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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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  • Cricket World Cup Fever!

    Cricket World Cup Fever!

    18 July 2019 By Rhian Binns - Communications Officer

    After 44 long years of hurt including 3 final losses, the England team have finally managed to bring home the Cricket World Cup.

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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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