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  • Engaging with Challenge – from Mountains to Mathematics Engaging with Challenge – from Mountains to Mathematics Jonathan Swift Recorded: Nov 3 2016 61 mins
    Education Today’s popular webinar series returns in October and up for discussion is using Outdoor Adventurous Education (OAE), as a commitment to active learning.

    In the upcoming webinar “Engaging with Challenge – from Mountains to Mathematics” The Outward Bound Trust will be looking at the Outdoor Adventurous Education (OAE) approach as a tool to work with all young people.It will explore the benefits in a way that doesn’t dominate or provide an easy solution but one that seeks to compliment other strategies within the social education context by working closely in partnerships with schools to develop skills.
  • The IB Career-related Programme – an ideal blend of vocational and academic lear The IB Career-related Programme – an ideal blend of vocational and academic lear Jonathan Swift Recorded: Jun 13 2016 61 mins
    Learn about the benefits of the IB's Career-related Programme (CP) through a free webinar running in June.

    The CP is tailored to meet the needs of students who want to focus on career-related learning in the last two years of secondary school. It allows students to create an individualised path that leads to employment, apprenticeship or higher education after the completion of their secondary school studies.

    What you'll learn:

    - How the CP combines vocational and academic qualifications along with a skills based core to offer a flexible baccalaureate
    - The webinar will explore the benefits – for both students and schools – of offering the CP
    - How schools in England have implemented the programme to raise achievement, retention and transform student aspirations.
  • Four Simple Steps to Creating Your School's ICT Strategy Four Simple Steps to Creating Your School's ICT Strategy Jonathan Swift Recorded: May 26 2016 35 mins
    Does your school have an IT strategy? If the answer is ‘no’, you’re not alone. Many schools make reactive purchasing decisions. Perhaps something has gone wrong that needs fixing or you have money left in the pot at the end of the year which needs spending.

    One thing is clear, this isn't the best use of budget in the long term.

    The big question is, how should schools decide to spend their precious (and dwindling) resources?

    One way, is to have a clear ICT strategy. But when we ask headteachers the question “What’s your ICT strategy?” they can’t answer it, because they don’t know.

    They are educators, not techies after all.

    One solution is an Outcomes Framework for ICT in Education.

    This would enable you to adopt simple and effective ICT strategies that everyone (including pupils, staff, parents and governors) can understand and get behind. It can be linked to the School Improvement Plan, and it can demonstrate where you’re making improvements. It will show you where you need to invest that precious budget.
  • Making Your School Systems More Efficient Making Your School Systems More Efficient Jonathan Swift Recorded: Jan 13 2016 57 mins
    As the goal posts for attainment and achievement are being moved, while budgets are frozen, School Business Managers and Bursars are having to find new ways to save time and money in the race to become more efficient. Having purchased labour-saving systems including homework, behaviour, library or parental payment systems, many schools will end up with a number of business support suppliers. Often requiring multiple logins, many different points of contact, different levels of access to the school’s MIS and several bills, a school’s multiple and diverse systems can become a whole new level of administration in themselves.

    The common feature with all of these systems is that they require a communication system enabling contact with parents, students and staff. But this is also an additional system in itself.

    Join Steve Baines, Business Development Manager and Data Security Officer at Groupcall , to find out about the pitfalls of working with multiple systems, how to identify where there are problems, and ultimately how you can consolidate these systems and make sure all parts of your school infrastructure work together
  • Making the best ICT buying decisions for your school Making the best ICT buying decisions for your school Jonathan Swift Recorded: Dec 7 2015 52 mins
    In these days of spending freezes and real-term cuts, it is more important than ever to focus on getting value for money from your school's IT budget.

    Hosted by Education Today editor Jonathan Swift and Neil Watkins of Think IT, this vital webinar will show you how to manage tough choices and prioritise efficiencies and savings to ensure your school's IT infrastructure remains appropriate to your needs.

    Think IT’s Neil Watkins will discuss:
    - Key problems that schools have with procuring ICT
    - Problems of responsibilities under the European Public Contracts Directive
    - Problems of Awareness – knowing what to buy, how to keep up with the rapid pace of change in technology, and how to stop making snap buying decisions that cause you problems later as well as waste your school’s precious budgets
    - Problems of lack of Skills – lack of skills in the procurement, evaluation and commissioning process
    Neil will give examples that all schools can relate to, then move on to practical places to go to for help.

    You will have the opportunity to ask questions and gain insights into how to make the best decisions.
  • The Power of Playful Learning The Power of Playful Learning Jonathan Swift, Managing Editor Education Today Recorded: Apr 28 2015 46 mins
    At LEGO Education we believe we require more progressive, creative approaches in the classroom – delivering inspirational lessons and approaching all curriculum subjects in enjoyable and engaging ways.

    So should creativity become the pre-requisite to teaching our children in order to harness their potential? Will a more playful approach help prepare today's pupils for tomorrow's world, giving teachers the tools to embed creativity at the heart of a successful approach to learning?

    Join Managing Director of LEGO Education, Dr. René Lydiksen, as he explores how a playful, creative and hands-on approach to learning is more likely to inspire students and develop skills that are relevant for the future.
  • Beyond levels: adapting to a levels-free era in education Beyond levels: adapting to a levels-free era in education Jonathan Swift. Managing Editor Education Today Recorded: Oct 13 2014 31 mins
    Join Graham Cooper as he discusses how schools must adapt to a new level-free era in education.

    For the last 20 years, schools across the country have monitored progress in terms of levels set by the government. Schools are now awakening to a new dawn when they must decide which direction to take now that levels have disappeared.

    In the first of a new series of free Education Today editorial webinars, Graham, who now heads up product strategy at Capita SIMS, as he discusses:

    - The findings of Capita SIMS research which reveal how schools are responding to the changes
    - Where to begin when planning an alternative model
    - Examples of schools who have ventured down this route
    - How an MIS can play a vital role in the transition to life after levels.