Learning Escape Blog
Increasingly, educators are perceiving that a school’s grounds are potentially as important to the education and overall well-being of our children as are its buildings. Appropriate use of the outdoor space can have a dramatic impact on physical health, concentration levels, standards of behaviour and learning capacity, yet they are often under-utilised.
Following on the huge success of last year’s Nursery Show, the 2014 event has extended its reach to include primary schools as well as nurseries. The Nursery and Primary Show will take place at the Bournemouth BIC, on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th April.
The Academies Show 2014 is taking place on 30th April at the ExCel in London – is a free one-day dedicated to education excellence and the successful conversion and management of academies.
Last year the Department for Education analysed the population projections created by the Office for National Statistics to predict pupil numbers in state funded schools up to 2022. Following almost a decade of declining birth rates in the late 1990s and the early 2000s, the trend has now reversed and the number of children entering the education system is on the up.
In recent years there has been a cultural shift in our society that has subtly eroded the access to outdoors for many young children. A number of factors have played their part in this change, including increased fears about safety and technological advances which have led to an overwhelming array of sedentary, indoor activities. However, the developmental needs of young children have remained constant.