Learning Escape Blog

26 Mar 2014

International Children’s Book Day 2nd April

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

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

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. 

14 Mar 2014

The Importance Of Connecting With Nature

As a nation, we no longer seem to value the once “great” outdoors, and our children are growing up estranged from the natural world. Crucially, we seem to be at a pivotal tipping point in the health and happiness of our children. 

12 Mar 2014

ASCL Conference Birmingham 21st-22nd March

The annual conference of the Association of School and College Leaders will be taking place next week at the Birmingham Hilton Metropole (adjacent to the NEC).