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Daniel Ball, director of Wax Digital spending management solutions, discusses efficient and cost-saving approaches to school food buying…


Purchasing for school catering is never an easy task. Under pressure to feed hungry mouths a range of nutritionally-balanced meals on a daily basis, while at the same time accommodating government standards and compliance with food safety guidelines, there’s a lot to consider when planning menus for a new term and placing orders with the supply chain.

During SATs week, GCSEs exam period and Mental Health Awareness Week, we take a look at whether parents could pass a GCSE in science.
Parents often say "exams were harder in my day", but do they really appreciate how hard GCSEs are? And could they do better than their children? When it comes to GCSE science, it looks like the answer is a resounding no! When online learning company Tassomai asked parents to put their science knowledge to the test, they didn’t compare to their children who scored significantly higher marks.

During Mental Health Awareness Week the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) is urging policy makers to introduce mental health training for teachers.

Bright young business brains across Scotland are preparing to mark their success in the enterprise with Young Enterprise Scotland and network for the future at a two-day festival in Glasgow.  

Young Enterprise Scotland Festival of Youth Enterprise – which will be held at Hampden Park on 5 and 6 June – celebrates the achievements of young people in social enterprise activities in school, and encourages them to consider business ideas and career options for the future.

Prime Minister Theresa May has officially opened The Energy Centre at Berkshire College of Agriculture, Maidenhead – the UK’s first renewable energy training facility at a Further Education college. 

Secretary of State Damian Hinds has announced the DfE's initial response to the report ‘Strengthening Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and Improving Teacher Career Progression’, at Friday's National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) annual conference. Changes include extending the induction period from one to two years, while he blasted Mocksteds and triple marking as "costly distractions". 

Children’s Meditations In My Heart, by Gitte Winter Graugaard (£14.95, Room For Reflection Publishing)

With test season in full swing, the importance of pupils getting a good night’s sleep is paramount. But worries about school, friends, arguments and all the other stresses which feature in everyday life can prevent children from nodding off. 

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Over 2,000 schools and nurseries, representing 987,832 children and young people, and 691 workplaces, colleges and universities, representing 505,781 adults, have already registered to take part in the British Nutrition Foundation’s (BNF) Healthy Eating Week 2018 (11 – 15 June 2018); with many more expected to register over the coming weeks.

Urgent action has been called for to address poor numeracy levels amongst working age adults and the associated £20.2bn annual cost to the economy. National Numeracy Day, which takes place on 16 May, is a new event which has been created to drive a change in recognition of the importance of numbers for everyone’s lives.

A new report has highlighted the growing concern amongst school and Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) heads regarding the potential impact of the industry’s skills crisis and the need for a new approach to teacher recruitment.

Helen Garnett, author of Developing Empathy in the Early Years, summarises a chapter at the end of the book titled Empathy and Autism. This chapter helps to explain autism and its history, as well as offering sound advice to early years educators when it comes to whole-school empathy...

Autism in the 21st century

Mammoth Memory, the GCSE revision aid website, has been launched recently to help boost brain power among teens. Here, illustrator Kate Ulloa-James explains why students are able to remember more effectively when they can picture their subject…

What is Mammoth Memory and how does it help GCSE students? Can you give an example?

Running initiative GO Run For Fun held its first free UK event of the year in Hull on 24 April, inviting 1100 local primary school children to take part in a run and learn more about living a healthy lifestyle.

Aged between 5 and 10, children from 21 primary schools* across the Humber area came together at Brantingham Park, home to the Hull Ionians Rugby team, to tackle the 2 kilometre route. Interest was high, with many more schools on a waiting list alongside the schools already involved.

The search for the 2018 Personal Finance Teacher of the Year – which offers schools with the best personal finance teachers £12,500 to spend on equipment – is well underway, but as many will not return from the Easter recess until next week and Moneywise keen to extend the reach of the Competition, it has extended the entry deadline.

Birmingham-based charity The Conies has been given a major boost by a leading recruitment group and an insurance giant in taking its Conies safety campaign nationwide.

The Education Network, a subsidiary of Pertemps, is helping to resource the charity’s new nationally endorsed early learning programme for primary schools which features a family of traffic cones that deliver safety messages through their adventures.