Official Charity Partner

The Variety Club supports children throughout the UK who are sick, disabled or disadvantaged with Sunshine Coaches and Wheelchairs, Grants to individuals, organisations and children’s hospitals and with amazing children’s outings through “Variety At Work”.

Their practical help makes an immediate difference. It means that children have fewer bad days and more great days. With independence, freedom and dignity they are able make the most of their childhood.

They also play a key role in building the self-esteem of children who are disadvantaged and in making them the people who they become.

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Independent Scientific Research

University of Edinburgh will undertake independent scientific evidence on the effects of Skoolbo on the numeracy and literacy skills of children in the UK and help further our understanding of the process of educational attainment growth more generally.

University of Edinburgh will be granted access to anonymised data in order to undertake the research. The research is led by two highly experienced academics.

Professor Michèle Belot is an expert in the field of behavioural economics, with a particular focus on health and education decisions. She is part of the Academic Panel advising the Cabinet Office’s Behavioural Insight team. She has previously done research on the effects of the “Jamie Oliver Feed Me Better Campaign Survey” and has conducted a large randomised controlled trial in UK schools looking at the effects of rewards on fruit and vegetable consumption. She is particularly interested in understanding how rewards affect behaviour and for whom they are most effective. Her research is mainly quantitative, using either large administrative data sets (such as the National Pupil Database or the School Census) or data collected through experiments. She has great experience in handling confidential data.

Dr Steven Dieterle is an expert in field of economics of education. His research is aimed at developing a better understanding of the education process with a particular focus on the factors that directly impact student outcomes. Within this broader agenda, his current and past research includes work on the link between pedagogy choices and early primary student achievement, how the labour market for teachers affects a host of student outcomes, the role school infrastructure plays in creating an environment conducive to student learning, and methodological questions on how best to statistically measure the impact of educational interventions. Through this research, Steven has developed an expertise in the secure and confidential handling and use of administrative data to answer questions in education. The study of student incentives and reward schemes is strongly linked to his goal of advancing the understanding of the education process in order to improve outcomes for students.

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Educational Partners

Achievement for All is an independent education charity that transforms the lives of children and young people who are vulnerable to underachievement and disadvantaged in their learning.

The charity work together with a range of early years schools and further education settings, local authorities, parents and families, and with partners and governments in the home nations and internationally, to raise education aspirations, access and achievement for children and young people.

The Achievement for All Schools Programme is part-funded by the DfE, and delivered by Achievement for All. Over the past five years, more than 2000 schools around the country have been working with the programme improving progress in reading, writing and maths for the most vulnerable pupils.

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With an ever increasing demand by learners, parents and teachers for educational apps and the growth in Android, Windows and IOS devices, the team at the Educational App Store (EAS) have created a marketplace to bridge the gap between Education and Application Publishers. An independent store that identifies the very best apps and certifies them from a curriculum / learning outcomes perspective.

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The tablets for schools campaign is all about proving the categorical case for tablets, sharing best practice and helping schools on their technological journey. The main focuses of the project are to inspire schools, to provide a blueprint for schools to adopt tablet technology and to help schools adapt the way they teach and how to integrate technology into the learning plan.

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The Tablet Academy is a leading education consultancy and teacher training organisation that focuses on the use of tablets in schools. They specialise in providing organisations with bespoke consultancy and training packages to meet their unique needs. They are device independent with a team of trainers who are all current and former teachers. Additionally, many of these trainers are Apple Distinguished Educators (ADEs) and Microsoft Certified Educators. This elite band are experts in leading and inspiring organisations to deliver true 21st century learning.

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Sportshall Athletics is an indoor form of track and field for children between the ages of 4 and 16. It was created to provide a safe and warm environment for young athletes to train during the cold and dark winter months.

The programme focusses on fitness and multi-skill development providing a grounding for all sports. It is totally inclusive, encourages children to get fit and promotes friendship whilst having lots of fun. Additionally, Sportshall promotes a wide range of community benefits as it provides a focus for mums, dads and grandparents to actively come and support their children. Sportshall also provides a stepping stone into after-schools sporting activity.

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The e-Learning Foundation is a charity that helps schools and families provide computers, educational software and Internet access to all school children, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds and with special learning needs.

Despite growth in home access to the internet, over 500,000 of the most disadvantaged school children in the UK, some 8%, still cannot go online at home, limiting their education opportunities and their digital skills.

Their aim is to ensure all children have access at home and at school to exciting learning resources to fulfil their potential and overcome disadvantage, working in partnership with schools, parents, charities and businesses.

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Media Partner

Since launching eight years ago, First News, the UK’s national newspaper for children has grown from strength to strength to become one of the UK's largest and most successful, education publications for young people. Produced every Friday in both traditional full-colour newspaper format and digitally, First News engages young people in over 10,000 schools and 25,000 homes across the UK, with both topical UK and world news.

Both primary and secondary schools across the country currently benefit from the First News Reading Package which includes downloadable reading activities created for Years 1 to 9 in each week's newspaper. These activities enable schools to easily incorporate ‘reading the news’ into their weekly reading provision and to get pupils reading, discussing and debating the week’s news stories.

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