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Teaching community shares record number of classroom resources and ideas using TES Connect

TES Connect, the world’s largest professional teaching community on the web, saw a record five million classroom resources downloaded in March from its teaching resource bank www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resources – equivalent to a single resource downloaded every 2 seconds. A record five million classroom resources were downloaded by teachers in March 2011, from TES Connect That is equivalent to a single resource downloaded every

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Safer texting for children as bullies and predators move to mobile

With bullies and sexual predators increasingly moving from the Internet to mobile phones, the new Simply Safe SIM from Anvil Mobile automatically scans every text message sent and received to identify potential risks to children or vulnerable adults. With some 90% of under 16 year olds now owning a mobile phone and 1 in 7 children aged between 11 to

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Education puts its own stamp on “The Big Society”

If David Cameron’s Big Society is about citizens of Great Britain getting more involved in their community, then he’d be delighted to hear about the buzz travelling around BETT 2011 in London’s Olympia this week! The Life Learning Cloud was unveiled at the biggest international exhibition for educational technology; (www.bettshow.com), Challenging us all to ‘join in’ and contribute to the

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Thetutorpages.com teams up with Nextshoot to create video ads

Thetutorpages.com has teamed up with Nextshoot, one of the UK’s leading web video production companies, to create the UK’s first online video ads for private tutors. A wide range of education specialists – from piano and singing teachers to maths and French tutors – can now commission a tutor video to showcase their expertise. The videos, which are shot by

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Private tutors say no to government vetting scheme

Eight out of ten say it will do nothing to stop paedophiles accessing children   Thousands of tutors employed by parents to give their children private lessons are set to refuse to register under a controversial new government safeguarding scheme.   A poll published today, carried out for the thetutorpages.com website, shows that nearly three-quarters of self-employed tutors for whom