Cashing in on procurement


Procurement is becoming more and more of a prominent issue in the education sector. However, there still appears to be uncertainty and concerns among schools when it comes to buying edtech. The Department for Education (DfE) and the Education Funding Agency (EFA) have recognised this, and as such, there has been a greater focus on procurement guidelines and the promotion of frameworks to help schools save time and money. This is all well and good, but how do schools know which ones to choose and what can they do to ensure the process is as smooth as possible? Here, Neil Watkins, managing director of education sector procurement framework Think IT, offers his advice… 

Lessons from the UAE

UAE Education children & teacher

Education in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is currently undergoing a period of remarkable systemic change and is now recognised by PISA as “one of the most rapidly improving education systems in the world”.  Here, we consider the role that teachers, both national and international, play in the reforms.

“[Teachers] are the most important individuals in the education sector. It is their hard work and efforts that result in a competent, well-equipped generation of youth” - Dr Ali Al Nuaimi

Impending cuts mean schools are looking for new ways to raise extra funds


Schools in the UK are facing a squeeze in funding. In fact, the Institute for Fiscal Studies has discovered that the spend on each pupil is set to fall 6.5% by 2019-20. This is the first-real term cuts in 20 years.

The pressure is on for head teachers, who must now make tough choices when it comes to deciding on how their limited funds should be spent on their school and pupils. Head teachers have even been driven to write to parents to inform them of the cuts. PTAs across the UK are now having to think of additional ways to raise money so that schools and pupils are not affected by the impending cuts.

Discovery Education to host digital storytelling day for schools

Digital Storytelling event

‘Day of Discovery’ on 18th April will mark the start of National Share a Story Month 

Teachers from schools across the UK will gather at Knebworth House in Hertfordshire next month for a day of digital storytelling.

Hosted by Discovery Education, the event will showcase the very latest ideas and tech tools for using digital media in literacy, highlighting the potential to engage and inspire young learners and nurture their love of stories.

Flat Stan First Aid – Essential Life Skills for Children has hit 15,000!

children learning first aid

Great News - Flat Stan First Aid has now introduced 15,000 children to basic first aid around the UK in the last year – Amazing. 

Flat Stan workshops were developed by first aid trainer Simon Ferris when he noticed there was a gap in the market to introduce and teach essential life skills to 3 -11 year olds. These life skills are now being delivered in primary schools, pre-schools, after school clubs and more, nationally by our team of fully qualified and experienced trainers. 

The 60 -75 minute workshops provide children with the skills and knowledge to recognise a variety of first aid situations, how to deal with them and summon help.

The tide is turning: how online safety must be the number one issue for teachers and parents

Children learning

Education Secretary Justice Greening has recently said that she wanted to make PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) compulsory in schools, teaching digital safety within that format. So as digital becomes more and more a part of education and its curriculums, schools are under pressure to enable pupils digitally whilst also protecting them from the darker side of the web. 

50% less sugar - hot chocolate drinks

50% less sugar - hot chocolate drinks

DELICIOUS Hot Chocolate – with 50% Less Sugar –  with hot chocolate being the most popular hot drink between 11 to 18 year olds, and with ever increasing levels of obesity in our society – the compact table top hot chocolate dispensers have been designed especially for schools to offer a 50% less sugar hot chocolate drink. There are two models available – just hot chocolate on its own, or with fat free skimmed milk for added Choco-latte, this offers a healthier option than all the leading brands of hot chocolate.

The Lit Film Fest gives key stage two pupils the chance to see their work on Britain’s biggest cinema screen

Lit Film

In June this year, 1500 7-11 year olds, teachers and parents will get to see their youngsters' work on the BFI IMAX’s cinema screen as part of a new initiative to improve literacy using filmmaking.

The Lit Film Fest, featuring films written, performed and filmed entirely by primary school pupils, is soon to hit Britain's biggest cinema screen. Powered by A Tale Unfolds and supported by us here at LGFL, the festival will premier at the British Film Institute’s IMAX Cinema in Waterloo, London, allowing children aged 7-11 see their work showcased on the 20 x 26 metre screen!

Are Interns the Key to Improving the Skills Gap in the Hospitality Sector?

Hospitality Sector

David Teasdale, General Manager of Dishwashers Direct, discusses addressing the skills gap in the hospitality sectors, exploring whether internships are the answer.

Travel and tourism is fast growing industry and one of the largest employers in the world,which makes me wonder why there is a skills shortage in the hospitality sector, which still affects many businesses.

Local Worcestershire school is the first to collaborate with Berlin based piano learning platform,

 Bringing technology to the forefront of traditional music teaching

As schools adapt to the necessary and imminent integration of technology in education, Bishop Perowne Church of England College in Worcestershire has become the first school in the UK to use an online piano learning platform to assist in the teaching and learning ofmusic students. 

In 2016 a partnership began between Berlin based start-up Skoove ( and Bishop Perowne College, with the aim to fully incorporate Skoove as a classroom tool to aidmusic lessons throughout the school. 

Reason behind the project

Safeguarding Training and its Social Implications

Prevent duty

As defined by the government, Prevent Duty is a school’s legal obligation to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. Prevent Duty has been put in place with the aim of helping children to better understand certain extremist cultures which exist in Britain today. It seeks to equip teachers and carers with the ability to identify children who may be “vulnerable to radicalisation” as part of a school’s wider safeguarding responsibilities.

Celebrating diversity, language and culture

Global Citizenship map

Here in the UK Languages have always been ‘in shortage’. Reports repeatedly highlight (and often note as ‘alarming’) the deficit of language learners and teachers. Unfortunately it seems that the importance and the wonder of being able to communicate in a second, third or even fourthlanguage is overlooked, particularly by children of an impressionable age. Now ‘Brexit’ has made the languages shortage even more critical as the government realises it will no longer be able to rely on EU national officials to ‘plug the gap’. 

The value of internationalism in education

John Aguilar, Principal at Padworth College

In recent months the value of internationalism (which advocates greater political and economic cooperation among nations and peoples) has been overshadowed by certain political events, including the Brexit motion and the US Presidential election result. Although we can certainly hear protest from the Remainers and the Democrats, we need to address the reality that the loudest noise is coming from those who cast the consequential votes.  Though to many this noise comes as a surprise, we now need to acknowledge that this feeling of dissatisfaction amongst great parts of our society needs to be addressed. However, I don’t think it should be addressed by closing the door on perceived problems, but rather by gaining a greater understanding of what makes our community.