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    Attracting students to sixth form using design

    08 January 2020 By Alexandra Wainwright - Furniture and Design Project Manager at YPO

    For each student choosing to attend a sixth form the school receives funding, so schools need to encourage interest amongst students in this progression, but how do you compete with a college?

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  • elderly woman in room with painting and window

    Relieving the symptoms of dementia through design

    06 January 2020 By Emma Quinn - Furniture and Design Project Manager at YPO

    Dementia is an umbrella term for many different diseases that affect the mind. Because of this, people with Dementia can suffer from a variety of different symptoms and side effects. Little changes in their environment can relieve the pressures of daily life in the long term for all kinds of people with Dementia.

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  • Lauren Robinson

    Meet the Buyer - Lauren Robinson

    10 June 2019 By Lauren Robinson, Framework Manager - Furniture

    Lauren started her YPO journey when she was just 19, and has worked her way to her current role of office furniture framework manager, working closely with customers and assisting them through the entire procurement process.

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  • nursery tableware blog

    What to consider when choosing nursery tableware

    18 January 2019 By Sally Williamson - Catering Category Buyer

    Meal times at nursery are never going to be the cleanest of events, but choosing the right tableware can help to minimise the mess and if you are clever in what you choose, meal times can be fun, colourful and safe!

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  • Top tips to encourage teenagers into libraries

    03 December 2018 By Alexandra Wainwright – Furniture and Design Project Manager

    Having spent several years planning and designing school and public libraries, one of the issues mentioned in design consolation meetings is how to encourage teenagers to read more. A recent study conducted by The Reading Agency states that 44% of young people in England don’t read for pleasure. This is becoming ever increasing with the availability of digital and social media in teenagers’ lives, whether it be through e-books, online articles, smart phones or tablets.

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  • Furniture

    Using furniture to create engaging environments

    10 October 2018 By Stephanie Knox - Marketing Executive at Godfrey Syrett

    We spend a lot of time at work – 75% of the week, for your typical office worker. It makes sense, then; to have an office environment that’s conducive to staff well-being, that they will engage with, and which suits the task at hand. Here are five handy tips for using furniture to create an engaging office environment.

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  • boys seating

    Top tips for a fun and engaging reading area

    26 February 2018 By Alexandra Wainwright, Project Manager - Furniture and Design

    It’s World Book Day on 1 March where parents and teachers take a heightened interest in encouraging their children to pick up a book and read. It’s a fantastic day where they can have fun with some of their favourite books and stories.

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  • Outdoor learning in your daily routine

    22 February 2018 By Eden Learning Spaces

    The formative early years are full of wonder, curiosity and discovery. This special time should be fostered through inspirational learning experiences in dynamic environments.

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  • Outdoor learning

    Removing the barriers to outdoor play

    30 March 2017 By Nicola Parker, Early Years Buyer

    Outdoor play provides fantastic opportunities for exciting open ended learning, but we understand that it’s not always easy. Here’s some advice on how to tackle common barriers to exploring the great outdoors.

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  • Old Classroom Furniture

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

    04 June 2015 By Alain Jones, National Furniture Sales Manager

    Earlier this year the government announced the second round of its flagship priority school building programme. If your school didn't make the list but is in desperate need of a face lift, how can you get the most out of the budget you do have?

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