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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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  • Top tips for parent communications

    12 February 2019 By Fiona Jukes, PR and Communications Manager - YPO

    Teachers tell us that one of the most challenging parts of their role can be around relationships with parents. One way we can develop relationships is through clear and regular communication. YPO’s PR and Communications Manager Fiona Jukes, shares some top tips for effective Communications.

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  • Diary of a PTA vice secretary

    07 February 2019 By Danielle Tintor – Friends of Normanton Junior Academy (FoNJA)

    Ever wondered what it’s like to be part of a school committee? Our diary below by Danielle Tintor details her experience and how being involved forms a better parent – school relationship.

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  • Understanding the world around us

    14 January 2019 By Tilly - Kit for Kids

    As adults, we fully understand the world around us. Some of us may have even visited different countries, worked with people from different cultures or experienced nature in its purest form, perhaps on safari or on magical jungle adventures. But for the growing child, whose brain is still developing, understanding the world that surrounds them can sometimes be more complex than we expect.

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    Get started with your school allotment

    14 January 2019 By Sally Williamson - Catering Category Buyer

    With the increased emphasis on healthy eating, school allotments are becoming more popular. Getting children involved in growing fruit and vegetables gives them an understanding of where their food comes from. It’s an exciting way for them to combine this with the school kitchen, so that they can plant, grow and eat their own food.

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