Imagine a school with no indoor classrooms? Well, one pre-school hit the news in June when it announced just that! Come rain or shine, children will play outside! It is a topic that may seem alien to some people – playing outside when it’s raining? Surely that will cause illnesses? There are many benefits from an outside classroom – there are drawbacks also. Firstly, it can extend the current learning
The question about your data in the cloud is probably asked many times over and almost certainly had many different answers. Before answering question, its worth asking what is the cloud? Put simply, its a fancy word for service provider. In this case it happens to be computing related. From data storage, software to computing, today you can simply find a cloud provider who will store your data securely and
Finishing working in a primary school on a Friday, knowing that I will be marketing to them come Monday is a scary challenge – but one I was more than ready to accept. Getting marketing exposure at a school can seem an almost impossible task sometimes – teachers rarely have the time to check their emails or social media and when they do, they will not have the time to
We spend an age writing policies and procedures before we venture outside school. How much do they really help though when things start to go wrong…
We recently conducted a survey of 100 parents of children at primary school to ask them about how they feel when their children are taken on school trips….
I was talking to a major early years’ childcare organisation about what we do and was told “electronic tracking goes against our ethos, if you do headcounts automatically it will encourage childcare workers to become lazy and stop watching the children properly!
As a KS2 teacher and Computing lead for my school, I used to be really frustrated by some of the new technology we were given to evaluate. Whilst the educational benefits for the children were normally unquestionable, it often felt like us teachers who actually had to use it were an afterthought. Overly complicated, illogical, buggy and just too hard to use. It was clear that the developers had never
“Muuuuum, I’ve got a school trip coming up soon will you sign my letter!” Shouted my then 8-year-old daughter. Then the anxiety kicked in again, my tummy turned, and I felt sick! I have never stopped any of my children enjoying school outings or days out with the school, but it had always made me anxious. I know she attends a great school, with plenty of caring teachers and will
In my previous years at a school in Surrey I regularly took out groups of 2+ years olds to Woodland school sessions. On one occasion I had a child that struggled with his gross motor skills. As the children all arrived at the Woodland session and the various risk assessments/registration and woodland rules were carried out, it was time for the children to explore. They all ran in different directions,
A couple of years ago, shortly after leaving my previous company in the City of London to work on my golf handicap*, there was an Inset day at the school where my son Harry was in the nursery. After my last attempt at “daddy day-care” when I accidentally dropped him in the sea, I was under orders from my wife to be more careful this time. I decided we should