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Schools get set for splendiferous celebrations for 20th World Book Day

World Book Day celebrates 20 years of fun

Schools across the nation will be filled with excited children dressed in their best fancy dress in the ultimate homage to some of the world's greatest literary creations.

With playgrounds brimming with Willy Wonkas and Cheshire Cats, and more wizards and witches than you could wave a wand at, schools across England, Wales and Scotland are all set to go above and beyond for this year's 20th anniversary celebrations. 

World Book Day has been a staple in the school calendar for two decades and has seen children all over the country step into the worlds of some of their favourite books. 

Over the years, the event has grown and grown with schools going above and beyond to celebrate some of our best-loved characters. 

Government announces £415m fund to support health and fitness in schools

Schools set to receive £415m to boost health and fitness

Schools across England are set to benefit from a multi-million pound scheme to help give more children a healthy and active start to life. 

A government announcement was made today regarding a new £415 million fund to improve on sports facilities and provide more opportunities for young people to get fit and healthy. 

The funding will be rolled out to both primary and secondary schools, in addition to sixth-form colleges, across England who can use the funding to pay for facilities to support PE, extra-curricular activities and health eating. 

Schools can also use the money to improve facilities for children with physical conditions or support young people struggling with mental health issues. 

School plays

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PLAYSTAGE JUNIOR

We have been selling quality school plays to English speaking schools around the world for 15 years. Since Playstage Junior started in 2002, our plays have been performed by English-speaking primary schools and youth groups in 43 countries! And we are always reaching new markets! In 2016, for example, as well as attracting many, many customers from the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, we sold plays to schools in Mexico, Thailand, Vietnam, Tibet, The Virgin Islands, Bermuda, Guatemala, Malta, Gibraltar, Spain, India, China, Russia, Botswana, Nigeria and Hong Kong.

8 families selected for national sugar health challenge

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8 families have been chosen from almost 200 applicants to pioneer ways to reduce their sugar intake.The goal is to help parents across the UK with tips for their children.

 

Eight families with 16 children between them, aged from 1 to 10 years old, have been chosen out of almost 200 families to take part in a national Sugar Smart 12 week challenge.

Each week, from early March, the family will receive a simple and fun challenge that they will be taking on with gusto. The aim is to raise the family’s understanding of how much sugar they are eating and how to find ways to reduce it.

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.

Is your classroom technology safe from damage & theft?

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Whilst classroom technology continues to transform the learning environment and empower students with the tools that they need to succeed, it also puts schools under additional pressure, due to the financial investment that is involved. As the use of devices increases in our classrooms, so does the risk of damage and theft, so what can schools do to ensure the technology they are investing thousands of pounds in is secure? James Symons, CEO, LocknCharge offers some advice.  

Research reveals a rise in smartphone use to boost studies

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The education sector is seeing a shift towards the digital age after a recent report revealed that more than 80% of students are using their smartphone to boost their studies. 

A report from YMCA awards revealed that 82% of students valued a mix of both traditional offline resources and digital tools to get the most out of their schooling. 

The research examined the learning techniques of 250 students and found that 78% of students use websites, 70% use online quizzes and 62% use online videos, and 25% use online games to support their studies. 

These findings coincide with recent news that smartphones have overtaken desktop devices for web browsing. 

Eurobrick’s solution to space shortages for schools

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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. 

PKL launches Garbage Guzzler to help schools save money by reducing organic waste

Garbage Guzzler

PKL, the UK’s leading modular kitchen infrastructure provider, is taking on the distribution of the Garbage Guzzler, a revolutionary waste digester that allows any school to reduce its costs and waste disposal needs. 

The Garbage Guzzler, which is manufactured in the UK, uses bacteria to reduce organic waste, including food, cardboard, paper packaging, coffee cups, fats and oils, by 95 percent. 

The process can take as little as 24 hours, and leaves an output that can be used as soil improver, biomass fuel or can be put back through the machine to be reduced to virtually nothing. 

Carshalton school wins eco-schools energy competition

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A Sutton academy is delighted after being named as the Autumn Term winner of the Eco-Schools Energy Efficient Schools Competition.

As winners, Carshalton High School for Girls are set to have a £2,500 energy efficiency upgrade from competition sponsors, UK Energy Partners.

This national competition is open to all schools who are members of Eco-Schools England, part of environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, where more than 17,000 schools are registered and 1,200 schools currently hold the top award of Eco-Schools Green Flag status.

5 Things You'll Learn from an Apprentice Without Even Knowing It

Apprentice

Daniel Goddard, of Stadia Sports, shares his insights on why businesses should take on an apprentice, and looks at what businesses can learn from the experience.

With more and more businesses in the UK taking on apprentices in their workplace, it’s a growing trend to be considered. Not only do apprentices promote an industry of progression and evolution, over 81% of consumers favour a company that takes on apprentices over those who refuse to. Hiring an apprentice can help your customers to trust you, they can be a financial asset to your business, and they might just make your industry that little bit better – without you even realising it. 

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