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  • Top tips for practical science lessons

    15 May 2019 By Debbie Roberts – International education consultant, author and trainer

    Schools are under a great deal of pressure to invest in an array of new curricula and programmes of study. At the same time budget constraints impact negatively on the provision for practical subjects such as science. Exam boards are assessing students on specified practical investigations, where students have a hands-on experience. In my experience most schools and academies are preparing for this by ‘practicing’ these from as early as year 7. This is an expensive strategy to ensure that students get the best grade possible in assessments.

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  • Nature at play

    09 May 2019 By Cosy

    The natural world offers many opportunities for learning. Here are a few specific outdoor learning activity ideas created to encourage and develop children’s fine motor skills. These ideas also work well in settings with limited access to outdoor space.

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  • Spark creativity in your school with Calligraphy

    30 April 2019 By Manuscript

    Creativity is within all of us; whether it’s song lyrics, novels or artistry – everyone has the skill to evoke emotion, design a beautiful piece of artwork or write a story. Writing, despite what people keep saying, is still a key life skill for children and adults alike; improving fine motor skills and increasing brain stimulation.

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  • Five school playground safety points to consider

    09 April 2019 By Temi Kucuk, Business Development Manager, Evergreens UK Group

    With winter coming to a brisk end here in the UK, we can now look forward to enjoying some warmer days ahead. However, nicer weather could bring with it some unpleasant consequences for schools. With children heading outside to play, the likelihood of trips, falls and skids in the playground could rise.

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    Mud kitchen activity ideas

    29 March 2019 By Corin Redsell , Yellow Door

    When children are outdoors they connect with mother nature and learn a lot from her. It will help them develop self-esteem, enhances confidence and paves the way for more role-play, creativity, communication and team-work. You’ll always find a contented and happy child in a mud kitchen.

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    Energy efficiency in schools

    20 March 2019 By Kerry Walker - Energy Category Buyer

    Are you a school or academy constantly under funding pressures? Many of you are being forced to make cuts that leave your school suffering and trying to make the most of the resources you have. Imagine if you could relieve some of the financial pressure by saving money through your energy... This blog tells you how!

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  • Encouraging active lifestyles in and out of school

    11 March 2019 By Jo-Anne Town - Early Years and PE Leader, Gooseacre Primary Academy

    There is strong evidence that regular physical activity is associated with numerous health benefits for children. The UK chief medical officers recommend that all children and young people should engage in moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity for at least 60 minutes every day.

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  • Craft activities for Mother's Day

    06 March 2019 By Amelia Clutton, Category Buyer - Arts, Crafts and Creative Textiles

    Getting children to make take home gifts to coincide with key events is a great way to build relationships with parents. If you wanted to, you could even use this as a fundraising activity and ask parents to buy their child’s creation. With Mother’s Day coming up soon, we’ve provided a couple of fun craft activities you could do with children for this.

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  • Stress management tips

    19 February 2019 By John Harrison - Learning and Development Business Partner, YPO

    According to the 2018 Education Support Partnership Teacher Wellbeing Index, 67% of education professionals describe themselves as stressed. Let me start out by saying, although this article is written in a light way, I do understand the impact prolonged stress can have, and I can speak from personal experience on the significant impact acute stress has had on my own mental health. This article is designed to provide a range of practical solutions that could support people with managing stress.

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    Five things to consider when buying a shredder

    15 February 2019 By Chloe Lynn - Category Buyer

    Almost a year after GDPR became enforceable on 25 May 2018, there is still a level of confusion over what is classed as a compliant level of documentation disposal. In the education sector where children’s data is identified as requiring ‘specific protection’, they are identified as ‘vulnerable individuals’.

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