Educational supplies: kitting out your classroom

Written by Nigel Simpkins

When it comes to getting your classroom ready for your pupils, it can be a bit of a daunting task. But it doesn’t have to be. Depending on whether it is a nursery, primary school, high school, or even higher education will determine the type of atmosphere you are looking to create in your classroom. For the younger students, stimulating colours, playful atmospheres will be key to a successful environment, whereas for the older pupils it’s important to create a space that they thrive in. 

Here are a few key things you should remember when you are purchasing school furniture.  

Is Your Furniture Safe? 

You should be looking to your supplier to ensure they are providing furniture that complies with the regulations set out by the British Standard for Strength, Stability and Ergonomics, it determines the current standard for school furniture and ensures that if there are any problems, that you are covered. 

Ergonomics is one of the most important things you should look at, if the pupils are uncomfortable in their learning environment, they will not be able to effectively learn and work. One thing that often challenges school is keeping the furniture up to date, and modern in its look, but maintaining the quality and safety of the furniture. Whether it is canteen furniture, school desks, chairs etc. whatever it is there are a range of options that can help you choose the right look, feel and quality for your school environment. 

A Flexible Learning Environment

The way children are learning is changing, creating a need for a flexible learning environment, that can be adapted to suit the needs of the day. Within this the furniture that is chosen must be light, but at the same time be durable and long lasting, to be easily stored and moved around to create spaces in the classroom for different activities. 

Technology Fuelled Learning

Modern classrooms may not look all that different from their predecessors, but the ways in which our children are learning is becoming much more advanced with the introduction of new technologies. There are new discoveries and developments each day, and it’s important to recognise this when it comes to your classroom. The use of interactive whiteboards, digital projectors, and tablets are becoming prevalent in modern classrooms, gone are the days of whiteboards and chalkboards. New technology is being introduced to enhance learning opportunities from both the teacher’s perspective as well as the pupils, providing access to a much wider range of learning aids. 

There are a range of technological accessories that are necessary for the modern classroom, from storage options and cases for tablets that allow learning to be enhanced and even 3D printers for some higher education learning establishments. 

Educational supplies range from the stationery being utilised by the students and teachers, to the furniture being sat at and the apparatus being used day to day. If you are looking for  an educational furniture supplier, Egan Reid have a vast catalogue of furniture and stationery supplies that meet the standards for today’s classrooms!