Kortext partners with Microsoft to make studying easier for students

Kortext, the UK’s leading digital textbook platform, is working with Microsoft to give students and universities easy access to thousands of textbooks anytime, anywhere and on any device.

The partnership agreement will see Kortext integrate its digital textbook software into the Microsoft Office 365 cloud-based platform, now used by over 100 universities in the UK and thousands more globally.

By adding over 200,000 education titles to Office 365, including the key front list textbooks from all major publishers such as Pearson, Cengage and Wiley, Kortext and Microsoft are able to offer an affordable and extensive selection of digital learning materials to universities worldwide.

The platform integrates the content with detailed student engagement analytics to deliver what universities need to better support student learning outcomes.

Kortext is also producing a new app for the Universal Windows 10 Platform, which will contain a number of unique features to aid students in their learning as they access their key textbooks through the platform.

David Langridge, Education senior director at Microsoft, said: “We are delighted to work with Kortext as they represent a key strategic partner for us as more and more universities adopt their learning platform, and want to see the key textbooks that Kortext delivers tightly integrated into their learning ecosystem. As we continue to roll out Office 365 to the worldwide education market having Kortext as a content partner allows us to provide future-proofed solutions that can deliver today, as well as tomorrow.”

James Gray, CEO of Kortext, said: “I am delighted that Microsoft has chosen to partner with Kortext as it very much validates our technology and solutions, as we continue to develop our platform for the modern learning environment. Partnering with Microsoft means that we can accelerate our global reach as the Microsoft Office 365 platform has over 15 million UK education users and over 200 million education users worldwide. By integrating Kortext with Office 365 we can give users unparalleled access to the content they require and provide an enhanced user experience.”

Marc Wells, deputy director of the education technology unit at Imperial College Business School, said:  “We have been delighted with our partnership with Kortext who have delivered digital textbooks to our students for the last two years and who, in our opinion, continue to innovate ahead of any other provider in the market. We look forward to our faculty and students, who are big users of Microsoft Office 365 and Kortext, benefiting from this new partnership.”

For more information, please visit http://www.kortext.com/



– Innovative Lancashire primary school embarks on new professional development effort empowering educators to use digital content to improve achievement, and prepare students for the challenges of tomorrow. –


London, United Kingdom (27 October 2015) – Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content for primary schools, announced that it has partnered with Flakefleet Primary School in Fleetwood, Lancashire on a new professional development effort that will support teachers as they prepare today’s students to meet tomorrow’s challenges.


As part of this new partnership, Discovery Education will provide a one-year, customised programme of professional development that will support the teaching and non-teaching staff in developing consistent and effective instructional practices using digital content and technology. Flakefleet is a dynamic and pioneering school, so this one-year plan will allow staff to further develop and hone their skills in using technology, digital resources and proven pedagogical strategies to enhance student learning. Created around specific school needs, the programme is focused on bringing long term change throughout the school.


Some of the areas that teachers and management will be developing with Discovery Education include curriculum leadership and digital literacy, developing coding expertise through computational thinking, and effectively introducing tablet devices in to the classroom.


“In recent years we have been at the forefront of introducing technology within teaching and management at the school. We were impressed that Discovery Education, through extensive consultation with us, responded to our unique needs with a clear, engaging professional development programme to support the whole staff. Covering virtually the entire primary curriculum, this exciting training will help us raise attainment even higher,” said Mike Barnes, out-going Head teacher at Flakefleet who developed the partnership.


Flakefeet Primary School staff, like Key Stage 1 leader, Lucy Beardow, further explained, “The programme has merged seamlessly with our school ethos.  All the resources and activities are ideal for the developmental needs of our 21st Century learners and have created a sense of excitement for the continuing partnership between Discovery Education and Flakefleet.”


By working in partnership with Discovery Education, all teachers at Flakefleet will be supported by the Discovery Education Community. A network of education professionals who are passionate about transforming the learning experience with digital media, the Community connects members around the world through social media, virtual conferences and in-person events.


“We’re so proud to be working with the fantastic team at Flakefleet, helping to empower all staff and students to become digital leaders,” said Sam Legroun, Partnerships Manager at Discovery Education. “Through this partnership Flakefleet will be building on their forward-thinking approach and will also benefit from being members of the Discovery Education Community.”


For more information about Discovery Education’s Professional Development service and other services and resources, visit www.discoveryeducation.co.uk.

Fennies Gets Heroic for Great Ormond Street Hospital

Fennies Gets Heroic for Great Ormond Street Hospital

October 26, 2015

Children and staff at Fennies day nursery and preschool in Sanderstead are set to dress as caped crusaders, superheroes and comic book stars on Friday to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Four-year-old Jack Clark was admitted to the hospital with severe eczema but thanks to the care he received he was able to return to Fennies nursery after a week of treatment.

His mum Hannah Mills, who is the Manager of Fennies at Beech House in Sanderstead, wants the nursery to get in the spirit of Heroes Day on Friday October 30th to raise as much as possible for the specialist children’s hospital.

“He was a different child when he came back – so full of energy,” said Hannah. “I am amazed at how fantastic Great Ormond Street Hospital is.

“When he was admitted I was in a bit of shock as 95% of Jack’s body was covered in infected eczema. The doctors and nurses were so friendly and they even helped by making him his very own sticker chart to reward him every time he put his wraps on and took his medicine.

“I will never forget the first morning he woke up and said ‘Mummy, my ouchies have all gone.’

“Jack has been suffering for the last year and has not slept through the night in a very long time. A couple of days with the fantastic nurses and doctors really reassured us as well as Jack. We know it’s not a cure and it will most probably flare up again, but I know that he is in good hands if it does.”

The nursery will also be holding a cake sale on the day to raise further cash, and local police and ambulance services are also scheduled to visit to speak to the children about safety.

“The children will be able to hear from some real heroes!” Hannah added:

Photo opportunity – photographers and press are invited to attend Fennies at Beech House, 15 Church Way, Sanderstead, Surrey, CR2 0JT between 9:30am and 11:30am to take photos of the children’s fancy dress and speak to Hannah Mills and staff. If you would like to attend please email jez@weareshootingstar.co.uk or call 01522 528540.

Leading education assurance provider rebrands as RSM

One of the leading audit and assurance providers to the UK education and skills sector is today changing its name as part of a global rebranding exercise.

Baker Tilly is today adopting the name RSM, uniting under a single common brand with RSM audit, tax and consulting firms across the world.

RSM International is the seventh largest network of independent audit, tax and consulting firms, encompassing more than 110 countries, 730 offices and more than 37,500 people. The network’s total fee income is $4.4bn.

In the UK, RSM has over 550 clients across the education and skills sector – academy trusts, further education colleges, higher education institutions, independent schools, private training providers and associated regulatory authorities – making RSM one of the top three audit and assurance providers to this sector. In addition to undertaking external and internal audit services, the firm also provides other services including tax, VAT, IT assurance, social impact assessments and restructuring advice.

Lisa Randall, RSM’s head of education, said: ‘This is a significant move for our firm as it will mean that we are better able to support our clients wherever they do business in the world.

‘However, while our name might be changing, we remain absolutely committed to the education sector. We will continue to invest in this sector, supporting both our existing clients and the sector as a whole, for whom it will be very much business as usual.’

To coincide with the rebrand, the firm will be launching its new look website at rsmuk.com.

Education Forum 16-17th November – Don’t miss it!

With less than three weeks to go, things are well underway at the Education Forum HQ, ahead of the event taking place on the 16th & 17th of next month.

The team have been working non-stop to ensure a great line up of suppliers, delegates and presentation/seminar speakers for a day and a half of meetings, networking and learning.

Included in the 2 day programme is a host of industry leading professionals eager to share their stories and experiences, including Jack Salter from the Department for Education.

Working most recently as the Head of Commercial Policy, Jack has 30 years of public sector knowledge specifically around procurement and industry buying.

In Jack’s opening presentation, he will cover ‘Recent & forthcoming changes to legislation around spending public money’, exploring the legalities and frameworks behind public spend, as well as discussing different policies and developing current public sector contracts.

Subsequent seminars see the likes of Heather Mitchell from Browne Jacobson LLP discussing ‘Essential employment updates post-election and misconceptions in the management of school staff’, Rob Coulthard of Judgement Index UK Ltd’s ‘Assessing values to improve performance quality and reduce risk, Louise Hosking of Hosking Associate’s sharing ‘CDM 2015: Everything you NEED to know, but are afraid to ask’ and finally Paul Madia of Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School and Blue Sky Teaching Alliance showing ‘How a bespoke eco-building can add more to a school than just extra space.

The Education Forum prides itself on the ability to not only aid in the creation of new contacts, but a day of relevant learnings and meetings, specific to the individual.

Whether you’re a supplier or a delegate, you are guaranteed a tailor-made, unique itinerary of business meetings with those that you are interested in meeting with.

For suppliers, we ensure that all of our delegates are pre-qualified and have an active tender for your products and services and have the seniority to authorise spend.
We do all of the hard work for you – by supplying you with a dedicated meeting stand, which includes furniture, electrics, name board and Wi-Fi, all you need to supply is your best representative and relevant marketing material.

For delegates, we take the time out of endlessly searching for new suppliers that may or may not be relevant to your needs, by putting you in contact with those that are specific to your company’s current and upcoming requirements.

As well as the above, both parties can look forward to a day of networking throughout coffee and refreshments breaks, over lunches and not forgetting our exclusive gala dinner which hosts an evening of entertainment.

We even provide you with overnight accommodation and breakfast to prepare you for your next day of business meetings.

If you’d like to find out more information on becoming a supplier at our event, please contact Katie Tompsett on 01992 374094 or email Katie.tompsett@forumevents.co.uk

If you’d like to find out more information on your complimentary invitation as a delegate, please contact Clare Element on 01992 374068 or email c.element@forumevents.co.uk.

Alternatively, please join us online on the below platforms.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Website: http://www.forumevents.co.uk/events/education-forum/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/EducationFForum


National charity reaches out to deaf young people at school

A new way of supporting deaf pupils at mainstream schools has been launched by the National Deaf Children’s Society.


Nearly 80% of deaf children in England attend a school where they may be the only deaf child enrolled. Without the right support, deaf children and young people are vulnerable to isolation, abuse, bullying and poor self-esteem.


The ‘Helping Hands’ project aims to improve the confidence, skills and aspirations of deaf children and young people by training deaf pupils, aged 10-18 to mentor deaf pupils of all ages. This gives deaf children and young people the opportunity to meet and make friends with other deaf people and develop informal networks of peer support.


The National Deaf Children’s Society has been running the ‘Helping Hands’ project by training mentors in London, the Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber, and the North East. Feedback from students and teachers has allowed the National Deaf Children’s Society to develop and design a ‘toolkit’ which will allow professionals to independently launch peer support groups for deaf pupils in their own schools.


One buddy involved in the project said of her mentor:


“I had never met another deaf teenager like me so I was amazed that my buddy was deaf too and understood all the things about being deaf.


“I feel more confident now because my mentor encouraged me to do a deaf awareness assembly which has really helped at school. I feel happy when I think about the future now.”


Isabel Reid, Helping Hands Project Officer, who was at the launch in Birmingham said:


“It’s so important to have a dedicated deaf peer scheme where deaf children and young people can support one another, build up their emotional resilience and share coping strategies in order to tackle the challenges that life may throw at them. It’s all about helping deaf children and young people to develop a positive deaf identity.


“I would encourage all schools with a deaf pupil to take up the opportunity. You can find out more at our website www.ndcs.org.uk or get in touch with our Freephone Helpline on 0808 800 8880.”


The Helping Hands Project is funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund.

Only one fifth of 5 – 15 year olds are getting enough physical exercise

A Public Health England briefing* published today (Monday 19 October) has made recommendations to promote walking to tackle the levels of inactivity within children.

The briefing, titled ‘What works in schools and colleges to increase physical activity’, shows that only one in five 5-15 year olds are currently achieving the recommended levels of physical activity (at least 60 minutes a day). It endorses the promotion of active travel, such as walking and cycling, as a route to tackling inactivity and has acknowledged the work of Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking, in promoting active travel within schools.

The briefing recommends the use of monitoring and evaluation so that any changes in physical activity are recorded and cites Living Streets’ Travel Tracker as an example. Travel Tracker is a digital resource for classrooms which makes it easy and fun for pupils and teachers to record daily journeys to school.

This tool is used as part of WoW (Walk Once a Week), Living Streets’ year-round incentive scheme which rewards children who walk to school at least once a week with a collectible WoW badge.

Emily Humphreys, Director of Policy and Communications, Living Streets says:

“Physical inactivity now accounts for one in six deaths in the UK and we’re growing more and more unhealthy. We must act now to turn our sedentary lifestyles into more active ones and it’s vital that we educate our younger generation on the benefits of walking.  

‘’Swapping four wheels for two feet on short journeys such as the walk to school is free, accessible and easy, and it’s a great way for children and families to build a healthy habit into their daily routine.”

St. Godric’s RC Primary School in Durham saw an increase in its walk to school rate from 34 per cent to 62 per cent following its participation in WoW and the use of Living Streets’ Travel Tracker. A year later it has increased further to 70 per cent.   

The school’s head teacher Catherine Craig says:

“The WoW scheme is easy-to-run and manageable. It only asks families to walk once a week, every week in a month. The Travel Tracker is fun and interactive, and the children like using it to record their daily journeys.

“The badges are an effective mechanism to drip feed the messages around walking to school all through the school year. There is huge excitement when the badges are handed out at the end of each month, together with class of the month trophy.”

WoW currently encourages almost 400,000 children to get walking across the UK, has increased walking to participating primary schools by 26% on average, and been shown to cut driving by more than a third.

The Government has committed to increasing the walk to school rate from 46 per cent to 55 per cent by 2025. Living Streets is keen to see funds allocated to this commitment to ensure this target is met.

*What works in schools and colleges to increase physical activity? A briefing for head teachers, college principals, staff working in education settings, directors of public health and wider partners.

The Youth Sport Trust (YST) and Association of Colleges Sport (AoC) were commissioned to work with PHE to develop the content of the briefing. The report is supported by the Department for Education, Department of Health, Department for Transport and Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Letter from the CMA to schools and school uniform suppliers on competition law

From: Ann Pope Senior Director, Enforcement 15 October 2015

Dear Head teacher, governing board, school uniform supplier, School uniform prices I am writing to you about the appointment of exclusive suppliers for school uniforms. There is strong evidence that this practice has increased the cost of uniforms significantly – by as much as £5 to £10 per item – and this is a real concern to large numbers of parents and carers across the country, who have to foot the bill. Head teachers, governing boards and school uniform suppliers are all in a position to influence the arrangements which schools put in place for the supply of uniforms to help ensure that prices are competitive and deliver good value for money. The remainder of this letter contains more detailed information about the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) concerns and powers in this area. Please read it carefully and consider whether the arrangements you have in place are likely to lead to competitive prices and good quality. Background The beginning of another school year has brought fresh complaints from parents and carers about the price and quality of school uniforms to the attention of the CMA. These complaints question whether it is legitimate for schools to appoint exclusive school uniform suppliers or retailers and so prevent parents and carers from buying cheaper, and sometimes better quality, school uniforms from alternative outlets, such as supermarkets. An Office of Fair Trading (OFT)1 report in 2012 (which followed earlier work by the OFT in this area in 2006)2 highlighted the problem of schools restricting the number 1 The OFT closed on 31 March 2014 and its work and responsibilities have passed to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) from 1 April 2014.The OFT’s work and responsibilities have passed to a number 2 http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20140402142426/http:/www.oft.gov.uk/OFTwork/marketswork/othermarketswork/school-uniforms#named5 2 of outlets where uniforms could be bought. The report found that where schools restricted the availability of items of uniform, prices could be as much as £5 to £10 higher per item leading to parents and carers paying more than £50m in higher costs. 3 Following the 2012 report, the OFT wrote to the Head teachers of over 30,000 state primary and secondary schools in the UK to raise awareness of the issue and encourage them to review their existing school uniform arrangements. Head teachers were asked to ensure that steps were taken to end any arrangements with a single retailer or supplier and, where these arrangements were considered unavoidable, to introduce competition into the process of choosing retailers or suppliers. Why competition amongst businesses that supply school uniforms is important Competition benefits school uniform suppliers and retailers and their customers (schools and parents and carers). Customers benefit from lower prices, better quality goods and services, new and innovative products and greater choice. For suppliers and retailers, competition allows them to offer better deals than their rivals and win custom. This in turn drives their rivals to be more competitive. Where suppliers and retailers enter into arrangements which restrict the ability of rivals to compete for that business competition is weakened and it can lead to higher prices, poorer quality products and services and more limited choice for their customers. In the case of school uniforms, which can be expensive purchases – particularly for low income and large families – where there are no restrictions on the number of outlets selling their children’s uniform, competition is likely to provide parents and carers with greater choice and encourage shopping around. In order to win custom, suppliers and retailers of school uniforms may be incentivised to offer the best deal possible. This in turn should bring down the prices of uniforms and improve their quality. Potential anti-competitive arrangements and conduct Where schools appoint uniform suppliers or retailers, they, and their uniform suppliers or retailers need to be aware that their arrangements or conduct may be scrutinised under competition law. Problematic arrangements may include long term exclusive arrangements between schools and uniform suppliers or retailers, or where these arrangements provide 3 http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20140402142426/http://www.oft.gov.uk/OFTwork/marketswork/othermarketswork/school-uniforms 3 uniform suppliers or retailers with a local monopoly and they abuse that position by, for instance, charging excessive prices. These types of arrangement or conduct may break competition law and could be investigated formally by the CMA, particularly where the conduct of suppliers or retailers is suspect. Businesses that are found to have broken competition law can be fined up to 10% of their annual turnover and ordered to change their behaviour. What you need to do The CMA welcomes the positive action that some schools, suppliers and retailers have taken in reviewing their arrangements. However competition concerns persist and there is still scope to do more to drive competition in the sale of their uniforms, bring prices down and promote better quality and choice. The CMA is today issuing this open letter to Head teachers, governing boards, school uniform suppliers and retailers to advise them to check that their current arrangements do not break competition law. Given that assessing whether arrangements comply with competition law can be a complex business, the CMA has published a range of guidance on its website to help businesses comply with competition law, including a quick guide to competition law compliance.4 The Department for Education has also published school uniform guidance aimed at helping schools and local authorities make decisions on school uniforms.5 The guidance recommends that in setting its school uniform policy, the school and governing boards should ensure that parents are getting good value for money. In the meantime there are specific steps you can take:  As a Head teacher & governing board you need to ensure that you take on board parents’ and carers’ views on school uniform policy and that you prioritise providing value for money when selecting your school uniform suppliers and retailers. In addition we strongly recommend that you call for a review of your school’s current uniform arrangements with any exclusive supplier or retailer with a view to ensuring that future school uniform policy looks to drive competition between suppliers and retailers, whether by appointing several outlets, or where there is a specific justification for not doing so, ensuring that the sole outlet is subject to a competitive tender on a regular basis.  As a school uniform supplier or retailer if you have an exclusive arrangement, check that it and your pricing policy do not break competition law. If you are finding it difficult in getting schools to agree to you selling their uniforms because of exclusive supply arrangements please consider raising 4 https://www.gov.uk/topic/competition/competition-act-cartels 5 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/school-uniform 4 any issues you have with the CMA. You can contact us on 0203 738 6000 or email a reporting form.6 School uniform case study One example of how a school and its governing board successfully worked together to ensure parents were getting value for money in relation to school uniform can be found at Caldew School in Cumbria.7 The governing board at Caldew were determined to ensure that their school uniform was affordable and parents had a wide choice of suppliers to purchase from. The school now allows more generic school uniform items to be worn, such as shirts and trousers, and these can be purchased from many different outlets including supermarkets. The school also regularly meets with its supplier to ensure quality and affordability are maintained. Further work by the CMA In addition to monitoring whether school uniform arrangements or related conduct are anti-competitive and should be prioritised for enforcement action, the CMA intends to engage with the National Governors’ Association and the Parent Teacher Association UK to try to galvanise the sector to bring about change and become more competitive. We hope that this letter helps you understand how important it is for healthy competition to exist in the supply of school uniforms, so parents and carers are able to buy good quality, affordable items of school uniform from different outlets. Yours faithfully Ann Pope Senior Director, Enforcement

CMA advises schools and suppliers over uniform prices

The CMA has written to head teachers, governing boards and suppliers urging them to make school uniforms available at the best prices possible.

The open letter explains that some parents in England have been forced to pay up to £10 extra per item where schools appoint exclusive uniform suppliers and the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is pointing out that these arrangements may not be offering parents value for money.

The CMA has received complaints from parents concerned about prices and quality as they bought new uniforms for the new school term in September. The open letter arrives just before the half-term break, when many parents may have to buy additional items for their children.

School governing boards are advised to call for a review of uniform arrangements to ensure there is competition between suppliers and retailers, and head teachers are urged to listen to parents and Department for Education guidance and prioritise value for money when choosing uniform policy.

Suppliers and retailers which have arrangements in place with schools are urged to check they are not in breach of competition law which could risk enforcement action, and potential suppliers and retailers finding it difficult to sell school uniforms because of exclusive supply arrangements already in place are encouraged to complain to the CMA.

Ann Pope, CMA Senior Director, said:

Buying school uniforms can be very expensive and particularly hits low income families and those with a number of children, so it is important parents and carers are able to shop around.

We urge everyone involved to ensure that they are providing a good service to parents and carers and complying with Department for Education guidance. We will continue monitoring the sector and will consider taking enforcement action, if it is necessary.

A National Governors’ Association (NGA) spokeswoman said:

NGA recognises that school uniform can form a key part of the identity of a school, but governing boards should make every effort to keep uniform costs to a minimum and make sure it is as widely available to purchase as possible.

Emma Williams, PTA UK Executive Director said:

PTA UK supports the CMA in calling for governing boards and head teachers to listen to parents and carers on school uniform and recommends schools consult with their parent body over the development of policies. The school uniform is a good example of how schools and parents can work together to develop a policy which supports both the needs of the school and the parents. PTA UK supports the CMA campaign and welcomes its focus on the cost of school uniform to help ensure parents get the best value for money possible.

Sam Royston, Director of Policy at The Children’s Society, said:

School uniform costs can be a millstone around the necks of poorer parents, contributing to a cycle of debt and damaging the opportunities and well-being of lower income pupils. One reason for the high costs are policies that force parents to buy clothing from specialist shops, and prevent them from buying cheaper items from supermarkets. We hope the CMA’s letter will prompt all schools to take a fresh look at their policies and make sure every parent is given the chance to shop around for the best deal.

This campaign by the CMA builds on previous work by the Office of Fair Trading, which conducted a school uniform survey in 2012 and a fact-finding review in 2006.

The main findings of the 2012 survey included:

  • 74% of state schools place restrictions on where uniforms can be bought
  • These restrictions lead to parents paying £5 to 10 more for individual items and the estimate for the total detriment to parents of school age children is £4.9 million each year for primary school children and £5.5 million for secondary school children
  • The most common reasons given for imposing restrictions were the desire to maintain quality and consistency

However, a number of schools reported that they were planning to review their arrangements and the open letter and accompanying guidance is intended to help that process.

The Department for Education published school uniform guidance for schools in England in 2013. The guidance recommends that in setting its school uniform policy, the school and governing body should ensure that parents are getting good value for money.

Notes for editors

  1. The CMA is the UK’s primary competition and consumer authority. It is an independent non-ministerial government department with responsibility for carrying out investigations into mergers, markets and the regulated industries and enforcing competition and consumer law.
  2. Suppliers who are unable to sell their products because of exclusive supply arrangements, should consider raising the issue with the CMA.
  3. The principles of the CMA’s letter apply to any exclusive supply arrangements relating to schools across the UK.
  4. Enquiries should be directed to Simon Belgard (simon.belgard@cma.gsi.gov.uk, 020 3738 6472).
  5. For more information on the CMA see our homepage or follow us on Twitter @CMAgovuk, Flickr and LinkedIn. Sign up to our email alerts to receive updates on Competition Act 1998 and cartels cases.

Local school wins national Good Schools Guide Award

Canterbury Steiner  School recognised for excellence in annual awards


12th October 2015: Canterbury Steiner School, Garlinge Green, Chartham has won a 2015 Good Schools Guide Award for Boys taking Art & Design (3D Studies) at GCSE.


Canterbury Steiner School has been presented with this award by The Good Schools Guide for out-performing all other English schools in its category. The prestigious annual awards, which are in their 9th year, are based on a detailed analysis of the most recent examination results, and are designed to highlight consistently good teaching.


Mr Ewout Van-Manen, School Leader said, ‘We are absolutely delighted to be acknowledged in this way for our excellence in Art & Design. This is a very proud moment for Canterbury Steiner School and the hard working teaching staff. We are sure it will inspire and encourage our pupils who are working towards their GCSEs.’


Ralph Lucas, Editor of The Good Schools Guide, comments, ‘Our annual awards scheme is designed to recognise and reward excellence in teaching in every subject area at both GCSE and A Level or equivalent. Our awards give individual teachers and departments where teaching is at its very best the recognition they deserve.’


The Good Schools Guide Awards are based on a series of calculations which take into account relative popularity and performance of the subject, absolute performance, and percentage of pupils taking the subject.


The Good Schools Guide is the largest independent guide to UK schools. The celebratory hard-back 20th Edition is available now and contains 1300 good schools across both the independent and state sectors. It is available from good book shops or on-line at www.goodschoolsguide.co.uk.