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Using photographs to promote your school

Using photographs to promote your school

It is often heard said that ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’.  This is so true when trying to communicate the atmosphere, aims and ethos of your school to prospective parents, pupils, staff and Ofsted. Well-taken photographs used on bespoke designed wall art can say it all. Photographs of day-to-day life, events, activities and achievements […]

New statutory requirements for school websites

New statutory requirements for school websites

The statutory requirements for maintained schools to publish certain information on their school websites were brought into effect in 2012. Since then there have been a number of updates and changes to what should be published on school websites. This month sees the latest set of changes which came into effect from 16th June 2017. On […]

How to develop imagination in children

How to develop imagination in children

It has long since been believed by many, and widely researched, that imagination is vital to successful learning in children. Children learn best when they are engaged in their learning and when there are engaging their imaginations.

Ways to help improve pupil’s well-being using wall art

Ways to help improve pupil’s well-being using wall art

Anxiety and mental health issues in children and teenagers is rapidly increasing. Services like CAMHS are overloaded and Childline recently reported a rise of 35% in calls regarding anxiety issues.

Promote reading through your school’s walls

Promote reading through your school’s walls

Fostering a love of reading is always high on a schools agenda and raising the profile of reading plays an important role.

10 ways to use bespoke wall art in your school

10 ways to use bespoke wall art in your school

Schools are full of plain and tired walls and surfaces that could easily be brought to life using inspiring wall art. Below are ten tips for using bespoke wall art to the best effect in your school. 1. To welcome Wall art on your schools exterior walls and fencing gives a window into life at […]

School’s vision and values workshops

School’s vision and values workshops

Values are the guiding principles that determine behaviour, actions and words. At the heart of a school should lie values that are clearly defined and understood. These values underpin the culture that drives the teaching and learning in school and therefore the pupil’s experiences. Effective values are not just a list of words displayed around […]

10 reasons why you should use quizzes with children

10 reasons why you should use quizzes with children

How may of those quizzes that pop up on Facebook you have done recently? They can get addictive. When many of us were young we loved those quizzes in our favourite weekly magazines that would tot up whether you were a ‘mostly A’s/B’s/Cs’ type.  Now we can quiz until our hearts content online – there is always […]

10 reasons why children should be blogging

10 reasons why children should be blogging

There are usually two camps of people when it comes to blogging in school – those who love it and those who hate it. It’s a bit like marmite. Here are ten reasons why I think blogging can benefit your pupils. I am sure there are plenty more but here are a few that might help […]

Maintaining a successful website – time for a tidy up?

Maintaining a successful website – time for a tidy up?

Schools are busy places with events and changes happening every day so your website can quickly become filled with outdated information and need a spring clean.

Vision and Values Workshop at Osmani Primary School

Vision and Values Workshop at Osmani Primary School

Remi Atoyebi has been the head teacher of Osmani Primary School’s for ten years this year. The school itself is also celebrating the big 3-0. For Remi and her staff this year felt like a poignant time providing them with a natural opportunity to reflect on all the progress and achievements to be proud of so far and a time to question how best they as a staff could take Osmani forward for the next 10 years.

What does Ofsted want to see on your school website?

What does Ofsted want to see on your school website?

When The School Information (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2012 came in and school websites became a compulsory item for all schools Ofsted quickly made it clear that a school’s website would form part of their judgements. Schools these days are only too aware of how important a school’s website is both legally and in terms of Ofsted ratings.

Bring your school’s walls to life – A guide to our process

Bring your school’s walls to life – A guide to our process

Use bespoke designed wall graphics to help communicate your school’s visions and values, impress visitors, inspire learning and add a wow factor to your school.

The thinking behind OneSite.

The thinking behind OneSite.

As a teacher of many years I have seen so many new directives, ideas, ways of thinking and approaches to excellent provision and teaching. Some I have loved, some I have despised.

Stimulate learning and raise aspirations through displays

Stimulate learning and raise aspirations through displays

We live in a very visual culture. Your pupils are used to being visually stimulated from so many angles and from such a young age with all the technology that is available to them. In order to engage them, we are in a time where the visual presentation of lessons, activities and your school are of huge consequence to a pupil’s ability to learn.

Promoting character and values in your school

Promoting character and values in your school

The need for schools to have a clear vision, a core set of values and a strong ethos that underpins all that they do as a school and that are communicated clearly to all major stakeholders is more important than ever. The digital age we live in has opened up the world for our pupils […]

The effect of the learning environment on pupils’ progress

The effect of the learning environment on pupils’ progress

As adults we are well aware of what effects our moods and motivation and its fair to say that usually, if we feel good in the environment and surroundings we live or work in then we feel happier. A dreary, tatty room is uninspiring, whereas an aesthetically pleasing workplace on the other hand has an impact on our positivity and our outlook.

How to promote e-safety effectively

How to promote e-safety effectively

As schools, you are constantly teaching children how to be e-safe, just as you are teaching them to play safely outside, cook safely and behave safely around each other and in public.

 Is the hard work that you do regarding e-safety clear to parents, prospective parents and Ofsted?

What should you be publishing about your Governing Body?

What should you be publishing about your Governing Body?

Before the end of term there was much speculation over changes to the Statutory Regulations for what should appear on a school website. Over the summer we have been keeping a beady eye on any changes.

Promoting Safeguarding on your website

Promoting Safeguarding on your website

Safeguarding is an important part of a schools duty towards the development of their pupils and is a very current topic this term with the new responsibilities for schools under The Counter Terrorism Act 2015.

The Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 and your website

The Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 and your website

The Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 places a duty of care on schools to prevent people being drawn into terrorism as part of their safeguarding duties. This statutory duty came into effect on today and places responsibilities with schools to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.

Top tips to get your school’s website is Ofsted ready

Top tips to get your school’s website is Ofsted ready

Most of us are familiar with Ofsted taking a peak at a school’s website ahead of inspections. It can help them form a good first impression and get a feel for the lifeblood of a school. But often too, Ofsted are checking that key information that should be there is there, and have certain ‘hot topics’ where brownie points may be issued if they’re seen to be included.

Are you using additional funding pots?

Are you using additional funding pots?

It’s that time of year when budgets are being rubber-stamped and use of school funding becomes a hot topic. It is especially important for schools to be transparent these days with the statutory requirements that expect you to publish your allocations, expenditure and impact of additional pots of money on your websites.

The Google mobile website deadline is here

The Google mobile website deadline is here

With over 67% of all searches now made from a mobile device, Google has announced that from April 21st 2015 it will favour in the search results mobile friendly websites over websites that are not responsive to mobile devices.

How to create an effective school brand

How to create an effective school brand

A strong brand helps you make an impact each and every time a parent, pupil or stakeholder makes contact with your school. A strong brand can give you a competitive advantage when trying to get the attention of prospective parents.

5 tips to help you promote your school

5 tips to help you promote your school

Keeping parents, Ofsted and everyone associated with your school up-to-date can be a challenge. We’ve put together 5 tips that will help ensure more of the right people see and understand all the great things your school does every day.

5 ways to create an effective website for your school

5 ways to create an effective website for your school

We’ve put together 5 simple tips to help you create a more effective website.

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