David Chapman, Head of school, Aston University Engineering Academy explores a more learner centred approach to classroom observations

Why it’s time to rethink lesson observations


Teaching is a challenging profession. A recent You Gov poll found 45% of teachers surveyed would discourage others from entering the profession, whilst over half would opt out given the choice of career again. 


Termly lesson observations can add to the pressure many teachers already feel under, with even the most experienced of staff feeling a sense of nervous dread when it’s their ‘turn’ under the microscope.


And can a traditional observation ever make a difference to the quality of teaching practice if they only provide a brief snapshot?


We wanted to rethink how we could incorporate lesson observations into school life that wouldn’t leave our teachers feeling unsupported or over scrutinised.


A new perspective


Lesson observations don’t need to be stressful, once-a-term formal events. As lesson observations usually happen infrequently the feedback can also be more intense. This can leave teachers feeling overloaded with a list of things to change all at once.


We’ve found giving our teachers the opportunity to frequently self-reflect on their teaching practice has helped observations take on a more practical application, as teachers can address issues in the here and now.


To make it easier for them to conduct regular, informal reviews of how their lesson went we use ONVU Learning video technology to capture lessons. Staff can choose to review the footage either by themselves or with a colleague and assess whether any adjustments can be made to improve the lesson.


This approach has helped shift the dial in how lesson observations are perceived in the school. Teachers feel more comfortable sharing their strengths and seeking advice from their peers who understand the demands and challenges they are all facing in classroom within a local context. 


One of our teachers for example, was struggling to manage a group of Year 10 boys, but after watching a playback of the classroom footage with a colleague, took on board some of their suggested tweaks about the order of play for the lesson and things improved.


Switching the focus


We also felt switching the focus away from teaching practice and orientating it towards pupil learning behaviours instead could positively impact on pupil outcomes. But it’s not always easy for teachers to do this when they are standing in front of a class of 30 pupils with different learning styles and ability.


So, to help them unpick what’s working in class and for whom, we encourage them to watch out for ‘small tells,’ like a students’ body language to see how if the lesson is pitched too high or too low, or if a pupil nearby is an inadvertent influence.


By making students the primary focus of the observation teachers can find it easier to fine tune their lesson to ensure all pupils are learning effectively. The shift in focus also helps teachers to take more ownership over the decisions they take in the classroom. As a result, they feel more valued and respected and more willing to share not only their strengths, but also what they’ve discovered has helped improve their teaching practice. 


Leeds Primary School pupils welcome FBI Special Agent Miguel Clarke for talk on online safety.

It’s not every day that you receive a visit from an FBI Special Agent, but pupils at Cottingley Primary Academy, Leeds, have welcomed Miguel Clarke, a former FBI Special Agent for a session about online safety.

The visit was organised by Andrew Firth, MD of Leeds-based digital marketing agency Ascensor. He explains: “Miguel is visiting the UK to address businesses on cyber crime, and we are supporting this by holding business briefings and webinars. We couldn’t miss the opportunity to enlist his expertise by visiting one of our local primary schools.”

During his visit Miguel met 32 Year Six pupils with a programme of activities looking at online safety, including discussions, informative videos, questions and answers, and rules to help stay safe online. 

Commenting on Miguel’s visit, Cottingley Primary Principal, Kelly Bentley, says “We were thrilled to welcome Miguel to chat with our pupils. Online safety is an important element of our children’s education and his visit provided an exciting and engaging session.”

Kelly adds: “One of our values at Cottingley Primary Academy is ‘Be Unusually Brave.’ We encourage our pupils not to be afraid of challenging wrongs, of making the right call, even when it’s both unusual and difficult to do so. Miguel emphasised the importance of bravery and speaking out to their teachers and parents about online dangers they may encounter. Our pupils were very excited by his visit and I’m sure his session will prove memorable to them.”

Miguel says : “Online safety is a key topic for children, and I was very happy to be invited to Cottingley Primary Academy. The pupils were engaged and intrigued about my FBI cyber security background, and I hope that my visit has been helpful in the stressing the importance of online safety for our children.”

Andrew Firth adds: “We’re delighted that Miguel found time in a packed schedule to visit Cottingley Primary. He is in the UK with Armor, a cyber security advisory firm, in partnership with Digital Craftsmen, as an evangelist for cyber security, and has also delivered business cyber security briefings, webinars and conference speeches during his whirlwind visit.”



As the Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III approaches, Discovery Education – the worldwide edtech leader whose state-of-the-art digital platform supports learning wherever it takes place – is providing schools with resources to celebrate and explore this important moment in history.


Taking place on Saturday 6th May at Westminster Abbey in London, the event – the first coronation in 70 years – will see King Charles III crowned alongside The Queen Consort. The historic ceremony will reflect the monarch’s role in today’s world and look towards the future, while showcasing the nation’s longstanding traditions and pageantry.


To support classroom observances of this historic moment, Discovery Education has created a host of new Coronation resources for UK primary schools. Spanning a broad range of subjects – from History and Art to English and Maths – and including videos, interactives, and activities, these resources will help teachers to bring the Coronation to life, providing fun and engaging ways to learn and explore this seminal event.


Available via the award-winning digital learning service Discovery Education Espresso, the new resources can be found in a special Coronation Channel, which allows teachers to find relevant content quickly and easily. Suitable for students from Foundation to KS2, Espresso’s Coronation resources include:


  • King Charles III Timeline and Fact File: Explore the new King’s life and achievements
  • Coronation Traditions: Learn about past coronations and how the event has evolved
  • Coronation Crafts: Design and make a royal crown, bunting and flags
  • Majestic Maths: Tackle coronation-themed challenges and questions
  • Royal Writing: Write a Coronation diary entry and an oath for King Charles


Schools will also be able to enjoy a special Coronation edition of Espresso News, filmed at a primary school in Windsor. Produced in partnership with ITN Productions, the award-winning news feature brings the world’s biggest news stories to thousands of classrooms every day.


Howard Lewis, Discovery Education’s UK and International Managing Director said:


“Discovery Education is proud to provide schools with exciting new resources to celebrate and learn about the royal Coronation. This dynamic digital content gives important context to this landmark event and helps teachers bring to life an important moment in history for students everywhere.”


The Coronation resources are available to Discovery Education subscriber schools via Discovery Education Espresso, the curriculum-centred daily learning platform for primary schools.


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EdTech investment alone is not enough: teachers need more training

  • 1 in 3 schools have already invested in new technology this academic year, compared to just 1 in 5 for the whole of the previous school year
  • EdTech is a clear priority for schools, as just 1 in 10 have not purchased any new EdTech since September 2019
  • But while 87% of teachers are using this new technology every day, some are making better, more frequent use of it

LONDON, 28.03.23 – Education technology, known as EdTech, is a top priority for schools as they continue to rebuild after the pandemic, according to data released today by Bett, the world’s largest EdTech event. The research, which polled more than 8,000 teachers in England, including private schools, revealed a third (32%) of schools have already invested in new technology this academic year, compared to just one in five (19%) in the previous school year and only 11% of schools have not invested in new EdTech since September 2019.

No data suggested that schools of different sizes, phases or Ofsted ratings have invested more or less in EdTech than on average. However, private primary schools were the most likely to have new EdTech installed this academic year (52%) while state primary schools were the least likely (30%) – suggesting that funding remains a significant limiting factor.

Despite the universal increase in EdTech investment, the research also revealed that some schools are better at deploying technology than others. 87% of teachers use EdTech in their classrooms every day, however some teachers tend to use it more than others. Private schools are the most likely to use EdTech on a daily basis (93% vs 87% average) and the same is true for “outstanding” Ofsted-rated schools (89% vs 85% for “good” Ofsted-rated schools), suggesting that some schools are in need of better support and education to make the best of the tools they have.

Louisa Hunter, Portfolio Director for Bett at Hyve Group comments: ‘While it is fantastic to see schools investing more in EdTech, the data has highlighted how teachers need more support in how to use technology effectively in the classroom. If schools and governing bodies take the time to learn how to make an impact with tech and really upskill teachers on the EdTech they have introduced, we will see a greater return on investment in terms of tech implementation in classrooms and, in turn, greater student achievement.’


This is particularly topical as this year Bett will be debuting its new offering, Connect @ Bett, which will allow educators to meet, knowledge-share and connect with solutions providers to help integrate the right technology in schools.

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


Kids Judge Bett, Teachmeet and more: Events at Bett promise to engage and inspire educators and students alike

Bett UK 2023, the world’s largest education technology (EdTech) event will be underway at the ExCeL London on the 29-31st March. Bett promises to be bigger and better than ever before with a record breaking 25,000+ registrations to date, from around the world. 


This year’s three-day event will feature an impressive lineup of keynote speakers, hundreds of CPD-accredited workshops, exhibitors demonstrating technology, and an array of fringe events to engage and inspire educators and students alike, including Kids Judge Bett, UK & International Teachmeets, and events from Bett partners the Global Equality Collective and the BAMEed Network. 


Kids Judge Bett

Kids Judge Bett, one of the most popular student-led events, returns for the 8th year with a special guest appearance from Writer and Poet Michael Rosen! Organised by Katy Potts, Islington Council, the event will see pupils and parents from primary, secondary schools, including SEND and FE, judging and exploring all the stands, exhibitors, and their products and choosing their favourites across ten categories. Join us in the Arena to see our brilliant judges announce the winners live on stage and hand out the coveted chocolate trophies to the worthy winners.

Finalists announcement: Friday 31st March

Time/ Location: 14.15 – 14.45, Arena theatre



This social gathering of educators provides a fantastic opportunity to share their experience and knowledge in quickfire presentations. The space is set for educators to expand their personal networks, be inspired by enthusiastic peers, and soak up interesting ideas to take back to the classroom. Two Teachmeets will be held consecutively, the first will have an international focus and the second more UK-centric.

Date: Thursday 30th March

Time/ Location: 16.15 – 18.45, Bett Academy Live


The Global Equality Collective @ Bett

Another must-see session that will focus on diversity, equity and inclusion through EdTech, featuring the WomenEdTech collective, a review of inclusive curriculums and the future of EdTech. Nicole Ponsford, Founder of the Global Equality Collective and other amazing speakers will explore how the work of the GEC is supporting leaders at scale, providing attendees with practical solutions, take-aways and ways to make ordinary classrooms extraordinarily inclusive in 2023.

Date: Thursday 30th March

Time/ Location: 15:15 – 16:45, Leaders @ Bett


The BAMEed Network: Everyone on board: anti-racist strategies for schools and colleges

The BAMEed Network is a national grassroots charity that works to support the sector to be more representative of our global world at every level. Curated by Co-Founder Penny Rabiger, the session will feature a series of talks from BAMEed Network members about their work,  providing practical takeaways and useful insights for anti-racist strategies in schools and colleges and actual implementation of these strategies in classrooms.

Date: Thursday 30th March

Time/ Location: 17:15 -18:45, Leaders @ Bett


In order to attend the Global Equality Collective session and/or BAMEed session, visitors need to sign up for their free ticket via this Eventbrite link. Please note that visitors will also need to ensure they have registered for Bett 2023 in order to access this event. 


On-time registration for Bett ends on 3rd March 2023 and is free. Late registration (4th March 2023 onwards) tickets will incur a £25 fee. 

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Madeleine Lindley Ltd leaps to 35th Anniversary with World Book Day offer and 10,000 book giveaway

Children’s book specialists Madeleine Lindley Ltd celebrates its 35th anniversary on 29th February 2023, after being formed and remaining family-owned since 1988.

Family-run Madeleine Lindley Ltd marks its 35th anniversary and World Book Day by gifting 10,000 books to children across the UK. They are also offering 35% off their World Book Day Box for 35 days. The box contains the top 35 books for every school, handpicked by the staff. Teachers can gift their class £300 worth of books for £195 and have between 27th February and 3rd April to take advantage.

Madeleine Lindley founded the company in 1988 and her legacy is survived by her two daughters Rachelle Carter and Amelia Clayton. The business was founded to help schools rejuvenate their book collection and help children develop a passion for reading.

The company has an international customer base and employs more than 30 people at the Book Centre, a purpose-built showroom in Oldham. From its Lancashire birthplace, the staff uses their encyclopaedic knowledge of children’s literature to help primary schools build their own literary oasis. 

Rachelle said: “Supplying primary schools with the latest and most engaging books has always been Madeleine Lindley Ltd’s vision. The business was founded by our mother, Madeleine Lindley, a primary school teacher specialising in literacy. She grew frustrated at the difficulty in finding and choosing good-quality children’s books and began selling books to schools.

“As school book suppliers and acting as teachers’ personal shoppers, we help audit and update primary school’s book corners and libraries. Children across the country are once more unlocking their innate love for reading. 

Amelia added: “Celebrating our 35th anniversary reminds us of the journey thus far and our ever-growing commitment to incite a passion for reading in every child. We are proud to match more teachers and classrooms with the literature they need to help their children grow as individuals and as academics. 

“Our length of service to schools is a testament to Madeleine’s vision to equip schools with the tools they need to nurture our future generations. Literature is crucial for language, literacy, and emotional development – and losing yourself in a book is the greatest opportunity you can gift a child. Distributing 10,000 books to children for World Book Day is an ode to that.”

Device Churn in Education – 626,400 devices are being replaced each year in the Education sector.


London, UK – November, 2022.

Acer conducted research in partnership with PX3 – an award-winning IT sustainability consultancy – which revealed that on average educational establishments replace 480 end user computer devices each year. However, for instance one university affirmed that its replacement program is of 2,500 devices annually. Considering that the UK has a total of 1,305 multi-academy trusts and universities, these findings suggest a considerable turnover involving the purchase and disposal by the education sector alone of around 626,400 devices yearly.


Device Churn

Such replacement is widely known as ‘device churn’. The average replacement cycle of EUC devices is three years and a half. 67% of respondents affirmed that they replace their EUC devices before they are four years old and 18% reported to keep devices in use for 5 years or longer. Only one multi-academy trust, admitted a refresh cycle of 10 years. No universities confirmed a device churn shorter than three years – compared with 24% of multi-academy trusts who did – and twice as many universities as trusts reported cycles of 4 – 5 years.



  Reasons behind the replacement cycles.

Many institutions implement EUC devices replacements on a regular basis, choosing not to conduct periodical specific analysis.

Many organizations believe that outdated, underperforming and obsolete devices can potentially pose organizations to risks, including security risks and that they need to be replaced with up-to-date equipment and to keep with the ongoing technological progress.


In the market research that took place, the most common reason for replacing devices given was performance for 67%, followed by battery life for 57%, operating system compatibility for 46% and expiring hardware warranties for 38%. Considering climate change concerns, energy consumption drives replacements for 31%.

Screen quality and screen size feature a low end of the range of key issues driving device churn for respectively 27% and 20%. Less significance has the appearance of the device for 11% and weight for 9%.



Acer and PX3’s findings on the issue of device churn showed a continuous and early replacement of EUC devices than manufacturers may expect, due to performance, functionality and compatibility rather than for problems relates to equipment aesthetics or user experience.


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!


Wigan Pupils Celebrate Safer Internet Day


Pupils at a Wigan primary school have been using the latest in educational technology to celebrate Safer Internet Day.

St Oswald’s Catholic Primary School in Ashton-in-Makerfield hosted a day of activities to teach pupils how to stay safe online, using digital resources from Discovery Education.

Now in its 20th year, Safer Internet Day is a nationwide celebration, organised by the UK Safer Internet Centre. This year’s event on 7th February saw schools and organisations come together to inspire positive changes, raise awareness of safety issues and participate in activities right across the UK. 

Pupils at St Oswald’s began their Safer Internet Day celebration by watching a Discovery Education video, with tips for staying safe online. They learned a special rhyme to help them remember internet safety rules, including the importance of keeping personal details private, being kind to others and not talking to strangers online.

After watching the video, the children completed a quiz to test their knowledge and understanding. This promoted a lively classroom discussion about the benefits and risks of using technology. The children also discussed who they could go to if they were worried about anything they had seen or heard online. 

Class Teacher Mrs Emma Hart said,

“ The children really enjoyed our Safer Internet Day celebrations. Making space for conversations about life online is so important and Discovery Education’s digital resources helped us to talk to the students about how they can stay safe when gaming, creating content or interacting with friends and peers.”

Featuring videos, activities, assemblies and complete lesson plans, Discovery Education’s online safety content helps pupils build digital literacy skills and understand who and what to trust online. Designed for pupils from Foundation to Year 6 and suitable for remote or in-class teaching, the resources inspire the safe and positive use of technology and empower children to take control of their digital lives. 


“Discovery Education is proud to support St Oswald’s Catholic Primary School as they teach their pupils the fundamentals of internet safety,’ said Discovery Education’s UK and International Managing Director Howard Lewis.  “Providing pupils with engaging opportunities to learn how to stay safe online is critically important, and we are glad to offer teachers the materials to do so.”


For more information about Discovery Education’s digital resources and professional learning services, visit and stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.


Find out more about Safer Internet Day at

Teacher Strike: It takes Twitch Gamers 5 Days To Earn Primary Teachers Yearly Salary (82x Better Paid)


Top Twitch Gamers Earns 82x More In A Month Than Average Primary Teacher Monthly Salary

To put these figures into perspective, we’ve compared the top earning Twitch streamers to workers in three sectors that will be going on strike in the UK.

Primary Teachers earn about £2,978 per month (before tax) or 82x less than xQc, the top-earning Twitch gamer. 

Train Drivers earn £4,041 (before tax) or 60x less than xQc.

Things look even worse for NHS Nurses, who make on average £2,787 per month (before tax) or about 88x less than the top-earning Twitch gamer.

University lecturers earn £3,417 (before tax) or 71x less than xQc.

Ambulance Workers and Fire Fighters both earn £3,083 (before tax) or 79x less than xQc.

Civil Servants earn £2,167 (before tax) or 112x less than xQc.

Finally, Postal Workers earn £2,083 (before tax) or 117x less than xQc.

It Takes xQc 5 Days To Earn A Primary Teacher’s Yearly Salary

Twitch gamer xQc would need to work a little over 4 days to earn a NHS Nurse’s yearly salary. 

xQc would need to stream for 5 days to surpass a Primary Teacher’s yearly income.

xQc could reach a UK Train Driver’s yearly salary in a little over 8 days.

xQc would need to stream for just over 5 days to earn a University Lecturer’s yearly salary.

xQc could reach a Fire Fighter or Ambulance Worker’s yearly salary in a little over 4 days.

Twitch gamer xQc would need to work a little over 3 days to surpass a Civil Servant & Postal Worker’s yearly salary.



Using data compiled from Feedpixel’s Twitch money calculator, Fair Betting Sites reveals that top Twitch gamers earn 82x more than a UK Train Driver monthly salary.

xQc is the #1 gaming streamer on Twitch, making £243,747 in January.

The average Train Driver earners £48,500 per year. The average NHS nurse brings in around £33,384 a year with salaries ranging from £26,000 to £42,000 and the average Primary Teacher earns even less, bringing in an average of £35,745 per year.

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