LOOKING ONLINE IS THE WAY TO SAVE TEACHERS’ PRECIOUS TIME

Jamil Khalil, CEO of online content creation platform Wakelet, explores how Teachers can reduce their daily workload with the help of innovative content curation tools.

A recent YouGov survey by an education charity revealed that 75 per cent of UK teachers are reporting symptoms of stress. It is common knowledge that teacher workloads are on the increase in the UK due to the rising demands of paperwork, lesson planning and marking, so what can be done to ease their load?

Administrative burden

From primary school teachers right up to university lecturers, researching and collating information to use in lessons is a key part of many educational roles, and it’s made harder and more laborious by the sheer amount of information that must be sifted through on Google.

As a result, teachers can spend hours researching online as part of their lesson planning, and tedious admin tasks can eat into precious downtime, or time that could be spent doing more productive work. Additionally, we know that they often have to create presentations to show to their students, which – again – can take hours, and usually involves cutting and pasting information, taking screenshots of articles, and even incorporating social media content into presentations, which are then saved onto their PC or laptop.

It’s not just preparing for lessons that can eat into teachers’ precious time. Students are regularly tasked with creating presentations and collating their coursework into portfolios, which can be a time-consuming task and can often look amateur, despite the effort involved. And, as part of regular homework tasks and wider projects, students also have to use the internet to research information on a wide variety of topics, saving images and copying and pasting links of relevant content into documents for reference. Teachers are then faced with the prospect of spending hours reviewing the documents students have created, with no easy way for them to save, access or annotate them.

Technological revolution

In the fourth industrial revolution, it is no surprise that leveraging emerging and established technologies could provide the key for many teachers looking to reduce the time spent on admin and resourcing.

There is a vast array of tools, services, applications and products available to educators, some developed specifically for the profession and others that are more generic but could be the perfect ally for the classroom. From software for lesson planning and tools for teaching and learning to parent communication apps, a variety of services exist to help ease the administrative burden on teachers.

Having access to information already curated by a human not an algorithm, for example, could hugely speed up the research process. At Harvard University in the USA and Manchester Metropolitan University, amongst others, staff are using Wakelet – a digital resource that allows teachers to organise relevant information from a variety of sources – including Google and Twitter – into visual collections.

Teachers are able to collate relevant information on anything, from historical events to world current affairs stories, and create collections and pages that can be shown to students and updated in real time. There are thousands of collections already made available to view, on subjects as varying as the refugee crisis to the latest season of your favourite TV show. The beauty of Wakelet for saving teachers time is that they can tap into content already created by their fellow educators, as well as quickly and easily collating content that comes from discussions they have during their classes.

Elsewhere, schools, colleges and universities are using tools such as Nearpod, a resource that provides a range of pre-made, fully interactive lessons, and Kahoot!, a game-based learning platform and one of the world’s fastest-growing learning brands.

In practice

For teachers, tech like this has a multitude of possibilities, with each platform giving them a variety of options to ease their working life.

For example, university lecturers have reported that Wakelet has multipurpose use for education: organising course materials in one place, digital storytelling, recapping Twitter chats, ePortfolios and more. Others highlight that it has given them a simple and easy way to collate information that tells a story.

The ease of use is key; teachers report that they can be up and running on these platforms in no time, and many, like Wakelet, are free to use or have free trials, so teachers can explore and discover the tech that can make their lives easier.

Wakelet allows users to curate different types of media to create bespoke, creative and contextual collections that can be saved and shared. It also encourages the world’s curators to create relevant content based on their personal knowledge, passion and interests. It currently has over a million individual and business users, and education users include Harvard University, Manchester Metropolitan University and The University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

First ever multi-player AR game is created for schools

• Ground-breaking game was designed by teachers at Twinkl to bring AR into the classroom

• ‘Little Red’ teaches children to collaborate as they code

The first ever augmented reality product for multi-players and devices has been launched by Twinkl Educational Publishing today (Tuesday 18th September).

The game ‘Little Red’ is the latest edu-tech offering from Twinkl, and teaches children to code and collaborate as they work together to help the familiar character of Little Red Riding Hood through the forest.

Created for Key Stage 1 but suitable for ages 5+, Little Red can now be downloaded for free from the App Store.

The game was created in-house at Twinkl by its team of teachers, graphic designers, illustrators, app developers and content writers.

“We’ve designed Little Red specifically for educators,” explained Pete Casson, Chief Technology Officer at Twinkl.

“The beauty of the game is that although it follows the English National Curriculum for coding it can be used anytime and anywhere and not just as part of IT lessons.

“We have over 500 resources about Little Red Riding Hood on the Twinkl website, so the game can be included as part of a wider scheme or during a lesson in a different subject area. It’s quick and easy to use and can be used by groups of children, individuals or with the whole class.”

The technology for the game to work in multi-player has just been released through the new Apple iOS 12 operating system. The game supports up to four devices with 2 players and 2 viewers, for a unique gaming experience.

“We are only just unlocking the potential that AR and other emerging technologies have for the education sector,” said Pete.

“But we need to ensure that the products we are creating always relate back to the teacher and how it will help them in the classroom and best enhance the learning experiences of their pupils.

“We are now continuing to work with our teaching community so they can help us shape the future of AR in education and build on the steps we have already taken with Little Red.”

Used by educators across the world, Twinkl provides resources ranging from traditional materials such as worksheets and crafts to ground-breaking technology designed specifically for the sector.

Little Red can be downloaded at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/little-red-coding-club/id1434696246?ls=1&mt=8

CYPHER LEARNING releases new features for its products NEO and MATRIX

Both schools and businesses will benefit from personalised learning paths and detailed competency-based assessment

CYPHER LEARNING, the company that specializes in providing learning platforms for organizations around the world, announced the launch of several new features for its two learning management systems (LMS); NEO, designed for schools and universities, and MATRIX, created for businesses.

The biggest update was made to the platforms’ learning paths feature. Learning paths are sequences of goals that students must complete one by one in order to achieve mastery of a topic. Usually a goal in a learning path represents a class, but CYPHER LEARNING has now launched the option to add individual certificates as goals. To complete goals that are represented by certificates, students must earn them by progressing through one of the classes that, at the end award the certificates.

The learning paths now have a more graphical design, which makes the learning experience more for students and employees. In addition to this, learning paths have also been integrated with the e-commerce system and users can set prices for them and sell them through the course catalog.

To better support competency-based learning, teachers and instructors can now associate individual questions in a quiz with competencies through the updated Mastery feature. This helps to get a more detailed understanding of how students and employees are understanding specific concepts and how they are performing for each competency based on multiple assessment methods. Teachers can also add competencies to criteria in rubrics.

Graham Glass, CEO of CYPHER LEARNING, said:

“Whether you are a business or a school using a learning management system, learning paths are an excellent way to motivate students to achieve mastery in a topic. Our new features allow educators and business leaders complete autonomy over the goals they wish to set for their learners.”

For more details about CYPHER LEARNING products and the new features, please visit www.cypherlearning.com or contact info@cypherlearning.com.

Evans Cycles launch national ‘Bike to school’ competition for UK primary schools

– Aims to educate children about the wider benefits of cycling through creation of cycling themed poems & classroom based activities
– Winning school to receive British Cycling HSBC Go-Ride skills session with six-time Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy, along with set of new Flying Fergus children’s books for their library

September 2018 – Evans Cycles, the UK’s leading specialist bike shop, has today announced the launch of its new ‘Bike to school’ Poetry Competition. Aimed at educating children about the wider benefits of cycling, the initiative will see primary schools across the UK create cycling themed poems in order to win a day with six-time Olympic champion, Sir Chris Hoy.

It’s no secret that cycling can have a hugely positive impact on well-being. Whether you’re a seasoned expert or just starting to learn how to ride a bike, we all share in the mental, fitness and environmental benefits of pedal power. In order to help raise awareness of these and inspire the next generation of cyclists, Evans Cycles have teamed up with Sir Chris Hoy to offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for one lucky winner.

For the chance to win a British Cycling HSBC UK Go-Ride cycling skills session with Olympic hero Sir Chris Hoy, along with a set of Sir Chris’ cycling adventure-packed Flying Fergus children’s books for the school library, primary schools must simply send in a short poem to illustrate the benefits of cycling. In addition to this, three runner-up schools will also receive a British Cycling HSBC UK Go-Ride session as well as a set of Flying Fergus books.

To help schools gain inspiration for their poems, the team at Evans Cycles have pulled together an auxiliary Resource Pack. This can be downloaded from Evans Cycles’ website and contains a selection of fun classroom-based activities, such as a bike component word search, task to design the bike of the future, and a cycling word bank.

Only one poem can be submitted per school and it can be written either by an individual pupil or be a group effort. The poems will be judged by a panel including Sir Chris Hoy, and the winning entry will be the poem considered to be the most original and creative, with the best connection to cycling.

All entries for the competition must be received by midnight 29th October 2018. Entries may be submitted by email or by post, with space for writing the poem reserved at the back of the Resource Pack.

Commenting on the competition, Sir Chris Hoy said: “I’m really excited to be involved with the Evans Cycles ‘Bike to school’ competition. Now launching my 9th Flying Fergus children’s book, and with a range of kids-specific HOY bikes, i’ve long been invested in helping to inspire the next generation of cyclists. I hope all of the kids enjoy the activities we’ve created for them and can’t wait to read their poems!”

Evans Cycles CEO Alan Fort added: “We are delighted to unveil the Evans Cycles ‘Bike to school’ competition. Cycling, in all its different forms, has so many benefits for both individuals and our wider society. With children just returning to school after a long summer break, and National Poetry Day just around the corner, what better time to highlight some of these to the next generation of cyclists and offer one lucky school the opportunity of a lifetime”

To find out more information about how to enter the Evans Cycles ‘Bike to school’ competition, please visit:
https://www.evanscycles.com/bike-to-school-poetry-competition

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Scotland’s first ‘Fintech Skills Academy’ launches in response to growth of sector

~ Fife paves way for model offering specialist Fintech training for students ~

A consortium of international Fintech companies together with Fife Council, Fife College and Fintech Scotland, have joined forces to launch Scotland’s first ‘Fintech Skills Academy’.

The consortium, which includes Renovite Technologies and Ingenico Group, officially launched the Fintech Skills Academy at the premises of Paywizard in Kirkcaldy yesterday, September 13th.

The aim of the Academy is to provide a steady flow of highly qualified applicants for the growing number of specialist roles in Fintech in the region and to avoid the potential of a skills gap developing.

The core members of the consortium were joined by members of the public, including current students of the college, along with other local Fintech businesses that have expressed an interest in joining the Academy consortium
Speaking at the launch event Jim Tomaney, chief operating officer at Renovite Technologies said:

“As Scotland’s Fintech sector grows so does the demand for people with the right skills. To avoid the emergence of a skills gap, as we’ve seen happen in several other STEM industries, we’ve developed an innovative plan to pre-emptively plug it.

“The Fintech Skills Academy programme will help candidates successfully prepare for new roles while at the same time, help employers by improving candidate’s understanding of the standards Fintech employers want. It’s a win-win scenario that we hope will be replicated nationwide.”

Matthew Jones, solution architect for Ingenico Group, added:

“Ingenico Group are strong investors in the training and development of our teams, but for start-ups and smaller businesses, allocating resources to bridging the gap between what students learn in the classroom and what they need to know at work is something rarely affordable. Our aim is to help provide that extra bit of experience and training through the Fintech Skills Academy, so when this generation of workers retire, the next generation will be ready.”

Courses to pilot from January 2019

The Fintech Skills Academy syllabus is aimed at both young people about to enter work for the first time and adults with a background in IT wishing to upskill or retrain specifically for employment in financial technology environments. Courses will be based on practical industry experience but taught in a structured learning framework, having been designed in a collaboration between Fife College and Fintech businesses.

Krystyna Marett of Fife College who is developing the course curriculums said:

“We are launching the Fintech Academy with a Retail Card Business Course January 2019 for IT professionals already working in the payments industry. We are excited to be working with Fife Fintech employers to develop training for their sector.”

Subject areas will range from specialisms such as payment processing to systems testing, device certification and business domain knowledge, amongst others. The courses at the Fintech Skills Academy will be funded by partaking businesses with the potential for further support where applicable.

Cllr. Altany Craik, Fife Council’s Economy, Tourism, Strategic Planning & Transportation Committee, said:

“This Fintech Skills Academy will provide an opportunity for Fife residents to access skills and jobs in a dynamic and growing sector within our economy. Building on the success of the Skills Academy model in other key STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) industries, it will help to expand the Fintech Payments skills pool.

“I am delighted that the Opportunities Fife Partnership is working with Fintech Scotland and industry-leading, Fife-based companies such as Ingenico Group, Renovite Technologies and FIS Global to shape the content of the Fintech Skills Academy and offer opportunities to access their skills and experience.”

The FinTech Skills Academy launch is the first event in Fintech Scotland’s Fintech Fortnight which runs from September 13th – 27th.

Stephen Ingledew, chief executive of FinTech Scotland, said:

“Developing people’s skills in an imperative for the future growth of the fintech sector in Scotland and the launch of the Academy is a further indication that the community is turning its aspirations into tangible actions that will create great opportunities. It is very poignant that the Academy is being launched in Fife which has a deep heritage of innovation in financial services, especially in the category of payments, and I am delighted the initiative is being unveiled at the start of FinTech Fortnight.”

BAFTA BRINGS KIDS ROADSHOW TO ISLE OF ARRAN ON TUESDAY 18 SEPTEMBER

Children’s TV presenters Lindsey Russell and Ben Shires to host the BAFTA Kids Roadshow for seven primary schools at Arran High School

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) is bringing its flagship BAFTA Kids Roadshow to the Isle of Arran, Scotland this month. BBC Children’s TV presenters, Lindsey Russell (Blue Peter) and Ben Shires (Official Amazing) will host a day of special events and masterclasses for children from all seven local primary schools.

The BAFTA Kids visit to the island is part of a programme of events and initiatives for families across the UK run by BAFTA, offering insight into creative excellence within film, games and television.

During the Roadshow Lindsey Russell and Ben Shires will run a TV presenting masterclass with students from Brodick, Corrie, Kilmory, Lamlash, Pirnmill, Shiskine and Whiting Bay primary schools on Tuesday 18 September 2018 at Arran High School. S1 students from the High School will also be joining the activities.

There will also be a workshop with Joshua Davidson, Founder and Managing Director of Night Zookeeper, a BAFTA-nominated digital learning platform which promotes children’s writing. Joshua will be talking about the importance of storytelling, and will work with children to come up with their own imaginary creatures.

Other activities include guessing the name of the BAFTA mask, animation skills, doing voice overs, and the importance of mental wellbeing and being themselves.

The finale will announce winners of a competition in which children have been asked to draw their favourite film, TV show or video game and write about why they like it.

BAFTA Kids is a programme of events and initiatives for families across the UK run by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), offering insight into creative excellence within film, television and games. The programme features behind-the-scenes roadshows, workshops and masterclasses with BAFTA-winning talent, online challenges and competitions, and special hospice screenings. Whereas BAFTA’s annual British Academy Children’s Awards recognise and celebrate excellence within these industries, BAFTA Kids is a trusted and accessible brand for children and families to explore and discover new, innovative and non-mainstream work, helping them deepen their appreciation of the films, television programmes and games they enjoy. www.baftakids.org

University of Hull Students’ Union invests in digital ordering

University of Hull Students’ Union has become the first higher education facility to invest in digital ordering from Preoday

University of Hull students will benefit from a new digital ordering and table delivery service when they return to their studies on the 15th September. Students and staff can now use the Union’s Preoday-powered mobile app to order their favourite food and drink from Sanc directly from their phone.
The app can be downloaded from Google Play or the App Store now
Customers download the Sanc app, find a table in the Sanctuary bar or on the outside decking, place and pay for their orders before having them delivered direct to their seat. The menu includes classic meals, a wide variety of vegan and gluten free options as well soft drinks, beer, wine and cocktails.
Alongside an improved customer experience, the Students’ Union catering team will benefit from reduced queues, leading to greater productivity for the operations team. They can also utilise customer data, gathered via the app, to forecast sales trends and develop personalised marketing campaigns.
Andy King, Director of Commercial Services at Hull University Union, comments: “With a tech-minded student body, it’s important that we keep pace with wider industry trends. In part, that means offering digital services, equivalent to those expected from retailers and food operators on the high street. The Sanc bar is the largest of our food and drink outlets and is therefore extremely popular; we expect Preoday’s platform to help in providing students with that anticipated level of service, while enabling us to maintain a rapid, streamlined operation throughout the day.”
Nick Hucker, CEO of Preoday, adds: “At Preoday we’re thrilled to take our first steps into an exciting new vertical, university campus catering, and look forward to announcing further education alliances in the coming months. With more than 16,500 students in attendance at the University of Hull, digital ordering gives the Sanc team the opportunity to cater for more customers, faster than ever. Given the enhanced, convenient service, and the quality of food on offer, they are ideally placed to compete with other less convenient, external food operators.”
In addition to the new app for pre-ordering, staff can take at-counter orders using the university’s Way2Pay EPOS solution, provided by Counter Solutions. The flexible, scalable technology will further the productivity of the on-site team with its operations, staff and table management features.

LOCAL SCHOOLS ENCOURAGED TO APPLY FOR £500 WORTH OF FREE RESOURCES AND TRAINING

As children all across the country return to the classroom and summer holidays become but a distant memory, schools in Great Britain are being encouraged to apply for up £500 worth of free outdoor learning resources, enabling children to get hands on with nature.

Applications for the Local School Nature Grants are open from now up until the 30th November 2018 from the charity Learning through Landscapes, which is distributing £550,000 of funding from Postcode Local Trust, a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Through the Local Schools Nature Grants programme, Learning through Landscapes wants to transform the way we think about outdoor education and show the learning potential that exists within all school grounds regardless of their setting and outdoor spaces, empowering teachers to be able to take the teaching of any curriculum subject outdoors.

As well as receiving up to £500 worth of outdoor resources, schools will also receive a two hour training session for staff on how to getting the most out of the equipment. The learning resources and the training sessions available are entirely customisable; meaning infant, primary and secondary schools can choose which items will best suit their learners and the setting that they will be delivered in. The programme is also open to special schools and pupil referral units.

Since the funding partnership between the charity and Postcode Local Trust was launched in 2017, 2,425 school staff have received training with an additional 500 schools being set to benefit in 2018. Applications are being actively encouraged from schools whose learners are aged 5+ and are passionate about making environmental improvements for the benefit of their pupils, staff and the community.

Laura Chow, head of charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, said: “Given that children in Britain spend an average of just 16 minutes a day exploring in parks and the countryside[1], I’m delighted that players of People’s Postcode Lottery are supporting this programme enabling children of all ages to get outside and I’d urge schools to take advantage of this opportunity and get an application in.”

For more information and to apply for funding, please visit Learning through Landscapes’ website: https://www.ltl.org.uk/naturegrants/guidance.php

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BAFTA ANNOUNCES SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS FROM UK AND CHINA

Eleven students join global community of BAFTA Scholars

London, 12 September: The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced the names of eight British and three Chinese students who will receive BAFTA scholarships this year to study film, games and television courses in the UK. In addition to financial aid, the BAFTA Scholars will gain free access to BAFTA events and receive one-to-one mentoring from BAFTA members, award-winners and nominees.
The scholarships support talented individuals in financial need, and aim to encourage cross-cultural collaboration. The eleven students join three BAFTA Scholars from both countries who BAFTA is supporting for a second year, as well as 20 others from around the world who will study in the US awarded through BAFTA Los Angeles and BAFTA New York, as previously announced in July.
The new scholarship recipients will be welcomed at a reception at BAFTA’s headquarters, 195 Piccadilly, on Monday 17 September, attended by key industry figures and supporters.
The BAFTA Scholarship Programme is made possible by the generous support of a number of individuals, foundations and partnerships. For a fifth year, three of the British students will receive the Prince William Scholarships in Film, Games and Television, supported by BAFTA and Warner Bros., which are awarded in the name of HRH The Duke of Cambridge in his role as President of BAFTA. For the first time this year the Reuben Foundation and Tinopolis are also named supporters of the programme.
Amanda Berry OBE, Chief Executive of BAFTA, said: “Over the years we have seen the BAFTA Scholarships programme evolve into a truly global initiative. Becoming a BAFTA scholar offers incredible opportunities for cross-cultural collaboration as well as giving this talented group of people every possible chance to succeed in the film, games and television industries.”
Speaking about the Prince William Scholarships, Josh Berger CBE, President & Managing Director, Warner Bros. UK, Ireland & Spain, said: “For several years now, Warner Bros. has been proud to partner with BAFTA in this important scholarship programme, giving students the financial support, mentoring and access they need to pursue their passion, and we’ve seen some remarkable achievements from our talented alumni, many of whom now work regularly on major feature films, TV shows and in games development, or have won awards for their own creative content. I am very proud that through our own Warner Bros. Creative Talent programme, of which these scholarships are part, we are providing support and practical opportunities for the next generation of talent in our company and the industry as a whole.”
Richard Stone, Trustee of the Reuben Foundation said of the new BAFTA Reuben Scholarships: “We are delighted to expand the Reuben Foundation’s already established scholarship programme into the worlds of film, television and gaming and are proud to be able to award these talented young people scholarships in order to help them build their careers”.
Tinopolis Chief Executive, Arwel Rees, said: “We are incredibly proud to team up with BAFTA to nurture a diverse range of talent and people who may otherwise not be able to succeed in this competitive industry, where the financial and mentoring support offered by this scheme can make all the difference. We’re delighted to welcome Jon Hague as our first BAFTA Tinopolis Scholar.”
For more information on the BAFTA Scholarship Programme and this year’s British and Chinese scholars, go to:
• 2018 BAFTA Scholars from the UK
• 2018 BAFTA Scholars from China
In the US, 20 students have been awarded scholarships, nine students were selected to study in New York institutions through the BAFTA New York Media Studies Scholarship Program, while 11 students were awarded scholarships through BAFTA Los Angeles, to support their studies at film schools in the U.S. The students originate from the UK, the US, Ghana, Peru and Iran, with special scholarships targeting underrepresented groups and communities.
For the 2018 BAFTA Scholars in the US, go to:
• BAFTA Los Angeles Scholarship Program
• BAFTA New York Media Studies Scholarship Program

2018 BAFTA SCHOLARS IN THE UK:

British Scholars
• Gagandeep Kalirai: MA Directing Animation at the National Film and Television School
Prince William Scholarship in Film, Games and Television, supported by BAFTA and Warner Bros
• Alesha Ledeatte-Williams: Advanced Certificate in Make-Up and Hair Artistry at The Iver Make-Up Academy
• Jamie Brannan: MProf in Computer Games Development at Abertay University
• Leo LeBeau: MA Directing and Producing Television Entertainment at the National Film and Television School (NFTS)
BAFTA Reuben Scholarship
• Rory McCutcheon: MSc Sound and Music for Interactive Games at Leeds Beckett University
• Xsara Helmi: MA in TV Journalism at Goldsmiths, University of London
• Georgia Gable: Advanced Certificate in Make-Up and Hair Artistry at The Iver Make-Up Academy
BAFTA Tinopolis Scholarship
• Jon Hague: MA Screenwriting at the London College of Communication, UAL
Chinese Scholars
• Sze Ying Chan: MComp in Composition for Screen at The Royal College of Music
• Tashi Gelek Jenne: MA in Documentary at Liverpool John Moores University
• Xu He: MA in Games Design and Development at the National Film and Television School (NFTS)

Primary schools urged to sign up for NSPCC ‘Speak out. Stay safe.’ visit to keep children safe from harm

• Almost 80% of UK primary schools have already received a visit from the children’s charity
• Programme designed to encourage young children to speak out if they ever feel in danger of abuse or neglect
Primary schools across the country yet to receive an NSPCC ‘Speak out. Stay safe.’ assembly are being urged to sign-up for a visit.
Delivered at no cost to schools, the programme could prevent pupils suffering from abuse or neglect.
Since 2011* the children’s charity has been to almost 80% of UK primary schools, with specially trained NSPCC staff and volunteers delivering vital child protection messages in a fun and age appropriate way.
One in five children has suffered some form of abuse or neglect and the ‘Speak out. Stay safe.’ programme has been designed to encourage children to seek help if they feel at risk or in danger.
The service is front and centre of a new national ad campaign launching this week, with millions of TV viewers being given a taste of its potentially life changing work.
In 2017/18 alone the NSPCC’s School Service visited over 8,000 primary schools and spoke to around 1.8 million children in locations ranging from Cornwall to the Isle of Orkney in Scotland.
As well as assemblies and workshops, the charity also offers specialist resources, lesson plans and training to help embed the learning in the weeks after their visit.
Vera Jajechnyk, Head of School and Safeguarding Lead at St John’s Catholic School in Kent said:
“Before the NSPCC came to our school they sent over a lot of information and were very organised. Everything was really clear and straightforward.
“The session gave children clear ideas of where they could go for help and advice in a straightforward way. They make it really child friendly.”
The ‘Speak out. Stay safe.’ programme links directly to the curriculum, helping schools meet their statutory safeguarding requirements.
The assemblies are held for children aged 5-11, followed by a one-hour classroom workshop for years 5/6 (England and Wales) and P6/7 (Scotland and Northern Ireland).
Assemblies can be delivered bilingually in Wales, and an adapted version of the programme is available for children with special education needs.
Karen Squillino, who is Head of the NSPCC Schools Service, added:
“We are proud of our ‘Speak out. Stay safe.’ programme and believe it can make a massive difference to the lives of the primary school children we see all across the UK.
“We are really keen to hear from the 20% of primary schools that have yet to receive a visit from our team and set up a date for us to come and speak to their pupils.”
For more information about the ‘Speak out. Stay safe.’ programme, and to request a visit go to: www.nspcc.org.uk/speakout
A short film supporting the NSPCC’s ‘Every Day’ campaign can be viewed and downloaded here.