Posts by: Samantha Lauren King

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A photography award has been set up by the Boarding Schools Association in memory of Khadija Saye, a rising star of the medium who died in the Grenfell...
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A new project is offering students the chance to take part in official research into the polar ice caps and their role in the Earth’s climate system. The...
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The Careers & Enterprise Company published its first official implementation plan this week, but what does it mean for schools? Samantha King reports. From September, schools will be...
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The BBC has launched a new interactive game to help pupils identify “fake news”. Developed by Aardman, the animation studios behind Wallace and Gromit, the BBC iReporter game...
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Residents of Greater Manchester are being encouraged to donate a copy of their favourite childhood book, along with a note saying why they enjoyed it, to the region’s...
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A campaign to ban single-use plastic straws led by a group of 10-year-olds in Milton Keynes has reached the House of Commons. The team of Oxley Park Academy...
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The winners of the sixth annual Shine A Light Awards have been revealed during a ceremony at Pearson’s London headquarters. A national competition which celebrates those who help...
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Your weekly guide to who’s new and who’s leaving David Bullock, Headteacher, Onslow St Audrey’s School Start date: September 2018 Previous job: Deputy head, Verulam School in St...
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The annual Teach First Innovation Awards exist to give a leg up to start-ups that want to tackle inequality in education. Now in their fifth year, the awards...
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A new website will help primary school teachers to support the mental health needs of their pupils. Launched by the Duchess of Cambridge as part of the ‘Heads...
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School pupils in the Midlands have grilled John Bercow – the speaker of the House of Commons – during an inter-school politics event. About 50 students from Arthur...
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An interactive game of Cluedo was the GCSE revision strategy of choice for one Devon school’s English department. Staff at Newton Abbot College dressed up as the board...
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Your weekly guide to who’s new and who’s leaving Matthew Judd, Headteacher, Leighton Park School Start date: September 2018 Previous job: Executive head of prep and pre-prep, Haberdashers’...
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Five secondary school students from County Durham have been crowned the winners of this year’s F1 in Schools UK national finals. The announcement was made at the iconic...
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To mark National Careers Week, pupils at four Yorkshire schools worked with Burberry to explore career options in the fashion industry. During a series of one-day workshops, Caedmon...
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Nominations are now open for the 2018 BAFTA Young Game Designers competition. Open to young people aged 10 to 18, the annual challenge tasks individuals or teams of...
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Over 20,000 pupils from secondary schools in London and Birmingham have seen a Shakespeare play for free at the historic Shakespeare’s Globe. The free tickets for a production...
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An educational technologist and a head of sport have cycled 600 miles from Kent to Cumbria to raise money for Sport Relief and pupils at United Learning schools....
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Your weekly guide to who’s new and who’s leaving Saul Nassé, Group chief executive, Cambridge Assessment Start date: April 2018 Previous job: Chief executive, Cambridge Assessment English Interesting...
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Schools can get their hands on football kits and sporting equipment for free through a programme encouraging children to be more active in school. The Premier League Primary...
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David Cameron has officially launched a specialist school’s new state-of-the-art building. St Piers School in Surrey, which educates more than 50 children with complex epilepsy and other neurological...
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Seven ducklings have successfully hatched at Oasis Academy Byron in a school-wide lesson on life-cycles. The school obtained the eggs and equipment needed to hatch them from an...
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A Bristol-based primary school has used World Book Day to raise awareness of LGBT issues by inviting drag queens to read to pupils. Parson Street Primary School hosted...
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Your weekly guide to who’s new and who’s leaving Roger Eadon, Headteacher, DSLV E-ACT Academy Start date: February 2018 Previous job: Deputy headteacher, Southam College Interesting fact: Roger grew...
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Your weekly guide to who’s new and who’s leaving Barry Laker, Principal, Coombe Wood School Start date: April 2018 Previous job: Deputy headteacher, All Hallows Catholic School Interesting...
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The annual Pearson Teaching Awards are now open for nominations. This is the 20th anniversary of the awards, which celebrate the work of teachers, teaching assistants and heads...
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A host of comedians including the likes of Stewart Lee and Jack Dee roasted the teaching profession at a fundraising event for the Education Support Partnership charity. An...
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Pupils at a London primary school have been visited by an Olympic gold medallist as part of a scheme to inspire children to be more active. Joe Clarke,...
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A sixth-former has quizzed the chairman of Lloyd’s of London on how students can boost their employability at the annual City of London Corporation education board dinner. A...
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An independent school in Essex is working closely with a local homelessness charity to educate people on the realities of sleeping rough. Brentwood School has teamed up with...
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The annual Pearson Teaching Awards are now open for nominations. This is the 20th anniversary of the awards, which celebrate the work of teachers, teaching assistants and heads...
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Your weekly guide to who’s new and who’s leaving Dr Ruth Norris, Headteacher, Derby Grammar School Start date: September 2018 Previous job: Director of academic excellence and head...
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Schools are being encouraged to invite apprentices to speak to their pupils as part of an initiative to get 10,000 people talking about apprenticeships. Run by the National...
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Students debated the gender pay gap, lowering the voting age and Brexit with MPs and councillors at Batley Girls’ High School’s third annual ‘Question Time’ event. Over 400...
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A new three-year programme will help SEND pupils across London make their own music using state-of-the-art technology. Eye Music Trust, a visual arts charity, will tour special educational...
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A Merseyside school’s STEM club membership is on the rise after four of its members won a national competition by inventing an expanding flower pot. The team of...
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The School Governors’ One-Stop Shop, a national education charity, has rebranded itself as Governors for Schools, and launched a new website and range of online resources to mark...
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Your weekly guide to who’s new and who’s leaving Jenna Potter, Headteacher, Richmond School and Sixth-Form College Start date: January 2018 Previous job: Deputy head, Richmond School and...
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A university scholarship programme has been launched in the UK for young players of American football. The Gridiron Grant is being run by NFL team, the Jacksonville Jaguars,...
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A new national scheme pairing state and independent schools has been launched in an effort to boost social mobility. The ‘Counterpoint’ initiative, set up between the Achievement for...
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Students at Heathrow UTC are building a plane from scratch in a school project with a difference. Since January 2018, a team of year 13 students from across...
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Budding musicians have had the chance to perform with a world-famous violinist at a concert celebrating their school’s 95th anniversary, and the centenary of the English Speaking Union,...
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The Citizenship Foundation is hosting a conference so pupils can learn more about Brexit and engage in debate with other schools. The half-day conference will take place at...
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A Norfolk primary school has held a Paddington Bear-themed day to bring literature to life. Pupils at Ormiston Herman Academy came dressed as characters from Michael Bond’s A...
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A national education project aiming to keep the memories of Holocaust survivors alive has been launched at 12 Birmingham schools. Led by the CORE Education Trust, with the...
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Your weekly guide to who’s new and who’s leaving Irfan Latif, Principal, DLD College London Start date: January 2018 Previous job: Headmaster, Sexey’s School Interesting fact: Irfan is a...
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Schools can borrow meteorites from Mars and pieces of the Moon in a free scheme established by the Science and Technology Facilities Council. The ‘Borrow the Moon’ kit...
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A 77-year-old has gone back to his former primary school to teach pupils about school life in the 1940s. Rob Harknett was a pupil at Roydon Primary School...
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A critically acclaimed play about female genital mutilation (FGM) in Britain is touring secondary schools to educate pupils on the issue. The play Cuttin’It tells the story of...
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Two teachers from Shanghai have been leading classes at a Birmingham primary school as part of a DfE-funded programme to develop maths teaching in England. Mingming and Wang...
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Your weekly guide to who’s new and who’s leaving Anna Myatt, Head of school, Forest Hall School Start date: January 2018 Previous job: Associate head, Forest Hall School...
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The UK Space Agency is calling for schools to come up with innovative ways satellites can improve life on Earth for a chance to win a share of...
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Pupils at a Norfolk secondary school were instrumental in setting up a programme to network with inspirational women during lunch breaks. Ormiston Victory Academy has been inviting a...
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A service dog stabbed while protecting his handler has visited pupils at a Lancashire primary school to help them with a creative writing module. Year 6 pupils at...
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Harris Academy students are spearheading an awareness-raising campaign after starring in a TV segment presented by Jamie Oliver on the detrimental effects of energy drinks. Seven year 10...
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Your weekly guide to who’s new and who’s leaving Joanna Chapman, Head, Summer Fields pre-prep Start date: January 2018 Previous job: Head of junior school, Knightsbridge School Interesting...
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A charity is encouraging teachers to put forward pupils in care for its annual writing competition. Applicants will be asked to submit a 500-word piece of writing to...
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Students and staff at an Essex secondary school are helping new mothers and their premature babies bond more quickly through a knitting project. Forest Hall School students and...
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Two Staffordshire secondary schools have teamed up with the NHS to encourage their students to make healthier lifestyle choices. The Whole Population Health project is being piloted at...
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A weekly after-school club is encouraging pupil-premium students to make digital art to express their emotions, improve mental wellbeing and promote self-confidence. The ‘Game of Memes’ project at...
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Your weekly guide to who’s new and who’s leaving Kim Walton, Principal, Astrea Academy Sheffield Start date: January 2018 Previous job: Principal, Moor End Academy Interesting fact: Kim plays...
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Public Health England and Change4Life have today launched healthy snacking resources for primary schools. The material has been released for KS1 and KS2 pupils as part of the...
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As a teacher or school leader, you may not always have a legal expert to hand. So we asked these experts to share their thoughts on some of...
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Four students from Merseyside have won a national competition with an invention that persuades children in developing countries to wash their hands. The group of four 15- and...
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The government wants to encourage more young people to pursue careers in the engineering industry, with a new campaign. The ‘Year of Engineering’ will be launched in January...
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Educationalists from across the globe gathered to discuss the future of learning at the Children’s Global Media Summit in Manchester last week. Speakers included Malik Ducard (pictured), YouTube...
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Year 6 pupils at a Berkshire school put on a nativity play with an incredible twist this year: they used real animals on stage – including camels! Pupils...
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Your weekly guide to who’s new and who’s leaving Kit Davies, Interim CEO, Hart Learning Group Start date: December 2017 Previous job: Principal, North Hertfordshire College Interesting fact:...
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Nominations are now open for a national competition celebrating those who help and support young people to develop their speech, language and communication skills. The sixth annual Shine...
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Pupils at UTC Leeds have met experts from NASA who taught them how to design and launch space vehicles during a week of rocket-themed activities. 312 students and...
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More than 1,000 students and staff from United Learning schools have performed a brand new carol at London’s Southwark Cathedral and the Royal Northern College of Music in...
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A group of school projects commemorating World War One have been celebrated at an awards ceremony at the House of Lords. Among the projects on display were film...
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Your weekly guide to who’s new and who’s leaving Chris Legg, Headteacher, Upottery Primary School Start date: November 2017 Previous job: Assistant headteacher, Littletown Primary Interesting fact: At...
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A charity supporting people with facial disfigurements has released a set of resources to help teachers broach the topic in the classroom. These free, downloadable resources have been...
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A Nottingham primary school has received a brand new science lab worth £2,500 from the Ogden Trust. The new Phiz Lab was funded entirely by the charity, and...
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A school in London is using equine therapy to help students with ADHD, autism, behavioural issues and those lacking in confidence to build up their social skills. Whitefield...
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Britain’s tallest man,has visited a Wiltshire primary school to teach pupils how to embrace their differences as part of anti-bullying week. Paul Sturgess, the 7’7’’ former Harlem Globetrotters...
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Your weekly guide to who’s new and who’s leaving Josephine Valentine, Executive headteacher, Danes Educational Trust Start date: January 2018 Previous job: Headteacher, St Clement Danes School Interesting...
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Your weekly guide to who’s new and who’s leaving James Spicer, Head of school, Tilstock Primary School Start date: January 2018 Previous job: Head of school, St. Thomas’...
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A national science competition in which school pupils attempt to solve global health problems has announced the 20 projects that have made it to the final round. Run...
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Almost 3,000 school pupils have performed at London’s Royal Albert Hall as part of the annual Music for Youth Proms. The three-night event welcomed talented young performers from...
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Two year ten pupils attended a Jeremy Corbyn press conference and received careers advice from a BBC presenter while on a journalism work experience trip with Schools Week’s...
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A group of pupils from Harris Girls’ Academy in Bromley have paid a visit to NASA on a trip encouraging more girls to pursue STEM careers. The team...
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An international teacher training programme wants teachers to spend their Easter or summer holidays in west Africa next year. The programme, run by the charity Street Child, sends...
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Ten teachers and school leaders in Bradford are heading up a campaign to improve teacher recruitment and retention in the area. Funded by Bradford council and coordinated by...
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An Oxfordshire school has received £2,500 from the Ministry of Defence to set up a therapeutic garden for pupils from forces families. The new garden at Crowmarsh Gifford...
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Archbishop Junior School in York has won a city-wide competition that egged pupils on to walk, scoot or cycle into school. Twenty-five schools in the area took part...
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Clapton Girls’ Academy learned all about entomophagy by tucking into mealworm burgers, crickets and grasshoppers in preparation for a new GCSE. The menu of edible insects, which included...
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Your weekly guide to who’s new and who’s leaving Hywel Jones, Primary director, Inspiration Trust Start date: 2018 (pending his replacement) Previous job: Headteacher at West London Free...
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The government is launching a new series of THINK! Road safety resources for schools to reduce the number of child fatalities. The free online resources will feature lesson...
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Ten avid year 7 readers from Southfields Academy were invited to an exclusive reading party where they were invited to pick new books for their school’s library. The...
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Two primary schools have been recognised by the government for their work in protecting bees at the annual Bees’ Needs Champions awards. Hosted at the Royal Botanic Gardens...
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A school groundsman has built a replica German World War 2 battleship for Luckley House School’s annual bonfire. The small-scale model of the Admiral Graf Spee, which served...
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Your weekly guide to who’s new and who’s leaving Fiona Morris, Acting principal, Bacon’s College Start date: September 2017 Previous job: Vice-principal for teaching and learning at Bacon’s...
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In order to get more pupils pursuing creative careers, BAFTA has launched a careers tool matching their interests and skills with jobs in the film, television and games...
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A social enterprise set up by a former Exeter University student is working to increase participation of pupils from low-income and minority-ethnic backgrounds in higher education. CoachBright UK...
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A new network will help black African and Caribbean governors in an attempt to increase the diversity of school governing boards. The National Black Governors Network will pair...
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Brentwood School in Essex has become the first in the world to send an all-girl team to a new international robot fighting competition held in China. The team...
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Your weekly guide to who’s new and who’s leaving Lisa Tooley, Head of school, Sir Charles Kao UTC Start date: September 2017 Previous job: Assistant head at Burnt...
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A two-year training programme placing graduates and career changers in frontline prison officer roles is calling for more teachers to apply as it expands into youth prisons. Run...
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Two students from Loughborough Grammar School have been touring the world with an invention that warns epilepsy sufferers when they’re about to have a seizure. Reigning UK Young...