Learning Escape Blog

11 Apr 2014

Rising pupil numbers need extra space but what about after the bulge?

Cherry Orchard classroom by The Learning Escape

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. 

4 Apr 2014

Eco-Nurseries designed for free-flow access to the outdoors

The Learning Escape at Danesfield Manor School

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. 

26 Mar 2014

International Children’s Book Day 2nd April

International Childrens book day logo

It’s International Children’s Book Day next Wednesday, so how about using it as an opportunity to not only encourage your pupils to read, but also to inspire a classroom of environmental citizensThere are some great books available that tackle the issue of climate change; accessible to and enjoyable for children of all ages. Here are some of our favourites, including some great picture books to share with KS1...

26 Mar 2014

Free School Meals For KS1

Modular building at Spring Grove Primary School

Earlier this month, the Department for Education announced that it will be obligatory for all schools in England to provide free school meals for all pupils in Years R, 1 and 2 as of September 2014. Whilst not exactly a surprise, the idea has been bubbling on the back burner for some time, the brief period allotted between policy ratification and implementation has found many schools unprepared. 

17 Mar 2014

Funding inspirational teaching space with the Pupil Premium could bring benefits to more children

Girl in field

The pupil premium is given to all publicly funded primary and secondary schools, in a move to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. It is paid to schools according to the number of children either in care or who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years.