PALLETWAYS’ EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOPS RECOGNISED BY NATIONAL ROAD SAFETY AWARD

Palletways, Europe’s largest and fastest growing express palletised freight network and an Imperial Group company, has been shortlisted for the UK Fleet Champions Awards, run by the road safety charity, Brake. The company has been recognised for delivering educational workshops on road safety to more than 300 primary school children in the Birmingham area last November.

The workshops, which were delivered during Road Safety Week, the UK’s largest road safety event, included a tour of a Palletways 12-tonne truck to highlight the importance of taking care around larger vehicles on the roads. Members of the Palletways Birmingham team took the roadshow to four schools in the area.

Chris Willocks, corporate partnership manager at Brake, added: “We’re delighted Palletways has been shortlisted for the UK Fleet Champions Awards. Safety is a serious issue and nobody should be hurt on our roads. It’s vital that company’s like Palletways support road safety initiatives and improve young peoples’ awareness of the need to stay vigilant when out and about.”

Rob Gittins, managing director of Palletways UK, said, “It’s a great achievement to be shortlisted for this high profile, national award. Through our primary school workshops, we were keen to bring this essential safety lesson to life, using the scale of our trucks and the energy of our passionate team. This initiative is a part of Palletways’ long-term strategy to uphold its responsibility as a good corporate citizen – to have a positive impact on the communities it serves and in turn, improve road safety awareness amongst school children.”

Brake is a national road safety charity which works with communities and organisations across the UK in a bid to end road deaths and injuries. The charity aims to make communities safer through an extensive education programme and offers support to people bereaved and seriously injured in road traffic collisions.

The world’s first smart self-disinfecting door handle

A tech company has launched the world’s first smart self-disinfecting door handle, which can potentially eradicate millions of pathogens per building, save businesses thousands in cleaning costs and contribute to a post-COVID19 way of life.

Swiss tech company, Tweaq launched its self-cleaning aluminium door handle, Touch 1, in November 2020. Customers can register their interest now for delivery in 2021.  

How it works:

  1. The user engages with the door handle as they normally would.
  2. Once the door handle is released, the Tweaq Touch 1 is activated and the peristaltic pump brings the disinfectant liquid from the casing to the sponge inside the ring around the door handle.
  3. An internal system drives the outer aluminium ring backwards and forwards once along the surface, eliminating 99% of bacteria and viruses in under three seconds.  

Tweaq Touch 1 is powered by an electric engine and lithium batteries which allow more than 1,000 uses per cartridge.

Installation and maintenance:

Tweaq Touch 1 installation is under ten minutes and can be used with standard doors with no modifications required.

The casing replacement is also quick and simple for staff or households to replace themselves after 1,000 uses.

When the disinfectant liquid runs out, the user will be notified with the use of IOT. When this occurs, the user replaces it with an extra cartridge and sends the empty cartridge back to Tweaq. Tweaq then refill the cartridge and recharge the batteries before being redistributed.  

The casing replacement process has been developed to be as user-friendly and sustainable as possible, requiring the least amount of interactions and waste; it has a plug and play feature allowing the user to swap the casing in less than 30 seconds – similar to plugging in a cable to a socket. 

Why?

In a year where hygiene has been more paramount than ever before, the TWEAQ team has conducted extensive research and found touching one door handle is the equivalent of 10,000 handshakes. 

The UK is starting to look at offices reopening again, but the internal door handles can be an issue. Tweaq has found within two hours an office of 80 people can be infected due to one contaminated door handle.

Tweaq Touch 1 allows an establishment to provide a safer environment to its employees and visitors. 

 Why is it better than manual cleaning?

Tweaq’s team provided extensive research into the types of businesses its product would benefit, not only from a hygiene point of view, but as a cost saving exercise.

For example, a restaurant with 250 visitors a day would have half of the visitors use the bathroom, averaging 125 uses daily. This in turn equates to 40,000 uses in the year, costing $2.90 per day for a professional service to disinfect door handles**. In comparison, it is $1.40/ day with Tweaq Touch 1  plus the initial investment. This is a saving of over $500 a year.

Giovanni Barilla, CEO from Tweaq said: “We help people open doors to the world, safeguarding their every touch-point. Our product combines hardware and software technology to provide an effective and reliable solution that not only protects people but can save businesses money in the long run.

 “The world is changing mindset and attitude to investing in hygiene has completely transformed. We are thrilled to be able to offer a prevention solution that will hopefully help ease concerns and provide peace of mind for many.”

Tweaq Touch 1 is priced at £399 for two handles (one full door) and cartridge refills are at £39 for consumers and for businesses there is a £16.90/month subscription plan available. Tweaq Touch 1 will be available in four shades, grey, silver, rose gold and gold.

Customers can  currently register interest for delivery in 2021. For larger orders, price is available on request.

Standing desks: School children choose to stand in class when given the opportunity, new study finds

  • Providing a standing desk to every primary school child in a UK classroom can reduce sitting time
  • Children who had access to a standing desk reduced their sitting by around 20% over eight months
  • Behaviour-related mental health scores deteriorated after desk exposure, according to teachers’ questionnaires

Providing a standing desk to every primary school child in a UK classroom can reduce sitting time throughout most of the academic year, according to a new study.

Researchers at Loughborough University installed standing desks at a school in Bradford for eight-months to measure the impact they had on children’s sitting habits and classroom behaviour.

The children, aged nine-to-10, were in control of whether they sat or stood, and were asked to wear monitors for two weeks before the new desks were in place, and again at four months and eight months after the desks had been installed.

The monitors measured sitting time as well as moving from sitting to standing.

After eight months, the children had reduced their sitting time by an average of 60 min (20%) compared to before the new desks were installed.

A similar class in a nearby school was used as a control and did not receive any standing desks. These children’s class time sitting did not change during the study

Compared to the control class, the children who had access to sit-to-stand desks reduced their sitting by approximately 25% at four months and 20% at eight months.

Researcher Aron Sherry, of the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences (SSEHS), said: “The findings suggest providing sit–stand desks to every child within a UK primary school classroom can reduce class time sitting throughout most of an academic year.

“Furthermore, positive changes were observed in standing and sit-to-stand transitions during class time at both follow-ups.

“This study was located within a deprived setting with a high proportion of ethnic minorities, making the findings more important in relation to reducing health inequalities.

“The sit–stand desks did not impact negatively on musculoskeletal discomfort, or cognitive function, and were generally well tolerated by pupils and staff.”

The study also looked at changes in behaviour-related mental health, using a questionnaire, completed by the teacher for each student.

It found that behaviour-related mental health scores deteriorated after four months of desk exposure, and then further again after eight months.

Aron said: “This decline does contrast with an interview with the teacher during the study, who suggested that classroom behaviour had improved because the children stayed at the same desk amongst the same students throughout the school day.

“Behaviour related-mental health scores remained stable in a control class throughout the study in a nearby school.”

Researchers also explored child and teacher attitudes, experiences, and behaviours towards the desks.

They found that the standing desks also had implications for teaching methods; teachers were unable to walk around the class when offering help.

Instead, children were asked to come to the front of the class if they needed assistance

“We concluded that the lack of classroom space, due to the stools and chairs blocking walkways, may have contributed to this observed decline in behaviour scores and challenges to teaching practicalities,” said Aron.

“Future standing desk models that enable the stool to be tucked under the desk may prevent such issues occurring.”

He added: “Larger trials, implemented within similar high-priority settings, and using more in-depth qualitative and quantitative measures are needed to better establish whether standing desks using a full desk allocation system are feasible, or effective in UK primary schools.

“This will however depend on the balance between the desired level of standing desk provision – full versus partial allocation – class size, and available budgets.”

The results have been published in the paper, Impacts of a Standing Desk Intervention within an English Primary School Classroom: A Pilot Controlled Trial.

Ultimate Cloud-Based Hybrid Learning Platform Launched to Support Schools

Impero unites new classroom management tool with safeguarding solutions, all in one platform

School safeguarding leader Impero today launches a cloud-based hybrid learning platform for schools, the Impero back:drop family, built on state-of-the-art technology. This platform brings together Impero class:room and Impero well:being, providing the tools teachers, pastoral staff and leaders need to create safe and productive digital lessons.

The Secretary of State for Education recently placed temporary continuity direction powers on schools to provide immediate access to remote education for pupils if they are absent because of Covid-19. In addition, the Department for Education recently updated its Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance with additional instructions on safeguarding in schools, furthering the need for solutions that combine hybrid learning and safeguarding.

Impero class:room puts teachers in control with powerful, easy-to-use classroom management features so they can confidently deliver online instruction and improve engagement, across every device. It’s the first of its type to fully embed into  Microsoft Teams, beyond chat monitoring. Features include the ability to view learner’s devices, control access to the internet, lock screens to individual pages, send messages securely and block certain websites.

Impero well:being provides a seamless link between on and offline safeguarding, enabling school staff to identify at-risk students and build a full picture for early intervention. Using Impero’s keyword detection software, it captures potentially at-risk online behaviour in real-time. Teachers can analyse the screenshot from the learner’s screen, log the incident and assign it to other relevant staff members.

Justin Reilly, CEO Impero says: “At Impero, we believe that every school’s first responsibility is to keep their learners safe wherever they are, which is why we developed Impero back:drop as a free to use cloud-based service. Once students are safe, schools must educate them. With the newly added Impero class:room and Impero well:being services, teachers can create the ultimate hybrid learning environment. The robust classroom management features help teachers keep children engaged in lessons by creating a slick virtual learning environment. Meanwhile, the safeguarding features help teachers keep a closer eye on their students. It’s the perfect tool for the current moment and the inevitable blended learning environments of the future.”

The cloud-based platform builds on Impero’s freemium safeguarding product, Impero back:drop, which provides the core features needed to record and manage safeguarding concerns. When paired with Impero class:room and Impero well:being, the functionality is enhanced to deliver classroom management and a holistic chronology of student’s wellbeing.

The Impero back:drop family works on all of the major operating systems, Windows, Chrome, Mac, iOS and Android.

Friendships help, say children – as one in three report being bullied since Covid outbreak

  • Bullying is still a serious problem for children in spite of pandemic, with a third saying they have been bullied in the last six months. Regional data is available on request.
  • Covid may have changed the way bullying is happening this year, with children reporting rising incidences online and in their community compared to a pre-pandemic poll.
  • Friendships protect children from the lasting effects of bullying, yet the number of children reporting they have more than one close friend dropped following the outbreak.
  • Anti-Bullying Week, coordinated by the Anti-Bullying Alliance, is celebrated from 16 to 20 Nov with the theme ‘United Against Bullying’.
  • Odd Socks Day takes place on the first day of Anti-Bullying Week, with CBeebies and CBBC star Andy Day and his band Andy and the Odd Socks launching the charity single ‘The Kids Are United’.

Bullying is still a significant problem in children’s lives, with a third (33.5%) of children in England saying they’ve been victims during the last six months. A poll of 2,000 11 to 16-year-olds, published to mark Anti-Bullying Week, found that one in five children said they were on the receiving end of bullying behaviour once per week or more.

However, the poll, commissioned by the Anti-Bullying Alliance, suggests that Covid-19 has affected how bullying takes place, with rising numbers of children reporting incidents online or in their communities compared to a similar survey last year, and fewer children saying they had been bullied in school.

Of those who reported being bullied recently, 38% said it had taken place online, a rise from 29% in a pre-Covid survey conducted in 2019. There was a similar rise in reports of bullying in the community: with 16% of children who experienced bullying saying it had happened in their community, compared to 9% last year.

At the same time, the lengthy closure of schools for most children seems likely to account for a drop in bullying in school settings, with 74% of young people who reported being bullied in 2020 saying it took place in school, a fall from 83% in 2019.

The majority of children (65%) stressed that having lots of good friends helped protect them from being bullied. However, the number of children reporting they had more than one good friend fell by 4 percentage points, from 91% before coronavirus to 86.5% in October 2020.

Many children (38%) were anxious about returning to school in September because they feared suffering bullying behaviour. Of those who had been bullied recently, alongside the three-quarters who said it took place within school, 26% said the journey to and from school was a flashpoint.

On a positive note, an overwhelming majority (80%) said that if we work together, we can unite to reduce bullying. This message will be highlighted in the three quarters of schools in England expected to celebrate Anti-Bullying Week this year – reaching over 7 million children and drawing on teaching resources made possible with support from SafeToNet.

Odd Socks Day for Anti-Bullying Week takes place on the Monday 16th Nov, when CBeebies and CBBC star Andy Day and his band Andy and the Odd Socks will be launching their new charity single ‘The Kids Are United’.

The song’s video, made by hundreds of pupils in their ‘bubbles’ in schools across the country, encourages young and old alike to wear odd socks to school or work and celebrate what makes us all unique.  The video features 11-year-old dance sensation, Princess K, sharing fresh dance moves in support of Anti-Bullying Week, as well as Libera boys choir, a hugely popular and internationally renowned choir from South London. Andy and the band will be sharing their song and discussing bullying in an online assembly to schools across the country on the morning of Odd Socks Day, which also features messages of support from Mo Farah, McFly and Anne-Marie.

Quotes from young people taking part in the poll:

  • “I enjoyed being at home so no one could bully me.”
  •  “Some children might not have been able to see their friends for a lot of months while the coronavirus lockdown was going on.”
  • “The more isolated kids risk to be bullied more now.”
  • “Think lots of friendships have been lost”
  • “People cough and they say ‘you have the rona’”
  • “Seen my Chinese friend being bullied because of the virus”

Martha Evans, Director of the Anti-Bullying Alliance, said:
“It’s clear that bullying remains a significant problem for many children across the country, and we know that these experiences can have a lasting impact well into adulthood. But this year we have witnessed the power that people can have when they unite to tackle a common challenge. If we are serious about reducing bullying, we have to harness that energy and work together. Be it online, in the community or in school, we all have a part to play and its time we came together, friends and family, classmates and colleagues, and unite against bullying.”

Andy Day, CBeebies and CBBC star and lead singer of Andy and the Odd Socks, said:

“Because of the pandemic, kids have missed out on so many of the things that they love. Each and every child will have a story to tell about the different ways it has affected them. Now they are back at school, we are all responsible for equipping children with the simple message that we are all different, and that’s a good thing! To bring the message home, we’ve recorded a brilliant new charity song and video especially for Anti-Bullying Week called ‘The Kids Are United’. We spoke to school children all over the country to help write the rap and we hope it inspires everyone to get involved or at the very least to get up and dance!”

Find out more about Anti-Bullying Week at www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/anti-bullying-week and get involved on social media via @ABAonline #AntiBullyingWeek #UnitedAgainstBullying #OddSocksDay

World-class streamable arts package by Carrot Productions offers schools an exciting alternative to annual Christmas outings

Carrot Productions, the world’s leading performers of The Snowman with live orchestra, has created the perfect alternative to the traditional school outing, introducing some much-needed joy and happiness into pupils’ lives this Christmas.

Schooltime Showtime offers schools the opportunity to actively champion high quality art and cultural education in a meaningful and safe way, as well as having lots of fun. Each GOLD package also provides essential and valuable work for our wonderful professional musicians.

It’s much more than just a show

Schooltime Showtime also provides teachers with a comprehensive package of resources to create a hassle-free and memorable experience for all ages, including:

Ready-to-go lesson ideas, differentiated for EYFS to Key Stage 2.

Show and Tell live online session with a musician, conductor, composer or author.

Fun videos of instrument-making from junk by the musicians and their families, Makaton Christmas Carols from a special school, and dance instruction from a professional dancer.

7 day streaming of The Snowman Tour show, affording a close-up view of some of the UK’s finest musicians, handpicked from orchestras including the BBC Scottish, Hallé and BBC Philharmonic.

The final performance features a Christmas medley, a fun introduction to the orchestra and even a visit from The Snowman himself. Additionally, there is an exclusive adaptation of the award-winning book The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield, commissioned by Carrot Productions in 2017. This beautifully-illustrated tale of music, friendship and adventure features music by Daniel Whibley played live by the orchestra, and a narration recorded by Joanna Lumley.

Incredible value

The packages represent excellent value – starting at £295 for the whole school – and offer 100% risk free booking. They have been designed to be deliverable in a flexible way, are accessible entirely from within a school setting, can be shared with multiple bubbles at once, and the materials and final show can be shared online with pupils at home in the instance of a lockdown or isolation.

LEAF Education leads the way in educating students about careers in farming and food production

In the last academic year, more than 9,000 students learnt about the many exciting career opportunities available to them in the food and farming sector, reveals national education organisation, LEAF Education, in its latest impact report – Our Work in Action 2019-2020.

The report also highlights the wider impact LEAF Education has had on reconnecting young people with food production, farming and the environment, especially given the challenges and disruptions caused by the global pandemic.

Carl Edwards, Director of Education and Public Engagement at LEAF Education, explains: “The education of millions of children was severely disrupted by the health crisis between April and July this year. But, despite the lockdown, the LEAF Education team were able to deliver an imaginative and immersive online programme of activity which ensured that thousands of young people of all ages could continue to learn and be inspired by the journey of their food – from farm to fork. A key part of this activity was to raise their awareness of the many exciting career paths and opportunities in the agricultural industry. As the consumers and decision makers of the future, helping them understand the important role farming plays in their everyday lives, has never been more important.”

Highlights from the report:

  • LEAF Education successfully engaged with and educated 9,238 students about a career in agriculture.
  • LEAF Education worked with 10,586 children and spent a total of 24,589 hours working with them.
  • LEAF Education developed a comprehensive range of online resources on Countryside Classroom, specifically for use in the home-setting in response to the first national lockdown.
  • Countryside Classroom saw a 77% increase in users to the website in 2020 and received over 158,000 unique users (over the past academic year 2019/20).
  • Over 134,000 Countryside Classroom resources were accessed this year.
  • 100% of teachers reported that LEAF Education had increased their confidence in delivering more food and farming work in the classroom.
  • LEAF Education worked with 1,357 teachers for 16,309 hours including 106 trainee teachers.
  • LEAF Education supported farmers to deliver high-quality educational activities working with 3,531 farmers in 2019/20. 100% of farmers said the training offered was ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’, 49 farmers received CEVAS (Countryside Educational Visits Accreditation Scheme) training.

LEAF Education works across the education, farming and food sectors to inspire and engage teachers and young people about food production, farming and the environment. It manages a number of leading industry and educational initiatives, including Farmer Time (live, on-farm virtual education sessions), CEVAS for outdoor learning providers, Countryside Classroom (online information portal), Chef on the Farm and LEAF Open Farm School Days. LEAF Education alsoprovides teachers with curriculum and exam specification – focused training, tools and resources to help them deliver high-quality learning experiences about food production, farming and the environment.

In 2021, LEAF Education will once again be on the search for the Innovation School of the Year in Food, Farming and Environment. As part of a partnership with Coleg Cambria Llysfasi, the national competition enables students to be immersed in practical farm activities such as milking cows, handling sheep, using drone technology, seeing agro-forestry in action and tractor driving.

You can see the full LEAF Education Our Work in Action Report here: https://issuu.com/linking-environment-and-farming/docs/leaf_20education_20work_20in_20action_202019-20?fr=sZWZhMDIwOTQwMDA

Attainment drops across all primary school years in England, with seven-year-olds most impacted

Pupils eligible for pupil premium disproportionately affected by Covid-19 school closures, as attainment gap increases

New data ontest resultsin maths, reading, grammar, punctuation and spelling show that attainment has dropped across all subjects and year groups in 2020. The data on over 250,000 primary school pupils across England is based on widely used tests by RS Assessment from Hodder Education, with insights provided by education data analytics company SchoolDash. The tests show the most significant decreases in maths papers, while Year 3 and 2 pupils faced the steepest drop-off of any cohort.

The data shows an average standardised score decline of 8 points in maths, 6.3 in reading and 7.2 in grammar, punctuation and spelling across all pupils compared to 2019 data, with greater reductions seen for pupil premium eligible pupils. This is a stark contrast to the average annual gains of 0.5 points since the current curriculum began in 2016. The tests were scheduled to take place during the summer term; however, pupils sat them four months later, at the beginning of this autumn term, due to the school closures.

Students eligible for the pupil premium face steepest attainment drop

The attainment gap between pupils eligible for pupil premium and those who are not has widened significantly. Across all three standardised subject papers offered by RS Assessment and all six year-groups, those eligible for pupil premium experienced a steeper decline in standardised scores than other pupils. There are also considerable differences by school type. Those with higher levels of deprivation, situated in urban areas or located in the north or midlands, tended to show more significant declines.

Among Year 2 pupils – who are between six and seven years old – those eligible for pupil premium dropped by an additional 2.4 points compared with their peers in maths, and an additional 2.3 points in reading. Pupil premium eligible pupils in Year 6 were most affected in grammar, punctuation and spelling, dropping an additional 1.4 points beyond their classmates.

The least difference between pupils eligible for pupil premium and others were seen in Year 3 maths, a difference of 0.8 points; Year 5 reading at 0.5 points; and Year 4 grammar, punctuation and spelling, where pupil premium eligible pupils were just 0.6 points behind their peers.

Biggest attainment drops across all pupils

Beyond the significant overall drops in subjects, notable differences were also seen between topics within subjects. For example, attainment in fractions was affected more than number, while punctuation fared worse than spelling.

In maths, fractions and geometry topics were the most affected, with attainment dropping by 14 percent across all year groups. Meanwhile, operations and statistics dropped by 12 percent, measures by 9 percent, and number by 8 percent.

In the grammar, punctuation and spelling tests, punctuation was hardest hit with an average 14 percent drop in attainment. Grammar followed closely behind, dropping 13 percent, followed by vocabulary at 11 percent and spelling at 10 percent.

For the reading tests, comprehension dropped by 10 percent across all years, while inference decreased by 9 percent and Language, Structure and Presentation (LSP) by 10 percent. The Year 1s taking the Reception paper also showed concerning drops in attainment. Comprehension scores decreased an average of 15 percent, phonics attainment dropped by 16 percent and Reading for Meaning (RFM) lost 14 percent.

Katie Blainey, Publishing Director at RS Assessment, says: “This year, more than ever, it is important we use every resource we have to quickly understand what impact school closures may have had on attainment across the country. By providing this detailed analysis of primary test results from the first six weeks of the autumn term, we hope to provide evidence to help focus support to help those children most affected by the closures. There have clearly been significant impacts on learning, but not all children have been affected equally, so we hope this analysis will help to work towards a fairer start in life for all pupils, regardless of background. That’s a fundamental and guiding principle of the work we do at RS Assessment from Hodder Education, and of each primary school in the country.”

Download the full report here.

NEW STUDY REVEALS SHORTAGE IN MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS SKILLS WITHIN EDUCATION SECTOR

  • Mental health awareness is one of the most sought-after skills in the education and early years sector due to COVID-19 pandemic – according to new skills and employment trends report
  • Mental Health awareness was listed within 15,000 education and early learning job postings since the start of COVID-19 lockdown
  • Online learning provider, The Skills Network, is now calling for schools to add mental health learning onto the curriculum following rise in skills-gap

A skills and employment trends report* published today (11 November) by The Skills Network, in partnership with Emsi, has highlighted a mental health awareness skills gap in the education and early learning sector, due to COVID-19 pandemic.

With 71% of early years staff furloughed between March and August 2020, and 11% made redundant, online learning provider, The Skills Network, has issued a report to highlight the top 10 skills*** in demand across the sector.

By analysing 1.5 million job adverts between March and September 2020, The Skills Network report published, in partnership with Emsi, has highlighted welfare, autism, child protection, mental health and auditing, amongst the top 10 most in demand skills in the education and early years sector.

Mark Dawe, Chief Executive from The Skills Network, is now calling for schools across the country to add mental health learning onto the curriculum to help close this growing skills gap. He said: “Being able to identify and address mental health is a growing requirement for staff in the education and early learning sector. With half of mental health problems beginning by age 14, it is clear why understanding mental health is currently the seventh most demanded skill for early years and educational roles.

“Both teachers and support staff play a significant role in tackling mental health issues within the classroom, and mental health training can equip today’s candidates with the right tools to help children experiencing personal problems.

“With many employers across all industries now looking for employees to have mental health awareness, we’d urge schools and learning providers to look to improve the current curriculum, and to ensure that education around mental health is being offered.”

To assist those looking to discover the most in-demand skills in their local area, The Skills Network has also developed an online app, which will provide a personalised list of the top 15 sought-after skills and roles available in your postcode area.

Mark Dawe continues: “At The Skills Network, we offer distance learning, as a way of learning remotely without attending lessons in a classroom or having regular face to face contact with a Tutor. We’d urge any employers looking to upskill their current team to consider online training.”

Andy Durman, Managing Director of EMSI UK, added: “The huge disruption to the economy this year has revealed a number of new labour market challenges, such as the widening skills gap and increased automation. We need to better understand exactly what skills employers are demanding, and how this is changing over the period of economic upheaval and beyond.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with The Skills Network to bring some of our data and insight to these issues, helping to shine a light on changing employer demand for occupations, job roles and skills in various critical sectors throughout the country.”

To access the full skills and employment trends report, or to review the online courses available – please visit www.theskillsnetwork.com.

Digital Signage Software TrilbyTV Announce the Launch of Three Fantastic New Features Available

Digital signage software company TrilbyTV has announced the launch of three fantastic new features. Following the launch of their “Word of the Day” feature in collaboration with Vocabulary Ninja last month, they have been working hard to bring the TrilbyTV community of schools even more ways to inspire staff and students alike. 

The new features include;

Twitter 2.0 – This feature has been popular allowing users to showcase individual Twitter feeds, while filtering via hashtags. This new release means your Twitter feed on your screens never looked so good. The screen layout now supports multiple images so if you tweet more than one image the layout automatically updates, while supporting GIFs and Videos. Hashtag support has been improved and you can now include a feed on your digital signage based on a hashtag. This is great for conference or event days, or to follow a particular trending topic.

Slideshow 3.0 – Adding a folder of images or a PowerPoint to TrilbyTV is the quickest and easiest way to update your digital signage.  Now with the new ‘Auto fill screen’ feature, your images will automatically be scaled to fill the screen. TV screens have a 16:9 aspect ratio while most digital cameras take 5:4 pictures leading to black borders at the top, bottom or sides of the screen. Auto fill screen fixes this and it’s automatic so you don’t have to tweak each image. New editing tools in Slideshow 3.0 let you manually change the framing of your image and zoom in if you want to see more detail. 

Content Catalogue -We have a collection of great resources from respected educational providers and services in the Content Catalogue. Now they are joined by five new tools that we have made to keep your screens looking amazing and up-to-date.

• Social Slide

Show your visitors your Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube usernames so they can easily follow you and stay connected anywhere.

• Birthday Slide

Everyone likes to see their name on the screen and with the Birthday slide, everyone gets that annual recognition of their birthday. It’s easy to update from your school’s MIS with our CSV import feature or you can add and edit individually.

• Inspirational Quotes

A set of beautifully presented motivational, and mindful quotes which you can add to with your own.

• Notice Cards

When you need to get a quick message out to everyone you can use a Notice card and set a time and date to start and stop showing the note. Great for out of hours messages or use in the staffroom as a bulletin board.

• Staff Board 

A digital signage version of the staff photo board, which is so much easier to update with the click of a few buttons. Create one board for the whole school or separate boards for each department. Great for the reception screen to show the crucial Safeguarding leads information to visitors.

ABOUT TrilbyTV

TrilbyTV created in 2015, is the number one digital signage platform made for education. Founders Ben Stanley & Neil Emery were Technology Trainers, who were fed up of walking into reception areas and seeing TV screens switched off. After investigating further and plugging in a cable or two, they’d usually find the Christmas play pictures from five years ago. When looking into why the screens were switched off initially, there seemed to be a pattern; the software was too hard to use and had to be constantly micromanaged by the IT department. This is why they created TrilbyTV, the easy to use digital signage software that gives users ownership and control of their own content. 

The platform offers a full range of content options for digital signage including video, slideshows, Twitter feeds and web content. It also contains a content catalogue, full of education-focused ready to use content from well known and trusted organisations.

More About TrilbyTV – https://www.trilbytv.co.uk/