Fire Suppression Systems Launched by Procurement Organisation

fire safety systems

Procurement organisation Fusion21 has announced the launch of its national dynamic purchasing system (DPS) for Fire Suppression Systems and Associated Works - the first on the market to provide a complete fire safety solution suitable for the education sector and all public sector buildings.

Worth up to £150 million over a five year period, there are three specialised lots to select from: Lot 1: Management of the Design, Supply, Installation and Maintenance of Fire Suppression Systems & Fire Safety Works (worth £100 million); Lot 2: Design, Supply, Installation and Maintenance of Sprinkler Systems (worth £30 million) and Lot 3: Design, Supply, Installation and Maintenance of Water Mist & Associated Systems (worth £20 million).

In demand – a more thoughtful approach to faiths and race in 2018

faiths and race

Schools are undoubtedly the place where young people can seek reassurance and strengthen bonds across communities.  Yet tackling religious discrimination and racial prejudice is the number one issue of concern amongst young people. A charity, the Three Faiths Forum has spent the past ten years helping schools teach a more thoughtful approach when it comes to standing up to religious discrimination.

Three Faiths Forum (3FF) takes the view that there is no such thing as an awkward question when it comes to religious and non-religious beliefs.  The charity is all about providing ways where people can question others and most importantly question their own views. 

Pupils’ academic success can be improved through sports-based mentoring in schools

  • New NHS England-supported research from Loughborough University suggests that engagement with Greenhouse Sports’ school-based sport programmes improves pupils’ core life skills and combats physical and mental health issues
  • Greenhouse Sports’ programme participants surveyed in research significantly outperform their peers in English and Maths
  • Study finds that sport helps to increase attendance rates, with an average increase of eight days per year for participants, compared to those who do not participate

New PSHE programme to support primary schools planning for ‘statutory’ curriculum


With the government shaping schools’ work on relationships and sex education (RSE) from September 2019 and consulting on moves towards statutory personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE), a new programme has been launched to help primary school teachers deliver PSHE lessons for 8-11 year olds.

School children to get mental health support in radical shake up to improve the nation’s mental health

 mental health in school
  • New measures signal a fundamental shift in mental health support, with over £300 million funding available
  • Training for senior designated mental health leads in schools to improve prevention work
  • Earlier access to services through the creation of new Mental Health Support Teams working in and directly with schools
  • New four week waiting time for NHS children and young people’s mental health services to be piloted


Explore Learning honoured as one of the best places to work in 2018

best places to work

Tuition providers, Explore Learning has been honoured with a Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award, recognising the Best Places to Work in 2018. The Employees’ Choice Awards, now in its tenth year overall (and fourth  year in the UK), relies solely on the input of employees. These employees elect to provide feedback on their jobs, work environments and companies via Glassdoor. 


Explore Learning, which has 132 centres across the UK and employs over 3,000 incredible people, provides extra tuition in English and maths to children aged four to 14 and is headquartered in Guildford.  


Fylde song writer wins ‘Last Choir Singing’ song writing contest

song writer Simon Cox

After two months of entries, shortlists and performances, ‘Last Choir Singing’ announced Simon Cox as winner of their annual song writing contest.

Simon, an Accountant, who lives and works in Lytham-St-Annes, wrote the winning song ‘Golden Days’ to raise funds for a local charity.  His song will be performed by the school choirs from across Lancashire who make it to the County Final of the Last Choir Singing Choir Competition, at King George’s Hall in Blackburn, on 15th June 2018.

Cityserve hosts prestigious LACA school chef of the year competition

school chef

Multi award-winning caterer Cityserve has played host to the prestigious LACA School Chef of the Year Competition.


The Birmingham-based caterer’s state-of-the-art CityKitchen Live development kitchen was the venue for the regional heats of the 2018 contest, which took place this week.


LACA School Chef of the Year (SCOTY) is a career high for any school chef across the UK, guaranteeing an exciting year ahead for whoever takes the top spot from Yorkshire & Humberside's Tracy Healey, who triumphed in 2017.


“Scratching the surface of coding in schools is just not enough”

 coding in schools

In 2012 FUZE recognised a counterproductive gap between teaching coding in schools using visual tools like Scratch, and real world languages like Python. FUZE predicted that primary schools focusing only on early learning tools would not best prepare students for the challenges that lay ahead in secondary school. This could only lead to fewer students taking coding as a subject choice in year 9, and especially so if they were exposed to more Scratch like applications in years 7 & 8, which should be noted, is often the case.


Schools failing a generation says Barnardo’s

Schools failing a generation says Barnardo’s

Schools are failing a generation of children who are sacrificing their futures to care for sick or disabled family members, Barnardo’s has found.

New research by the UK’s leading children’s charity shows how teachers are failing to identify and support children who are shouldering an extra burden as young carers by looking after their loved-ones.

As part of the research published today (Wednesday, December 6), a YouGov poll* found that 40 per cent of teachers were not confident they would be able to identify a young carer in their class.

Blue Planet II creates a new wave of interest in the undersea world

Blue Planet undersea

Much-loved broadcaster Sir David Attenborough’s latest long-awaited dive into the Blue Planet has created a big wave of interest in the undersea world, with a sharp increase in shark experience and school bookings at SEA LIFE Blackpool.


Sir David’s Blue Planet ll series, which continues on BBC1 this Sunday, is giving viewers an amazing glimpse into an underwater world teeming with alien-like creatures.


Some 16 years after the original series made such a dramatic splash, Blue Planet II, narrated by the 90-year-old broadcaster, is airing seven episodes, including incredible bioluminescent sea creatures, which glow in the dark at the bottom of the deepest oceans – similar to the incredible flashlight fish and illuminating jellyfish at SEA LIFE Blackpool.

UK teacher shortage laid bare in comparison of European education


The UK has more than twice as many GCSE pupils per teacher as the European average, according to research comparing UK education to the rest of the continent.


Oxford Home Schooling, part of the Oxford Open Learning Trust, used data from Europe-wide reporting to investigate how the UK compares against three key areas of education: pupils per teacher, years spent in school and level of national investment in schools.


It is the ratio of pupils to qualified teachers in upper secondary education where the UK fares worst. With the average amongst the EU member states standing at 12.9 pupils aged 14-16 per teacher, the UK has 26.1 - according to Eurostat.


Sporteducate improves the employability of over 2,000 disadvantaged young people in London

sports young people

Sported and Deutsche Bank publish results of three-and-a-half year education programme

  • More young people enjoy learning (increasing from 61 to 81%)
  • More young people are performing at a ‘Good’ or ‘Excellent’ level at school (increasing from 70 to 87%)
  • 57% of young people report improved behaviour at school
  • More young people think a future career is important (increasing from 78 to 94%) 

A three-and-a-half year intensive programme that used sport to engage disadvantaged young people in educational activities outside of the classroom, is celebrating its conclusion with the news that over 2,000 young people across London have benefitted since it launched in May 2013.


“Message from the future” - on climate change

climate change

“Message from the future” – Good Energy calls on pupils to imagine their future and the impact of climate change on it

How is global warming going to change the world over the next 30 years?

That’s the question that Good Energy - - one of the leading renewable energy providers - is asking the UK’s school children to answer in an exciting nationwide competition, titled ‘A Message from the Future’.

The challenge is simple. 

LocknCharge to launch its new charge and store device, the Putnam 16 Charging Station, at BETT 2018

LocknCharge to launch its new charge and store device, the Putnam 16 Charging Station, at BETT 2018

LocknCharge is committed to making teachers’ lives easier by manufacturing high quality solutions for syncing, charging, transporting, securing and storing iPads, Chromebooks, tablets and other mobile devices. Technology has many advantages in the classroom, but unlike textbooks, devices have to be ‘managed’. LocknCharge helps solve this problem.


On stand E190 at BETT, LocknCharge will launch its brand new Putnam 16 Charging Station focusing on convenience, effectiveness, and space saving in the classroom.