First ever UK network of young tutors created to support GCSE resits


CSE resit students are being tutored by other young people across the UK in a ground-breaking new project.

Activate Learning and peer tutoring organisation Yipiyap have created a

system that connects students with a tutor of their choice, close to them in age, to give them additional support and teaching in a series of online lessons. Up to 600 students from Activate Learning’s seven colleges are taking part,

with over 20 tutors from across the UK. They themselves have recently completed A Levels. Anne Morris of Yipiyap, says: “Peer teaching has proven results as the

tutors are close in age and relatable - they help bring a bit of fun to it. We already work with schools to provide peer tutors for in-class support, but this is the first time we have created a complete network with the express purpose of helping with exam resits.” Anne Haig-Smith at Activate Learning, said: “We are delighted to be

working on this innovative new project." u

Prestigious Hartpury College welcomes KI’s Grafton and Strive HD chairs

today teaches around 1,800 students, with a further 1,800 in the university. It is one of the UK’s leading providers of education in agriculture, animal, equine, sport and veterinary nursing. The 360-hectare campus is home to the world’s largest equine educational


facility as well as an extensive animal therapy centre and a commercial farm that supplies major retailers. As part of the ongoing improvements to the college’s facilities, a number of new robust stacking chairs with a perforated back and an upholstered seat were required. Both KI’s Grafton chair and Strive high density stacking chair met these requirements perfectly. Additionally, both chairs could be specified with a black backrest and red seat, complementing the institution’s colours. Cobus, the furniture dealer for the project, chose KI’s Grafton chair because

it is stackable to 8 high on the floor. This gives students more flexibility to reconfigure spaces according to their needs throughout the day. Both Grafton and Strive were also chosen because they are lightweight, cost-effective and come with a long warranty.

Blue OrangeOn The Road To Further Success F

ast-growing IT education specialist Blue Orange, is moving into top gear after expanding its vehicle

support fleet to fuel additional business success. The company is on course for a record-breaking year

despite the Covid crisis – aiming to double its multi- million-pound turnover and bolster its skilled workforce as part of an aggressive growth strategy.

Adlington-based Blue Orange now has a £70,000

expanded vehicle fleet and is recruiting five new members of staff, as it plots a path to £10m in turnover over the next few years.

The business specialises in remote and on-site IT

services as well as hardware supplies, to businesses, schools and colleges throughout Lancashire and beyond.

Spearheaded by Managing Director, David Silous-Holt,

Blue Orange has a fleet of seven vehicles (up from four) and over 30 staff.

“Four years ago turnover was around £1m and we

reached £4.2m last year with more success in 2020. Staff and support infrastructure such as the extra vehicles are instrumental in our continued growth,” he explained.

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stablished in 1949 as an agricultural centre, Hartpury College in Gloucestershire is an Ofsted rated ‘Outstanding’ establishment. The college

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