Practical Action

Practical Action FREE inspiration activities

If you are looking for FREE inspiration activities that enable you to include global issues in your science and D & T teaching then take a look at Practical Action schools website.  We provide a wealth of materials for primary and secondary teachers that do just that. 

Our most popular materials are our STEM challenges where pupils are challenges to solve a problem faced in the developing world. They include Beat the Flood, the Squashed Tomato Challenge and our new Plastics challenge.

Leading apprenticeship adviser to raise awareness

Ryan Longmate, Leading apprenticeship adviser heads on half term shopping centre tour to raise awareness around apprenticeships


A leading provider of apprenticeship and careers advice is set to hit the road during half term, as it undertakes a shopping centre tour in a bid to raise awareness of the opportunities afforded by apprenticeships.

With the Government targeting the creation of 3,000,000 apprenticeships by 2020 and with National Apprenticeship Week on the horizon in March, Paid to Learn <http://media.ne.cision.com/l/xwogczyq/www.paidtolearn.co.uk/> , a dedicated service for apprenticeship vacancies and careers advice, is to undertake a tour of some of the UK’s key shopping centres over next week’s half term as it looks to spread awareness of the benefits on offer for potential apprenticeship candidates.

KI - Are you #GenerationPostura?

KI’s iconic Postura+ chairs are used by millions of students every day

KI’s iconic Postura+ chairs are used by millions of students every day.  As the first one-piece poly chair introduced to the UK education market 20 years ago, they have helped an entire generation of students reach their true potential.  

Tried, tested, proven and unmatched, Postura+ chairs are the benchmark for classroom seating.  Featuring ergonomic and functional design, durable construction and vibrant colours, they are the cornerstone of a happy, healthy, high-performing learning environment.

The KI stand's number at the Education show is K68 –L69

OfficePOD Ltd

OfficePOD Ltd. are the designers and suppliers of a range of small, modular, self-contained and great looking spaces in which our customers can work and meet. Our POD’s are used in Schools as one-to-one meeting spaces, music rooms, careers consultation POD’s and more recently, for special educational needs. Our POD’S provide a safe, calm and quiet space in which to be.

Tackling the challenges of counter-extremism

Sam Preston E-Learning Training Direct SSS Learning Ltd Counter Extremism

Tackling extremism is one of the foremost issues in the minds of today’s educators. The introduction of Prevent Duty in summer 2015 stated that teachers must have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”.

With even nursery workers now urged to be on the lookout for signs of radicalisation the importance of counter-extremism is well understood. Effectively incorporating it into learning is more challenging and there are fears that ineffective attempts could simply alienate and further endanger vulnerable children and parents. For those who are unsure of the best way to approach this difficult topic there are some simple initial steps which can be taken:

Automated Gate Solutions Limited

Automated Gate Solutions Hampsire

Automated Gate Solutions Limited, based in Hampshire, have over 16 years’ experience in the specification, installation and maintenance of all types of electric gate systems.  Our engineers have installed systems at some of the country’s most prestigious properties and with our un-paralleled office support staff, we are uniquely placed to provide a cost effective, personal service to all our clients.

Hauraton channels used as perimeter drainage at Brooke Church of England School

Hauraton channels used as perimeter drainage at Brooke Church of England School


Located in Brooke village about six miles South of Norwich, The Brooke Church of England Primary School is a brick building surrounded by an asphalted playground which tended to flood when there was heavy rain. As part of a number of measures designed to reduce future flood risk it was decided that the existing drainage needed to be upgraded.

The Hauraton RECYFIX® PRO 100 channel system, fitted with FIBRETEC® C250, HEELSAFE 9mm slot gratings was specified by NPS Group of Norwich, and used to provide perimeter drainage right around the school building. This continues 104 metre channel run not only drained the asphalt playground it prevented standing water reaching the walls and acted as a drain for roof downpipes.

Family Action Training and Consultancy - Working with schools and education settings

Family Action is a well-established national charity with significant experience in delivering services to vulnerable children and families, as well as supporting the professionals working with these people.

Our Training and Consultancy Service offers expertise in family support, child care, child protection and safeguarding, child and adult mental health, adoption, fostering and substitute family care, and wellbeing in the workplace.

Does your apprentice or learner have what it takes to be named the best in their skill?

Neil Gently at The WorldSkills UK Show

Enter the WorldSkills UK Competitions The UK’s most talented apprentices and learners are being invited to put their skills to the test and enter the WorldSkills UK Competitions in 2016.

Open for registration from 1 March until 7 April, the WorldSkills UK Competitions are designed to enable the UK’s top apprentices and learners to build on their skills and showcase their talent to employers. Run in over 60 skill areas including Construction and Infrastructure, Hospitality and Leisure, Engineering and Technology, IT and Enterprise and Media and Creative, the competitions also enable employers to benchmark their apprenticeship and training programmes, raising standards across the UK.

Yorkshire built machines, prevent exam paper tampering

The High Security Print nd Packing Installation supplied by Mailroom Machines to Azerbaijan


Amid growing concern in schools, colleges and universities about increased tampering with exam papers, a Yorkshire machine designer and manufacturerhas helped the Government of Azerbaijan to conduct scrupulously fair university exams.

Experts at Mailroom Machines in Morley, near Leeds, were asked by Azerbaijan’s State Students Admission Commission to devise a totally secure system of printing, packing and delivering their exam papers.  Subjects includedscience, the history of Azerbaijan, English, maths and the Azerbaijani and Russian languages.

Healthy Roots

Healthy Roots is a family owned and operated Contract Catering Company specialising in delivering nutritious and delicious meals and snacks


Healthy Roots is a family owned and operated Contract Catering Company specialising in delivering nutritious and delicious meals and snacks to the next generation of adults. The Directors have a wealth of experience in Contract Catering; From Fine Dining, Business and Industry and Schools and Education. 

Taking inspiration from Jamie Oliver and the Caroline Walker Trust, Healthy Roots was started in 2010 and rapidly began to gain a reputation for providing quality meals with a personalized service.  We believe in forging partnerships to deliver a service bespoke to your schools requirements.

The provider of Handmade, Nutritious Meals to Children's Schools and Nurseries

Continuity West

Continuity West offers a fully functional dedicated programme designed to manage all incidents in schools


Continuity West can now offer a fully functional dedicated programme designed to manage all incidents in schools - including major incidents. The programme is hosted on remote secure servers and records every action you carry out, thus protecting you against litigation. It comes preloaded with generic plans that have been developed and tested to take any school through any major event. We can also work with you to build in specific plans for your own identified circumstances.

West country's Top 40 accountants back 16 schools in "Young Enterprise" Scheme

West-based Bishop Fleming, the fast-growing Top 40 accountancy firm, is repeating its support for the "Young Enterprise" initiative to help school pupils to learn about business. For the 3rd year running, Bishop Fleming will support 16 secondary schools throughout the Westcountry in the annual "Young Enterprise" contest to find the most successful entrepreneurs in the classroom. Alongside a sponsorship of £14,000, Bishop Fleming will provide eight professional mentors to help those 16 schools from their staff in Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Plymouth, Torquay, Truro, and Worcester. Bishop Fleming's support for "Young Enterprise" also provides 3 board members to the organisation while, over recent years, Bishop Fleming's senior partners have served as regional judges and event hosts.

BVS ECOtouch Interactive Touch Screens

BVS ECOtouch Interactive Touch Screens


CREATING WAVES ACROSS THE COUNTRY The BVS ECOtouch Interactive Touch Screens are creating a wave of interest in the touch screen arena. The low price and excellent quality have made the ECOtouch a very attractive proposition for schools looking to move to this new technology.

When it comes to features, the BVS ECOtouch screens are certainly very much on par with the rest. But what sets them apart is the price and performance. The ECOtouch screens cost nearly 40% less than the more established rivals, but there is no compromise on quality or performance. This is borne out by the glowing testimonials ECOtouch screens have continued to receive - check these out at www.bvstouchscreens.com.

It’s Not Rocket Science launches with The Foundry software

Its not rocket science launches with The Foundry Software

The new comedy science animation show—It’s Not Rocket Science—is a 10-episode series that has been developed using solutions and tools from leading creative software developer The Foundry.

Created by retired Canadian astronaut and commander of the International Space Station Chris Hadfield, together with his son Evan, the series seeks to address current issues and misunderstood science topics, from vaccinations to climate change. An animated Commander Hadfield and his space pug Albert will use humorous narrative and anecdotes to educate viewers of all ages.