The Outside Classroom

The Outside Classroom

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

Should you worry about your data in the cloud

Should you worry about your data in the cloud

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

4 top tips for in-school marketing

4 top tips for in-school marketing

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

Developing technology for teachers – why so many #EdTech vendors get it wrong

Developing technology for teachers – why so many #EdTech vendors get it wrong

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

Mummy Worrypants – a parent’s perspective on school trips

Mummy Worrypants – a parent’s perspective on school trips

“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

How a trip to the woods helped one of my pupils with development issues

How a trip to the woods helped one of my pupils with development issues

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,