Back to school teachers toolkit

Back to school teachers toolkit

Posted on Sep 07, 2015

Back to School Teachers Toolkit


With the summer holidays now over, and 2015/16 term looming, we thought it'd be handy for us to pop together a handy 'Back to School Toolkit' for you to be 'prepared' and less 'scared' when it comes to the new school year. We’ve looked into all things educational, from important changes in law and legislation that has come into place whilst you’ve been on holiday, to blogs and other helpful resources you can get your teeth into.

We imagine that your classroom will probably be full of new faces so, as a starter, we thought we’d share some little name games to help you learn the names as easily as possible. TES has a fuller breakdown but our favourite game is pass the name combined with the adjective game, which is where you ask a student to say their name and an adjective that starts with the same letter as their name. For example, ‘My name is Sparkling Sarah’ and then they pass it onto the next person who has to remember the previous person’s name & adjective and say their own. ‘Sparkling Sarah to Caring Chris’ and so on.


hop scotch


Blogs offer a great sense of community amongst their followers and people who are interested in the subject matter. Writing about familiar topics and how to handle certain issues, blogs can be a great way to interact and communicate with other teachers

If you're not following Ross Morris, better known as the clever author of the Te@cher Toolkit blog, then start. This guy writes about loads of interesting concepts, ideas and common discussion points. He also creates LOTS of downloadable resources you can print off and use. 

Teacher Geek otherwise known as Rachel Jones, blogs from the frontline of teaching, trying new classroom methods and sharing her experiences online. If you're looking for inspiration to spice up your lessons, this is the place to start. And there's a fun meme section.

Stack of Marking (aka Thomas Starkey) captures all the trials, tribulations and joys of teaching, as well as discussing wider issues in education at the moment. One of our favourite posts by this guy can be found here.



YouTube is a great place to watch tutorials, learn new things and pick up some handy tips along the way. It’s currently the second largest search engine following Google and, in 2014, YouTube said that a staggering 300 hours of new videos were uploaded to the site every minute.




Google for Education offers several innovative and free ways to introduce technology into the classroom.

Have Fun Teaching does exactly what is says on the tin really, this channel is full of free educational songs and videos for teachers, parents and children. Check out the Have Fun Teaching website for more free stuff for teachers, including worksheets, activities, tools and much, much more.



Pinterest is a great place for finding inspiring ideas for all subject areas, we have our very own Pinterest account you can browse for each of our courses. And now you can browse for your classroom too! With a whole host of teachers turning to Pinterest to pin, share, re-pin and follow boards, the website is literally your oyster. Here are a few of our favourite teachers to follow:

Innovative Teacher described as “A place where teachers, administration, staff and parents can find innovation”, this board is filled with resources, some you have to pay for, and some can be downloaded for free.

Clutter-Free Classroom - filled with loads of ideas for classroom organisation, storage, theming ideas, tips for lesson planning and even ideas for wall displays, its boards will inspire you.

Clever Classroom - here you will find pins for social skills, literacy, classroom organization, games, fun ideas and more. Mrs Farell even has a blog too! Lots of handy tools you can download from the boards or blog to encourage your classroom creativity.



We love visuals here at flick, so naturally we're all over Instagram. It's a great platform to share images of your classroom organising skills and techniques, nifty methods for encouraging your class to learn and ideas for class projects. Check out the following Instagram accounts and get following: has plenty to get you inspired.    
teachersthings offers lots of humorous images to get you through the hard days in the classroom: who says humour isn’t good for the soul? 
teacherspayteachers describe themselves as “an open marketplace for educators to buy, sell, and share original resources.” Get inspired & connect with other teachers around the world. Their Instagram account is filled with great ideas for your classroom and lots of motivational posts. 

Back to school essentials 


If twitter happens to be more your bag, check out this link by the brilliant Ross Morris (Te@cher Toolkit), he’s done all the hard work for us, and found the 101 best teachers to follow on Twitter. You can find them all here.

Back to school essentials

Story time - First day at school by Roger McGough

A millionbillionwillion miles from home

Waiting for the bell to go. (To go where?)

Why are they all so big, other children?

So noisy? So much at home they

Must have been born in uniform

Lived all their lives in playgrounds

Spent the years inventing games

That don't let me in. Games

That are rough, that swallow you up.


And the railings.

All around, the railings.

Are they to keep out wolves and monsters?

Things that carry off and eat children?

Things you don't take sweets from?

Perhaps they're to stop us getting out

Running away from the lessins. Lessin.

What does a lessin look like?

Sounds small and slimy.

They keep them in the glassrooms.

Whole rooms made out of glass. Imagine.


I wish I could remember my name

Mummy said it would come in useful.

Like wellies. When there's puddles.

Yellowwellies. I wish she was here.

I think my name is sewn on somewhere

Perhaps the teacher will read it for me.

Tea-cher. The one who makes the tea.


Keeping up to date with all the mandatory training requirements and updates to legislation is so important as a teacher. Lucky for you, flick learning have all your training requirements covered in one handy subscription. You'll have access to the full flick library, and all the additional downloadable resources, guides and templates to put your learning into action. 


Legislation changes



The Common Assessment Framework (CAF) has been replaced by the Early Help Assessment (EHA). The Early Help Assessment (EHA) is a simple way of identifying what kind of support a child or family needs so that a plan can be put in place to resolve issues and meet needs without requiring an intervention from social care. EHAs replaced CAFs as of June 2015.


Prevent duty guidance


The Prevent guidance has been updated to detail the new responsibilities for those that come into contact with people who may become radicalised – this is especially prevalent an education setting. Read more about the guidance here.


Useful contacts and additional links


NSPCC and O2 have joined forces to keep children safe online. The work includes: an online safety helpline for parents to call for technical advice; online safety workshops in schools and workplaces; and training staff in O2 stores to help adults with their online safety concerns.

The Department for Education has launched a helpline for anyone concerned about a child who may be at risk of extremism, or about extremism within an organisation working with children and young people. Email: Telephone: 020 7340 7264

Concerned about a child under of the age of 16 leaving the country due to radicalisation? HM Passport Office has published a guide explaining how you can request the cancellation of the passport of a child under 16 at risk of radicalisation. Read about this guidance here or  find out what the government is doing to prevent extremism in the education and children's services sectors.


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