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A busy start to the year... Stand by your beds. Ofsted’s leisurely stroll towards unannounced inspections nears the end. This has finally been made possible by Parent View, which, as its name suggests, enables the views of parents to be used in consultations. These are now underway, and from September, it could be your school (although I would imagine most head teachers are far too busy to worry about Ofsted barging in unannounced). On the 30th anniversary of the BBC Micro, the term ‘ICT’ was broken down and smashed to bits by the Royal Society’s ‘Shut Down or Restart?’ report (see page 65). The study, which started in 2010, reveals a stark shortage of teachers that are able to teach beyond basic digital literacy, and a need to improve the understanding in schools of the nature and scope of computing. The recommended ‘restart’ led to Michael Gove’s announcement that the ‘boring’ ICT curriculum is to be scrapped from September, which appeared to be met with a widespread sense of relief by many, although David Willmot, head of faculty at Blackfen School for Girls, did point out: “..the timing of it isn’t great for students currently working towards these qualifications, it will be quite demotivating for them.” But a small price to pay perhaps for the promise that academia and the private sector can now work together to develop computer science and IT qualifications that are focused, and will hopefully deliver the UK’s next batch of innovators. The BETT show was busy. After kicking off with the aforementioned Gove announcement, visitors were treated to a splendid array of technology to inspire learning, with some particularly impressive SEN resources on show at Olympia (see page 45 for our BETT review). And if you work in SEN, be sure to book early for the superb seminar sessions on offer at nasen Live 2012, which takes place in May (details are on page 43) And finally, it’s just not satisfactory anymore. Sir Michael Willshaw says it now ‘requires improvement’ instead. OK?

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CONTENTS 07 NEWS

43 SPECIAL NEEDS

11 FINANCE

In times of reduced funding, strong financial management is more important than ever, states the National Association for School Business Management

45 BETT 2012 REVIEW

A plethora of new IT products for learning on show at the Olympia this January

17 FM/SECURITY

57 IT

Perimiter Security plays a vital (and costeffective) role in protecting schools from intruders, says James Kelly of the BSIA

A look at the Royal Society’s ‘Shut down or Restart?’ report plus Ray Barker from BESA takes an interesting look at how technology can enable lessons to continue when schools are shut due to bad weather etc

21 DESIGN & BUILD

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ENERGY

The Government would like all schools to take the renewable lead by showcasing wind, solar and biofuel energy, says the Renewable Energy Association, plus a look at EcoBuild 2012

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37 LANDSCAPING

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85 EDUCATION BUSINESS AWARDS

39 CATERING

A look back at last years Education Business Awards winners

The Soil Association celebrates the awardwinning Food for Life Partnership

95 NEW PRODUCTS More technology for learning

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No notice inspections on the way Ofsted’s new Chief Inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw, has announced plans to introduce no-notice inspections for all regular school inspections from September this year. Speaking about the plans, Sir Michael said: “Ofsted has been moving towards a position of unannounced school inspection over a period of years. I believe the time is now right for us to take that final step and make sure that for every school we visit inspectors are seeing schools as they really are in the corridors, classrooms and staff room.” Ofsted already undertakes unannounced inspections in a number of circumstances, including where concerns are raised about a school and for some satisfactory schools that do not show enough capacity to improve. Since the first Ofsted school inspections in 1992 there has been a steady journey towards unannounced

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visits. Initially, schools received over a year’s notice of inspectors turning up. Over time this shifted to six to eight weeks’ notice and then, from 2005, around two days. “As part of the changes introduced in 2009, Ofsted consulted extensively on no-notice inspections and also piloted unannounced visits. We found a great deal of support for the move. At that time, however, we could not overcome the important issue of being able to get parents’ views as part of the process. With the introduction of our new Parent View online questionnaire last year, parents can now share their opinions of their child’s school at any time, making a move to nonotice inspections possible.” The details of how the changes will work will form part of a wider consultation on the future of inspection that will be announced in coming weeks.

Vanni Treves, chair of the College’s governing council, was made a CBE for his services to education in the new year honours list. On receiving the award, Vanni said: “It is a great privilege to be chairman of the College. It has earned an international reputation for its work on school leadership; and, more important, makes a continuing and measurable contribution to the life chances of children throughout the country.

TECHNOLOGY IN SCHOOLS

Naace Conference devotes a day to ICT Curriculum Naace has announced that it will devote a full day to the development of the curriculum at the Naace Strategic Conference 2012. It plans to work with Naace members, partner organisations such as TES, Rising Stars, IBM and other professionals to define and elaborate on the first draft. Incoming Naace Chair, Miles Berry, comments ‘We are delighted with the interest in and the appetite for the modern ICT curriculum. This is a

Primary School population soars Figures show almost 800,000 additional children aged 11 or under will be in state education by 2020 because of rising birth rates and the effects of immigration. According to the Department for Education, the primary population is set to soar by a fifth – reaching its highest level since the early 70s.

rigorous scheme that will provide a sound basis for learners to engage in a wide range of KS4 academic and vocational options including Computing, ICT, Business Studies and media related courses. It will therefore assist in advancing education for our learners which is, after all, our mission in Naace.’ Full details can be found at www.naace.co.uk/ks3ictcurriculum

FUNDING

Phonics funding aims to raise reading standards Primary schools have already signed up to spend more than £7.7 million on new phonics products and training to drive up their pupils’ standards of reading, new Department for Education figures have revealed. So far 3,211 schools have taken advantage of the Government’s match-funding scheme to buy the products. The products include books, software and games. Additionally, 987 schools have booked phonics training for their staff (at a total spend of £1.3 million) to improve their teaching of phonics, the method internationally proven to improve reading, especially among younger children. The scheme went live in September last year with the publication of the phonics catalogue of approved

products and services. Under the scheme, any state-funded school with Key Stage 1 pupils – including Academies and Free Schools – can claim up to £3,000 to buy products and training until March 2013. However, some areas have not yet taken up the offer. In Central Bedfordshire, Bedford, Hull, Medway, Portsmouth, Luton and Sheffield. And in 20 local authorities, not a single school has booked training for their staff yet. Schools Minister Nick Gibb said: “This is a chance for schools to gain extra funding to improve reading standards so I am naturally concerned at the number of areas where few schools have not yet taken the opportunity to do so.”

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HUMAN RESOURCES

Latest GCSE figures reveal a ‘shocking waste of talent’ according to Nick Gibb According to the latest available figures, a total of 58.2 per cent of 16-year-olds sitting exams last summer gained five good grades including English and maths. But this proportion plummeted to just a third among the poorest pupils. The figures also suggest that just one in six teenagers gained decent GCSEs in English, maths, science, a language and either history or geography. Among pupils eligible for free meals, the proportion dropped to only one in 25. Nick Gibb, the Schools Minister, said the data exposed which schools were consistently ‘letting children down’, warning that they could be taken over. He stated: “We should have high

expectations for all children regardless of their circumstances. These figures reveal a shocking waste of talent in many schools across the country. All too often, pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds aren’t given the same opportunities as their peers.” However, Russell Hobby, general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers, told the Telegraph: “Unlike the world’s most successful education systems, England focuses on crude measures of school performance published in a high stakes adversarial climate. The result is distortion and gaming, followed by ever more complex attempts to combat the gaming; ending up with no-one confident that the data represents what it is supposed to - great teaching and deep learning.”

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A new report from the Royal Society has found that just 35% of ICT teachers in England had a qualification considered by the Department for Education to be relevant. This compares to 74% of maths teachers, 69% of physics teachers, 73% of chemistry teachers and 88% of biology teachers. Similar figures are found when “Arts” subjects are examined, for example 80% of English teachers, 76% of history teachers and 87% of music teachers all have a relevant post A-level qualification. See Page 65 for further details

SOCIAL WORK

Baroness Tyler named as Cafcass chair Baroness Tyler has been appointed as the new Chair of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass). It works with children, families and social workers to advise the courts on what is best for the child.

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People with questions on the government’s education policy have been invited to tweet them using the hashtag #AskGove, so that MPs on a cross-party committee can press the Education Secretary with the most important questions. The Commons Education Select Committee said they wanted to make sure their questions for Gove reflected “the most pressing concerns in the world of education”.

Plans to make performance management easier New arrangements for teacher and head teacher appraisals in maintained schools in England, and for dealing with underperforming teachers, have been announced by the Department for Education. The changes will come into effect from September 2012 and include giving schools more freedom over managing their teachers through simpler, less prescriptive appraisal regulations. The three-hour limit on observing a teacher in the classroom (the so-called “three-hour observation rule”) has been removed so that schools have the flexibility to decide what is appropriate. It contains a requirement to assess teachers every year against new, simpler and sharper Teachers’ Standards. The arrangement will allow poorly performing teachers to be removed in approximately a term – currently, this can take a year or more. More than 50 pages of unnecessary guidance have also been scrapped. Ministers are also consulting on new proposals to help schools when they recruit new teachers. This will mean that schools will have to pass on information to prospective employers, on request, about whether a teacher is or has been subject to capability procedures. This would help deal with the problem of ‘recycling’ of poor teachers. Recent research from the Sutton Trust shows that during one year with a very effective maths and English teacher, pupils gain 40 per cent more in their learning than they would with a poorly performing teacher. Education Secretary Michael Gove said: “For far too long schools have been tangled up in complex red tape when dealing with teachers who are struggling. That is why these reforms focus on giving schools the responsibility to deal with this issue fairly and quickly.” Amanda Phillips, head teacher at the Ofstedrated ‘outstanding’ Old Ford Primary in Bow, East London, dealt with underperforming teachers at the school when she took over in 2003. Welcoming the changes she said: “No head teacher wants to dismiss a teacher, but when they are not performing to the required standard despite support, it is not in anyone’s interest – the pupils, colleagues, school and teacher themselves – for that teacher to remain in post.” Russell Hobby, General Secretary at the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), said: “After teaching, performance management is one of the most important things that happens in schools, because it’s the way we make sure that teaching keeps getting better.” “We believe that the vast majority of teachers are dedicated, talented professionals who do an essential job in often challenging conditions. Better performance management will celebrate this fact. It is not easy; and it is also about far more than policies and procedures. We recognise the duty of school leaders to ensure they apply procedures with integrity and empathy. Brian Lightman, General Secretary at the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), said: “One of the strengths of the policy is the way in which it clearly separates the appraisal process from any formal capability procedure.”

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CHEQUES AND BALANCES: FINANCIAL BEST PRACTICE 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 its report: ‘Oversight of financial management in local authority maintained schools’ published last October, the National Audit Office (NAO) examined the effects that budget reduction, greater financial independence and monitoring of public money was having on schools, and whether they were ready to effectively manage the process with clear audit trails and accountability. “There must be early warning systems in place to alert the Department for Education to emerging issues requiring action and intervention,” according to Amyas Morse, head of the National Audit Office. The NAO underlined the importance of effective financial management in schools, highlighting that it is essential that the financial management framework for schools is capable of alerting the Department for Education to any systemic issues that may require action or intervention. The report notes that weak financial management and weak academic

performance often go hand in hand. Therefore the ability and quality of the schools financial management is hugely important in ensuring the high quality delivery of education. If the operations of the school infrastructure are not managed properly then the likelihood of the right materials, staff and resources being available are impacted. The Department has a limited role in relation to the financial management of schools. It sets standards but responsibility for financial

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A finance officer, who was also a cheque signatory, forged the name of another cheque signatory on numerous cheques. The cheque stubs indicated that money had been paid to suppliers when it had been paid to her own account and credit card accounts. The value of the loss was £288,000. This might have been prevented by: • another member of the team being involved in the cheque processing, bank reconciliations or dealing with suppliers; • an audit trail including the related invoice when signing off cheques to be reviewed and checked by both counter signatories; E their local authority by 31 March, 2012, and annually thereafter. Other maintained schools will be required to make a submission as well by this date, and annually thereafter. The NAO acknowledges that schools’ financial management capability has improved – especially as more schools have employed, or have access to, a school business manager. However, many primary schools still do not

reduce the administrative burden on schools and local authorities. Local authorities do not publish systematic data to demonstrate how they are monitoring schools’ financial management and that they are intervening where necessary. At a time when some schools may need support most, many local authorities are set to devote fewer resources to monitoring and supporting schools’ financial

The most important factor in delivering accurate, timely and good financial management is having a qualified and well-trained business manager overseeing the day-to-day activity of the school. have access to such a manager, meaning that financial management and capabilities are impacted. This is being addressed through the development of cluster and local authority development groups where resources and best practice are being shared. REDUCED FUNDING In the current financial environment, more schools have to manage with reduced funding, and strong financial management is more important than ever. Many headteachers have no personal experience of leading a school during a period of financial constraint. Many schools consider that they need to reduce staff costs and that they need guidance on how to do so while maintaining high-quality education. This should always be the last resort when looking at streamlining costs and reducing overheads. Consideration should be first given to collaboration, sharing resources across other schools and how to best deliver other high cost budgetary items like sickness cover and energy costs, where significant savings can be made. The department now requires less detailed assessment of financial management, to

management. Forty per cent of authorities responding to an NAO survey do not believe they have sufficient resources to provide effective support to schools and almost half of those authorities are planning to reduce the amount of staff time spent on support. Having the right skills to ensure that your school can meet the demands of the reducing budgets and deliver value for money is fundamental. By ensuring that money is spent most efficiently you can maintain standards and resources across the board. A discipline of budgeting and resource management needs to be developed across all members of school staff to ensure that collaboration and best use of materials occurs. A school should not simply devolve its budget by department and monitor the spend to ensure no overspending; they should also create central purchasing of basic materials such as pens and paper so they are not bought as one-off items by multiple individuals in the school. The most important factor in delivering accurate, timely and good financial management is having a qualified and well-trained business manager overseeing the day-to-day activity of the school. E

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Who is ultimately responsible for the school’s financial management? Individually and collectively the school governors have a legal responsibility for proper control of the school’s finances. The buck does not stop with the school business manager or the financial administrator. A school governor is responsible for the interests of the children and the taxpayer and ultimately for the reputation and sound finances of the school. All school staff are usually completely trustworthy but things can go wrong, which can have dire consequences for the school. Budgetary pressures, both at home and at work, can tempt even senior and faithful staff into considering fraud. Domestic and family issues can also affect a person’s actions. This is especially likely where an individual has unrestricted access to funds and may be tempted to help themselves to money or inappropriately award a contract for an incentive. Some school governors can leave too much unquestioned or ineffectively challenged or scrutinised. A lack of review and control by the governing body and the introduction of SFVS which sees little outside scrutiny and no external audits required could result in a greater likelihood for future fraud in schools.

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In the current financial environment, more schools have to manage with reduced funding, and strong financial management is more important than ever. E Where a primary school does not have this opportunity then having access to a shared resource and ensuring the school is a member of appropriate organisations can assist in the delivery of sound financial management. The SFVS has been designed in conjunction with schools to assist them in managing their finances and to give assurance that they have secure financial management in place. Governing bodies have formal responsibility for the financial management of their schools. Concerns have recently been raised that the change from the FMSiS to the SFVS will see less accountability, a lack of evidence and little intervention and review of a schools performance. Schools will be asked to complete and return an annual SFVS of the financial management in their school and the chief finance officer at the LA will be required to sign and say that all maintained schools in their area have completed their SFVS return. Having a less bureaucratic and evidencebased review of financial practices in schools is fine in principle, but many schools are now concerned that the SFVS lacks structure, guidance and enough rigidity to ensure that best practice is delivered, adhered to and monitored. With increasing levels of fraud taking place in schools and appearing in the press there would appear to be a direct correlation between a reduction in the controls and monitoring of schools finance and the ease with which fraud can be committed. L FOR MORE INFORMATION www.nasbm.co.uk 01788 573300

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What are potential signs of fraud? Potential signs of fraud can vary. Here are some of the more common features:

Behavioral issues: • increased stress for no obvious reason • hesitancy, avoidance or confrontation when asked direct questions • secretive or economical with the truth • personal problems, including financial problems • reluctance to take holiday entitlement • poor work practices, including bending rules • lifestyle disproportional to income

Financial and organisational issues: • late or poorly presented accounts • accounts and documents not circulated in advance • accounts do not balance • financial inaccuracies cannot be explained clearly • poor records and minutes • lack of openness and transparency If you are concerned that fraud could be taking place in your school then you should act immediately and raise the concern with the interested parties, governors and the auditors. You should never accuse someone directly as you need to ensure that the matter is investigated properly. You can get

support from the Audit Commission which offers an advisory service. A useful advice sheet is available. To get a copy, email: info@nasbm.co.uk

Helpful resources and support For further information or support on any school business management issue please contact the National Association of School Business Management (NASBM). NASBM is the UK’s leading association working exclusively on behalf of the school business management profession and represents over 2,000 members. The association offers the profession an influential voice in national educational policy and continually strives to raise the profile of school business management. The association is a body recognised by the Department for Education and receives requests to sit on a number of the steering groups including the School Funding Implementation Group and the Efficiency Group. NASBM is then able to both represent the views of its members in relation to items being discussed and also feedback updates and information from these meetings. NASBM offer information, support, advice, practical tools and training for school business managers, the school leadership team and support staff. For as little as £105 a year, NASBM can provide a school with updates on legislation changes, HR updates, funding announcements and fraud prevention, and produce termly guides for members on current issues including academy conversion, managing the workforce, and energy. NASBM also provides member rates for both off site and bespoke on-site training.


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Schools vary in size with some small sites contained in a single building whilst others are stretched across multiple blocks and campuses. As they are frequently located among highly populated areas such as housing estates or town centres, sites are within easy reach of well-meaning staff, pupils, parents and visitors as well as deceitful intruders. Although the overall incidence of criminal activity in schools has dropped in the past few years - thanks to increased awareness amongst staff and parents and the introduction of sturdier security measures - acts of theft, vandalism and especially arson are still a reality. To avoid the nasty consequences that intrusions can have on schools, it is important to ensure the sites are equipped in a way that such breaches are effectively prevented. Physical security measures are the first and arguably one of the most important aspects of school security, as they serve as deterrent to criminals and are aimed at physically keeping intruders out of the vulnerable areas of the site. Ensuring the safety of staff and, in particular, students is paramount and educational establishments should endeavour to use quality equipment that complies with the relevant British Standard and Acts. As well as addressing physical security needs, the establishment of clear strategies, such as key control ones, should be given great consideration. PERIMETER SECURITY When protecting a school’s perimeter with physical security, a great deal of planning is required, particularly when it involves combining technological systems with other more traditional measures. In an environment where the flow of people entering and exiting the site must be monitored, it is important to ensure the perimeter provides meaningful physical barriers that will deter any sort of unauthorised access. Creating such barriers demands attention to a E

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E variety of design considerations such as sufficient height and strength, the use of climbing impediments, secure ground fixing as well as the provision of clear areas to facilitate surveillance and maintenance. Security fencing comes in a variety of forms and should comply with the British Standard 1722-17: 2006 in order to ensure quality. To enhance the effectiveness of perimeter fencing, physical barriers must be underpinned by measures to detect, identify and react to intrusions. Combining physical security with other measures such as intruder alarms and CCTV will provide even tougher protection, for if a trespasser attempts to breach the barrier an alarm could be triggered to alert a monitoring centre of the intrusion. Clever landscaping can also be utilised to soften the look of fences and barriers, avoiding the risk of making school premises look more like prisons rather than places of learning. SINGLE ACCESS ROUTES Ensuring all visitor traffic is limited to a single access route is another way to secure the perimeter of a school. Signage highlighting entry points will direct foot and vehicle traffic to the clearly designated paths, ensuring more vulnerable parts of the buildings are not accessible by unauthorised people. Traditional gates can be used to secure these entrance points, and alternatives such as bollards can be employed to control vehicle access, by sinking into the ground or being removed when authorised vehicles approach the site. LOCKING INTRUDERS OUT Physical security measures are essential not only for the protection of perimeters, but also for the buildings themselves, externally and internally (locking rooms). Locks are the most basic of measures, and provide a fundamental layer of security, which will prevent crime by deterring criminals and slowing them down when trying to break in. A good quality lock can last for years; however, the popularity of this security product means that people often buy one that is inferior in quality under the misunderstanding that it will provide them with financial savings. High standards are essential when selecting and installing physical security. A quality lock, for example, should comply with BS 3621: 2007 and be specified to meet the requirements of the door or window that it is securing. Locks are useful for any type of building, particularly one where individuals all require access to different areas. Schools and colleges can offer accommodation to students and staff, therefore the categorisation of different internal areas, such as private rooms, designated communal areas, laundry rooms, to allow only authorised access is pivotal. One BSIA member worked with Canada’s Queens University to implement lodging security in their International Study Centre.

Combining physical security with other measures such as intruder alarms and CCTV will provide even tougher protection, for if a trespasser attempts to breach the barrier an alarm could be triggered to alert a monitoring centre of the intrusion. The requirements of the security system meant there was a need to ‘compartmentalise’ different parts of the residences, with specific access codes for different residents. Following a thorough site survey, a locking system was implemented which demonstrated all of the requirements: safety, restricting and zoning of areas, audit security trail and time efficiency were all covered by the system, as well a competitive annual expenditure. The success of the installation ensured the safety of staff and residents, and has resulted in further work being done to extend the project to the main reception, the main education centre, castle and accommodation blocks as well as the forthcoming extension. KEY CONTROL No matter how sturdy a locking system is, it becomes worthless without clear key control strategies. Unfortunately, however, the question of who has access or can get access to the keys is a consideration that is very often overlooked. It is important to remember that an unauthorised person gaining access to an area or premises using just a key can make any insurance claim invalid. By using a key, the intruder will have the advantage of leaving no evidence of a forced break in meaning it

could therefore be a considerable amount of time, if ever, before the unauthorised access is detected. This will put the school at a great disadvantage and may often end up with the school having to pay out for any losses. ADVICE Local police forces can provide clear guidance to schools as to the type of security breaches they are likely to incur and how these can be countered. Gloucestershire police, for example, have recognised the risks associated with school security, and has dedicated a whole page to its site highlighting the importance of physical security measures to avoid breaches. Moreover, employing reliable security consultancy services will confer schools the peace of mind that their premises security is being taken in hand by independent and experienced professionals. The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) is the professional trade association of the UK security industry. Its members produce over 70 per cent of the country’s security products and services to strict quality standards. L FURTHER INFORMATION Tel: 0845 389 3889 www.bsia.co.uk/physical

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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 Simple maintenance can prolong the life of roofs on educational establishments. For instance, by clearing leaves and other debris from outlets and gutters. Protective chippings (if they were present) that have been moved by wind scour should be replaced too and any loose trims or flashings refixed. It’s also important that close consideration is paid to energy efficiency aspects of roofing and the reduction of carbon emissions, which can lead to lower running costs and a positive return on investment. Regular inspection by a roofing contractor is paramount, as is first-class, qualified advice on a roof’s weatherproofing qualities, performance and longevity.

Written by Ian Henning, Technical Manager, National Federation of Roofing Contractors

WHAT’S ON THE ROOF?

UNDERSTANDING ROOF TECHNOLOGY occasionally, metal sheets. A number of metal Where repair and maintenance are concerned, roof systems were developed post war by it is essential to have an understanding aircraft manufacturers, specifically for schools of the construction and technology of our and consisted of flat aluminium sheets riveted roofs. For instance, post-war built schools to aluminum spars. This technology may generally have a number of flat roof areas still be in use though it may have received as opposed to traditional pitched roofs. This various attempts at re-waterproofing. article primarily concerns these types. Flat roofs are not really ‘flat’. They may be COMMON PROBLEMS curved and have a pitch of 1 to 10 degrees, There may be several common flat roof and originally have had a bituminousproblems. One, for example, is leakage based waterproofing – that’s asphalt or caused by the failure of the waterproof felt laid over a supporting deck. The deck covering. This may be due to several factors is likely to be of concrete but could also be such as bad design, poor detailing, bad woodwool slabs, timber or profiled metal. installation and inappropriate materials. When they were built, energy efficiency Other causes can be an inability to withstand was not considered too important so the movement, thermal shock, impact or other inclusion of insulation would have been damage, the deterioration of seams, trims minimal – perhaps no more than a layer or flashings, failure of previous repairs, of fibreboard. Over the years the lack of maintenance or simply the waterproof coverings may have waterproofing material reaching been overlaid or replaced the end of its service life. t n e m Govern with another bituminous Ponding of rainwater orities system, or with a and local auth e take can occur but is not g th polymeric or rubber necessarily a problem are encouragin eration single ply waterproofing though it may be n e g ro up of mic or a GRP based liquid an indication of the n as ca applied coating. degradation of the where roof are sis a b e th It is probable that some supporting deck due e d vi pro r la attempt at increasing the to water ingress or so g n ti n u o for m thermal efficiency of the condensation. It may photovoltaic roof would have been made also indicate the lack during this time. This means of fall to the roof, which collectors that even individual flat roofs may be addressed when could include various waterproofing refurbishing. Blistering may also be systems, build-ups and structures that present but, once again, is not problematic may require differing approaches to though it should be monitored periodically. close investigation and refurbishment. Pitched roof coverings can last for over Pitched roofs, that is roofs in excess of 10 100 years. However, these roofs should be degrees (usually 25 to 45) consist of a support examined for loose and broken tiles, flashings structure of timber, steel or concrete, with and other problems. Metal sheeted roofs can the waterproof elements be inspected for corrosion, loose or being tiles or, missing fixings, and trims. E

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E REFURBISHMENT & ENERGY EFFICIENCY If the roof is to be simply refurbished by recovering then the Building Regulations will come into play, particularly with regard to energy efficiency. They state that if more than 50 per cent of the existing waterproofing is being stripped, if it’s technically and economically feasible the whole roof must be brought up to the standard of the current energy related regulations. This means that a roof will require substantially more insulation than is currently present. For example, a school roof installed in 1995 will, possibly, have about 40mm of rigid polyurethane insulation meeting the then current regulations. In 2012 that thickness will need to increase to 140mm. When a roof is refurbished rather, than simply repaired, it may have other potential roles, in addition to ‘keeping out the weather’. For instance it may lend itself to a vegetated or ‘green roof’. Or perhaps it could be the location for important microgeneration equipment such as solar thermal or photovoltaic panels. In this case the entire roof design including the structure will need to be taken into account. Government and local authorities are encouraging the take up of micro generation where roof areas can provide the basis for mounting solar photovoltaic collectors. The electrical energy they can produce may be used to power a building’s interior. Any extra electricity generated can be fed into the National Grid. Many solar systems are available for retrofitting to both flat and pitched roofs. The key considerations, however, are that the roof structure is capable of accepting the increased load, that the roof members are substantial enough to take the additional mounting brackets and fixings and, of course, the waterproofing effectiveness of the roof covering is maintained. No existing roofs were designed to take solar equipment and, therefore, expert advice will need to be obtained from a qualified engineer. While solar equipment is likely to be commissioned by a supplier it will be the roofing contractor’s responsibility to ensure its effectiveness and the roof’s integrity. GREENING YOUR ROOF Green or vegetated roofs are growing in popularity – especially in the new-build arena. In some instances they can be

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Green roofs are highly engineered and should not be fitted and forgotten. They need careful design, maintenance and consideration for irrigation. retro-fitted to existing roofs. The benefits of a green roof include sustainable drainage, increased bio diversity, countering of solar gain and increased thermal efficiency. In a school a green roof can provide interest and the feeling of well-being. They are installed as a complete system comprising the waterproofing, root resistant layer, moisture retention layer, drainage layer, filter layer and, finally, the growing medium. Green roofs are heavy – even the simplest sedum based covering adds an extra 100kg per square meter and the more intensive systems will be a tonne or more, plus the extra weight of retained rainwater. The existing roof structure must be able to accommodate significantly heavier loads. Green roofs are highly engineered and should not be fitted and forgotten. They need careful design, maintenance and consideration for irrigation. Further information can be obtained from www.livingroofs.org INSPECTING AND ASSESSING ROOFS Flat roofs are relatively easy to access for inspection, basic maintenance and to reclaim balls and other items that have been lost up there. Also, they are easy to fall off. In fact 50 per cent of fatalities in the construction industry are the result of falls from height and therefore the basic requirements of the Work at Height Regulations must be applied. This involves, even when simply inspecting a roof, that the work should be planned, supervised and carried out in a reasonably safe manner. A trained and competent roofing contractor is totally conversant with these regulations as well as seriously regarding other potential risks, such as from asbestos-containing materials. COMPETENT ROOFER SCHEME BRINGS SAVINGS The NFRC government-approved CompetentRoofer scheme is extremely important and can bring significant cost savings to every educational establishment that needs repairs, maintenance or re-roofing work. The CompetentRoofer scheme ensures total satisfaction, involving special self-

certification by the roofing company that totally eliminates costly and time-consuming local authority building control procedures. It presents all-round cost reductions, whilst maintaining performance and legality. Roofers’ self-certification through CompetentRoofer means that their clients get an ‘all-in-one’ service that does not need building control officer approval. The building owner receives a Building Regulations Control Completion and the roofing work is automatically registered with the relevant local authority. CompetentRoofers receive random site inspections checks so their work is always first rate. Special training courses have been developed to increase operative awareness of the scheme and its implications. Also there is a ‘hot-line’ to anonymously report errant companies. For more information: www.competentroofer.co.uk SPECIAL HERITAGE ROOFERS Many older schools and educational establishments are listed buildings and require very special attention to detail and consideration. So the NFRC has a unique register of Heritage Roofing Contractors. All old roofs must be covered or renewed precisely and in line with the strictest energy efficiency rules. This is because certain government parameters have been set to which roofs must comply in order to meet the common goals of zero carbon emissions. All NFRC Heritage Register roofers have the specialist knowledge, skills and workmanship to carry out this exacting work. ABOUT THE NRFC Through its members, the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) leads the way in possible cost-saving solutions while encouraging first class workmanship, maximum performance, plus the installation of cutting-edge materials. L For more information about the NFRC and its members see its website for more details www.nfrc.co.uk

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In common with most sectors, education will be looking to resolve its future construction requirements using the most efficient and cost effective options possible. The modular building industry may have the solution. For those seeking more efficient, on-time project delivery with improved quality, measurable carbon emissions, reduced waste and labour costs, the answer could lie in modules built off site in a controlled factory environment. Such volumetric buildings are often delivered to site in a virtually finished state, having been built to a very high degree of precision. Key drivers for the use of modular volumetric buildings include sustainability, waste reduction and lower carbon emissions. Many still regard offsite construction as risky and look instead to traditional construction. Yet even when its procurement practices can create low productivity, often poor quality finishes, more material, contract over-runs and cost increases, many people still choose not to consider off site construction options. Energy Performance Standards introduced in October 2010 updated the building regulations to encompass modular buildings. The regulations also require zero carbon by 2020. Today’s modular building companies compete favourably in all these areas and can deliver a turnkey package without the need to absorb expensive procurement costs. Modern buildings can also be finished to blend in with existing buildings, fit into difficult locations and be tailored to suit clients’ budgets. Buildings can be bought new, but also acquired as recycled units. Some suppliers even provide a hire service. The Modular & Portable Building Association promotes companies that specialise in all types of building applications. It has published several Codes of Practice, some of which have subsequently been incorporated into the British Standards. L FOR MORE INFORMATION www.mpba.biz

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New school building heralds arrival of academy status for Wymondham High A dedicated sixth form centre is now in use at Wymondham High, a new academy in Norfolk. The scheme was constructed using a highly sustainable recycled modular building from Foremans Relocatable Building Systems. It was completed ahead of schedule, reducing the programme to under three months. Designed by architects NPS South East, the project marks the start of a significant new phase in the history of the school. In line with government policy to increase the number of academies across the UK, Wymondham High now has Academy status. The additional teaching accommodation was needed as the school caters for over 1,600 pupils, with 400 in the sixth form from the start of the 2011/12 academic year and plans are in place to increase pupil numbers to 2,000. FLEXIBLE SPACE The purpose-designed facility was craned into position in just one day during the school holidays to minimise disruption to staff and students. The single-storey building accommodates five seminar rooms for students studying social sciences, and sixth form facilities, including a break-out area, toilets and administration office. The main contractor was Farrans (Construction) Ltd. Commenting on the new building, Victoria Musgrave, principal at the academy, said: “This project has definitely exceeded our expectations and both staff and students are genuinely thrilled with it. They like the ambience it has created, the flexibility of the space, and the fact that we now have

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a dedicated facility for our sixth form”. “The Foremans team was very helpful, personable and efficient throughout and the modular solution has given us the very best scheme for our available budget. It was also sufficiently flexible to meet our project-specific requirements and has provided us with a high quality teaching environment, which symbolises the start of a new era for the school.” Louise Robinson, project architect at NPS South East, said, “This scheme has changed our perception of modular building. It feels robust and secure and has good sound quality – you would never know it is a E

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MODULAR BUILDINGS E modular structure. We are impressed with the finish, particularly externally, and the cladding is crisp and well executed”. She added, “Foremans’ performance was excellent. The building was installed in just one day and the modular approach gave us the benefit of a critical saving on time. The project had to be delivered in just three months before the start of the new academic year, which was a major challenge. I am pleased to report the school was actually able to move in several days earlier than planned”.

The additional teaching accommodation was needed as the school caters for over 1,600 pupils, with 400 in the sixth form from the start of the 2011/12 academic year and plans are in place to increase pupil numbers to 2,000.

ENVIRONMENT A collaborative approach was taken to the design of the new building. The most appropriate aesthetic solution for the exterior was discussed at workshops with sixth form design students. Students were keen to use timber from a sustainable source and to introduce colour into the project. The architects worked with Foremans to develop a cladding solution using natural larch with vertical ‘windows’ cut out to reveal the modular steel structure finished in three colours – jade, heritage green

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inherit a worse world than ours). But, as this demographic is generally less accepting of climate change than others, perhaps these investors simply see the financial sense in a guaranteed 25-year income to leave to their families and their grandchildren’s schools. The programme also offers an educational package to bring the energy into the classroom. ‘Web boxes’ record the installations’ output data and enable teachers to incorporate local, real world examples of maths and physics problems into their teaching, as well as correlating weather conditions to unit

apply to new installations) have pulled the rug from under the feet of those schools which might have wished to follow suit. Government has work to do to restore investor confidence, and can start by building stable degression mechanisms into its subsidies. NATIONAL CAMPAIGNS 10:10, a leading UK climate campaign group, launched a new initiative in September called Solar Schools, which helps schools raise funds to buy their own solar panels. A £5 donation buys one solar tile, and a

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There are two social benefits to installing renewable energy on-site at educational establishments: real world cuts in carbon emissions, and the cultivation of an environmentally-aware future generation. But renewables bring more immediate benefits too: waste-free energy, energy security and, often, cost reductions and new revenue streams. Seaton Primary won a prestigious Ashden Award in 2007 thanks to its 2.5kW wind turbine, its 4.7kW solar PV array, and its solar thermal-heated swimming pool. The wind and PV generate electricity for use on-site and have saved an estimated two tonnes of carbon per year. Headteacher Alan Simpson regularly uses assembly to update the children on their energy production, and renewable energy problems are now incorporated into maths and science lessons. Seaton pupils proudly boast of their awareness of environmental issues and their own environmentally friendly behaviours – from switching off lights and computers, to tending to the school’s compost wormery and grass snake conservation area. As the school states: ‘caring for the environment is not just a subject to be studied – it’s an ethos’.

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Wey Valley operates a ‘free solar’ model, which means the Co-operative retains ownership of the panels, but the schools get all the energy the panels produce for free, while the Feed-in Tariff pays the return to investors.

performance in geography classes. The project also serves as a real world case study in business studies lessons, teaching MULTI-SCHOOL PROJECTS pupils first-hand about infrastructure Not too far away, the Wey Valley Solar Schools investment. Rachael Hunter, the programme Energy Co-operative launched the largest coordinator, explains that Wey Valley operates community share offer in the country a ‘free solar’ model, which means the last September and attracted Co-operative retains ownership £670,000, enabling it to of the panels, but the schools install 50kW PV units at get all the energy the panels Wey Valley y rg e four Dorset schools so produce for free, while n E ls o o ch S Solar far. Perhaps surprisingly, the Feed-in Tariff pays d e ch un Co-operative la unity grandparents comprised the return to investors. m one of the main investor The early risk-takers the largest com the profiles. This could have benefited most are offer in sh r e b partly be due to the from solar, as their m te p e country last S 70,000, legacy issue of climate tariff is guaranteed 6 £ change (not wanting for 25 years while and attracted install to it g future generation to recent cuts (which only n enabli

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colourful online graphic keeps track of which donor or event has paid for which tile. E.P. Collier Primary in Reading became the first school to reach its £10,000 target just before Christmas. Project coordinator Amy Cameron highlights the importance of social media in raising awareness of the campaign, but traditional fundraising strategies made a big contribution too, including a comedy evening, a disco, and a good old-fashioned teacher gunging. Caermon explains why the Solar Schools model benefits both school and students: “The school starts making money straight away (no payback period) and acquires a new asset, while the children are directly engaged in the fundraising, and so their own feeling of pride and achievement expands into a positive feeling towards renewables E

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green electricity from the grid (of which eight buy 100 per cent green energy), while 37 generate some of their electricity on-site, and the number with CHP installed is also 37.

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Ecobuild, the UK’s biggest event for sustainable design, construction and the built environment is back at London’s ExCeL on Tuesday 20 – Thursday 22 March Ecobuild is bigger than ever. Over 1,500 suppliers will create a huge showcase of sustainable construction products. From big names such as Saint-Gobain, BASF Construction Chemicals, Kingspan, Vaillant, and Worcester Bosch, to up and comers in Ecobuild’s Green shoots entrepreneurs’ zone, visitors to the event be able to see the latest in everything from building materials to micro-renewables, from rainwater harvesting systems to interiors. Ecobuild puts all these innovative products in context through its vast information programme. There’s the three-day, threestream conference, sponsored by the UK Green Building Council, that tackles macro themes such as ‘Beyond construction: achieving a sustainable future’, ‘Making sustainable construction happen’ and ‘Design, architecture & sustainability’ with renowned commentators including Sir John Beddington, Monty Don, Janet Street Porter, Greg Dyke, Tony Juniper and Angela Brady, covering topics as diverse as Growing out of trouble – how social enterprise can help restore society, People and the planet and Collaborative consumption. SEMINARS Ecobuild’s seminar programme delivers practical advice from experienced practitioners through over 130 sessions including ‘Energy & innovation in buildings’, ‘Better through BIM’, ‘Buildings in use’,

‘Future energy’ and ‘Sustainable by design’. Visitors looking to get their hands dirty can do so at a dozen or more live attractions literally in the case of Ecobuild’s ‘Natural, traditional…sustainable’ which demonstrates cob wall building alongside straw bale construction and carpentry techniques. Elsewhere on the exhibition floor ‘Renewable Heat Focus’ gives daily talks and one-to-one advice on how best to benefit from the Renewable Heat Incentive

efficient, solid wall insulation, internal wall insulation, insulating lofts and floors, party wall insulation and cavity wall upgrades. Ecobuild’s ‘Solar hub’, sponsored by Solarcentury, demonstrates how the installation of solar PV still offers attractive rates of return via the UK Feed-in Tariff, despite adjustments to the Government’s incentive scheme through a series of talks and presentations, plus one-to-one advice. ROI Visitors will get practical guidance on how to specify the most appropriate system for the best results, maximise the return on investment, reduce carbon emissions

Ecobuild’s seminar programme delivers practical advice from experienced practitioners through over 130 sessions including Energy & innovation in buildings, Better through BIM, Buildings in use, Future energy and Sustainable by design. (RHI) plus a showcase and working models of the latest technology including solar thermal, biomass and heat pumps. ENERGY EFFICIENCY Renew, sponsored by Knauf Insulation, provides practical advice on achieving one of the most important aspects of an energy efficient building – a highly insulated, air-tight building envelope. Daily live demonstrations cover making hard to treat buildings more energy

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EXCITING FUTURE FOR LANDSCAPING

The future of landscaping and grounds care has arrived, and it’s all maintenance free, using a wide range of innovative recycled plastic products offered by a family business – Kedel Limited “Right from the start we decided our business should be founded on ethical and ecologically sound principles,” says Dermot Walch, managing director of Kedel. “As far as practically possible, we wanted to make being green a feature of all our company decisions, and not just because it’s become fashionable.” All Kedel’s recycled materials are sourced from within a 50 mile radius of its base in Lancashire, to avoid adding a massive carbon footprint from transporting it from the other side of the world. It might be cheaper, but it won’t be green. Rather than offer carbon copies of plastic benches already available, Kedel combines different recycled plastic materials in interesting, innovative and aesthetically-pleasing ways that are colourful, fun and educational, too. “Recently a customer complained that we had sent a wooden product instead of recycled plastic,” explains Lewis Walch, Kedel customer service manager. “It’s a common mistake – Kedel’s plastic wood is very convincing.” OVERFLOW CAR PARKING – GROUND REINFORCEMENT GRIDS Kedel’s recycled plastic drainage and ground reinforcement grids are another boon for landscaping and grounds care professionals. These grids can easily carry up to 16 tonnes of axle weight. They clip together securely and cost as little as £9.00, exluding VAT per square meter. Once laid, they can be filled with a variety of materials, including soil and seed to give a pleasing lawn, which can safely carry heavy traffic for parking or access roads. No planning permission is needed, as surface water can drain through freely, in line with current SUDS legislation regarding run off.

employee involvement but, being a close knit family, we already have that,” says Lewis Walch. “And it breeds a sense of personal responsibility that makes it natural to go the extra mile for a client.” One recent project was Ainsley Gardens at Wilmot Street, London, where project organisers wanted to build large raised herb beds from recycled mixed plastic lumber. “Kedel scrutinised our plans and offered all sorts of useful assistance,” says organiser Henry Dillon. “We’d definitely recommend them. We were really impressed with this tough, durable, maintenance free alternative to timber. And it really is wonderful material to work with.” The Wilmot Street Blog lists 17 reasons for using recycled plastic instead of wood: http://wilmotstreet.wordpress.com/ PRACTICAL AND ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS Recycled plastic will not rot, will need no paint or toxic preservative, is vandal and graffiti resistant, less flammable than wood, and lasts at least five times longer. It is more versatile than wood, lending its special properties to all kinds of new applications, as seen on the curved recycled plastic profile on this marina development in Leigh, Lancashire (see picture). About 30% of landfill is composed of plastic waste. No one knows how long it takes to break down. Scientists estimate hundreds of years. The lack of plastic decomposition is a headache for landfill, but a terrific asset when you turn the same material into

SPECIALIST BESPOKE DESIGN SERVICES This year, Kedel has successfully developed over 30 specialist education products that combine recycled plastic in new and innovative ways. Its product design team offers a comprehensive bespoke design service, including product design and development, prototype production, testing and manufacture. “Many big businesses encourage a strong sense of loyalty and Street Ainsley Gardens at Wilmot

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lumber or a park bench, where it saves both time and money. It’s a false economy to use tanalised timber instead of recycled plastic. A study clearly illustrating this was conducted on a recycled plastic walkway by WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme). Over a 25 year period, 100 meters of walkway cost £1,300 in timber, but £370 in recycled plastic. The timber costs included maintenance after the first two years and replacement after seven, which would not be required with recycled plastic. This is typical, where these two materials are permanently outdoors and at the mercy of the elements. The name ‘Kedel’ is derived from the names of its founders, Kieran, Dermot and Lewis Walch. Within weeks of the company launch two younger family members also came on board, attracted by the company’s ecological principles, and bringing with them a perfect addition of complementary skills in industrial design and on-line marketing. This really is a no-brainer. Architects, planners, landscapers and construction companies, that take full advantage of the maintenance-free qualities of recycled plastic materials, will steal a march on those who don’t. Online, Kedel can be found on twitter. com/kedelltd; on facebook.com/pages/ Kedel-Ltd/292973641518 and on youtube at youtube.com/user/kedelvideos/videos FOR MORE INFORMATION Visit us at stand C102 at the Education Show. Tel: 01282 861325 info@kedel.co.uk www.kedel.co.uk www.kedeleducation.co.uk

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Landscape Group success at 35th BALI Awards development in Salford, Manchester – location of MediaCity UK and new home of the BBC. The Awards adjudication panel, chaired by Greg Allen, unanimously agreed that The Landscape Group’s work warranted this most prestigious award. Their citation reads: “The workmanship on this breathtaking waterfront scheme is simply outstanding. The logistics involved were very complex with the contractor’s 76 employees having to work in cooperation with some 50 other contractors on the site throughout the project. The level of technical excellence achieved on this high profile landmark scheme is clear for all to see and provides a wonderful exemplar of BALI, and British, landscape contracting. It is a most worthy recipient of the BALI Grand Award.” Over 650 BALI members, sponsors and guests, including celebrity landscaper Tommy

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Coventry based landscape contractors The Landscape Group scooped the Grand Award at the prestigious BALI National Landscape Awards event at the Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London, on Friday 2nd December. Held annually to recognise excellence in landscape design, construction and maintenance by members of the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI), the BALI National Landscape Awards were first introduced by the country’s leading landscape trade association in 1976 and this year celebrate their 35th anniversary. The Grand Award is presented to the BALI member company whose winning scheme is considered, above all other award winners, to exemplify landscaping excellence and truly outstanding professionalism. The Landscape Group triumphed over fellow BALI award winners with their landscaping of the Broadway

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FRESH FOOD YOU CAN TRUST All schools involved in the Food for Life Partnership are working towards bronze, silver or gold award menus as defined by the Food for Life Catering Mark. This mark was developed by the Soil Association to offer an independent guarantee that what’s on the menu is freshly prepared, free from undesirable additives and better for animal welfare. The groundbreaking scheme now accredits over 500,000 meals being served in the UK each day. That’s over 85 million each year and this number is increasing as more and more caterers sign up. The scheme is open to all food providers but currently the majority of those signed All children up are involved with d school meal provision. o o F e th in d e involv The bronze, silver rship and gold Catering for Life Partne Mark tiers encourage are given the the use of more ‘close the gap’ in health fresh, seasonal, local and academic attainment opportunity to st and organic food. At between disadvantaged visit their neare bronze, the Catering children and their peers. farm Mark’s fixed standards It also revealed that guarantee that all meals schools show a significant are free from trans-fats, increase in free school meal undesirable additives including uptake which is crucial in encouraging MSG and GM ingredients. All eggs are from healthy eating habits, and that twice cage-free hens and meat is produced to farm as many primary schools receive an assurance standards. Organisations serving Outstanding Ofsted rating after working food to early years or school settings must with the Food for Life Partnership. also demonstrate how they meet relevant In fact, says the evaluation, over £3 in social, economic and environmental government guidelines for nutrition. value was created for every £1 The silver and gold Catering Marks operate spent on Food for Life menus. on a points-based system which rewards Food is used as a way to improve the every percentage of an organisation’s total whole school experience, such as making ingredient spend on ethical, environmentallylunchtimes a positive feature of the day, friendly, local and healthy food. To achieve enriching classroom learning with farm silver, an organisation must spend a visits, and practical cooking and growing minimum of 5 per cent of total ingredient activities. Sheila Dillon, presenter of The spend on organic products, with 15 per Food Programme, describes the Food for cent required for gold. This means that Life Partnership as ‘the most important food organisations using organic, higher welfare, project in Europe’. Talking about the impact locally produced or healthier ingredients can of the project earlier this year she said: gain recognition for their achievements. “For years, for decades, we’ve been looking for this golden way of changing attitudes FARM VISITS to food. The Food for Life Partnership With 90 per cent of the UK’s population has changed things, it’s remarkable”. living in cities, we have become increasingly Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall who handed disconnected from the farms where our out the award, also gave high praise to the food is produced. All children involved in the programme, saying, “The positive effect Food for Life Partnership are given the E

TRANSFORMING FOOD CULTURE IN SCHOOLS 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 I was delighted when the Soil Associationled Food for Life Partnership was recently awarded the prestigious BBC Radio 4 Derek Cooper Award. The award recognises ‘unsung heroes, whose work has increased our access to, and knowledge and appreciation of, good food’. For five years the Soil Association and its three partners in the project – Health Education Trust, Garden Organic and Focus on Food Campaign – have been working with schools and communities across England to transform their food cultures. The award is well deserved and a fitting recognition for the impact the project is having. An evaluation of the project found that participation was beneficial to children’s health. It also helps to tackle inequalities, improve education and impacts positively on local enterprise and sustainability. The evaluation confirmed that children are eating more fruit and veg as a result of their participation and that the programme helps

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of the work is absolutely unambiguous. It’s proven academically, but more to the point it’s proven in the bright eyes and busy attitude of the kids and the fantastic commitment of their head teachers. And if you think a little bit into the future it means we’ll soon be sending kids into the world as young adults who will themselves be educating their families. If we get this right we can change the whole culture of food at a grass roots level. It couldn’t be more important and we have to see this succeed”.

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businesses, net costs are improved and administration is reduced. This enables members to actively source the best catering commodities and resources via IPA. Key advantages of purchasing partners include clear and transparent pricing on invoices, monthly invoice commodity price monitoring, supplier risk assessment and approval, regular reviews of supplier performance, fixed pricing across key product areas and a dedicated account management team. PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS IPA’s consultancy service is becoming an increasingly important element in providing professional, creative advice to members and clients. Specialist consultants develop practical solutions that can be effectively implemented when required. A key area is the conducting of strategic and operational reviews or procurement policies, practices and procedures. IPA’s reporting structure provides detailed feedback with practical, cost-effective recommendations covering all aspects including supply chain management, price competitiveness and the maintaining of quality of goods that have been received. A new service that has been introduced is Central Billing - invoices are sent to IPA who collate and process the data via their in-house system, then generates a monthly statement that details all the transactions with suppliers. The member makes just one payment. With more control, better management and ongoing support from IPA, Central Billing is proving to reduce paperwork and bank charges, as well as earning members 1% cashback on purchases. IPA offers a wide range of products and services – from food and non-food goods, to big brands and fresh, local produce – a portfolio of over 300 leading national and local suppliers, such as 3663, Brakes, Nestle, Coca Cola, Unilever and Britvic. From implementing purchasing strategies for catering within educational and healthcare bodies to supporting and working with well-known organisations who run their own food service operations, IPA is proud to work with small businesses to help improve their financial performance, quality of goods and services, and sourcing solutions. FURTHER INFORMATION Tel: 01372 466966 enquiries@ipapurchasing.co.uk www.ipapurchasing.co.uk

Case study Edenham High School in Croydon, South London which caters for 1200 pupils aged 11-16 years of age and a Sixth Form, wanted to transfer its catering in-house and approached IPA for help and advice. An Audit was implemented to analyse the schools’ current purchasing and deliver recommendations for product sourcing and financial savings. A price review was conducted on all grocery and frozen food purchases which demonstrated that substantial savings of over 18% could be achieved. Edenham also changed to IPA’s recommended local fresh fruit and vegetable wholesaler and meat supplier, which delivered not only a significant improvement in quality and reliability, but also a further impressive 20% in cost savings. Edenham registered for IPA’s Central Billing service which has alleviated a lot of the administration time for the accounts department by reducing the paying of all invoices from all suppliers to just one statement per month via IPA. Janet Tonks, Catering Manager, commented: “Edenham High wanted to move away from a contract caterer to enable us to offer better quality and variety of food for the same price. With the help and support from IPA, this was made possible. It also became clear how many invoices needed to be processed and payments needed to be paid, so we took up IPA’s offer of Central Billing which has reduced this, and we have just one billing to pay at the end of the month to IPA.” “IPA not only helps with food costs, but everything to do with running a busy business. You just have to ring and if they don’t have the answer, they will find out. IPA made the transition easy with their friendly, approachable advice and fantastic savings.”


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E opportunity to visit their nearest farm. These visits help to teach them that food does not just come from a supermarket shelf – an important lesson given that a worrying amount of the food we eat is highly processed and rarely resembles the original ingredients. Visiting a farm, even just once, can be a lifechanging experience for a young person. The Food for Life Partnership, via a dedicated Farm Links team, encourages schools and farms to set up a programme where small groups of pupils can visit the farm throughout the year. Pupils get the chance to talk with the farmer, get a closer look round the farm and begin to understand the yearly cycle of work. School picnics, a harvest festival, or a farmers’ markets are just some of the activities which help to bring larger numbers of pupils and community members to the farm to celebrate. FARM ACADEMY Over the coming year and a half, the Soil Association will be working with 10 schools across London (both primary and secondary) in the Farm Academy Programme, an exciting new innovation which helps teach inner city children about where their food comes from through farm visits and the establishment of school farmers markets that are organised entirely by the pupils. Supported by funding from the City Bridge Trust and the Food for Life Partnership, the programme will support the Partnership in transforming school food culture. The aim is that Farm Academy is fully linked into the curriculum and that the children have a voice in what happens. Schools taking part also sign up to the Food for Life Partnership programme, providing a structured scheme of activity and awards scheme to monitor

As well as providing opportunities for pupils to learn about food and farming, the Farm Academy Programme helps support small, local producers through the school markets and provides the opportunity for members of the school and wider community to buy local, fresh and seasonal produce and meet the farmers behind the food. Pupils are involved in running the markets from start to finish. They take responsibility for what happens and the decisions are theirs – enabling schools to communicate the importance of sustainably-produced local food and providing a context for looking at food chain issues and understanding

The scheme is really important to help London pupils realise where their food comes from. The Food for Life Partnership and our school garden have already helped pupils at our school learn more about food and food production. progress. Teamwork is a key part of the visit, with groups working together to harvest produce and prepare their dinner. Teachers have commented on how children who are sometimes disruptive or don’t perform in class have excelled in this new environment. Last summer, Jubilee Primary and Sebright Primary in Hackney, and Poplar Primary in Merton spent four days on an organic farm, taking part in a variety of activities – from cheesemaking and hen-keeping to growing and harvesting vegetables. Back in the classroom, pupils then applied what they learned to establish a regular farmers’ market – selling their own school-grown produce as well as that from local producers.

where food comes from. The money raised all goes towards further farm visits or food education in the school. It seems that everyone involved benefits. Pupils learn ‘on-the-job’ about farming, animal welfare, food growing and cooking; it helps provide a new market for local producers and micro- food enterprises; and it also gives the local community the opportunity to buy affordable and fresh local produce, and meet the farmers who are producing the food. Roz Wilson, a teacher at Millfield Primary in London which is taking part in the programme, has witness first-hand the benefits of the scheme: “The scheme is

really important to help London pupils realise where their food comes from. The Food for Life Partnership and our school garden have already helped pupils at our school learn more about food and food production. The Farm Academy Programme will allow us to build on this success. Through the farm visits and the running of school farmers markets, the pupils become champions for helping promote healthy eating in the wider community”. SECURING THE FUTURE In March 2012, The Soil Association-led Food for Life Partnership will come to the end of its development phase. An initial investment by the BIG Lottery Fund of £16.9million has helped develop and test delivery methods. Backed up by solid evidence that the Partnership impacts positively on children’s life chances, the partnership is now offering unique, tailored solutions for local areas and delivers real, evidence-based, impact in schools and communities across the country. Commenting on the future of the Partnership, Sheila Dillon said, “It seems to me that if we lost what the Food for Life Partnership has achieved it would not only be a disaster for the schools and the children, it would be a disaster for the entire British society”. The Partnership is committed to continuing this work and is keen to work with and hear from new partners, in particular to extend the programme in areas of significant disadvantage. If you would like to explore what value the Food for Life Partnership can bring to the table in your area then please get in touch. L FOR MORE INFORMATION www.foodforlife.org.uk fflp@foodforlife.org.uk

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NASEN LIVE 2012

A LIVELY SEN PROGRAMME Happening on the 23rd & 24th of May at the Reebok Stadium, nasen Live has put together an impressive lineup of seminar speakers Since it was launched in 2010, nasen Live has grown. The annual event is totally dedicated to special and additional educational needs and is hosted by nasen, the leading UK professional SEN association. nasen Live has been enables practitioners to find out the latest teaching techniques, research and best practice methods to meet and exceed all special and additional educational needs. Having launched nasen Live during an uncertain economic time, the aim has always been to grow the event gradually. Seminar highlights are as follows.

WEDNESDAY 23 MAY 10.30 - 11.30: Executive

Functioning - Essential Skills for Education and Employment Professor Amanda Kirby Medical Director, Dyscovery Centre University of Wales, Newport Executive function is a set of mental processes that helps connect past experience with present action. We use it to perform activities such as planning, organizing, strategizing, paying attention to and remembering details, and managing time and space. This seminar provides a background to executive functioning, its different components and how it impacts on learning and later employability. It provides the latest understanding and research along with practical management for school and classroom teachers.

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OfSTED Framework Lorraine Petersen OBE, Chief Executive Officer, nasen In January 2012 Ofsted implemented its new Inspection Framework which was very clear in its focus on how schools are meeting the needs of vulnerable groups in school. This session will give an overview of the new framework and offer schools support and advice on how to ensure that they are able to provide the evidence needed to support progress for all pupils especially those with special educational needs and disabilities.

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In this seminar Professor Sonia Blandford and Susan Briggs aim to provide an overview of the Achievement for All programme, consider the impact of Achievement for All in raising the aspirations and attainment of the 20% most vulnerable and special educational needs and disabled learners at school level on leadership practice, teaching and learning, parental engagement and wider outcomes. They will also consider the impact of Achievement for All at local Authority level including the impact of school clustering and the educational landscape of England as a whole.

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Coordination Disorder (DCD) / Dyspraxia Consensus 2011 – A UK perspective: Guidance and implications for practice. Professor Amanda Kirby Director, Dyscovery Centre, University of Wales, Newport This session will outline the details of the UK DCD consensus statement and the implications for parents and professionals working with children and adults with DCD/Dyspraxia in the UK. Professor Amanda Kirby along with colleagues from the UK Movement Matters group have, after extensive consultation with key bodies developed the consensus on identification and management.

15.30 - 16.30: Phonics Teaching

and Screening for Children with SEN - Implications and Adaptations Anita Kerwin-Nye, Chief Executive Officer, The Communication Trust In response to the introduction of phonics screening this session will consider ways to adapt phonics teaching and screen for children with particular challenges including those who stammer, children with specific language impairment, children with phonological difficulties and children with hearing impairment. Anita will also identify sources of help for children struggling with phonics.

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THURSDAY 24 MAY 10.30 - 11.30: Backwards or

forwards: Is Government SEND policy helping schools and SENCOs give pupils with SEN a better deal? Christopher Robertson Lecturer in Inclusive Education The Government in its SEN and disability Green Paper ‘Support and Aspiration’ (DfE, March 2011) referred explicitly to SENCOs and emphasised the important role they have to play in providing day-to-day leadership that makes sure children and young people with disabilities and SEN (SEND) receive the support they require and can achieve good educational outcomes. This seminar will seek to appraise more formal post-green paper proposals – including those requiring legislative changes - that aim to improve SEND provision in mainstream schools, from the perspective of SENCOs. It will examine whether or not these proposals are ‘fit for purpose’ and if the policy landscape will help or hinder SENCOs seeking to develop and sustain inclusive educational provision for learners with a range of additional needs.

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THOUGHT LEADERSHIP IN ACTION AT BETT 2012 The most successful ever BETT (and the last one at Olympia) closed its doors having played host to over 30,000 and featuring many of the latest technological developments in education. It also provided a great opportunity for educators from around the world to unite and provide the inspiration and guidance needed to address future challenges The fact that the show floor was still busy with only 15 minutes remaining on the last day at BETT was a great testament to the vibrancy of this sector. The event had been opened four days previously by Education Secretary, the Rt. Hon. Michael Gove MP, who spoke about the curriculum shakeup for ICT, and highlighted how it is more important than ever to gain practical guidance on the latest education technology and resources available. There was a lot of interest in Gove’s keynote speech at Olympia. His plans to replace the existing ICT curriculum with new courses in computer science is designed to allow schools to create their own ICT and computer science curricula that equip

pupils with the skills employers want. Reaction to Gove’s public consultation on the proposed changes to the National Curriculum for ICT has been mixed, but generally positive. NUS general secretary Christine Blower said that the consultation should be considered “in the context of the current review of the National Curriculum and any changes made to the ICT curriculum in schools should happen at the same time. Piecemeal changes only disrupt the preparation that teachers have to make when initiatives are introduced”. Gove said that ICT will remain a compulsory part of the National Curriculum, pending the National Curriculum review: “As Google’s chairman Eric Schmidt recently lamented, we

in England have allowed our education system to ignore our great heritage and we are paying the price for it. Our school system has not prepared children for this new world. Millions have left school over the past decade without even the basics they need for a decent job. “By withdrawing the Programme of Study, we’re giving teachers freedom over what and how to teach. Universities, businesses and others will have the opportunity to devise new courses and exams. “Imagine the dramatic change which could be possible in just a few years, once we remove the roadblock of the existing ICT curriculum. Instead of children bored out of their minds being taught how to use Word and Excel by bored teachers, we could have 11-year-olds able to write simple 2D computer animations using an MIT tool called Scratch. By 16, they could be writing their own Apps for smartphones.” Bill Mitchell, director at the British Computer Society (BCS) Academy of Computing, welcomed the proposal, saying that it is, E

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BETT 2012 E “Essential we teach our children how to create digital technology and software for themselves. Good schools will now be free to teach the underpinning principles and concepts of computer science through imaginative and rigorous curricula such as the Computing At School curriculum, which is endorsed by both Microsoft and Google”. Bernadette Brooks, the general manager of

ON THE FLOOR Prominent amongst the show’s many attractions was the ‘New Worlds of Learning’ led by professor Stephen Heppell and sponsored by Panasonic. For the past few years the professor, of Heppell.net, has brought many new learning concepts into the central feature area at BETT. His work in schools across the world ensured

There was a lot of interest in Gove’s keynote speech at Olympia. His plans to replace the existing ICT curriculum with new courses in computer science is designed to allow schools to create their own ICT and computer science curricula that equip pupils with the skills employers want. Naace also welcomed Gove’s move: “The only constant in ICT is change, and teachers will see this as their opportunity to bring innovation and creativity to their classrooms. To support this, Naace is working with partner associations, teachers, pupils, school leaders and commercial organisations to develop new curricula and supporting materials that will be world class”.

that this dynamic and energetic area of the show gave educators a fresh view of what is possible in education globally. ‘New Worlds of Learning’ was located in a prime position in the middle of the Grand Hall. It centred on the ‘wise and wired’ children of Hounslow’s Lampton School. Live on the stand, its children questioned and collaborated with

other video-linked schools across the world to identify effective ingredients of learning. They then put these new ideas directly into practice at BETT in some bespoke projects. These included humanities in which the students used an app to research local communities, and gather a rich mix of data through handheld devices while exploring historical, demographic and cultural changes. Another project focused on applied science – using crystal growing kits the students shared their insights and conclusions with students in other countries, via a shared blog space. The central feature also included full reporting on the key activities as they happened. This was provided by radio presenter Russell Prue, who broadcast live from the show floor in a purpose built studio, and interviewed students, exhibitors and visitors each day.

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In front of over 600 guests, comedian Patrick Monahan presented awards to the winners, selected from an abundance of high quality entries by a judging panel made up of respected educational professionals, who shortlisted the entries and then chose the eventual winners. Debbie French, exhibition director at Emap comments: “We are very pleased to congratulate all winners in each of the categories of the 2012 BETT Awards. With so many outstanding entries this year, winning a BETT Award is truly a mark of excellence in ICT. Educators can be assured that each of the winners has produced engaging resources that respond to the needs of the education system to improve learning outcomes.” Ray Barker, director of BESA, says: “As BETT has become the international showcase for what the UK can offer the world in educational ICT, it is important to recognise the value of the BETT Awards as a robust, criterialed, quality mechanism for promoting the best technological solutions that really work in classrooms. The BETT Awards are now the standard by which the UK and international education industry can recognise and reward valuable and innovative resources”. FOR MORE INFORMATION If you would like to be recognised for your outstanding contribution to education sector resources and learning solutions by entering the 2013 BETT Awards, please register your interest by emailing jemma.hughes@emap.com

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BETT 2012 E ideas that could be taken away to bring a fresh, more informed view to teaching. Available throughout the show, a broad range of subjects were covered in four tracks: ICT Learning and Teaching, ICT Buying and Integrating, Leaders and SEN – all ensuring there was something for everyone. One particularly well-attended session was ‘The importance of the new technologies in the strategic leadership of

Humphreys, assistant general secretary, NAHT. BETT’s event director Debbie French, commented: “Teachers belong to one of the few professions that does not provide mandatory training and development after initial qualification. At BETT we recognise that teachers are no different from other professionals in their need for regular training and inspiration. The BETT team works closely with the sector’s key stakeholders each year

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EDUCATION: ARE 1:1 DEVICES THE FUTURE?

Specialist consultant 9ine describes a project that has sought to challenge and overcome the issue of providing a stable, secure, educationally enhancing ICT infrastructure in education The last decade has seen significant development of ICT within schools, with a change from providing ICT as a means to support learners, to that of the outcomes based approach adopted by BSF. 9ine, under the direction of Simon Thomas, have taken the best aspects of both approaches to deliver a revolutionary collaborative IT project which transformed teaching and learning. It recently delivered a £2m capital IT project for Kent-based Longfield Academy. The secondary school moved into a new £26m building last year and introduced 1100 iPads to support teaching and learning. The academy recently won the Education Business ICT Facility Award – awarded to the educational establishment in the UK that has made outstanding progress in the provision of a first class environment for the teaching of ICT and related subjects. VISION Longfield Academy is part of a schools federation. Its strategic vision is for all 4500 learners to have access to an iPad by September 2013. In line with this vision, 9ine’s role was to deliver a change management programme which involved the design and development of the systems architecture (network, servers, storage, wireless and other systems) to support mobile devices on a large scale. Education specialist European Electronique worked closely with 9ine to support the installation of the Meru wifi architecture and the procurement of 1000 iPads. In collaboration with the academy, 9ine identified that the teaching and learning experience could be improved through the use of individual student devices. However, when the process started 18 months ago no available device was technically suitable, cost effective and sustainable. To deliver the project, 9ine created three sub-project groups focusing on teaching and learning, e-learning and technical aspects of the systems architecture. Each group worked to a set of actions and objectives to decide on the most appropriate device, the technical systems architecture and change management approach (how would we embed the new technology into teaching plans and the curriculum). Students

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and teachers trialled 20 laptops, 20 netbooks, 20 MacBooks and 20 iPads for a range of teaching and learning ideas – overwhelmingly, the iPad proved to be the device of choice. 9ine then spent 12 months implementing the practicalities of the scheme, helping the academy to integrate the device and associated applications into each curriculum area. Additionally, the technical systems in the academy needed to be designed to ensure they could support such a large volume of mobile devices. The biggest technical challenge has been the integration, systems architecture and service management of the iPads. Thought was needed regarding the technical and operational management of the device, including classroom management. It is possible to ‘lock’ the iPad down using proprietary third party software. However, it was found that users benefit most from having the devices left as open as possible, as they feel total ownership. To enable this there was consultation with learners, parents, teaching staff and external stakeholder to ensure understanding of the safeguarding responsibilities whilst in the academy and beyond. The Longfield Academy project is different to most. Firstly, the aim was that all students were provided with a device that was funded by parents

through a donation scheme set up through the e-learning foundation. Secondly, the system’s architecture is completely unique. The academy had chosen to enter unknown territory in the implementation of a 1:1 scheme. A critical success factor has been the method in which the iPad was integrated into the curriculum. Rather than be obligated to use the devices in lessons, teachers are encouraged to discover their benefits for themselves. As a result, classroom creativity has blossomed. In all areas of the curriculum, learners are contributing to their learning and the learning of others by identifying innovative uses for the devices in class. Whilst empirical backup research is not yet available, 9ine has engaged NAACE to research the learning impact of this scheme on academic and pastoral outcomes. As a vendor-neutral company, 9ine is not affiliated to Apple but, from detailed evaluation, feels that the device is the best device on the market. Undoubtedly a robust wifi system is essential for a large number of mobile devices to work successfully. At Longfield Academy 9ine installed a Meru wifi network (www.merunetworks.com). Its support and guidance has been invaluable, says 9ine. RECOGNITION The work 9ine has done at Longfield Academy has been nationally recognised in the media, and been nominated for the NAACE National IT Impact Awards 2012 in the Collaborative Group Project category. The company has the experience and knowledge required to deliver successful 1:1 device and iPad schemes on a medium and large scale. Moving forward, continued discussion on this topic will grow as quickly as the technology itself develops. 9ine strongly believes that technology applied in the way it has been at Longfield is making an incredible difference to learners and staff. 9ine provides leadership and support for IT-led business change and transformation projects. Its talent derives from its combination of experience in business and having its ‘finger on the pulse’ of technology. European Electronique is a leading technology company with over 20 years’ experience in delivering ICT Solutions. Meru’s virtualised Wireless LAN solutions cost-effectively optimise the enterprise network to deliver the performance, reliability, predictability, and operational simplicity of a wired network. L FOR MORE INFORMATION www.9ine.uk.com | www.euroele.co.uk www.merunetworks.com


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BETT 2012 E users to access the benefits of our educational software anywhere and at any time”. Another ‘appy’ exhibitor was Groupcall, which announced that its Emerge app is now available for android devices. Emerge delivers up-to-minute management information system (MIS) data instantly and securely, with access on an anytime, anywhere, basis. Technogym demonstrated its Excite Med exercise bikes and treadmills. Students using these can perform simple fitness tests, increase/decrease speed and add resistance while plotting their progress visually on a PC. Data collected by the equipment can be downloaded onto a spreadsheet for analysis in academic lessons such as maths and science. Technogym’s multi-language interface is able to deliver instructions and results in French, German, Spanish and Italian, which gives cross curricular modern foreign language lessons their place in the gym. Ergo demonstrated its approach to delivering ICT products and services to help schools cut costs and improve efficiencies. One example is Scholaris – software that provides a comprehensive teaching and learning environment that helps keep students involved in learning opportunities and experiences, while keeping their parents informed of progress. Students can share, communicate,

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safe and supervised social networking site where children can learn how to interact safely online with parents gradually relaxing security settings as they get older. For 2013, BETT moves to the much bigger ExCel at a slightly later date than usual – Wednesday January 30th to Saturday February 2nd. For a comprehensive directory for educational suppliers, visit the BETT website at www.bettshow.com

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RADIOWAVES Radiowaves is the social learning environment that provides social media for education. It enables schools to create and safely share videos, podcasts and blogs. With a free Radiowaves website users can easily start school blogging, join national campaigns and develop digital literacy skills. Since 2003 Radiowaves has been providing safe social networking for schools through its award winning school blogging network. It works with schools, local authorities, charities and government departments to publish internet radio, school podcasts, videos and blogs from pupils around the world. Over 50,000 pupils use Radiowaves regularly to broadcast their school podcasts and videos to friends and family via the safe social network. Over 120,000 blogs and videos are already online. E

3D printing technology brings learning to life Abstract and complex designs can be hard to convey on paper. What if you could put something tangible in students’ hands, to let them see and touch a creation that represents the designs from their course? 3D printing technology (also known as rapid prototyping technology) can do just that! Objet 3D printers enable educators and students to create 3D models with the push of a button. Made of plastic, the models give students a new, more engaging way to learn. For more information call Tri-Tech, UK & Ireland approved Objet supplier and 3D printing Experts.

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The BETT team works closely with the sector’s key stakeholders each year to design a seminar programme that is sure to see educators leave the show with improved knowledge and understanding, and skills that will be practical, relevant and applicable to their current role or career aspiration. with its parental communication system, Groupcall Messenger, which is currently used in more than 2,500 schools throughout the UK and Europe. Co-founded by Sir Bob Geldof, Groupcall’s product portfolio comprises of Messenger, Xporter and Alert. Groupcall was initially created to improve general and emergency communication between a school and its parents. Since then, Messenger has proven to successfully reduce unauthorised absences

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real-time acquisition, visualisation and storing of all data relevant from tests or training sessions. The equipment can be used to take students studying BTEC PE from a pass to a distinction by providing evaluation data from which they can learn. The company also demonstrated its ARKE wall mounted or trolley mounted core stability equipment, designed to improve balance, strength and flexibility through zero-impact exercises for students of all ability and fitness levels. www.technogym.com

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School Radio Solutions demonstrated its newly enhanced Portable Radio Studio Package - a popular solution with schools, colleges and universities, due, says its manufacturer, to its versatility, ease of use, compact construction and low cost. Upgrades include 22” computer monitor and extendable desktop side-flap, to include guest speakers. When the unit needs to be moved, the side-flap can be lowered to sit vertically beneath the desktop to allow compact portability. www.schoolradiosolutions. co.uk/portable

Lenovo’s latest Classmate+ laptops, based on the Intel Learning Series, offer users more ruggedness with greater spill resistance and a 10-hour battery life. The units are available in both traditional clamshell and convertible laptop formats, and provide enhanced usability with the Intel Learning Series software suite via its e-reader, web camera and digital writing features. “We’re committed to enhancing learning via our platform of PC solutions designed for students,” said Michael Schmedlen, director of worldwide education at Lenovo. “By joining with Intel to create the new laptops, we’re demonstrating how mobile computing fits into any learning environment, no matter the location or budget.” The new products include a 10.1” anti-glare screen with touch capability on the convertible as well as optional high-brightness or high-definition on both, or a capacitive touch screen with a pen on the convertible. The laptops are equipped with the tools students need to do basic work and learning – an Intel Atom N2600 processor, up to 2GB DDR3 memory and up to 320GB hard drive or up to 32GB solid state drive storage. They also boast three USB ports, VGA and an optional HDMI port for transferring data. The products are available to qualified education and government customers through Lenovo sales representatives and business partners. www.lenovo.com

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Just over a year ago several councils across the country shut all their schools, with more than 250,000 pupils missing lessons. At least 1,500 of the 2,500 schools in Scotland also shut. More recently the teacher’s strike of November 30, 2011 closed many schools for a day. Whether a school is closed for bad weather, or a strike, or if a child is hospitalised for any length of time, technology is the key to facilitating learning continuity. The two leading technologies that support remote learning are learning platforms and parental communication systems. Six years ago, the government at

CLOUD COMPUTING Dylan Jones, managing director of global learning platform provider itslearning, sees continuous access as crucial for 21st century education: “Not only do learning platforms enable schools to deliver uninterrupted education, even during snow days, but cloud computing takes accessibility one step further. Even if the school network is compromised, a learning platform hosted in the cloud means that staff and pupils can continue to work, communicate and access previous work. It also means that system updates continue to add value to the platform, offering added functionality that’s designed to keep pace

with advancements in technology”. Originally the learning platform framework was set up to help schools and colleges meet the government’s target of providing all learners with an online personalised learning space. However the potential of learning platforms, if used correctly, is far further reaching; they enable distance learning and 24/7 access through any internet-connected device. The result is that teachers can send out remote learning through the platform at any time for students to work on from home. Once completed, they can send it back to the teacher, who may also be working at home, for marking. Gareth Davies, managing director at Learning Platform provider, Frog explains further: “Learning platforms are the perfect solution for teachers, students and parents to stay connected and for learning to continue during snow days. If you have a learning platform that is truly embedded into your school, then this will become a natural part of any school closure. We have many schools using Frog that replicate their normal school functions to help with staff cover and maintain the quality of learning. So on a snow day, teachers can set work and provide learning resources and students can submit work online through E

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If we do decide to close the school, this message is changed to inform everyone. “We give students plenty of information on the website on how they can use our Frog learning platform to access their work, lesson resources and of course the school software to continue their coursework from home. “This functionality is incredibly important for us as a school. Most of our students and teachers now log onto the learning platform during school closures so that learning isn’t disrupted. The key to our success is making sure that teachers and students are aware of the learning platform all year round. That way, they know instantly that they can still gain virtual access the school to complete homework, add to their coursework or revise for an exam.” Hemlington Hall School in Middlesbrough uses itslearning and places high importance on extended learning throughout the school year. Joanne Knox, ICT and music teacher at the school, found an approach that laid the groundwork for coping with interruptions to normal school life last year. “Like many schools, we had to close in December 2010 due to bad weather,” she says. “But we recorded a message to inform pupils and parents of the closure and made sure that the work we gave to pupils was interactive and fun but still in context for what we were learning about at that time. Being able to use the itslearning platform to communicate and engage with pupils and parents is incredibly useful and the accessibility aspect is very important too, as it means that pupils can learn when they want to – something that pupils expect more and more in the 21st century. It also gives us a wonderful, safe environment for pupils to learn in.” L

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homes have internet connection, it would be wrong for schools to assume this is the case for every child, particularly in some areas of the country. Giving work to the class on a snowy day with an expectation of having it in for discussion and marking the next day could exclude some of the students. Dylan Jones of itslearning agrees that learning platforms cannot replace face to face teaching time: “A learning platform is designed to increase accessibility in education but a classroom environment also nurtures skills like communication, collaboration and teamwork, all of which are vital for life beyond the classroom. We see the learning platform as a tool to underpin education that takes place beyond a classroom, and its functionality reflects that”. One school that used its learning platform to maintain learning during the snow at Christmas time 2010 was the Abbey School in Faversham, Kent. James Baldock, a teacher at the school, explains how they managed to continue with learning while the school was closed. “This was the first time that we’d closed the school at the last minute since having a learning platform. Every year, from November onwards, we put a ‘severe weather’ notice on the front page of our website and encourage staff, students and parents to check when the weather is bad.

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The company’s CampusVue® Ecosystem application helps institutions create and manage personalised web portals for students for on-demand service and interaction with faculty and staff. Another of its solutions helps faculty and administrators efficiently leverage centralised data and automated workflows, resulting in less time with paperwork and more time helping students. With CampusVue e-learning solutions, students enjoy web-based access to course materials and knowledge resources. Instructors are liberated from manual course administration, and administrators have a consolidated view of student and institutional performance across traditional, flexible, and distance education programs. CampusVue also enables campus-wide reporting for regulatory compliance and decision-making based on real-time data with comprehensive dashboards, and predefined key performance indicators (KPLs) developed specifically for higher education institutions. The company has also developed solutions designed to help manage the whole student lifecycle. These cover recruitment and retention, helpdesk (knowledgebase), e-advising, fundraising and alumni relations management. The company’s solutions also allow users to manage multi-channel solutions that help institutions communicate with students and prospects using telephone, social media, email, chat, SMS text messaging and web portals, while offering an integrated view of all communication initiatives. Armed with these tools, institutions become empowered to run prospect campaigns to attract new students. Alumni and advancement tools also enable the development of alumni relations, while public affairs staff can improve communications and drive activities necessary to build personal, one-to-one relationships and meet funding goals. More than 1,700 colleges, universities, foundations, and other organizations in 26 countries rely upon Campus Management Corp® enterprise software products and services. The CampusVue® Ecosystem is a vision for a fully integrated, centralized administrative and e-Learning platform that unifies services, academic delivery, administrative management, and reporting for the range of public, private, and proprietary postsecondary institutions. The ecosystem includes the CampusVue Student administrative system and CampusVue Portal solution, as well as Talisma® Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) and fundraising software.” L FOR MORE INFORMATION Tel: +44 (0)7879 422287 chriso@talisma.com devduttm@talisma.com www.campusmanagement.com


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SHUT DOWN OR RESTART? 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 Just 35 per cent of ICT teachers are specialists, compared with, for example, 74 per cent of maths, 76 per cent of history, 80 per cent of English, and 88 per cent of biology, according to a new report from the Royal Society - Shut down or Restart? The way forward for Computing in UK schools. The report analyses recent declines in numbers of young people studying computing at schools and the reasons for the declines. The report is the result of an 18 month study, led by the Royal Society, the UK’s national academy of science, involving the education, higher education and industry sectors, learned societies and professional bodies. The study was undertaken with support from 24 organisations, including the Royal Academy of Engineering, BCS, CPHC (The Council of Professors and Heads of Computing), Google, Microsoft Research and several of the UK’s leading universities. Analysis in the Royal Society report showed marked trends in the numbers of students achieving ICT or computing qualifications, including a 60 per cent decline in the numbers achieving A level Computing since 2003, a 34 per cent decline at ICT A level over the same period, and a 57 per cent decline in ICT GCSE. ICT PROBLEMS The report identified a number of problems with current Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in schools that have led to these declines, particularly a lack of specialist teachers who can teach beyond basic digital literacy and the breadth of interpretation of the current national curriculum which allows the subject to be taught at its lowest level. Similar figures are found when ‘Arts’ subjects are examined. For example 80 per cent of English teachers, 76 per cent of history teachers and 87 per cent of music teachers all have a relevant post A-level qualification. The report suggests that the apparently high proportion of non-specialist teachers of ICT may help to explain the recurrent finding that students’ ICT capability often outstrips the teachers’ subject knowledge. It recommends that targets are set for the numbers of computer science and information technology specialist teachers and that training bursaries are provided to attract more suitably qualified graduates. Teachers’ skills should be developed with a specified minimum level of continuing professional development (CPD) in order to ensure that schools can deliver a rigorous curriculum and engaging learning environment. RADICAL OVERHAUL The report comes at the launch of the Department of Education’s consultation on plans to remove the statutory programme of study in ICT. The Royal Society’s report recommends radically overhauling ICT in the English National Curriculum, replacing it with a programme of digital literacy3 for all from age 5 to 14, alongside opportunities for all pupils to experience the creative side of computer science from primary school age onwards. From the age of 14 students should have an entitlement to study a pair of GCSEs, similar in structure to english language and english literature in which computer science is the language element (how computers work) and information technology is the application element (how we use them). Professor Steve Furber, Fellow of the Royal Society and chair of the report, said: “Although we were heartened to hear that Michael Gove intends to radically overhaul the National Curriculum programme, we remain concerned that other problems still need to be addressed”.

He continued: “Thirty years ago I helped to design the BBC Micro, the first computer created to educate and inspire children of the potential of computer science yet, today, when computers have become integral to every part of our lives, we see young people turned off by computing in schools. We need a new generation of teachers to take up the challenge of enthusing future generations of young people”. In support of the report, Eric Schmidt, executive chairman, Google, said: “The UK has an extraordinary computing heritage, but now risks falling behind. The state of computing in schools lies at the heart of the problem. Most ICT teaching focuses on learning how to use software, rather than giving insight into how it’s made. Too few UK students have the opportunity to study true computer science, resulting in a workforce that lacks key skills needed to help drive the UK’s economic growth.” The Royal Society is a fellowship of the world’s most eminent scientists and is the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence. L FURTHER INFORMATION To download a copy of the report visit www.royalsociety.org

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A SECURE APPROACH TO BUYING BROADBAND With less money to spend on internet procurement, schools have to think smart when buying broadband services. Winston Poyton of RM Education describes what his company has to offer schools that is leagues ahead of the rest School budgets have hit hard times – right when technology in the classroom is at its best. Government funding through the Harnessing Technology Grant has been cut by £100m and BECTA is no longer around to help schools make their technology procurement decisions. Meanwhile, schools have more choice than ever, so their leaders would be forgiven for feeling overwhelmed. Technology supplier RM Education understands the pressures being placed on schools and their budgets. It specialises in developing best-value internet connections for schools and has been providing schools with fast, resilient broadband for over 14 years. Some 8,000 schools now rely on RM’s internet connectivity to learn and teach every day and the supplier prides itself on straightforward, transparent pricing, with filtering and security services included, which can save a school up to 70 per cent over its existing connection. IT’S NOT WHAT IT IS, BUT WHAT YOU DO WITH IT Broadband is often seen as a complex and intimidating purchase that, if not done well, could leave a school spending too much on things it doesn’t need. RM Education argues that broadband should be treated more like any other utility that helps run your school. Like electricity, broadband is a means to an end. A good internet connection allows a school’s pupils and staff to teach and learn to the best of their ability. One thing that gets the staff from RM Education up in the morning is keeping broadband procurement as simple as possible for everyone to understand, so schools know what services they’re buying and what they can do with them – whether buying 10 or 100Mbps’ worth of broadband. “It’s not really about the broadband connection itself, it’s about how you’re going to use it,” explains business development manager Winston Poyton. “We help determine what you need to buy by focusing on what you’re going to do with it.” Uses for good internet connectivity range from accessing a learning platform to sharing video content with schools around the world, video conferencing with staff, or communicating with parents. “Broadband connectivity is an essential enabler, but it isn’t the reason why you do it,” Poyton adds.

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BUYING TRENDS RM Education has seen smaller school federations collaborating to purchase a broadband deal and using that connection to share curriculum content. For example, a lesson could be given at one school and broadcast into another one nearby. This partnership also allows one site to use another as a back-up site for data. Similarly, RM Education is seeing much more content going out from schools, whereas historically it’s always been about taking content in. “Now that you’ve got cameras and microphones built into laptops, it’s really easy for a teacher to record a short video and upload it to YouTube or a learning platform,” explains Poyton. SO MANY CHOICES, SO LITTLE TIME With so many broadband options available and so many different types of schools, it’s hard to know where to start when it comes to procuring a service. With tighter budgets and their own money to spend (in the case of academies), schools are looking for more choice in their broadband packages. “Gone are the days where suppliers can bundle in a whole lot of options for you and be inflexible about taking those options out,” Poyton says. “If you only want to buy internet connectivity and the filtering service, then that’s all you should pay for. You shouldn’t be forced to pay for an email platform and everything else that has been traditionally bundled into it.” RM Education offers a brokerage service that helps schools decide which service is best for them. “We look at all the available telecoms options in a region or around an individual site to work out who’s got the best provision and then work with the supplier to get the school the best deal we can,” he explains. “We’ve got multimillion pound deals with most of the major vendors and we use that leverage to get the best pricing.” END-TO-END SERVICE RM Education is one of the few internet companies to offer an end-to-end service for the education market, from connectivity to internet security/filtering and email services, all tailored to the needs of schools. They work hard at this; for example they make sure they have the right amount of people at the service desk to take calls when

teachers are on lunch, something that is particularly important at primary schools where being an ICT co-ordinator isn’t always a full-time job. They also offer online support services for those who would prefer (or don’t have time) to pick up the phone. Internet e-safety is always an issue for schools, particularly as more and more pupils become better-versed in using technology, even bringing in their own devices. “We’ve adapted our products and services to be flexible depending on where students are within the education cycle,” explains Poyton. “So if they’re primary school pupils we protect them very securely. If they’re sixth form students, at some point you do have to start trusting them to use the internet in a safe way by reducing the level of protection around them, while still monitoring and managing it so you understand what’s going on if they do something they shouldn’t and then you can re-educate them. This requires a combination of education and flexible software, rather than a one-size-fits all approach.” RM Education has produced a broadband buying guide for schools’ leadership teams, which includes eight things to ask providers when researching a purchase (see box out for a list). This, along with more information on technology in schools, is available on the company’s website. L FOR MORE INFORMATION www.rmeducation.com

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E Some of Great Britain’s young sports stars are travelling up to an astonishing 800 miles a month, training six days a week and spending more than £1000 a year on equipment and training in pursuit of sporting success, according to a new survey by the Youth Sport Trust. The figures, released by the leading PE and school sports charity during its National Talent Camp at Loughborough University, also showed nearly nine out of 10 elite youngsters (88%) admit they can find it difficult at times balancing their commitment to their sport with their education. The four-day National Talent Camp offered nearly one hundred 14-18 year olds a unique insight in to the world of performance sport and prepared them for the personal, academic and vocational challenges which lie ahead.

Being an elite athlete requires huge commitment and sacrifice and I know that many of the young people attending this camp are prepared to show the dedication you need to be the best. TOUGH SESSIONS The young people attending the camp took part in tough physical training sessions as well as focused workshops with athlete mentors looking at the determination and lifestyle required to be an elite athlete.  The sports represented at the 2011 camp were canoeing, cycling, rowing, hockey, wheelchair basketball, girls’ rugby, girls’ football, netball and volleyball.  The Youth Sport Trust surveyed 100 young E

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We’re very pleased to be supporting this revolutionary approach to teaching PE. This is not just another ‘initiative’ – we believe that this is the way PE will be taught by all schools in the future. E people identified as talented in their sports. More than one in three (36%) train six days a week, nearly seven out of 10 (69%) said their parents or guardians spend over £1000 on training and equipment costs a year and more than one in four (28%) travel more than 200 miles a week to get to training and competitions. Olympic gold medallist Jason Gardener, who attended the National Talent Camp as a Youth Sport Trust ambassador, believes these statistics show the unbelievable commitment of aspiring sporting champions: “Being an elite athlete requires huge commitment and sacrifice and I know that many of the young people attending this camp are prepared to show the dedication you need to be the best. These figures highlight just some of the lengths they are prepared to go to in order to achieve sporting success”.

MISSING SUMMER HOLIDAYS Other findings from the Youth Sport Trust survey show that nearly all of the young people (95%) would be prepared to miss a summer holiday or a party with friends in order to train but less than half of them (46%) feel they are put under pressure to succeed by their coaches, family, teachers or friends. Alison Oliver, Director of Sport at the Youth Sport Trust, added: “This camp is all about giving the young people an insight into both the mental and physical challenges they will be presented with if they go on to be elite sports stars. The lessons they learn here are invaluable in preparing them for the many challenges experienced in a successful career in sport”. The Youth Sport Trust is committed to supporting young people with a talent achieve their best in sport alongside their

START TO MOVE The Youth Sport Trust has been working with Bupa to develop a revolutionary approach to teaching PE to four to seven year olds. Start to Move: developing physical literacy aims to provide teachers with greater knowledge and confidence in how best to deliver PE in a fun and engaging way. Since September, over 300 primary school teachers have taken part in the free Start to Move pilot and received training on how to use this new curriculum approach to developing their children’s fundamental movement skills – locomotion, stability and object control. Research conducted to support the project by Dr Jeanne Keay, Dean of Education at Roehampton University, found that one in three primary school teachers are influenced by their own negative experiences of PE when they were children, which impacts on how they deliver the subject to their pupils. Lack of confidence was also cited as one of the major barriers to primary school teachers delivering high quality PE classes. Start to Move aims to tackle these issues by encouraging teachers to build their understanding of how young children learn to move and to build on the skills the children have, rather than focusing on teaching adult sports before children have the skills to participate. BUPA PARTNERSHIP Baroness Sue Campbell, Chief Executive of the Youth Sport Trust, said: “It is not entirely surprising to see that some primary school teachers don’t look back fondly on their own PE experiences at school. It has only really been in recent years that we have seen such a transformation in the quality and quantity of PE and school sport which young people can now enjoy. “By teaming up with Bupa we aim to E

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EDUCATION KNOW-HOW Those making their annual pilgrimage to The Education Show, which takes place on 15-17th March at the NEC Birmingham, can look forward to a focus on Continuing Professional Development - the comprehensive seminar programme features more than 60 in-depth sessions Recent changes in education have media from profiles to placed professional development, blogging and commenting. collaboration and the shifting Technology is a focus for needs of the employment market Ian Bean, whose session on at the heart of education. To Thursday 15 March at 3pm looks reflect this, the education sector’s at ‘Assistive Technology in an thought leaders, experts, leading Inclusive Classroom’. “However practitioners and associations sophisticated the technology will gather at the Education may be,” Ian comments, “it Show 2012 to debate, discuss will almost always fall short and share information. The of its potential when it is used event, which is the largest in isolation. Where technology showcase of free, accredited has the greatest impact on professional development and teaching and learning is where educational resources in the we see its use embedded into UK, is free to attend and takes every aspect of the school day.” place from 15 to 17 March Ian’s session explores the use at the NEC Birmingham. of assistive technology in the Continuing Professional classroom; from keyboards to Development (CPD) is at the communicators, iPads to eye heart of the Education Show, gaze, switches to screen readers, with the ‘Learn Live’ programme he will demonstrate what these featuring more than 60 freeresources do, who can benefit to-attend, CPD accredited from them and how their use sessions for all educationalists. can be embedded into teaching. Covering topics including Comprehensive hand outs behaviour, funding, specific will be supplied and everyone teaching practices and wholeattending will be invited to join school concerns, the Learn Live a free, independent assistive programme aims to address technology discussion forum. the professional development needs of all practitioners. LEADERS Social networking plays an To help school leadership teams increasing role in pupils’ lives manage current changes, a and it is crucial that children two-day series of workshops are taught the necessary skills have been developed entitled to keep themselves safe online. Leaders@Education Show, At 3pm on Thursday 15 March, designed to offer practical Kate Valentine, author of the Safe solutions to the big issues Teacher Resources, leads a affecting both primary and workshop on how to secondary schools. incorporate Safe, Key government g the certificate agencies, major experts, leadin d in safe social legal firms and an s er practition networking leaders of l il w s n associatio at primary schools will gather at the 2 level, into the be on hand w 201 o Sh curriculum to inform n o ti ca u Ed ss cu through and advise is d e, at eb d to all aspects school leaders and share of social on what E n

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E change is possible and how it can be successfully managed. Speakers include Vanessa Pittard, head of technology policy unit at the Department for Education, Dr Rona Tutt OBE, National Literacy Association, and Annette Wiles, policy and research manager at PTA UK. The new freedom given to schools has resulted in each school having its own specific requirements and issues. To help educators source the areas of the show best suited to their individual requirements, the Information Point, run by the education sector’s trade association, British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) will be situated by the main entrance. BESA can help visitors plan their visit to get the most from the day, and educators can also pick up a copy of the BESA book, which lists all 300 plus BESA members; educational suppliers of every kind who adhere to a stringent Code of Practice, offering school leaders peace of mind when looking for new products and services for their school. SEN ZONE In addition to the main show information point, the special educational needs (SEN) Zone information point is available to help schools fulfil the needs of pupils with a special educational need or disability. In 2012 nasen, the UK’s leading organisation embracing all special and additional educational needs, once again hosts the SEN Information Point on stand J100 – K100. nasen is ideally placed

to help schools and teachers discover the latest methods to meet the needs of all learners. Visitors can also find details on all SEN resources, gain practical advice and meet with experts to discuss the latest inclusive practice and specialist SEN teaching techniques. COST-EFFECTIVE RESOURCES Health problems in staff created by the work environment can cause serious time, cost, and administrative problems. To help prevent this, first time exhibitor Jolly Back on stand K66 are launching ‘Fit to teach’ a new DVD training resource on manual handling, back and voice care specifically for early years and primary education professionals. A recent study showed 88 per cent of staff felt they have workrelated back pain from sitting on children’s chairs, bending over low tables, moving equipment and lifting children. 70 per cent have received treatment, and 38 per cent have been off work. Research carried out by the Health and Safety Executive found that a staggering 8 per cent of children under the age of seven experiencing back pain. ‘Fit to Teach’ has been created by a physiotherapist and vocal coaches to provide legislative advice and practical solutions for education staff and their employers to help overcome notoriously difficult challenges. The Equality Act 2010 covers all schools, and external specialist advice is a good way to help educators make sense of new responsibilities. New at E

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Improving Pupils Behaviour in the Foundation Stage Using Practical Strategies and Resources - Mrs Nicola Morgan, Behaviour Consultant, Behaviour Stop Ltd

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Movement Play - wiring the brain for later learning, laying good foundations - Mrs Susan Ayliff, Lecturer & Freelance Childcare Practitoner, Oxford & Cherwell Valley College

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Teaching Children to Listen - a practical approach to improving the listening of primary school children - Mrs Jacqui Woodcock, Speech and Language Therapist, Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust

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From out of the Dragon’s Den and into the classroom - Tree of Knowledge - Mr Gavin Oattes, Director, Tree of Knowledge

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Brazilian Samba Drumming - Mr Mike Simpson, Musical Director, Inspire-works

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Atmospheric Experiments and Demonstrations in Physics - Dr Sylvia Knight, Head of Education, Royal Meteorological Society

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Active Teaching Strategies to Raise Standards in 14 19 Curriculum - Mr Harvey Grout, Senior Lecturer in Sport Education, University of Gloucestershire

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The role of the 21st Century SENCO - Mrs Jane Friswell, Independent SEND Educational Consultant, The Schools Network

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Educating and Engaging Students with Asperger’s Syndrome and ADHD: A Practical Skills Therapeutic Approach - Mr Aonghus Gordon, Founder and Director of Ruskin Mill Trust, Ruskin Mill Educational Trust

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Using ICT to make an impact in the Primary Classroom - Ms Jo Skelton, Class Teacher, Giles Brook Primary School

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Teaching Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)in the classroom: Is it easy as ‘A-BC’? - Dr Faizal Moosa, Associate Specialist Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Birmingham Children’s Hospital CAMHS

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When our school first began looking for a new learning platform, two of the main things on the wish list were that it would be easy for staff to use, and that it would engage the children and make them want to use it From previous experience with learning platforms I knew that unless it was easy to use the teachers wouldn’t use it. The engagement and interest from the children will never be there unless the teacher is able to use and update the learning platform to fit in with teaching. When I first saw Frog I could see that it would get the interest of the children straight away with the different themes and simple eye-catching menus that made it easy to find your way around. My worry was that these would only sustain the children’s interest for a short while and that the teachers would need to put things onto Frog in order to keep the children engaged. After a 20 minute demonstration my worries were put to rest. I was introduced to the Widget Tray where all manner of different features can be added to the page by simply dragging them onto the page and arranging them as required. Videos, photos, sections of text, announcements – you name it and it was there ready to use.

are not so skilled can make a simple yet effective page for their class to use. We began at the beginning of this year and the feedback and response from staff has been very positive. All forms of communication in school are now done on Frog. The staffroom displays a news and diary page from Frog on two separate monitors so that staff can easily keep up to date with everything. The feedback from this alone has made me realise I have made the right choice. Classroom support staff have told me that at first they didn’t understand why we

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‘top ten’ section where he posts the top ten spellers and mental maths pupils each week. In the first half term of him doing this his class site had received over 800 views. The children can then comment on their progress or ask the teacher for more support so that they can get higher on the leader board. In Year 6 I have worked with children to produce videos and sound recordings that have easily been posted on Frog. Using the widgets this is a short and painless task that, when done once, becomes quite addictive and I found myself adding different videos and sound clips weekly to showcase their work. In a recent survey I did with the children I found that 90 per cent of them go home and show their family the work they have done on Frog and that they love being able to comment on each other’s work. I have recently started a new feature on our Frog site called FrogTube. This is a place where videos can be added and shared with the

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MAKING LEARNING EXCITING The pupil engagement on Frog came pretty easily thanks to some really enthusiastic EASY COMMUNICATION staff. The teachers in school are always The simplicity of the widgets and the eager to find ways of getting way the pages were constructed children engaged in school fitted perfectly into the idea I and Frog allowed them to e v a h w o In had for a learning platform do this. There are some that all staff could use. a team of Frog p really exciting things If staff were skilled happening on the de u champions ma 6 ICT users then there class sites that have were ways of making the children logging of Year 5 and lp the page even more on to find out more. e h o h w n childre impressive. But, equally, One of our Year 5 pport teachers the staff who feel they has added a to train and su

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entire school community. One example is a class rap that a group of children wrote and filmed. We put it on FrogTube and so far have had a great response from the children. LIMITED ONLY BY IMAGINATION The most exciting thing for me is the ideas the children have for Frog and how it keeps growing. For a while I felt that it was getting too big but I now have a team of Frog champions made up of Year 5 and 6 children who help to train and support other children in school. Their ideas are amazing and I can’t see any limits to where Frog can go in the school. I am sure that other learning platforms could create the same buzz and excitement but the ease of use and simplicity of Frog make me believe I made the right choice. FOR MORE INFORMATION Tel: 01422 395931 hello@frogtrade.com www.frogtrade.com

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Bespoke SEN training from ACE Consultancy A-Class Education Consultancy (ACE Consultancy) runs conferences and workshops that take place in a comfortable and professional location that generally accommodates up to 100 delegates. Ace’s professional development programmes are used as a tool to develop better understanding and raise awareness of complex SEN in young children, adolescents and adults. These programmes are also designed to develop an understanding of how to identify, assess, teach and support the needs of those with SEN in educational and health environments.

ACE Consultancy carries out research projects on small and large scale on SEN matters, which enable the company to identify its clients’ professional development needs. It also assists it to improve its own services. Areas that ACE focuses on providing a SENCO Advisory Service, Behaviour Management & Inclusion, ASD, ADHD and other support services. The company offers one to one sessions, Inset training for groups, conferences, consultation and research. FOR MORE INFORMATION www.ace-consultancy.com

Frog Primary - the learning platform with endless possibilities The creators of the popular Frog secondary learning platform have developed a new platform designed for primary schools in conjunction with early years and primary school teachers. Frog Primary builds on the natural curiosity of schoolchildren, helping them to learn and achieve through collaboration. Pupils can choose from a selection of themes to make their primary platform their own. This allows teachers to create their own learning content and embed resources that truly engage children. And the best bit? Frog Primary is so simple, intuitive and flexible that anyone can use it! You can access files, create web pages and build resources literally within a couple of clicks. Because its so easy, Frog actually gets used in primary schools and becomes a tool that increases engagement and improves communication.

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E the Education Show this year, Equality580 Ltd (Stand GG109) is an equality training and consultancy business specialising in the education sector. Issues addressed cover additions to equality policy, the publishing of equality information by stateschools, and the focus of Ofsted inspections on equality from 2012. Questions of policy, curriculum and response to incidents, are all covered by a support package offered to all schools in England; this includes a consultation meeting with governors and senior staff, guidance resources and unlimited phone and email support, as issues arise. Ensuring the utmost safety for children and young people while in a school’s care is crucial. Launching at the Education Show is Medpac on stand C68. Medpac’s practical bags, which have been specially designed for storing and carrying medicines safely and securely to improve organisation, will be on show. Each comes with a Photo ID card for easy identification, and a treatment card to write down all the essential information required to administer the medicine. The bags come in two sizes, suitable for inhalers, adrenaline auto-injectors, epilepsy and diabetic medication, allergy medication and more. Expiry dates are displayed on the outside of the Medpac to offer potential time-saving benefits for staff when it comes to managing the medication. OUTDOOR LEARNING With outdoor learning now playing a more important role in

schools due to its contribution to social development, Highline Adventure returns to the Education Show on stand C90 with its innovative and portable range of indoor and outdoor equipment, and challenging, team building activities available to schools throughout the UK. Managing Director, John Knowles, who is both an experienced teacher and outdoor pursuit instructor, heads a qualified team of professionals who erect the risk-assessed apparatus at suitable sites, and supervise multi-activity programmes for youngsters from age six through to further education. Furniture in education covers a multitude of products, and selection criteria generally considers durability, functionality, aesthetics, ergonomics and price but above all safety in the learning environment. With these criteria in mind, plastic tray storage manufacturer, Certwood on stand B20 uses its moulding capability to create the StorSystem, Glide and Tilt product. This allows clear, shatterproof trays to stop, open and tilt allowing easy and safe access to the contents within. The system has been awarded the Furniture Independent Research Association body (FIRA) award for ergonomics excellence and a product innovation award. L FURTHER INFORMATION To discover more and to register for the show, please visit www.education-show. com/register; entering priority code EPR11.

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November last year saw the Education Business Awards recognises primary and secondary schools in 22 different areas. Entry for the 2012 event will be open from April ACADEMY DEVELOPMENT AWARD sponsored by Capital Solutions Group Winner: Brighton Aldridge Community Academy Relief and acclaim all-round then when Kier the builders, who began work in March 2010, finished the £25m project on time and to budget in September 2011. The build was successfully coordinated through Academy Trust, local Council and Partnerships for Schools – together with The Aldridge Foundation’s sponsorship. The holistic ethos, specialism, practical and experiential approach of the Academy, as an ‘open door’ asset for the community at large, is set to further impress Brightonians noticing a new educational wave underway. ACADEMY PARTNERSHIP AWARD sponsored by Kumon Winner: Manchester Communications Academy St Joseph’s School recently received the Independent Schools Association (ISA) Award for Excellence. From top exam results and sporting prowess to national music and ballet success, alongside community fundraising, which pupils have organised over the past two years, the school is increasingly sought after. With a substantial increase in pupil numbers, the school’s continued commitment to maintaining small classes remains a bedrock priority. St Joseph’s combines broad, challenging, quality education with excellent pastoral care and extracurricular opportunities. High in self-esteem, pupils respect others and their school environment, underlining the school’s aim to provide ‘a firm foundation for life’. SCHOOL RECRUITMENT AWARD sponsored by Eteach Winner: James Brindley School PWhen the new management team were recruited to James Brindley School in 2007/8, the challenge was to retain that outstanding badge by improving on previous best to become, in effect, ‘outstanding plus. Implementing a new recruitment strategy, every applicant is seen teaching, they are shortlisted, observed in the candidates’ home school environment and, most importantly, in their relationship with pupils and colleagues. Once satisfied,

their skills and ideas for adapting current knowledge are examined. A pupil panel, with support, astutely formulates questions and is encouraged to explore answers further if they do not understand when deciding on a preferred candidate. SPORTS AWARD sponsored by Collinson Winner: The Oratory School The Oratory School promotes a ‘sport for all’ ethos, and is recognised for students’ exceptional abilities and their dedication to sport with the expertise and commitment of staff and parental support winning through. Sporting excellence acknowledged the school’s inclusive approach. Pupils reach out to pupils from around the Thames Valley and beyond, bringing together young people from different countries enriching their experiences. That degree of achievement owes much to the coaching capabilities of expert sports professionals who provide training focus. Intensively used and refurbished used sports facilities reveal their strength. SCHOOL SECURITY AWARD sponsored by Resource Group Winner: Dinnington Primary School Pupils at Dinnington Primary feel safe in school according to parents and carers in an Ofsted report in September 2011, which is positive considering the measures to increase security previously, and is testimony to their determination to build an achieving school. They took precautionary measures to protect its students by installing 15 CCTV cameras in May 2011 to cover its grounds in May after months of trouble from trespassers and vandals that required a police presence. CCTV is identifying culprits and parents are alerted. School staff are tackling the offenders with appropriate actions, essential since they are making headway restoring the school to the whole community as the best possible start in life for pupils. SCHOOL CATERING AWARD sponsored by the Local Authority Caterers Association Winner: Crondall Primary School Crondall Primary School was highly commended in a report by the Environmental Health Department last year for its ‘outstanding’ kitchen and E

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EB AWARDS REVIEW E hygiene conditions, where catering staff’s hard work and diligence proved to be a continuing credit to the school. Such praise chimes with its flagship Gold status as a Food for Life Partnership member, and derives from the school’s policy of using as much organic produce and seasonal fruit and vegetables as possible, including poultry and meats from local organic farms. Long before Jamie Oliver’s inspirational TV series highlighted the need for significant improvement in the UK, Crondall were already embarking on their own school meals crusade: nothing fried or processed enters their kitchen. Indeed, the school has built an extensive organic kitchen garden with staff, pupils and volunteer parents. Assisted in part by National Lottery funding, the school is even looking at selling excess produce to the local community. ENVIRONMENTAL BUILDING AWARD sponsored by Big Green Book Winner: Crocketts Community Primary School Crocketts Community Primary School last year received the Department of Education Award for Sustainable Schools by creating a school they all wanted through a commitment to the highest possible levels of sustainable construction and innovation. Since environmentalism runs throughout the school curriculum and their everyday activities, it was only natural that pupils would work closely with architects on the new designs for the school building from the very outset. Pupils decided 99 percent of materials would be recyclable; they got curved corridors, a ‘green roof’ and solar and wind energy; brightly coloured schemes were used; gardens and an allotment were factored in and sustainable drainage constructed. And it all worked well with the natural topography of the site. Crocketts teaches their pupils to understand their economic and environmentally conscious place in the world. Emboldened by the school’s growing sustainable expertise they are also helping to build a school in Gambia. SCHOOL BUILDING AWARD sponsored by calfordseaden Winner: Evelyn Grace Academy The Evelyn Grace Academy has an extraordinary architectural pedigree confirmed by winning the RIBA’s coveted Stirling Prize for the best new European building. A highly stylised zig-zag of steel and glass squeezed onto the tightest of urban sites makes a powerful statement to all in daily attendance. The internal structure is designed to support the innovative nature of the Academy’s four-school umbrella expressing independence, yet also in unity. The product of cautious investment, the school has carefully placed playgrounds and sports pitches, with a bright red 100m athletics track running from side-to-side. The interior plan elevates the senses, evoking an adult worth for all within and beyond.

significant 50 rising to 84 per cent in 2011. The broader picture revealed commercial potential in the recent Design Museum’s Virtual Ventura Award to students, while the Academy was the only UK school to host a visit from President Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron. ICT FACILITY AWARD sponsored by GCSEpod Winner: Longfield Academy Longfield Academy, first in England to venture school-wide use of the iPad, believes it is ‘revolutionising learning’ by giving students an improved learning flexibility - anytime, any place. The ability to access to up-to-date interactive information and easy links to their work at any time or place, will help students achieve better results through such a different learning style. Network access will be monitored while pupils are at school, with a ‘staffed cloakroom’ for storage. This is ICT as an essential skill for life encompassing the mastery of technical skills and techniques. But Longfield also aims to engender this understanding to be applied to such kills purposefully, everyday life and employment. The school’s ICT capability is fundamental to that participation and engagement in modern society. ICT INNOVATION AWARD sponsored by Hue Animation Winner: Costello Technology College Costello College has developed an online curriculum with learning content created using screen recording software. This enables pupils to access learning resources outside of lessons, both in and outside school, and provides consistency of learning. Teachers use the Virtual Learning Environment to give pupils access to materials ‘on-demand’. Teachers create screencasts by recording activity on their computer screens, simultaneously recording their voice explaining what is happening on screen. Pupils can review lessons that took place months previously with exam and test advantages. Screencast videos are made available online for pupils to review during the lesson or as part of homework assignments. Crocketts Community Primary School last EDUCATIONAL VISITS AWARD sponsored by WST Travel Winner: Costello Technology College South Bromsgrove school has operated the Duke of Edinburgh Award for over 25 years. The scheme’s success led to them becoming the largest school-based centre in the country, with over 500 students taking part annually. Volunteering, physical activity and an expedition form the core programme leading through to the Gold Award. Planning typically involves around 240 students L

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FIRST CLASS FACILITIES FOR 50 YEARS Collinson Sports Facilities, celebrating its 50th year in business, offers a full design and build service to tailor the facility to clients’ exact specifications. Collinson understands that when it comes to sport, one size doesn’t necessarily fit all. The Mugacova™, Challenger™ and Evolution™ sports structures are customised to each client’s specifications. Whether clients prefer a conventional style of building or favour more contemporary tensile structures, Collinson can provide a complete ‘turnkey’ service with one point of contact for the whole project. From the preparation and submission of the planning application and site investigations through every step of the build, Collinson’s aim, as a family company, is to deliver a first class product on time and within budget with superior customer service. For clients looking for a sports hall with a modern twist, the Mugacova™ and Challenger™ ranges are a popular choice. The lattice steel framework can be designed to span from 10 to 100m clear span, with eaves heights of up to 30m if required with no limit on overall length. Clients can choose from a range of preengineered designs or work with Collinson to develop a completely bespoke facility. The roof profile can be faceted, curved or customised to achieve the desired appearance. The tensile membrane cover is available in a range of colours to meet aesthetic requirements; the

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detail, and can supply and fit with everything needed - from nets, goals and scoreboards to rebound walls, acoustic apparatus and spectator seating. An extensive range of sports surface solutions offer anything from seamless synthetic flooring for multi-sports or individual sports such as tennis and netball, to artificial turf for football, rugby and hockey. Collinson’s buildings don’t just stop at sports halls. The structural nature of its tensile facilities can be utilised to create iconic and distinctive buildings for all

Collinson believes that the secret to a great sports facility is in the attention to detail, and can supply and fit with everything needed - from nets, goals and scoreboards to rebound walls, acoustic apparatus and spectator seating. Internally, due to the clear span nature of the buildings, Collinson can create exactly the type of sports/ play areas required including the optional ancillary areas often sought in sports venues for areas such as reception area, spectator zones and changing rooms. The Evolution™ range follows a more traditional style, consisting of an insulated steel framed superstructure covered externally with a combination of materials. It can be incorporated for offices, classrooms and storage. Collinson believes that the secret to a great sports facility is in the attention to

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THINKING OF A MASTERPLAN Like many schools, Hayes School in Bromley has developed its facilities over time, but the creation of a masterplan in association with construction and property consultants Calfordseaden is set to provide many benefits Schools, like every organisation, need to adapt to ever changing criteria. Demographics, curriculum, teaching styles, politics, information technology and communications all influence how and what pupils are taught. School buildings, therefore, need to provide flexible and adaptable space to accommodate future changes. Forward planning a school through a master plan is a good strategy to adopt for various sensible and practical reasons. A clear strategy for the evolution of the school gives focus and inspires students, staff and governors alike. It also provides a blueprint and rational for expansion, when funds become available. In addition, local authority town planners can fully understand these proposals, especially if building works are to be phased. PRIORITISING In existing schools the master plan can identify and help prioritise renewal, repair, conversion and refurbishment. Calfordseaden, a multidisciplined construction & property consultancy, has recently completed a master plan and a new building for Hayes School in Bromley, Kent. Hayes School is a mixed secondary set in urban open land, on a sloping green and wooded campus adjacent to the conservation area of Hayes Village. The school has

an excellent reputation for educational and sporting prowess. Like many schools, it had developed its facilities piecemeal over time, but was keen to see development progress, and therefore commissioned a master plan for creating a new campus. In consultation with students, staff, parents, Bromley Council and other stakeholders, Hayes School produced an initial masterplan with Calfordseaden’s planning and design consultants to provide a flexible space that refocused the school around the original building and Grade II listed garden. The masterplan rearranged the main entrance/reception & public areas and addressed the change in levels across the site to make the school fully accessible. Designed like a pavilion overlooking a sports field, the completed masterplan provided a flexible space for campus style learning. PHASE ONE The first phase provided a new build standalone library, exhibition, media studies and classroom block catering for Sixth Form diploma students and incorporating a Special Educational Needs centre. The building was sited to minimise the amount of disruption and designed to suit a modular off-site construction method so that it could be completed before the beginning of the new school year. The relocation of existing school services and functions into the new Phase 1 scheme left spaces within the original school building

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vacant. Calfordseaden’s team were involved with the conversion of the old staff room into a training suite, and the former learning resource centre into a staff room. It also included the reorganisation of six classrooms into a Sixth Form centre with a social area, dance floor and computer study suite. FUNDING Funding is currently being raised for the second phase of the masterplan - a new stand-alone block incorporating a sixcourt sports hall, dance studio, changing rooms and classrooms. The building is to be constructed adjacent to the existing all-weather tennis courts and links onto the earlier Phase 1 scheme. The building has been designed to achieve a BREEAM ‘very good’ rating and incorporates a green roof and photovoltaic panels. John Spence, architect partner of Calfordseaden, said: “We’re extremely proud to have helped Hayes develop their campus. From planning permission being granted to celebrating its opening, M Block has been completed very quickly – a brilliant achievement, well done everyone! Generations of students will be inspired by the learning spaces and setting we have created.” After completion of the first phase of the masterplan, Hayes School was inspected by Ofsted who judged the school to be ‘Outstanding’. Mr K J Osborne, headteacher, stated: “It was wonderful for everyone associated with the school to receive this accolade, but we are not complacent or any less determined to improve Hayes School even further. Our aim is to go ‘beyond outstanding’ to make Hayes exceptional for every child. We are determined that Hayes is a school where children exceed expectations academically and personally”. FURTHER INFORMATION www.calfordseaden.co.uk

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A cutting edge for schools supporting Jeans for Genes As part of its corporate sponsorship of the charity Jeans for Genes, Avery is offering schools across the UK the chance to support children with genetic disorders simply by upgrading their equipment for the year ahead. For every Avery Trimmer or Guillotine a school purchases between now and 31st March, Avery will be giving £5 to Jeans for Genes. It’s simple and easy too - all your school has to do to take part is to purchase your equipment in the normal way and Avery will take care of the rest. Available in sizes from A4 to A0, Avery Trimmers and Guillotines give total peace of mind with every cut, with full TÜV certification for quality and safety, fully enclosed blades and extended guarantees of up to five years, making them perfect for schools. Avery has also extended the promotion to its DTR Eco Desktop range, including letter trays, magazine racks, pen pots, book racks and waste bins, giving a further 50p to Jeans for Genes every time your school purchases a product from the range. The environmentally-friendly desktop collection is practical, sturdy and stylish, with an attractive leaf design that lets you proudly display your school’s green efforts. The money raised by Avery will help Jeans for Genes to fund vital care, support and respite for children affected by genetic disorders, as well as pioneering research into the causes

and cures that could change their futures. Mark Williams, General Manager at Avery, said: “Avery is proudly continuing its support of Jeans for Genes for a third consecutive year. Supporting the charity is a great way for people across Britain to really make a difference to the lives of thousands of children born with genetic disorders each year. Through our continued sponsorship, Avery has raised £60,000 for the charity and,

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Serco demonstrates eagerly anticipated Progresso MIS Serco Learning demonstrated its £20million-plus investment in education – the eagerly anticipated fourth generation cloud-based Management Information System (MIS), Progresso was developed in conjunction with over 2000 schools, and differs from traditional school hosted MIS systems. Tim Murphy, Assistant Head, Sandringham High School in St Albans, comments: “Progresso is a system that any form tutor can readily use regardless of their IT

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Altman Integrated Technologies used Bett 2012 to demonstrate its latest mobile print enabling technology. Printing from any mobile device, including smartphones, tablets netbook and laptops, to any print device is now basically achievable via a number of technology providers, says AIT. But, the company warns, alongside this convenience, users also need to balance such capability with control, accountability and security.

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