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. 

Padworth College Student Excels in National Senior Maths Challenge

Padworth College

Jungi Park, a South Korean student from independent senior school Padworth College, has triumphed to the top 3% of a national Senior Maths Challenge in which 82,000 pupils took part countrywide. Padworth College has global citizenship and equality at the heart of its values and is home to over 30 different nationalities of students who appreciate the alternative methods of learning and teaching offered by the school. 

Maximising pupil and staff space, time and budgets for learning


Schools and colleges up and down the country continue to face pressure on standards, space, maintenance and budgets. Here at BiGDUG we’re proud to have been working with many of them over the last 10+ years to meet these and other challenges through innovative cost-effective storage solutions, many of which are in-stock for delivery next day (or a day of your choice).

Typically we work on the “behind the scenes” areas, on safely and securely storing less interesting, but essential items that keep schools and colleges running effectively, maximising pupil and staff space, time and budgets for learning.

We’re experts in storage solutions and work with our school and college customers in four key areas.

How technology transformed education

From the pen and paper to the desktop computer, technology has always gone hand-in-hand with education. Aiding our understanding of a subject, or as a tool to help find specific information within a dataset, technology is used to present and digest information in classrooms throughout the world. 

To understand how far education has come within the classroom, we’ve teamed up with GPS installations – a specialist in public address system installation – to discover the history and progression of its use up to and including the present day. 

The 20th century: a turning point

The value of technical education

Joanna Harper

There has been a great deal of news commentary in recent months about the introduction of a new wave of grammar schools.  Whilst I am not going to get into the debate as to whether grammar schools should be implemented, I would be disappointed if their opening in any way impacts on the progress being made by UTCs, which offer a clear route for young people.   In my view it is essential that the public, and most importantly parents and teachers, are aware of the UTCs’ function and how it fits into the education system. UTCs provide a secondary education route that is led by a sponsor university and offers a solid academic education, with specialisation in technical and scientific subjects.

Industry partnerships are key to closing the skills gap

Jon adams

The government’s industrial strategy has reaffirmed its commitment to developing the technical, engineering and construction skills our country needs to maintain a competitive edge.

The strategy comes at a time when skills shortages in the STEM sector remains a significant concern for employers. A recent analysis of the opportunities and threats posed by Brexit, produced by the Royal Academy of Engineering, highlighted the need to maintain a supply of skilled labour set against current shortcomings. The academy’s president, Professor Dame Ann Dowling, rightly stated that this is a critical time for Britain’s engineering sector and educators and businesses must work more closely together than ever before if we are to close the skills gap.