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.

Geoff Jones, director at ParentMail, discusses the advantages schools can gain from switching to an electronic payment collection system.

Next Steps: Sean Stockdale of Nasen details the implications for school leaders in the transition from SEN statements to Education Health and Care Plans, which involves a single assessment process. With a draft bill expected this summer, new legislation should be in place by 2014.

Incidence of recurrent back pain is now almost as prevalent in adolescence as it is in adult life, with an estimated eight per cent of children under the age of seven experiencing back pain. Former BESA director Ray Barker discusses the importance of schools adhering to furniture standards.

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)

Regardless of whether you work in the private or public sector, are a large employer or a small one, all employers will by law have to submit Real Time Information (RTI) to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) by October 2013. Diana Bruce, senior policy liaison officer for the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals, explains

As funding remains tight within the public sector, education establishments nationwide are heavily focused on achieving cost savings and demonstrating return on investment. Surprisingly, security systems can play a major part in both, explains James Kelly, chief executive of the British Security Industry Association

Following last summers riots, a survey commissioned by the Football Foundation found that 60 per cent of people surveyed believed that improving sporting facilities for young people would reduce anti-social behaviour. Richard Faulkner of the Football Foundation outlines the case for football, and details the application process for funding.

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.