Singapore Best in Education

According to the latest education quality rankings published by the BBC, Singapore has now their highest achieving primary and secondary students among international education institutions.

education1As for the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland is ranking sixth and maths, which is the highest rank in Europe. The rank of England has not increased compared to the rankings from 2012.

The highest rankings when ut comes to education quality is still dominated by East Asian countries including Japan and South Korea which are leading among other Asian nations

The education quality test called Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) is published every four years. The study, the performance of more than 600,000 pupils from 57 countries is examined.

For the school system in the United Kingdom, international petition has always been a major focus for change. Several experts have said there one of the U.K.’s most surprising feature, speaking about their ranking results from the previous year, is how little they have changed.

Ben Durbin from the National Foundation for Educational Research said that the period between 2011 and 2015 saw major changes including in the curriculum, teacher training and assessment.”One might have expected to see some impact from this changes”, he was quoted saying.

The top five ranks for secondary maths are

Singapore
South Korea
Taiwan
Hong Kong
Japan

While England is still above average compared to other European countries didn’t make any progress in rankings during the recent years, despite attempts to overhaul the school system in the United Kingdom. In fact, England’s rank has gone down by one position from 9th to 10th for primary.

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Saving Money On Your Travels & Holidays

If you are in the music business, rest assured you will travel often. In fact, a huge portion of my time I do spend on the road traveling from one place to the other. Then again, I don’t mind traveling, in fact I like it very much.

vw-campervanAs for other things in my life, such as when we go on holidays, my entire family also prefers the freedom of being able to travel places.

We don’t like being confined to one place as would be the case when we book a hotel or motel for our holidays.

This is the main reason we enjoy camping trips so much more.

If we get bored with one place we can simply go to another one. It’s constant excitement and seeing and experience new things.

On the other hand, getting a camper may possibly be out of their financial range for some. This is especially true when you only go on holidays for a couple of weeks each and every year. In such cases, buying a camper van sure wouldn’t make too much sense. If this sounds like you I can give you a great tip. Why not hire a camper van for your next holiday travel?

Modern camper vans come with everything you could even want for your travels there are in no way less comfortable then an apartment which you would let for a lot more money. Simply hire a VW camper for a week or two and enjoy a fantastic holiday in the same way as our family does!

If you happen to live in the United Kingdom, I recommend a trustworthy VW camper hire in the UK. Such rented camper vans are fantastic and you will sure have a blast at your upcoming holidays with it!

How to do your Invoices Faster: Online!

Einvoicing online can save you lots of troubles

Einvoicing online can save you lots of troubles

Did you know that you can greatly increase the time it will take to do your invoicing? Electronic invoicing allows you to do your entire invoice process online. This means there is no paperwork involved and you don’t even need a physical office to do your invoices.

You can do all essential invoicing tasks like the creating or sending of your invoices via special apps, simply by using your smart phone or other mobile device.

Basically, what took a long time previously and was very prone to mistakes, now will take less than a minute. Among the other big advantages of einvoicing online is that you can send and receive invoices instantly and of course you save on costs for postage. (Many businesses today are still mailing their invoices by mail. Not only does this amount to massive delays from the creation of invoices until they are processed, it also adds substantial costs for the mailing).

With the speed and easiness of einvoicing online simply by using an app on your phone comes also a tremendous amount of mobility. Contractors and other professionals can now do their invoices any time without relying on an office. Needless to say this is perfect for the music business where you may find yourself often on the road.

Fewer mistakes in your invoicing process

Once your entire invoicing process is switched to electronic invoicing you will also notice that mistakes will be a thing of the past. Previously, a simple typo when transferring paper invoice data for your accounting could have brought on massive problems until the mistake is discovered . With all your invoicing now safe, digital and electronic, such mistakes cannot even come up, which is just another advantage of einvoices online.

Essential Things To Prevent Fires

In the UK, fires are causing numerous injuries and that counties every year, in addition to millions in damages to commercial and residential property.

fire-alarmsMany times, fires could have been avoided by simply following  the most obvious safety rules.

Fires are often causing harm and fatalities because those responsible for buildings and venues are ignoring those rules, sometimes knowingly in order to save costs.

Typical examples for this would be landlords who knowingly rent out unsafe premises like fire exits, fire extinguishers and other essentials. Then there are those bar and club owners who disregard safety regulations by allowing more patrons in a club than allowed or having fire exits blocked off.

For home owners it is fortunately rather easy today to implement some measures that can often help to prevent fires before they can cause major damage.

Fire alarms and smoke detectors are affordable and widely available today. Many of those devices do not require any special skills in order to install and maintain them. In some cases, the simple steps of installing a smoke alarm on each floor of a home can add significantly to safety of a home.

The same can be said for making sure that fire extinguishers or fire blankets are available and easily accessible in case of an emergency. This is especially true for those areas in a home that are naturally a heightened risk for fires such as kitchens or garages. In many cases, a simple fire extinguisher could have helped to prevent a major blaze.

When you are planning to move into a new flat or home, you should always have fire safety in your mind.

You can get in touch with your local fire brigade if you have questions about fire safety.

How To Manage Your Staff Efficiently

Being the owner of several record stores in a big town is definitely fun but at times it can also be rather stressful. Obviously, success in this business doesn’t come overnight. There are many things to consider and mistakes in the process can always happen.

music-storeOne of those things that deserve particular attention, whether you are a store owner or happen to have any other type of business, would be finding and hiring the right employees for your business.

In addition to finding them there is the added challenge to keep your staff motivated.

One other problem I was facing on occasion would be that the employee’s performances should be monitored at all times.Sometimes it may turn out that a particular employee may be better fitting in the sales department while the other would be the perfect candidate for your bookkeeping.

I found that talent management software can be a great help in that regards. You may possibly think that talent management is only something for large companies but then you would be mistaken. In my opinion, a solid talent management strategy can well pay off even if you only have a handful of staff and don’t hire all the time.

I cannot over-emphasise how managing staff should be always a high priority for you as a small business owner. Point being if you happen to get the wrong people or happen to place them less than optimally within your business it could mean substantial financial losses.

It is likely that you will already have accounting software or know about other types of small business software, if so you should definitely also look into a solid talent management strategy. In order to achieve this you should take advantage of talent software. This type of software won’t cost you a fortune in it is definitely more than worth it.

Surprise Music: The New Craze For Your Business Event

Being a responsible business owner, you want to do everything for your employees. This includes even such things such as corporate parties or your company’s yearly Christmas celebration. Here I have some cool tips for you on selecting the right musical entertainment for your upcoming corporate event.

singing-waiters-2The first thing you want to look at will obviously be your available budget. If you happen to be the head of a large corporate, this may not be a big issue. But for the small business owner on a limited budget it may well be.

Hiring a music band for your event can (but doesn’t have to) come rather pricey. Here it is a good idea when you contact local bands where you know that they provide such services for corporate events in regards to their prices. My tip here is that you do this plenty in advance. The reason for this is that the good and more affordable music bands may often be booked several months in advance.

A life band may not be suitable for all types of events. Imagine you have your potential new clients from Japan coming over to your party. You may want to think twice whether hiring the local teenager rock band would be the best option here. Sometimes, you may want it a tad more classy, depending on the circumstances.

I found that the singing waiters can be the perfect solution here when you look for your next cooperates event’s musical entertainment. The keyword here is surprise music. What it means is that those professional singers would normally mingle amongst you are waiters so your guests won’t even know that they are present. At the right moment, the singing waiters will start their surprise performance. This is the moment when they will reveal themselves to your party guests.

The singing waiters are a really great idea for all types of events, like your next corporate event but they are also fantastic for wedding receptions. You should definitely check them out.

Banks in the UK Urged To Improve Their Lending to Small Business

According to a recent article on FT.com, banks in the United Kingdom are urged to improve their lending to the nation’s small businesses.

This comes on the background of a study recently conducted by the UK’s treasury which concludes that British banks need to do more to win back the trust of businesses.

In addition to the call for improved lending, the UK’s government is also considering new laws that would force British banks to refer small business owners to alternative lenders in such cases where a loan is denied.