Making it easier to manage trips and school funds

Do you have dozens of trips going out every year? Do you have an activities week where everyone is doing something?  Managing the money plus all the forms and other checks, can be a big administrative headache, but the Private Funds Manager software can really help.

Whether you manage trips through a central bank account and accounts system, or have it separate, PFM makes it easy to enter, manage and export information.

This easy to use software :

Synchronises with (and other pupil records) to import student information

Allows unlimited trips/events/accounts to be set up and payment schedules allocated

Records not just financial information, but consent forms, passports etc

Processes cash, cheques, DD/SOs, bank transfers and chip and pin,  and prints receipts

Links with all major online payment systems (Parentmail, Parentpay etc)

Generates invoices, statements, letters, lists and debtor letters

Produces trip lists, parent contact lists, medical lists and payment reports for chasing up.

Links with Word, Excel and smartphones,  and provides a wealth of other reports.

The program comes with free of charge online training for all your staff for the first three months, as well as the option for onsite setup and training. We are really proud of our backup, support and training and go out of our way to know your setup personally so we can really help.

We run monthly free online demonstration sessions, and would love you to take a look at our system.  Click here for schedule and bookings.

The software costs £195 for primary schools, £395 for secondary school for a whole school, one off purchase option.

For further details please visit our website, call 01722 413255 or email

Make use of what every child has

There is one thing that every single child has and which all children love to use. It is also the ultimate stimulus to creative writing.

It is their thoughts.

Thoughts can be set down in a Thinking Journal, which in itself encourages children to consider their thoughts in ways that they have never done before.

What we find is that almost all children love having their own Thinking Journal and want a personal book to record their thoughts and those of others.

The Thinking Journal thus becomes a place where children can write about their own thinking and learning in an honest and open way. The journal can also provide a means of structuring a really effective learning conversation between home and school as children can invite their parents to write in it and teachers to look at it.

The journal also offers an opportunity for children to express their opinions, fears, confusions, questions and concerns, as well as being a place of safety – there are definitely no wrong or right answers within a journal.

Finally Thinking Journals build self-confidence and give practice in self-expression – for as they write, the children’s concept of themselves as thinkers and writers grows immensely.

Thinking Journals are the obvious place to record the range of conversations that arise from thinking homework activities – a place of reflection, somewhere to ask further questions and to let children and families grow as thinkers and learners.

What’s more, when used in conjunction with the ideas in our Let’s Think Homework resource, children and their families will quickly enjoy capturing thoughts and conversations, and the progress in children’s thinking will become evident in the pages of their journal.

Let’s Think Homework is a volume that has been written to provide ideas that are engaging and meaningful, offering regular opportunities for children to practise a range of thinking and learning skills.

There is more information on Thinking Journals and Let’s Think Homework in the web links below:

Thinking Journals

Let’s Think Homework

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From the silence of Bruges to the sound of Formula 1, from the buzz of Rome to the shopping capital that is Paris

The common approach of travel companies is to load prices during the school holidays.

Being different we do the opposite. We offer luxury coach holidays across Europe, which incorporate a discount when taken during the school vacations.

Below is a selection of some of our forthcoming holidays, all of which attract a 10% discount for members of the teaching profession:

23rd August – Belgian Grand Prix

26th July, 9th August & 19th August – Beautiful Bruges

 20th July, 19th August, 24th August & 26th October – Rome, Pompeii and Picturesque Capri

9th August, 19th August & 23rd August – Paris and Versailles

Of course these are just a few of the holidays we have on offer – and in all cases you will receive a 10% discount on the quoted price.

To see a complete list of all the tours available for breaks in 2013 and 2014 just click here.

Our coaches run from almost 500 regional pick up points, and you can select from a vast number of tours which are available during school holidays.

To claim a 10% saving, simply call us on 0844 324 8557, quote the reference ‘TEACH’, and provide us with the name and address of the school that you work for and your position within it.

Of course, because we are offering discounts where normally there are surcharges, some of the holidays do get booked fairly quickly. But if you find the one you want is already full, do search on other dates or other destinations – we’re adding new teacher discount holidays all the time.

What is the benefit of encouraging pupils to develop a fully cursive style of writing?

The most obvious answer to this question is that, for as long as most test and exam papers still require handwritten answers, good handwriting is always going to make an impact and help deliver extra marks.

But there is more. For there is also the issue of the relationship between the brain and handwriting.

Handwriting requires a greater level of hand/eye co-ordination than typing on a keyboard, and thus, as well as helping with exam scores, good handwriting gives pupils the chance to develop their essential fine motor skills.

Unfortunately, there is no doubt that many young people today are brought up in homes where handwriting is limited to little more than the production of shopping lists – and indeed many people are now even typing these into their mobile phones.

It is for all of these reasons that MSL produced the Handwriting Rescue Scheme for fully cursive handwriting.

The scheme, which is available as a photocopiable program supplied on CD or as printed sheets, contains over 300 structured exercises designed to establish complete cursive letter formation.

And there is a particular bonus here, for tests have shown that the use of such material encourages the development of an automatic response to frequently used spelling choices. In other words, by practising their handwriting pupils also learn their spellings.

You can order The Handwriting Rescue Scheme in any of these ways:

  • On our website
  • By phone on 01604 505000
  • By fax to 01604 505001
  • By email to
  • By post to Multi-Sensory Learning, Highgate House, Creaton, Northants, NN6 8NN