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Stemming the STEM teaching crisis – what can the technology sector do to help?

Posted by Tribal Group on November 23, 2018

The past two decades have seen growing awareness of the role STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) play in preparing young Australians for the jobs of today – and tomorrow.

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Topics: Schools & Early Years

Equity for English Learners - supporting our ELs in the classroom

Posted by Amy Proulx & Elizabeth Wall-Macht on November 19, 2018

On January 21, 1974, in the case of Lau v. Nichols, the United States Supreme Court unanimously decided that the lack of supplemental language instruction in public schools for students with limited English proficiency violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Today, English learners (ELs) represent 10 percent of the total K-12 population in the United States, a 4.8 million number that continues to increase in both size and diversity. To meet the growing demographics of ELs, many of the challenges confronting school districts today aim at ensuring equity and excellence for this special population.  

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Topics: Schools & Early Years

Global Education Market Survey: 2018 review

Posted by Nathaniel Harvatt on November 12, 2018

2017 was a year full of changes for education, from the way we think about delivering education, how we ensure quality and stay compliant, to how we can continue to not just match, but exceed student expectations. So, at the end of 2017 we surveyed the market to understand the real challenges and issues people working in education face.

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Topics: Further Education, Higher Education, Schools & Early Years, Skills, Training and Employability

Our day at Westoe Primary School

Posted by Lauren Hancox on October 22, 2018

Let me paint a picture for you. You walk into the playground at Westoe Crown Primary School in South Tyneside and you're greeted with a wash of smiles from pupils and teachers alike. The head teacher, Mr Steve Price, knows the name of every single pupil (all 700 of them), and the love the children have for him is abundantly clear. Everyone was so happy and it was only 08:00 am. 

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Topics: Schools & Early Years

What does quality mean in primary education?

Posted by Nicola Morris on October 8, 2018

I am sure this is a question that many school leaders have asked themselves over the years. The oxford English Dictionary defines quality as: 

the standard of something as measured against other things of a similar kind; the degree of excellence of somethinga distinctive attribute or characteristic possessed by someone or something’

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Topics: Schools & Early Years

School Improvement –supporting learning through peer massage

Posted by Glynis Rabin on October 1, 2018

What is peer massage?

Peer massage is a simple 15-minute massage routine used in schools from 36 countries to promote a wide-ranging set of benefits in all phases of learning. It aims to promote the wellbeing of children, as nurturing touch is a basic need and can help children develop into healthy, well-balanced young people. Children really enjoy it, every child in the class gets to experience a positive and nurturing touch which prepares them for learning.

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Topics: Schools & Early Years

Applying your professional curiosity in 2018

Posted by John Ubsdell on September 24, 2018

Worcestershire safeguarding.org defines ‘professional curiosity’ as ‘looking, listening, asking direct questions, checking out and reflecting on information whether from data, verbal communication or observational.’ In other words, it's about triangulating information from different sources to get a better understanding of it, rather than taking a single source of information and accepting it at face value.

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Topics: Schools & Early Years

Promoting pupil voice to enhance trust, responsibility and pupil progression.

Posted by Chris Barsby on September 17, 2018

Holy Trinity is a CE Primary School in Rochdale. The headteacher, Mark Kenyon, has a strong educational philosophy which he has shared very effectively with children, parents, staff and governors.  His approach is very child-centred and he believes very strongly that children should be listened to so that their needs are met, and they have opportunities to excel in as many of the areas of the curriculum as possible. 

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Topics: Schools & Early Years

Four key capabilities to look for in a Timetabling Solution

Posted by Tribal Group on September 10, 2018

Whilst some education providers consider it a mathematical challenge that can be keyed into software to find a solution, world-class educators believe timetabling to be more of an art form that considers the ‘human element’. After all, the right timetable helps maximise your students’ chances of achieving potential across all their chosen subjects. The good news is that best-of-breed software providers have developed a way to ensure the ‘human element’ is central to the automated solution – so we no longer need manual timetabling methods.

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Topics: Schools & Early Years

The formula for effective timetabling

Posted by Tribal Group on September 6, 2018

The school timetable sits at the heart of school life. Our goal, as administrators is to create a timetable that gives teachers the best chance of delivering, and students the best chance of receiving the curriculum that the school has planned by spreading classes as evenly as possible with the right lesson flow.

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Topics: Schools & Early Years