Syria from a different angle

Explore topics including disability and the impact of bombings on civilians.

Did you know that 1 in 5 Syrian refugees has a disability and that there are over 2 million Syrian children living in areas affected by bombings?

Our free resources are a great way to look at the crisis in Syria from a different angle. By using resources, such as our ‘Syria’s Young Survivors’ posters, your students can explore issues including disability and the impact of bombings on civilians.

Order your free resources today

One fantastic opportunity to use our resources towards the end of this term is the Forgotten 10 Challenge, 10 days of action, from 1st to 10th December to raise awareness about the forgotten victims of conflict.

Order your free resources on the impact of war

We’re currently sending resources to teachers in schools across the UK who are organising lessons, assemblies tutor group sessions and whole-school activities towards the end of this term. You can order resources including your Forgotten 10 Challenge Action Pack here.

If you have any questions please email me at or call me on 0870 774 3737.

It would be fantastic to have your pupils involved this year.

Best wishes,

John McGeachy

Handicap International

P.S Our Forgotten 10 Challenge Action Pack includes ideas for activities, more information and an order form listing free resources such as our Campaign Kit.

Handicap International UK
9 Rushworth Street,
London SE1 0RB
Tel: 0870 774 3737
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Top 5 School Group Destinations for Biology 2017/18

A Biology trip overseas is a great way to bring your subject to life.

Not only will your students understand and appreciate the living world better, it is also a great way to promote your subject within the school.

So where are the best places to travel to inspire students and teachers alike?

Here at Gapforce, we pride ourselves on unique, tailor-made Biology trips to some of the most incredible parts of the world.

We work with a number of schools each year including Millfield School, The King’s School Chester and Marymount International School.

Based on the feedback we’ve received, the following destinations currently rank highest amongst schools for Biology:

  1. Costa Rica: The incredibly varied topography means you can cruise the cloud forest one day, visit an active volcano the next, and finish relaxing on a hot sandy beach.
  2. Ecuador & Galapagos: Nowhere else on earth will you find so much natural diversity in so tiny a place. From the Amazon basin to Andean volcanoes, the balmy pacific coast to the astounding biodiversity of the Galapagos islands
  3. Tanzania: Boasting some of East Africa’s most famous wildlife parks and is home to a myriad of fascinating native tribes and cultures.
  4. Borneo: Home to over 250,000 species of flora and fauna and 30 different tribal groups, Borneo is a jaw-dropping mix of raging rivers, precipitous mountain ranges, unexplored caves and dense jungles.
  5. Sri Lanka: Home to eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, ancient temples , rainforest, elephants and the world’s best surfing beaches

To receive a free quote for a School trip, please click here

Best wishes,

James Catterall
Schools Manager



T: 020 7736 2769

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Hurlingham Studios, Ranelagh Gardens, Fulham, SW6 3PA United Kingdom
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Funding has been released but how to spend it effectively?

The Department for Education has released the first tranche (7/12ths) of funding to local authorities for the Primary PE and Sport Premium.  How much is it, what can it be spent on and how to spend it effectively?

The objective for the funding is to “achieve self-sustaining improvement in the quality of PE and sport in primary schools.  The focus of spending must lead to long lasting impact against the vision that will live on well beyond the Primary PE and Sport Premium funding.”

How much will my school get?

Allocations for the academic year 2016 to 2017 are calculated using the number of pupils in years 1 to 6, as recorded in the January 2016 census, as follows:

  • schools with 17 or more pupils receive £8,000 plus £5 per pupil
  • schools with 16 or fewer pupils receive £500 per pupil

So, a school with 250 pupils will receive £8,000 + £1,250, to make a total of £9,250 for the academic year.

What can schools spend it on? 

The DoE is looking to see improvement against the following 5 key indicators:

  1. the engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity – kick-starting healthy active lifestyles
  2. the profile of PE and sport being raised across the school as a tool for whole school improvement
  3. increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport
  4. broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils
  5. increased participation in competitive sport

They say it is not to spend on providing coaches simply for PPA cover, or to cover basic aspects of the PE curriculum, such as basic swimming provision.

Ofsted inspectors have been tasked with assessing how effectively leaders use the Primary PE and Sport Premium and measure its impact on outcomes for pupils.  Schools are required to publish details of how they spend this funding and the effect it has had on pupils’ PE and sport participation and attainment.

If you’re looking for a great tool to capture evidence, Youth Sport Trust and the Association for PE have developed a fantastic guidance and template tool for schools to capture evidence.  Click here to download.

How to spend it effectively?

We speak to 100’s of teachers who have had limited training in teaching activity, on average they received just a few hours of PE in teacher training!!!   This has left many teachers not feeling confident or capable of delivering great PE or other activity sessions the children will love.  To achieve the objective of “self-sustaining improvement” how can a head teacher support their staff when they’ve had so little training in the past?

This is the challenge we have tackled head on at  We have 100’s of lessons covering the PE curriculum from dance to gymnastics to games that will upskill every teacher, building their confidence and enjoyment with our sustainable, easy-to-use approach.

We provide teachers with every tool they could need; from interactive demonstration movies, lesson plans, music, flash cards and assessment tool.   Our resources are a foundation for PE, but are also cross-curricular and can be used with English, History, Geography and Science; making it easier to get your children active every day!  Saving hours of planning time and with an approach which makes it easy to deliver.

If you would like to learn more about then click here to view our head teacher pack, or if you’d like to try out some lessons click here for a free trial.

And if you have any questions or queries about call me on 0114 2661061 or email

Imogen Buxton-Pickles