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  • Why netball is rising to the top!

    11 June 2019 By Matthew Pinder - Assistant Buyer for Sports and SEN

    Netball is a sport which evokes memories for a lot of us, mainly from our school days where it would often be a go-to choice for PE or as part of the school team. However, netball spent many years in the shadow of other mainstream sports which often left it overlooked, with rounders, football and tennis all seemingly being the untouchable trio of sport choices. In recent years though, netball has become hugely popular and offers many benefits to all.

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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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  • 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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  • A new era for PSHE

    05 June 2019 By Jonathan Baggaley - Chief Executive - PSHE Association

    In this blog, PSHE Association Chief Executive Jonathan Baggaley writes about government commitment to improving the status of PSHE education from 2020 and the implications for schools.

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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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  • Spark creativity in your school with Calligraphy

    30 April 2019 By Manuscript

    Creativity is within all of us; whether it’s song lyrics, novels or artistry – everyone has the skill to evoke emotion, design a beautiful piece of artwork or write a story. Writing, despite what people keep saying, is still a key life skill for children and adults alike; improving fine motor skills and increasing brain stimulation.

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  • Five school playground safety points to consider

    09 April 2019 By Temi Kucuk, Business Development Manager, Evergreens UK Group

    With winter coming to a brisk end here in the UK, we can now look forward to enjoying some warmer days ahead. However, nicer weather could bring with it some unpleasant consequences for schools. With children heading outside to play, the likelihood of trips, falls and skids in the playground could rise.

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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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