PatSnap Academy launches offering free online intellectual property courses

London, United Kingdom, 5 October 2017 – PatSnap, the world’s leading provider of research and development (R&D) analytics, has today announced the launch of PatSnap Academy, an online learning hub that provides free courses on Intellectual Property (IP).


Patents and IP law are highly technical topics, where extensive resources are often spent on expert opinions and advice to help individuals and companies make sense of the legal landscape. The teaching of patent processes and IP law are mainly confined to universities and law firms, meaning that a large portion of the global population lacks a basic understanding of how ideas and innovations can be protected and commercialised. The launch of PatSnap Academy aims to bridge this gap, and raise the level of knowledge in this area.


With over 700 students and professionals preregistered on the platform, it will be continually updated with additional content and courses, and currently hosts over five hours of video lessons on topics including: an introduction to patents, understanding patents and their role and how to successfully value and commercialise IP.


Users will be given personalised learning profiles to keep track of the topics they have covered, and will have access to a simplified IP glossary, which explains in plain terms the main terminology that is encountered in patents. Users are able to check their accumulated knowledge with a test at the end of each unit, and are given the option to request modules on specific areas of interest.


“In 2017, there is estimated to be over US$2 trillion spent on R&D globally. Without the necessary basic understanding of how patents work, and how best to use them, a growing number of ideas will never make it to the development stage, let alone make it to market,” said Duncan Clark, head of PatSnap Academy.


He continued: “the encouragement of tomorrow’s most innovative minds begins with education, and the more confidently they can approach their IP strategy, the more likely we are as a society to benefit from their creativity. Our vision for PatSnap Academy is to strengthen our commitment to open innovation, and enlighten and embolden the next generation of innovators, so that they can be confident in pursuing their new ideas.”


PatSnap has brought together the world’s most comprehensive innovation datasets. By adding licensing and litigation data, economic data, patent valuation, image and chemical formula search, and trademark recognition, PatSnap provides the world’s most innovative organisations with a new, intuitive source of information for use during research, development, and commercialisation.


To create your own free PatSnap Academy account, please click here.


About PatSnap:


PatSnap is the leading provider of research and development (R&D) analytics, for analysing tech trends, driving innovation, market planning, competitor intelligence and maximising return on IP assets. Founded in 2007, PatSnap is used by R&D, business and IP professionals in thousands of commercial and not-for-profit organisations globally, including NASA, the Department of Defense, China Mobile, Goodyear and Vodafone. It has offices in the UK, USA, Singapore and China.




New programme launches to help pupils learn about healthy relationships, consent and staying safe

On 9 October 2017, charity Coram Life Education, the leading provider of Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education in one in eight UK primary schools, launches its new primary school Relationships Education programme.

The programme was developed from insight through the charity’s research with primary school head teachers, which found that two-thirds of schools need more guidance on statutory Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) requirements and a third need more help with identifying children’s RSE needs.* It will help primary schools meet their statutory requirements to deliver RSE (currently known as Sex and Relationships Education) from 2019.

Funded by specialist insurer Ecclesiastical and aligned with recommended content set by the Department for Education, the programme will be available in over 2,000 schools currently working with Coram Life Education, and accessible to all primary schools through online subscription to its ‘SCARF’ teacher resources.

The programme will be delivered to Year 1-6 (Key Stage 1 and 2) pupils with age-appropriate lesson themes reflecting the needs and requirements of young people themselves** including healthy relationships, body ownership, consent, puberty and reproduction. It comprises lesson plans identifying the key skills, attitudes and values children need to develop healthy relationships with their peers, the information they need to keep themselves safe, and how to ask for help when they need it.

Coram Life Education is proud to introduce the programme in children’s early primary school years, as evidence shows that the teaching of safety, body ownership, private parts of the body, distinguishing types of touch and types of secrets helps to protect children and may increase the likelihood of disclosure of abuse.***

The programme features:

  • A range of interactive teaching materials, including sorting cards, engaging scenarios, true or false statements, storyboards and drama techniques
  • A series of short training film clips to support teachers in their delivery of RSE
  • An interactive booklet providing teachers with supporting guidance including how to answer difficult questions, approaches to promoting positive social norms, safeguarding and working with parents.

In addition, Coram Life Education can provide educators to lead workshops for years 4, 5 and 6, with content adapted to suit schools varying RSE needs.

In piloting the programme, one teacher commented: “It was really well suited to my class. The lesson plans were easy to follow and I liked the video clips. I would definitely use it again.”

Harriet Gill, Managing Director of Coram’s education programmes said: “When taught well by confident and trained practitioners, RSE is an enriching and engaging learning experience for children, and can contribute to building empathy, wellbeing and self-confidence.

“Our new programme has been developed in an age-appropriate way, taking account of pupils’ maturity and understanding, helping to protect children and keep them safe. We believe the programme is an important step forward in preparing children with essential skills for life and giving them the best possible chance of achieving their potential.”

Chris Pitt, corporate responsibility manager at Ecclesiastical said: “We know that the mental health and wellbeing of young people is hugely influenced by their ability to form healthy and respectful relationships. Our own research showed that two thirds of educational establishments are concerned about the mental health of pupils, with 80% saying these issues are becoming more prevalent and three quarters saying that they hinder future success.**** We are delighted to be able to play our part in helping to tackle this by funding this new programme.”


The Relationships Education programme is now available in over 2,000 schools currently working with Coram Life Education, reaching 200,000 pupils, and is accessible to any primary school that subscribes to ‘SCARF’, the charity’s online wellbeing resource.

To find out more and to sign up, please visit

Schools Serve Up to Show Off their Gardening Skills

  • Over 1,000 schools and youth groups to cook up a storm using the veg they’ve grown in the Royal Horticultural Society’s Big Soup Share
  • Week of events marks ten years of the RHS Campaign for School Gardening
  • Survey finds four in five schools have used gardening to improve mental wellbeing


Pupils at Columbia Primary School in London harvest vegetables from their garden and prepare soup to share with friends and family

More than1,000 schools and youth groups across the UK will be taking their vegetable harvest from bed to bowl for the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) Big Soup Share, a week of events (2 to 8 October) to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the RHS Campaign for School Gardening.


The week will see over 75,000 green-fingered 3 to 18-year-olds harvesting their produce from the garden, devising delicious soup recipes and cooking up a feast to share with their classmates, friends, family and local community.


Since its launch in 2007, the RHS Campaign for School Gardening has called for all children to be given the chance to garden, to support their learning and wellbeing and inspire them in future careers. Ten years on, 69% of primary schools and 79% of secondary schools are now signed-up to receive free resources and support from the RHS.


A survey of these schools to mark the milestone, found that 96% reported gardening had enabled young people to connect with nature, and 83% and 82% of schools felt it had improved the mental and physical wellbeing of young people respectively. Other benefits cited were helping youngsters to develop a wide range of skills (91%) and actively green the environment (89%).

While some schools are starting to feel the pinch, with 61% of schools experiencing funding challenges, two in every five schools (40%) are using their garden as a source of income; selling plants to plough money back into the school.


This enterprising spirit also transcends to finding space to garden, with schools making use not only of small plots of land but hanging baskets and window boxes (22%) and indoor growing spaces (14%) too. With this in mind, the RHS is calling on every school to get growing this school year.


Andrea Van-Sittart, RHS Head of Community Outreach, said: “The RHS Campaign for School Gardening has gone from strength to strength in its first ten years. I’m delighted that over 34,000 schools and groups have joined the campaign, giving around six million children and young people the chance to garden.


“Not only is gardening a fantastic way of bringing the curriculum alive, it helps to get young people outdoors in the fresh air to improve their wellbeing. They’re encouraged to be active, spend time relaxing and enjoy all the health benefits of being immersed in nature. We’d love to see every school reap the many rewards of gardening.”

Ingrid Chen, gardening lead at Columbia Primary School, added: “Our children love the school’s edible garden and have got stuck into all sorts of tasks with gusto: from raising tiny seedlings to harvesting crops; sorting worms from compost, to cooking homegrown feasts to share with neighbours.


“We started with a patch of grass just over two years ago and have built and improved this garden with help from pupils, their families and more recently the wider local community. It’s a fantastic resource to enhance classroom based activities in all areas of learning, as well as a lovely opportunity for children to care for a green space and observe nature which many do not otherwise have. It’s now a community hub, and hopefully the launch pad for the next generation of gardeners.”

Ending the world’s wettest school run is Sailors’ Society’s primary aim

Primary school children are being invited to put an end to the World’s Wettest School Run – and help other children get an education – through a new appeal and accompanying assembly resources from international maritime charity Sailors’ Society.

The World’s Wettest School Run Appeal aims to collect enough coins to stretch 2km when they are lined up edge to edge – the distance children at Sulangan Integrated School in the Philippines had to wade, or even swim, to school before Sailors’ Society provided them with two motorised boats.

Sailors’ Society is dedicated to supporting seafarers and their families in need around the world. It wants to raise money for its education programme to help more children in seafaring communities around the world – including another school run boat and a library boat in the Philippines, funding a school in Ghana, education grants for children whose parents are in poverty and more.

Sailors’ Society launched the appeal this week and is encouraging schools to get involved by downloading its assembly resources – a PowerPoint, video and engagement tools to tell the story of the World’s Wettest School Run and explain how seafarers transport 90 per cent of everything we use to the UK.

Sailors’ Society’s director of advocacy Melanie Warman said: “The World’s Wettest School Run shows British schoolchildren how different life can be for other children around the world.

“Through the resources, we also help children understand where most of the things they use every day – like toys, clothes and food – come from and find out how they get here.

“Children are invited to donate during the assembly, which will help other children to have a brighter future.”

The Wettest School Run video features children from Bransgore Church of England Primary School, talking about how they get to school as well as telling the story of Filipino schoolboy Ramie Aronales, who used to wade or swim before the school boat arrived.

Bransgore’s head teacher Paul Brown said: “We’re very proud of our screen stars and looking forward to showing the film during our assembly.

“We’re always looking for ways to help children gain a better awareness of the world around them and the World’s Wettest School Run helps them feel connected to their peers thousands of miles away.”

Sailors’ Society is planning to develop its school partnerships further, through competitions and twinning opportunities that will enable children to communicate with and learn from pupils elsewhere in the world.

To download the resources, go to

Wear your slippers to school and help Shelter to be there for homeless children this Christmas

School children across the country are being asked to kick off their school shoes and snuggle into their slippers on 8 December to raise money in support of homeless children.

With over 125,000 children currently homeless in Britain, Shelter is calling on schools to take part in this fun and easy fundraiser and support the charity’s work helping families with nowhere to call home.

As well as wearing your slippers for a small donation, schools are encouraged to take part in other fundraising activities on the day, such as bake sales, raffles and slipper catwalks.

Shelter has also created a range of learning resources to get children thinking about homelessness, such as creative writing worksheets and home themed colouring sheets.

Polly Neate, chief executive of Shelter, said: “Slippers for Shelter is a great way for children across the country to make a difference to the lives of thousands of children who have nowhere to call home.

“The support and generosity from the students and staff of every school that takes part is hugely appreciated. Every penny raised will go towards helping us provide expert advice and support for any family facing homelessness this Christmas.”

To find out more about how to sign-up for Slippers for Shelter, and give your support to Shelter’s emergency Christmas appeal visit


UK, London: September 2017 – Today Magnolia Pictures and Soilsiú Films productions are delighted to announce that its feature documentary School Life co-directed by Neasa Ní Chianáin and David Rane will be released into UK cinemas from 13th October on the back of a successful and critically acclaimed release in the US. The film was an audience favourite at Sundance Film Festival this year.


School Life has received critical acclaim from leading international critics including: “Without a doubt, viewers will recognize a beloved figure from their own school years in the ageing and endearingly oddball teachers”, Fionnuala Halligan, Screen Daily; “Irresistibly charming,” Huffington Post; “A delightful crowd-pleaser. An irresistibly admiring portrait,” Neil Young, Hollywood Reporter and “Finds poetry in the raw nature of education. The most adorable documentary that Frederick Wiseman never made,” David Ehrlich, Indiewire.

A funny and yet poignant observational documentary, School Life follows two ‘prep school’ teachers, John and Amanda Leyden, who have become legends teaching Reading, ‘Rithmetic and Rock ‘n’ Roll to young pupils at Headfort, an enchanting 18th Century Hogwarts-like boarding school – the last of its kind in Ireland. The pace at the school is hectic and the mood infectious as this eccentric, chain-smoking, and very droll British couple, who have lived and taught for 46 years at Headfort, work their magic in hilarious fashion on fertile young minds. The film reflects a unique kind of warmth and fondness that existed between tutor and ward in years gone by, a genuine love of all that makes childhood so precious.  But, in School Life, for both the pupils, moving on from the last days of their childhood, and the teachers, facing the end of their careers, leaving is the hardest lesson to learn.

Co-Directors Neasa Ní Chianáin and David Rane said: “We are delighted to be bringing School Life, our funny and infectiously charming film, to a wide cinema audience in the UK. Described by many as an antidote to the dark times we live in, our film will take audiences on this magical journey into the world of this quirky Irish boarding school and its extraordinary inhabitants, including a Marxist Headmaster, a chain-smoking Welsh Oxford don and an eye-brow pierced ‘Minerva McGonagall’. School Life audiences at Festivals around the world have been moved to laughter and tears by our film but have also been challenged by the unorthodox yet inspirational teaching of our eccentric but adorable main characters.”


A report published today titled ‘The State of SMS’ reveals how educators are set to benefit from advances in mobile marketing as the number of active mobile phones in circulation tops 80m for the first time.  The sector is expected to see a 34% increase in students and parents opting to receive text messages from education providers by the end of 2020, presenting significant opportunities.


The White Paper, commissioned by Textlocal, one of the UK’s leading SMS platforms, illustrates how 37.2 million consumers have already opted to receive SMS and mobile communications from businesses.  Within the education sector already more than 12.5m students and parents have opted in to receive texts on key dates, relevant news or to confirm appointments with this figure expected to rise to 16.2m by 2020.


The opportunity is reinforced by figures from Ofcom which estimate that a staggering 93% of the UK’s population now own a mobile phone.  Despite these findings, only 50% of organisations surveyed are currently using SMS as part of their communication strategies, however that is expected to grow to 92% by 2018.


Organisations texting their customers directly is steadily increasing and becoming more mainstream, with some of the most common reasons being; delivery updates (67%), order confirmations (64%) and personalised vouchers or offers (49%). This trend is expected to grow in the education sector.


Jason Palgrave-Jones, managing director of Textlocal, comments: “Mobiles have transformed the way we work, rest and play and are now set to change the way we interact with each other.  It’s clear from the report that there are significant opportunities available for education establishments to make the most of mobile technologies as their audiences are increasingly opting to hear more from them.”


The opportunity is highlighted by the fact that 98% of branded or business-related texts are opened by mobile users, with 90% being read within 3 minutes of receiving them. The report goes on to highlight that 23.5m people will respond to a business text message in 2017, with the most popular uses including marketing offers or confirmation of delivery schedules.  In total, more than 7bn texts will be sent this year alone.


A broader look at the SMS opt-in audience reveals that consumers are aware of the opt-in process and that businesses can only communicate with them with their permission.  More than 40% of users are only opting to hear from their six favoured brands, with only 4% sharing their details with more than 10 businesses.  Just over a third (37%) were not aware of how many businesses they had opted to receive SMS notifications from.


The report concludes to show the effectiveness of SMS compared to mobile advertising and social media platforms in terms of performance, with SMS achieving better responses whether targeting a recipient to download an app, purchase goods online or even encourage them into a store to make a purchase.  In addition, the results highlight that only 10% wanted to use Facebook as a tool for interacting with businesses.


Unparalleled protection for professionals on the go, including a 360-degree rotational hand strap


August 2017 URBAN ARMOR GEAR (UAG), leading designers of rugged, lightweight, drop-tested mobile accessories, has announced two new cases for Microsoft’s new Surface Pro.
The Plasma Series case for Microsoft’s new Surface Pro is the first UAG case designed for professionals who depend on their tablet in the field and in the office. The Plasma Series case features a360-degree rotational hand strap, and a built-in kickstand to transform the tablet into a laptop with ease. Portability features include Surface Pen storage, and an optional shoulder strap. Additionally, the case is compatible with the Microsoft Type Cover and Microsoft Surface Dock.

Plasma Series Case for Microsoft Surface Pro

Available Colors: Ice (Clear)

MSRP: £79.99


Features include:

●       360-degree rotational hand strap and available shoulder strap

●       Armor shell and impact-resistant rubber bumpers

●       Built-in kickstand for desktop use

●       Uncompromised audio and access to touchscreen, buttons and ports

●       Built-in Surface Pen storage and magnetic holder compatibility

●       Compatibility with Microsoft Type Cover Keyboard

●       Meets military drop-test standards (MIL STD 810G 516.6) when used with Microsoft Type Cover Keyboard

●     Also compatible with Microsoft Surface Pro 4

For professionals on the go, UAG introduces the Metropolis Series case for Microsoft Surface Pro. Engineered to complement the Surface Pro, the Metropolis Series case adds a tactile soft grip, Surface Pen storage, and an aluminum stand with 5 angular viewing positions, while retaining compatibility with the Microsoft Type Cover Keyboard.


Metropolis Series Case for Microsoft Surface Pro

Available Colors: Black, Red, & Cobalt

MSRP: £49.99


Features include:


  • Impact resistant soft core
  • Compatible with Microsoft Type Cover Keyboard and multiple keyboard positions
  • Built-in Surface Pen storage and magnetic holder compatibility
  • Aluminum stand with 5 angular positions plus portrait viewing option
  • Non-slip tactical exterior grip material
  • Un-compromised audio and access to touchscreen, buttons, and ports
  • Meets military drop-test standards (MIL STD 810G 516.6) when used with Microsoft Type Cover keyboard
  • Also compatible with Microsoft Surface Pro 4


Both cases are also compatible with the Microsoft Surface Pro 4, and like all UAG products, they are independently tested to meet military drop-test standards and will protect the new Surface Pro in rugged conditions.


About Urban Armor Gear

Inspired by adrenaline-fueled outdoor adventures throughout Southern California, Urban Armor Gear (UAG) delivers mobile accessories and cases developed to survive rugged terrains while protecting your tech throughout any journey. Urban Armor Gear’s innovative and lightweight yet durable designs constantly evolve to provide urban adventurers and global thrill-seekers high-quality accessories to preserve the latest tech gear on the market, with the reassurance that their UAG mobile cases will perform in all extremes. Our badge of honor stands behind every single UAG product, receiving a military-grade certification for protection against shock by enduring rigorous laboratory drop-testing. Visit or for more information.



The Professional Teaching Awards Cymru are back to celebrate the very best in Welsh education

Education Secretary Kirsty Williams has announced the return of the Professional Teaching Awards Cymru to celebrate the commitment, dedication and hard work of teachers across Wales (Fri 22nd Sept).

Students, parents, colleagues and employers are being urged to nominate teaching professionals from across Wales that have made a real difference in their school or education setting.

The inaugural awards were held in 2017 with over 100 nominations being cast across the country. This year, the nine categories you can vote for include Teacher of the Year, Headteacher of the Year and Inspirational use of the Welsh Language.

Education Secretary Kirsty Williams said: “I am absolutely thrilled to confirm the Professional Teaching Awards Cymru are back for a second year. Last year we recognised some incredibly dedicated teachers and staff from all corners of the country and we’re looking forward to meeting even more inspiring individuals this year.

“Our teachers are central to our national mission to raise standards and make sure our children and young people reach their full potential.

“Nominations are now open and we would love the people of Wales to take a moment to put forward teachers and staff so we can recognise the best from across Wales.”

Anne Keane, who was HM Chief Inspector of Education and Training in Wales until her retirement in 2015, won the Welsh Government Special Recognition Award in 2017. Anne said: “It was wonderful to know that my peers in the education sector thought highly enough of my work to nominate me for a Professional Teaching Award. I want to wish the best of luck to schools and teachers being nominated across Wales for this year’s awards. I’m sure the next winner will be truly deserving of the accolade!”

Nominations are open until November, with the winners being revealed at an exclusive Awards ceremony in May 2018.

To nominate a teaching professional doing great work in your area, visit:

Join the conversation with #TeachingAwardsCymru  



The Professional Teaching Awards Cymru 2018 categories:

Supporting Teachers and Learners

School Business Manager/Bursar

Promoting Collaboration to Improve Learning Opportunities

Promoting Wellbeing, Inclusion and Relationships with the Community

Teacher of the Year

Headteacher of the Year

Outstanding New Teacher

Best use of Digital Learning

Inspirational use of the Welsh Language



‘Active Schools’ will support teachers and parents to increase kids’ activity throughout the school day


A nationwide drive to get primary school children moving was announced by Nike and Discovery Education today. ‘Active Schools’ will encourage pupils to be active for at least an hour each day, as part of a new education programme for schools.


The new initiative will support schools and parents to get kids moving, delivering simple resources, tools and activities for use throughout the school day and at home. Reaching thousands of pupils across the country, Active Schools will help teachers to create active school environments and children to lead healthier lives.


The collaboration focuses on movement, active play and fun, and gives teachers the resources they need to get kids moving before, during and after school. Research shows that regular physical activity throughout the day can lead to better behaviour, attendance and academic performance among children.


Dan Burrows, Senior Director of Community Impact EMEA for Nike said:


“Nike believes that kids are Made to Play, and we are excited to partner with Discovery Education as part of our long-term commitment to get kids moving. Today’s kids are part of the least active generation in history, yet we know that active children do better in every way. By helping schools to become active schools we hope to help every child thrive in school and in life.”


Catherine Howard, Director of Educational Partnerships at Discovery Education said:


“Discovery Education is delighted to be joining forces with Nike to launch this important new initiative to primary schools. We know that busy schedules can leave little time for exercise, so we’re making it easy for parents and teachers to build movement and play into daily routines. We’ll be working with Nike to create exciting resources, challenges and support for schools and parents, making everyday activity achievable and most importantly fun.”


Active Schools is now in development, and will be rolled out to schools in early 2018. One of the programme’s key elements will be the Active Schools Challenge, which will encourage schools to pledge commitment to daily activity in the classroom, playground and beyond.


Find out more about Nike’s commitment to getting kids moving and providing opportunities for equal playing fields for all at


See how Discovery Education works with schools to deliver outstanding digital resources, and inspire lifelong curiosity in learning, at