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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 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

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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.

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.

New super-union celebrates "historic moment"

Teachers across the UK have a powerful new voice after two of the nation's largest unions joined forces to create one "super-union".

The new National Education Union will become the biggest union of teachers and education professionals in the whole of Europe, as well as the fourth largest trade union in the UK, with almost half a million members. 

This new super-union, which was announced today, comprises the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) and the National Union of Teachers, and will come into existence on 1 September 2017. 

Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, paid tribute to this "historic" moment and hopes the it will provide the sector with a much more powerful voice. 

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.

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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  

London Grid for Learning wins ERA Award for online-safety resource ‘CyberPass’

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LGfL's diagnostic online-safety tool CyberPass has received a prestigious 2017 Education Resources Award in the key category 'Primary Resource or Equipment (including ICT)'.

Educational not-for-profit the London Grid for Learning is celebrating its latest success in scooping an Education Resources Award (ERA) for its key stage two online-safety tool CyberPass in the category ‘Primary Resource or Equipment (including ICT)’. This award recognises the impact and efficacy that CyberPass had made in keeping young people safe; in the first ten weeks of 2017 alone, the tool was used to ask pupils 245,000 crucial online-safety questions.

Back to the future – spark returns to Lincoln

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BUDDING engineers are being invited to spark-up their passion for the industry at an event that will showcase excellence in engineering from past, present and future.

Thousands of people are expected to flock to Lincoln Cathedral for the return of the Spark Engineering Festival that’s taking place from 5 to 7 May.

This will be the third Spark festival and this year takes the theme of ‘Back to the Future’ – as organisers prepare to celebrate Lincolnshire’s pioneering excellence in engineering and its lead in engineering innovation now and in the future.  

A new chapter of school dining furniture is unfolding

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Due to the unprecedented demand for primary and secondary school places, schools are more pushed than ever to provide adequate dining facilities for their pupils. 

A primary school in Oxfordshire recently completed the build of a new multi-use school hall. Using Versa’s innovative Wall Pocket system, the sports hall not only boasts a dual-zone climbing wall, but also doubles as a dining hall for the pupils.

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.