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  • two primary school children playing badminton

    Your updated guide to the PE and sports premium

    04 December 2020 By Matthew Hancock – Procurement Assistant for Sports at YPO

    In July, the Department for Education confirmed that the £320 million PE and Sport Premium for primary schools, would continue in the 2020-2021 academic year.

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  • Meet the education procurement team - Elle

    02 December 2020 By Elle Barratt, Procurement Project Support

    Elle has worked at YPO for just over two years and is the procurement project support in the newly formed education procurement team. She’ll be your first point of contact for when you’re needing help setting up contracts or just need some advice on your school’s procurement activity.

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  • Provoking curiosity in early years

    24 November 2020 By Designs for Education

    Children are naturally curious, as educators it is our role to encourage and develop this to enable them to learn through their interests and investigations. The more curious a child is the more observant they are, which in turn encourages deeper thinking and an ability to figure things out.

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    Play tray inspiration

    18 November 2020 By Cosy

    The trusty play tray is versatile and easy-to-clean, making it the ideal resource for a wide range of activities, both indoor and out. Our friends at Cosy are always creating interesting and inspiring play tray ideas – here are some of their favourites.

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  • Meet the education procurement team - Kirsty

    18 November 2020 By Kirsty Gledhill, Procurement Projects Advisor

    Kirsty has been at YPO for three and a half years in a few different roles, building on her knowledge and experience on all things procurement. She’s really looking forward to getting the new education procurement team known in the education sector and working closely with our customers to understand their challenges and how we can help them.

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  • Keeping customers at the heart of what we do

    12 November 2020 By Jo Marshall, Executive Director at YPO

    This year’s theme for World Quality Day is ‘creating customer value’, and with a topic so close to my heart I want to talk to you about how at YPO, our customers are our top priority.

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  • Making maths magical through play

    10 November 2020 By Learn Well

    Make it sparkly and twinkly, make it squidgy and smelly, make it natural and textured. Let children use real things and lots of them. Let them hold them, move them, squish them, smell them, describe them and yes, count them. Doing the same thing in lots of different ways, using all of the senses, will build a strong sense of number: the awesome one, the tantalising two, the thunderous three, the fabulous four!

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  • mum teaching maths with child

    The power of passion and positivity for maths

    06 November 2020 By Catherine Chell from Learn Well

    In this blog, Cath from Learn Well discusses the importance of having a positive outlook when learning or teaching maths and provides some top tips to nurture a passion for maths!

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  • yellow paint can

    Procuring your specialist decorator paints

    05 November 2020 By Jo King - Category Buyer for Facilities Management at YPO

    As the Christmas holidays are fast approaching, have you thought about getting your buildings, classrooms and premises decorated ready for the new year and next school term?

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  • Keeping your outdoor areas cosy in winter

    04 November 2020 By Cosy

    Winter is coming – but don’t let that stop you from embracing the great outdoors! Playing outdoors in the fresh, chilly open air can help build resistance and improve health.

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