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Key topic areas covered include: Higher Education, Further Education & Skills, Secondary, and Primary & Early Years.

Showcasing Local Employers to Improve Youth Employment Opportunities

The number of young people not in education, employment or training in January to March 2022 was estimated at 10.4%. We heard from Julie Young, Post-16 Advisor at Somerset County Council, about how the TalentEd Academy programmes has provided young people with opportunities to explore future careers following education.

How King’s College London are Supporting Female STEM Students

Women are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and maths, across all levels of education and employment. King’s College London is taking a multi-faceted approach to change this.

Using Digital Technologies to Improve Staff and Student Wellbeing

Lockdowns negatively impacted the mental health of 42% 16-24 year-olds, with almost 1 in 5 adults suffering from depression in the pandemic. Weston College has put in place digital solutions to the mental health challenges faced by students and staff. This case study examines the importance of these digital tools on the wellbeing of students and staff.

Using the Arts Award to Promote a Cross-Curricular Approach to the Arts

The Arts Award Framework gives schools the opportunity to implement a holistic approach to teaching arts and culture. This case study examines how St Bede's & St Joseph's Catholic College in Bradford have embedded arts and culture across the curriculum.

Using the Arts to Support Disadvantaged Children

Pakeman Primary School in London accommodates for SEND pupils and pupils with English as a second language. They have used the arts to implement a ‘creative curriculum’. This case study explores how this new curriculum has supported pupils with their additional needs.

Integrating Digital Technologies into Blended Learning

Central to a successful blended learning strategy, technology encourages active learning, improves student engagement and prepares them for life in an increasingly digital world. This case study examines the blended learning strategy of Ursuline High School, discussing how innovative technology has been successfully integrated across the school.

Reducing Teacher Workload Through Shared Lesson Planning

Whitley Bay School in North East England recognised that lesson planning significantly contributes to excessive teacher workload, they adopted a shared approach to planning. This case study examines how this approach has been effective at reducing workload, as well as improving the quality of teaching: boosting staff development and morale.

Using Responsive Teaching to Lower Staff Workload

Marking and data collection is a major source of concern and stress for teachers in England, with teachers spending an average of 6 hours a week assessing students. We heard from Ashdown Primary School about how they have overhauled assessments and feedback to reduce teacher workload.

Embedding Cost-Effective Wellbeing Strategies in Schools

The Bishop Young Academy in Leeds has received national recognition for their work on championing staff wellbeing in their school community. This article outlines their key strategies for delivering cost-effective wellbeing services, as well as sharing the impact of their work on staff wellbeing.

School Data: Monitoring SEND Pupils’ Progress

There are 1.4 million pupils in the UK with SEND. Data on student progress and individual needs can be used to promote the wellbeing and development of pupils. This case study examines how Swiss Cottage School in Camden have embedded data firmly into their teaching to improve outcomes of their students.

Using Destination Data to Widen Opportunities for Young People

Young people in the North East of England are below the national average in for career and further education uptake after leaving school. This article presents the model developed by the North East Local Enterprise Partnership that collect destinations data and uses it to widen opportunities for young people in the region.

Improving the Speech and Language Skills of Children in Norwich

The proportion of children achieving a Good Level of Development (GLD) in Norwich is low, with many children lacking adequate speech and language skills. This case study looks at the work of Norwich Opportunity Area towards improving outcomes for children in the local area.

Providing Inclusive Sex and Relationships Education for Young LGBT+ People

LGBT+ young people face a multitude of challenges at school. This case study discusses those issues and how schools can better represent their LGBT+ students through more inclusive RSE.

Collaborative Partnerships: Generating Income in HE Institutions

In this case study we explore how Queen Mary University of London has developed a number of collaborative business partnerships to generate income.

Improving the Social, Emotional and Mental Wellbeing of SEND Students

SEMH needs are a type of special educational need in which children/young people have severe difficulties in managing their emotions and behaviour. This case study looks at the strategy of the Astrea Academy Trust. The Trust promotes a focus on the social, emotional, and mental health needs of pupils with SEND.

How Imperial College London Revamped their Communications Strategy in Response to Covid-19

Maintaining a sense of community among staff and students during the pandemic was a challenge for universities. In this case study we’ll look at Imperial College London’s approach to adapting their communications strategy in response to Covid-19.

Rethinking Digital Communication Strategies During Covid-19

Creating and nurturing regional partnerships has also been key to Weston College’s Covid-19 strategy. In this case study we’ll look at how Weston College aimed to reach a wider audience during the pandemic through their digital channels.

Developing a Commercial Approach to Estate Management

In this case study we’ll be examining the University of Nottingham’s (UoN) commercial approach to real estate management.

Embracing School Culture through Transformational Leadership

Ongoing professional development is likely to be the most impactful tool at our disposal for improving teacher quality and boosting pupils’ learning. This case study will examine the characteristics of effective school leadership. It will then discuss the Transformational Leadership model of Rob Williams, Headteacher of Malton School.

Reducing the Attainment Gap through Early Years Intervention

In 2016, Norwich was ranked second-lowest in terms of social mobility in the country. In this case study we’ll explore the ongoing work to raise the level of four- and five-year old’s language acquisition in the Norwich Opportunity Area.