was a huge success, with schools in Dumfries and London winning an array of cooking appliances and accessories that have transformed their ability to provide hand-on cooking sessions, as well as supporting their local communities.

Belling Cookery Club was launched to support the estimated 75% of primary schools that don’t have a teaching kitchen. For this reason, and despite cooking and nutrition now forming part of the curriculum across the UK, it is believed that the majority of Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils don’t receive practical cookery experiences.

Educational not-for-profit LGfL translates DfE document ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ into ten languages

Educational not-for-profit LGfL translates DfE document ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ into ten languages

LGfL DigiSafe, safeguarding arm of educational not-for-profit organisation LGfL, is providing translations of key DfE document Keeping Children Safe in Education free of charge on its website, enabling schools to comply with their statutory duty to ensure all staff – including support staff – read and understand the guidance. 

What Ofsted’s proposed framework means for best-practice safeguarding

Dawn Jotham on best-practice safeguarding

As many educators are now aware, the new Ofsted Inspection Framework is likely to be implemented from September 2019. After the watchdog launched a consultation on the proposed framework, Dawn Jotham, EduCare’s pastoral care specialist, considers what educators need to be aware of when it comes to safeguarding the wellbeing of both staff and students.

New RSE and Health Education guidelines give subjects “status they deserve”

New RSE and Health Education guidelines give subjects “status they deserve”

The Department for Education (DfE) guidelines for Relationships Education in primary schools, Sex Education in secondary schools and Health Education for all ages are a welcome development that support Headteachers in giving these subjects the status they deserve.

Having contributed to the consultation, and personally met with the DfE to explore the best possible approaches to make RSE more relevant to modern life, I am delighted with the overall outcome. Our interest is mainly within primary education, of course, and getting the right building blocks in place to support children in today’s world. My view is the new guidelines give us a recognised platform to do just that – and I am in total agreement with what schools are required to have in place for September 2020. 

New Mesma Inquire Answers Quality Review Cycle Improvement Need

Mesma Inquire

Quality improvement specialist Mesma has introduced new Inquireto support further education and skills providers as they manage their on-going cycle of quality reviews.

The module has been designed in collaboration with Mesma’s clients by identifying solutions to better coordinate deep-dive inquiries into targeted areas of education, training and assessment. 

It resolves challenges in overseeing organisational quality reviews, designed to assure and improve provision and feed into a broader self-assessment and quality improvement process. 

Expanding the scope of education

Children taking part in holistic education

Traditional education is traditionally recognised as the teacher-centred delivery of instruction to students. It comes with the objective of developing a mastery of core subjects like maths, reading, writing, science, and social studies. Education, as most people know it, is centred around academic learning however, another definition of education frames it as ‘an enlightening experience’. This broader understanding of education carries a lot of value for students as it embraces an interconnected mindset that reflects the environment in which they exist.

Careers scheme helping disabled pupils get digital jobs

Careers scheme helping disabled pupils get digital jobs

Eight schools in Manchester are taking part in a new employability programme that will help teenagers aged 16-18 with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) to get digital jobs.

‘Digital Inc.’ will provide each school with 10 days of employer-led support, with experts from local digital companies coming in to classrooms to take students through a business start-up process and talk about how they themselves got a job in the creative digital sector.

Abbot’s Lea School appoints four new members of staff

Abbot’s Lea School appoints four new members of staff

Abbot’s Lea School in Woolton has welcomed four new members to its team, including one former student. 

The school specialises in highest quality holistic education for young people with Autism and associated complex learning and social needs. It currently employs some 120 staff and is striving to be an International Centre of Excellence in Autism Education, Research and Professional Development.

Joining the strategic leadership team is Micah Grimshaw. A fully qualified and experienced special education teacher, she takes on a role of the head of autism research and development, being responsible for creating, implementing and promoting the school’s autism research and development strategy.

Stockport Schools Tackle Health and Wellbeing in Video Competition

Stockport School Students taking Part In Competition

Totally Local Company has launched a new competition to promote the key messages of healthy living and wellbeing to primary school children in Stockport.

Working in partnership with Life Leisure, Totally Local Company will invite pupils from schools they work with to create a short video promoting healthy living and wellbeing.

To encourage collaborative learning and thinking, Totally Local Company are asking children to work in their classes and share their thoughts and ideas on this subject and create a video with a winning message. The video can take any form they wish, such as a song/pop video, dance, poem, play or chat show as long as it addresses and promotes healthy living and wellbeing.

Shropshire-based Hillcrest Shifnal School extends specialist provision to Key Stage 1 pupils in response to demand for early intervention

Hillcrest student

Hillcrest Shifnal School, an independent specialist setting in Shropshire for children with social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs, is thrilled to have been granted permission from the Department for Education to extend its provision to support Key Stage 1 (KS1) students from the age of five - previously it catered for students aged 7-19. The new extension reflects a growing demand for early intervention, which has been shown to help students with SEMH needs to realise their potential and significantly increase their chances of re-accessing mainstream education. 

Yorkshire education technology start-up a winner at social enterprise awards

Yorkshire education technology start-up a winner at social enterprise awards

An education technology company using software to create stage-appropriate lesson plans to help improve levels of physical literacy among primary school children has been named winner of the 'Tech for Good' category at the 2019 Social Enterprise Yorkshire and the Humber (SEYH) Awards.

Sporting Age, based at the John Smith’s Stadium in Huddersfield, was named winner at the 2019 Social Enterprise Yorkshire and the Humber (SEYH) Awards.

The Tech for Good award recognises technological innovation which creates social impact, and how the creative use of software has benefited the community in which it is used.

Great Ormond Street Ambassador Launches New Play Therapy Service

Sad little girl at Play Therapy Service

Play therapist and Great Ormond Street ambassador Amanda Seyderhelm is launching a specialist play therapy service which will address the increasing needs of children struggling with issues related to loss and change. Based in the Lincolnshire town of Stamford, Amanda will focus on the requirements of children aged between seven and 10.

Primary school children almost as stressed over exams as GCSE pupils

Primary school children in classroom

A third of primary school parents say exams are making their children stressed, according to a new study looking into the pressure pupils are put under during their school years.

New 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.

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!