Global sports star David Beckham OBE is joining Sky as an ambassador, it was announced today.
The long-term partnership will see Beckham play a leading role across the breadth of Sky’s work to support grassroots sport and encourage participation across Britain and Ireland. He will also feature in adverts to promote the unrivalled range of sport and innovative services offered by Sky.
As a national sporting icon, David Beckham is an inspirational role model to millions of young people. In his role as a Sky ambassador, he will help to use the power of sport to change lives through the successful Sky Sports Living for Sport initiative which is delivered in partnership with the Youth Sport Trust. Now in its tenth year, this free initiative uses the life-changing stories and expertise of athlete mentors to inspire young people to learn new skills and improve their lives. Around 30,000 young people a year participate in the programme, which reaches one third of all secondary schools in Britain and has just launched in Ireland.
Some of the comments we hear most from Middle and Senior Leaders in schools today include the desire to ‘raise my confidence in the leadership role’ and ‘think about the bigger picture to make change happen in my school.’
Time is your most precious resource and we understand that Leaders in your school need to get the most out of their learning. Quality, bespoke Middle and Senior Leaders Development Programmes from BlueKiteCoach provide you with confidence that the learning your teams tackle has been specifically designed to inspire, engage and motivate. Indeed, it will be a talking point in your staff room, for all the right reasons, long after your learning event.
Cycling charity Sustrans has produced a new step-by-step guide for schools to help encourage more pupils to cycle to school.
Developed for teachers, parents and governors the guide contains a suggested programme and top tips for events, activities and lessons to help get pupils motivated and skilled-up to cycle to school.
The guide is free to download from Sustrans’ website (www.sustrans.org.uk/biketoschoolweek) and is designed to be delivered over a six week period - culminating in a celebratory Bike to School Week.
Schools can promote cycling using the guide at any time of the year, although Sustrans will be celebrating the launch of the guide with National Bike to School Week, 10-14 June 2013.
In the UK only 4% of school children commute to school by bike or scooter, but research shows that nearly half of all children want to be able to. Sustrans hopes that this new teaching resource will help schools to show children and parents just how easy it is to get around on two wheels.
Diving offers children as young as eight a unique and unrivalled experience combining adventure, adrenalin, exercise, exploration, tranquillity and relaxation.
Professional diving specialist Oyster Diving has years of experience offering scuba diving courses, and has established itself as the premier provider of diving holidays to schools and colleges.
This year the highlight of Oyster Diving’s school trips is an itinerary to the legendary dive destination of the Cayman Islands located in the Western Caribbean. The Cayman Islands was the birthplace of recreational diving and today the trio of islands provides first class professional diving schools with stringent safety requirements and excellent infrastructure. Regularly cited as one of the world’s top diving destinations, Cayman is famed for its pristine coral reefs, an undisputed track record in marine conservation and of course idyllic conditions that are highly conducive to learning and enjoyment.
Do you have one class that you just can’t seem to build any rapport with? Is their behaviour difficult to control?
Here are some great tips from the world of professional speaking that will give you more certainty, confidence and conviction when it matters most. David Hyner delivers student and staff training workshops on presentation skills, and the use of gesture and body language to gain rapport and manage the classroom.
The audience or students need to “see, hear and feel” that what you are telling them is true for them to engage with you.
Leading educational assessment software developer Lucid Research has recently enhanced their support information available for teachers via the company website.
Kevin Thomas, Managing Director, explains: “We have revamped large sections to make it easier for our customers to find the information they require. In particular, we have received tremendous feedback for our new video tutorials section to help with interpreting the results from our assessment software.”
The new tutorials give examples of Lucid's software used within a number of real world scenarios, and show the investigative thought processes of an educational psychologist as they work through the assessment reports.
Outdoor play and learning can make an important contribution to helping children make the transition from early years education into primary school, an innovative research project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) has concluded. According to the project's findings, pupils' opportunities to spend time outdoors decline sharply as they move from early years education into more formal schooling.
The study highlights the potential for some of the tensions created by formal classroom learning to be mitigated by the more independent, less supervised periods children spend playing together outdoors.
Getting-in is a new educational resource website based around a ground-breaking principle: a one-stop shop for students’ educational needs as they make the crucial, potentially life-changing transition from school to university and beyond.
Getting-in offers a uniquely broad range of services, from GCSE and A Level revision materials to university guides and course listings. From articles on how to writie a great personal statement to tips on applying for apprenticeships and the graduate job market, Getting-in caters for everyone.
Stephen Newall, CEO, commented: "Rather than focusing narrowly on one specific age group, we cater for the whole spectrum of students from secondary school all the way up to and beyond university graduation. Our catering to this broad church is based on the belief that students ought to be able to have access to guides and resources that will help them make the transition from one stage of their education to another before finally entering the job market.
GCSE Biology is a fascinating subject, yet many students underestimate how difficult achieving an A−C* grade can be. Students will often find the key topics engaging but when it comes to their final exams find that their results don’t reflect their predicted grades.
To help your students get the grades they deserve LearnersCloud have developed the most comprehensive GCSE Biology revision resource available. Consisting of easy-to-follow video tutorials and end-of-topic exam styled questions, each clip follows the UK’s leading exam board specifications and are delivered by real GCSE tutors.
Sonocent have announced that Audio Notetaker Version 3 for PC is now available. The new update to the software now includes many new features aimed specifically at aiding the teaching of oral language skills and literacy in the classroom.
Sonocent Director, Dave Tucker, explains: "Audio Notetaker is designed to help students significantly improve a broad range of cross-curricular study skills, from note taking to speaking, listening and comprehension skills. For teachers it can be used to create interactive audio-based lessons and simplify the gathering and assessment of audio work by students. Additional uses include lesson capture and CPD."
Interact is an engaging Music scheme of work that incorporates cross curricular themes and projects, such as The Tudors, Victorians and Enter into Kenya, to deliver key National Music Curriculum subjects.
Delivered through a set of interactive whiteboard modules, Interact teaches music in a format that Ofsted will embrace by bringing the subject to life and helping teachers to weave music seamlessly into the curriculum.
Spelling and grammatical mistakes in graffiti around London have inspired a new tongue-in-cheek campaign by Arc, a division of the Leo Burnett Group, for the online English tuition service The Tutor Crowd.
The campaign shows the offending graffiti on walls, toilet doors and public areas around London corrected with paint pens and stickers.
The stickers direct children and their parents to The Tutor Crowd’s online service for a free English tuition trial.
SAM Learning, the company behind the eponymous global online study platform, has added a new dimension to its exhibition stands this year. There will be a prize draw with the chance for one lucky teacher to win an iPad mini.
The draw is open to all teachers from secondary schools who have a demonstration of SAM Learning on the stand. Here they will see how SAM Learning works and hear about the latest independent research that proves that on average pupils improve their GCSE results by one grade in two GCSE subjects within just 10 or more hours of using SAM Learning.
Why is there such little open debate and discussion about the impact of the new appraisal regulations in schools? Teachers tell me there is a lot of confusion amongst colleagues and head teachers, so why aren’t the Blogerati and Twitteronis heaving with chats and comments? Why aren’t our professional associations chanting: “What do we want? Appraisal! When do we want it? Now!”
Well there is a history...
Way back in 1985 I co-ordinated probably the first ever appraisal training course for teachers in England in Nottinghamshire, and believe me there were well founded fears around then. Appraisal was seen as a process, for the Michael Gove of the day (Sir Keith Joseph), to “Weed out the weak teachers”. The attitudes and issues have changed little over time as “payment by results” rears its head again. What can we learn about appraisal 35 years ago? Indeed, how is teacher appraisal seen in other countries? (1)
The familiarity of teaching the same group of students can often lead to pleas for effort and motivation falling on deaf ears. Sometimes it can seem like you need a loud hailer to get their attention.
This is no problem for David Hyner, lead speaker for Stretch Development, who challenges students to behave like rhinos rather than cows – as suggested in the book “rhinoceros success” by Scott Alexander. Rhinos see what they want and go for it, whereas cows procrastinate and breed mediocrity.