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Nottingham Girls' High School appoints new Head


ARMsays BBC micro:bit will inspire UK school children towards tech careers


The BBC micro:bit can have the same impact its predecessor, the BBC Microcomputer, had in the 1980s by instilling a passion for coding in a new generation of British school children. This is according to ARM, the UK’s most successful technology company and NXP and Nordic, both leading global providers of silicon chip products. The pocket-sized computers featuring ARM®- based NXP microprocessors and Nordic Bluetooth chips will be in the hands of thousands of 11-12 year old children from today as one million devices start arriving in UK schools. The initiative aims to inspire digital creativity in a new generation of innovators pursuing science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) related careers. “The BBC Micro started me on my journey


towards a career in technology and the BBC micro:bit can have the same effect on children receiving their devices from today,” said Simon Segars, CEO of ARM. “The ability to code is now as important as grammar and mathematics skills and it can unlock important new career options. I can easily imagine a new wave of design entrepreneurs looking back and citing today as the day their passion for technology began.” “Children seem to love the high-tech devices


Nottingham Girls’ High School has appointed Julie Keller as Head, as staff and students prepare to wave a fond farewell to Sue Gorham, who is set to retire after 10 hugely successful years at the helm. Mrs Gorham’s successor, Julie, will step in to


the role with effect from Easter, after five years under her belt as Deputy Head at the school. Preparation for the transition has been


underway at the school for some time. In September Ms Keller adopted the role of Executive Head of the Junior School as part of a wider strategy to get to know the girls across all year groups, and take a lead role in every area of school management, before she takes up the headship at Easter. Julie Keller gained her degree in Economic and


Social History at the University of Leicester before achieving her PGCE teaching qualification at the University of Nottingham. An advocate of single- sex education, Julie has strengthened the pastoral care structure at the school and implemented a number of initiatives to support girls in their learning, including mentoring sessions, exam technique classes, subject coaches and peer mentors. Julie said: “I’m delighted to take on the role of


Head of Nottingham Girls’ High School. It’s a truly special place - one I will be incredibly proud to lead. Sue and I have been working closely together, particularly in the past year, to ensure the transition will be seamless. My goal as Head remains the same as always – to give each girl the opportunities and support she needs to become the best she can be. I wish Sue all the very best in her retirement and look forward to an exciting and successful future for all of us here at Nottingham Girls’ High School.”


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they use every day but perhaps they don’t always aspire to one day design their own products,” said Svenn Tore Larsen, CEO of Nordic Semiconductor. “With the Nordic nRF51822


Derby College backs calls for more maths options for learners


Derby College Chief Executive Mandie Stravino has backed an initiative to increase the number of young people studying Mathematics. Ms Stravino represented the Further Education sector at an


event led by the Education Secretary Nicky Morgan MP to highlight the importance of Maths skills in the workplace. The Secretary of State for Education urged sixth forms and FE


colleges in the East Midlands to offer students the chance to study the Level 3 practical maths qualification, Core Maths, at an event at Loughborough University’s Sports Technology Institute last week. She told guests that encouraging students to study the Core Maths course was part of the solution to


boosting practical maths skills in the East Midlands which are in high demand among employers. Analysis of a YouGov poll shows that 85% of businesses in the East Midlands say that employees with


practical maths skills have a competitive edge over their colleagues. This is above the national average of 80% showing these skills are valued more highly in the East Midlands than elsewhere. Derby College is already offering the Core Maths programme and 700 learners are currently studying


Maths at Derby College on A level, GCSE and Core Maths programmes. Mandie Stravino explained: “I fully endorse the Education Minister’s call for Maths to be at the top of


the education agenda and we recognised early on that the Core Maths programme was an important initiative to help achieve this goal. “We work with more than 2,800 employers and the overwhelming feedback from businesses large


and small is that Maths skills are vital in all aspects of the workplace. “Our core objective is to prepare young people for the next stage of their lives whether that is


University, work or apprenticeships and to deliver the curriculum that provides the skills that employers need to grow. “The FE sector therefore needs to offer more options to young people and adults returning to


education in this subject, including the new Core Maths study programme.” uwww.derby-college.ac.uk


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Bluetooth® Smart SoC providing the connectivity for the micro:bit, we are helping to change that by enabling young people to engage with smart technologies and learn valuable new coding skills from a young age. The chip has an ARM Cortex®-M0 core at its heart, connecting micro:bits to each other and to the wider world.” “This is a proud moment in the advancement


of technology and education,” said Rick Clemmer, CEO of NXP. “We’re inspiring new secure connections for the smarter world by joining with the BBC and our industry partners in this exemplary program. Together, everyone involved in the BBC micro:bits initiative is truly stimulating innovation, motivating the next generation of technologists, scientists and entrepreneurs in their pursuit of a better future.”


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