Waltham Forest School joins CPD programm to empower teachers to use digital content to improve achievement

Innovative Mission Grove Primary School in Walthamstow, London, is working with Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content for school classrooms, on a new professional development effort that will support teachers as they prepare today’s students to meet tomorrow’s challenges. 

It enables Discovery Education to provide a five-year, customised programme of professional development to support teachers in developing consistent and effective instructional practices using digital content and technology to maximise engaging and relevant learning experiences for students.

A leading education charity wantp oliticians to stop playing politics with education

As the main political parties line up to talk about their plans for education, The National Education Trust has launched its own Election 2015 Education Manifesto calling for the creation of a National Education Service with its own chief executive, similar to the NHS.

The Trust believes that successive governments tinker with education policy for ideological purpose and political gain. These have made long-term education reform and planning impossible.

Coupled now with the issues of
➢    An increasing pupil population – putting huge demands on resources, buildings and outcomes
➢    The funding apartheid that exists between primary and secondary phases, and different parts of the country
It is increasingly difficult for the UK to compete with the very best education systems in the world.

Roy Blatchford chief executive of the NET commented, “A key tenet of our Manifesto is the appointed post of Chief Executive of the National Education Service, similar to that which exists in the NHS. This post will enable education to be less trammelled by the five-year electoral cycle. It would be focused on outcomes and improvements for pupils.  And the single most important objective for this service would be a KPI around sustaining a national level of performance by pupils of all ages that places England in the top 10 of all nations.
“We also want to see a national system of fair funding based on an individual school’s needs, ending the funding apartheid which exists between primary and secondary phases, and between different parts of the country. An 11 year-old in Reading is ‘worth’ £4000. In Camden the 11 year-old is ‘worth’ £8000. That cannot be right.”

The Trust also calls for the establishment by Royal Charter, of an independent Royal College for Teaching, charged with ensuring that the profession grows in stature, ensuring teachers follow a programme of continuous professional development in order to maintain their licence to teach. And to benchmark the quality of teaching and school leadership in England against the best international practice, building on the national Teachers’ Standards (2011) and the Headteachers’ Standards (2015).

As school rolls continue to increase NET calls for education to harness the use of school buildings for year- round and day-round schooling, meeting the needs of an expanding pupil population and the learning needs of local communities. It also wants to enable the setting up of new special, primary, secondary and all-through schools by suitably qualified sponsors, where pupil places are required.

“Only when we take party politics out of schools, will we achieve lasting education reform and intelligent education policy making”, says Roy Blatchford.  “The nation’s health and education services should no longer be subject to short-term political manoeuvring. Politicians must do differently with these two great public services.”

Roy Blatchford is available for interview and comment. Contact Fiona McLean on 07748 520983 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The NET’s manifesto can be found at http://www.nationaleducationtrust.net/

Notes to Editors: The National Education Trust (NET) was created in 2006 as an independent charitable foundation dedicated to leading excellent practice and innovation in education. It harnesses extensive national and international experience to bring about improvements for learners, from early years to university entrance. The Trust has three key platforms:
1.    A national resource for high quality practice in the nation’s classrooms and schools
2.    A national provider of high impact professional development for teachers and leaders
3.    An intelligent contributor to education policy making.

Developing countries host 86% of the world’s refugees compared to 70% ten
years ago. This is the highest value in more than two decades
Last year, 50% of refugees were under 18 years old and 49% were female.
Close to 1.1 million individuals submitted applications for asylum in 2013. UNHCR offices registered and processed a record high of 203,200 (19%) of these claims, determining the status of applicants. 
Germany (109,600) was the world’s largest recipient of individual applications,
followed by the U.S.A. (84,400) and South Africa (70,000). Approximately 25,300 asylum applications were lodged by unaccompanied or separated children, the highest number on record since UNHCR started recording such data in 2006.


Graham Newell asks whether traditional CPD, without technology, can ever transform practice
ICT devices now endemic: at Iris Connect’s CPD event tooThe emergence of cloud-based technology and the growth of online tools has revolutionised the way people access and share knowledge, ideas and resources across all professions and spheres of life. Can it also help to revolutionise the professional development of teachers?

Many of us have been both on the receiving end and the delivery side of traditional professional development for many years, so does there even need to be a revolution?

Nasen, the UK’s leading professional organisation for those working with young people aged up to 25 years with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), will stage a ‘one year on’ update on the implementation of the Government's SEND reform at nasen Live 2015, May 20-21, at the Macron Stadium, Bolton.

Its annual conference is a key event in nasen's endeavours to keep its stakeholders informed of government policy changes and offer best practice support and advice for those in the SEN sector.

In a world where digital media grabs children’s attentions more than ever, education needs to find a way to claim it back. According to a panel of international education leaders and publishers, the answer lies in well-produced video.

To mark the London launch of bo (www.boclips.com), the world’s largest video library for education, a panel of experts at the BETT 2015 show was asked what role video would play in the future of education. The answer was unequivocal: video will be hugely influential in education, and now is the time for it to emerge.