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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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  • 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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  • Top 7 ways to make your Pritt Sticks go further

    12 December 2018 By David Garrod – Senior Category Manager – Pritt (Henkel)

    Every teacher knows the feeling. There’s three weeks of term to go and you’ve got nothing but four Pritt Sticks and a bit of willpower to get you and your 30 children through that big craft project coming up. You plead with the powers that be to get some brand new ones, but the budget’s all gone for the term.

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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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  • Stay active during the winter months

    22 November 2018 By Gemma Maw, Category Buyer for Sports and SEN

    As we come into the long, dark and cold winter days it is very easy to want to just hibernate on the sofa under a warm cosy blanket, watch television or play video games. Staying active over the winter months is important to keep children’s fitness and activity levels high which further helps to instil healthy habits.

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  • Making connections in art, craft and design

    Making connections in art, craft and design

    26 October 2018 By Susan Coles - Creativity, arts and educational consultant and artist

    One of the best things about teaching art, craft and design is that there is so much choice. It is also important to remember that we teach art AND craft AND design and that a successful art curriculum will involve all of these. We should build assessment through four different skills.

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