Four questions to ensure a seamless Back to School experience

The summer term is underway and the countdown to the long holidays has begun for schools up and down the country.

For heads, teaching staff and school office teams everywhere, being able to relax over the summer months means making sure nearly everything is in place by the time the school year ends in July. The time to plan for the new school year in September is now.

Timely forward planning for ‘Back to School’ makes life much easier for school teams by giving more breathing space to review classroom, office and staffroom needs.

A review now, rather than later in the term, can help to reduce spend and ensure every piece of classroom and office equipment is fit for purpose and a best value investment for the school.

Putting this planning and sourcing off until later in the term, or realising last minute requirements during the holidays, is often more costly, stressful and time consuming.

Here are four questions that will help make your Back to School experience a seamless one:

1. Are those handy classroom essentials doing their job?

The right classroom equipment makes a big difference. Review the products currently in use and ask colleagues if these are working well, supporting minimum mess, preserving work and are easy to use.

Pentel has plenty of products to make homework, note taking, essay writing and marking a pleasure, from quick drying, smudge reducing EnerGel pens to long-lasting Maxiflo dry wipe markers and colourful Recycology filing products and display books.

Crafting is an important part of children’s creativity. Pritt original glue sticks provide clean, easy and reliable gluing, suitable for paper, cardboard and photos. They are made from 90% natural ingredients, washable at 20 degrees and solvent free, so perfectly safe for children. Thanks to the special airtight cap, the glue remains fresh for several years without dying out.

Want a clever answer to keeping mess down in a classroom? Sellotape’s Removable Hook and Loop range offers an easy, damage-free way to be even more organised, by hanging important documents, posters on walls. Walls can be decorated with artwork and even marker pens can be attached to whiteboards.

To protect students’ precious paper crafts and to enable endless other creative opportunities, teachers need the right tools. A Creativity Suite is Fellowes laminator, binder and trimmer. By using a laminator, you can protect children’s work for as long as needed, making colours pop and protecting work from spills and damage. A binder can bring all the pages together in one personally designed book.

2. Is your classroom tech up to spec?

Technology is big news for schools. From using a design app to putting together an animation or creating a highly visual project, portable tablets, high tech pens and cameras offer a user-friendly way for learners of all ages to create projects and share resources.

G-tab 8 and 10-inch tablets offer a multitude of pre-installed learning apps and many more to download, with a high definition screen that offers crystal clear display, 8GB of internal storage and 2MP/5MP front and rear cameras.

You can help students to draw 3D models with ease with the Polaroid Play 3D pen. The stencilize button turns photographs into stencils, or you can trace imported templates and then assemble to create amazing 3D models. The pen can be used with Polaroid PLA filaments to create stunning, multi-coloured designs.

The Hue HD Pro camera and visualiser can view a full A4 sheet and project it onto a whiteboard via a PC and projector. It has a variety of uses in education, such as demonstrating a project, taking snapshots of students’ work, or recording a technique or experiment and replaying it to a class.

3. Is your school office firing on all cylinders?

A well organised, properly equipped school office is the beating heart of any school, ensuring effective communications to and from management, staff, pupils, families, visitors and suppliers.

Help the office team do their work easily and quickly by equipping them with the right materials. The Rexel Academy A3 laminator is perfect for the school office, handling high volume lamination and accommodating a variety of unusual shapes and sizes. With a fast warm up time and quick laminating speed, this machine is quick and easy to use.

Rexel and Leitz both offer the widest range of consumables on the market, such as the Peel and Stick laminating pouch with an adhesive back, and the Organise Pouch for ring binders and lever arch files in sizes from A2 to A6.

4. Is the staff room an oasis of calm?

Getting a few minutes rest and relaxation isn’t always easy in a busy school, but great drinks and snacks in the staffroom will certainly provide a boost mid-morning or afternoon.

Fairtrade and Rainforest Alliance certified MyCafe tea bags come in packs of 1100 and Crawfords Mini Packs are available in packs of 100, each containing three biscuits, including bourbon creams, digestives, custard creams and fruit shortcake.

With Banner you can find everything you need for a seamless Back to School experience.

Thousands of Banner products for education are available on next day delivery, backed by all the benefits of dealing with one trusted supplier, with the time and cost-saving advantages of just one monthly invoice.

We can support you on all your classroom and office essentials, drinks, snacks, printers, inks and toners, classroom technology and much more.

View our Back to School guide

Take a look at our wider education range, view our Education Essentials catalogue.

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