Play has always been an essential part of the school day, but with cuts and rising levels of obesity, children’s access to play spaces, both in school and in communities, is facing important changes

How are educational institutions preparing for coming budget restraints? Peter Carrol, British Cleaning Council, reports from the University of Liverpool and London’s Institute of Education

The school environment must show the status of arts in every way it can, through the quality of the teaching environment and encouraging its performance and exhibition spaces

David Carter of flooring specialist Gerflor, member of the Sports & Play Construction Association, offers advice for anyone specifying or buying flooring for sports halls

With employability high on the agenda and education cuts looming, Andy Kemp, head of mathematics at Taunton School, argues the case for increasing the use of specialised ICT in the classroom, along with professional development to help get the most from technology

Carole Lindsay-Douglas, Hon. Secretary of the Schools Music Association, explains the value and wide-ranging benefits of music as part of a broad curriculum

The Market Research Society examines market research in the era of choice and competition, and explains how you can benefit

Lucia Crothall, education marketing manager, English Heritage, looks at ways to make school trips as easy as possible for those who organise them and as beneficial as possible for all involved

It is important that schools recognise the value temporary workers can bring in such a changing climate, explains Ed McRandal, education advisor at the Recruitment and Employment Confederation

How can historic school buildings be given a new lease of life, asks Tim Brennan, senior regeneration Adviser, English Heritage

Alison Clark-Wilson, principle lecturer at the University of Chichester, discusses how technology in maths lessons can help learners understand the relevance of maths in the real world

Learning outdoors and school gardening are brilliant starting points for developing a fundamental understanding of our dependence on the natural world. Eden project explains

By RIO Schools Service Lead Consultant Jonathan Clitheroe
It’s a challenging time for schools right now. Funding cuts, policy shifts and an emphasis on value are driving change in the sector and the need for schools to function effectively as businesses is more apparent than ever.

By putting staff and students at Phoenix High School in control of their new building project, Hammersmith & City now has one of the most iconic and functional sixth forms in the country

Good food at school? It comes down to six staples – enough time for lunch, decent dining rooms, freshly cooked food, affordable prices, stay on site policies and cooking in the curriculum

The new English Baccalaureate certificate is causing much debate within the secondary sector. Ray Barker, director, BESA outlines the various views and potential implications for the primary sector

There’s much to learn in British classrooms today, however, Garry Campbell from environmental charity Groundwork, explains how moving lessons outdoors can be a practical way to boost schoolchildren’s learning potential while reconnecting them with nature

Accessing schools is hardly a challenge, so protecting the perimeter and buildings themselves with physical security measures is essential in order to deter intruders. Such measures can be cost effective, according to James Kelly, CEO of the British Security Industry Association

 

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