Campaign for Learning gearing up the nation for another Learning at Work Week

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 05/16/2022 - 6:22am

Campaign for Learning is celebrating the 24th Learning at Work Week this week (16th-22nd May). The theme, Learning Uncovered, is focused on raising the profile of lifelong learning at work and encouraging everyone to uncover and share their learning power.

Organisations in the South West are taking part, including Taking Care and UWE Bristol, who have planned some exciting activities for their teams.

The national celebration is calling on employers across the country to promote a learning culture for all in their organisation. The Learning at Work Week website has...

Local Skills Report sets priorities for the South West

Authored by Astley Media
Posted: Wed, 03/23/2022 - 10:00am

The Heart of the South West Skills Launchpad , part of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (HotSW LEP), has launched a Local Skills Report, which sets out priorities for the region for 2022 to 2024.

The report recognises that the area's economy is shaped and led by the skills of its residents and businesses, but that the level of those holding a higher-level qualification or working in a professional occupation within the Heart of South West remains below the national average.

Since 2019, the Heart of the South West Skills Advisory Panel (SAP) has...

Stronger Than Hate Challenge

Anti-Hate Challenge Launched for UK Secondary Schools

A powerful challenge which empowers secondary school students to tackle hate within their communities is being launched across the UK this week.

The annual Stronger Than Hate Challenge encourages students aged 13-18 to use their creativity to show how testimony can bring communities closer together. Entries can take the form of a video, poem, song, blog or piece of art and a first prize of £5000 plus iPads is on offer. Full rules and submission details are available here.

The Stronger Than Hate Challenge demonstrates the power of learning from the past and raising one’s...

Will Jordan, Co-Founder, IMP Software

Business growth puts IMP Software in pole position for further expansion in 2022

Authored by Phil Smith
Posted: Thu, 01/27/2022 - 7:53pm

A “brilliantly resourceful team” has been highlighted as a major factor in Exeter-based IMP Software’s performance over the past 12 months, which has seen the business double in size despite the ongoing impact of Covid on schools.

IMP, specialists in the provision of budgeting, financial management and reporting software for multi-academy trusts (MATs), is now working with 135 MATs and 1,250 schools, with 200 of these coming on board in December alone.

The company’s customers include Trusts of all sizes overseeing primary, secondary and special schools across England, and...

Diana Dewing, Managing Director of Thrive

Devon business wins contract with Surrey County Council to boost children’s mental and emotional wellbeing

Authored by lizparks
Posted: Thu, 12/09/2021 - 4:41pm

Newton Abbot-based Thrive® has secured a contract with Surrey County Council as it sets out a new provision of training for Early Years settings which focuses on helping to prevent children’s mental health issues in the future.

A total of 40 places on Thrive’s Early Years Licensed Practitioner® course have been funded for nursery and pre-school staff across the county with an emphasis on early identification and support before children start school. As well as helping to support young children during the Covid-19 pandemic, prioritising mental wellbeing at an early age means that...

Child painting in art class

Meraki Art School Moves to Guildhall Shopping Centre

New Art School, for aspiring young artists, moves into the old Coffee Pot, 1st floor in the Guildhall Shopping Centre. Meraki Art School is a brand-new creative initiative that opened its doors on 18th September 2021 with the launch of its two Saturday classes for young people aged 5-16, Meraki Create and Meraki Inspire. After just 10 weeks of running classes at Exeter Community Centre, Meraki Art school has moved into Exeter Guildhall shopping Centre, holding the first of its classes there on 20th November. Due to the popularity of the classes, they have extended their provision to run an...

Devon Pupils Learn About The Walk With Amal

Devon Pupils Use Education Technology to ‘Walk’ 5,000 Miles With Giant Refugee Puppet

Pupils at a Devon Primary School have been learning about the refugee crisis in a very special way this week, by using the latest in education technology to accompany an inspiring Syrian girl on her journey to the United Kingdom.

Little Amal – a giant puppet who has been trekking across the world to raise awareness about the plight of refugees – completed her 5,000 mile journey from the Turkish Syrian border to Manchester on Wednesday 3rd November. And while pupils at Broadclyst Primary School in Exeter live too far away to see Amal in person, they were able to share in her epic...

VACANCY: Primary school teacher - North Devon

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 11/03/2021 - 10:02pm

Class People have an exciting opportunity to work in a primary school in North Devon.

The role is a maternity cover starting after October half term, initially running until Christmas.

About the role:

It is for a Year 3 Class with full teaching responsibilities. Planning and PPA time will be given.

Full-time; with opportunities for swift progression for any candidate demonstrating commitment and passion for the school.

Children in the school are well behaved and understand the importance of the school's values and this is reflected in the ever-improving...

Future skills at heart of new partnership between Exeter College and Exeter Chamber of Commerce

Future skills at heart of new partnership between Exeter College and Exeter Chamber of Commerce

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Thu, 06/03/2021 - 11:18am

The city’s leading business organisation, Exeter Chamber, has teamed with award-winning, Ofsted Outstanding rated Exeter College in a two-year growth partnership deal. The two organisations will work together to enhance the connection between business and education in the city.

The partnership deal will focus on providing a gateway for businesses into the college, offering Chamber members enhanced access to the College’s world-leading facilities, and a route for businesses to find the next generation of talent. Exeter Chamber members will have access to discounts and services at...

Children from the school experimenting with a foil 'volcano'

Broadclyst Community Primary School awarded Primary Science Quality Mark

Broadclyst Community Primary School has been announced as one of 334 infant, junior, primary, middle and special schools awarded a Primary Science Quality Mark in April 2021. This is in celebration of its commitment to excellence in science teaching and learning.

The project to improve science across the school has been led by Michael Kimber, Professional Development & Science Learning Partnership Lead, and year 6 teacher James Beevor, and it involved all the children from reception upwards. Michael explains: “It has influenced everything from policy to how we teach in the...