Simon McLoughlin, Traditional Category Director, VOW

If you’re a reseller selling to those responsible for school supplies, the run up to the summer holidays is an ideal period to get organised for the next academic year. This ensures a stress-free and smooth transition to the new school year for everyone when September comes around.

From making sure pupils are kitted out for effective learning, to equipping teachers to do their jobs as easily as possible, proper facilities and equipment are vital.

Classrooms need to be refreshed, office staff need the right supplies, facilities staff need cleaning, safety and other supplies, and the staffrooms should enable a decent break for hardworking teachers. By planning ahead and getting everything in place by the summer, you will make the school day that bit easier for everyone.

Writing matters

Handwriting matters as much as it ever did. Providing staff and pupils with notebooks and pens is essential to learning. When children write by hand, they exhibit increased activity in areas of the brain that are also activated in adults when they read and write.

Designed for classroom use, Silvine Exercise Books feature 80 quality 75gsm pages, which are feint ruled with a margin for neat note-taking. In a wide range of manilla covers, these books can be used to colour-coordinate lessons and learning. Packs contain ten A4 exercise books.

Designed to aid children’s handwriting practice, the Swash Komfigrip pen features a unique triangular grip to help encourage correct finger positioning and a hard-wearing, pressure resistant tip to withstand heavy duty use. The high-quality ink is quick drying, washable and designed for minimum bleed through. The pen also features a clear, ventilated lid and can be left uncapped for up to 14 days without drying out.

Work wonders with whiteboards

For creativity, clarity, and an ability to record (and erase) ideas, designs and words easily and quickly, handheld whiteboards are ideal for any classroom.

The Show-me classroom pack contains 35 plain, double sided A4 whiteboards, 35 medium black drywipe markers, 35 erasers and a bottle of 100ml MAGIX™ whiteboard cleaner. The individual-sized whiteboards are great for all kinds of classroom activities including drawing, spelling, handwriting, mathematics and more.

Top quality, full-size Show-Me Teacher Drywipe Black Markers are perfect for teachers. The xylene-free, low odour ink and ventilated caps provide safety in the classroom and the bullet tip is great for bold, controlled lines. These pens also have a 24-hour cap off time for long lasting use.

Truly awesome tech

Students and staff can draw 3D models with ease with the Polaroid Play 3D pen. You can use the stencilize button to turn photographs into stencils, or trace imported templates and then assemble to create amazing 3D models. The pen can be used with Polaroid PLA filaments to create stunning, multi-coloured designs.

The Hue HD Pro Camera Blue camera and visualiser can view a full A4 or US letter sheet and project it onto a whiteboard via a PC and projector. It has a variety of uses in education, such as demonstrating a project, taking snapshots of student’s work, or recording a technique or experiment and replaying it to a class.

Take a break

Giving staff access to a decent quality drink and a snack, even on the go, will give them the essential boost they need to get through the day. The Nescafé Dolce Gusto Bundle Pack provides coffee shop style drinks whenever you want. This bundle kit includes a Dolce Gusto Piccolo manual coffee machine, two boxes of coffee capsules and two free mugs.

Because all staff returning to work after the summer deserve a treat, Green & Blacks Miniatures are luxury mixed packs with six different varieties of Green & Black’s milk and dark chocolate miniature bars. The pack contains two miniature bars each of Milk, Butterscotch, Almond, Ginger, Dark, and Hazelnut & Currant. Green & Black’s chocolate is both organic and Fairtrade.

Furnish the classroom

Ideal for bulk buying furniture for entire classrooms, the Jemini Class Pack contains 30 chairs and 15 tables, which can be bought in age categories from age three up to 14+. These polypropylene chairs are stackable for space-saving storage and the tables feature a welded black frame and a grey MDF tabletop with rounded corners for safety.

The Jemini Mobile Storage Unit is supplied with 12 blue plastic trays for storage of stationery, files and other office supplies. The strongly constructed carcass has a stylish beech finish and a wipe clean laminate top. The integral castors provide mobility for easy transportation.

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