Born Free launches Great Debate schools initiative

Group of children ready for the great debate

International wildlife charity Born Free has today announced the launch of its new educational Great Debate initiative and is now calling out to schools across the UK to get involved.

Designed to provide teachers with the tools to engage their students in meaningful debates about key wildlife or environmental topics that will affect their future. Born Free’s Great Debate will not only allow students to gain knowledge about the debate topic, but also offer them skills that will help them to research, frame and deliver an argument while becoming responsible citizens, reducing their impact on biodiversity and the environment.

Raising awareness of Fire Door Safety Week 2019

Fire door safety week logo

Leading safety signage organisation, SafetySigns4Less, is ramping up awareness activity in support of Fire Door Safety Week 2019. 

Fire Door Safety Week was launched in 2013 in response to a legacy of fire door neglect. The campaign is aimed at raising awareness of the crucial role that fire doors play in protecting property and saving life, as well as increasing education on the proper maintenance and operation of fire doors to ensure their correct function in case of emergency.

How To Create & Increase Space In Classrooms

Literacy Loft - How To Create & Increase Space In Classrooms

How To Create & Increase Space In Classrooms

Primary School Classroom Lofts – 25% off (September offer)

Are you a primary school looking to increase your interior classroom space for learning & play? Educational Play are offering a ‘Back to School’ Promotion –25% off our Classroom Lofts for orders taken in September, pricing includes delivery and installation! *

Classroom Lofts’ add a new and exciting dimension to your classroom. As well as providing additional Classroom space, our Lofts provide a wonderful structure for a range of role play opportunities. 

Amongst other things our Lofts have been dressed up as Shops, as Caves and as Ships! They have also been used as quiet reading areas and numeracy corners.

Special needs under the spotlight at groundbreaking school performance

Special needs students during groundbreaking school performance

Students from Cleaswell Hill School in Guide Post, Choppington, have taken to the stage to perform their own, very special version of the popular musical, The Greatest Showman, with a very poignant societal message. 

Mirroring the events of the 2017 hit film starring Hugh Jackman which portrayed the life of the ‘Circus King’, P.T Barnum, the school production featured all of the costumes, dancers, lights and sounds of the greatest show on Earth, but held a few twists in store for its sold-out audiences of family, friends and the local community.

Enhancing school site safety

Enhancing school site safety with road a "20 is plenty" road sign

Site safety is an integral part of any school health & safety plan. Children are often faced with dangers that are out of the control of the school, however, too close to not be part of the site safety planning. Examples of this are speeding drivers and drivers who park too close to the school entrance/exit. Although the school cannot physically control the irresponsible actions of drivers, there are products available, that if thoughtfully placed, can serve as reminders and help to reduce the risk of harm to pupils.

SEND pupils: ‘It’s crucial that we don’t make any child feel singled out’

SEND pupils at St Giles are boosted by the inclusive school ethos

St Giles’ C.E. Primary School is a mixed primary school with approximately 400 pupils in Walsall, West Midlands. The school has an above average number of SEND pupils and around a quarter of pupils speak English as a second language. Simrat Mavi, Deputy Headteacher at the school, talks us through their priorities for all pupils. 

How to tell if your child has eyesight problems

Little boy with eyesight problems

National Child Measurement Programme and beyond - How to tell if your child has eyesight problems

By Ashish Mathur, eye care expert, Feel Good Contacts

Strong, healthy vision is an important part of a child’s learning and development. Reading, writing, copying work from the board, using computers and participating in sports are all vital tasks requiring stable vision. Children will have to often perform these tasks on a daily basis in the classroom and during play therefore demands on their visual ability increase as they grow.

Manual handling systems for supporting a physical curriculum

Manual handling systems for supporting a physical curriculum

James Rhodes, marketing manager at Hillrom (Liko), discusses using manual handling systems to encourage mobilisation and prevent falls in specialist educational settings…

Many children with disabilities and SEN can benefit from a broad-ranging physical curriculum which covers every aspect of their development. With each unique child comes a varied learner profile, incorporating strengths, needs and short and long-term goals. Catering for a group of children with a complex and diverse range of physical, sensory, learning and medical needs takes strategic planning. 

Using digital to help young people's mental health

Little girl with poor mental health
By Eleanor Bradley, Chief Operating Office at Nominet

The NHS has labelled the issue of addressing mental health among young people as ‘in crisis’, as the support available fails to keep pace with the alarming increase in demand for it. According to the Nuffield Trust, the number of 4-24 year olds reporting a longstanding mental health issue has increased six fold in the last 20 years.

What else has changed in the last 20 years? In less than a lifetime, digital devices and the internet have infiltrated every corner of our lives. Young people today are growing up in a digital world; their lives have been changed by it, for better or worse.