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Get ahead and get organised for the new school year with our useful tips

stressed teacherDifferent people look forward to different things as September approaches. Parents breathe a sigh of relief as calm reins over the household once more. Children look forward to putting on their shiny new shoes and seeing their friends again. Teachers on the other hand can look forward to early starts, getting the classroom ready, planning next year’s lessons and learning 30 new names.

But going back to school doesn’t have to be stressful. We’ve put together some tips for teachers to help the new school year start as smoothly as possible.

If you have a limited budget, plan how you are going to spend it at the start of the new school year. Healthy yet cheap recipes include bread rolls with a seed based topping and vegetable soups which are perfect to make when the chilly winter weather sets in. We have lots of recipes on our website, including one for bread rolls –, so you don’t have to trawl through cook books.

Use your practical lessons to help teach your students about food safety. We’ve got some useful tips on A key point to explain, especially to younger children is to use a clean spoon when tasting food, and always wash it after every use rather than place it back into the bowl.

Want to inspire your class but not sure where to start? Why not take a look at our Inspire! winner’s ideas at They’ve got loads of great ideas from fairground themed schemes of work to growing your own corn and wheat to visits to windmills, modern mills and bakeries.

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