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  • children playing in the rain

    Removing the barriers to outdoor play

    14 July 2020 By The YPO Team

    Outdoor play provides fantastic opportunities for exciting open-ended learning and role play, but we understand that it’s not always easy and there are things you need to prepare for. Here’s some advice on how to tackle common barriers to exploring the great outdoors.

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  • Making the most of space in an education setting

    01 July 2020 By Sam Walting - Project Manager of Furniture and Design at YPO

    With all the challenges faced by schools currently in terms of social distancing, now is as good a time as any to start putting any unused spaces to good use.

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    Meet the Framework Manager - Jack Appleton

    25 June 2020 By Jack Appleton - Framework Manager for Furniture at YPO

    Jack Appleton joined YPO 9 years ago and has recently become the Framework Manager for Furniture.

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  • Chair in empty classroom

    Utilising furniture for safe social distancing

    27 May 2020 By Gemma Maw – Category Buyer for Furniture at YPO

    Now is the time that school leaders are thinking about how to get pupils back to school and ready for the phased return of year groups. The already larger class sizes and lack of space mean that adhering to the government guidance may seem like a daunting task.

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  • empty office space

    Returning to work safely

    18 May 2020 By Jack Appleton - Framework Manager of Furniture at YPO

    Covid-19 has changed many things in our everyday lives and will have lasting effects on how we live in the future. One major change will be the way in which we work and how companies ensure the safety of their staff in the future.

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  • bright study area in a school

    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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