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

Clio Turton, communications manager at The Soil Association, celebrates the award winning Food for Life Partnership and describes the Soil Association’s work toward improving food culture in educational settings

The UK’s Sustainable Development Strategy states that ‘by 2020, the government would like all schools to be models of energy efficiency [and] renewable energy use.’ They should, it says, also take the lead in their communities by showcasing wind, solar,bio-fuel energy [and] low-energy equipment

It’s imperative that all roofs on UK educational establishments are well designed and maintained, among other things to help reduce the financial burden, mainly on local authorities’ stretched budgets. Ian Henning, Technical Manager at the National Federation of Roofing Contractors, explains

A successful joint venture between a Gloucestershire school and its town council  has resulted in the construction of a new £1.2m sports hub and could prove to be a useful co-operative model for other small towns across the UK

Martin Littler, founding chairman of BATA, explains the issue of website accessibility and usability for young people with SEN

As the Olympic and Paralympic Games loom, will they inspire and excite young people to engage in sport and physical activity? Or will a preoccupation with the concept of sport hinder progress?

Dr Kate Saunders looks behind research suggesting that fewer than 14 per cent of teachers could confidently recognise a dyslexic child, while fewer still believe they could teach one

The financial saving of opting for the cheapest security solution should be weighed up against the cost and harm caused to the school and individuals should an incident occur

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, urges Jon Taylor

Ray Barker, director of BESA, summarises the wealth of interactive technologies that will be showcased at BETT 2012