Ipaca team

IPACA students the judges at a prestigious learning spaces event in Philadelphia

A team of girl 'Gateway Learners’ from Portland Academy (known as IPACA) in Dorset earned a special commendation from judges in the US for their contribution to the International Schools of the Future Competition (Schools Next) in Philadelphia.

David Schrader, vice chair of judges, said, "The design process that the IPACA learners had participated in, through their PBL [project-based learning] approach, showed a depth of understanding of flexible and adaptable learning spaces of the future.

A report by online recruitment service Hired, timed for National Coding Week, identifies employment areas where skill are most in demand. They are data, security (now a premium area following well publicised data breaches), Python, Ruby, UI (user interface) and UX (user experience).

"Mind the Gap: A Report on the UK's Technology Skills Landscape" also warns that the situation is likely to be further exacerbated by the UK's 'Brexit' withdrawal from Europe.

Festival of Computing

There's inspiration for teachers and students at the Roehampton Festival of Computing, writes Yasemin Allsop

The Roehampton Festival of Computing takes place on Friday June 17, at Froebel College in Roehampton University.

Come and join us for a day of inspirational talks, workshops and research presentations.

Churchfields Olympics mascots

The Olympics are opening, but children in London and Sao Paulo couldn't wait  

The Olympics came early for pupils at Churchfields Primary School, Redbridge, and Nucleo de Convivencia Menino Jesus School in Sao Paulo and all the other schools that hooked into their pre-games celebration video-conference via the internet.

There were dignitaries, including embassy diplomats and famous paralympians Daniela Bernardes and Dani Brown (MBE), but the real stars were the children. They performed their own songs and dances for each other to make it a thoroughly entertaining and inspiring event.

Writing wall, Cadoxton

With entries for its Young Designers competition, it's worth checking out Dulux's Smarter Spaces campaign 

It's true. The writing really is on the wall – literally. Using every available space and surface for learning is striking a chord with children everywhere and Dulux even has a special paint for schools to support it.

What has learning space design got to do with Dulux? Well the company is building a Smarter Spaces design campaign which has its own exciting Young Designers competition for schools (with downloadable resources, entry deadline this week, May 27). And it has the potential to spread stimulating ideas a lot further than paint!