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Greg Brookes-Clayton is the Educational Director at Challenge Academy – a Community Interest Company (CIC) set up and directed by experienced professionals and leaders from education and the military. Challenge Academy offer active outdoor learning experiences. Its aims are to provide innovative and accessible learning opportunities outside the classroom.

We were first made aware of the school place crisis we were going to encounter back in 2009/2010. On the back of this, strategic plans were put in place in terms of school extensions, new builds, academies and free schools. So where are we now?

It is said that the standard of the education is down to the teacher’s skills and somewhat of the individual; others will place more emphasis on the resources of the school. But what about the building itself? The sound of commuter traffic from the outside drifts in, voices in the hallway can be heard as people walk to class, a draft from the windows sweep in - not a comfortable environment to learn in, let alone to concentrate. Secondary glazing can help combat all of these problems and can also improve a building’s energy efficiency and increase window security.

The Green Britain Centre is a wonderful environment in which to inspire groups of all ages and abilities. Come and share our exciting vision for a Green Britain powered by the wind, the sun and the sea. Learn about renewable energy, new forms of transport and sustainable food. Our tailor-made talks, group activities and presentations will get your group talking about environmental issues and the world around them.And with activity sheets, problem solving and creative exercises, there’s loads to engage and inspire thinking around the issue of sustainability.  

York Minster is one of the world’s most magnificent cathedrals, a vision of heaven on earth crafted in stained glass and stone. For a millennia, people have been drawn to this sacred place but the story stretches back 2,000 years to the birth of modern day Christianity in Roman York.

York Minster’s dedicated Learning Team deliver a wide range of fascinating workshops and tours which meet curriculum needs and give students memories that can last a lifetime.

Having access to discover, learn and play outdoors is surely an essential part of childhood.

A survey of over 1000 school children and teachers revealed that 85% of school children want to spend more time outside in nature and four out of five teachers want to spend more time teaching outside.

Come and try the newest Olympic sport! If you’re looking to introduce the kids to an adventurous new sport, want to enjoy a fun family activity or would like an hour of individual climbing, you are always welcome at Golden Gecko Climbing in Romsey.

Pupils at a Wandsworth primary school were inspired to be more active after receiving a special visit this week from an Olympic gold medallist thanks to "The Active Kids Do Better" programme.

Slalom canoeist Joe Clarke, who made history at the 2016 Rio Games by winning GB’s first gold medal in the canoe slalom men’s K1, shared his inspiring story and spent time with pupils at Riversdale Primary School.

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The positive impact of 3D printing on school curriculum has already been well-documented. But as any school IT administrator will attest, implementing such a resource can pose significant challenges behind the scenes.

Websites, apps and social media mirror and reflect the lives of young people, but they may also have a deep impact on their personal experiences so how can we be keeping children safe online.

Figuring out how to work with less space, time and cost? The Qube is your best formula.

We have hit the nail on the head when it comes to creating truly bespoke modular buildings. We’re unique in that we insist on using the highest quality materials, combined with the latest innovative design and Eco-smart features. 

The technology-savvy students of today are digital natives — meaning they grew up using technology that we could scarcely have imagined just twenty or thirty years ago.  Given that using computers, tablets, and resources like the internet are second nature to today’s students, it’s hardly surprising that tech is starting to play such a key role in how they learn.

Athletic Development Days are a fun way to measure pupil’s athletic abilities and introduce fun and engaging long term athletic development programmes (LTAD) to schools. 

As if this new partnership wasn't exciting enough, as a 20th anniversary year offer, any school who works with Playforce in 2018 will be able to access one of these days free of charge*. During the day GCP coaches will deliver a range of challenges and fun sessions to the whole school, measure performance and hold a briefing session with school staff. 

The sessions will enable schools to:

Clare Othman, Operations Director, Supply Desk, specialists in matching school staffing needs with the best available SEN staff - permanent, long-term and supply - gives her top tips on how to identify dyslexia in students
 
Teachers who are able to identify dyslexia in affected students provide a wonderful benefit to those students. Identification helps enable children to access life-changing support. Dyslexic students learn very differently from other students, and really must be taught differently in order to help them maximise their potential.

A recent survey conducted by an online label company revealed 32% of people said developing modern skills is the biggest advantage when using technology in schools. Overall 88% of people acknowledge technology has an overwhelmingly positive effect on students.

Virtual Reality Learning: A Technological Innovation for Education

When it comes to classroom study, learning processes are constantly evolving and new developments in technology means that many education practices can be eased through these new innovations. One particular technology which has been changing the face of education and improving learning methods lately is Virtual Reality technology.