Global Banking School appoints Professor Ray Lloyd as new CEO

London (England)—Higher education provider Global Banking School (GBS) announced today the appointment of Professor Ray Lloyd as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Professor Lloyd will assume the role beginning September 2020.

Professor Lloyd joins GBS from Leeds Trinity University, where he has served as Deputy ViceChancellor since 2013. A leading sports scientist, Professor Lloyd has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals (specifically in the area of human athletic performance),m and previously worked with prominent sporting organisations such as Leeds United FC, Yorkshire County Cricket Club, the LTA Regional Academy in Leeds, and the Botswana Athletics Association.

“We are delighted to welcome Professor Lloyd as our new CEO,” said Dr Vishwajeet Rana, Chairman of the Executive Board. “Professor Lloyd has been a lifetime coach, great academic, and savvy administrator. The GBS community looks forward to benefitting from his experience as we move to the next stage in developing both international collaborations and furthering our work in widening participation.”

Dr Rana will remain on as GBS’s Chairman of the Executive Board.

Before joining Leeds Trinity University Professor Lloyd held academic posts at the University of Abertay (where he was Dean of the School for Social and Health Sciences) and Leeds Metropolitan University.

He holds a PhD and a Master’s degree in Sport Science from Leeds Beckett University, a PGCE from Goldsmiths, University of London, and a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Manchester.

Commented Professor Lloyd: “I am delighted to be appointed as CEO of GBS and look forward to contributing to the School’s growth and development as it seeks to offer highquality educational opportunities to even more students from communities typically underrepresented in higher education. I am particularly impressed by GBS’s student-centred approach and its focus on maximising the return on the investment of time and money made by students, and I hope to build on this further.”

About GBS: GBS’s vision is to change lives through education that makes a fundamental difference to
living standards and access to learning.

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Date: 27 July 2020
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New transition support programme helps prevent anxiety about moving from Year 6 to secondary school

primary2secondary is a new online support programme to help parents of children entering Year 6. Every September, approximately 750,000* children move to Year 6, and their parents have to choose and apply for a secondary school place by the end of October. In many cases, parents and children are anxious about the upcoming move and confused about the process and preparation required.

This combined online programme/community is the only one of its kind in the UK. Using online videos, information downloads, and an online community, the programme provides detailed information and guidance on:

• How to choose and apply for the most appropriate secondary school
• How to deal with child anxieties over subjects such as bullying, homework, getting lost, etc.
• Practical issues such as travel, equipment, uniforms, etc.
• Mental health and well-being preparation

TV parenting expert, Sue Atkins said: “We’re delighted to launch the primary2secondary programme. Our inspiration came from talking to parents about the high levels of anxiety and stress they suffer during this transition. For parents whose eldest child is entering Year 6, it’s especially difficult to get clear advice on how to choose the best school for their child. And then how to prepare them for what can be a very traumatic move. The primary2secondary programme supports parents right the way through Year 6 and into Year 7, giving them the information and advice they need, when they need it.”

primary2secondary is a major new initiative fromPostitive2, the brainchild of leading parenting experts Sue Atkins and Jo FitzGerald. At a time when mental health disorders, such as anxiety, are on the increase it provides a unique, independent service that isn’t available from central government, local authorities or schools. Sue added: “As parents who have been through this process ourselves, we want to help other parents with the single biggest decision affecting their child’s future.”

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Parents and Teachers are turning to technology amidst school closings

Last week, Boris Johnson announced that schools across the UK will close, to halt the spread of the coronavirus. As a result, thousands of children are now taught remotely. In search of ways to accommodate the new reality faced by British families, many parents and teachers are turning to technology.

Teachers work side by side with artificial intelligence in online lessons

Starting last Saturday, education technology company Atom Learning hosted their first free online lesson, with 958 children attending.

The company has free lessons scheduled throughout the coming weeks, with thousands of parents signing up their children for the lessons.

We have been amazed by the number of parents signing their children up for the free online lessons” says Head of Growth at Atom Learning, David Joerring.

Atom Learning combines teacher made content with Artificial Intelligence to create optimal learning paths for children, by tailoring content to the individual child.

We work with hundreds of schools and multiple Multi-Academy Trusts, and we know it requires additional skills to teach effectively online, which is why in light of the COVID-19 crisis, we are providing unlimited access to online lessons hosted by professional teachers to our thousands of subscribers”. – David Joerring.

Schools are increasingly embracing technology

While many schools have in recent years begun to use the technologies being developed by the UK’s fast-growing EdTech industry, the current crisis has led many more to rapidly adopt new technologies.

Atom Learning is partnering with schools, and provide the schools with free access to their technology.

Atom Learning has proved a very useful platform, both for work that is controlled by the school and for self-directed learning. The tools available on the school platform have allowed us to establish online homework for pupils at a bespoke level of difficulty and timing” – says Tony Chan, Deputy Head at Sussex House School, one of the early adopters of Atom Learning.


Atom Learning is a British education technology company, located in London. Atom Learning is partnered with hundreds of schools across the UK and internationally.

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My Learning provides free online learning and its school planning toolkit to any school affected by Corona Virus

With the continuing rise in school closures set to increase, My Learning UK have created a school closure planning toolkit. Packed with best-practice and relevant advice, the toolkit assists every aspect of a school’s operational need. Schools affected by The Corona Virus will benefit from a range of advice as this toolkit assembles everything into a single place.

Their online learning platform (“Fusion”) is now available free to any school affected by Corona Virus. The Fusion VLE/LMS allows schools to issue homework, share content and operate live broadcasts. It also keeps parents connected with the free Fusion APP. The product operates in over 110 languages, is available on any device and can be deployed within 24 hours.

Alan Sawyers, CEO of My Learning UK announced that:

Education should not be limited by physical barriers in this connected world. Fusion allows teachers and students to benefit from continuing education, even during times of interruption”.

My Learning has seen increased demand from schools worldwide since January. They have added further capacity to their video conferencing systems to allow schools to hold live online lessons and share content to students at home. Fusion is fully compatible with Google and Microsoft Office 365, providing a huge range of teaching and communication tools.

Mr. Sawyers went on to explain “Our free school closure planning toolkit can be downloaded by anyone. We wanted to give something practical and timely to educators. This is also why we are providing our online platform at no charge too.”

About My Learning (UK) Ltd
My Learning has been supplying services to a diverse range of schools internationally for over 10 years. Clients range from nursery settings in the UK to Universities in Indonesia. They are experienced in creating student-friendly and multi-lingual online learning environments known as VLE/LMS.

About Fusion VLE (Product)
Fusion VLE is an online service (VLE/LMS) which operates from ages 4 to 18 on any device in over 110 languages. It provides teaching tools, content, communications and conferencing services for education. Fusion integrates with Google, Office, YouTube and supports over 150 content publishers. The product connects parents, staff and teachers into a single platform allowing seamless communication of messages, information and reports.

For further information about My Learning UK, contact Abbey Simkiss (Marketing Manager)

Tel: +44 5603 666419 or email

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How One Photographer has Committed to the Fight Against Middle School Bullying, One Photo

Casey Scalf of Storybook Studios in Chesapeake, VA is helping build the self-esteem of young girls who have been bullied, through the power of photography.

CHESAPEAKE, Va. 10/22/19— “I created this program a couple of years ago when I started hearing parents tell me about how hard middle school is on their girls. The bullying in middle school is horrible and is detrimental to their self-confidence.” said Scalf.

“As preteens, kids develop their self-esteem during these very important years. We are hearing way too often that kids this age are getting bullied and it breaks my heart. We need to show them that they are worthy…worthy of self-confidence, worthy of loving who they are, worthy of being here to live their life.” said Scalf.

“Since our high school senior portraits have changed the self-confidence of so many seniors, I felt compelled to create the Fearless Spirit Model Crew. This program is designed to boost their self-esteem and self-worth through their own Fearless Spirit portrait session and six monthly model crew sessions.” said Scalf.

By giving Casey a few months of their time, she shows them the negative image they have of themselves is wrong.

“Throughout the process, I take photos of them and prove to them, ‘See this is how beautiful you are. There’s no denying that. It’s truly you.” said Scalf.

“I just cannot say enough about how Caroline’s time with you has transformed her. You have captured her beauty, confidence, sass, innocence and that precious stage of becoming – between little girl and young woman. Through your artistry, she has seen herself in a way that she never has before. When she saw her portraits, she saw a confident, beautiful girl and then believed that about herself. No matter how much we have tried to help her see that, she didn’t until she saw herself through the lens of your camera and it has had such a positive impact on her self-esteem. As a result, you have positively affected every aspect of her life. Her confidence has led to believing in herself, taking chances, setting goals, and reaching them. I am in awe.” Brooke Henderson (Mother of a Fearless Spirit Model)

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Upcoming Event:
The First Annual Fearless Spirit Fashion Show and Charity Event at Storybook Studios in Chesapeake on October 26th at 6:00 p.m. This event will be the final photo session and graduation of the Fearless Spirit Model Crew. They will be modeling fearless fashions created by Casey Scalf, owner and photographer of Storybook Studios. This will be the culmination of a 6 month process of building the self-esteem of 9 middle school and high school teen girls who have been bullied and who have been struggling with their self-esteem. With this last photo session, they are challenged to be truly fearless and walk the runway! We want them to be proud and celebrate their unique quirks and all the little things that make them who they are. Ticket sales will go to help support the charity To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA), a non-profit dedicated to raising awareness for people who are struggling with mental health issues like depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide.

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New research reveals 66% of parents are terrified of kids getting sick when they go back to school

Every parent will agree that schools and nurseries are breeding grounds for coughs, colds, and infections. When a youngster starts school or nursery, they seem to suffer an endless cycle of minor ailments, that then seem to infect the whole family.

New research from Naturelly and VYPR bears this out with over 66% of parents approaching the new school year with great trepidation and fear that their children will get sick at their new school. Interestingly it’s not just the worry of children getting sick but many of the 1,000 parents surveyed get very stressed and worried about all the associated issues surrounding poorly children such as sleepless nights, missed days off work and the logistical nightmare of getting friends and family in to look after the child.

1 in 5 children will become sick within two weeks of the new term so the fears are not unfounded. It’s important to pack their diet full of immune boosting foods that they will love to eat, whether it’s in their lunchbox or after school.

Studies have proven that if children are getting their full RDA of vitamin C they will have a greater immunity against these illnesses that cause so much disruption both for the little people and for their parents. There are now loads of immune boosting snacks for kids that will keep them healthy and happy all year long and below are a list of fruits and snacks to ensure children are getting 100% of their vitamin C.

Low GI fruits that are low in fructose and rich in Vitamin C.

Berries are the lowest for natural fruit sugars yet have the highest antioxidants

Naturelly Jelly is also – a fun way to get them to have 100% of their vitamin C in just one pouch this is all they need to set them up for the day. This all-natural juicy jelly is a great thing to keep in the car for after school, lunchboxes or sporting activities.
Naturelly creator Joanne Dempsey comments: “As parents ourselves we are committed to providing healthy products for children fortified with immune boosting vitamins in a fun way and in formats that kids want to consume.”

Notes to the Editor
Naturelly is free from gluten, wheat, dairy, nuts and gelatine and is suitable for vegetarians, vegans and coeliac disease sufferers. It has been approved by the vegetarian society, coeliac society and is school compliant.

Naturelly recently won Platinum for Best Children’s Dessert in the 2017 Loved by Parent Awards and Gold for Best Child Snack in the Loved by Children Awards 2017.

The research was conducted by VYPR Market Research (VYPR.IT) and Naturelly, they surveyed 1000 parents of young children throughout the UK

VYPR is the UK’s leading product intelligence & performance accelerator; connecting the dots that drive shopper behaviour to predict and enhance product performance. VYPR’s technology connects products to consumers like never before. We break down every element of new and existing product propositions into their constituent parts; testing their relative contributions to product performance with consumers via smartphone, both online and in store.

Parents Say It Takes Kids Over A Week To Get Back Into School Life

With the majority of kids back to school this week, researchers have been looking in to the effect it has on parents and their children. One of the most interesting things they found was that the majority felt it takes children more than a week to get back into the swing of school after they return from the summer break.

After six weeks of no homework, going to bed late and spending lazy days in their pyjamas getting back into a routine is a shock to the system.

Poor concentration, lack of energy and increased irritability are among the issues children struggle with as they return to the classroom.

According to the study of 2,000 parents, two thirds said their kids found it tough, with one week and one day the typical time it takes to adjust.

In addition, the poll found 58 per cent of kids are grumpier when they return to school, and 22 per cent are more likely to get into trouble with the teachers.

Dr. Emma Derbyshire, Public Health and children’s nutrition expert for Soreen, who commissioned the research, said: “After the school holidays, getting children back into their school routine can be difficult.

“School days can feel long and by the end of the day when we pick them up, they can by grouchy and experiencing an afternoon energy slump.”

The Soreen study research also revealed 40 per cent found their children resisted doing homework and 36 per cent were less interested in learning.

Sadly, 45 per cent complain that they don’t like school in the first few weeks.

To reset their children’s body clock from holiday mode to back to school, many parents enforced earlier bedtime (62 per cent) and set mealtimes (35 per cent).

Others admitted giving them more sugary snacks (12 per cent) and even setting extra homework (21 per cent) to ease them back into the school routine.

To try and combat tiredness, lethargy and lack of concentration, four in ten parents pack their children’s lunchboxes with foods which will boost their energy during the day.

And while 45 per cent struggle to find snacks that are healthy which the children will enjoy, four in ten did notice negative effects when their children eat unhealthy foods.

One in six parents said foods which are high in sugar or fat leave their children more agitated, while one fifth can’t concentrate for long periods of time.

One quarter of those who took part in the study by said their children’s energy levels spike then quickly decline following a sweet treat.

Dr .Emma Derbyshire added: “Maintaining a good diet is vital for helping a child ease back into school so they have the energy to get through a full day.

“Fuelling your children with sugary snacks will only exacerbate the problem with children having sugar lows and spikes.

“Soreen’s Lunchbox Loaves are a tasty healthy way to fuel your child and offset the afternoon lethargy that children can often experience during term time.”

“Without good slow releasing energy, it is no wonder that children struggle with a routine straight after a holiday.”

* Dr. Emma Derbyshire’s tips on helping your child get back into the school routine:

Diet – Children should aim to eat a varied diet to get the range of nutrients that they need. Breakfast skipping should be avoided as this helps to provide them with key vitamins and minerals as well as dietary fibre.

When on the run its a good idea to pack some fresh fruit and snacks such Soreen which have slow release energy are great for lunchboxes as this will help to keep their energy levels up ready for the afternoon.

Sleep – Every child is different but children of school age need about 10 hours sleep. They should start to wind down about 1 hour before bed and devices such as I-pads should be avoided as this can stimulate rather than relax them.

A nice bath, hot drink of milk, or Horlicks can also help to relax them ready for a good night’s sleep.

Routine – As for most of us routine is key – we are, after all, creatures of habit. With a routine, children know what to expect and when to expect it.

So a good healthy breakfast, glass of water before school, mid-morning snack and drink, balanced lunch, afternoon snack and evening meal followed by some reading or family activities can really help children and prevent confusions which can develop into tantrums or arguments.

Mindset – Rather than plunging them back into school have a talk about it. Perhaps they have missed some particular friends or something they usually do at school. Start to get them ready for school by taking them shopping, involving them and asking them to pick things for their lunchbox or pencil case.

Pupils returning to school are more likely to get a new tablet device than pencil case

Its that time of year again – Back to school! Up and down the country parents and children are furiously ticking off the list of items they need before the start of term.

However, whilst that list has traditionally included things like pencil cases and pens, it appears technology is now dominating the back to school essentials list.

Pupils returning to school are now more likely to get a new tablet device than pencil case, a study into changing classroom habits has found.

Researchers found that 55 per cent of children are given a new iPad or similar device as they head back to school, compared to only 46 per cent who get a new pencil case.

It also emerged fewer kids walk to school now, dropping from 81 per cent in their parents’ schooldays to just 63 per cent now, with a third of kids preferring to use a scooter to make it to the school gates.

And almost one in three children now listen to music on the way to school instead of chatting with friends as their parents used to.

Kids are also ten times less likely to have a tuck shop selling sweets compared to their own parents’ schooldays.

While just six per cent of schools still offer a shop with sugary snacks, 63 per cent of parents admitted their old school had a tuck shop stuffed with treats.

Instead, three quarters of modern schools have a healthy lunch-box policy, usually banning nuts and many insisting on low-sugar packed lunch.

The poll for parenting site also revealed kids are more connected to their pals than in the past.

Founder Siobhan Freegard said: “Back to school is a sign of the times, becoming more hi-tech each year.

“From uniforms to devices in lessons to after-school routines, parents, pupils and schools are using the best of the modern world to make learning fun and enjoyable.

“But while the fashions and food may change but the one thing that doesn’t change about Back to School is the excitement.

“Six weeks is a long break and kids are looking forward to going back – with many parents feeling the same way too!”

It also emerged 68 per cent of parents said they rushed back to school to catch up with friends they hadn’t seen for the six-week break compared to 23 per cent now.

This is because modern kids check-in daily with friends through the holidays on social media, so already know what their schoolmates have been up to.

Uniforms are another big area of change. One third of parents wore hand-me down togs, just 14 per cent of modern children make do with second-hand uniforms.

Instead, 68 per cent are now kitted out with the latest hi-tech, Teflon coated uniforms from supermarkets ranges.

To finish off the school-ready look, one in five girls now don trendy outsize JoJo Bows, compared to 77 per cent of mums who preferred ‘scrunchie’ hairbands.

The post-school routine has also changed radically, with more than half of parents having a regular bedtime story, while a third of modern children watch daily family vlogs on YouTube like The Ingham Family now instead.

But the survey of 1,097 mums and dads revealed some schooldays things have stayed the same.

Four in five kids say they are ‘excited’ to going back to school – the same as in their parent’s day.