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Anyone for tennis? Join 10,000 teachers and inspire your pupils following the soaring success of Emma Raducanu

BROMLEY, ENGLAND – JULY 19: Emma Raducanu visits her former school, ‘Bickley Primary’ on July 19, 2021 in Bromley, England. Ms Raducanu, who is a youth ambassador for the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), made a surprise visit to the school as they enjoyed sports day. The 18-year-old professional tennis player made her main-drawn grand-slam debut at this year’s Wimbledon tournament, becoming the youngest British woman to reach the Round of 16. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Following the exceptional performance from British breakthrough star Emma Raducanu, who captured her first Grand Slam at the US Open over the weekend, Emmamania is already inspiring pupils aged 4 – 11 to get more involved in tennis – and LTA Youth, the flagship programme from The LTA, the governing body of tennis in Britain, has teachers across the country covered.

LTA Youth’s assembly and classroom challenges are the perfect solution for primary teachers looking to use the phenomenal success of LTA Youth Ambassador Emma Raducanu’s efforts to engage with their pupils at school right now. There is no better time to get more kids hitting super serves like Emma. Tennis is an activity that can easily be incorporated into everyday life. All you need to play is a ball, racket and away you go!

 

The LTA wants all primary school children to see tennis as a fun activity, while simultaneously enhancing their personal and character skills during lessons. So far the programme has over 10,000 teachers involved.

 

The challenges contain some simple ‘warm-up’ activities, which will take children around 15 minutes to complete. Children can then take part in exciting, tennis themed lessons, lasting around 45 minutes, covering subjects such as numeracy, literacy, geography and science. These challenges are aimed at children.

 

LTA Youth Schools Programme is the LTA’s innovative junior programme created to help more children enjoy the benefits of playing and staying in tennis, whatever their age, gender, ability, disability or background.

 

This is the first curriculum aligned tennis resources available and is based on world leading expertise, research and science, and drawing on insight from parents and players – perfect to build into lesson planning for the new school year covering topics such as; PSHE and Physical Education.

BROMLEY, ENGLAND – JULY 19: Emma Raducanu visits her former school, ‘Bickley Primary’ on July 19, 2021 in Bromley, England. Ms Raducanu, who is a youth ambassador for the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), made a surprise visit to the school as they enjoyed sports day. The 18-year-old professional tennis player made her main-drawn grand-slam debut at this year’s Wimbledon tournament, becoming the youngest British woman to reach the Round of 16. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

The LTA are keen to open up tennis to more children across the country by using tennis as a theme to discuss curriculum orientated work and with recent British success, the topic of tennis is at an all time high.

 

Former teacher and Head of Education & Community at The LTA, Tom Gibbins, said; “What we have seen over the past few weeks from an up and coming British tennis player in Emma Raducanu has been nothing short of spectacular. This is such a great moment for our sport and even more so as we look to inspire future generations across the country to take up tennis. Our free LTA Youth Schools Programme was designed to support teachers in moments like this.”

To ensure that teachers are confident in delivering the resources from LTA Youth Schools Programme, upon signing up, The LTA offers training to all participating schools from professional LTA accredited practitioners, with over 4,000 already completing the training. On completion of the 2 hour course, schools will receive a £250 voucher and tennis activity pack.

BROMLEY, ENGLAND – JULY 19: Emma Raducanu visits her former school, ‘Bickley Primary’ on July 19, 2021 in Bromley, England. Ms Raducanu, who is a youth ambassador for the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), made a surprise visit to the school as they enjoyed sports day. The 18-year-old professional tennis player made her main-drawn grand-slam debut at this year’s Wimbledon tournament, becoming the youngest British woman to reach the Round of 16. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Dan Smith, teacher at Manchester Road Primary School, who used the resources last year commented on the support LTA Youth has provided for his school, saying; “LTA Youth Schools has been great for our school. Not only have we received amazing training through the free online course, but the resources that we now have are brilliant and we will continue to use them for years to come. Unlike any other training course, we were also given a £250 voucher so we were able to buy the equipment needed for the lessons.”

 

For the first time, LTA Youth will be offering a visit from a professional tennis player for new sign ups to the LTA Youth Schools programme as they look to highlight the benefits of tennis in building active lifestyles and key skills for the future. Sign up today for free, explore the resources and join the active online community of over 10,000 teachers part of the LTA Youth programme.

 

DISCOVERY EDUCATION ESPRESSO LAUNCHES NEW FEATURES TO ENGAGE PUPILS WITH DIGITAL CONTENT EVERYDAY

Discovery Education today announced new features and enhancements to its award-winning primary school learning platform, Discovery Education Espresso. The latest updates combine dynamic new tools with the amazing, timely content teachers have come to know and love, giving educators new ways to seamlessly create exciting and engaging learning activities every day. Discovery Education is the worldwide edtech leader whose state-of-the-art digital platform supports learning wherever it takes place.

Ever since its debut more than 20 years ago, Discovery Education Espresso has been known for its expansive treasury of digital resources, which includes videos, text, interactives, audio, worksheets and images that span all primary key stages, subjects and critical topics of today. Each month, Discovery Education adds new resources — including ready-to-use activities, age-appropriate news video from trusted partners and curated channels — to excite, engage, and connect school pupils to the real world.

Now, Discovery Education is building on its legacy as the leader in digital content by adding a host of new time-saving features to support teaching, creativity and professional growth.  These new features include:

  1. A new, interactive Quiz tool, giving teachers new ways to promote active learning in the classroom and track pupil progress in real-time with:
  • Ask Live Quiz – enabling teachers to spark lively classroom discussions by asking pupils live questions through virtual meeting solutions like Zoom, Google Hangouts and Microsoft Teams
  • Standard Quiz – helping teachers to check for understanding and pupil readiness through a range of question formats, from polling and open-ended questions to multiple-choice and image annotation.
  • Video-Based Quiz – combining video from Discovery Education’s rich vault of high-quality content with embedded questions to create engaging interactive learning experiences.

Quiz results display in real-time, empowering educators to measure participation, offer just-in-time feedback, correct responses and identify where pupils need extra support or challenge.

  1. A new improved Studio tool, making teacher and pupil-created activities easier than ever. Studio, Discovery Education’s collaboration and presentation tool, serves as educators’ creative outlet to imagine and practice new activities. And because Studio and Discovery Education’s world-class content are part of a unified system, creating interactive and media-rich lessons is more straightforward than ever.  With Studio, educators can:
  • Use new Activity Templates based on Discovery Education’s SOS Instructional Strategies —­ the research-based instructional strategies created by teachers for teachers —­ to create lively presentations that engage pupils.
  • Give pupils the opportunity to sharetheir knowledge in creative ways through their own presentation boards and slideshows.
  • Collaborate with pupils in real-timewithin the confines of a safe and secure environment no matter where the classroom is.
  • Promote literacy, accessibility and comprehension for all learners with the embedded Microsoft Immersive Reader Tool.

 

  1. A completely redesigned Video Player. The new Discovery Education Video Player not only matches the platform’s lighter, redesigned look and feel, it also makes it easy for teachers to incorporate rich media into the learning experiences they design and deliver every day. From the new Video Player page, teachers can:
  • Build interactive video quizzes or slideshow activities in a few simple steps.
  • Assign videos directly to pupils and add context and instructions.
  • Share videos with pupils and colleagues using a simple link.
  • Find supporting resources and content such as images, interactives and audio.

 

  1. New ways to easily log in to the Discovery Education platform. 

Pupils can now use QR codes for quick access. Administrators can bulk-issue these codes at the school level or teachers can issue codes for their own classrooms. 

 

Together, these new features and enhancements support the creation of interactive learning experiences that spark curiosity, make classroom activities livelier and engaging, and provide the literacy and language supports that give every pupil the opportunity to have their “light bulb” moment.

“Integrating all the edtech resources stood-up to maintain the continuity of learning during the COVID-19 pandemic is a major challenge facing school leaders,” said Discovery Education’s Managing Director, Global Initiatives Howard Lewis.  “The new features and enhancements we are announcing today help solve that challenge. The improved functionality of our flagship platform puts all the tools needed to engage pupils with digital content at educators’ fingertips and the work to boost our service’s ability to easily dovetail into school systems’ IT infrastructure makes it simple to merge our content and resources into the learning environments schools already have in place. Taken together, these features and enhancements will help schools improve the return on the edtech investment they made over the past year.”

Educators using Discovery Education Espresso and all Discovery Education resources benefit from the support of the Discovery Educator Network (DEN) Community . This global community of education professionals connects members in schools and around the world through social media, virtual conferences and in-person events, fostering valuable networking, idea sharing, and inspiration.

 

Explore the re-imagined Discovery Education learning platform at www.discoveryeducation.co.uk.

 

BenQ unveiled as hardware partner to government initiative, Oak National Academy

BenQ has partnered with Oak National Academy, an organisation providing free online classroom resources in the UK, to make their portfolio of over 10,000 videos, lesson slides and pupil worksheets available across its series of Interactive Flat Panels for learning environments.

 

Oak was created in response to schools closing during the pandemic to help educators’ transition to hybrid teaching models with resources for remote teaching, to aid in-school catch-up, assist lesson planning and subsequently lower teacher workload. 

 

BenQ is the first manufacturer to partner with Oak and has made the resources available on the BenQ Suggests store, so users can download it to their IFP and access the materials natively from the android operating system. Teachers who have been using the Oak lessons while teaching remotely can seamlessly continue their work as they transition back to the classroom. 

 

The Oak resources are created by teachers, for teachers and are completely free. They cover a broad range of subjects from Reception up to Year 11, and 600 lessons for students who normally attend specialist settings. In most subjects, there are enough lessons for the whole year that can be adapted by teachers, making the materials as flexible as possible. 

 

These can now be accessed on BenQ’s series of IFPs and in collaboration with EZ Write Live, BenQ’s proprietary interactive whiteboard software, that lets students annotate and collaborate on the materials from any location in real-time via the Cloud. 

 

Nicola Pearce, Head of Education at BenQ explains: 

 

“Through this partnership with Oak National Academy, we are extending our commitment to inspiring learning  and ensuring the best possible access to teaching resources, whether that is in the classroom or at home. As pupils return to school, they will be able to continue their work with no disruptions, using their classroom displays to collaborate and enhance the experience. 

 

“As well as pioneering healthy learning environments through BenQ’s Healthcare+ features, including antibacterial screens to prevent touch-based transmission within the classroom. Smart Eye-Care Solution combining Flicker-Free, Anti-glare and Low Blue Light features to reduce eye strain and fatigue.” 

 

Jonathan Dando, Director of External Relations,  Oak National Academy comments: 

 

“Since April 2020, pupils have taken part in over 100 million lessons while transitioning between the classroom and remote learning. Through this partnership with BenQ, we are excited to keep supporting teachers as all pupils return to the classroom. We hope teachers  are able to access our videos, lesson slides and worksheets inside classrooms in a user-friendly way, reducing teacher workload and helping children learn.” 

 

BenQ are encouraging existing IFP users to download the Oak National Academy app from the BenQ Suggests store to maximise use of Oak’s resources. As well as offering virtual demonstrations to new users. 

The British Army Showcases the Need for Practical Employability Resources in 2021

The British Army Employability resources give students the support they need in 2021 as they face new obstacles including remote interviews and increasingly competitive positions.

Available for Careers Week 2021, the Employability digital resources for key stage 4 capture everything students should watch out for, from body language to your final statement, as well as highlighting the importance of essential skills they need for the job market, including writing applications and developing interview strategy. The British Army is one of the biggest employers in the UK and with these resources, students can gain a valuable insight into what they look for in a prospective employee.

Employability is set to be one of the biggest concerns for young people this year as the job opportunities become increasingly limited and competitive as a result of the pandemic. These resources offer simple and effective methods for students on how to best prepare themselves for that next big step in their lives. With sample interview questions and scenario briefings that can be used by students both in the classroom or via remote learning.

The resources showcase a range of careers across STEM, Arts and Humanities, from Army Comms Engineer to English Language Teacher, which gives students an idea of the requirements in their chosen profession. The British Army looks at every candidate with a great level of detail and so following their instruction ensures any young person can be fully prepared for a future application.

Major Jennifer Close said: “We know that many first-time applicants are facing obstacles this year and, as one of the biggest employers in the UK, we at the British Army know what to look for in our applications and we’re happy to share our expertise through these Employability resources.”

To learn more about employability, check out the free downloadable resources at: https://apply.army.mod.uk/base/lessons/employability-skills

Resources and educational tools launched to support children’s mental health

  • eduu.school and Kooth partner to provide critical mental health education, support and services to children

 

  • The online learning platform offers extensive mental health support through an integrated curriculum

 

London, 19 February 2021 – Online mental wellbeing service Kooth and online learning platform eduu.school, in partnership with Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust, GLUU and Hodder Education Group, today announced a co-curated mental health-focused curriculum. The ground-breaking partnership will provide students using eduu.school with direct access to support via Kooth.com, including an anonymous self-referral platform, magazines, forums, activity centres and text-based, professional counselling.

 

The new partnership integrates mental health support into the digital curriculum, ensuring children are supported at all levels through their educational development. Mental health resources and support mechanisms provided by Kooth will be blended into the eduu.school digital curriculum for key stages three and four, with over 1,600 hours of resources for each key stage.

 

The integration aims to make the support and resources a part of the everyday learning experience, destigmatising mental wellbeing. The pandemic has exacerbated mental health problems for many young people. Kooth’s January data* indicates a bleak image: 39 percent of young people are presenting with anxiety and 21 percent are self-harming, with another 21 percent experiencing suicidal thoughts, an increase of 40 percent and 47 percent on the same week last year, respectively.

 

Sir Mark Grundy, CEO, Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust and eduu.school partner said: “There has never been a more urgent need to adjust our curriculum and pedagogies to reflect the emerging landscape resulting from COVID-19 and DfE remote learning guidelines. The education system needs to respond quickly but thoughtfully to help our children by evolving a new model which places equal emphasis on wellbeing and attainment.”

 

Tim Barker, CEO, Kooth said: “At Kooth, we are focused on delivering effective, personalised mental health care for everyone. Greater integration of mental health into the curriculum will prompt discussions, reduce stigma and ensure that students know that there is help available if they need it. At a time when more students are struggling than ever before, we believe that our collaboration with eduu.school is an important step toward providing the additional support that they deserve.”

 

The co-curated mental health and wellbeing programme will include integrations with Office365, Google Classroom and other popular platforms, and offer options for both synchronous and asynchronous learning and assessment. The content has been designed to meet Ofsted requirements for remote learning and DfE remote learning guidelines, and it will be accessible to students whether they are learning from home or attending school in-person.

Maths and English lessons get the Joe Wicks treatment as free active lesson plans are given to teachers

25th January 2021: Every primary teacher in the country will have the chance to put a little more ‘Joe’ into their home school lessons with the release today of free active lesson plans from Teach Active.  

 

Designed to be taught via Zoom, Google Classroom or Teams these lesson plans provide teachers with ideas they can use to teach children maths or English while keeping them active and are a perfect anecdote to screen fatigue. 

 

Jon Smedley, a former teacher and founder of Teach Active, said: “Children are going from a Zoom lesson straight to watching YouTube or a stint on their PlayStation before logging on to their next lesson.  

 

“They are simply not getting enough physical activity, and this has an impact on their ability to learn. By adding activity into lessons, we can reverse that trend and give children more opportunities to have fun so they take more of their lessons onboard.” 

 

During the first lockdown only 1 in 5 children participated in the recommended daily hour of sport and activity. The free lesson plans aim to get children moving more by encouraging them to learn to add and subtract whole numbers while bouncing a tennis ball or learning to measure by running around the house or flat to find out the size of items of furniture.   

 

The plans are available for pupils from foundation stage through to year 6. They have been carefully selected so that they can be delivered to children studying at home or used with keyworker and vulnerable children attending school.  

 

The free remote learning lesson plans are available for all teachers and can be downloaded from https://www.teachactive.org/remote-learning-resources/ 

Amazon offering free resources to help families with home learning

What is Amazon offering?

Maths

  • Amazon Maths4All now offers hundreds of free maths games, apps and challenges on Alexa, worksheets for Kindle and Fire Tablets, and caters for a range of ages across primary and secondary school, learning styles and abilities.
  • Students can tune into a maths lesson from Rachel Riley, Countdown presenter and the nation’s favourite mathematician, who joined our Very Important Breakfast Clubs to play the numbers game and show that maths is ‘easy as Pi’.
  • You can even involve Alexa in learning from home. Get started by saying, “Alexa, ask the Maths Coach to start a test”, or “Alexa, ask the Maths Coach for a hard addition test”.
  • Amazon has injected some fun into times tables lessons with free games available to download on Amazon Fire Tablets. Older students can try out Timestables Rockstars while younger learners can play ‘Meet the Numberblocks!’.

 

Science

  • The Hour of Code Dance Party is the perfect feel-good Friday finish after a long week of remote learning. This interactive dance-themed online coding tutorial gives students the opportunity to build their computer science skills while have some fun coding characters to dance to songs from leading artists.
  • Dr Ranj Singh, the NHS doctor and BAFTA award-winning TV presenter, is providing a short brain-busting lesson in biology. Children in years 1 -7 can learn about the growing brain and how to keep your brain healthy.
  • Amazon Future Engineer is our comprehensive childhood-to-career programme designed to inspire, educate and enable children and young adults from lower-income backgrounds to try computer science. Earlier this year, Amazon Future Engineer launched free virtual coding programmes to help young people build computer science skills while learning at home.
  • Those aged 11-16 can enter the Amazon Longitude Explorer Prize, which challenges students to develop technological innovations to help solve some of the world’s biggest issues (entries close 12th February 2021)

English

  • Young people and parents can listen to stories at Stories.Audible.com, with specially curated categories such as ‘Littlest Listeners’ and ‘Elementary’ offering free audio books. Get whisked away to Alice In Wonderland (read by Scarlett Johansson), Jane Eyre (read by Thandie Newton), Anne of Green Gables (Read by Rachel McAdams) and Frankenstein (read by Dan Stevens).

Physical Education

More information can be here: https://blog.aboutamazon.co.uk/in-the-community/home-schooling-resources-for-parents-carers-and-children-during-lockdown

 

DISCOVERY EDUCATION GIVES PRIMARY SCHOOLS NO COST ACCESS TO NEW RHE CURRICULUM RESOURCES

 

 ‘Health and Relationships’ programme helps teachers get ready for statutory RHE curriculum changes and supports blended learning

 

A digital programme which provides complete coverage of the new RHE curriculum is being made  available to UK primary schools at no cost, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

From today, 12th January through to the 31st October 2021, Discovery Education is providing free access to ‘Health and Relationships’, a complete suite of dynamic digital resources which helps teachers to plan, deliver and evidence the new DfE objectives. Suitable for children in years 1 to 6, the programme will enable teachers to show that they are meeting the new DfE objectives and deliver lessons with confidence. The resources can be accessed in the classroom and at home, helping schools to support learning wherever it is taking place.

 

From April 2021 UK primary schools must deliver new teaching of relationships education, physical health and mental wellbeing. But, in a challenging year, many teachers have had little time to prepare. Discovery Education is responding to this by providing schools with open access to a complete RHE teaching and learning solution.

 

“We know that this is a difficult time for schools and that teachers might not be ready for the RHE curriculum changes”, said Howard Lewis, UK Managing Director of Discovery Education UK. “That’s why we’re providing free access to our popular Health and Relationships programme, which includes fully-resourced lessons and teacher support. We’re proud to help UK primary schools by opening up this exciting scheme of work.”

 

Sam Winton, Deputy Headteacher at St Margaret’s CE Primary School in Crawley, is already using Discovery Education Health and Relationships. “Discovery Education Health and Relationships is our go-to resource for RHE”, explains Sam. “When we first reviewed the statutory guidance, we realised that it covered a lot of new ground. We wanted a complete scheme of work that teachers could pick up and run with. Health and Relationships has saved us huge amounts of time and is brilliant to teach. The resources and support have given us confidence to approach challenging topics and our pupils are very engaged.”

 

Newland House School in Twickenham is using Health and Relationships to teach PSHE remotely, as teacher Andrea Taylor explains:

 

Returning to school after the first lockdown early last autumn, we used the Health and Relationships programme to supplement our Recovery Curriculum. This was useful not only for children but for teachers as well, providing resources to help us explore and address any concerns or anxieties about the return to school. In periods of home learning the platform has also proved ideal. Integrating PSHE lessons into the remote timetable is very simple and the resources work equally well as both live online lessons and static resources, which the children can easily access from home.”

 

 

Devised by subject experts, Health and Relationships’ resources are engaging and age-appropriate. Child-led scenario-based videos feature children talking about key topics while role play activities help pupils explore scenarios and develop skills to confidently deal with issues that affect their lives today and as they grow.

 

Discovery Education Health and Relationships covers 6 key topic areas: Healthy and Happy Friendships, Similarities and Differences, Caring and Responsibility, Families and Committed Relationships, Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds and Coping with Change. Designed as a spiral curriculum, the programme enables pupils to revisit each topic as they progress through primary school, building upon their skills and understanding.

 

Many of the topics covered e.g. feelings of loneliness, isolation and loss and coping with change, have special relevance to the current pandemic and the challenges children face. The programme’s digital content means that teachers can easily pick up activities for children to complete at home to help them cope with the uncertainty of the situation and share positive thoughts and ideas with classmates.

 

Support for teachers includes end-to-end curriculum planning, detailed guidance and help with parental communication. The programme also sets out a series of best practice principles to help schools create a safe learning environment for teaching about healthy relationships.

 

The programme’s series editor is Lucy Marcovitch, a PSHE subject expert and former National Curriculum advisor. Lucy said:

 

“The challenges of COVID-19 mean that many schools simply haven’t had time to get ready to teach a subject which needs to be planned very carefully and delivered safely. Discovery Education Health and Relationships takes care of this. Teachers can feel reassured that they are fully prepared while children can benefit from high-quality, inclusive resources to help them lead healthy and fulfilling lives.”

 

Primary schools are encouraged to register for free access at www.discoveryeducation.co.uk/rse. Free access will be provided until 31st October 2021. Schools that do not wish to continue after this time should notify Discovery Education by 30th September 2021.

 

Discovery Education’s digital resources are trusted by thousands of UK primary schools and include the award-winning Discovery Education Espresso, Discovery Education Coding and Discovery Education STEM Connect.

Children’s Mental Health Week 2021: resources available now

With less than 3 months until Children’s Mental Health Week 2021, we’re excited to release our resources to help everyone get involved.

For this year’s theme Express Yourself, Place2Be is encouraging children (and adults) to explore the different ways we can express ourselves, and the creative ways that we can share our feelings, our thoughts and our ideas.

Around five children in every classroom have a mental health problem, and many more struggle with challenges from bullying to bereavement. Whether you’re someone who works with childrena parent or carerpassionate about spreading the word, or keen to raise vital funds for Place2Be, you can get involved and help us reach as many people as possible. 

Free resources for schools

Free primary and secondary resources are now available, including assembly guides, slides, group activities, fundraising ideas and more to help schools and youth groups explore what it means to Express Yourself

As we get nearer to the week, we’ll also share our top tips for parents, and Welsh language resources for schools and families in Wales.

Dress to Express

This Children’s Mental Health Week, we’re asking you to ‘Dress to Express’. The idea is simple – use colour to express yourself during the week by wearing a colourful outfit and donating  £2 to Place2Be.  

Could you organise a Dress to Express Day in your school, organisation or friend group? Download our fundraising guide today, and find out how you can help raise vital funds to help more children and young people get the emotional support they need.

Spread the word

How do you express yourself? How do you express your feelings, thoughts, or ideas? What are your tips for young people on expressing themselves? Why are you supporting the week? Share your stories and help us to spread the word.

Download our free social media guide with template posts, downloadable images and more ideas to inspire you.

If you are tweeting and posting about the week, be sure to tag Place2Be in your posts and use #ChildrensMentalHealthWeek.

 

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