Head of prestigious West Sussex school joins Parsons Green Prep in Fulham.

Timothy Cannell, Head Master of the Prebendal School, Chichester West Sussex.
Picture date: Monday November 21, 2016.
Photograph by Christopher Ison ©

Tim Cannell, head at The Prebendal School in Chichester, West Sussex, since 2005, has been appointed head at Parsons Green Prep in Fulham, London. Starting in September 2017, Tim will cover Mrs Helen Stavert’s maternity leave. He will take on the role on a permanent basis if Helen decides not to return to the school.


Tim has a wide variety of experience in education with over 25 years within the independent sector. He has had responsibility for both pastoral welfare and academic excellence in schools. He is currently chairman of the Choir Schools Association (CSA), a member of IAPS (the Independent Association of Prep Schools), a governor of a boys’ prep school and an inspector for the ISI (Independent Schools Inspectorate). He also holds a Masters in Educational Management.


The Prebendal School is a co-educational prep school for 200 children aged 3 – 13. It is also the oldest school in Sussex. Under Tim’s leadership, the school recently received an excellent report from ISI inspectors and 73% of the Year 8 Leavers achieved a range of scholarships and awards to leading senior schools in 2016.


Regarding his skills, Tim comments: ‘Being an ISI inspector, I have seen and understand excellence in teaching and learning. I am also able to quickly understand schools and have the ability to work with parents to ensure that the school their child goes on to is the right one for them.’

On his ethos and vision for the school, Tim comments: ‘I believe it is important to maintain and build on the ethos and vision of Parsons Green Prep. On first looking around the school I was struck by the energy, enthusiasm and engagement of the children and staff. I firmly believe that schools should be places that put the pastoral welfare at their heart as if children feel happy and secure they will rise to the challenges that are put before them and have the courage to explore the many new opportunities that PGP has to offer. The vision is one of building on the fantastic things that are already happening, such as STEM and chess, and ensuring that the children are not only fully prepared to move on to their new schools but they learn lifelong skills and develop attitudes to learning and life that will allow them to be successful, whatever the future holds. For me it is the 30-year-old that looks back and understands how their education in the early years has shaped them and allowed them to flourish later in life. That shows what a real prep school education is about.’


Outside school, Tim’s hobbies and interests include walking and being outdoors, gardening, watching and taking part in sport, exploring new restaurants and renovating an old barn.


Lucinda Waring, founder of Parsons Green Prep, comments: ‘We are thrilled that Tim Cannell will be leading the PGP team from September and I look forward to him continuing to provide an excellent education for our children.’


For further press information and images, please contact:

Marcus Waring, head of marketing

T: 0207 371 9009

E: marcus.waring@parsonsgreenprep.co.uk

Educater announce Rising Stars partnership


Educater is delighted to announce an exciting new partnership which will see the Rising Stars Progression Frameworks incorporated into its STATonline primary assessment tool, enabling teachers to record pupil progress, gather evidence and plan against the Rising Stars Progression Frameworks.

Frameworks for English, Maths, Science, Computing and History will be included as an option alongside Educater’s current content partners STAT Sheffield and NAHT Assessment Frameworks. Educater is now in a position to incorporate any school content into its STATonline assessment tracker.

Rising Stars released the Progression Frameworks following the launch of the new curriculum in 2014 tohe frameworks break down the curriculum into individual statements with “what to look for” guidance to help teachers make reliable judgements about children’s knowledge an understanding throughout the primary years.

Educater’s Director Gareth Heggie said: “We are very pleased to have developed a close relationship with Rising Stars and to be able to include their frameworks into our STATonline pupil assessment system.

“Rising Stars share our dedication in providing an online, working solution that helps pupils progress and reach their true potential. These frameworks have already proven to be a valuable resource for schools and significantly saves time for teachers when planning lessons.”

Katie Blainey, Publishing Director at Rising Stars, added, “We are delighted to be working with Educater to provide schools with access to the Rising Stars Progression Frameworks through the STATonline assessment system.

“We hope that the frameworks will continue to support teachers with making well-informed judgements about children’s learning across the school.”

For more information on the Educater’s STATonline module, please visit https://www.educater.co.uk/view-the-modules/statonline


Strengthening the foundations of global education

  • Education experts from around the world gathered to discuss and make recommendations as part of UNESCO’s Sustainable Development Goal 4
  • Central topic of the event was the fragmentation of teacher training, and the impact of failing recruitment and retention
  • A report summarising the recommendations made at the summit will be presented to UNESCO as part of the Education 2030 Framework for Action

9 May 2017: At London’s National Liberal Club on Thursday 4 May 2017, education experts from around the world gathered to discuss UNESCO’s Education 2030 Framework for Action, focusing specifically on the impact and improvement of teacher training worldwide.

Delegates included spokespeople from the OECD, MirandaNet, The Association for Information Technology in Teacher Education (ITTE), and UNESCO, who were joined by representatives from education companies, associations, and universities from around the world, aiming to develop a collaborative plan for improving global education.

Issues at hand included: the impact of poverty upon teaching and learning, including the statistic that 263 million children worldwide are currently out of school; the fragmentation of teacher training and the need to help teachers to understand their impact on young people’s lives; the importance of metrics and measurements in all aspects of education; and promoting quality and inclusion through a framework of aspiration, access and achievement.

Throughout the day, breakout sessions allowed delegates from various institutions, companies and associations to map out a plan of action that includes all areas of education and how they can, in the words of Professor Brian Hudson from the World Education Research Association, “work relentlessly for the sake of all learners”.

Gary Brace, Vice Chair of the UK National Commission for UNESCO, said: “Pedagogy, or the relationship between teaching, learning and culture, is the central enabler of the Education 2030 targets. We are working to put together an international framework of indicators to measure student engagement, peer collaboration, assessment processes, and teacher education, so that we can gather constructive data for schools to move forward.”

Professor Christina Preston, founder of MirandaNet, continued: “In the landscape of education today, we should look to communities of practice for guidance. As governments continue to cut education budgets, the more we need to work collaboratively in order to move forward.”

Companies that collaborated in support of the event included Iris Connect, Gaia Technologies, SAGE Publishing and Just2easy, all of which are MirandaNet associates.


Pupils from two primary schools stepped into the exciting world of television at Discovery Channel on Friday after their classmates scooped first prize in a national Roald Dahl competition.

Alfie Richards, 9, from Irthlingborough Junior School in Wellingborough, and Raiya Mann, 7, from Glendower Prep School in London were the winners of Discovery Education’s Sweet Inventions Competition, which encouraged children to step into the shoes of Willy Wonka by inventing their own sweets. The competition was held to mark the centenary of author Roald Dahl’s birth, and attracted thousands of entries from across the UK.

Irthlingborough pupil Alfie impressed judges with his design for ‘Magi-Choc’, a magical chocolate bar which changes shape and colour, while Glendower Prep’s Raiya created ‘Marvellous Morphing Melties’ – magical sweets which can make children shrink and grow in size.

As part of their prize the pupils and their classmates were whisked to Discovery Channel HQ in London where they visited the home of some of the world’s most famous TV shows. The children also enjoyed a fun afternoon of Roald Dahl themed activities, including decorating Charlie and the Chocolate Factory sweet wrappers and making Fantastic Mr Fox doughnuts with Discovery’s own Head Chef.

Alfie and Raiya’s winning designs will form part of a special exhibition at the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Buckinghamshire later this year. The talented pupils took time out from their prize day to work with a professional designer, and see their artwork turned into posters ready for the show.

Alfie said:


“I was excited to see what it would be like inside Discovery Channel, and to take part in the different Roald Dahl activities – especially making the doughnuts! I like Roald Dahl’s books because they are really imaginative. James and the Giant Peach is my favourite.”


Raiya said:


“I was excited to come to the Discovery Channel and learn about the different types of programmes they make here. Roald Dahl is my favourite author so I was proud to win the competition. His characters are very funny. My favourite book is George’s Marvellous Medicine and I like making potions of my own at home!”

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

“Roald Dahl is one of our best-loved children’s authors, and we were delighted with the response to our competition. It was lovely to welcome Alfie, Raiya and their classmates to Discovery HQ to experience the magical world of broadcasting and see their sweet inventions brought to life.”

Over 2600 pupils took part in the Sweet Inventions Competition, which was launched in September last year alongside new resources in Discovery Education Espresso’s award-winning digital learning service. Created in partnership with the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Buckinghamshire, the new multi-media content includes e-books, interactive games and videos, bringing Dahl’s work to life for a new generation of learners.

The Roald Dahl module is available now to schools with a Discovery Education Espresso subscription. With content closely aligned to the National Curriculum, the module supports the teaching and learning of Key Stage 2 English Objectives. Schools interested in a free trial of the Discovery Education Espresso service can request one here.


Primary schools across the UK are using an award-winning digital learning service to get pupils ready for next week’s SATs tests.


Discovery Education Espresso is helping thousands of teachers by providing dynamic online resources which keep children engaged and make revision fun.


Maintaining a love of learning can be a challenge as assessments approach, but the appeal of technology keeps lessons exciting, igniting pupil interest and boosting attainment.


One of the schools using Espresso this week is Grangehurst Primary School in Coventry. The digital learning service is integral to the school’s SATS preparation, as Assistant Headteacher Gemma Clarke explains:


“Interactive digital content really engages pupils at a time when they might be inclined to switch-off. Discovery Education Espresso’s grammar and punctuation modules videos cover all of the SATs subject areas, offering simple step-by-step explanations tailored to each paper. The lively activities help us to inject fun into revision and bring lessons back to life.”


With over 23,000 multi-media resources including practice questions, videos and activities, the Discovery Education Espresso platform provides schools with everything they need to get ready for the assessments. It also gives teachers much needed support, equipping them with the tools and expert insight to approach the tests with confidence.


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


“Preparing for SATs can be a stressful time for schools. Discovery Education Espresso’s curriculum-matched resources give teachers the confidence that pupils are fully prepared – while maintaining their love of learning.”


Assistant Headteacher Gemma Clarke continues:


“We could never have fully anticipated the impact which Espresso would have in our school. Our pupils are really switched on to learning, and teachers feel fully supported in their pre-SATs journey. I can’t imagine two more vital ingredients for success.”


Primary schools can request a free trial of Discovery Education Espresso at: discoveryeducation.co.uk/trials.