UK teachers find inspiration at prestigious California teaching event

6 tech-savvy primary school teachers will be inspiring their pupils this term after spending part of the summer break at a celebrated teaching event in California.

The Discovery Education Summer Institute is held annually in the US, and attracts educators from all over the world. The UK teachers - from schools in Birmingham, London and Hertfordshire - were chosen for their enthusiasm in using new technology in the classroom. They were flown to San Diego in late July, where they joined over 100 educators for a week of professional development at the University of California.

One of the UK teachers chosen was Melissa Chandler, from Abacus Belsize Primary School in North London. Speaking upon her return from the US, Year 2 teacher Melissa said: “Attending the Summer Institute in California was an amazing opportunity. The professional development was like nothing I’ve experienced in the UK and I can’t wait to take some of the ideas, enthusiasm and exciting new technology back to my classroom.” Joining Melissa were Leon Blake, Emma Wooldridge, Julia Elfred, Nikhil Glazelle and Hayley Evans.

The 6 teachers returned to the UK in August,

after an unforgettable week in California. The group explored the latest classroom technology, took part in interactive workshops and networked with colleagues from North America’s leading digital schools. Using digital content to boost learning and achievement was a key focus - particularly in relation to literacy and encouraging reluctant readers.

IB and World Academy of Sport partner to provide essential support for student athletes

The International Baccalaureate (IB) has partnered with the World Academy of Sport (WAoS) to support student athletes

aged 16 – 18 in managing the balance between academic study and training as high performing athletes.

The new partnership means that accredited schools, known as Athlete Friendly Education Centres (AFEC), that deliver the IB Diploma Programme (DP) will now offer their student athletes the option to extend their study and complete the DP over the course of three or four years rather than the standard two-year period. Adrian Kearney, Director of IB World Schools at International Baccalaureate, said: “The IB is proud to be supporting young athletes at this formative stage of their lives. Balancing training and competing at a national level of elite sport with their education is incredibly challenging for students and we want to ensure they obtain an excellent education that reflects their true academic ability.

“By extending the DP course to span three or four years, we hope student athletes will feel supported in their academic study by participating in a programme which is considerate of their time and wellbeing.”

New Tottenham sixth-form opens its doors

One of the capital’s newest sixth-forms, the London Academy of Excellence Tottenham, opened its doors for the first time on 4th September after enrolling a new cohort of over 120 students. The school, sponsored by Highgate School and Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, opened following another bumper year of exam results at its sister school, The London Academy of Excellence Stratford. A total of 127 students accepted places and will form the first cohort of new students. Almost 60% of this intake were drawn from within 3 miles of the school, primarily from the areas of Tottenham, Wood Green and Edmonton. All of the new students were accepted into the sixth-form after achieving a high level of GCSE grades. From the total 1178 GCSE exams which they sat, the cohort achieved 1012 A*-B grades (86%) and 652 A* or A grades (55%). The most popular subjects taken up by the new students were STEM subjects, with 66% opting to study Maths; 46% Chemistry and 45% Biology. Further to this, 10 top students who achieved a minimum of 5A* grades will become the first cohort of LAE Tottenham Scholars.

Jan Balon, Headteacher at LAE Tottenham, said: “Our new school represents an unparalleled educational opportunity for local young people. Until now, those seeking a truly academic post-16 education have had limited choices in the local area and fewer opportunities to achieve a place at a top university. LAE Tottenham will provide this, and we can be inspired by what our sister school in Newham has already achieved. “We'd like to congratulate all of our newly enrolled students and cannot wait for them to begin their academic journey with us" New science building for Stafford College

The development of Stafford College’s new science and technology centre is now complete, following an extensive £3.5m refurbishment programme delivered by Midlands-based G F Tomlinson.

The centre is now home to robotic suites, science laboratories, IT suites and a LEGO education innovation studio which will allow students to develop their practical planning, creative and analytical skills. The newly refurbished facility will also be used as a main entrance into the College’s campus, and be a main focus when arriving at the site.

September 2017

Karen Dobson, College Principal and Chief Executive of Stafford College said: “Students were actively involved with the scheme and took part in numerous site visits, with those on brickwork and electrical courses invited to learn more about their trade whilst the build was taking place. “It is vital students are provided with the best facilities to learn, and the most appropriate skills, knowledge and contacts to give them the best chance of finding an employer once qualified. “Improved technology within our industries means there’s more demand from colleges to deliver effective courses and link students with

potential employers. I believe the new science and technology centre will be an excellent asset to the science and technology industries.” 9

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