Professor Brian Cox, one of the worlds’ leading particle physicists, will deliver a unique science lesson to 1,000 school pupils from across the UK, who will hope to discover more about science at Science Discovered!.
Labelled the ‘Brian Cox Effect’, Professor Brian Cox has been at the forefront of helping to make science fashionable with take-up of the subject now at some of the highest levels ever at A-Level. Science Discovered!, organised by school science trip specialists Adaptable Travel, will be held in London in November and is aimed at Key Stage 4-5 science pupils from across the UK.
New guidelines from Ofsted, issued late last year, mean that inspectors will be on the lookout for the provisions your school has put in place to protect and educate staff and pupils about online dangers. The framework is concerned with safeguarding pupils online, meaning schools must revise their priorities to make sure e-safety is featured.
If you’re unsure about where to find the best resources to educate your pupils about e-safety then booking a place to attend the Child Internet Safety summit, taking place on July 11th at the QEII Conference Centre in Westminster, is a must. As well as earning you 8 hours of CPD accreditation, you can have your say when you contribute to the interactive panel debate.
Dragonfly Training are hosting an exclusive training course on the 23rd May centered around putting digital creativity at the heart of teachers' lessons.
Most technological advancements have had some impact on education, but the iPad has the potential to transform the learning experience. Why? Because it can turn the student from a consumer of information, into a creator. With the pupils in the creator role, your lessons will guarantee instant high levels of Bloom's Taxonomy, massive differentiation and opportunities for challenging the gifted and talented, as well as providing otherwise impossible learning experiences. Dragonfly only believes in using technology when you can do something with it that couldn't be done without it.
A big green wave will sweep the UK’s schools next week, as children gear up to showcase their eco-credentials during Green Schools Revolution Week (18-22 March) from The Co-operative.
Throughout the week, The Co-operative is challenging schools across the UK to complete a range of sustainability activities each day, ranging from “Energy Monday” to “Fairtrade Friday” with biodiversity, healthy eating and water-themed activities in between. Schools can share their experience with the Green Schools Revolution team for the chance to win prizes and also bring to life their own eco projects.
Red Nose Day is back on Friday 15th March offering schools a great opportunity to have some fun, make a difference, and teach about global issues.
And to make getting involved with Red Nose Day super simple, Comic Relief has produced free School Fundraising Resource Packs full of fundraising tips, activity ideas, balloons, stickers and posters.
The Red Nose Day website also offers curriculum-linked resources that explore the lives of Robert (aged 8) and Dennis (aged 13), and the issues they face living in a slum settlement in Nairobi, Kenya. Short films, lesson plans, assemblies and more can be downloaded at www.rednoseday.com/schoolsite.
In light of the new computing programme of study, Optimus Education are bringing together a line up of primary ICT and computing experts and inspiring practitioners to share best practice around delivering outstanding ICT in schools.
As stated in the new draft programme of study, at Key Stage 1 pupils will now be expected to write and test simple programmes, and understand the basics of algorithms. At Key Stage 2, pupils will now have to explain how a simple algorithm works and to correct errors in algorithms and programs (DfE 07/02/13). Many schools feel ill-equipped to deliver these new expectations, but Optimus Education’s timely event is designed to help primary leaders prepare their school and staff to deliver the new computing programme of study at primary level.
As East Village, the first legacy neighbourhood to result from the 2012 Games, is being transformed in preparation for its very first residents this summer, the team is busy getting to know its new neighbours and is delighted to announce funding for chess sets and lessons across 14 Newham Schools, in association with Chess in Schools and the Communities (CSC) and Newham Council. The 'Urban Chess' programme is planned to expand to all 64 primary schools in the borough by 2015, with the aim of teaching every child in Newham how to play the world's most enduring game.
On 13th March, just 2 days ahead of the World Chess Candidates Tournament in London - which will see 8 of the world's greatest players including world number one Magnus Carlsen compete for a €500,000 prize fund - East Village will celebrate the arrival of the great Grandmasters and its sponsorship of CSC, by welcoming local schools to Stratford Library for a fun and educational morning of Chess games and classes on a giant board - led by British Champion Grandmaster Gawain Jones.
ITV Signed Stories is hosting a special storytelling event at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London to celebrate World Book Day 2013.
CITV’s Joe Sheridan and multi-award-winning author Jan Fearnley (Egmont Press) will perform to children in the hospital’s schoolroom and on the wards, in English and British Sign Language on Thursday March 7.
Deaf storyteller Joe Sheridan, who is the host of ITV’s hugely successful TV series Signed Stories, says he can’t wait to bring Jan's Mr Wolf books to life!
National Careers Week (NCW) is being celebrated this week (4th March – 8th March 2013). This event focuses on careers guidance activities to support young people leaving education and the variety of options that are available to them.
It’s an opportunity for schools and colleges to raise the profile of the careers advice and guidance that they provide to students all year round, through a range of career-related activities. Already, over 1,500 schools have signed up and will give 1.1 million students the support they need to make informed choices about their first step on the career ladder. Last year, schools downloaded more than 25,000 free NCW resources during the week including videos, case studies and information about the world of work information.
Young robotics enthusiasts from throughout Great Britain will compete for robotic domination at the second annual VEX UK National Championship during The Big Bang: UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair held at ExCel London on 14 - 17 March 2013.
The exciting event will see 40 teams from around the country compete for the title of VEX UK National Champion in the exhilarating, fast-paced robotics game of Sack Attack. Three winning teams will then qualify to compete in the Vex World Championships in Anaheim, California with thousands of competitors from around the world.