Holding open school fire doors with Agrippa

fire doors with Agrippa

A school in Kent has installed Agrippa fire door holders to protect teachers and pupils in the event of a fire. 

When the school’s existing sound activated door retainers were becoming damaged by pupils, the Weald of Kent Grammar School decided to replace all of the units with the Agrippa door holders.

Completely wire-free, the holders can be installed in just ten minutes and are supplied with two C cell batteries. The Agrippa holders are also fitted to the top of the door to prevent damage to the door and floor. Accepted by the UK fire brigade, the Agrippa fire door holders are the perfect solution to holding open fire doors, whilst ensuring they are closed automatically in the event of a fire. 

Freshly Squeezed Refrigeration for School Kitchens

On stand M26 at this year’s LACA Main Event representatives from Williams Refrigeration will be on hand to advise school caterers about how to get the best from their refrigeration and their kitchen space. 

School kitchens are notoriously tight on space and as pupil numbers increase there is the added issue of an increased demand for school meals. This calls for kitchen equipment that is compact in size but big in performance.

Primary school teachers: long hours, regular sacrifices and under pressure to work when ill, but 90% say they are fulfilled


• In the last 12 months, 51% of primary school teachers considered quitting their jobs

• More than half of PSTs regularly have to sacrifice family or social commitments

• Nearly three quarters (72%) of PSTs feel under pressure to work when unwell

• Despite this, 9 in 10 PSTs get fulfilment from the work they do

Three quarters (76%) of primary school teachers (PSTs) say they work beyond their agreed hours, according to the results of a new survey of 1,500 teachers by Randstad Education, part of the global recruitment consultancy, Randstad.

Lighting design for schools to promote wellbeing and energy efficiency


When designing the lighting for a school there are many factors that need to be considered. Beyond the primary objective of illumination, making the right lighting choices can help promote happiness amongst staff and students, improve productivity, and significantly reduce a school’s carbon footprint, whilst simultaneously cutting long-term energy costs. Take a look below as we explore each of these areas on a bit more detail…


Health and wellbeing

Pupils send Queen into space to win national coding competition

Pupils from Bury Catholic school

Two Manchester primary school pupils have won a national coding competition, after designing a computer game to send The Queen into space.

The Year 3 pupils from Bury Catholic Prep scooped joint first prize in the Discovery Education ISA Junior Coding Competition, which encouraged children to create a space themed app.

8-year-olds Imogen Linas and Zaynah Ghani took the top spot with their royal creation, which sees The Queen and her corgis land on the planet Mars. The talented pupils used Discovery Education’s Coding Service to design the game, and judges were impressed by their imagination and sense of humour. 


Are you a bit cheesed off with your current system?


Don’t throw it out! Just upgrade the software to EventPOS. Your system will be faster and easier to use! 

Established in 2002, idXtra have been specialist suppliers of a range of products and services across the access control industry, specialising in integrated smart card systems, electronic registration and cashless catering systems. Our customer base includes a wide range of sectors from schools, academies and colleges to local authorities and corporations. The access control systems we supply are designed and manufactured to the highest of standards, from leading names in the technical industry, including ACT Netgenium and many more.

Pilot road safety initiative hailed as a success

road safety

A road safety initiative aimed at reducing child accidents and making road safety part of the national curriculum has been piloted successfully in Birmingham.

Teachers at all 27 schools involved in the pilot praised the safety messages from lessons using a new early learning book featuring a family of traffic-cone characters for producing a 100% improvement in road safety awareness. 

The schools in the districts of Yardley, Hall Green, Garrett’s Green and Hodge Hill – locations identified in the 2016 Birmingham Road Safety Strategy as child accident ‘hot spots’ – all gave road safety lessons in which each pupil worked from their own copy of ‘The Conies: Walking to School Safely Journal’.

Time to Shine

climbing wall

Giggleswick pioneers new trends in school sport


Increasing numbers of teenagers are taking up individual sports such as triathlon, cycling, climbing, judo and gymnastics – a trend noticed by leading Northern independent, Giggleswick School.


Said headteacher Mark Turnbull: “Against a background of increasing participation in sport in general there is a national trend of more and more people taking up individual sports.” Certainly this would seem to be backed up by Sport England’s Active People Survey. Figures released in December 2016 suggest almost 230,000 more people play sport weekly in 2016 than 2015. 


School pupils share pencils to raise awareness of children not in school

share pencils

Pupils at Hugh Sexey Church of England Middle School in Somerset, were the first to take part in an innovative scheme to raise awareness of the 124 million children in the world who are missing out on an education* across the globe.

The first ever national Share a Pencil Day takes place on 17th May 2017, when pupils will be asked to share a pencil for a single lesson, an afternoon or the whole day, to experience what learning is really like for the many children without access to school or the basic materials to learn. In the run-up to the event, the organisers, Hope, worked in partnership with Hugh Sexey Middle School to demonstrate the educational benefits of the scheme to teachers,before the big day itself.

UK schools move to cloud services to reduce costs and better manage their budgets survey reveals


“With funding per pupil set to fall in real terms by 6.5%1, more and more UK schools are adopting a cloud first strategy and turning to cloud-based solutions to reduce their IT spend and make significant savings”, says Ian Nairn, Managing Director of C-Learning.  

The company, which commissioned an independent survey from Schoolzone revealed that adoption of the Cloud in UK schools is set to double in the next three years, just as it has in the US.

Ensuring professional development is effective

While continuing professional development (CPD) plays a key role in many sectors, in order to be truly effective when it comes to teaching, a school has to know the specific developmental needs of its staff, and ensure that training will positively impact student outcomes. Damien Roberts, director and co-founder of SchooliP discusses…


Teaching is one of the most important professions that affects our future generation; therefore improvement can only be achieved if we invest in effective professional development that will help build skills and develop classroom practices.

Conference programme online for inaugural Music & Drama Education Expo | Manchester!

Music & Drama Education Expo

Rhinegold Media & Events is delighted to announce the conference programme for the first Music & Drama Education Expo | Manchester; the Northern region’s leading free CPD event for music & drama teachers.


Taking place on 4 October 2017 at the Hilton Manchester Deansgate Hotel, the free show will offer a day of high-quality CPD, unrivalled networking opportunities and the chance to try out hundreds of products at our comprehensive exhibition.


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How UTC education provides a doorway to social mobility

With so many options available to young people, such as grammar schools, free schools, sixth form, apprenticeships, further education colleges, UTC’s and university, it must be a challenging task to decipher which path will be the right one for a young person’s career choices. It is difficult for students to try and foresee how their educational choices will affect their future career – especially when this won’t come to fruition until three, four or even five year’s time - and all too often there is little experience of work life offered to them during secondary school level education.

Strong leaders are like good wine, they mature with age and experience

It is no secret in the education sector that a crescent of factors have contributed to a shortage of teachers in recent years, and in particular, teachers who can fill leadership roles. The hard-line pruning of our sector’s funding combined with increasing demand on teachers’ personal time has understandably pushed many in the industry to opt to leave teaching behind. 

Preparation is key to creating a stronger healthcare sector

A shortage of healthcare professionals is one of the major issues facing today’s National Health Service. 


According to recent research by the Royal College of Nurses and Royal College of Midwives, the country requires a further 20,000 nursing staff and 3,500 more midwives to keep pace with increasing demand. Meanwhile, as between seven and ten percent of doctor posts remain vacant, it has also been estimated that by 2025, our ageing population will necessitate an additional 275,000 jobs in the adult social care sector.