Jay Blades joins forces with literacy charity to inspire adults to learn to read

Repair Shop presenter Jay Blades is taking part in a new BBC documentary which will follow his journey as he faces up to the challenge of learning to read as an adult with charity Read Easy UK.

Jay concealed his inability to read until he was in his 30s, after he struggled to learn to read as a child. Jay is not alone - a quarter of all children in England leave primary school (1), like Blades, unable to read to the expected level. Nearly seven million adults in the UK have very poor literacy skills (2). Many are too ashamed or embarrassed to come forward and ask for help....

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5 Most important European languages to learn

Authored by Val Watson
Posted: Sat, 01/08/2022 - 10:51am

Learning a new language can be a daunting task. If you plan to learn a European language for whatever reason, you might know that there are 24 major languages spoken in Europe. Picking which one to learn can be confusing. But the question you need to ask yourself is why exactly do you want to learn a new language? It could be to explore new employment opportunities, move to a different country, or maybe you simply want to upskill.

Regardless, there are some languages that are more widespread in the EU than the rest. However, if you are can’t make up your mind as to what European...

Free training courses to tackle farming and woodland management skills shortages launched in the South West

Technology, and its role in supporting a more sustainable future, is becoming increasingly important across all sectors, including Farming and Woodland Management.

tis a governmen t funded programme supporting adults in the South West to develop the in-demand skills required by industry through free training.

In January, Duchy College in Cornwall and Bicton College in Devon are running an 8-week Agri-Tech Woodland Management course. There are no set entry requirements to take part, and the course is completely free! Students over the age of 19 with an interest in Forestry...

Sir Michael Barber appointed Chancellor of the University of Exeter

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 12/14/2021 - 12:32pm

A world-leading authority on education and public service delivery is to become the seventh Chancellor at the University of Exeter.

Sir Michael Barber, once described by Time magazine as ‘the single most influential educator on the face of the earth’ and who has been at the forefront of education and public life for more than two decades, has been appointed as the new Chancellor.

Sir Michael will take over from Lord Myners of Truro, who is stepping down after five years in the role, on January 1st 2022. Lord Myners succeeded Baroness Floella Benjamin in July 2016 and...

New Degree Apprentice programme for HR professionals puts people centre stage

A new degree apprenticeship programme for managers working in HR has been launched by the University of Exeter Business School.

The Senior People Professional Degree Apprenticeship is a two-year programme designed for senior leaders in HR who are looking to drive improvements, put people at the heart of their organisations and create working environments in which employees are able to thrive.

Over two years, apprentices will explore the latest research evidence and experience of people management in practice, gaining a firm grounding within the Human Resources Management...

Improve your skills with the help of private math tutors

Do you want to become great at math but don’t know where to start? An online math tutor from can teach you the skills you need and boost your confidence.

New Director of Music for Exeter Cathedral School

Exeter Cathedral School has announced the appointment of Russell Collins as their Director of Music from April 2022.

Russell emerged as the stand-out candidate from an extremely impressive shortlist, and following a rigorous two-day recruitment process (candidates were asked to attend 2 interviews and a pupil panel, complete an administration task, teach a lesson, coach and accompany (sight-reading) a senior pupil, direct a choir and conduct an instrumental ensemble) the selection panel were unanimous in their decision that Mr Collins is the perfect fit for this significant post...

Important things to remember when studying for a test

Authored by Liv Butler
Posted: Thu, 12/02/2021 - 6:56am

Studying for a test is never easy, and it's even harder when you're not sure what to do. There are many different strategies that people use to study more effectively, but the most important thing to remember is that you should find out how your brain works best. If you know yourself and what kind of learner you are - visual, auditory, or kinesthetic - then studying will be much easier.

Types Of Learners

If you are a visual learner, then you need to see the material to understand it. If this is your learning style, try drawing out concepts and diagrams so that they can be seen...

Two in three teachers in the South West don’t know how to teach a deaf child

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 11/24/2021 - 4:51pm

Two thirds of teachers across the South East say they don’t know how to educate deaf students, a new survey from the National Deaf Children’s Society suggests.

The poll, carried out among 504 of the region’s primary and secondary school teachers, reveals that 67% don’t feel confident they can adapt the curriculum and teach a deaf child effectively.

Almost all respondents (96%) said if they were teaching a deaf pupil, they’d need ongoing support from someone with expert knowledge, such as a Teacher of the Deaf. However, one in three (34%) had received no such support....

BET's Stephen Kings and South Devon College's Laurence Frewin sign agreement

A Devon College and an Academy Trust sign Memorandum of Understanding

Authored by Joe Cooper
Posted: Tue, 11/16/2021 - 6:07pm

Bay Education Trust, a multi-academy trust comprising Paignton Academy, Kings Ash Academy and Curledge Street Academy has announced that it is strengthening its existing partnership with South Devon College by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

Over the past four years, South Devon College has become the main post 16-route for the Trust’s Paignton Academy students, it is the secondary school’s ‘Sixth Form’ of choice with 90 per cent of students choosing South Devon College after their GCSEs.

Stephen Kings CEO at Bay Education Trust said: “We have a shared vision...


How and Why UK Teachers are Focusing More on Social Factors in Education?

As any teacher knows, the social environment significantly influences the students' ability to learn.

Research shows that having social skills is essential for success, not only in learning but in life in general and that they are also significant for career skills such as communication, teamwork and conflict resolution to only name a few of the future challenges they may face in employment or self-employment.

For this reason, teachers in the UK have always taught and reinforced the value of good social skills by being aware of the social factors happening in society...