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We'll be blogging every few days about various topics, so come back soon to see more!

  • energy efficiency blog

    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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  • shredder blog

    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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  • Top tips for parent communications

    12 February 2019 By Fiona Jukes, PR and Communications Manager - YPO

    Teachers tell us that one of the most challenging parts of their role can be around relationships with parents. One way we can develop relationships is through clear and regular communication. YPO’s PR and Communications Manager Fiona Jukes, shares some top tips for effective Communications.

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  • Diary of a PTA vice secretary

    07 February 2019 By Danielle Tintor – Friends of Normanton Junior Academy (FoNJA)

    Ever wondered what it’s like to be part of a school committee? Our diary below by Danielle Tintor details her experience and how being involved forms a better parent – school relationship.

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  • Understanding the world around us

    14 January 2019 By Tilly - Kit for Kids

    As adults, we fully understand the world around us. Some of us may have even visited different countries, worked with people from different cultures or experienced nature in its purest form, perhaps on safari or on magical jungle adventures. But for the growing child, whose brain is still developing, understanding the world that surrounds them can sometimes be more complex than we expect.

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  • school allotment blog

    Get started with your school allotment

    14 January 2019 By Sally Williamson - Catering Category Buyer

    With the increased emphasis on healthy eating, school allotments are becoming more popular. Getting children involved in growing fruit and vegetables gives them an understanding of where their food comes from. It’s an exciting way for them to combine this with the school kitchen, so that they can plant, grow and eat their own food.

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  • How Messy Play is helping children to write

    07 January 2019 By Holly, Little Learners Southport

    Little Learners is a multi award winning messy play and mark making company with over 30 franchises across the country. We are always looking for the best, most exciting products to use in our classes, which look great and are versatile for the children to make marks in. Mark making is at the heart of our mission and what we focus all of our messy play classes and activities on!

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