How changing the pens that your pupils use can significantly reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in landfill sites – and earn the school additional funds

Most pens are made primarily of plastic and are disposed of through landfill sites when they are no longer needed.

However there is one pen – the Eco pen – which is primarily made of recyclable materials.

Using such pens, however, is not only good for the environment, but it can also earn the school money. For not only are our Eco pens made of recyclable materials, but if you offer parents the chance to buy Eco pens for themselves, family members and the children, then the school can make 33p per pen.

And there’s a further benefit – for the Eco pen comes loaded with a lot more ink than the average biro.

Widely quoted estimates suggest that if you drew a straight line with a Bic pen and kept going until the ink ran out, you would have a line 4,061 feet long.

However, with an Eco pen you will get a line 10,363 feet long (or put more conveniently, 2.5 km or 1.974 miles long).

So the children/parents/family members get more ink for their £1 per pen, the school gets 33p, for every pen sold, and everyone gets a very positive lesson in saving the planet.

And a final benefit – the school has no outlay in this project at all. We’ll supply a printed leaflet and order form for you to pass on to parents. We can (alternatively or additionally) supply the text of an email if you want to communicate with parents that way.

The parents give you the orders with the payment which you forward to us and we will supply the pens within a week.

You can find more information on our website

If you’d like to talk about the pens you can call me on 0161 723 0261. Alternatively, send an email to me at

Paul Hagan

Fifty Health & Lifestyle-based Group Activities for PSHE Key Stages 3 & 4

Trying to convince teenagers of the need to engage in a healthy lifestyle can on occasion seem a difficult task.

Which is why one PSHE teacher thought about turning the issue into a series of “Life Games” – all based around the curriculum requirements for the health and lifestyle topics in PSHE Key Stages 3 and 4.

These games enable you to inform and engage your students on topics which are notoriously sensitive including relationships, reproduction, substance misuse, sunshine and travel, mental health and depression.

Each game is a stand-alone activity which can be delivered to a range of groups. Most of the games are accompanied by separate student notes. Clear learning objectives, based on the national curriculum, together with session plans, are provided.

The games can be used in any order and are suited to the classroom, although they could be used in other contexts. They are intended for groups of about eight to forty participants and are generally appropriate for teenagers and young adults. Each activity should last about thirty minutes, although they can be adapted for longer sessions. There are also suggestions for extending the activity and “talking points”, useful as fillers.

Life Games is available as a photocopiable book or on CD Rom, and individual activities can thus be readily copied and distributed to students as required. The copies can also be shared with colleagues or given to supply teachers, without any fear of the original book being misplaced.

An extract from Life Games, ISBN 978 1 86083 718 0, order code T1730EMN
is available at


  • Photocopiable report in a ring binder, £24.95 plus £3.95 delivery
  • CD with school-wide rights: £24.95 plus £3.95 delivery
  • Both the Ring Binder and the CD £31.94 plus £3.95 delivery
  • Prices include VAT.

You can purchase the report…

When ordering the book please quote the reference T1730EMN.