Is it possible to teach grit?

Author of a best-selling book on the topic, Angela Duckworth defines 'grit' as ‘perseverance and passion for long-term goals’.  Qualities like courage, resilience, and strength of character are difficult to quantify; but with research showing that a student’s decision...

A rise in stress amongst teachers causes long-term sick leave

Figures obtained by Freedom of Information requests and compiled by the Liberal Democrats showed that 3,750 teachers were signed off on long-term sick leave last year. Reasons included pressure of work, anxiety and mental illness. This is an increase of 5% on the...

NetSupport is getting ready for Bett 2018

Bett 2018 takes place at London ExCeL from 24-27th January. Focusing on delivering stand-out experiences that enrich the global education community, Bett provides an annual opportunity to experiment with the latest technology, hear from inspirational figures and...

How does tech use affect our physical health?

According to research from IPA, adults in the UK spending almost eight hours on devices each day consuming media (a 9 per cent rise on 2016). Our use of technology is being fuelled by it becoming increasingly used in schools and embedded in society – not to mention...

Network Computing Awards opens its 2018 nominations

A typical organisation’s network has evolved beyond recognition. More applications run on it, more people access it from more locations and indeed rely on it more than ever. In short, the performance of the organisation is increasingly related to the performance of...

IT Teacher recommends NetSupport School

Zsigmond Kiss, an IT Teacher at BKSZC’s Newbie Specialist School in Hungry, discusses how NetSupport School has benefited the school. Zsigmond explains " I can better control the work of students because I can stop distractions, e.g. from the internet or listening to...

Sex and relationships education guidelines to be updated

Earlier this year, The Department for Education announced that sex and relationships education (SRE) would be made compulsoryacross all schools in England. As part of making SRE compulsory, The Department for Education is also reviewing the guidelines which have not...

PISA tests will soon measure ‘global competence’

In addition to reading, maths and science, international education rankings (measured by PISA tests - Programme for International Student Assessment) will soon be comparing students' global competence via such questions such as fake news, global warming and racism,...

As 2017 fades, 2018 looms large…

Its been a busy year for NetSupport, bringing you product updates, networking with new partners, winning awards, hosting an edtech panel discussion – the list goes on! NetSupport DNA continues to go from strength to strength and 2017 saw its value being recognised in...

UK schools with negative Ofsted rating face teacher retention woes

Ofsted’s annual report highlights there are approximately 100 schools in the UK which have not reached "good" status in inspections since 2005, according to the BBC. Part of the problem, says head teachers’ leader, Geoff Barton, is that schools become "stigmatised" by...

Apprenticeships: key progress indicator reports released

Last month, the Department for Education released two complementary reports into apprenticeships highlighting both the learners’ and employers’ roles.Undertaken by IFF Research, this year’s Apprenticeship Evaluation Learner Survey 2017 is the fifth annual report since...

December is IT Asset Management Awareness Month

For the last seven years, IAITAM has collaborated with industry leaders to raise awareness of IT Asset Management during the month of December. IT Asset Management (ITAM) supports the IT environment while also providing insight into financial records to optimize an...

PC Pro scores NetSupport Manager 5 out of 5

NetSupport Manager 12.5 has earned a PC Pro recommended award, following its recent review in the PC Pro November edition 2017. NetSupport Manager was scored 5 out of 5 and was described as, "Provid[ing] everything on your IT department’s wish list and more, making it...

Five misconceptions about Growth Mindset – Part 2

Natalie Nezhati, Education content consultant, concludes her two part blog about the topic 'Growth Mindset'. The theory: a ‘fixed mindset’ is one in which intelligence is static while a ‘growth mindset’ allows for the possibility that intelligence can grow, much like...

What is GDPR and what do schools need to do about it?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is due to come into force on 25th May 2018. It is a Europe-wide regulation that governs how organisations should save their data and sets out standards for its security and management. Schools are also required to comply...

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