The shortlist for the 2017 Education Business Awards has been announced. Taking place on July 6 at the Grange Hotel, London, the awards recognise excellence in education across 22 categories.

Sally Shadrack, Chair of LACA, explains why the majority of pack lunches do not have the same health benefits for pupils as a school-cooked lunch

The Youth Hostel Association explains ways to fund residential trips and the many benefits overnight trips can bring

Aled Williams, deputy head teacher of All Saints Church in Wales Primary School, explains how it has developed a strong audio visual and technology presence

The British Educational Suppliers Association has launched a campaign to highlight the impact of the sharp drop in resources expenditure in UK schools over the past two years

How Sandon JMI School in Hertfordshire has effectively communicated with parents to encourage them to support and get involved with pupils’ learning

The BSIA’s James Kelly discusses the importance of measures to keep schools safe in and out of working hours

The LESS CO2 programme was created in response to schools wanting more practical information and support on cutting costs and saving energy.

With school spending under scrutiny, how do you ensure you get value for money from your IT investments? Neil Watkins from Think IT shares some advice

Inadequate passive fire protection was among the failings identified in the Edinburgh Schools inquiry, which saw 17 schools close last year due to construction defects

Education Business picks its top ten educational buildings that use modern design and construction techniques to provide an outstanding teaching and learning environment

Denise Ewbank from the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) considers how schools can be innovative in the use of their outdoor space to enable children to learn and grow

Ali Oliver, CEO of the Youth Sport Trust discusses the need for physical education to adapt in today’s school environment and provides insight into Play Unified

A number of reports have indicated that schools can cut down on their energy use and save money by changing what catering equipment they use and how they use them

More than 1.3 million Britons are now on a gluten‑free diet, yet parents continue to report problems with getting trusted gluten-free food for their children when at school

The Education Show took place from 16-18 March at the NEC Birmingham and enabled everyone involved in education to come together and share ideas and innovative practices

According to BESA research, only 44 per cent of primary schools say they are well-resourced when it comes to broadband.

Design and technology is the study of how to think, develop and make a better world, and should be valued and nurtured in a post-Brexit UK

Fiona Riley, chair of the Institution of Occupational Safety examines the controls that can be put in place

How do we keep up the momentum of healthy school food? Linda Cregan, chief executive of the Children’s Food Trust, investigates