For the last six years, the Education Business Awards have been recognising the outstanding achievements of primary and secondary schools from all sectors. The 2012 event, sponsored by RM Education, will once again take place at the Emirates Stadium, London, and will look identify examples of best practice, and uncover evidence of the hard word and dedication taking place every day in schools across the UK.

Understanding the pattern of energy use in a building remains the fundamental insight upon which energy management strategies are built, as Alan Aldridge, executive director of the Energy Services and Technology Association (ESTA) explains

You have the vision for a musical school, but how do you make it a reality? Start by motivating your staff, says Bette Gray-Fow

Schools and academies up and down the country are raving about the positive effect the Duke of Edinburgh Award has on pupils and teachers alike

The leading event for learning technology takes place from 30 January to 2 February 2013 at ExCeL London, bringing together more than 700 exhibitors and more than 30,000 visitors.

In early October, the Education Funding Agency issued the much anticipated design guidance for the schools that will be built under the Government’s Priority School Building Programme (PSBP). Referred to as ‘Austerity Schools’ by some, the plans aim to reduce the cost of new school buildings by 30 per cent and will help local authorities cut capital spending.

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, is looking for would-be computer science teachers to take up the new scholarship scheme announced recently by Michael Gove. The scheme, which has the backing of major industry names including Microsoft, IBM, BT, Facebook, Meta Switch Networks and Ocado, aims to help meet the urgent need for computer science teachers. Bill Mitchell, director of BCS Academy of Computing, explains the latest developments in the aim to change the ICT curriculum

Could you identify a dyslexic child? And could you confidently teach one? Dr Kate Saunders from the British Dyslexia Association explains what to look out for and how to get support

With the Olympics fresh in the minds of pupils, now is a good time to develop sports facilities that will help the next generation of Olympians. But how can this be done on a budget?

Cyberbullying hurts people in new and deeper ways than traditional bullying, and the proliferation of mobile devices and 24/7 internet connectivity exacerbates the problem. Adrienne Katz, author of a new book entitled Cyberbullying and e-safety: what educators need to know, presents the findings of The Cybersurvey, an online questionnaire which gathered responses from 9000 young people.

It is vital to give young people the training they need to resolve conflict and the opportunity to practise the skills they’ve learned

Hands up if you think there are pupils at your school who should be registered for free school meals, but aren’t? Jo Walker shares advice on how to get more pupils claiming their free school meal if they qualify?

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.