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  • young girl playing with paint and glitter

    Celebrating Chinese New Year with arts and crafts

    15 January 2020 By Melanie Godley - Category Buyer for Arts, Crafts and Creative Textiles at YPO

    Full of bright and lively celebrations, 2020's Chinese New Year is just around the corner. Help your youngsters understand the importance of discovering Chinese culture and mythology as well as bringing good luck into the new year!

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  • a series of plants growing with different students names on

    Top Tips for an Eco-Friendly Classroom

    19 November 2019 By Matthew Larkin - Digital Marketing Officer at YPO

    Here are some useful tips to implement in the classroom to make students more environmentally conscious and to help them make changes.

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  • secondary class experimenting during science lesson

    Top tips for running secondary science practicals

    07 November 2019 By Deborah Roberts - International education consultant, author and trainer

    Organising a class of young people can be a daunting prospect in any lesson. Introduce chemicals and a Bunsen burner to the mix for example and it can be a bit of a challenge to say the least.

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  • two primary school children playing badminton

    Your updated guide to the PE and sports premium

    31 October 2019 By Gemma Maw - Sports Category Buyer at YPO

    In April, the Department for Education confirmed that the £320 million PE and Sport Premium for primary schools, would continue in the 2019-2020 academic year. The aim of the funding is to help improve the health of future generations.

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  • young children collecting recycling box

    How my daughter taught me about recycling

    25 September 2019 By Linsey Boyle- Early Years Campaign Manager at YPO

    My name is Linsey, I am one of the campaign managers here at YPO and I have recently been developing one of our newest early years resources - the Little Learners magazine! For this I am continuously inspired by my 5 year old daughter.

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  • hands using laptop

    How to keep cyber safe in school

    25 September 2019 By Sarah Sesum- ICT Category Manager at YPO

    Our world is technologically advanced and anything and everything is at our fingertips. In the classroom today we see teachers using technology helping with lesson plans, information and research as well as being the very basis of how they teach. Here are all the data security tips we can offer you to ensure that your school and all its new online data is as safe as it can possibly be.

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  • children in lesson

    Ideas for a more focussed learning environment

    07 August 2019 By Hester Binge - Education consultant and trainer, specialising wellbeing and science

    As someone who supports wellbeing and mental health in schools, as well as science, the below statistics are just the tip off the iceberg. So, I was pleased that in 2020 it will be statutory for primary pupils to learn about the importance of their mental health and how this impacts on their everyday lives.

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  • maths

    Why is mathematical fluency important?

    07 June 2019 By Polly Church - Eastpoint Ltd

    The National Curriculum aims for pupils to ‘become fluent in the basics of mathematics. This should be done through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex maths problems, so that pupils develop understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.

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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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  • 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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