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  • Staff room

    The benefits of a well designed staff room

    21 September 2021 By Sam Watling – Project Manager, Furniture and Design Team at YPO

    Having worked with many different schools over the years, the YPO design team have project managed the supply and installation of furniture within a whole host of different staff rooms.

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  • Children meditating

    Benefits of meditation and yoga in schools

    15 September 2021 By Judith Nelson, Certified Heartfulness Trainer, Edinburgh

    Calm kids are healthy, happy, and confident. For many years, we have focused a lot on healthy bodies, but we also need healthy minds. This can be a challenge in today’s world due to sensory overload, and feelings of stress and anxiety which have emerged particularly during the past year due to lockdowns, changes to schools, and to society in general. Anxiety related disorders in children are on the rise, and it can be difficult for them to find peaceful moments in their lives, and to feel good about themselves.

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  • Child making shape outdoors

    Taking maths outdoors in Key Stage 1

    13 August 2021 By The Cosy Team

    The great outdoors can provide exciting and real maths learning opportunities. It’s a way to connect children with nature and at the same time children can explore shapes and properties of real items by engaging in planned activities.

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  • Children learning outdoors

    10 ideas to take learning outdoors on a budget

    21 July 2021 By Justine Lee, Communications and Fundraising Manager at Council for Learning Outside the Classroom

    Taking your learning outside the classroom is an easy way to motivate your class, engage them with a subject and help them be more active. It can help you achieve school priorities while also making learning fun and positively impact behaviour, learning, and attainment. But it can be hard knowing where or how to get started. Here are 10 cost-effective ways to take learning beyond the classroom:

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  • Colourful classroom

    How colour influences productivity in a classroom

    08 July 2021 By Sally Murphy – Director at Metroplan

    As we begin the shift back into the classroom and back to a life of routine, children must be braced with a mindset to learn amongst the exciting stimulation of reuniting with school friends and the hurly-burly of school life.

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  • a series of plants growing with different students names on

    Top tips for an eco-friendly classroom

    24 May 2021 By The YPO Team

    Here are some useful tips to implement in the classroom to encourage children to be more environmentally conscious.

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  • child reading

    Top tips to encourage children to read by choice

    28 April 2021 By Leanne Jephcott – Curriculum Specialist at Peters

    This year Children’s Book Week takes place from 3-9 May, and 2021 also marks the celebration’s 100th anniversary. Children’s Book Week aims to inspire children everywhere to love reading for fun. Below are some top tips for teachers and parents to encourage all children to develop a love of reading, including even your most reluctant of readers!

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  • Eden reading corner

    How to create an inclusive reading corner

    27 April 2021 By Emily Mayer - Marketing Communications Executive at Eden Learning Spaces

    Bring out your child’s inner bookworm and create a dedicated reading space where they can lose themselves in their favourite page turner. A space that feels comforting and peaceful. Sounds great, but how do you get started?

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  • two primary school children playing badminton

    Your updated guide to the PE and Sport Premium

    26 April 2021 By Matthew Hancock – Procurement Assistant for Sports at YPO

    With the PE and Sport Premium funding continuing until the end of the current academic year in England, we’ve provided an updated guide to help answer any questions you may have.

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  • Virtual call

    Save Education: Mobile and Unified Communications

    20 April 2021 By Matt Dykes – Chief Operating Officer, Abzorb

    Although the children are now back at school there will still be thousands who are having to self-isolate if they have tested positive for COVID-19 or have been in contact with someone who has it, and will need to ‘home school’. So, daily disruption in UK schools will sadly be the reality for the foreseeable future and education will be delivered by a hybrid approach of digital learning and face to face in the classroom.

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