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£2.4bn fund announced to help create additional school places

£2.4bn fund announced to help create additional school places

Schools across England are set to benefit from a £2.4bn investment to help create more than half a million additional school places. 

The funding was announced yesterday by education secretary Justine Greening, and aims to support the government's mission to create more the 600,000 extra school places by 2021. 

It comes as new government figures reveal that almost 735,000 additional places have been created since 2010, with 92% of new primary places and 89% of new secondary places created in school rates as good or outstanding by Ofsted in 2015 to 2016. 

Government launches new company to create 500 more free schools

Government launches new company to carry out plans for more free schools

The government has got the ball rolling on its pledge to deliver a new cohort of free schools by launching a new public property company. 

This new company, LocatED, has been created to acquire land and buildings across the country to help the government with its plans to build 500 new free schools by 2020, and create 600,000 new school places by 2021. 

Campaigners reacted with anger when the plans were announced, saying the money being ploughed into this project would be better spent on existing schools that are facing cuts of £3bn in the next three years. 

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. 

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 (www.skoove.com) 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.

Maximising pupil and staff space, time and budgets for learning

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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 Thames Barrier

The Thames Barrier

The Thames Barrier is one of the largest moveable flood barriers in the world. It protects over 125 square kilometres of London and over 375,000 properties, historic buildings including the Houses of Parliament, offices, power supplies, tube lines and hospitals to name a few.

The Environment Agency maintains and operates the Barrier as well as the capital’s other flood defences. The Barrier is also one of London’s most striking and famous landmarks. With its distinctive stainless steel piers it spans 520 metres across the Thames near Woolwich. 

Visit the Thames Barrier Information Centre, based next to the Thames Barrier in Woolwich, to view this amazing structure.

The Furze-Warren Hard Federation Looks to the Cloud to Backup 3 School Sites

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Collaborative schools that strive for excellence

The Furze-Warren Hard Federation is a Governing Body of two schools within the Romford area. The schools work collaboratively to provide the best possible learning opportunities for its pupils through the provision of high-quality education within a stimulating and creative environment. They are committed to excellence and achievement for all.

The federation holds the values of excellence, enjoyment, respect, equality and high self-esteem for the benefit of pupils and the surrounding community. Aiming to equip students with the skills and knowledge to not only take with them into higher education but to carry them through their lives.

Utilising inefficient tape-based backup

Yorkshire Water opens a new Education Facility at Tophill Low Nature Reserve

Tophill Low Nature Reserve

Yorkshire Water is opening the doors to a brand new Education Facility at Tophill Low Nature Reserve in May. 

The Yorkshire Water Education Team is delighted to offer primary schools free visits to the Environmental Centre, which is located at the company’s Tophill Low Nature Reserve, ahead of the official public opening in June. 

Teachers are advised to book their visit now. For more information, or to make a booking teachers should visit; www.yorkshirewater.com/educationcentres  

Modular Buildings framework could achieve an average of 5% savings

Educational establishments across the UK, including nurseries, schools, universities, colleges and academies, could achieve an average of 5% savings compared to purchasing solutions direct via a new Modular Buildings framework – the only national agreement of its type, launched by NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS). The Framework is free to access to all public sector organisations including local authorities and public funding bodies, such as theEducation Funding Agency (EFA) and the Department for Education. 

Ivor Novello Award winner hits a high note bringing music to study

Studytracks, the revolutionary student study app and brain child of Ivor Novello award-winner George Hammond-Hagan, has been credited with one of the education sector’shighest accolades: an Education Resource Award.

Studytracks was named Start-up of the Year at the Education Resources Awards on Friday night; the awards honour the quality and diversity of products supporting learning in schools.