Elaine Skates, deputy chief executive of the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom explains the relevance of LOtC in raising attainment and achieving an outstanding Ofsted.

With music education being at yet another crossroads, it is a good time to think about accessibility to music making for all young people at secondary level, writes Carole Lindsay-Douglas of the Schools Music Association

The huge rise in the number of academies will change how schools do business. How can these new kids on the (procurement) block avoid the bullies? asks Lesley Lodge, finance and policy manager, local government, CIPFA

Ray Barker, recently retired director of the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA), provides EB with some insight into what changes to Pupil Premium funding and a revised Early Years Foundation Stage framework changes mean to the sector.

Fundraising policy will be pushed to the top of the agenda as cash strapped schools look at alternative ways of raising finance. Kathy Roddy outlines what to look for when developing an ethical fundraising policy.

As construction of the first standardised Sunesis school in the UK gets underway at Oakfield Primary in Rugby, the model receives endorsement from the Design Council. According to its makers, it can reduce construction costs by an average of 30 percent and can be erected in just 20 weeks.

After publishing its latest report, Jim Sheridan, chairman of an all-party group on Occupational Safety and Health, calls the state of asbestos in schools a 'national scandal'

A survey conducted by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) revealed that over a quarter of school and college staff had dealt with physical violence from a student and just over a third had been confronted by an aggressive parent or guardian. Yvonne Fleming, Leadership and Management Officer at AMiE explores the emotive issue.

The nasen association embraces special educational needs and disabilities. The organisation’s Sean Stockdale provides a snapshot of sensory play in today’s mainstream schools.

Where next in the bid to change the ICT curriculum? asks David Clarke MBE, Chief Executive Officer, BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT

It is hoped the £22 bare bones computer launched in March, the Raspberry Pi, will encourage children to take up programming. It has already captured the imagination of many technology enthusiasts.

Back in November, Costello Technology College won an Education Business Award for its innovative approach to ICT. Dominic Tester, assistant head teacher, explains how technology can be used to engage students through digital lessons and online learning resources.

While no one should be complacent, it is clear that the benefits gained on education visits far outweigh the risks involved. Risk assessments play a key role in preparations designed to safeguard the health and safety of pupils on educational visits, writes the ATL.

Sport England’s Community Sport Director, Mike Diaper, explains how the organisation’s new five-year youth and community sport strategy which embraces its legacy programme, Places People Play, will create a meaningful and lasting community sports legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games by making better connections between school and community sport

Theatrical consultant Robert Farrance examines the different types of stage lighting that, with a little imagination, can help bring school performances to life

 

British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) director, Ray Barker looks at cashless catering systems and summarises the benefits they offer to schools.

 

As well as identifying a low number of specialist ICT teachers in comparison to other key subjects, the new report ‘Shut Down or Restart’ from the Royal Society points out the case benefits to the UK of a more digitally literate population.

Protecting the perimeter and buildings with physical security measures is essential in order to deter intruders. Physical security measures can be cost effective and play a vital role in securing educational establishments, writes James Kelly, Chief Executive of the British Security Industry Association (BSIA)

Financial pressures are growing on local authority maintained schools and the need to reduce costs is becoming greater. At the same time, the capacity of local authorities to monitor and support financial management in schools is itself under pressure.

With the increasing pressure on schools to improve standards, what are the options for learning to continue when schools are shut? BESA director Ray Barker, who works closely between schools, the government and suppliers to support the achievement of excellence, provides his perspective on continuity solutions

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