The importance of physical activity


As a parent we all know how important it is for our children to be physically active but did you know that such habits could be set by the age of 5?


How children view activities and classes at an early age can impact how they continue to view them into later life. Therefore, classes in the preschool market is a key one where they can be encouraged to see activity as engaging, healthy and most of all FUN!


Sports, music and drama are fantastic for this age group however my passion is for dancing. Moving to music is a natural instinct from being a baby and I believe is a great non-competitive, gender-neutral way of getting very young children physically active. 


Managing your budget as a substitute teacher

Nicola Boyd

Working as a substitute teacher has a multitude of benefits, but the lack of regular income can potentially cause problems if not managed properly. Here, Nicola Boyd, operations manager at Creditfix, the UK’s largest personal insolvency practice, shares some tips on how to make the most out of your finances.


When you have a regular or fixed income, it is easy to consider your incomings and outgoings, and create a personal budget to help you manage your money. If your income varies from month to month, it is a lot harder to know what you have to spend, and you have to be careful you don’t end up in financial trouble. 


Students and Pornography: Having the Right Conversation

The UK is in the midst of a pornography crisis, and the government is now cracking down on explicit content. These attempts at greater censorship have taken the form of the Digital Economy Bill. This is a piece of legislation, designed to target the UK’s electric communications infrastructure. One of the primary attributes of the bill is to restrict access to online pornography websites, making many sites increasingly difficult for their audience to access. 

Home education in England has increased by 361% in the last ten years

A new study looking into the growth of home education in England has revealed a 361% increase in the number of children being taught at home over the last ten years.

The research, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by Oxford Home Schooling, part of Oxford Open Learning Trust, reveals the number of children registered as home educated in England between 2006 and 2016 increased from 8,361 to 38,573 children.


Southampton City Council has seen a massive 2,327% increase in children being home educated over the last ten years - the biggest in England. Just 11 children were recorded as educated at home in 2006, but this soared to 267 children in 2016.


Added protection: Highlighting teacher abuse

Tim Gooder

A recent study carried out by Bath Spa University’s Psychology Department has revealed that almost a third of teachers (three in ten) have suffered abuse from parents in the past, over a quarter of primary teachers experience abuse once a month and a fifth of secondary teachers are subjected to similar behaviour.


These shocking statistics are a sad reflection on the stresses of the job and the potential for conflict, but what protection do teachers have in these situations? Tim Gooder, an education sector expert at Gordons law firm, explores. 


Legal protection


Phonics is the key, not the barrier, to lifelong reading & writing

Non - phonics

In a few weeks, all six-year-olds in England's state schools will sit the Phonics screening check (now in its sixth year). The test checks their ability to read aloud a mixture of 40 real and made-up words, sounding them out using the phonics system. 

The DfE has found that pupils are unlikely to reach the expected standard in reading and writing at the end of key stage 1 without being able to demonstrate the phonics skills measured by the check (2015).

Despite now being in its sixth year, and pass rates increasing from 58% in 2012 to 81% last year, the check continues to be given a bad press by many organisations and people.

Tackling the issue of poor mental health in children


The second week in May played host to this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week, which saw a number of well-known names bringing to light the importance of making mental health more of a priority. In fact, both Prince Harry and William recently opened up about their own battles with mental health and the need to encourage people from a young age to speak out and seek help when they are struggling with their emotions.


How to Inspire Entrepreneurship in Students

Students with laptop and phone

In this post, Andrew Vear, Owner of Enterprise Badges, a global supplier of badge making machines and components, offers some tips and advice on how to motivate and inspire students to think about setting up a business, taking a special look at badge makers. 


Who would’ve thought you’d be reading an article about badge makers, and how they can inspire students to be an entrepreneur? Well, in this post I will give you an insight into how they can be used as an example to teach students some important business lessons, as well as inspiring them. 


Teachers get hands-on experience at IBM Computing Summer School

This July, teachers will have the chance to step out of the classroom setting and into the technology industry with the IBM Computing Summer School, which will take place 3-5July 2017, at IBM Southbank (one of three Summer Schools that IBM is delivering this summer). The three day course, which will be delivered by IBM professionals, alongside staff from the award winning London Connected Learning Centre, is aimed at primary school teachers with a responsibility for computing in school. 

Raynor Foods Catering for School Lunch Requirements

School Lunch

Award-winning chilled food manufacturer Raynor Foods specialise in food for the Education sector.  They supply sandwiches, rolls, wraps, snack pots, salad pots, hot eats and sushi to schools across London and the South-East of England.  


The company knows how important it is to offer school children a range of products that appeal to their palates, and compete in terms of presentation with products they might find on the high street.  


Encouraging curiosity, developing potential

School children

Recently, six primary schools from across the country gathered at Ironmonger’s Hall in London for the MakeBelieve Arts’ Curiosity Conference 2017. Now in its third year, this one-of-a-kind event is shaped by the pupils’ imaginations. The conference is specifically geared towards giving children a platform to imagine, entertain and articulate their own musings and unanswerable questions, with pupils from other schools, taking it in turns to deliver keynote speeches. 


The Role of Technology In Engagement, Memory Retention & Exam Success

Memory Retention

Exam results are just as important for teachers as they are for students. 


An educator's ability to help their pupils pass an exam is often — though not always — a reflection of their capabilities in the role. Undertaken a few years ago, a survey of 400 teachers found that 83% experience stress related to the exam period. It isn’t just a presumption that educators are affected by this time of year, then. The figures back it up.


Innovations in educational security

Innovations in educational security

By Trigion Security Services

Electronic solutions have been part of security for many years, with the use of gate security in educational settings, in particular, commonplace in the battle to keep people and property safe. Security threats constantly evolve and so do the solutions available to tackle issues.  There are now cost-effective electronic solutions that cover almost every eventuality, explains Neil Ricketts, technical services director at Trigion Security Services.