SPONSORED PRODUCT: Outdoor learning with shade and shelter

Brookham School in Surrey wanted an outdoor classroom and teaching area where the children could also play and learn at break times. Shade was required to protect children from the sun’s UV and prevent them from getting wet in the rain. The school also had a need for lockable storage for playground ...

BOOK REVIEW: Achievement for All

This book is both informative and well-structured; outlining the Achievement for All (AFA) programme in a very clear way from vision to practical outworking.

RESOURCE: Dementia Awareness

A resource pack to teach school children about dementia has been launched. It is the culmination of a project that has seen 22 primary and secondary schools introduce the theme of dementia into their curriculums and which has reached more than 2,000 children.

BOOK REVIEW: Teacher Proof

This is a great book and a must-read for any teacher who has endured the last decade or so of very expensive courses run by well-meaning educationalists, who have either never taught a lesson in their lives, or have taken the first opportunity to escape the classroom.

RESOURCE: Uniform guidance

New government guidance has been published for schools looking to “develop or change” their uniform policy. The new document places greater emphasis on securing value for money for parents around school uniforms.

BOOK REVIEW: Active Writers: Year 3

With raising standards in writing often at the forefront of many discussions in education, new resources designed to help children become more confident writers are always welcome.

RESOURCE: Equality guidance

Guidance to help schools protect their pupils from discrimination and to promote equality have been published. The Equality and Human Rights Commission has issued its Schools Technical Guidance, outlining the requirements that schools must meet under the Equality Act 2010.

SPONSORED SERVICE: Scout Activity Centres

Do something different with Scout Activity Centres. The thrill of being away from home, the anticipation of the midnight feast and the sheer adrenaline of new experiences. Overnight residentials rank among the most potent and positive memories of school.

SPONSORED PRODUCT: Imagination Playground

The pupils of Riverbridge Primary School in Staines, Surrey, have been with us since the “birth” of Imagination Playground in the UK. First, by trialling the product for us, then almost a year later when they attended the UK launch event, and shortly after, becoming the proud owners of their own ...

RESOURCE: The Innovation Index

A new Innovation Index is promising to help schools evaluate the impact that their technology has on teaching and learning.


Hundreds of smart and colourful lockers have been installed in a large primary school by Link Lockers following health and safety concerns about pupils’ belongings.

RESOURCE: School Governors’ One-Stop Shop

SGOSS – the School Governors’ One Stop Shop – has relaunched its website to coincide with the new school year. The site is designed for prospective volunteers as well as schools that are looking for governors.

BOOK REVIEW: Sorting Out Behaviour

Sorting Out Behaviour does not try to give confusing theories but instead focuses on practical approaches that will address behavioural issues.

REVIEW: Wellbeing in Schools: Raising achievement and attainment

This resource pack is a multimedia toolkit filled with practical, usable and interesting techniques, songs and guidance which are aimed at improving a range of areas that have an impact on achievement and attainment, such as children’s including concentration, self-esteem and inner peace.


With the final draft of the new national primary curriculum for England due to make an appearance very soon, and the new academic year winking slowly into existence beyond the ephemeral summer break, your thoughts may well be turning to change and transition.

SPONSORED PRODUCT: Kites for Schools

What makes my kite fly? Does the tail matter? What is the best shape for a kite? Kites for Schools, who have been making and flying kites for around 40 years, answer some commonly asked questions from the kite-flying pupils and schools they work with.

RESOURCE: Energy Club hits 500

More than 500 schools are now signed up to the Energy Club, an extra-curricular physical activity scheme for children aged from four to 11. It is free for all schools across England and comes in the form of a before and after school club.

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