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Fusion21 names suppliers appointed to £346 million Building Improvements Framework

Procurement experts Fusion21 has announced the suppliers successfully appointed to its national Building Improvements Framework worth up to £346 million over a four-year period.

Following a competitive tender process, a total of 70 specialist firms – 74% being SMEs, have secured a place on the framework which has been developed to support public sector

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Schools share £18.6m decarbonisation makeover in Fusion21-backed government pilot

Seven UK schools have been selected to take part in an £18.6 million innovative Decarbonisation Pilot, led by the Department for Education (DfE).

The pilot will see schools benefit from new low carbon heating solutions, as well as improvements to the buildings fabric to make the school more thermal efficient, all procured through Fusion21 frameworks.

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Care leaver programme secures key funding from Matrix

Matrix funds new course helping young people transition out of childcare

Market-leading workforce technology and services platform Matrix is providing funding for a new adult education course aimed at helping young people successfully transition out of the childcare system. Certified as City and Guilds Level 5, the Young Adults Skills Development Care Leavers’ Programme has

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New safeguarding software to transform multi-agency collaboration between local authorities and schools

Referrals to children’s social services by schools have risen by more than 50 per cent in the last eight years 129,090 referrals were made by schools in 2022 – the highest number since reporting began in 2014 New safeguarding software to transform the way local authorities and schools identify and address safeguarding concerns

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Northumberland County Council Modernises Facilities Management Function with Totalmobile

NCC Replaces Paper and Spreadsheets to Digitalise Facilities Management Across 89 Buildings and Over 40 Schools

Northumberland County Council, serving over 2,000 rural square miles, has completed a successful pilot and is now deploying field service management solutions from Totalmobile to digitalise its facilities management

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LGfL to bolster public sector online defences in response to National Cyber Security Centre alert to act now following Russia’s attack on Ukraine

“LGfL-The National Grid for Learning is set to bolster public sector online defences in response to the National Cyber Security Centre’s alert to act now following Russia’s attack on the Ukraine,” says John Jackson, CEO, whose organisation has stepped up its cybersecurity resilience package to include monitoring, identification, sandboxing1 and the eradication of ever-evolving threats

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Schools to benefit from ‘below-cost’ laptops for remote learning as they prepare for potential new year Omicron closures

No child is to be left behind says edtech charity LGfL

As the Omicron variant surges and schools nationwide prepare for further disruption, potential closures, and a possible return to remote teaching and learning in 2022, edtech charity LGfL-The National Grid for Learning is once again stepping up support by offering thousands of

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Scotland: Exams on track

Shirley-Anne Somerville

It remains the government’s ‘firm intention’ to hold National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher exams this Spring, Education Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville has restated.

Taking into consideration ongoing disruption within schools, the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) has decided to invoke its Scenario 2 contingency and will provide revision support in early March

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Pandemic: How Teachers Can Help Pupils to Catch Up

UK Schools were closed to all but key worker children on 5 January 2021 in response to COVID-19 – and re-opened on 8 March 2021. As schools re-open, and teachers adjust to their post-covid teaching jobs, Reuters reveals that the British government has pledged a £700m support package to help primary and secondary schoolchildren to

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Teacher role models: Learning from inspirational teachers

Mark Siswick, Executive Headteacher of Chesterton Primary School, in south London, and co-founder of the Wandle Learning Trust, was honoured for services to education in the New Year’s Honours list by being awarded an MBE. The Northern Echo writes: “During the pandemic, he helped to create a national home learning programme, filming more than 100

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Managing Teacher Recruitment, Training and Retention

With many schools, teaching unions and teachers expressing concerns about how safe the classroom is – despite reassurance from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), an article by Yvonne Williams in the Times Educational Supplement (TES), asks how many teachers have decided to quit their profession.

Yvonne Williams is head of English

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Whizz Education Quantifies Maths Lockdown Learning Loss

Whizz Education, provider of the leading virtual tutor Maths-Whizz, has quantified the lockdown learning loss in maths experienced by 5–13-year-olds in the UK. Whizz Education’s research shows that 46% of the 1,721 children assessed experienced a learning loss, exhibiting an average of knowledge decline of eight months during the first lockdown.

Dr Junaid Mubeen, Director

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Leading Coventry businesswoman urges other businesses to ‘think outside the box’ and provide remote work experience for school pupils during lockdown

Fleur Sexton

“Giving the next generation of our workforce an insider view of how our world works is absolute gold”

With the pandemic sabotaging so many key experiences that should be shaping young people’s lives and aspirations, work experience is one area where businesses can step up their game and provide invaluable

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Edtech Charity LGfL joins Mayor of London and London Councils to help close the digital divide and provide 200,000 low-cost laptops for schools

Leaders launch digital exclusion taskforce to help Londoners get better connectivity, acquire digital skills and access devices

LGfL to provide 200,000 low-cost laptops for schools

28% of children in state funded-education are disadvantaged

The attainment gap between disadvantaged children and their more affluent counterparts currently

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COVID – reducing risk in classrooms

By Jane Warburton – MD Flamefast

With some schools closing, and despite varying levels of Lockdown in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the spread of Covid-19 remains a real threat, especially in classrooms.

Jane Warburton MD of Flamefast

A report produced by Sage’s Environmental and Modelling Group (EMG) suggested that fresh

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LGA RESPONDS TO LGO REPORT ON EDUCATION, HEALTH AND CARE PLANS

Responding to a Local Government Ombudsman report on its first 100 investigations into Education, Health and Care Plans, Cllr Richard Watts, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Children and Young People Board, said: “The number of investigations undertaken in this report is relatively small when compared to the thousands of Education, Health and Care Plans

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