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With teachers and school leaders across the UK enjoying a well-deserved break, we're taking a look at the academic year ahead. What can educators expect? How can they go about boosting their own wellbeing and student achievement alike? 
 
We've gathered writers from a variety of backgrounds to tackle this Countdown to 2018/19. What's more, August's content is powered by Bett Global Series, whose new Bett Innovation Index gives a major selection of insights in itself...
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Many schools are looking for solutions to make their spaces - classrooms and playgrounds - stimulating areas for children. From my own areas of expertise, I frequently suggest zoning their playground and creating a performance zone, though this - as with many school improvements - can be costly. These benefits can be huge, though - just look at the below video of pupils dancing in their own outdoor performance area:
Just over one year ago, Rocket Fund, the crowdfunding platform for schools, was launched by Nesta, the innovation foundation. Over this time, we’ve learnt what makes a successful school crowdfunding campaign, from creating a project to attracting donors.
In the first of this series on fundraising, I mentioned that due to the work I do in education and development. I have spent much of my time raising money for schools here in Canada or projects and programs in the Global South. The landscape has changed a great deal in the past decade. While I am still successful raising money for schools here in Canada, it has become increasingly ...

Making Golden Triangles

What is the Golden Triangle in education, and how can it aid school / parent communication? Dave Waddell explains. If you’ve never heard of what many an educational establishment’s marketing material calls ‘the golden triangle’, then you will certainly know what it is. Each corner is theorised as representing one of a given school’s three stakeholders: child, parent and teacher. Linked up, they constitute that triangle, the lines ...
If your School PTA has not yet run an annual Christmas card printing project then you may be missing out on a fantastic fundraising opportunity. School Christmas card projects allow children to design Christmas cards on pieces of paper and have these cards turned into professional quality pieces. The PTA then sells these packs of personalised Christmas cards to the students' parents. It’s a lovely way for children to ...
This article originally appeared in the September 2012 Innovate My School magazine. It’s a familiar problem: you want to start a new project at your school, but there’s no money for the equipment or services you need. Don’t dust off the rolling pin for a fundraising cake sale just yet. Believe it or not, you may be able to get what you need for nothing! Organisations across the ...
With the advent of Marketing Awareness and the increase in the number of schools who now have Marketing Managers or Marketing Departments, Headteachers are becoming increasingly aware of the power of marketing at many levels: how good marketing can effect how a school is perceived and, in many cases, how this affects pupil numbers.
Setting up an after-school club, purchasing new books for the school library, updating computer equipment, and installing specialised playground equipment – these are all important projects for the creation of a diverse learning and social environment at school but they are often the first things to go when budgets are tightened. Taking matters into their own hands, more schools and colleges are looking for new and inventive ways to boost their ...
Finding new ways for schools to save money seems to be the ‘hot potato’ at the moment, and quite understandably so. There is another option though: find new ways to make money. With all that intellectual property, skills and knowledge floating through the corridors, are there any opportunities for new business ventures to emerge from your school? There has always been a contribution culture amongst teachers: 'We can get hold ...
Your school has decided to turn its hand to fundraising, but you are unsure about where to start. Getting started is one of the most difficult aspects of fundraising and it challenges all of us – from fundraising beginners to seasoned experts embarking on a new venture. These initial feelings of uncertainty are easily managed with a planned approach to fundraising. It begins by answering two simple questions: why are you ...

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