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  • Meet the Category Manager - Andy Perrins

    Name: Andy Perrins Position: Category Manager (Social Care) How long have you been working for YPO?  I started working for YPO in May 2018 after moving from a local authority.  What do you most like about YPO? YPO is a great place to work,...

  • Energy efficiency in schools

    Energy in schools… This chart is from the carbon trust and shows the biggest areas of energy usage and cost in schools. As you can see by the pie chart, heating takes up the highest percentage of energy used and nearly half of the cost....

  • The impact of 2021 IR35 reforms on public bodies

    Many public sector bodies have incorrectly assumed that the new IR35 reforms will not affect them, and only private sector business will need to chance. In this blog, we will look at how the IR35 reforms will impact all organisations...

  • Apprenticeship levy of the future

    Since April 2017, if an organisation earns in excess of £3 million annually, then they will pay the apprenticeship levy to help fund new and existing apprenticeships. In the news, there are many views about the apprenticeship levy and it's...

  • The Sheephouse Way

    There seems to be more focus than ever on outdoor learning. We all receive the enews bulletins which have the latest go-to outdoor play suggestions on what activities settings should be offering and what the benefits are. Social media feeds...

  • How reading can boost your mental health

    Most of us have encountered feelings of stress or anxiety in some stage of our lives. A go-to activity for many is reading. As an avid reader myself, I love to read during the evenings and follow book groups on Facebook where people review...

  • Tips on implementing a travel management company

    There are lots of things to think about during implementation, and considering your new travel management company (TMC) is supposed to be making life easier for you, it can at first seem daunting. We’re here to help. By setting realistic...

  • 10 tips to save money on your energy bills

    Here are 10 simple, highly effective tips to help you, your staff and pupils save energy around your schools and offices. Switch off lights when leaving a room. Use posters to remind colleagues and pupils. Consider LED options which...

  • How to improve physical literacy in children

    The vision of the Primary PE and Sport Premium Funding is for all pupils to leave primary school ‘physically literate and with the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to equip them for a healthy lifestyle and lifelong participation...

  • Duty of care - why it matters

    Every week public sector employees are travelling across the country and overseas, covering many miles by train and plane. And with so many travel booking websites now available, all claiming to offer the cheapest and best deals, an...

  • What to do if your school isn’t a funding priority

    The priority school building programme provides funding to schools that are most in-need of improvement, helping them plan ahead with investment decisions and ensure those responsible able to deliver the best possible value for their...

  • Why new eco-vacuums outshine old high-powered ones

    You will most likely have heard in the news last year how consumers caused a surge in the sales of high-powered vacuums. This spate of panic buying took place in the months before the new EU eco-design and labelling regulations came into...

  • The five life lessons of rugby

    With England hosting the Rugby World Cup this year for the first time in over 20 years, and 12 years since one of the UK nations won the title, never has there been a better opportunity to raise the profile of the sport (and win again on...

  • Being an Apprentice

    Scary right? It was clear to me that the whole school environment wasn’t for me and that I wanted to pursue in something else.  I had always liked business at school, so the opportunity of a YPO Business Apprenticeship caught my eye. The...

  • Shedding some light on LEDs

    More and more of you are asking us about how low energy lighting can not only help notch up your green credentials, but also save you a significant amount of money.  So we’ve taken the liberty to call on one of our lighting suppliers,...