What’s the best way of  solving the problem of students who turn up for lessons or exams without a pen, pencil, ruler .. ?

It’s not easy to ensure that every student comes to school or college properly equipped for lessons or exams.

Some may simply have woken up late and left home in a rush. Some might benefit from being better organised while others need to learn to be a bit more responsible.

What we do know, however, is that time is often wasted at the start of lessons while some students try to borrow what they need to benefit from their lesson.

All it needs is for a few students to forget a pen, ruler, pencil, etc, and what was supposed to be a well planned, interesting lesson can become unproductive if some students are ready and able to work while others are not.

But now there’s a simple, effective and low cost way of solving the problem  ….it’s the “STUDENT ESSENTIALS” set. 

Consisting of, three quality black ink pens, two full length HB pencils, a 15 cm ruler, pencil sharpener, eraser, all contained in a clear   “exam friendly” PVC wallet with a zip slider….   From just 85p each, ex vat, it’s a simple and effective way of improving productivity and helping students succeed in their lessons and exams. …not to mention making life easier for teaching staff.

Staff might like to keep “Student Essentials” sets in the school or department office and then sell or give to students when the need arises.

More details at: www.signposteducational.co.uk/student-packs/

Contact them on: Tel:  020 7515 1797 or email: signpost@talk21.com

Your orders are usually delivered within 1-3 working days.

Signpost Educational Ltd   PO Box 999   London  E14 6SH 

PS.  “Student Essentials” sets are also  useful to hand out to students before their exams.

What’s the simple and cost effective way to help maths lessons be more productive, both for teachers and students…….? 

Every now and again I get to chat with teachers and one of the topics that often crops up is why many students don’t bring a pen, pencil, ruler, etc, to their lessons.  They tell me that this leads to wasted time and a measure of disruption, even before teaching has begun.

In an attempt to solve this problem there’s now a product called the “Value Maths set” which, as the name suggests, contains all the basics that students need for their maths lessons.

Consisting of  two quality black ink ballpens, a full length HB pencil, eraser, 15 cm ruler, 180 degree protractor, metal compass and half pencil, and a sharpener, all packed in an A5 size, clear PVC “exam friendly” wallet with a zip slider.

From just £ 1.25 each (ex vat) the “Value Maths set”  is a convenient and cost effective solution to the problem of students who haven’t brought the correct kit to their maths lessons.  Ideal to give or sell to students at the start of lessons or at the start of a school day………  also very useful for exams.

Full details of the “Value Maths set” can be found on the website:


You can order by email:  signpost@talk21.com or tel: 020 7515 1797

Signpost Educational Ltd, PO Box 999 London E14 6SH

Fred Theatre is bringing GCSE texts to life for your students

Right now is a great time to discuss giving your students the advantage of live performance in the upcoming school year. We’re here throughout the holidays and happy to chat about bringing top quality live performance to your school.

 Next year there are five productions designed with the needs of your GCSE students in mind:

A Christmas Carol


Romeo and Juliet

Jekyll and Hyde

Much Ado About Nothing

And for your younger students, starting out on their Shakespeare studies:

Fred’s Shakespeareance

We’ve recently been working closely with schools and our in-house team of educationalists to refine our offer. We think we now have something very special that will really help your students with their studies. There’s lots more information on our web site:


On the web site you may also sign up to receive our regular newsletters just for teachers, and there’s also an enquiry form if you’d like to explore making a booking with us.

Alternatively, feel free to e-mail Helen, our tour administrator, helen@fred-theatre.co.uk, or call us on 01789 777612. We’ll collect a few details from you and respond with potential dates and a quote.