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  • Chair in empty classroom

    Utilising furniture for safe social distancing

    27 May 2020 By Gemma Maw – Category Buyer for Furniture at YPO

    Now is the time that school leaders are thinking about how to get pupils back to school and ready for the phased return of year groups. The already larger class sizes and lack of space mean that adhering to the government guidance may seem like a daunting task.

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  • Person cleaning a staircase with gloves and spray

    What funding is available to deep clean my school?

    26 May 2020 By The YPO Team

    We know that The Department for Education is providing financial support to eligible schools up to the end of the 2019 and Summer 2020 term to help facilitate deep cleaning as a result of COVID-19. But how do you get this funding, how does it work and are you eligible I hear you say?

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  • Empty classroom

    How can we safely social distance at school?

    22 May 2020 By The YPO Team

    As we anticipate the return to school for early years, some primary schools and potentially some secondary schools, many are questioning how it is going to be possible to adhere to social distancing in the classroom and throughout the building.

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  • students and teacher using tablets

    Upgrading school ICT equipment through leasing

    22 April 2020 By Robyn Lamport-Rann - Category Buyer of ICT at YPO

    It can be tough for schools to keep up with emerging technologies and the demand for up-to-date ICT equipment against restricted budgets, which is why many schools are looking at alternative, cost-effective ways of funding devices, including the option of leasing.

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  • teach and students using laptops in classroom

    Updating school technology: Leasing vs Purchasing

    22 April 2020 By Robyn Lamport-Rann - Category Buyer of ICT at YPO

    When you are thinking of updating your school’s technology, finance is one of the key things you need to consider. Typically, you have a couple of options – buying outright or leasing, but which should you choose?

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  • nursery children with teacher on Easter egg hunt

    Exciting activities to help you celebrate Easter

    12 March 2020 By Mel Godley - Category Buyer for Arts and Crafts at YPO

    As the Easter holidays approach, activities and crafts are the perfect way to encourage celebrations as well as keep children occupied. We've got you covered with these easy Easter activities to incorporate in your classroom or to celebrate at home!

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  • young boy holding football

    Top of the Sports - most loved products of 2019

    02 March 2020 By Matthew Pinder - Assistant Buyer of Sports at YPO

    Keeping up with the latest school sports trends is a vital way to engage students in your physical education lessons. Check out our countdown of the top 10 most loved sports equipment and products from 2019 to inspire your next class!

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  • pancakes topped with berries and fruit

    10 healthy alternative choices for Pancake Day

    24 February 2020 By Natalie Griffin - Campaign Manager at YPO

    As pancake day edges closer and closer we have to resist the urge to over-indulge on all things chocolate-y and sugary. But don't worry, we've got you covered with this list of healthy recipes for the tastiest toppings that are guilt-free.

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  • woman using camera to show artwork in class

    Visualisers more than just a presentation tool

    21 February 2020 By Ed Fairfield - Head of Education at Elementary Technology

    A visualiser is a lot more than a presentation tool – it can be used to reduce workload, to improve marking and assessment, to share ideas and to encourage inclusion for all. This blog covers the basics of visualisers and explores more complex ways they can be used to have a real impact on teaching and learning.

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  • balloon powered car

    Useful activities to make STEM teaching fun!

    17 February 2020 By Rachael Lythe - Category Buyer for Curriculum at YPO

    Science, technology, engineering and maths: STEM projects and activities are proving to be a great way to encourage teamwork, problem-solving and creative based learning in the classroom. We have put together some easy activities using recycled materials to help get you started.

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