NAHT: Children should not miss school unless in exceptional circumstances

There has been some press coverage this week regarding the UK Youth Strike 4 Climate. NAHT does not condone children and young people missing school as a consequence of supporting action. Pupils should only be out of school in exceptional circumstances.

Whilst NAHT supports the right of young people to express themselves, first and foremost, pupils should be in school during term time. Nothing is more important than a child’s education and there are plenty of ways that children and young people can engage with social issues in school.

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Colyton Grammar School secures £490,000 to support access for students from disadvantaged backgrounds

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Thu, 12/06/2018 - 10:39am

Colyton Grammar School in Devon is one of 16 selective grammar schools in the country to secure a share of a £50 million fund from the Department of Education to support better access for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The school has received £490,000 to which it has added its own funds, and money from other external sources of funding, to create a total pot of almost £612,000. The investment will be used to develop its already ambitious and successful initiatives designed to encourage entry for able students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Exeter College is Best in the West for FE employer satisfaction

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Fri, 11/30/2018 - 11:48am

Exeter College is the Best FE College in the South West for exceptional employer satisfaction, according to official figures.

The college is positioned in the top spot regionally and second out of circa 200 FE colleges nationally, scoring 99% - very close to a near perfect 100% - for employer satisfaction.

This exceptional achievement is well above the national figure of 85.2% for employer satisfaction for FE colleges, according to figures released by the Department for Education (DfE) in its 2018 survey of employers.

UK schools are experiencing teacher shortages according to reports

Authored by Claire Small
Posted: Tue, 11/27/2018 - 10:53am

If it seems like your child’s school just can’t find a good science teacher, it isn’t just your opinion. UK schools are experiencing teacher shortages and the situation seems to be aggravating.

Exeter College ‘FE College of the Year’ Finalist in 2019 Tes FE Awards

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Mon, 11/26/2018 - 1:19pm

Exeter College is a finalist for the coveted title of ‘FE College of the Year’ in the national 2019 Tes FE Awards.

The most outstanding institutions and individuals that the FE sector has to offer have been recognised in the shortlist for the 2019 Tes (Times Educational Supplement) FE Awards.

As well as been shortlisted for the FE College of the Year title, the college is also a finalist for the professional services team of the year award.

Turf-cutting ceremony takes place at site of new East Devon school

Authored by Manya McMahon
Posted: Thu, 11/15/2018 - 11:06am

The construction of the brand-new Westclyst Community Primary School (WCPS) building at Hillside Gardens, Westclyst was marked with an official turf cutting ceremony at the site on 5 November 2018.

Local councillors, school governors, the headteacher, members of the teaching staff and pupils from the school attended the event, together with representatives of Galliford Try (GT), the contractors building the school.

Pulses are raised as South Devon UTC students support Re-Start a Heart Day 2018

Authored by janeabsolutepr
Posted: Mon, 11/05/2018 - 10:26am

Students and staff at Newton Abbot’s pioneering technical college have received a valuable lesson in how to save a life as part of a national initiative by the Resuscitation Council. 

South Devon University Technical College (UTC), hosted an interactive CPR training session to mark Restart a Heart Day 2018. This year the Resuscitation Council (UK) partnered with the British Heart Foundation, British Red Cross, St John Ambulance and Yorkshire Ambulance Service to help train as many people as possible in the UK.

Pioneering South West school praised for helping pupils make “life-changing” progress

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 11/01/2018 - 1:04am

“Inspirational” staff at a pioneering South West school have been praised for helping pupils make “life-changing” progress.

The work of teachers and workers at the Exeter Mathematics School is “wonderful” and “transformational”, according to parents and young people, and inspectors have heaped praise on the way they keep pupils safe and help those in difficulty.

Staff step in to support students when others have failed them, according to Ofsted. A “tenacious and resourceful approach” helped get financial support and accommodation for a student who was found to be homeless.

PSP pioneer produces practical learning kits for primary schools

Authored by Duncan Little
Posted: Wed, 10/31/2018 - 6:05pm

A creative, practical approach to teaching computing in primary schools is the brainchild of a Plymouth Science Park based firm seeking to make coding fun for children.

ToodleBit encourages children to use construct kits to make a range of products from electrical circuit-based games, traffic light systems through to small-scale remote-control buggies.

‘Golden’ Degree Graduation Day for Exeter College Students

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 10/25/2018 - 8:45am

Degree Level students at Exeter College celebrated their ‘Golden’ graduation in the magnificent setting of Exeter Cathedral.

Hundreds of guests, friends and family, came together to celebrate the graduation of more than 165 students from the college’s Centre for University Level Studies.

Students donned their gowns and caps to be awarded their degree level qualifications ranging from BA to Foundation Degrees, HNCs, HNDs in subjects ranging from photography to civil engineering.

British Council International School Award success for Broadclyst Community Primary School

Authored by Manya McMahon
Posted: Tue, 10/23/2018 - 8:00am

Broadclyst Community Primary School (BCPS) has been reaccredited with the British Council’s prestigious International School Award in recognition of its work to bring the world into the classroom.

The International School Award celebrates the achievements of schools that do exceptional work in international education. Fostering an international dimension in the curriculum is at the heart of the British Council’s work with schools, so that young people gain the cultural understanding and skills they need for life work in today’s world.