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Network Managers are at the forefront of new developments in edtech and IT infrastructure, but often don’t receive the attention of their pedagogical peers. While many may be looking forward to the summer holidays already, we are looking even further ahead, to the Schools & Academies Show Birmingham in November. So it seems only prudent…

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Daily Mail | Senior civil servant admits budgets for schools are ‘not generous’ – despite ministers insisting more money than ever is going into education | Read Here TES | Hinds: Advertise all teaching jobs with flexible options | Read Here Diginomica Government | Government urges all education providers to move to the cloud – announces ‘Education Technology…

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by Brad Chuck The Academia Education team were a proud supporting partner of the recent Schools & Academies show taking place at the ExCeL in London last week. If you missed us, you missed out! Returning as a primary sponsor from last year, the Schools and HE/FE team from Academia hosted an education solution stand…

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£10 million set aside for skills, infrastructure and assistive technology   Attendees packed into the Schools and Academies Show hall to hear from Secretary of State, Damian Hinds, with many forced to stand around the edges. After the welcoming remarks from the Chair, Damian Hinds opened with a reiteration of his trust in the profession…

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  Deciding to change your payroll provider can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. You just need to give careful consideration before making any final decisions, particularly given the ongoing recruitment and retention challenges across the education sector. Below are 10 key considerations to review before making any final decisions on your…

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  Asking the right questions during a job interview is critical to ensuring you recruit individuals who are suitable and safe for the role, and will go on to support your school’s success. You need to make sure the prospective employee can not only excel in the fundamentals of the role but can work effectively…

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Why is redefining your people strategy important? Today we sat down with EPM’s CEO, Jen Elliott, to discuss “Redefining your People Strategy”. Jen will be speaking at the MAT Summit at the Schools & Academies Show 2019 on 3 April. Find further details here: https://www.epm.co.uk/training-events/london/schools-academies-show-2019-day-one-london/ Why is a people strategy important for schools and academies? Jen: Over the last 25 years…

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We’re delighted to have partnered up with our friends at Jessica Kingsley Publishers to run a fantastic competition to celebrate National Reading Month! Each week, we’ll feature a blog on three topical education books on our website (provided by Jessica Kingsley Publishers) At the end of the month, we’ll be entering one lucky person the…

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REAch2 the stars When choosing your Asset & Estates Management Software Solution, it’s always best to reach for the best system. That’s why REAch2 Academy Trust chose Parago. With its 60 academies, and being one the largest MATs in the country, REAch2 will now benefit from all our latest modules, including…   Don’t just take…

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Cyber Prevent works with young people, from primary school to university and beyond,  who are interested in computing, coding and cyber related skills.  The aim is to prevent them from getting involved in cyber dependent crime by raising the awareness of the law and the consequences of offending and where they are at risk of…

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  Disciplinary proceedings are the last thing any school leader wants to deal with. However, if they are carried out incorrectly, they can waste time and money and damage morale. It is therefore important to avoid these common disciplinary mistakes in your school: Mistake #1: Not following the correct procedure You should follow both your…

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PRESS RELEASE 13 MARCH 2019 NEW PLATFORM PROVIDES GREATER COLLABORATION FOR EDUCATION PROFESSIONALS The Access Group has launched its new platform, Access Workspace for Education, and it is already helping to cut admin tasks, increase productivity and ensure more efficient communication in schools and academies across the country. The new platform, which has now been…

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As a trusted provider of sector intelligence and resources to more than 100,000 education leaders, we’ve become increasingly aware of an unmet need for guidance designed specifically to meet the needs of multi-academy trust (MAT) leaders, to help them navigate complicated and often uncharted territory. Listening closely to feedback from our members, we’ve been working…

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We’re delighted to have partnered up with our friends at Jessica Kingsley Publishers to run a fantastic competition to celebrate National Reading Month! Each week, we’ll feature a blog on three topical education books on our website (provided by Jessica Kingsley Publishers) At the end of the month, we’ll be entering one lucky person the…

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We’re delighted to have partnered up with our friends at Jessica Kingsley Publishers to run a fantastic competition to celebrate National Reading Month! Each week, we’ll feature a blog on three topical education books on our website (provided by Jessica Kingsley Publishers) At the end of the month, we’ll be entering one lucky person the…

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Learning Academy Partnership South West LAPSW is an ambitious Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) serving eight schools across Torbay and Devon. The MAT is steadily growing, and the team quickly recognised that operating key functions such as Finance, HR & Payroll and Data Analysis separately across the schools was not practical, nor efficient, and was not a…

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Casterton College switch to +Pay and are thrilled with the results!   Casterton College in Rutland is in the top 100 schools of the UK. With a growing student population, the academy places great emphasis on not only academic achievement but the care and support of every student throughout their school journey.   As such,…

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‘Broken’ school exclusion system linked to knife crime surge, police chiefs warn Theresa May” (Independent) This warning was also supported by Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, but can it really be true that school exclusions cause knife crime? Well the simple answer is no – school exclusions do not cause knife crime. I have been…

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We’re delighted to have partnered up with our friends at Jessica Kingsley Publishers to run a fantastic competition to celebrate National Reading Month! Each week, we’ll feature a blog on three topical education books on our website (provided by Jessica Kingsley Publishers) At the end of the month, we’ll be entering one lucky person the…

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We’re delighted to have partnered up with our friends at Jessica Kingsley Publishers to run a fantastic competition to celebrate National Reading Month! Each week, we’ll feature a blog on three topical education books on our website (provided by Jessica Kingsley Publishers) At the end of the month, we’ll be entering one lucky person the…

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We’re delighted to have partnered up with our friends at Jessica Kingsley Publishers to run a fantastic competition to celebrate National Reading Month! Each week, we’ll feature a blog on three topical education books on our website (provided by Jessica Kingsley Publishers) At the end of the month, we’ll be entering one lucky person the…

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What can your school business professional do for you? The answer is no longer a simple one of just saving time and money. While these are obviously attractive benefits of the position for headteachers, the modern school business professional role goes further than this. In schools and trusts today, the school business professional has a…

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For schools who are looking at how to bring their non-staffing costs down, the best place to start is Buying for Schools on GOV.UK. The pages include guidance and recommended deals that can help schools to make substantial savings. DfE currently has 38 deals covering goods and services such as photocopying and printing, IT equipment,…

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What is TVS? Significant time and money can be spent on recruiting the right staff. In fact, research from PWC shows that schools in England spent in the region of £76m every year advertising their teaching vacancies; money that could be better spent on teaching salaries, supplies and estates rather than recruitment agencies. Securing the…

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We’re delighted to have partnered up with our friends at Jessica Kingsley Publishers to run a fantastic competition to celebrate National Reading Month! Each week, we’ll feature a blog on three topical education books on our website (provided by Jessica Kingsley Publishers) At the end of the month, we’ll be entering one lucky person the…

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We’re delighted to have partnered up with our friends at Jessica Kingsley Publishers to run a fantastic competition to celebrate National Reading Month! Each week, we’ll feature a blog on three topical education books on our website (provided by Jessica Kingsley Publishers) At the end of the month, we’ll be entering one lucky person the…

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Neil Stocking, Vice Principal of one of our Champion Schools, Highcrest Academy, Schools, gives his thoughts on how teaching has changed over the years, the particular challenges he faces on a daily basis at Highcrest Academy, and the ways in which the school overcomes these challenges: “I’ve been a teacher for nearly 16 years, spending…

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We’re delighted to have partnered up with our friends at Jessica Kingsley Publishers to run a fantastic competition to celebrate National Reading Month! Each week, we’ll feature a blog on three topical education books on our website (provided by Jessica Kingsley Publishers) At the end of the month, we’ll be entering one lucky person the…

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  We sat down with Dr Laura Larke, researcher at Oxford University’s Oxford Internet Institute to get her insights into how the world of online and digital is changing the world of education.   What do you see as the biggest barriers to pupils learning new digital/tech skills? Definitely teachers not having enough time to…

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Mutual accountability and peer review are greater drivers of school improvement than top-down scrutiny, says Kate Chhatwal Ofsted’s “guiding principle” is to be a “force for improvement through intelligent, responsible and focused inspection and regulation”. Yet, last year’s National Audit Office report revealed that less than half of headteachers felt that their latest inspection led…

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We’re delighted to have partnered up with our friends at Jessica Kingsley Publishers to run a fantastic competition to celebrate National Reading Month! Each week, we’ll feature a blog on three topical education books on our website (provided by Jessica Kingsley Publishers) At the end of the month, we’ll be entering one lucky person the…

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We’re delighted to have partnered up with our friends at Jessica Kingsley Publishers to run a fantastic competition to celebrate National Reading Month! Each week, we’ll feature a blog on three topical education books on our website (provided by Jessica Kingsley Publishers) At the end of the month, we’ll be entering one lucky person the…

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We’re delighted to have partnered up with our friends at Jessica Kingsley Publishers to run a fantastic competition to celebrate National Reading Month! Each week, we’ll feature a blog on three topical education books on our website (provided by Jessica Kingsley Publishers) At the end of the month, we’ll be entering one lucky person the…

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Is ‘Character-building’ the answer to declining Social Mobility? The Secretary of State for Education seems to think so.  On 7th February the Education Secretary, Damian Hinds unveiled his ‘Five Foundations to build character’ in a speech for the Church of England. The Five Foundations are: Sport, Creativity, Performing, Volunteering & Membership and World of Work….

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Grammars boost disadvantaged pupils’ chance of attending top universities compared to non-selective schools, according to new research.  On 10th January, the Higher Education Policy Institute’s (HEPI) publication explained that disadvantaged pupils, especially those of BAME backgrounds, are up to 5 times more likely to attend highly-selective universities such as Oxbridge if they have a selective…

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In the 20 years I have worked in the education sector as a teacher, head and now academy trust chief executive, I have advocated a range of approaches to raising standards and enhancing student attainment. Against a backdrop of ever tighter funding, it is increasingly clear that this also needs to be achieved while ensuring…

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Well it can’t be said that special educational needs is never in the news anymore! I don’t remember a time when there has been so much press coverage about the area to which I have dedicated my career for the last 26 years. Unfortunately, most of the stories that we read are not good news…

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