Clever door operators keep young students safe


Accessibility and security are among the top priorities in schools. It is important that everyone can move around all buildings easily, and be safe while doing so, while not compromising security at any time. 

The Calthorpe Academy in Birmingham wanted to install new doors throughout its buildings to make them as easy as possible for its students to use. The Academy serves the special educational needs of more than 400 young people aged 2 to 19. Their difficulties include physical, behavioural or autistic conditions that demand thoughtfully designed and easily accessible facilities.

Stormzy helps boy celebrate birthday and stand up to bully


A string of celebs share their anti bullying messages to help a nine year old boy celebrate his birthday and ignore the boy that is trying to ruin it. 


It all started when Christopher, the dad of nine year old Ollie, posted a series of messages on twitter including 


“Strange request. Anyone know anyone famous/well known who could send Ollie a positive/9th birthday message. The bully keeps saying to him…that everything O has, he has bigger/better/more often. O excited for his birthday but keeps being told it won't be as good as his own”


Why should sustainability be key part of education?


In this post TOTO Energy, who provide discounted gas and electricity, take a closer look at sustainability, why it’s important to be included in the school curriculum, and offer a few tips to help engage and reinforce the message.

There are many different definitions of sustainability, which can focus on many differentaspects including politics, economics, philosophy as well as other social sciences. But the Brundtland Report seems to outline it well, "Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

Theirworld's 5for5 campaign

Theirworld's 5for5 campaign

The past week has brought us a video of actor and comedian Matt Lucas, who is probably best known for his work with David Walliams in Little Britain, dressed in an adult sized baby grow playing the drums, which initially seems like it is just going to be one of his rather strange sketches. However, it is all for a good cause. More specifically Theirworld’s 5for5 campaign. 


QA Education - The administration struggle


Jo Gibson, Operations Director at First Capital Cashflow, a leading cloud-basedpayments bureau, discusses how schools can reduce administration costs by implementing subtle changes to day to day activity.

Since 2010, dark clouds have begun to form over the teaching profession. School leaders have been forced, by budget cuts, to make life-changing decisions that will affect children, parents and staff. 

Schools across the country are now looking at alternative ways to save money in order to meet the demanding cuts. One of the main areas of focus is administration costs.

Global innovators come together to tackle social and environmental issues


Some of the world’s leading businesses are coming together to tackle major social and environmental challenges at a unique week-long Innovation Festival.

The event, organised by Northumbrian Water Group (NWG), will see major national and global companies working with other businesses, universities, schools and members of the public to look at a range of issues, including flooding, the environment and social inclusion.

The Innovation Festival will see headline sponsors IBM, Microsoft, Reece Innovation, CGI, Ordnance Survey and BT leading search for answers.

Thousands to benefit from primary school's new defibrillator

Primary pupils

Drainage specialist Lanes Group plc has donated a heart defibrillator to one of the largest primary schools in Solihull.

Nearly 700 children and 90 staff, plus many hundreds of other people who visit Valley Primary School, in Solihull, West Midlands, every week now have additional protection against sudden cardiac arrest.

As well as donating the defibrillator, Lanes Group, the UK's largest independent drainage company, has paid for eight adults to be trained to use it, and for 30 children to receive basic life-saving training.

An estimated 12 people aged under the age of 35 die in the UK from sudden cardiac arrest every week, and on average five of those deaths happen in schools.

Amthal’s gold star for security with the Orion primary school


The Orion Primary School is working directly with Amthal Fire & Security to create bespoke fire safety and security solutions at its new and growing site, to protect pupils and staff, inside and outside the classroom.

The Orion Primary School is part of a federation of two schools that forms a large learning community.  In 2014, it moved to its current site, doubling in size to offer a four-form entry.  The school continues to expand to offer the very latest learning facilities and commit to its ‘Gold Star Primary Learning’ approach to its students and provide a brighter future.

Rise in young people using smartphones leads to ‘safe WiFi’ symbol awareness campaign


SOARING smartphone use in children and a huge hike in public WiFi hotspots has led to a campaign calling on businesses to let customers know their internet is filtered for inappropriate content.

The ‘It’s Good to Know’ campaign has been launched by Friendly WiFi, the UK Government-initiated certification scheme - the only one of its kind in the world. It supports the Government’s ambition for the UK to become the world’s safest place to go online.

Friendly WiFi was initiated in July 2014 to ensure public WiFi meets minimum filtering standards, particularly in those areas where children are present.

When disaster strikes, when we as parents are dumbstruck with horror and grief, how do we talk to our children?


Psychoanalyst Dr Jane Goldberg specialises in family and relationships. She has written many books and her most recent - My Mother, My Daughter, My Self - was published by Free Association Books at the end of 2016. Jane founded New York's oldest wellness centre, La Casa Spa, and is a regular media commentator in the UK and US. Press enquiries: Below she offers advice as a mother and as a psychoanalyst for parents and teachers who are unsure of how best to discuss the tragedies unfolding almost weekly in the UK at the moment that are attracting a lot of media attention and therefore likely to be getting on the radar of young children...

Interactive education technology brought to whole new level by experts at Prowise


International ‘edtech’ provider, Prowise, have launched their latest technology innovation, the ProLine+ touchscreen.

The new 4K Ultra HD interactive whiteboard comes from the provider based in Budel, Netherlands, who opened an independent UK office in January.

Prowise UK are taking the latest in education technology creation, the ProLine+, to the UK teacher and student in combination with the new ProWrite Ink pen.

Equitone specified on ‘striking’ £3.2m sixth form centre


A GRAMMAR school for boys has opened its new £3.2m sixth form centre which features a ‘striking’ finish thanks to the specification of EQUITONE [tectiva] fibre cement facade material.

Westcliff High School for Boys, in Kenilworth Gardens, Westcliff-on-Sea, needed the expansion after an increase in pupil numbers.

EQUITONE [tectiva], a through coloured fibre cement material, was chosen not only for its aesthetically-pleasing natural appearance with its fine sanded surface, but for its robustness, which eliminates the need for on-going maintenance or replacement.

The new 1,200 m2. sixth form centre, which officially opened in May 2017, combines study areas and social spaces for around 350 students.

Broken pump systems: the repair or replace dilemma


With the school holidays fast approaching, facilities managers in schools across the country will be turning their minds to building assessments. And with the kids out for summer, it’s a key time for giving the waste water, heating and cooling systems a health check. 

But when a pump breaks, what do you actually do? Should it be repaired, or replaced? 

Bradley Clarke, from pump experts Dura Pump, says that “The repair vs. replace dilemma is a tricky one, and really has to be taken on a case-by-case basis. There are always going to be several considerations to weigh up - and people often don’t know where to start.”

With this in mind, the engineers at Dura Pump have created a handy checklist to help, covering six key factors. In brief: 

New study shows British children need to get out and play more

child playing on a ball

With stories of childhood obesity never far from the headlines, it’s easy to believe that each generation of children is lazier than the last. But a new survey of 6 – 11 year olds suggests that British children believe they’re wrapped in cotton wool by their parents and would like more freedom to play outside.

The research by family skincare brand Sudocrem found that almost 3 in 5 children (57%) said their parents worried too much about their safety and almost two-thirds of those aged 8 – 11 (64%) thought they should be able to go to the park with their friends, unaccompanied by an adult.