vidence shows that good- quality careers advice can make a huge difference to pupils’ academic attainment and their future job prospects. The facts:

• Teenagers with a good understanding of the qualifications and skills they need for their chosen career, earn more 10 years into their career. • Each meaningfu l engagement with employer adds 4.1

%to a an

young person’s future salary; those who recall four or more experiences s get a 16.4%boost to their income.

• Teenagers from poorer

homes are more likely to be ill-informed about the qualifications and skills they need and consequently are higher risk to becoming NEET. The Edge Foundation and Inspiring the Future’s free Career Footsteps programme supports schools to host careers events. Volunteers who have pursued a technical or professional education route, talk about their job, the learning pathway that got them there and share their experience and insight with the students.

Help ensure your students are fully informedwhen it comes to careers education, visit

GRATNELLSATNELL S Learning Rooms – embracing the full spectrumof the school environment


paramount, there is a balance to be achieved between inspiration and good order.With its ‘Learning Rooms’ philosophy, Gratnells offers insights on both an innovative approach to the best use of space and a practical set of

solutions to store, display, archive, present and protect teaching and learning materials. As more sophisticated teaching m ethods become apparent, Gratnells provides software- based planning tools to facilitate design and layout of classrooms in any configuration to create good order for learners and a lesson- ready infrastructure for teachers. With the ubiquitous use of digital


he interdependence of school architecture with teaching methods, the role of digital media and the smart use of available space, not merely to facilitate the learning process but to stimulate it, are now part of the education landscape.

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In the classroom, outdoors, in communal aces where flexibility of use is

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technology in schools, new challenges have arisen for the safe storage and ready availability of devices. Smart design by Gratnells has produced a series of charging trays and trolleys which merge seamlessly into the storage system, whilst offering an efficient charging regimen ensuring that dev ices are always work-ready.

A 2015 report entitled ‘Innovative

Schools:Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age’ from the Directorate-General for Internal Policies of the European Parliament quoted


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“The digital revolution…is transforming the way children play, access information,

communicate and learn.We need to take care of our future by designing innovative and engaging learning environments.”

Gratnells Learning Rooms offers a mix of ideas, advice and content for the education sector which seeks to be both practical and visionary, working to create better environments and better outcomes for learners and teachers alike. wwweducation-toda 74

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