ASUS Introduce New Student-Centric Laptops including World’s First 14-inch 2-in-1 Ruggedised Laptop


Take the classroom anywhere with the world’s first 14-inch 2-in-1 ruggedised laptop for education

  • World’s first 14” 2-in-1 ruggedised laptop – The ASUS BR1402 and CR1102 series are designed for hybrid learning, in and out of the classroom.
  • Reliable and Built to Last – Military-grade certified for maximum protection against bumps, drops and spills.
  • Hybrid Learning & Collaboration – Convertible touch-screen designs with garaged stylus, two cameras and all-day battery life.
  • Easy Maintenance and Repair – Cost-efficient modular design for simple on-site repair of replaceable components.
  • Safe and Secure – Physical and digital protection, including ASUS Antimicrobial Guard coating to protect from 99% of harmful bacteria.


London, United Kingdom – March 28, 2023 – ASUS, a global technology leader renowned for continuously reimagining today’s technologies for tomorrow, introduces new education laptop solutions that feature rugged, serviceable and convertible designs to keep students engaged and put their safety at the forefront no matter where they are learning. With only 40% of learning taking place in schools, educators are looking to create more adaptable hybrid operations and campus models. As institutions adopt these new digital learning initiatives, they face new challenges in allocating resources, running online classrooms, integrating new devices and managing IT. Upgraded, student-centred laptop solutions from ASUS are designed to meet today’s digital education ecosystem and enhance immersive learning and collaboration to help students thrive in the digital age.


World’s first 14-Inch 2-in-1 ruggedised laptop for education upgrades learning like never before

From hybrid learning to IT management and student collaboration, ASUS enables incredible learning experiences with its brand-new BR1402 series. The perfect companion for hybrid learning, BR1402-series laptops feature durable designs for today’s active students and an easy-to-service modular build that enables schools to be more cost-effective and environmentally friendly. Designed to make the digital classroom interactive and easy to use, BR1402F features a 14-inch touchscreen and a 13-megapixel world-facing camera to enable professional-quality photos and videos. With up to 16 GB DDR4 RAM and 1 TB SSD, its accelerated computing speed makes for seamless learning and collaboration.


Intel® General Manager, Education Client Division, Michael. A. Campbell, said: “When students are equipped with the latest technology, educators can be better prepared to support students’ higher-order skills needed to succeed in education and the future workforce. This is why we’re excited about our partnership with ASUS and the world’s first 14-inch 2-in-1 ruggedised laptop for education. With Intel’s newest processors, students will be able to do more, and teachers will be able to focus on maximising their instructional time in class.”


In addition to the new BR1402, ASUS is announcing its new 11-inch ASUS Chromebook CR11 series to make both remote and in-person learning simple, interactive and engaging for the modern student.


Reliable education laptops, built to last

Hybrid learning has made durability more important than ever, as laptops travel with students daily between their homes, classrooms, after-school activities and other learning environments. Built to last, both BR1402 and CR11 series meet MIL-STD-810H military-grade standards, and BR1402F features a touchscreen made of damage-resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass. Both laptops feature a wraparound rubber bumper and grip with reinforced components, tamper-resistant finish and water-resistant keyboard.


ASUS Vice President, General Manager of Commercial Computer BU, Benson Lin, said: “ASUS is addressing the challenges of implementing digital learning by offering upgraded solutions with student-centred designs. These designs aim to provide safe and engaging online learning experiences for students with user-friendly devices, catering to the needs of both educators and students in the digital classroom.”


Hybrid learning and collaboration made easy

The new ASUS education laptops deliver total mobility so students can learn and thrive anywhere. Designed for hybrid collaboration, BR1402F and CR11 Flip also feature a 2-in-1 convertible design, garaged stylus and long-lasting battery life of up to 12 hours. In addition, BR1402 series is equipped with AI-powered noise cancelling technology to isolate unwanted noise from human speech and eliminate up to 94% of random noise. With these new laptops, ASUS is empowering students to stay engaged wherever they learn.


Enabling easy maintenance and repairs

With a technician-friendly, modular design that makes maintenance and repairs easy for IT managers and educators to complete, ASUS is enabling less downtime and more learning. Key components of the BR1402 and CR11 series, such as the keyboard, battery, panel and mainboard, can be replaced in minutes using simple tools. The bottom covers are securely fastened using one-size, captive screws that eliminate worries about misplaced parts and encourage a more environmentally friendly repair process. By making maintenance easier, ASUS enables schools to be more cost-efficient and ensures that classrooms are always ready for learning with fewer disruptions.


Keeping students safe and secure

ASUS also designed the BR1402 and CR11 series to keep students safe and give educators and parents peace-of-mind. Both laptops feature keyboards treated with ASUS Antimicrobial Guard to inhibit the growth of bacteria by over 99% over a 24-hour period, TÜV-certified displays for eye comfort and safety, and a webcam privacy shield. For added security, BR1402 features hardware-level protection against sophisticated cyberattacks with Trusted Platform Module 2.0 (TPM 2.0). With both digital and physical safety features, ASUS is helping to protect students from both digital and physical risks.


Worldwide reveal at Bett 2023, London.

The new ASUS BR1402 and CR11 series will be revealed publicly for the first time at Bett 2023, London ExCeL, on the 29th of March, alongside the full ASUS Education range of laptops, desktops, AiOs, monitors and networking solutions.




Salaries fall in education sector: a worrying sign in a sector suffering unrest and skills shortages

At a time when strike action and widespread skills shortages are plaguing the education arena, the fact that new research has revealed that average salaries are falling in the sector is a real concern. That’s according to the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo), the trade association for the professional recruitment sector.  

 The data, provided by the world’s largest network of job boards, Broadbean Technology, revealed that average salaries fell by 5.2% between February 2022 and February 2023, a worrying sign given the cost of living crisis and the general unrest the sector is experiencing with strike action showing no sign of reaching a resolution.

 Elsewhere, the research reveals that vacancies within the sector remain high – up 36% in January 2023 and 44% in February year-on-year – demonstrating the growing demand for teaching staff across the UK, and a worrying concern for hirers who are already struggling to source talent.

 Ann Swain, CEO of APSCo comments:

 “Given the unrest that has been noted in the education sector in recent months, the peaks and troughs of hiring activity and application numbers are perhaps no surprise. However, with strike action continuing to plague the sector due to a range of factors including remuneration, the decline in average pay that our data highlights is of real concern. The cost of living crisis and rising inflation means that teaching professionals are continuing to leave the profession for better pay elsewhere. With these individuals in already short supply, education is facing a tough road ahead for 2023.”


Hay Festival has today revealed the free Programme for Schools for this spring’s edition, bringing writers and young readers together in-person and online for a series of inspiring interactive activities and conversations, 25-26 May, kicking-off the full Festival running 25 May-4 June 2023. 

Parents and teachers can explore the programme online now at with priority booking open now to all state schools in Wales. 

KS2 events on Thursday 25 May include writers Matt Goodfellow, Dr Ranj, Pamela Butchart, Chae Strathie, Abi Elphinstone, Emma Carroll, Jeffrey Boakye and SF Said; poet Mererid Hopwood; Children’s Laureate Joseph Coelho; adventurer Bear Grylls; and space scientist Maggie Aderin-Pocock

KS3/4 events on Friday 26 May feature writers Anthony McGowan, Dr Shini Somara, Nicola Davies, Patrice Lawrence, Nikesh Shukla, Chris Vick, Candy Gourlay and Laura Dockrill; economist Tim Harford; Children’s Laureate Joseph Coelho; activists Laura Bates and Jeffrey Boakye and space scientist Maggie Aderin-Pocock.

On Friday 26 May, students from Hereford College of Arts will pop up throughout the day with Teenage Dreams, a series of immersive performances starring teenage characters from some of Shakespeare’s best loved plays. 

For those who can’t access the free events in person, sessions will also be streamed free online, with closed captioning available in Welsh and English at, and available free after the event on Hay Player at

Last year’s Programme for Schools at Hay Festival 2022 saw more than14,000 attendances from primary and secondary schools across England and Wales, while digital events over the past three years have reached more than 160,000 pupils with free events online.

Julie Finch, Hay Festival CEO, said: “Following last week’s programme launch, we are delighted to share the line-up for our free Programme for Schools at Hay Festival 2023. As a charity, we are committed to broadening cultural accessibility and boosting reading for pleasure through dynamic, interactive events and year-round projects. Our Programme for Schools is an annual highlight and we cannot wait to welcome thousands of young people, in-person and online, to join us for these days of inspiration and hope, creating a space where imaginations are free to roam. Join us.”

The Minister for Education and Welsh Language, Jeremy Miles, said:
 “It’s fantastic to see Hay Festival’s free spring programme for schools, inspiring pupils with in-person and online workshops with writers and poets. I look forward to seeing lots of young people getting involved and finding their passion for creative writing and reading.”  

Hay Festival is the world’s leading festival of ideas, bringing readers and writers together in sustainable events to inspire, examine and entertain on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park. 

This year’s programme launches the best new fiction and non-fiction, while offering insights and debate around significant global issues. Award-winning writers, policy makers, pioneers and innovators take part from around the world, offering big thinking and bold ideas.

Providing exciting new platforms to discover fresh ideas, Hay Festival invites audiences to imagine the world as it is and as it might be. It is a catalyst for change and action, open and accessible to all.

And the action continues for young people throughout half-term with Hay Days and #HAYYA events inspiring the next generation of readers and writers with appearances from authors Jacqueline Wilson (The Other Edie Trimmer), Cressida Cowell (Which Way to Anywhere), Clara Kumagai (Catfish Rolling), Julia Donaldson (A Squash and A Squeeze); historian Greg Jenner (You Are History); atronaut Tim Peake (The Cosmic Diary of our Incredible Universe); YA star Alice Oseman (Heartstopper); CBeebies presenter George Webster (This Is Me!); a special event with Literature Wales where the current Children’s Laureate Wales Connor Allen pass the baton to the next writer; plus a dynamic blend of workshops, pop-up performances and free activities all around the site.

Explore the full programme of 500+ events online now at


ViewSonic Unveils Hybrid Learning Innovations with Stunning 105” 5K Interactive Display at BETT 2023

ViewSonic Corp., a leading global provider of visual solutions, is launching a range of comprehensive education technology (EdTech) solutions, with the new addition to ViewSonic’s revolutionary 5K 105” ViewBoard interactive display. In terms of software, highlights include ViewSonic’s rich digital learning tools from the myViewBoard software suite, and the UNIVERSE by ViewSonic—a 3D virtual campus for online learning. The solutions will be exhibited in in-class, online, and hybrid learning scenarios at the BETT Show 2023 (British Educational Training and Technology Show) in London from 29 to 31, March.

“ViewSonic is dedicated to offering innovative visual solutions from hardware, software, service, to digital content. We will continue to implement our Ecosystem as a Service (EaaS) strategy and work with partners across the industry to create a digital education ecosystem that is truly transformative,” said Clifford Chen, General Manager of the Presentation Group at ViewSonic. “At ViewSonic, we believe that technology can expand what’s possible in classrooms. The digital transition is the key to the future of education, which is why we’ve designed a range of advanced solutions that can be seamlessly integrated into learning environments of all kinds.“

As a leading EdTech solutions provider, ViewSonic’s ViewBoard interactive displays and myViewBoard software suites are being adopted by educational institutions around the world. Ranging in size from 24” to 105”, the company’s ViewBoard is one of the most popular interactive displays in the world ; in Q4 of 2022, ViewSonic was ranked first in the global interactive display market, while the beginning of 2023 saw the myViewBoard ecosystem swell to over 8 million users.

ViewSonic’s display at BETT 2023 will offer attendees the ability to experience a range of EdTech solutions across different scenarios:

Taking In-class Learning with Digital Content into the Future

A teacher will use ViewSonic’s ViewBoard IFP8652 4K display and the company’s whiteboarding software to showcase how diverse pre-made digital lesson content from ViewSonic Originals, an online resource exclusively designed for interactive displays, can be used to create engaging learning experiences in the classroom. While more and more educational institutions are digitising, ViewSonic Originals makes planning and running lessons easier by offering thousands of pieces of content within a user-friendly database.

The company’s latest environmental sensor, Sensor Box, will show how educational institutions can harness technology to optimise conditions such as air quality, humidity, temperature, and automatically switch displays on and off, allowing schools to adhere to the UK Green Building Council guidelines. Additionally, demonstrations of myViewBoard Manager Advanced software will provide insights into how IT departments can remotely manage an entire school’s displays—including multimedia broadcasting, permission management, and addressing technical issues, all of which avoid interrupting classes and allow students to focus on learning.

A New “UNIVERSE” in Online Learning
Recognised by two distinguished EdTech Awards recently, ViewSonic’s innovative UNIVERSE virtual learning platform opens up new opportunities in online learning. Attendees at BETT 2023 will be able to experience how UNIVERSE allows participants to engage in interactive classrooms with new 3D educational content and create unique learning spaces. The platform addresses some of the key challenges faced during online learning by increasing student engagement, encouraging collaboration, and fostering a sense of belonging among students.

Going Hybrid in with Advanced Audiovisuals
To show how higher education can be advanced using hybrid setups to ensure the best learning outcome, ViewSonic will be displaying the 5K 105” ViewBoard IFP105S, which features a 21:9 ratio display and multi-touch capabilities. Attendees will be able to see how students in-class and in other locations can collaborate simultaneously with a breeze.

Further, the series is flawlessly complemented by ViewSonic’s new Live Mosaic View feature for their latest VB-CAM-201-2. Powered by AI technology, Live Mosaic View can provide close-ups of participants and readjust the view based on each attendee’s activity, ensuring that attendees and speakers are automatically framed and focused, offering a more immersive experience for hybrid meetings.

Visit ViewSonic at BETT 2023, North Hall, Booth NL21, ExCeL London. To find more info and arrange a meeting with ViewSonic’s educational experts at BETT 2023, please visit:


About ViewSonic
Founded in California, ViewSonic is a leading global provider of visual solutions with a presence in over 100 cities around the world. As an innovator and visionary, ViewSonic is committed to providing comprehensive hardware and software solutions that include monitors, projectors, digital signage, ViewBoard interactive displays, and myViewBoard software ecosystem. With over 30 years of expertise in visual displays, ViewSonic has established a strong position for delivering innovative and reliable solutions for education, enterprise, consumer, and professional markets and helping customers “See the Difference”. To find out more about ViewSonic, please visit


Global Survey of 37k School Students Reveals Desire to Modernise Education

World’s Largest Lesson Gives Voices to Students in One of The Largest Global Education Surveys Ever


London, UK: 15th March 2023 – The World’s Largest Lesson – an initiative led by Project Everyone and UNICEF – and NetApp a cloud-led, data-centric software company, today announce the findings from one of the largest global surveys of education ever which garnered 37k responses from young people in 150+ countries, many sharing their views for the first time.

The gamified survey revealed an overwhelming call for a modernisation of curricula to mirror more closely the realities, skill sets and demands of today’s society and the future.


The Reality

When students were asked what they believe the purpose of school should be 48% of responses related to gaining practical skills for the real world. However, the reality of their education does not reflect this.


“We’re in the middle of a global learning crisis, ” says Alison Bellwood, Executive Director of World’s Largest Lesson. “Students are imagining a future that is very different from the one their current curriculums were developed for. They want to be ready to thrive in new, green economies and to help build a sustainable world. Children have spoken. It’s the responsibility of education policy makers to listen to them.”


The good news is that 77% of students are happy to be back at school after COVID-19, and they’ve shared thousands of ideas about what they want to see changed in education.

The Future of The Education is Practical Skills

When asked whether they were learning enough about a range of topics, 61% of students worldwide said they feel they are learning not enough or not at all about digital skills like programming and coding. A close second with almost 59% calling for financial literacy or how to make a budget with 55% wanting to understand how to analyse and use data.


“In today’s world, it has never been more critical for data literacy skills to be taught in classrooms,” Michelle Mann, Director, Social Impact at NetApp. “Data is, increasingly, the foundation for informed decision making around so many important social, technological, and environmental issues—including a child’s own education. NetApp is committed to helping empower student voices and ensure leaders make room for them in educational discussions so they can share data-informed insights on how they would like to learn.”

To address the need for data science learning experiences, NetApp created a global social impact program call Data Explorers. It’s a hands-on afterschool program focusing on reaching under-represented students in under-resourced communities.


Understanding Mental Health, other Cultures and the Environment

While being prepared for jobs and the future were top of mind, a further 44% wanted to learn more about how to look after their mental health and wellbeing, with 33% reporting they feel anxious to be back at school after COVID-19. 42% of students reported wanting to understand different cultures, and a further 42% wanted to learn more about how to protect the planet.


Tanishi, 14, a member of the World’s Largest Lesson Student Advisory Panel member based in India, said “Asking what young people want from their education is the first step of change. It is similar to what the marketing division of a business does when they research what their customers want… If the customers here are students, to make their education more efficient and helpful, asking students about what they want from education is essential.”


Global Voices, Shared Needs

When asked for ideas on how to change education, the most common global theme was practical skills attainment, at 33% and a further 21% mentioned being more informed on key issues. As one student put it “It is important to study the past, I know, but now we are living in the present and I want to know how to live in this world”.

Nearly 20% talked about changing how they learn, for example reducing pressure to succeed in exams or allowing students more individual choice. One student said “This egg-carton model impedes professional growth and change”. Another said “I would reinvent the relationship with my teachers: today they act as they were ’superior’ while they should act as our mentor.”


Call to Action

While we’ve heard calls to modernise education before, this survey has allowed children themselves to speak up and add their voices, many for the first time. Together they’ve shared more than 25 thousand ideas of their own to transform education, from “allow students to choose the subjects they want to study” and “study in nature” to “being able to experiment” and experience “life learning lessons”.

Could this be the tipping point to a bold redirection of education? If so, the report argues that governments must consult and include children in their decision-making, so that education reflects those that it serves. As Matilda, 12, World’s Largest Lesson Student Advisory Panel member in Greece put it, “We are the future, and we need to decide what we want the future of the world to look like”.


Kettering Buccleuch Academy (KBA) Enhances Communications Reliability and Versatility with Avaya Cloud Office® by RingCentral

Avaya, a global leader in solutions to enhance and simplify communications and collaboration, is providing Kettering Buccleuch Academy (KBA), a multi-age, all-through school located in Northamptonshire, with its all-in-one, cloud-based communications solution to create a more cohesive digital environment. KBA chose Avaya Cloud Office for its ability to meet the school’s needs with a reliable, always-on platform delivering the latest communication technologies including team messaging, video meetings, intelligent voice routing, centralized automation, and robust analytics. The simplified solution offers them the versatility to use feature-rich handsets and application delivery on a single device while delivering greater operational efficiency with increased cost savings. 


The core of KBA’s success is effective communication with all stakeholders, both directly within the school and indirectly using technologies such as audio, video, and messaging systems, and employing these functions to enable better outcomes. This begins in the classroom, but also includes the links between departments, with parents and carers, with partners and suppliers, and with outside authorities.


The academy holds its communications technology to a high standard and has had a long-standing relationship with Avaya and its local delivery partner, UCAdvisor. Together, KBA’s technology partners delivered a plan to execute on the school’s digital transformation objectives and migrate them to a cloud-based communications platform.  Avaya Cloud Office provided KBA a solution that met their needs for functionality, reliability, and an improved admin experience in a cost-effective and easy to migrate implementation.


Adam Burn, ICT Systems Manager at KBA recognized the school’s long-standing relationship with Avaya through local delivery partner, UCAdvisor. After exploring other options, KBA ultimately chose to remain with Avaya and deploy Avaya Cloud Office. UCAdvsior were able to cover the cost of deployment with their grant funding, as well as provide handsets for KBA without cost that delivered enhanced

functionality with a familiar interface.


“Devices and handsets were important considerations for us,” said Burn. “Avaya Cloud Office allows us to use smartphone apps when remote, but we also have a suite of devices on site that staff are familiar with and that withstand the daily rigors of school activity.”


With Avaya Cloud Office, KBA maintains centralized control and provides full transcription and text delivery to users. Overall, communication capabilities have improved significantly as a result of the transition to cloud.


“It’s clear that voice is no longer the only way to stay in touch with customers and colleagues,” said Tim Sherwood, VP of Product and Offer Management, Avaya. “Instead, chat/Instant Messaging (IM), often begins an interaction that may escalate into an audio, video, or content sharing session. The reality is employees and customers expect more – they want a seamless and intuitive communications experience that fits into how they work instead of changing the way they work–helping them stay in touch on their device of choice as they move throughout their day. Avaya Cloud Office can fundamentally enhance the way your business communicates with customers, partners and across your organization by simplifying the way you call, chat, meet and collaborate.”


“Avaya Cloud Office has reduced management overhead, allowing us to focus more on our core activities, while improving the service we can deliver for parents and students,” said Burn. “UCAdvisor clearly understood our initial requirements and helped us save a significant amount on upfront expenditures.”  


Additional Resources


About Kettering Buccleuch Academy (KBA)

We have a relentless focus on high standards by having high expectations and not accepting any excuses. We aim to create a positive learning environment where the street stops at the gate and where we help every student to succeed. We provide excellent teaching skills and commitment from our staff and this in turn generates enthusiasm and hard work from the students. Our purposeful learning environment supports our students to achieve beyond expectations and challenges them to improve on their personal best. A love of learning is our priority and the House system supports students in their academic and personal development. We offer a broad curriculum at KBA which allows flexibility. All students receive the core curriculum of Maths, English and Science, delivered in state of the art classrooms. Our curriculum experience for students is further enhanced by a range of other subjects across all three key stages.


About Avaya

Businesses are built by the experiences they provide, and every day millions of those experiences are delivered by Avaya. Avaya is shaping the future of customer experiences, with innovation and partnerships that deliver game-changing business benefits. Our communications solutions power immersive, personalized, and memorable customer experiences to help organizations achieve their strategic ambitions and desired outcomes. Together, we are committed to helping grow your business by delivering Experiences That Matter. Learn more at


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Weduc launches a new version of its app to increase parental engagement

A host of new app features makes it easier for parents to stay up to date on their children’s education

Loughborough, 15th March 2023 – Loughborough-based school software provider, Weduc, has today announced a complete redesign of its all-in-one parent app to increase parental engagement across UK schools and simplify the challenges of communication between families and educational institutions.

An integrated part of Weduc’s Reach More Parents platform, the new app sports a simpler, sleeker style, and boasts an easier to navigate, social media-like newsfeed which is primarily icon-driven to make it more inclusive and accessible to different social groups. The app’s intuitive newsfeed brings all key school information together for parents to scroll through and get up to date with the latest messages about their children’s progress, upcoming school trips, or parent-teacher evenings, in a range of languages.

A new feature of pinned posts has been added within the app, enabling school staff to mark the most urgent communication, making it easier for time-poor parents to stay informed and avoid missing important updates or reminders, such as no-uniform days or food tech ingredients, for example. The pinned posts are placed at the top of the feed and once parents read them, they get a simple notification that they’re up to speed.

Rob Pointen, CEO at Weduc, said: “Everything we do here is with an aim to reach more parents and make it as easy as possible for them to stay updated with the latest school news. When life gets busy, it’s easy to miss communication from school, but that can impact student outcomes. Through our newly redesigned, fully customisable app, parents can benefit from having everything that’s important under one roof, in a familiar, simplified format, encouraging them to take a more proactive approach to their child’s learning experience.”

Adam Teall, Parental Engagement Lead at Cognita Schools, commented ‘The new version of the Weduc app is a huge stride forward in usability, consistency and general parent experience. The design is modern with many helpful changes and features that make using the app a pleasure. Parent needs and requests are at the heart of the new design and this is obvious all over – from folders in messages to the new dashboard, which surfaces the most relevant and time-critical information to the user the minute they open the app.”

For parents whose children go to different schools, the new app gives parents the option to choose which school communication they wish to look at. Without any technical know-how, they can engage with the content from multiple schools in one place, eliminating the need for separate apps. In addition, Reach More Parents multi-channel approach to parental communication means parents can receive reminders and notifications about their children not only via in-app messages but also social media platforms, text messages and emails, with the option to link school events to their own Google and Microsoft calendars. This feature is aimed at helping educational institutions engage even the smallest minority of parents who are the hardest to reach.

“At Weduc, we pride ourselves on reaching more parents than any other system currently on the market”, adds Pointen. “We offer multiple integrations with other apps so that parents can save time by only having to check one place for all aspects of school life.”

In contrast to other school communication providers, Weduc offers UK-based customer support to not only school staff but also parents. Whether it’s a password reset, first-time sign-up, or a non-technical query, parent users can contact Weduc for assistance via email or telephone. This is designed to limit the pressure on stretched school staff who can instead focus on important work.

Alongside the app redesign and to further enhance its customer support, Weduc has recently launched a series of how-to-guides. The new app is being rolled out free of charge across the company’s existing customer base, which includes over 500 primary, secondary, and independent schools as well as multi-academy trusts. Parents whose schools have implemented the communication solution can download it from the App Store or Google Play. To learn more about the product features, visit Weduc’s website:


Acer for BETT: improving learning and teaching, always.


Acer is excited to be exhibiting again at BETT show 2023, from 29th until 31st March at the ExCel in London, for three days of inspiring content, networking and product discovery. Acer’s goal is to bring continuously evolving technologies to support education institutions in order to ensure the creation of perfect learning environments that ease the communication and interactions between pupils and their educators.


Come to visit us at stand NJ10 to discover not only Acer’s latest products, but also programs offering resources and innovative solutions to inspire curious minds because we believe that education is an integral part of unleashing human potential. Our wide range of affordable devices is secure, eco-minded, easy to use and built to last, providing versatile solutions designed for families and college students who like to be on the go all day. We supply a tailored portfolio covering any learning needs to empower teachers to unlock every student’s potential.


We strongly believe in schools because we believe in tomorrow. We know that when supported by the right empowering tools, only the sky is the limit for students and teachers. Indeed, by offering the finest technologies, educational contents and solutions schools can start their journey towards implementing innovative collaborative learning environments to meet the challenges of the 21st century.



  We understand that budgets do not always allow for school’s full vision to be fulfilled. This is why the company developed targeted programs such as Acer STEM Rewards designed to meet both current and future education needs to assist schools and colleges, develop critical thinkers, increase science literacy and grow the next generation of innovators. By participating to this programme, schools can benefit from free teaching and learning resources and the opportunity to refresh devices whilst keeping costs down.  




  Keep innovating with Acer for Education. Come to visit us at Bett show 2023 in stand NJ10 to stay current with the latest EdTech trends, discover innovative solutions for schools, update your skills and more!


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Chartered College of Teaching and NASBTT agree new mentor development partnership


The Chartered College of Teaching and the National Association of School-Based Teacher Trainers (NASBTT) have agreed a partnership to raise awareness of, advocate, and promote their sector-leading mentor development initiatives.


The collaboration sees the Chartered College provide formal recognition of NASBTT’s new Mentor Development Modules, which were formally launched last month for Initial Teacher Training (ITT) providers, as meeting the high standards set by the Chartered College, as defined in its Chartered Status Professional Principles.


NASBTT, meanwhile, will promote the College’s Chartered Teacher (Mentor) Status, which provides formal recognition to mentors for the work they are undertaking to support teachers through high-quality mentoring. This pathway gives opportunities to further the professional learning and development of those completing the Mentor Development Modules, including the option to invest in school-based staff undertaking Chartered Status assessment units.


The Chartered College’s self-paced pathway to Chartered Status means mentors can work at their own pace, completing a series of units to become Chartered. Each unit is individually certified by the Chartered College and can be aligned to the work that mentors are already doing, with their mentees, in their schools, and as part of ITT and ECF programmes.


NASBTT’s Mentor Development Modules offer a flexible suite of training resources that can be embedded within existing elements of mentor training. Modules will be available as either online self-directed study or as taught modules delivered by licensed providers. It is expected that 30 modules will be available from September 2023, and the full suite of 60 modules from September 2024, providing a cost-effective solution to mentor training requirements.


One of the first teaching professionals involved in the Mentor Development Modules is Cathryn Mortimer, Director of Arthur Terry Teaching School Hub. Moving into 2024, it has become crystal clear to us that we are going to need to work together as a sector and think creatively about how we meet the challenges of the new mentor quality requirements, particularly the amount of training time required,” she said.


“Whilst we were wrestling with these tricky questions, NASBTT were already ten steps ahead. We are now working closely with them to pilot their excellently designed training modules which have a face-to-face design, but also come with an asynchronous option. We think these options will be so helpful to ITT providers, mentors and their schools, supporting with mentor workload whilst providing high-quality training materials and flexible training models for mentors with various levels of skills and expertise.”


Dr Steven Berryman, President of the Chartered College of Teaching, commented:

“Our Chartered Teacher (Mentor) Status, focusing on classroom practice and mentoring knowledge, is a new professional accreditation that recognises highly-accomplished teachers who draw on their teaching and mentoring expertise. Having NASBTT, as the voice of school-based ITT, championing and supporting mentor development is absolutely wonderful. As a sector, we are stronger when we are together, and we are delighted to formalise our relationship with NASBTT to advance our mutual charitable objectives to improve the quality of education for children and young people.”


Jonny Goggs, Head of Partnerships, added:

We are thrilled to be partnering with NASBTT, an organisation who continue to play an absolutely crucial role in supporting those training and developing teachers. This exciting partnership offers a new route to gain Chartered Teacher (Mentor) Status for mentors enrolled in NASBTT’s new suite of high-quality, evidence-informed Mentor Development Modules. The role of mentors is vital to drive standards and develop beginning teachers, and we look forward to working with NASBTT to provide professional development and formal recognition to mentors across the country.”


Emma Hollis, NASBTT Executive Director, said:

“As per the 2024 mentoring requirements ITT providers are required to establish a professional network of well-trained and expert mentors. Our Mentor Development Modules are designed to support ITT providers in meeting the training time requirements, and the demands for a fully resourced mentor curriculum that aligns with the trainee curriculum equipping mentors with an understanding of the curriculum content trainees will cover and an approach to mentoring based on the best available evidence. We are delighted to be a Chartered Status CPD Partner to the Chartered College of Teaching and to promote the Chartered Teacher (Mentor) Status to our members.”


Via the partnership, the Chartered College and NASBTT will also pursue further opportunities to collaborate on projects, and continue to support each other’s programmes and services.


Barley Fields Primary School converts to an academy and joins Prince Regent Street Trust


Barley Fields Primary School, based in Ingleby Barwick in Stockton-on-Tees, has completed its conversion to academy status and joined Prince Regent Street Trust, a successful primary-only multi-academy trust (MAT) also located in Stockton.


Following a consultation with pupils, parents and carers, staff and other interested parties in November and December last year, and a programme of due diligence, the 702-pupil school becomes the fourth member of Prince Regent Street Trust alongside Hartburn Primary School, Village Primary School and Wolviston Primary School.


Headteacher Caroline Taylor said the school began formally exploring academisation last April following publication of the government’s Schools White Paper which promoted the intention for all schools to be part of a MAT, originally by 2030.


The school’s interest in joining a MAT had been “a long and very considered one”, Caroline explained, which included understanding what joining a trust could mean for the school; evaluating the benefits of joining several locally-established MATs; and working alongside Prince Regent Street Trust as a partner school.


“At the heart of our school improvement strategy is a long-held commitment to working in partnership with other strong schools – sharing practice, challenging one another and working in collaboration – and we are clear that joining Prince Regent Street Trust is the right thing for our children, staff and wider community,” she said.


“We explored a number of different models, but wanted to be part of a MAT that was primary-based, and as a successful school already one that would give us a high level of autonomy. Prince Regent Street Trust will challenge us, and us working with other high-performing schools will give something back to them too. The trust’s comprehensive and personalised support around non-teaching elements, including finance, estates and compliance, will allow us to concentrate fully on teaching and learning.


“For children there will not be much change. In fact, their education will only continue to improve as a consequence of joining, and carefully selected partner schools share this value and vision for their own schools and their pupils. The day-to-day running and management of the school will remain the same – practically our logo and uniform will be unchanged – but we will be given additional support to improve without having decisions taken away from us. In particular, we will benefit from cross-Trust curriculum meetings, peer networks and working parties, and a wealth of training and CPD opportunities.”


Glynis Pattison, Chair of Governors at Barley Fields Primary School, added: “We researched the models of collaboration available to our school in response to significant changes in the educational landscape. After thorough research which considered many different models of collaboration, we concluded that it was in the best interests of pupils, parents and other stakeholders to apply to convert to become an academy.


“Over the past 12 months we have been working as a partner school with Prince Regent Street Trust, giving us the chance to get to know their Chief Executive and Headteachers, who have been honest and open from the beginning. Governors have attended Prince Regent Street Trust’s Trustees meeting, which has been really valuable.


“We have got to know the trust throughout this period, carried out huge amounts of due diligence in the process, and are really excited about the future.”


Julia Armstrong, CEO of Prince Regent Street Trust, said: “We are delighted to welcome Barley Fields Primary School into our family. Having worked with the school extensively to identify mutual compatibility, especially in terms of shared ethos, and the benefits of them joining our trust we believe that together we can create solid foundations for the future.


“We are continually striving for excellence and, in all cases we are seeking impact on our pupils through achievement, equality of opportunity by offering enriching life experiences, and in supporting their preparation for future life.


“Barley Fields staff will benefit from a bespoke package of support including development opportunities for the senior leadership team, governors, teaching and non-teaching staff, which will impact positively on many areas of the school, as well as finance and operations.”


For Caroline, who joined the school when it opened in 2006 with just 38 children before becoming Headteacher 10 years later, she is now looking forward to a new dawn for Barley Fields Primary. “Our journey over the last 16 years have been a delight,” she revealed. “We pride ourselves on the atmosphere in our school, the sense of family and community, and our children are extremely good and very well mannered.


“Academic standards and outcomes are very high, and children enjoy a broad, balanced and challenging curriculum, underpinned by our approach to ‘growth mindset’ which recognises that setbacks are a necessary part of the learning process and allows people to ‘bounce back’ by increasing motivational effort. Above all, we value our spirit of openness and friendliness.


“I am fortunate to lead a very talented staff team here and by joining Prince Regent Street Trust they will have the opportunities to broaden their horizons through different settings, all in other high-performing schools, both leading and sharing their experiences. This is a wonderful opportunity for Barley Fields Primary School.”