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How to raise funds for school outdoor classrooms and shelters

How to raise funds for school outdoor classrooms and shelters

We are all aware nowadays that funding in schools is tight with budgets being ever more tightly reigned in. But schools do still require products and buildings which promote outdoor learning in the playground (especially with the growing popularity of the forest schools initiative) so how is a school supposed to fund these items when budgets are going in the opposite direction?

At the Hideout House Company, we have built up many years of experience of working successfully with schools in helping them access the necessary funds to pay for our products and services so below is a precis of how your school best goes about this.

Benefits of Outdoor Play

Benefits of Outdoor Play

As the summer months approach, it is the perfect time to get outdoors and be active.  Playing outdoors and being active is extremely important for early year’s children. Only 21% of boys and 16% of girls aged 5-15 are achieving the recommended daily levels of physical activity.

The British Journal of Sports Medicine reported findings of a study which demonstrated that the interest in exercise wanes during childhood, around the ages of six. It is therefore vitally important for children to engage in play from an early age. Playing outdoors and being active, not only builds physical development but it also provides a gateway to other forms of exercise.    

              

Thousands of school pupils benefit from multi-million building project

Thousands of school pupils benefit from multi-million building project

A multi-million pound building project has been completed that will give more than 8,000 school pupils across Hertfordshire, Luton and Reading access to top-quality education facilities. 

The £135m project was undertaken by developer and investor Kajima, and partner Interserve Investments, and saw the completion of seven state-of-the-art schools, comprising Kings Langley School, Bishop's Hatfield Girls' School, Goffs School in Cheshunt, Longdean School in Hemel Hempstead, Reading Girls' School, Stopsley High School in Luton, and Westfield Academy in Watford. 

The rebuild was part of the government's £4.4bn Priority School Building Programme, which is rebuilding or refurbishing those school buildings in the very worst condition across the country. 

£2.4bn fund announced to help create additional school places

£2.4bn fund announced to help create additional school places

Schools across England are set to benefit from a £2.4bn investment to help create more than half a million additional school places. 

The funding was announced yesterday by education secretary Justine Greening, and aims to support the government's mission to create more the 600,000 extra school places by 2021. 

It comes as new government figures reveal that almost 735,000 additional places have been created since 2010, with 92% of new primary places and 89% of new secondary places created in school rates as good or outstanding by Ofsted in 2015 to 2016. 

Modular Buildings framework could achieve an average of 5% savings

Educational establishments across the UK, including nurseries, schools, universities, colleges and academies, could achieve an average of 5% savings compared to purchasing solutions direct via a new Modular Buildings framework – the only national agreement of its type, launched by NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS). The Framework is free to access to all public sector organisations including local authorities and public funding bodies, such as theEducation Funding Agency (EFA) and the Department for Education. 

New engineering challenge launched at Big Bang Fair

New engineering scheme launched at Big Bang Fair

A new education initiative launched at the national Big Bang Fair is opening the door to engineering for children across the country. 

Junior Technology Tournaments are inviting school children to take part in a range of activities that encourages them to think about engineering. 

The scheme was developed by the Rochester Bridge Trust in partnership with Rotary Great Britain and Ireland, and is based on success of the Rotary's existing Senior Technology Tournaments, where secondary school students take part in innovative engineering challenges as part of a national competition. 

How Can the Condition Improvement Fund Create Long-Term Savings for Schools?

infographic - How Can the Condition Improvement Fund Create Long-Term Savings for Schools?

This month’s budget included news of a further £216 million in funding for improving existing schools, which Chancellor Philip Hammond said is “taking total investment in school condition to well over £10 billion in this Parliament”.

For over 1,000 academies and sixth form colleges each year, that investment comes in the form of the Condition Improvement Fund (CIF).

Provided through the Education Funding Agency, CIF is designed to address health and safety issues in school buildings, as well as supporting expansion projects and efforts to improve energy efficiency.

Shabby Schools Are Failing Students & Teachers According To Education Sector Boss

Gerard Toplass, chief executive officer of British Thornton

New Research Reveals Major Decline in Spend on Learning Environments

The head of one of the UK’s leading education sector suppliers has said that a growing number of ‘shabby schools’ across the UK are not only failing pupils but are contributing to the lack of new entrants to the teaching profession, when linked to new schools spending data revealed by the company. 

New research by British Thornton, the UK’s largest educational furniture manufacturer, has shown that cuts to funding in the sector have led to significant reductions in investment in learning environments, to the detriment of both students and teachers alike. 

Troves Solutions for Education

In the ever-changing world of education, Trovex provides robust and durable products to meet the high demands education environments ask for.

As one of the UK's leading education solution companies, Trovex has developed unrivalled excellence in the education sector providing top performance Washroom & Cubicle Systems, Wall Cladding, Doorset Systems and Protection Materials by pioneering innovation, design and quality.

The large assortment of colour options available makes the design stage of your project enjoyable and fun "Trovex were very helpful and easy to work with as our ideas evolved during the design stage of the project", said Simon Harvey - Focus Washrooms.

Eurobrick’s solution to space shortages for schools

school

The pressures on schools to increase the number of available pupil places has been widely reported in recent years. The predicted shortfall of some 750,000 places presents major challenges to local authorities, headteachers, architects and contractors. How do you rapidly increase the size of a school with an ever decreasing budget? To say creative, reliable solutions are essential is an understatement.

Fusion21 Launches Education Modular Buildings Framework Worth Up To £225 Million

Education Modular Buildings

Fusion21 has announced the launch of its Education Modular Buildings Framework, offering a potential combined worth of £225 million over a four year period.

Designed specifically to help the education sector provide cost effective and sustainable learning environments, the new framework has four lots including: Lot 1: Hire of Modular Buildings – Temporary Accommodation; Lot 2: Modular Construction with a value of up to £750K; Lot 3: Modular Construction with a value between £750K and £3 million; and Lot 4: Modular Construction worth £3 million and over. 

Smarter Surfaces Announce New Dry Erase Wallcoverings Range

 Smarter Surfaces

Smarter Surfaces, traditionally known for multi-award-winning Smart Wall Paint, has expanded into the wall coverings industry.

Initially the product will be introduced in two versions: Smart Dry Erase Wallcovering and Smart Projector Wallcovering (Dry  Erase, Low Sheen). They are the first in a range of functional wallcoverings being added to the existing collections.

Synthetic surface specialists, Bradleys Surfacing Systems

Edenhurst school children & teachers

Synthetic surface specialists, Bradleys Surfacing Systems were recently commissioned by Edenhurst Preparatory School in Newcastle-under-Lyme to install a new multi-sport facility. 

The new AstroTurf has converted the school’s former tarmac tennis courts into a multi-use games area suitable for football, hockey, netball and tennis.

Former Stoke City FC footballer, Ricardo Fuller officially opened the new AstroTurf pitch during a special opening ceremony on October 14th in front of staff, pupils, parents and VIP guests.