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Maximising pupil and staff space, time and budgets for learning

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Schools and colleges up and down the country continue to face pressure on standards, space, maintenance and budgets. Here at BiGDUG we’re proud to have been working with many of them over the last 10+ years to meet these and other challenges through innovative cost-effective storage solutions, many of which are in-stock for delivery next day (or a day of your choice).

Typically we work on the “behind the scenes” areas, on safely and securely storing less interesting, but essential items that keep schools and colleges running effectively, maximising pupil and staff space, time and budgets for learning.

We’re experts in storage solutions and work with our school and college customers in four key areas.

Schools called go dotty for vital sight-loss charity

Children across the UK invited to go dotty for charity

Schools across the nation are being called to go dotty this spring to raise money for a valuable sight-loss charity. 

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is asking schools up and down the UK to "Wear dots and raise lots" in support of its vital work. 

"Wear dots...raise lots" is an annual fundraiser, which will be taking place in May. It  is inspired by Louis Braille's system which features raised dots and revolutionised reading and writing for people with sight problems. 

The UK is currently home to more than two million people who are affected by sight loss, with one person beginning to lose their sight every 15 minutes. 

Carving the shape of the new educational landscape

Carving the shape of the new educational landscape

Andrew Fielder, CEO of Aspire Academy Trust, will be presenting at Bett Academies (NEC Birmingham) at 1:45 on Friday 17 March

 

The aim of Andrew Fielder’s presentation will be to ignite discussion about the shape of the new educational landscape. Despite recent debate in the press, the objective of academies and multi-academy trusts (MATs) remains: to create a world class Trust, providing children with an outstanding education for generations to come.

 

Chancellor claims £320m fund will allow children of all backgrounds reach their full potential

The Spring Budget was delivered in the House of Commons today

Today’s Budget has come under attack as the Chancellor faces claims that a £320m fund for free schools would be better spent elsewhere. 

Philip Hammond delivered his first Spring Budget this afternoon which highlighted plans to put aside £320m to fund 110 new free schools, in addition to the 500 already pledged to be created by 2020. 

The government believes its White Paper will create a more level playing field and provide equal opportunities for children of all backgrounds.

Unions slam free schools plan as an "irresponsible use of public money" ahead of tomorrow's Budget

Tomorrow's Budget will confirm £320m of funding for free schools

Teaching unions have spoken out in frustration regarding plans to invest £320m in free schools, while existing schools are forced to save £3bn by 2020.

Chancellor Philip Hammond is set to announce the multi-million pound fund in tomorrow's Budget, which will be used to create up to 140 new free schools, including grammar schools.

These will be in addition to the 500 already pledged to come into fruition by 2020 and aim to give power back into the hands of parents and local communities. 

Mr Hammond said: "These announcements take the next steps in giving parents greater choice in finding a good school for their child, whatever their background.”

Research reveals a rise in smartphone use to boost studies

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The education sector is seeing a shift towards the digital age after a recent report revealed that more than 80% of students are using their smartphone to boost their studies. 

A report from YMCA awards revealed that 82% of students valued a mix of both traditional offline resources and digital tools to get the most out of their schooling. 

The research examined the learning techniques of 250 students and found that 78% of students use websites, 70% use online quizzes and 62% use online videos, and 25% use online games to support their studies. 

These findings coincide with recent news that smartphones have overtaken desktop devices for web browsing. 

Schools across the nation take part in special wildlife challenge

Schools across the nation have been taking part in a special activity to find out a little more about the wildlife on their doorstep. gratnells-bird-feeder-trays.gif

The RSPB's (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) Big Schools' Birdwatch is rolling out in schools up and down the country, encouraging children to become part of the world's biggest wildlife survey.

Running until 17 February, the initiative aims to bring children closer to nature by involving them an hour-long activity that is suitable for students of all ages and abilities. 

Winners of Bett Awards 2017 are announced

bett-awards-2017-all-winners.gifLeaders of innovation within the education sector battled it out to be crowned the winners at a prestigious awards ceremony last night. 

The winners of this year’s Bett Awards were announced last night in a glittering awards dinner held at The Tobacco Dock in London. 

The annual awards encourage and recognise outstanding education sector resources, learning solutions and companies.

New app developed to accelerate early-years literacy

Schools can find out more about an innovative app to accelerate early reading. 

Edtech startup Zaprendo is announcing the launch of its learn-to-read-app, Sounds English Phonetics, at this year’s technology-education show, Bett.

The app is designed to boost reading achievement and early-stage literacy by teaching pupils with a reading age of between six and nine years to utilise 92 commonly occurring grapho-phonemes (written sounds).

Children learn by watching a video that demonstrates how to say the written sounds through video, in either British or American English, with learning consolidated through the in-app formative assessment. 

Pupils online: National survey of 19,000 UK pupils reveals new trends in children’s internet use

The results of a national pupil survey on internet use will be released on 30 January 2017 ahead of Safer Internet Day, taking data from 60 schools and 19,000 pupils
Primary-aged pupils are more frequently using tablets and smartphones to access the internet
With greater access to the internet, concerns have been raised around the content that is accessible by young children, and how this can be combatted effectively

Music and memory: Education app debuts at Bett

Schools can find out more about an innovative app designed to help young people with their studies at the education event of the year.

The biggest education technology show on the calendar, Bett, will begin tomorrow and will feature some of the sector’s newest products.

Among them will be Studytracks, a new app that merges music with study materials to help jog students’s memories. 

How can schools improve their recruitment and retention of teachers?

How can schools improve their recruitment and retention of teachers?

 

It is common knowledge for everyone with an interest in education that primary and secondary schools across the UK are finding it more and more difficult to attract and retain teaching staff.

The route of the problem is evident: numbers of pupils in schools are increasing year on year whilst the DfE’s targets for recruitment of new teachers are not being met. In addition to this, last year alone 42, 000 teachers left the profession and the pull of sunshine and tax free earnings culminated in 18,000 teachers leaving for schools abroad. It is not surprising that adverts for teacher vacancies are not yielding the same success as they were 5 years ago.

Providing schools with all they need to encourage the artists of the future

Providing schools with all they need to encourage the artists of the future

Investing in the next generation of creative minds is a key element in the role of an education provider, and one that art, craft and graphic supplier Art in Education is ideally suited to assist with. Born as a response to a gap in the market for high quality, wide ranging and affordable art materials for schools, colleges and universities, Art in Education supplies hundreds of educational establishments with a range of over 20,000 quality art materials and bespoke items.

What makes Art in Education stand out from the crowd are the competitively priced class packs, including everything for a classroom full of students eager to explore the world of art and creativity- pencils, pastels, watercolours, pens, pencils and brushes - all in a handy storage case.

Green Schools Online Launch New School Mobile App for Parents

Leading school website provider, Green Schools Online, are launching a new standalone version of their popular school mobile app for parents.

The app, which is free for parents to download, keeps parents up to date with key information as well as enabling the school to send unlimited push notifications straight to parents' phones. 

“We've had lots of positive feedback on the App, it is the best way to reach parents and get messages home quickly” said Sharon Sullivan of Milford Junior School in Somerset, “and most importantly, it’s so simple to use.”