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What’s on this May? Find out in this monthly feature which focuses on all the things you can expect this month on the Anomaly Content Manager. The Anomaly content manager is a tailored platform designed for schools to get the most out of their Anomaly screens. In this blog post find what will be displayed on our screens throughout May as we get closer to the most important months of the school year. Each month we write a blog post for our schools to read through which highlights key material which is coming up for each month. Here’s a full list of content that is scheduled for the May month: decomposition, solids, liquids and gases, house of lords, mayflower, saving money, Isambard Brunel, bullying, stranger danger, portion sizes, vegetables, grapes, don’t get thirsty, phobias, brushing teeth, importance of recycling, food waste, pair routine, dodge-ball, exercise and walk to school. Decomposition  coding blog piece During the month of May, we’re pushing out computing related material. With a big push in schools to teach kids coding, we knew we needed to respond when the BBC revision site added a whole new section on computing. That’s why we’re pushing out coding related material on your Anomaly screens this month. The content is available on all of our screens both primary and secondary and features a brief explanation of what decomposition is in computing terms. It goes on to explain how computer programmers use decomposition to help write clean and effective code. The content also explains the benefits of decomposition, how it can save time and how it can help pupils to learn to code. Keep an eye out for more computing and e-safety content in the following months too! What are human rights? Over half a century ago the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was created, setting an example for how people should be treated. With the current push for teaching British Values in schools, we made a piece of content that aims to promote human rights across all of our secondary schools and asks pupils to think what their life would be like without basic Human Rights. If you would like to incorporate any Anomaly technology into your workplace or school, or find out more about our vast range of services in the education and construction sector please do not hesitate to call us on 0844 579 0880 or alternatively you can email us on the usual address info@anomalygroup.co.uk Twitter | Facebook
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In this blog post Anomaly focuses on one of its successful schools, Hilltop Primary School. Hilltop has been kind enough to write a few words regarding the Anomaly service. Promoting healthy living and sharing pupils’ work around their school has always been something important at Hilltop. hilltop primary school Anomaly has had the pleasure of working with Hilltop Primary School to constantly improve their existing digital infrastructure and help promote healthy eating and keeping active in school. As well as promoting these topics, Hilltop takes great pride in the presenting the work that their students produce to parents and visitors. Below you will be able to find a written testimonial from the school which highlights their experience with the Anomaly service. Gavin Evans, head teacher at Hilltop Primary School said: “After working with Anomaly and having a digital screen installed, it has transformed playtimes. Whenever I wander out onto the playground during a break there are always many children mirroring the exercises displayed on the screen. The children love the activities that we have installed on the screen. It’s also a bonus to have these activities programmed to be on at certain times. Raising participation and volumes of energetic activity was a priority and the Anomaly screen has helped to do this.” Gavin continued to say: “When the children are not running, stretching and jumping they are watching the second screen and getting excited about seeing themselves and their work on the screen. Thank you Anomaly!” If you would like to incorporate any Anomaly technology into your school, or find out more about our vast range of services in the education sector please do not hesitate to call us on 0844 579 0880 or alternatively you can email us on the usual address info@anomalygroup.co.uk Twitter | Facebook
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It’s St. George’s day tomorrow and to celebrate, we’re promoting British Values. In this blog post, we’re exploring how schools all over the UK have promoted British Values using Anomaly equipment. Hear from our talented schools as they prepare for the bkig day. Kingsway Primary School The first school in focus is Goole based school, Kingsway Primary School. Kingsway Primary School have been one of schools for a very long time. Last year they produced content which highlighted what it meant to them to be British. Utilising green screen technology in their school to produce a video about the subject, Kingsway demonstrated excellent knowledge related to British Values. Kingsway showed their ability to use a digital media alternative to learning in their school and judging by their video, they did a very good job too! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXaFduViX1I St Winefride’s Catholic Primary School Our next school in focus, St Winefride’s Catholic Primary School, in Bradford have made use of green screen technology to interview their parish Priest, Fr. Paul and created short film which can be broadcast to the whole school using their Anomaly Screen in the playground. By broadcasting this video on their Anomaly Screen, they are able to reiterate the school’s religious beliefs and values to the whole school community, including parents and visitors. Promoting British Values is an excellent way to help teach St. George’s Day in schools. In addition to British Values, why not display content related to St. George’s Day on your Anomaly schools? Better yet you can make use of your Anomaly Film kit to produce a video which highlights key facts and puts your pupils at the heart of St. George’s Day. If you would like to incorporate any Anomaly technology into your school, or find out more about our vast range of services in the education sector please do not hesitate to call us on 0844 579 0880 or alternatively you can email us on the usual address info@anomalygroup.co.uk Twitter | Facebook
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As Anomaly is expanding, we’re looking for young enthusiastic people to continue to populate our growing workforce. We are currently looking to recruit two people to fill two separate roles. Both opportunities are ideal for enthusiastic school/college leavers who are looking to join our young and dynamic team. Both openings involve working in a lively and fast-paced office environment.
anomaly management teamOur first role is an Office Assistant. As an Office Assistant, you will be responsible for speaking to our customers to arrange installations of our equipment and carrying out office admin tasks as an assistant to the Operations Manager. As one of the leading digital service providers for schools in the UK, we require our operations team to ensure that our customers are always happy. A positive and polite telephone manner is essential when contacting our customers or answering any queries they may have. The role involves outbound/inbound calls, e-mailing customers in a professional manner and planning engineers’ diaries. Basic IT knowledge is essential as you will be required to carry out some admin tasks such as Excel spreadsheets and updating our client database system. Experience is not essential but we will only consider applicants who are able to display a commitment to their education and training so far to further their chances of a brighter career in the future. You can read the full job description by taking a look at the Anomaly workable post.

Our second role is a Media Telesales/Appointment Maker. The role will involve making appointments with new and existing clients, for one of our representatives to go out and present our services with the aim of generating business. You will be dealing with local councils, CCG’s, charities, national government, pharmaceutical companies, food companies, media agencies, PR agencies to name a few. You will be required to research relevant issues affecting regional areas, and then make new appointments and retain existing clients through good account management. You will also be required to gain new media clients for national media advertising on up to 1500 GP screens and 1200 schools. The ideal candidate should be highly motivated, forward thinking and able to work off their own initiative to find the right potential clients and keep an eye on relevant topics from the news and appropriate websites. You can read the full job description by taking a look at the Anomaly workable post.

To apply for any of the roles above, please use both workable links provided. Alternatively you can give us a call on 0844 579 0880 to discuss the roles in more detail. Twitter | Facebook
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In this blog post Anomaly focuses on one of its successful schools, Hammersmith Academy. After being with us for over a year, Hammersmith have been kind enough to write a few words regarding the Anomaly service. Having recently renewed until 2018, we reached out to the school to highlight how successfully they have integrated our digital signage system into school life. hammersmith academy Anomaly has had the pleasure of working with the Hammersmith Academy to constantly improve their existing digital infrastructure and help towards their specialisms in Creative and Digital Media and IT. Like most schools, Hammersmith are continuously pushing out digital topics at their school.  In addition to constantly promoting digital topics, Hammersmith take great pride on the ability to display students’ work and accomplishments all around their school. Hammersmith are currently sporting one of our 55″ freestanding external screens. The screen is situated so students, parents and visitors can see students work. Andrew Anderson, Communications Officer at Hammersmith Academy said: “At Hammersmith Academy we are keen to display our students’ work and accomplishments in a manner worthy of our specialism – information technology and creative & digital media. With Anomaly we have been able to realise this, using their Anomaly Content Manager system to have a revolving and easy to update “HATV” channel.” On the topic of updating the screen on-the-go, Andrew said: “Through digital technology our teachers are able to upload photos and videos of day to day activity, as well as news about the various impressive achievements and successes attained by our students every week. I can quickly download photos from our various social media channels and upload these to HATV quickly and easily. This means that students can see their progress celebrated in school in real time. We also have an impressive display at the front of the school building, so that parents and visitors are greeted with an impactful visual of life at HA before they walk through the door. Anomaly are always on hand to help out with any technical issues or problems with a friendly and helpful attitude.” If you would like to incorporate any Anomaly technology into your school, or find out more about our vast range of services in the education sector please do not hesitate to call us on 0844 579 0880 or alternatively you can email us on the usual address info@anomalygroup.co.uk Twitter | Facebook
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It’s stress awareness week. As we wind down into the summer months, stress levels can be high. As schools have just started a new term, stress can be something very difficult to deal with. As well as exams just around the corner, it’s important to keep on top of stress and the effects it may have. In this blog post, we’re focusing on our top tips for reducing stress in schools. Understanding stress stress awareness week Understanding stress can be very beneficial to dealing with stress. Stress is your body’s way of responding to any kind of demand or threat. When you feel threatened, your nervous system responds by releasing a flood of stress hormones, including adrenaline, which rouse the body for emergency action. Your heart pounds faster, muscles tighten, blood pressure rises, breath quickens, and your senses become sharper. These physical changes increase your strength and stamina, speed your reaction time, and enhance your focus. Organise your working environment School and college can be stressful, but there are simple things you can do to manage and reduce your stress. Creating a positive working environment can help a lot. Whether you’re a teacher or a student, having a good working environment can be key to reducing stress levels. Create a regular schedule; know what you will be doing on each day and when you will be doing it. Having a positive working space can help you plan ahead. It can even be simple things like packing your bag the night before and knowing what you’re wearing in the morning can really help to reduce stress. Set aside time in your day to do assignments and other miscellaneous tasks. Once you have things planned, your stress levels will reduce dramatically. It’s also important to clear out any clutter from your revision space, desk or anywhere where you might be planning on doing any work. Just sitting in a cluttered room can create stress. Try to keep a tidy work space. Introduce Anomaly content into your school At Anomaly we have a vast content library for all of our schools to enjoy, ranging from various different topics including stress awareness. Below you’ll find some content that we regularly display on our screens to help pupils and teachers deal with stress and understand stress awareness: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cy7PXlKmSfY If you would like to incorporate any Anomaly technology into your school, or find out more about our vast range of services in the education sector please do not hesitate to call us on 0844 579 0880 or alternatively you can email us on the usual address info@anomalygroup.co.uk Twitter | Facebook
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Ever wondered how Anomaly screens could help your school? In this blog post, we’re focusing on our famous Anomaly screen. Read more about how our Anomaly screens will IMPROVE your school or business. Following the launch of Anomaly Hi-Vis we thought it was time to highlight key features regarding our most successful product. Display key messages with Anomaly screens anomaly screens With our Anomaly screens it couldn’t be easier to display key messages at crucial times for your school and business. Regardless of location our unique Anomaly Content Manager makes it easy for anyone to become a master of digital signage. Created with our schools in mind, Anomaly Content Manager has been created so that anyone can use the system to the best of their ability without any complicated tutorials. The Anomaly Content Manager features a simple drag and drop system. This makes it easy for you to find the content you wish to display to your school or business. You can also set what time you’d like your content to show – got something you want parents to see? You can easily time content to show during morning drop off or afternoon pick up. Our vast video library includes content on curriculum subjects, health and keeping active for schools. For Anomaly Hi-Vis, we display content relevant to various different subjects, especially health and safety. Not only do we have a library full on content for you to enjoy, we also have the ability to display your own messages instantly. Update messages from a computer or your tablet or smart phone with ease. And don’t worry if you feel a bit confused about the system, we offer training as many times as you need it. Feel free to ring the office and book a training session! Support on demand Now we’ve got your attention, we just wanted to have a little chat about the Anomaly help desk and the stellar service that they offer. In a previous blog post we dispelled some of the myths surrounding digital signage. In that post we highlighted a common myth that people felt that they would be left in the dark if they had a problem. Whilst promoting our technology it’s easy to assume that the software is hard to use. Whilst this isn’t the case, we do understand that not everyone is as good as others at using certain software. That’s why we have a team who are on hand to deal with any problems you may have. In addition to our in house help desk team, we also have a team at Anomaly who will come to your school or business to train you and keep you up to date with our software and help you make the most out of your Anomaly screens. Public facing  One of the best parts about using digital signs is the ability to daypart your playlist by scheduling content to play out of site operating hours and grabs the attention of passersby. With Anomaly screens you can communicate with the general public quickly and easily to raise the profile of news and upcoming events related to your school or business. This unique feature gives the Anomaly Screen a dual-purpose which will benefit you. This will also allow you to help build a strong rapport with neighbours. If you would like to incorporate any Anomaly technology into your school, or find out more about our vast range of services in the education sector please do not hesitate to call us on 0844 579 0880 or alternatively you can email us on the usual address info@anomalygroup.co.uk Twitter | Facebook
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Increasing parental engagement in schools can be a difficult task; with Anomaly services you can improve parental engagement whilst displaying key messages. Following the recent news to turns all schools in the UK into academies, there has been certain doubts regarding the communication between schools and parents – with Anomaly services this will never be a problem. There has been a mixed reaction from teachers and parents all over the UK after David Cameron announced plans for all schools to become academies by 2020. In recent weeks the plans have come under a bit of fire. One main concern from teachers and parents is that the plans will potentially reduce parental engagement in schools, claims which David Cameron has passionately denied. Following a recent BBC article, Mr Cameron was quoted: “Parents have a great role to play, but no school should think that simply by having parent governors you’ve solved the problem about how to engage with parents.” So how can schools improve engagement between themselves and parents? Anomaly screens anomaly screens It has been proven that Anomaly screens do in fact improve parental engagement. Having Anomaly screens positioned in key areas such as where parents drop off their children, makes interacting with parents a simple task. Not only do we have a content library full of content that pupils can enjoy, we also have content that is designed for parents. Our schools can time this content to play at the end of the school day, to catch parents picking up their children. As well as this, our screens also have the ability to display key messages for parents/visitors to your schools to enjoy. Update messages from a computer or your tablet or smart phone with ease and let parents know what’s happening around your school. Anomaly Film In addition to Anomaly screens, we also offer various different services. One of which being Anomaly Film. Anomaly Film is a portable green screen studio which allows pupils and teachers to produce high quality films in relation to the current curriculum. Anomaly Film encourages students to make use of green screen technology in the classroom. Combining a film kit with green screen technology, Anomaly Film encapsulates students and works towards improving achievement and attentiveness. Using both Anomaly Film and Anomaly screens together, we make it possible for schools to showcase pupils work to parents – parents are constantly in the loop with what their child is learning in school. If you would like to incorporate any Anomaly technology into your school, or find out more about our vast range of services in the education sector please do not hesitate to call us on 0844 579 0880 or alternatively you can email us on the usual address info@anomalygroup.co.uk Twitter | Facebook
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In this blog post Anomaly focuses on one of its successful schools, South End Junior School. After recently embracing digital technology at their school, we asked South End Junior School to say a few words regarding the experience with Anomaly. Read their testimonial which highlights their experiences whilst using the Anomaly services. south end junior school Anomaly recently had the pleasure of working with South End to improve their existing digital infrastructure. Like most schools, South End is constantly promoting e-safety at their school – this is when they approached us to see how we could help. After spending the day with our trainer, Tim, South End produced a professional video to promote the subject. The video was scripted, acted and created by the pupils of South End and after tackling this difficult subject in such a creative way, the pupils now have a firm understanding of E-safety. Georgie Lewis, Computer Expert at South End Junior School said: “Tim came for the day and spent it with ten children, who are the digital ambassadors. They independently drafted out a script in their own time together and were ready to start filming on the day with Tim.” On the topic of E-safety, Georgie said: “The message the children were given as a brief for them to then have free reign on what ‘E-Safety’ was and how we could promote it further in our school. Tim was very welcoming and warm towards the children and they were very at ease around him. He explained all the equipment and the timetable of the day to them clearly. We loved our day with him and wouldn’t hesitate to ask for him when we have our next filming day with Anomaly.” Below you will be able to find the video that South End Junior School created. We think it’s brilliant and promotes e-safety in a very positive light. Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQ13CrnEZIk If you would like to incorporate any Anomaly technology into your school, or find out more about our vast range of services in the education sector please do not hesitate to call us on 0844 579 0880 or alternatively you can email us on the usual address info@anomalygroup.co.uk Twitter | Facebook
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Easter is almost over and it’s looking like it’s time to go back to school. In this blog post, catch up with Anomaly’s top tips for teachers, students and parents on how to deal with going back to school. It’s definitely difficult but it can be done! We did do a write up back in September, but we thought it was time for a quick recap on how to battle the last couple of months before the big summer break. Organise before it’s too late back to school One of the biggest tips we can give at Anomaly is to always organise before it’s too late. Getting ready for bed on the Sunday night before you’re back to school and remembering something that you’ve forgotten is one of the worst feelings in the world. Make sure you’re organised well ahead of schedule to avoid any last minute upset just before you go back. For students, sit down and think if there’s anything you may have forgotten, for example any last minute homework you need to do. Always plan ahead Much similar to organising yourself, but planning ahead will be essential for these next couple of weeks, especially for students in their later years of school. If you’re in year 11 or year 6 you will have important exams coming up within the next couple of weeks, make sure you’re ready by planning your workload to get the best possible marks this summer. For teachers and parents, you will already know that this will be an incredibly stressful time for pupils and it’s important to be supportive and make sure you are planning ahead yourself to help them tackle these stressful months. For students, make sure you are always coming to lessons with the right equipment. We have content which can help with remembering to always bring a pen among other things to class. Prepare your Anomaly equipment Heading back to school will be a stressful time, using Anomaly equipment could be the last thing on your mind. With that said it’s important to plan ahead for the upcoming term. As mentioned earlier in this post, summer exams are just around the corner. Using Anomaly screens you will be able to post key information and important dates relevant to these upcoming exams. You may also want to display some content on your screens which may help with revision. With Anomaly content manager, we make it easy to look through content to see what will help improve your school. If you would like to incorporate any Anomaly technology into your workplace or school, or find out more about our vast range of services in the education and construction sector please do not hesitate to call us on 0844 579 0880 or alternatively you can email us on the usual address info@anomalygroup.co.uk Twitter | Facebook
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