BYJU’S FutureSchool predictions for 2022

Spokesperson: Sajid Shariff, Senior Vice President, Global Growth – BYJU’S.

 

  • Individualised learning:
    • During lockdown, 10% of parents reported paying for private tuition, and we expect this trend to continue as parents look towards 1:1 learning options to supplement school-based curriculum. Offering individualised learning experiences will continue to expand in the private education market. Tailoring education to suit each child’s needs is a proven way to educate and guide students to become creative thinkers, as opposed to a one-size-fits-all approach.

 

  • The impacts of missed learning time:
    • We predict that the missed learning time as a result of the pandemic will continue to impact education into 2022, with children having missed out on a third of education time during lockdown. This means that with children behind on core skills including maths, more parents will be looking for additional support in these areas to bring their children up-to-speed and strengthen their self-confidence.

 

  • Importance of recognising the arts in STEAM:
    • We anticipate an increased need for the arts to integrate with typical STEM subjects to spark opportunities for creative, interactive learning across the board. By using real world conceptual learning methods across arts and science, students can build a greater understanding of how different skills, such as communication, problem solving and creative thinking, come together to make better discoveries. With research showing that STEAM improves creative and critical thinking, placing greater importance on developing skills in the arts, such as musical instruments, will be imperative in cultivating a capable interdisciplinary workforce fit for the future.
    • EdTech companies, like BYJU’S FutureSchool, are responding to this need by offering online music, art and animation lessons, helping reach more children and making the arts more accessible. 

 

  • The continuous rise of coding:
    • With an ever-increasing number of coding jobs available, we need to be teaching the fundamentals of coding and logic from an early age to inspire a passion – and aptitude – for it. Teaching children coding from an early age also helps guide them to become creative thinkers and innovators of tomorrow, and has the added benefit of being an important future skill for children. Parents are finding this value of enrolling their children in coding, with our data showing that out of all the BYJU’S FutureSchool classes available, coding is the most popular with nearly half of parents signing up their children for classes.

  

With teachers under an ever-increasing amount of pressure, more parents are likely to turn to supplemental learning to complement their children’s school education. Online education platforms are expected to become even more accessible, with more people gaining access to technology. Our focus at BYJU’S FutureSchool is to inspire children to create versus consume, helping to prepare children for the future. You can find out more here: https://www.byjusfutureschool.com/

Why paper certificates are still so valuable in the education sector

Despite Covid-19 causing disruptive challenges to the education sector and wider, there were 10.3 million examination certificates given out in the UK during the 2019-2020 school year[1]. Looking ahead to 2022, world-leading print security firm, Zunoma is ready to assist awarding bodies by offering a complete service from design to delivery in time for the exam season.

 

Although there are environmental benefits to having digital certificates, digital crime is on the rise. In 2020, as many moved online during the pandemic, there were over 300,000 reports of fraud and cybercrime in the UK[2]. With those under the age of 25 the largest target of cybercrimes[3], students need assurance that their data, transcripts and qualifications are stored correctly. Security-embedded printed certificates as well as digital versions, should be available, to ensure that students are equipped for all possibilities.

 

Furthermore, as the world continues to undergo a digital transformation, there are still many people who prefer physical copies of significant and meaningful documents. A tangible certificate and transcript are a visual reminder of well-achieved accomplishments, as well as being an important academic record to show future employers.

 

Dinah Ouzman, Director of Strategy & Product Development at Zunoma, said: “At Zunoma, we recognise how important it is for students to receive physical copies of their education certificates. However, digital copies are easier when sharing records and may be seen as the favoured option. 

 

“With this in mind, not only do we offer a digital certification service for the education sector, but a comprehensive verification service with encrypted features for prospective employers. We developed eValidate, an effective and simple app that works both on and offline to decrypt data on the certificate and confirm authenticity.”

 

Many universities across the country have already begun the move to include a hybrid print and digital certification solution as a faster route of sharing and avoiding additional charges. With some examining bodies charging up to £50[4] for a replacement certificate, digital alternatives are a much more appealing and cost-effective alternative to the student.

 

Roy Mullins, Business Development Manager at Zunoma, said: “We have worked with a number of education providers including University of Arts London, Ministry of Education Namibia, London Institute of Banking and Finance and more, to ensure a smooth and secure solution. Both our digital and print products are mirrored with the same amount of security to ensure fraudulent copies cannot be produced.”

 

Zunoma advise many educational institutions on the most appropriate security measures to incorporate into each product. Additionally, Zunoma also offers Ecertsecure, a secure online web portal that enables organisations to create, print or send certificates securely. These products help to protect a brands reputation from any damage created by fraud.

 

Zunoma provide a complete design, print and personalisation service of multiple education documents and is trusted by examination and awarding bodies in the UK and internationally.

 

To find out more about the services Zunoma can provide to the education sector, please visit: www.zunoma.com/security-print-software/certificates-education

 

[1]https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/960952/Annual_Qualifications_Market_Report_academic_year_2019_to_2020.pdf

[2] https://www.comparitech.com/blog/information-security/uk-cyber-security-statistics/

[3] https://www.cbs.nl/en-gb/news/2019/29/1-2-million-cybercrime-victims

[4] https://www.ocr.org.uk/students/replacement-certificates/

British tech companies offers free Covid air filtration units to schools

As schools re-open this week, they are facing significant Covid challenges and the likelihood of large-scale absences of both pupils and teachers – so a British company is offering schools high-quality air-filtration units, at no capital cost.

 

Finsen Technologies is a manufacturer of high-level UVC disinfection equipment, which provides fast, reliable and safe air decontamination for use in hospitals and healthcare businesses across the UK and the rest of the world.

 

Finsen’s Air Decontamination and Filtration equipment reduces the amount of particulates and pathogens (including Covid 19 and known variants) by 99.7% on each air circulation, many times per hour. The units sit silently cleaning 2000 cubic metres of air per hour – making the air in a space safe for teachers and pupils, and so reducing the likelihood of large scale absences and the pressures on the education system.

 

The company’s CEO, Bill Passmore, has written to the Education minister Nadim Zahawi and Schools Minister Robin Walker, offering to supply the units to as many schools as possible at no cost to the Department for Education, or the schools to help create safe spaces for pupils and teachers.

Mr Passmore said: “Given the current circumstances, we would love to support our schools with our technology and help ensure minimal further disruption to our children’s education. As a health technology company, education is vital to our future and loaning these units free of charge is the best way we can think of to help. Schools would only pay for replacement air filters, which are pretty low cost.’

 

‘We’re hoping to hear back from the DfE very soon. We all need to act fast.”

 

Literary Guru Launches New Programme to Develop Children’s Vocabulary, Speech and Writing

 

 

Ros Wilson’s Talk:Write is the product of over half a century of teaching expertise

Created by Ros Wilson, Talk:Write is a system for developing language to improve both the quality of talk and the quality of writing of primary school pupils aged four to twelve.

 

A highly revered expert in education, Ros Wilson’s 55-year career spans teaching, consultancy, keynote speaking, and research. Talk:Write is the progression of all her previous work regarding the underpinning principles of the impact of talk on writing.

 

The easily accessible programme aims to raise standards in communication and enhance the range and richness of vocabulary and language structures for pupils in English speaking schools.

 

A key focus of Wilson’s career has been to analyse the direct correlation between socio-economic backgrounds and children’s writing in terms of their fluency and ambitious vocabulary. Talk:Write addresses this issue, building upon decades of research to improve the way children express themselves.

 

Fundamentally, Talk:Write aims to ensure all children can talk and write confidently in Standard English, whilst recognising and valuing pupils’ accents, local dialects, and languages.

 

Wilson believes this approach will support the creation or strengthening of a culture of oracy in schools and celebrate the different ways people speak.

Wilson said: “I’m delighted to be launching Talk:Write into UK schools. The project tackles issues that I’m extremely passionate about and it has been rewarding to draw on my own career experience to develop the programme.

 

“I have spent a lot of time in schools with children from challenging backgrounds, who face obstacles due to the ‘word gap’. I wanted to create a programme that supports learning in a fun and flexible way, providing children with the tools to develop dexterity in their communication ability, whilst maintaining their own voice.

 

“Talk:Write aims to enrich children’s experiences of school and provide teachers with a robust platform to develop and improve talk and writing to achieve more equality within education.”

 

Talk:Write uses games and activities to explore The 5 Codes of Speech and The 5 Suave Features of Language – covering the different types of language and structures that give impact to speech and writing.

 

The programme also provides advice and support for children for whom English is an additional language, as well as teaching children to ‘code switch’ and maintain a stamina for writing.

 

Reflecting the experiences of using technology to provide high quality learning support throughout the pandemic, schools purchasing the entire programme will have unlimited access to four hours of video that explains and exemplifies the system.

 

Presented by Ros herself, the videos can be viewed as one whole day of quality continuous professional development or as a series of staff meetings.

 

Talk:Write is designed to complement and enhance existing school programmes for talk and writing.

 

To purchase Talk:Write or for more information please visit:  https://www.roswilsoned.com/talk-write/  

 

 

Solar panels, living walls and heat pumps: schools are leading the way in sustainable investments

 

      *Solar panels, buildings using modern methods of construction and green living walls and roofs are the top sustainable investments schools are making within the next year

       *Four in five UK schools are constructing or planning to construct new buildings

       *Schools are encouraged to speak to their insurer when planning new school buildings and sustainability projects

 

New research1 commissioned by specialist education insurer Ecclesiastical has revealed schools are responding to the climate crisis by investing in sustainable technologies and improving the efficiency of existing buildings.

 

Ecclesiastical Insurance has published new guidance to help schools planning to invest in new buildings and sustainable projects manage the risks they face.

 

Investing in sustainable school buildings

 

The survey of UK school leaders discovered the most popular investments schools are making within the next year are solar PV or heating panels (45%), buildings using modern methods of construction (MMC) such as cross laminated timber and rainscreen cladding (31%), and green / living walls or roofs (31%). This is closely followed by electric vehicle charging points (31%) and triple glazing (29%).

 

Looking ahead to the next one to two years, schools are planning to invest in smart building management systems (46%), solar PV to battery storage (41%) and air source / ground source heat pumps (39%). Triple glazing (37%) and increased insulation such as re-cladding and insulating older buildings (37%)   are also popular planned investments within the next few years.

 

In the medium term, having a renewable energy supplier (32%), buildings constructed from sustainable materials (29%)   and air source / ground source heat pumps (28%)     are the top three investments schools plan to make within three to four years. Followed by wind turbines (26%)   and increased insulation (22%). 

 

St Andrews Church of England Primary School in Gloucestershire2 has dramatically reduced its energy consumption by installing motion sensor low energy LED lights, adding ceilings in two classrooms, adding insulation, replacing single glazed windows, and installing PV panels and air source heat pumps. These investments have helped the school improve its sustainability and achieve Net Zero carbon.

 

Schools under construction

 

Four in five (86%) of UK schools surveyed are constructing or planning to construct new buildings. Of which one in five (21%) school leaders said construction is currently taking place, while more than half (53%) will have new buildings constructed within the next one to five years. One in 10 (11%) schools plan to construct new buildings in more than five years time.

 

As many schools across the UK are investing in new buildings, in Wales it was recently announced that all new schools have to meet net zero targets from January 2022 and refurbishments, extensions and new builds at existing schools need to improve energy efficiency3.

 

Faith Kitchen, Customer Segment Director at Ecclesiastical Insurance, said: “As one of the leading insurers of schools in the UK, Ecclesiastical is passionate about supporting the education sector. Our latest research has found schools are investing in a variety of sustainable technologies and four in five are constructing or planning to construct new buildings. Improving the energy efficiency and sustainability of school buildings is hugely important and can present risks and challenges, particularly around combustibility, which need to be carefully managed.”

 

Guidance for schools investing in new buildings and sustainable projects

 

·         When considering a new school building or sustainability project, consult all interested parties, including your insurers at the earliest stage. Your insurer’s requirements for fire protection and building resilience may be higher than building regulations. Involve your insurer at the design and planning stage so they can work with you to mitigate risks and advise you on the fire or other protection measures needed.

·         Some materials used in MMC construction such as timber framing and sheathing boards, insulation and cladding materials are combustible. Where possible, look for alternative non-combustible materials to achieve the same sustainable results.

·         Natural materials such as hemp, wool and straw and foam based insulation products are all classified as combustible materials and used in conjunction with timber framing, or combustible cladding systems can have serious consequences for a buildings ability to withstand the effects of fire. Where possible, use a non-combustible material such as mineral wool or cellular glass to insulate your buildings.

·         When planning to install solar panels, always investigate the structural suitability of the building/roof and liaise with fire and rescue services on the location of panels and isolation switches.

·         Always use an accredited installer for the installation of any solar panels and / or biomass heating systems.    

·         Biomass heating systems can present fire and carbon monoxide poisoning risks. To reduce these risks ensure they are contained in their own fire-resisting compartment which is separated from the fuel store. Restrict access to fuel stores to authorised persons only. Clean out the boiler house regularly and remove all combustible waste, clear out fuel stores regularly, and get flues to boilers inspected and cleaned regularly by a competent person.

 

Ecclesiastical Insurance offers a range of risk management support and guidance to help schools manage the risks they face. For more information, visit the Hub for Education.

 

Ecclesiastical recently launched a new proposition, Ecclesiastical Smart Properties, which uses cutting-edge technology to discreetly monitor for escape of water and electrical fire risks in real-time. Schools piloting the technology will also have the option to expand the system to monitor other types of risks and solve a range of problems including improving energy consumption and carbon footprint reduction at an additional cost.

 

The Blackpool Grand Theatre – A Year Enriching Over 1,000 Young Lives

Shakespeare at Blackpool Grand Theatre.

Blackpool Grand Theatre today celebrates and sends out Huge Thanks to all teachers, youth workers, artists and community partners, who we have worked with at the venue throughout such a difficult year in 2021.

Over an astonishing 500-days of closure, the theatre was committed to work with schools and local organisations during lockdown digitally, and once possible, in person.

The Blackpool Grand, and the theatre’s Creative Development team, knew the impact lockdown was having on young people and rather than cancel planned workshops and engagements, they worked tirelessly to deliver the programme digitally, even getting the participants to record their experiences and feelings.

Blackpool Grand aims to ensure routes are available for people from every background and diversity of class and socio-economic background are incredibly important.

The theatre acknowledges what an absolute privilege it has been to work with, and alongside, such committed and supportive local and national colleagues. These colleagues joined Blackpool Grand in finding a way to help contribute to strengthening the positive and creative experiences children and young people should have.

This year, they helped the theatre reach over 1,000 young people through creative and engagement projects such as, ‘Tales Retold’, ‘The Story Squad’, and ‘Illuminate’, a partnership with Lightpool during Blackpool’s world famous Illuminations. Other programmes of work were delivered through the theatre’s RSC Associate Schools, The Digital Arts Award, Community Story Gathering, and Shakespeare Nation.

Blackpool Grand highlighted that these partners help to directly support the children, young people and community groups, sit on theatre project steering groups to offer advice, jointly apply for funding and advocate the credible work. The theatre said, “These partners add so much value and we want to acknowledge these wonderful organisations that we are so proud to work with locally.”

Those organisations locally include The Magic Club, The Boathouse Youth, Just Uz, Blackpool Carers Centre, Blackpool English Hub, Blackpool Social Services, Headstart, Better Start, Blackpool and the Fylde College, Curious Minds, the Electric Sunshine Project, FY Wingz, The Knotted Project, and 2Am Press. National partners include The Royal Shakespeare Company, Children’s Theatre Partnership and Boing Boing (The University of Brighton).

Shakespeare at Blackpool Grand Theatre.

Blackpool Grand Theatre Chief Executive, Ruth Eastwood said, “Blackpool Grand Theatre has always been and will continue to be committed to increasing access to culture and broaden its audience.

“We will ensure routes are available for people from every background. Our leadership and Board aim to become increasingly diverse. We believe as does the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, that diversity of class and socio-economic background are incredibly important.

“As a National Portfolio Organisation, directly funded by the public, we are critical to achieving this and challenge ourselves to be even more ambitious, building on success and overcoming barriers.

“This will mean that the Blackpool Grand Theatre will continue to work with more young people than ever before from disadvantaged backgrounds, so they may experience life-changing cultural experiences.

“We couldn’t achieve this goal without the support of Arts Council England and our other funding partners.”

Young people who have taken part in the Blackpool Grand Theatre programmes have said it has helped them to build their confidence and personal resilience, during such a difficult time and transitioning from lockdown back into school and strengthening life skills.

Results have been: Thinking positively whilst working in a group; recognising strengths and areas for improvement; using imagination to create something new; being confident to be myself; and being better at problem solving and making decisions as well as being better at presenting and performing.

Participatory youth workers and teachers say what they have found incredibly important is that they have seen the young people shine, making them explore their interests, foster talent, thinking outside of the box, having a sense of achievement, having increased energy and more importantly, engage in different art forms and in this difficult time, having a laugh.

Blackpool Grand is a registered charity and aims to make ‘a positive difference in the lives of our local community through connecting with our stories on stage and making more and new opportunities for people to positively express themselves on-and-off our stage’ said Eastwood.

We work with and for our community and we couldn’t do this without our amazing local and national partners and funders.

Celine Wyatt, Head of Creative Development at the Blackpool Grand Theatre said, “To all teachers, youth workers and partners who have given their time when it was hard to find time, who offered us support when we needed it too, we say an enormous thank you! We look forward together to more creative adventures in 2022!”

For further information, please go to www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk