27th Mar
The Learning Escape
Clever Classrooms - Research from Salford University
Clever Classrooms

Those of you who regularly read our blog, will be aware of our belief that natural daylight is not only good for us but that it also enhances the cognitive and behavioural function of a classroom’s occupants. Last month, the University of Salford published a research report, entitled “Clever Classrooms”, detailing the results of the Holistic Evidence and Design (HEAD) project. In a nutshell, the project found clear evidence that well designed primary schools boost children’s academic performance in reading, writing and maths by a considerable margin.

20th Mar
The Garden Escape
It's the International Day of Happiness - How could you enjoy your garden more all year round?
International Day of Happiness

Today is the International Day of Happiness and also the day that winter is officially over and we welcome spring into our lives again. The daffodils and primroses are taking up the slack as the snowdrops approach the end of their tenure, and woodland floors across the nation are transforming from a drab brown to a vibrant green: a welcome portent of the dazzling display of bluebells that awaits us. It certainly put a spring in my step today, even as the drizzle gently soaked me during the dog’s morning constitutional. Of course, the longer days and warmer temperatures have been creeping up on us for some weeks now, and many of you have probably been venturing out into your garden to potter and plan for the year ahead.

09th Mar
The Learning Escape
Conferences Coming Up

Matt is busy getting ready to hit the road for another busy conference season. He will be starting off this Wednesday, 11th March at the Radisson Blue Hotel, Manchester Airport, in attendance at the School Business Manager and Academy Business Manager Conference. There will be two conference programmes to maximise agenda relevance and both will feature expert speakers covering a range of topical issues. Whichever programme you will be attending, come and say hello to Matt and take a look at some of our recent projects for both schools and academies.

04th Mar
The Learning Escape
What if your Condition Improvement Fund bid is unsuccessful?
EFA logo

For those of you awaiting the announcement of successful bids for the 2015-16 Condition Improvement Funds, the next few weeks are likely to prove somewhat nail-biting, particularly if you have an old building desperately in need of refurbishment or are bursting at the seams as pupil numbers grow. Should you be amongst the ranks of successful applicants, we wish you well for your future project. However, if your bid is turned down, we would like to offer you a helping hand to improve your chances of a more favourable outcome upon your next bid. We are more than happy to review your recent application with you and to provide a no-obligation, free quotation for a potential solution to your needs.

26th Feb
The Garden Escape
Could a Garden Escape have been good for the heart during half term?
Healthy children

We are nearing the end of National Heart Month, designed to raise awareness of heart disease, its causes and its prevention. Along with poor diet and lack of exercise, one of the primary contributory factors is raised blood pressure. And one of the main culprits tempting our blood pressure to stray into elevated territory, is stress. So, with that in mind, how would you say your family’s half term break turned out? Was it a serene and joyful time in which the family bonded together whilst partaking of healthy outdoors activities and well balanced meals? Or was it an endless round of bickering bouts, failed efforts to limit screen time and copious, boredom induced comfort snacking?