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

Raising awareness around mental health

Mental Health Awareness Week runs from 8-14 May, and this year rather than focusing on why so many people live with mental health problems, the campaign is uncovering why too few of us are thriving with good mental health. Currently, suicide is the biggest killer of young people under the age of 35, with an

Our top tips for effective revision!

At the start of the school year, exams seem a million miles away, but before you know it you’re sitting in rows in the exam hall with the first all-important paper staring up at you from the desk. However, the task of revision is often met with dread and procrastination. For example, five minutes into

Bett 2017: Exploring game changers in education

It’s almost that time of year again: the bustling four-day event that brings together 35,000 teachers, educators, edtech companies and organisations to explore and discuss the current issues in education and the ways in which we can all play a part in improving the future of the sector. Bett 2017 is returning to ExCeL London

Children’s Book Week: encouraging and inspiring children to love reading

This week (31 Oct – 4 November) is Children’s Book Week, an annual campaign organised by the UK’s largest reading charity, BookTrust, which aims to inspire a love of reading in children. Every year, the charity encourages schools, libraries, children and their parents to get involved and celebrate books and reading. Books play an integral

Is homework really a key ingredient in the recipe for success?

This week, a school in Essex scrapped all homework in order to allow teachers more time to plan their lessons. Catherine Hutley, principal at Philip Morant School and College has told pupils and parents that homework will no longer be set, and instead, out-of-hours tasks will be encouraged (but not compulsory) and there will be

Are exam results the be-all and end-all of success?

August; a month full of nervousness, excitement and a whole bucketful of mixed emotions for many students. The lead up to A-Level and GCSE exam results can undoubtedly be a stressful time for students, especially when it comes to needing specific grades for either university, starting an apprenticeship scheme, or simply determining what subjects they

Should the school holidays be a learning break or bridge?

The school holidays are officially here; cue hundreds of children venturing outside, joining summer camps, travelling abroad or simply spending time with friends and family. While it’s fair to say that pupils (and teachers) have certainly earned some time off, should children’s learning stop completely over summer? Of course, we don’t expect them to sit