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    How to keep cyber safe in school

    25 September 2019 By Sarah Sesum- ICT Category Manager at YPO

    Our world is technologically advanced and anything and everything is at our fingertips. In the classroom today we see teachers using technology helping with lesson plans, information and research as well as being the very basis of how they teach. Here are all the data security tips we can offer you to ensure that your school and all its new online data is as safe as it can possibly be.

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    A closer look at the benefits of football

    17 September 2019 By Matthew Pinder – Assistant Buyer for Sports and SEN

    When Gareth Southgate was appointed the England men’s football team manager, he promised to instil a bold, hungry and fearless attitude into his team. This attitude has been stamped onto England’s emerging talented generation of footballers. This has led to an upturn in England’s fortunes, with a strong performance at the 2018 FIFA World Cup and in this year’s 2019 UEFA Nation’s League.

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  • Intergen

    What happens when a nursery visits a care home

    13 September 2019 By Maria Motley – Nursery Manager, Unicorn Nursery

    There seems to be an increased focus by nurseries to introduce opportunities for intergenerational interactions. In fact, research has shown that elderly adults who spend time socially with the younger generation are less prone to depression and have better physical health. But what are the benefits for our little ones?

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  • Children in school

    Preparing little learners for the BIG world

    13 September 2019 By Rachael Lythe – YPO Buyer, Curriculum

    Through play and creativity there are many ways to help create a supportive learning environment for children. Our buyer Rachael looks at some of her favourite activities that provide children with strategies to help them on a daily basis, and as they eventually move on to school.

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  • Small World

    The benefits of small world play at pre-school

    12 September 2019 By Helen Dowling - Montague Pre-School

    When asked to write about small world play it was a really good opportunity for us to ask ourselves: Why do we include it in our resources/play? Is it because it ticks a box? Is it because the children like it? Is it because it is included on the EYFS?

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    Early Years can become Eco-Schools too

    12 September 2019 By Lee Wray-Davies & Francis Hyland - Eco-Schools

    We’re pleased to have Eco-Schools on board for the latest issue of Little Learners. They recently announced their new Early Years Pathway, designed to guide nurseries and other early years’ settings to become more environmentally friendly. Their bespoke criteria, free resources and examples of best practice provide everything needed to achieve their internationally recognised Eco-Schools Green Flag award within 12 months of registering.

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    The campaign to help tackle plastic waste

    05 September 2019 By Steve Sefton, Category Buyer – Food

    TV shows and the media are becoming ever more focused on the negative impact of single use plastics and the grave impact they have on the environment and in-particular, the world’s oceans and the creatures who live within them. By making small changes in our day to day lives, we can help contribute to a more positive future.

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    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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  • Multifunctional Devices Framework

    Multifunctional Devices Framework FAQs

    01 August 2019 By Zoe Morgan-Kriek - Category Buyer ICT

    Last month we held a webinar talking through our multifunctional devices (MFDs) framework and have pulled together some of the FAQs below, as a handy guide for you. Below is a transcript from the webinar and the video will be coming soon.

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  • How to buy cleaning products

    24 July 2019 By Kelly Snee, Category Buyer - Cleaning

    As the summer is finally here (yippee!) most of our attentions now turn to the cleaning regime as that deep summer clean looms over us. Instead of burying our heads in the…well…dust, we thought it would be helpful outlining the top three points to consider before purchasing cleaning products.

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