With increased demand for primary school places and the projected increase for secondary school places over the next two decades, the need to expand school facilities is now more prevalent than ever. 

Playing outside and discovering the world of nature is part of growing up, or is it enter the Play More campaign? Do children still push aside logs to see what’s crawling underneath? Are daisy chains part of playground life or some relic from the past? 

Children are spending more time indoors than outside and they are missing out on exploring the natural world around them. In fact, research found that 1 in 9 British children have not visited a beach, park or forest in twelve months, and on average, a British child only spends 4 hours a week playing in the great outdoors. 

More than 2,500 school kids, teachers and parents from across London and beyond were at the Müller Anniversary Games this weekend. The kids were celebrating the progress they’ve made in getting active through play and sport during the past school year, and soaking up inspiration from the world’s leading athletes. 

The search for Britain’s next LACA School Chef of the Year, the education catering industry’s premier culinary competition, gets underway today (11 July). School chefs nationwide are now being invited to register to take part in the search for the 2019 national champion. Organised by the Lead Association for CAtering in Education (LACA) and sponsored by McDougalls, owned by Premier Foods, the 2019 competition is being launched at the LACA Main Event at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole (July 11 - 13).

As the summer holidays begin for school children across the UK, national reading charity Beanstalk is calling on parents and children to continue reading through the six-week break to prevent a decline in reading progress

Is your school looking to organise a residential trip but requires funding to make it happen? The School Journey Association may be able to help. As an educational charity SJA believes that every single child should be able to participate and gain the benefits from an educational school trip. We aim to support disadvantaged children and subject to criteria, are able to provide grants of up to 50% towards the cost of a trip.

A team of four Year 9 students Whalley Range High School in Whalley Range, Manchester, have fought off tough competition from hundreds of schools across England, Scotland and Wales to become the national champions of Shell’s annual science competition, The Bright Ideas Challenge. The team won £5,000 to spend on state-of-the-art science and technology equipment for their school. 

The team’s innovative future energy idea took centre stage at Make the Future Live, Shell’s four-day festival of bright energy ideas, which took place last week at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London.

Chester Zoo will provide free entry to 35,000 school children later this year, as part of a campaign to inspire a new wave of conservationists.

Chester Zoo which is the UK’s most visited tourist attraction outside London and the country’s most popular zoo, is both a conservation and an education charity.

A scientific study, supported by the zoo, reported last year that people have significantly better understanding of biodiversity and conservation after a visit to a zoo.

Over 50 headteachers and subject experts have gathered in Manchester to discuss the importance of PSHE education in England.

Hosted by Headway, a social enterprise which provides teachers and pupils with the most up-to-date teaching materials possible, the PSHE Discovery Conference brought together sector leaders to explore creative and innovative approaches to PSHE. It also looked at preparations for statutory Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) in secondary schools and relationships education in primary schools.