What is the most effective way of increasing the effectiveness of your school’s noticeboard?

Once upon a time the noticeboard was one of the few ways that a school could effectively communicate with parents. Whilst today there are numerous other possible channels of communication, there are some simple measures that you can take to ensure that the school notice board captures the attention of parents while waiting at the school gates or, indeed, passing by.

Firstly, to ensure that your notices don’t get missed by parents, pin them no higher than approx. a third down from the top of the board because (it has been proven) that the eye never seems to start at the top.

Secondly, ask an interesting open question that might genuinely interest the parent. For example, let’s say that the notice is about the implementation of a new homework policy. By heading the notice with a question, such as, How can you ensure that homework time is a stress-free time?, parents’ interest will be piqued, encouraging them to read on.

These are just two ways to resurrect the school’s noticeboard so that parents take notice, and I’m sure that quick Google search will reveal many more.

Indeed, if your school is thinking about buying a new school noticeboard, Greenbarnes has a range of styles which you can see on our website.

Alternatively, please do call us on 01280 701093 and we’ll be pleased to discuss our boards, send you a brochure, and give any advice and guidance that you may require.

Raising boys’ achievement – what can schools do?

A three hour workshop exploring:

  • ‘The Boy Problem’ – boy’s participation in education
  • Male learning styles
  • Misreading males?
  • The importance of addressing literacy concerns
  • The male-inclusive classroom
  • A whole-school strategy?
  • Practical solutions (including the hard-to-reach).

This is an evidence-based, experiential workshop; participants will be informed of useful methods to engage and maintain boys’ interest in education and will be encouraged to consider a whole-school strategy to improve boys’ achievement.

£895 – we come to your school.

Please quote EC1116 when replying to this promotion.

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Students who regularly test their literacy and numeracy skills with web-based games progress fastest overall across the subjects

According to recent research carried out by Andrew Gallacher (an education coordinator at the University of Glasgow) students who regularly test their numeracy and literacy skills with web-based games progress fastest overall across the subjects.

Which is exactly why Education Quizzes exists – and why we are offering free sign up for schools to Education Quizzes for a whole year.

Our library of KS3 History Education Quizzes covers an extensive range of topic areas, making them ideal for revising the knowledge that your students have learnt in their History lessons, past and present.

Education Quizzes are also ideal to set as homework tasks as they involve little to no PPA time – giving you more time to focus on planning and preparing future lessons and assessing the work of your students from lessons which have gone before.

To see the KS3 History Education Quizzes that we have produced thus far, toggle through the Topic area links below. Alternatively, you can email admin@educationquizzes.com to request more information.

And if you would like to sign up free to Education Quizzes for a year, simply visit our schools’ registration page – www.educationquizzes.com/schools-uk-registrations/.

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Topic area

Abolition of Slavery in the USA 

Queen Mary Tudor 

The Black Death 

The Cold War 

The First World War

The French Revolution

The Industrial Revolution

Women and the Vote

See more


Join ATM and bring New Ideas to your Mathematics Classroom

ATM welcomes everyone, from all levels, with an interest in mathematics education.  Join and become part of a community of mathematics educators which access to stimulating activities, thought provoking research and genuine good practice in the classroom.   As a member of ATM you will gain access to a wealth of support, information and ideas.

You can join now by Direct Debit in 10 instalments for a full years membership, and instantly access the full library of journal articles, plus all the other benefits that membership brings.

That is just ten monthly payments of between £2.50 and £7.00 (depending of the membership type selected.

ATM Member Benefits

ATM membership is for anyone who has an interest in the teaching and learning of mathematics.

Personal members receive their own individual copy of the *MT journal (five per year) in addition to access to the extensive library of electronic journals dating back to issue one, containing thousands of interesting and useful articles to use in your teaching.  Members also have access to the member-only resources, a 25% discount on publications and considerable further discounts on events and conferences.

*e-membership provides a greener alternative for our members by operating on a purely electronic basis.

Sign-up today and receive instant online access to all ATM member-only benefits.

ATM also has a full range of high quality publications that are written by teachers, for teachers.


Karen Foster – Commercial Officer
Association of Teachers of Mathematics
Tel:01332 346599  Fax 01332 204357