Catering Beyond the Classroom


Principals and Prue Leith take school catering ‘Beyond the Classroom’

Prue Leith CBE joined forces with Principals, one of the UK’s longest established school caterers and part of CH&Co Group, to offer school leaders new perspectives on the future of school catering and their role in ensuring children and families understand food and nutrition and enjoy healthy and sustainable eating at school and at home.

Charity places 10,000 governors in schools

school governor Alastair Cowen

With schools struggling to attract volunteers to join their governing board, one charity has recruited 10,000 governors – many of whom are professionals with links to global businesses.

And one finance manager has spoken of his pride at helping to turn around a school which teaches children with medical and special needs.

The national education charity Governors for Schools (formerly School Governors’ One Stop Shop) recruits skilled and committed people to be highly effective governors and trustees of schools all over England. It aims to raise public awareness of governor opportunities for the benefit of schools and businesses. 

Beaudesert Outdoor Activity centre

Beaudesert Outdoor Activity centre

Beaudesert Outdoor Activity centre located on the edge of Cannock Chase, Staffordshire boast 125 acres of outstanding parkland and woodland.  The centre is steeped in history and the walls of the old hall still stand.  With its own quarry with a Via Ferrata activity and natural rock abseil, a lake for rafting and coracling and archery to name a few, its wide range of activities make some exciting activity programmes.  The site lends itself to bushcraft and is ideal for Forest School type activities and is suitable for all ages from nursery through to secondary.  The lodge accommodation and cafeteria make the fully inclusive packages so simple to book and organise.  We have a team of dedicated staff who all love their job and are trained and experienced in all they do.  Our instructors a

Person Centred Care Is The Key To Fulfilling Lives

Person Centred Care

Care Management Group’s Chief Executive, Peter Kinsey, spent some hands-on time over the holiday period at one of the organisations care services – highlighting what really is at the centre of high-quality care provision.

CMG supports individuals with particularly complex needs, including those with autistic spectrum conditions, mental health needs, and profound and multiple learning difficulties, across over 120 services. Through its commitment to ensuring that service users are given the opportunity to lead the most fulfilling and enriched lives as possible – tailoring care provision has been key.

Boost to special needs and disability funding has been welcomed

disability funding apprentice working

A multi-million pound boost to special needs and disability funding has been welcomed by two leading charities.

The Minister for Children and Families Robert Goodwill said the additional £45million funding for councils and organisations would help to continue transforming SEND provision.

The reforms, which began in 2014, introduced Education, Health and Care plans which are tailored to the individual needs of the child or young person.

£9.7million of the special needs and disability funding will go towards supported internships

Included in the funding is a £9.7million fund set up to create supported internships, helping some of the most vulnerable young people bride the gap between education and employment. 

Teacher training recruitment levels drop by a third with 'low pay to blame'

teacher training with children

Low pay, confusing training routes and poor staff morale have been blamed for a fall in teacher training applications.

Figures from UCAS recently showed that teacher recruitment numbers have dropped by a third. In December 2017, 12,820 people had applied to begin ITT – down from 19,330 the year before. 

The general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, Geoff Barton, said, “It’s alarming, I think, particularly as we know there are going to be another half a million children coming through the system over the next nine years.

East Anglian coding competition set to reduce skills gap and drive social mobility

East Anglian coding competition set to reduce skills gap and drive social mobility

FXP Festival, a STEM initiative based on a computer and mobile game design and development competition, is now open to entries from secondary schools and colleges across East Anglia. The initiative, which is linked to the computer science curriculum, uses computer games to increase interest and uptake of STEM subjects, build young people’s digital skills and provide an insight into what careers in the technology, creative digital and related industries might offer. 

The power of colour in early development

The power of colour in early development

Young children are excited by bright colour — it grabs their attention and ignites curiosity. A baby is born with monochrome vision and is unable to distinguish the difference between colours, it is not until around 8 months when their colour vision is fully developed. By 3-4 years, a child can begin to recognise and name basic colours as frequent exposure can help strengthen this skill.

As well as being visually appealing to a child, what other benefits does colour have in early development? Infinite Playgrounds, educational play area designers, has provided us with more of an insight.

The advantages of colour

It depends on how old a child is as to what benefits they can gain from colour exposure.

Link between child mental health problems and unemployment

child mental health

Experts say that mental health problems in childhood and young adulthood can influence workforce participation in later life.

Two reports have highlighted the link between behaviour, depression and trauma in children as young as seven, and unemployment by the age of 55.

The reports highlight the fact that flexible working, which could help to alleviate some of the issues faced by those suffering from mental health problems, is far from common practice and for some workers it is impractical.

Both reports, published by the International Longevity Centre, found physical and mental illness at younger ages can have a significant impact on employment trajectories in later life.