Hot on the heels of the Centre for Policy’s report on the UK’s litigious culture curbing educational trips, October will see teachers and adventurers, travel, legal and safety experts congregate at the annual Stretching Horizons’ conference to discuss some of the ways schools can enrich education, mitigate risk and raise funds for educational journeys with a view to changing lives. The conference will also announce the winners of the forum’s Educational Journey of the Year (EJOY) Award. From community project work and treks to sports tours and scientific research expeditions, the journeys show that boundaries can be pushed even in risk averse times. Adrian Ferraro, travel specialist and director of the Stretching Horizons forum, gives us an insider glimpse of the shortlisted finalists.

Insurance is often forgotten about until the loss occurs, catching many schools out. Instead the adequacy and appropriateness of the cover should be checked at least once per year. This in itself contains preventative steps to reduce the risk of arson, but will also make the recovery from such an incident much smoother, writes Jon Taylor.

With an eye of finance and cost cutting, keeping energy bills and emissions down to a minimum is now an essential part of school management. One of the first things to examine is the actual bill, writes Alan Aldridge, executive director of the Energy Services and Technology Association (ESTA)

The unprecedented growth rate of tablet computers in corporate and consumer markets is spreading steadily to schools, according to research from the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA). Caroline Wright, director, BESA provides us with an outline of the research findings and offers her advice to schools. Plus a look at the latest tablets available.

Ian Henning, technical manager at the National Federation of Roofing Contractors, explains why it’s imperative that all roofs on UK educational establishments are well designed and maintained to help reduce the financial burden on local authorities’ stretched budgets.

Having recently welcomed its 750,000th educational visitor, the Eden Project’s schools team is now embarking on a campaign to help outdoor learning become a central pillar of British education.

The one off ‘school trip’ to a theme park or activity centre at the end of the summer term is slowly becoming a thing of the past as more schools embrace an approach that makes the most of Learning Outside the Classroom throughout the year, across every subject and every age group, writes Amy Nathan, project development manager, Council for Learning Outside the Classroom

The newly-formed Nationwide Association of Photocopier and Printer Suppliers (NAPPS) is dedicated to raising standards of photocopier suppliers to schools

Ensuring children are safe at school is a top priority for education professionals and parents alike, with many going so far as to argue that first aid should be added to the school curriculum. Acknowledging the importance of health and safety, and in particular first aid, can make a significant difference to the safety of staff, visitors and pupils. Clive James, training and development manager at St John Ambulance, believes it is important to take a sensible and balanced approach, which ensures that the premises provide a safe and healthy place for all who use them.

The educational benefits of participation in music making are well known. This two-part feature will provide practical and effective strategies for creating the vision, working with staff and outside agencies, engaging parents and pupils and encouraging excellence: inclusivity and quality. By Bette Gray-Fow

The autonomous nature of academies brings increased risks to value for money and the proper use of public funds. In the second article for Education Business, Lesley Lodge of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy details where the sector can look for guidance.

Earlier this year, a school teacher tragically died when a bus carrying a party of British children crashed in France on their way home from a skiing trip. While the tragedy has once again put school trip safety under the microscope, it is important to acknowledge that these trips have been the highlight of many children’s education for years.

Diana Bruce, senior policy liaison officer, Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals, explains what employers need to know about recent changes to payroll processing - Real Time Information and Automatic Enrolment

Nigel Gardener, Associate Deputy Headteacher at All Saints Catholic and Technology College, Dagenham, London, discusses the importance of implementing effective recruitment procedures in schools, and explains how schools can maximise the potential of their greatest resource resulting in significant benefits for the school as a whole.

The DfE’s recent announcement regarding the Priority School Building Programme sets out the Government’s vision of ensuring that England’s school estate remains fit for purpose while offering every student a well equipped and modern learning environment. It also highlights the scale of the challenge. Refurbishing historic school buildings can play an effective part of the strategy to achieve this vision, writes Tim Brennan, senior regeneration adviser at English Heritage

Each year in England and Wales more than 1,300 schools suffer fires large enough for the Fire and Rescue Service to be called out. Graham Ellicot of the FIA gives the lowdown on the latest policy.

Caroline Wright, newly appointed director at The British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) provides a summary of the recent changes since the arrival of the coalition government and looks to the future of technology in education.

School trips are one of the things school children look forward to during their school life and the experiences and memories from them are extremely durable. A school trip with its natural dynamic environment provides a learning venue that matches their natural inclination to know more about things, engages even those with short attention spans and puts the learning subject in context.

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