In the first installment of our new series – Livewire Loves – we take a look at some of the most uplifting news stories from the education, tech, health and social care sectors.


  • It was World Teachers’ Day on the 5th of October! How did you celebrate? The Independent reported that in Estonia, teachers get to go home early and in Vietnam, students throw parties and give their teachers presents.

  •  Education Secretary Gavin Williamson pledged £120m of funding for new specialist institutes, aiming to “overtake Germany” in the delivery of the best technical education.

  • Newcastle University definitely gave its campus paws for thought when it introduced Bessie, an emotional support dog, to stressed out students.

  • QA Education looked at how schools across the country are incorporating animals into the classroom and playground – from bees to chickens!

  • A Warwickshire teacher who has lost seven stone since the start of 2019 is now inspiring the whole school to get fit by leading lunchtime walks and after school running clubs.

  • The number of black students entering the University of Cambridge has been boosted to a record high following the ‘Stormzy effect’, as grime artist Stormzy announced he would cover the costs of tuition fees and living expenses for two black British students every year for the entirety of their time at Cambridge.

  • A Milton Keynes college is seeking council approval for a £26m development which would see part of the codebreaking site Bletchley Park adapted to a technology school – offering  a vocational alternative to university for 1,000 students.

  • A group of YouTubers raised over $6m to plant trees around the world by rallying their subscribers with the #TeamTrees project.

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