Langeroo have relaunched their website and introduced a greater choice of membership levels for schools, nurseries and home users looking to teach English to Early Years, EAL, SEN and ALN.
Monthly and annual subscriptions are now available online (and payment by invoice is still possible with annual subscriptions for schools and nurseries).
Mobile devices are changing education. Whether it be school-owned tablets or a bring your own device (BYOD) programme, Lightspeed Systems recognises that along with the educational opportunities of these devices, implementation and safety challenges exist for both IT staff and teachers.
The company’s most recent information guide to Mobile Learning in Today’s Schools, helps schools achieve anytime, anywhere learning with proven strategies and best practices for successful mobile programme. Lightspeed Systems knows bringing devices into the classroom isn't a simple task. But with the right solution, it can transform learning.
In education today, mobile learning is not a question of if, it’s a matter of how. Lightspeed Systems is working together with schools to address the challenges of going mobile and how to implement a successful mobile learning programme. In addition to sharing the benefits of going mobile and common challenges schools face, Mobile Learning in Today’s Schools provides educators with top tips for creating an efficacious mobile learning programme. These include:
Sky and WWF have launched an exciting rainforest themed competition to find budding ‘young reporters’ as part of an initiative called I Love Amazon Week. Pupils are being asked to write or produce a short video news report on why they think the Amazon is amazing.
The Young Reporters Competition, which is being supported by Sky News presenter Charlotte Hawkins, is part of Sky Rainforest Rescue - a partnership between Sky and WWF which aims to help save one billion trees in the Amazon rainforest.
There is a burden of accountability placed on school leaders and governors on how to spend the Pupil Premium (set at £900 per pupil from April 2013). In particular, there is now an Ofsted focus on Pupil Premium spending and it’s effectiveness, with schools now expected to show how they have spent the money and the impact it has had on raising attainment in the school. Additionally, all schools are now legally required to publish a report on Pupil Premium spending on their website.
So how do you track how Pupil Premium is spent and how effective it has been in terms of outcomes? EduKey offer a solution through their unique online IEP and Provision Map Writer.
The release, on April 16th, of “Departmental Advice on reviewing and revising your school’s approach to teachers’ pay” by the DfE is causing head teachers, senior leaders, teachers, union representatives and governors to rethink the relationship between appraisal, performance management, pay and capability. This briefing references the key documents and offers a research and development opportunity to colleagues who are committed to a sustainable model of school improvement based on self-evaluation and professional development.
By reviewing the key documents below, we are, in effect, answering three key questions. “What is appraisal?” Answering this indicates that interpretations of the appraisal (or performance management) regulations vary. Therefore, as we ponder, “Why do we appraise?” in our school we can identify, “How do we appraise?” In this way the lines between appraisal, pay and capability become clearer.
Budding young writers get their pens at the ready as this year’s National Young Writers’ Awards has launched. The competition, organised by Explore Learning is now in its fifth year and will be judged by best-selling author, Cressida Cowell, writer of the world famous How To Train Your Dragon series, which inspired the hugely successful DreamWorks movie.
Children aged 5 to 14 from all over the country will be invited to write a 500 word short story on this year’s theme – “Around the World”. The competition launches on Monday 15th April and the closing date is Monday 3rd June. It is absolutely free to enter via www.explorelearning.co.uk/youngwriters or picking up an entry form from your local Explore Learning centre and the winner will be awarded with their prize of a trip to Disneyland Paris for their whole family – and £500 worth of books for their school – presented by Cressida Cowell in June.
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.