Keeping the school minibus on the road without the worry, time and hassle

Of course, it is possible that you absolutely adore keeping a check on the roadworthiness of the school minibus. Or it might be the case that someone else has taken the job on and is doing the checks for you.

If either case is true, then I’d like to offer my congratulations – because the truth of the matter is that in most schools looking after the minibus is actually listed within the school’s risk assessment as being down to your department.

But if you are the person with whom the buck stops, there is something you can do the lessen the load.

First off, it is fairly obvious that the newer the minibus, the less likely there is to be a problem. But, as we all know, few schools have the money to buy a new minibus – hence the ageing fleet.

However, where a minibus is leased the huge upfront payment for a new bus disappears. And. what’s more, there is an second benefit. And it is this…

Maintenance and servicing, (including tyres, clutch, battery, etc) can be covered within a leasing agreement.

So you get a double benefit. A new minibus, which is less likely to have problems plus the option of having a professional undertake all the standard maintenance and servicing.

This effectively reduces the onus that is put on the person who is nominated in the school’s transport policy to look after the minibus. Indeed, it was to overcome issues and difficulties such as this that we introduced full maintenance as part of our minibus leasing.

Not only do the schools that use our service get a new minibus without having to use current capital to buy it, they also get our certification that the bus has been checked by qualified engineers.

Given that the majority of school minibuses on the road are over five years old, this approach can be particularly valuable.

If you would like to know more take a look at our website –

Alternatively email us at or call us on 01753 859 944.

Christchurch Earthquake: GEO4B Resources (June 2013 Exam)

At this time of year many A Level AQA Geography teachers start pulling their hair out, frantically researching and preparing resources for the GEO4B Advance Information Booklet. This year, don’t be one of them!

The AIB for this summer’s exam kicks off with some interesting data on the issue of whether natural disasters are becoming more common. It then launches into a detailed consideration of the 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand. There’s a variety of data – from graphs and maps to personal emails and a gallery of photos.

The essential Pre-Release Resource Pack from ZigZag Education guides teachers and students through the AIB, taking the pressure off teachers all over the country. It provides not only activities to walk students through the AIB and material to teach the background of the topic, but also a practice paper with full mark scheme, specific to the topic and ideal for a mock exam.

Deliver GEO4B with confidence! Order now at (the pack will be ready to send to you by 15th April 2013).

View a full inspection copy of the last resource pack before you order at (click on the ‘preview’ button).

Here are a few comments from Geography teachers who have used previous years’ resources…

  • “It’s worth every penny! It’s a timesaver and a lifesaver! Including an answer section helps to keep you on the right track and providing two mock exams and mark schemes is priceless!” (A Gates, Assistant Director of Humanities at Framwellgate School Durham & Happy Customer)
  • “It targets all abilities of students, stretching the highly able, yet still providing easier tasks for all abilities… This is a ‘must buy’.” (A Norman, Geography Teacher at Greenhead College & Independent Reviewer)
  • “The Poole Harbour resource was really effective for us; we gained 86% A/B grades from using your pack!” (Mrs Davison, Torquay Girls’ Grammar School, Customer)

ZigZag resources are available as ‘copy masters’ or in editable format and come with a site licence, allowing you to pay once and copy as often as you need, or put on your server for multiple use. All resources come with a quality-guarantee 10-day sale or return period.

The GEO4B Pre-Release Resource Pack is available as a photocopy master with site licence (£59). Also available in:

  1. Easy-printing PDF files (add 30%+VAT), or
  2. PDF with editable Word files (add 50%+VAT).

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