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  • Contracting vs. Being Employed: The Pros and Cons

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    The UK's gig economy has boomed in recent years, with over 5 million being self-employed or freelancing. And we're seeing this in pretty much every sector including child care, construction and health and social care. Some employers provide the option to work with them on a freelance basis as we see in assessor professions.

    Plus, the thought of becoming your boss and having the flexibility to work when you want is very tempting. According to a blog post written by Caunce O'Hara, 63% of UK employees say th

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  • What's The Difference Between Alzheimer's and Dementia?

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    If you are not too sure what the difference is between Alzheimer's disease and dementia, then not to worry, you're in the right place. And you're not alone.

    In this article, we provide a simple explanation so you can understand the difference. 

    What is Dementia?

    Dementia is not classed as a disease in its own right. The term 'dementia' is referred to a group of symptoms which include problems in thinking, problem solving, memory, perception and language. 

    Dementia can be caused by a number of different diseases which affect the brain, with Alzheimer's bein

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  • The Importance of Health and Safety Training at Work

    an image of women practising health and safety This is a guest post from Croner. According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), over 200 people are killed each year as a result of accidents in the workplace. They estimate that over two million employees also suffer illnesses caused by or made worse by work. The HSE suggests the costs to the UK economy of injuries and ill health as a result of working conditions was £15 billion for the yea All this is to say, investing in health and safety training for your s ...
  • Construction: What Does The £18 million Funding Boost Mean?

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    At the end of January, the construction industry received some very good news! The sector has been awarded £18m as part of a new Government funding from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF).

    The financial boost will go on to fund four new research projects that aim to look at ways it will speed up assembly, save money, and, more importantly, improve the quality of UK construction projects. The news was announced by UK Research Innovation.

    But what does this funding boost really mean for the sector? This post takes a closer look.

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  • Child Care: Is VR Safe For Children?

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    As child care providers, you may have seen how quickly children become glued to a digital screen. First, there was the smartphone with its addictive gaming apps, then we saw tablets with its larger screen where children can play games or stream videos, and now, we see children becoming fully immersed inside a virtual world through VR headsets.

    I remember when I was young, and I might be showing my age here, we didn't have this kind of technology and we spent most of our childhood outdoors. But now, as we are seeing a growing number of VR headsets on children, and this looks set to continue with the VR market set to be worth

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  • 10 Proven Ways to Learn Faster

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    Student life can be hard, and sometimes, when you have loads of assignments, it feels as if there are not enough hours in the day. 

    One way to solve this is to learn how to study faster. In this article, we share 10  proven ways to learn faster.

    1. Don't Multi-task

    Research by Stanford University has concluded that multitasking actually makes you less productive, less focused, and it hampers your overall grades. And several

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  • The Reality Check on Private Tuition

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    According to a report in The Guardian, there has been a sharp rise in the number of pupils who have private tuition. More than 40% of pupils living in London have a private tutor for a certain period of time, raising concerns on whether private tuition is creating “education inequality”.

    Why is Private Tuition on the Rise?

    With the future job market becoming more competitive, especially in the graduate job sector, it feels as if children are under more pressure to perform an

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  • Is Teaching Handwriting in School Essential?

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    In a world where toddlers learn how to use an iPad before they read their first book, it appears the craft of writing by hand is almost becoming obsolete. Most people write via keyboard - heck I am writing this article on my laptop right now.

    But the question is, should schools, especially primary schools, bother to teach handwriting? Well, according to research in cognitive psychology and neuroscience, they should!

    In this article, we take a look at how handwriting supports literacy and academic development in children.

    Handwriting Helps With Reading

    To teach children how to r

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  • How to Overcome Procrastination

    Believe it or not, procrastination has been a hot topic in the field of psychology for over 120 years. Almost 75% of students consider themselves to be procrastinators, with the three most common forms of procrastination being sleeping, playing video games, and watching TV (or Netflixing).

    To help you overcome procrastination, we share some tips that can help:

    Forgive Yourself

    The truth is everyone procrastinates, even the ones that say they are super productive. They will experience a lull in concentration or productivity. What makes it worse, and prolongs your procrastination is that you keep beating yourself up for procrastinating. This starts a vicious circle where you keep blaming yourself instead of addressing the issue.

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  • How Does Technology Transform Education?

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    Ah technology, love it or hate it, it is here to stay. And there's absolutely nothing we can do about it.

    The education sector has almost fully embraced technology in the classroom right across the UK, but not without its concerns.

    How Technology Benefitted the Education Sector

    First, let's take a look at how technology benefitted both schools and universities.

    Creates a More Enriched and Dynamic Learning Experience

    Textbooks don't offer the capabilities that are provided by tablets and other connected devices. A

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