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,

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

Back to the classroom with online learning

With the rapid development of education technology comes great tools for engaging both teachers and learners, but one area that isn’t quite as prevalent as one might expect is online learning. Sure, there certainly isn’t a shortage of the option to pursue studies purely through your tablet or laptop, with even a course in theatre

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

Long live Religious Education?

Currently, 26 per cent of secondary schools are not offering religious education (RE) lessons.  Among academies, which make up the majority of secondary schools, more than a third were not offering RE to 11 to 13-year-olds and almost half were not offering it to 14 to 16-year olds. In addition to this, Government data also

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

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

Leave a message after the tone: French schools ban mobiles  

From September 2018, the French government will enact a ban on all mobile phones in schools for children under 15 years old. Students will not be allowed to use their phones at any time during the day, not even at breaks, meals, or between lessons. There have also been talks in the UK of implementing

Will the New Year bring better careers advice?

An astronaut, a fireman, a police officer and a teacher. Just some of the answers you’d typically hear in response to one of the most commonly asked questions, “what do you want to be when you grow up?”. But is what you actually became what you wanted to be and how much support did you actually get

The future of education technology and IT in schools

It’s no surprise that the education sector is constantly evolving and changing to keep up with the demands of the 21st Century, and to address what we believe students need to be equipped with to thrive in life after education. When we look back over the last 10 or so years, so much has changed;

Learning environments in the 21st Century

It has to be said that there are a number of correlations between a cemetery and a classroom, as many have previously noted; endless rows all perfectly aligned, in a rectangular plot of space, with the surrounding environment itself rarely being altered or updated. Over the years, the classroom has remained a traditional space for