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  • Andy Davies
    Finishing working in a primary school on a Friday, knowing that I will be marketing to them come Monday is a scary challenge – but one I was more than ready to accept. Getting marketing exposure at a school can seem an almost impossible task sometimes – teachers rarely have the time to check their emails or social media and when they do, they will not have the time to digest the 20+ marketing emails
  • Andy Davies
    A stack of papers which looks like all the procedures we have to review…   Writing procedures is something anyone that works with children is well-used to doing. Few of us would even argue against it, knowing that thinking about activity planning and considering how we protect our children is absolutely the right thing to do. However, when it comes to crisis time, just how sure are we that our carefully crafted procedures, with their
  • Andy Davies
    We recently conducted a survey of 100 parents of children at primary school to ask them about how they feel when their children are taken on school trips. While everyone knows that teachers put child safety first and are extremely good at keeping everyone together, the survey highlights that school trips are a significant cause of worry and parents are prepared to help their child’s school do something to help. Additionally, it’s clear that parents
  • Andy Davies
    This week I’ve had one of the most disappointing conversations since starting The Hug Group last year. I was talking to a major early years’ childcare organisation about what we do and was told “electronic tracking goes against our ethos, if you do headcounts automatically it will encourage childcare workers to become lazy and stop watching the children properly! Headcounts aren’t needed anyway if they’re following statutory requirements”. I was speechless. For a major organisation
  • Andy Davies
    As a KS2 teacher and Computing lead for my school, I used to be really frustrated by some of the new technology we were given to evaluate. Whilst the educational benefits for the children were normally unquestionable, it often felt like us teachers who actually had to use it were an afterthought. Overly complicated, illogical, buggy and just too hard to use. It was clear that the developers had never set foot in a classroom
  • Andy Davies
    “Muuuuum, I’ve got a school trip coming up soon will you sign my letter!” Shouted my then 8-year-old daughter. Then the anxiety kicked in again, my tummy turned, and I felt sick! I have never stopped any of my children enjoying school outings or days out with the school, but it had always made me anxious. I know she attends a great school, with plenty of caring teachers and will be looked after but the
  • Andy Davies
    In my previous years at a school in Surrey I regularly took out groups of 2+ years olds to Woodland school sessions. On one occasion I had a child that struggled with his gross motor skills. As the children all arrived at the Woodland session and the various risk assessments/registration and woodland rules were carried out, it was time for the children to explore. They all ran in different directions, some in little groups as
  • Andy Davies
    A couple of years ago, shortly after leaving my previous company in the City of London to work on my golf handicap*, there was an Inset day at the school where my son Harry was in the nursery. After my last attempt at “daddy day-care” when I accidentally dropped him in the sea, I was under orders from my wife to be more careful this time. I decided we should go to the zoo. Everyone
  • Andy Davies
    From the 5th to the 9th of February 2018 I was an active member of The HugGroup as a student from Longfield Academy post 16. I was involved with the marketing side of the business and thoroughly enjoyed my time there, as well as learning key things to use in my future career. The HugGroup are a technology start-up, based in Dartford that have designed and manufactured people tracking technology, are passionate about the safeguarding