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Given recent developments it’s no surprise that teachers, business managers, Ofsted and teaching unions will gather at the Education Show next month to discuss the latest education issues. The show has always been an engaging mixture of policy, ideals and practical activities, and thousands of resources for visitors to test and compare (and, quite often, get some wonderful freebies). This next show is even more surprising; last year Gok Wan talked about body confidence. This year it’s a premiership footballer talking about dreams and aspirations. Of course, there are the more serious issues too; Ofsted inspections, literacy, behaviour, STEM and employability are all part of the show, with workshops and conferences all free. And on that note, a lot of exhibitors are taking the high-street January sales route, so there are some savings to be made. Find out more in our Show Preview on pages 14 & 15. It’s been a year since the publication of the Wolf Report and with National Apprenticeship Week 2012 (6-10th February) the most successful yet, we find out why more Industry employers are backing the Apprenticeship pathway (pages 24&25). PLUS! We take a look at some of the ways in which technology is being used in the classroom (pages 19-22); we also find out what director of BESA Ray Barker has to say on page 8, and bring you all the latest news views and product information.


In this issue... 3-8 NEWS


Experience the classroom of the future at The O2; 130,000 children help break charity world record; EDT to recognise Teacher contribution; Sightsavers 2012 Junior Painter of the Year launched; Panasonic demonstrates contribution to Society; The sleep council launches free learning resource for primary schools; Time for schools to start spending again


10-13 NEW PRODUCTS & SERVICES


School security made easy; Mul-T-Lock and SE Connor are top achievers for security at Bushey Meads School


14-17 EDUCATION SHOW


Education Show 2012 returns to inspire educators; The Primary Languages Classroom Awards; Fringe events at the Education Show; ‘On your marks’: Competition in the classroom


18-23 ICT NETWORKING & COMMUNICATIONS


Technology the catalyst for improving learning outcomes - A look at some of the ways that ICT is being used in the classroom; A school with a passion for Visualisers;


24-25 FURTHER EDUCATION - APPRENTICESHIPS


Industry employers back Apprenticeship pathway


26-27 HEALTH & FITNESS Inspiring Fitness for All; The Future of Fitness


28-29 FLOORING & CEILING REFURBISHMENT


Flooring in Education Establishments; Well Designed Washrooms for Everyone; Making a colourful exterior


30-31 SCHOOL MEALS


Innovating Free School Meals; Gino D’Acampo launches ‘Simply Fantastico’ food into UK schools; 3663 shines brightest at the Beacon awards


32-33 RESOURCES


Adaptive Learning Engine, alien avatars and space bitz


34 RECRUITMENT Recruit, Consult, Train


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