What is theOrb?

brings together communities of teaching professionals that are committed to helping young people develop effective skills for learning, employment and community life. theOrb is a source of great ideas, advice, resources and strategies.

Personal Development Programmes
Check out the ever-popular ASDAN Bronze, Silver and Gold

30 Short Courses to choose from
Each designed to develop essential skills through activity based learning

Employability Skills Development
A stand-alone development course to prepare young people for the world of work

Develop skills and promote independence with range of modules for SEN learners
The Towards Independence series offers 60 modules in a range of subject areas

Federation of Awarding Bodies announces new Chair and Vice Chair
The Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB) is delighted to anno...

Researchers call for schools to act on dangers of sexting
Sexting could have an ‘absolutely devastating’ i...

Learner wellbeing ‘should influence league table performance’
School leagues tables should mention levels of happiness and...

Ministers plan to tackle ‘social mobility cold spots’
New 'opportunity areas' are to receive special gover...

Narrow curriculum 'will not equip learners for digital age'
Lord Baker, the former Conservative Education Secretary, has...