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The impact of play on teaching and learning

Change comes from action. Action comes from doing. And doing helps us learn. The power of learning through ‘doing’ or ‘play’ by taking part in hands-on, practical activities should never be underestimated, regardless of whether we’re children or adults. However, the sad fact is approximately 95 per cent of five-year-olds will test as creative geniuses, …

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IT’s girl code!

Computer Weekly recently reported that ‘the number of girls taking GCSE level computer science [had] fallen since the computing curriculum’s introduction in 2014.’ The article explained that a study by the University of Roehampton found the number of girls taking Key Stage 4 level computing subjects was ‘30,000 less in 2017’ than in 2014.  BBC also …

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A+ in Happiness: The course that could revolutionise mental health for children

By Taylor Kay Price, PLMR – A recent article from NPR sheds light on an initiative that makes happiness courses part of the school curriculum in Delhi, the capital of India. The courses have become a mandatory 35 minutes of the school day as part of an effort to make the country’s education system more centred …

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Damian Hinds on social mobility: Everyone should have the chance to fulfil that spark of potential which exists in all of us

The Education Secretary, Damian Hinds, made his first major speech on social mobility at an event hosted by the Resolution Foundation, discussing the plans that are being put in place to close the attainment gap and boost the success of children of all ages, regardless of their background because, “everyone should have the chance to …

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Innovate My School calls for teachers to take part in edtech survey

Innovate my School, an online community sharing new ideas in education, is working on a major new initiative around the impact of education technology and is calling for teachers and school leaders to share their views, challenges and insights via a survey. The project is aimed at helping schools to make more evidence-informed decisions around …

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Why Careers Advice Needs To Take Vocational Courses Seriously

For a long time obtaining a degree has been thought of as the main way to secure a well-paid and fulfilling career- a golden ticket to the good life if you will. Yet this narrative is increasingly falling in to disrepair with reports that many graduates are now finding themselves in non-graduate positions wondering whether …

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Mental health provision in schools – a sign of change?

    Mental health is very much on the current government’s agenda. Worrying new studies have highlighted an increase in the number of children suffering from mental illness and Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has highlighted that around half of all mental health illnesses start before the age of 14. Increasingly the discussion has centred on …

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Damian Hinds’ first speech: championing workplace skills and the value of technology in education

With the New Year in full swing, it is safe to say the UK education sector hasn’t got off to the best start, with reports of an acute teacher recruitment and retention crisis and ongoing concerns around a lack of digital skills dominating headlines. Last month Damian Hinds, the man tasked with leading the Government’s …

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Is it social-ly acceptable? Basic tips for schools using social media

According to a report by Hootsuite and We Are Social published by The Next Web, there are over 3 billion people using social media in the world; that’s a staggering 40 per cent of the population. And with the majority of people owning a smartphone or tablet, more often than not, on the daily commute …

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