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[June 12, 2014]

Read all about it - The Eagle has landed at town academy Coming up with solutions to teaching problems at convention [Grimsby Telegraph (UK)]

(Grimsby Telegraph (UK) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) BUDDING news hounds at Caistor Yarborough Academy have put together the sixth edition of its fledgling paper - The Eagle.

The project, which was open to interested students from all year groups at the school, also saw Year 5 pupils from Caistor CofE And Methodist Primary School joining in the event.

The team then worked under guidance from journalist advisers from the Grimsby Telegraph, as part of a project run by Tim Greenfield from the University Of Lincoln.

Together, they reported on events, activities and stories from across the academy and local community, to put together the latest edition of their award-winning paper.

Students had the opportunity to interview the head teacher, Mr Jeremy Newnham, in a press conference style, giving students an insight into how journalists might gather information.

The team then worked with the university experts to input their stories, using industry software, to produce newspaper pages.

And the Year 5 pupils from Caistor primary also came armed with research and information, which they used to create five pages of the 16-page tabloid, which was later printed at Mortons, Hor ncastle.

Jeni Lowe, community co-ordinator at Caistor Yarborough Academy said: "The newspaper day always carries a great sense of achievement, as students work hard to meet a tight deadline. Everyone involved should be very pleased with their contributions as many parents, friends and local businesses will see their hard work in print." ? For copies, contact the school on 01472 851383.



IT CAN take inventive methods to crack teaching. But that's no problem for Marcus Elliott, a learning support tutor at the Grimsby Institute. Mr Elliott has recently returned from the grand final of the Ed-invent Competition, held at the Belfry Hotel in Cambridge, aimed at putting educators at the heart of educational technology. He formed a team with Gloucester secondary school tutor Dan Wisby, developing an idea for a student organiser, designed to replace a typical school diary.

He said: "Basically the idea is to deliver technology for education, specifically from a practitioner's point of view rather than a software development one. It's identifying problems that we have as educators and then trying to come up with solutions." "Our idea was to create an application or a device that would be updated with live information like scanning to show attendance, room changes and could even allow you to access content needed for the lesson.

"A lot of departments at the Institute enter their learners into competitions and it's great for the staff to be entered as well. I've really enjoyed my creativity being put to the test." The team then presented their ideas to a panel of judges, including the head of investment at exam board OCR.

Mr Elliott added: "We got excellent feedback from the judges, although we didn't actually win, but going through the process has made me look at my approach to the work I do in the classroom; it's about being more entrepreneurial and identifying a problem and fixing it.

"I'd now like to run a similar sort of competition at the Grimsby Institute and I think that would be a really nice thing for staff. "Staff come up with innovative ideas all the time and there isn't always a forum to discuss these things." (c) 2014 ProQuest Information and Learning Company; All Rights Reserved.

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