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Theo Paphitis calls for archaic education system to be modernised with enterprise education

At Wednesday’s third annual National Enterprise Challenge, former dragon Theo Paphitis, whose company, Ryman, was once again the headline sponsor of the inter-school event, stated that “the traditional ideology of secondary education followed by a University degree that results in a well paid job, is seriously outdated. We must look at other ways in which we can inspire young people from an early age and assist them in developing the enterprise and employability skills they need in this very fast changing world of work.”   The serial businessman went on to say, “Many of those students going to secondary school in September have known nothing other than recessions and cuts. They haven't grown up in a thriving Britain, one where jobs are readily available and pensions are secure. “

Mum’s stroke inspires launch of new emergency ID product

Carrying emergency ID could prove to be a lifesaver for anyone but is particularly beneficial to anyone with difficulty communicating, as it provides emergency services with vital information which enables them to make important decisions about the emergency treatment they give. Details of allergies, medical history, regular medications and special needs could prove to be a matter of life and death.

HofE Mencap to run complex need day services previously provided by Warwickshire County Council

Charity looking to improve and develop the services – with all staff retained in takeover

HEART of England Mencap is announcing it is the chosen service provider appointed to take over the running of two complex need day services in Warwickshire.

These services – at centres in Stratford and Leamington – were previously operated by Warwickshire County Council.

The council put the contract out to tender, with the Warwickshire-based charity HofE Mencap, now announced as the new chosen service provider.

All staff will be transferred to Heart of England Mencap with the services - and information events for families and carers are planned in July in both Stratford and Leamington.

Polwhele House is Alive with the Sound of Music

Children from Polwhele House in Cornwall have been learning their ‘Do, Re, Mi' instead of their ‘A, B, Cs' this week, whilst performing this year's school production of ‘The Sound of Muesli'. Celebrating 50 years since the release of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, The Sound of Music, children from the school have produced their own take on the hit stage show, telling the story of playful nun Maria and the Von Trapp family.

Survey asks schools if they are ready for budget squeeze

School business managers, headteachers, bursars and governors in schools across England are being urged to take part in the third annual National School Procurement Survey (NSPS15).

The survey – run by the national register of education suppliers Incensu.co.uk - will aim to provide a national picture of how schools are preparing for a predicted budget squeeze between now and 2020. The squeeze is expected to arise from a combination of increases in national insurance and pension contributions, rising pupil numbers and an anticipated government freeze on real terms funding increases.

No Nonsense Spelling

The first spelling resource designed for the new curriculum - Special offer for Education for Everybody readers

In 2014, 24% of children failed to leave primary school with level 4 or above in their KS2 assessments in grammar, punctuation and spelling. Performance in this area lags significantly behind that in reading, where only 11% fail to achieve level 4. In light of this, teachers are looking for solutions to improve standards of spelling at KS2.

NFER Reception Baseline Assessment now approved by DfE for delivery in September 2015

The Department for Education (DfE) has today confirmed the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) as one of three approved suppliers of the new reception baseline assessment for use by schools in September 2015.

NFER Reception Baseline Assessment is a face-to-face resource-based assessment with a mixture of tasks and observational checklists. Everything you need to conduct the assessment is included in the NFER Reception Baseline Assessment pack and no additional training is required for Early Years practitioners to administer the assessment.

Charity prepares for new awareness week

The Macular Society is preparing for the start of its first ever awareness week, which launches on Monday.

The week, which will help to raise the profile of one of the biggest causes of sight loss in the developed world, is being launched in partnership with Vision Express, will take place from 6 – 12 July this year.

Groups, members and optometrists across the UK will be joining in a host activities throughout the week to help raise awareness of the condition, which can have a devastating effect on the lives of those affected.

More time for UK children to get creative with National Pet Month competition

National Pet Month is giving UK children even more time this summer to express their love for animals by extending the deadline for its fun schools competition.

The nation’s youngsters now have until Friday, July 17 to get creative through their poetry or art and show just how much animals mean to them.

In this year’s competition National Pet Month is looking for the best pet pictures from Key Stage 1 and poem from Key Stage 2, with both winners receiving a fantastic prize.

Michael Bellingham, Chairman of National Pet Month said: “Children love talking and learning about animals and our annual schools’ competition is a fabulous way to encourage creativity using a subject they’ll love.