The Ufi Charitable Trust announces new funding to stimulate innovative services for adult learners
Do you have innovative ideas about how to use digital technologies for vocational learning? A working prototype awaiting backing? The UFI Vocational Learning Tech Challenge fund is now open for applications and educational developers are already responding.

The fund’s focus is on helping adults acquire the skills that are crucial for a swiftly changing jobs market, and that employers say are still lacking.

TLM chief assessor Ian Lynch

New baseline tests indicate task ahead for computing teachers
TLM chief assessor Ian LynchIan LynchTLM chief assessor Ian Lynch What do pupils know about the “computing” before they start the new curriculum? Well, two thirds of Year 7 children, and about half of those in Year 10, don’t know what an integer is (it's a whole number, ie without a decimal point). This will be a surprise to many because it should have already been taught in maths.

It's just one of the insights from the new key stage 3 baseline testing being conducted by Naace and TLM and being shared at the Naace Conference in Nottingham (March 25-26).

Sally McKeown identifies Sonocent's awards successes with its drive for innovation
The BETT awards 2015, held at the Brewery, London, featured 20 different categories. Dave Tucker, director of Sonocent, the publisher of Audio Notetaker, was relieved. Not only did his Leeds-based company win but this time he and colleagues were present to celebrate.

This latest success, which followed an Education Resources Award in March 2014, serves to accelerate Sonocent's rate of innovation. It has announced that Audio Notetaker is integrating the use of market leading voice-recognition software Dragon Dictate for a new 'Scribe' function.

Despite a promising start, much more needs to be done to boot digital making for young people
cover nesta reportcoverydmnestaFor every child learning to make things with digital technology, more than 60 are left behind, according to a new report, Young Digital Makers, from innovation charity Nesta.

The report, authored by educator Oliver Quinlan, says that 8 million children are eager for opportunities for digital making, but only 130,000 opportunities were available outside classrooms. And warns that the UK is “neglecting its digital needs and the skills the economy will need in the future”.

The politicians have trumpeted about 400 master teachers – but where are they?
Nicky MorganNick Morgan: 'Master teachers for all'In her keynote address at the BETT 2015 educational technology show in London in January education secretary Nicky Morgan MP lauded England’s computing curriculum and claimed, “All teachers can now access support from a local computing master teacher.”

If that was true, why has the Department for Education (DfE) just issued a £1 million tender for a “Computing Support Contract: Network of Excellence”? Its purpose is to widen the so-called Network of Excellence, run by the British Computer Society and its Computing at School (CaS) organisation, to 400 master teachers by 2016.