The Bursar’s Survival Guide

What is the most effective way of coping with the continual change that is now an inevitable part of school administration?

If ever a job has changed in the last 10 years it is that of the bursar and school business manager.

Even the title of the job has been varied, for as one correspondent to the School of Education Administration and Management put it recently, “My pay slip calls me the ‘Administrator’, it says ‘Bursar’ on the door to my room and the head introduces me to visitors as the School Business Manager.”

In a world where even the job title can be variable throughout the day, what chance is there for the bursar (or SBM or Chief Administrator) to cope with the ever changing nature of the school?

The fact is that change is everywhere. The government makes change its watch-word. Independence from LA control puts more pressure on school administrations, and quite often the boundaries as to who actually has the final sign off on new procedures becomes rather confused.

As a result, stress rises and a sense of progressive improvement is replaced by a sense of making do. With few people seeming to know how schools are supposed to react to something as huge as the raising of the compulsory education leaving age over the next few years, it is not surprising that there is often a sense of the school not quite knowing what is coming next.

However, it is only by recognising change as an inevitable part of running the school’s administrative systems and by accepting that the drive towards efficiency and effectiveness is part of the bursar’s job that these various parts of the school process can be brought back into balance.

Hence the new edition of the Bursar’s Survival Guide.

The aim of this comprehensive report is to develop school improvements and efficiencies through changes in administrative procedures. Such action inevitably enhances the personal standing of the bursar and those in the bursar’s department and reduces stress levels throughout the school’s administration.

The report opens with a single example idea, one idea that takes only a few minutes to implement but which could reduce the school’s non-salary expenditure by 10% at a stroke, without changing the quality of the goods and services provided.

After that the volume considers 57 separate topics that affect the role of the bursar and the bursar’s department in the school, and analyses each one in a way that is (in most cases, if not all) different from the way in which standard text books on bursaring and financial control approach the topic.

Quite simply The Bursar’s Survival Guide will help to ensure a smoothly run bursar’s office generating excellent results in all aspects of its work in the years to come.

You can see some sample pages at

Publisher’s reference: T1795EMN ISBN: 978 1 86083 885 9


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What inspires a poet?

“In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Beneath the crosses row on row..”

 Never has the link between environment and poetry been starker than with poetry written during the First World War. And nowhere in poetry is an understanding of the poet’s work more readily enhanced by visiting the location that stimulated the poets to write.

Students are able to grasp the impact of the war on poets who served in Europe because there has been a deliberate policy of maintaining some of the environment relating to such events as the Battle of the Somme.

Thus students can see trenches, shell impact craters, and, of course, the cemeteries – perhaps the most moving experience of all.

This allows them to explore the two vital issues that lie within all poetry: the text itself and the context of the writing.

From Rupert Brooke to Wilfred Owen, from Edward Thomas (writing, of course, before he went to France) to reading A. E. Housman’s “Here dead we lie”, this is beyond question the most insightful and moving poetry study trip that exists.

Such a visit can also take in the Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres where the very name of the museum is taken from John McCrae’s poem.

But, of course, it is the emotion that is at the heart of this experience, emotions that come not only from the poems but also from the students standing at the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing listening to the last post being played, contemplating what happened in these fields.

It is perhaps the most powerful way of helping the students to understand the emotions of and the background to the poetry that they are studying.

And that is especially so at this site which commemorates the British and Commonwealth soldiers who were killed in action, but whose families have never had a grave at which to pay their respects and honour the fact that these young men gave their lives for their country.

For similar reasons you may choose to visit the grave of Edward Thomas. Thomas was conscripted into the Artist’s Rifles and was killed on the first day of the Battle of Arras and never saw his poems published under his own name. He died undoubtedly still thinking of the English countryside that he described in his poetry.

You may also wish to visit the graves of Wilfred Owen and Roland Leighton and visit Ovillers-la-Boiselle and the Lochnagar Crater where Ivor Gurney fought. Each has its own story, its own poignancy; each expresses so deeply what the War Poets experienced.

There are more suggested venues on our website – but as always we can, of course, create a trip around specific sites and locations that you wish to visit.

A sample visit can be found on our website, but do remember that tours can be arranged to suit your student’s specific needs and your specific interests.

Please do not hesitate to contact me on 0845 026 4661 or to discuss your ideas.

We look forward to giving your students an unforgettable experience.

Wishing you a well-earned Easter break.

Kind regards,
Adelle Barnett
Tours Manager

FAO: Teachers who organize student trips abroad

How do you plan a better student trip to Germany
and save money and time?

If you organize study trips, you probably spend much of your own time and money planning the best travel for students.

In this email you will find the help you need organizing Germany trips.

  • Travel news about travel Germany’s Rhine Ruhr Region and DJH Hostels
  • Perfect and affordable student group itineraries – an easier way
  • Free stays for teacher and chaperones

Germany is becoming a trendier and more popular travel destination all the time, especially for student groups from the UK. You know why: whether by train, coach, car or plane, Germany is an easy reach from most places in the UK and Ireland, often in just a few hours. The country offers great values in accommodations, restaurants, and many other attractions – and the options keep growing from year to year.

We at DJH GO2CITY want to help you get the latest about taking your students to one of Germany’s most fascinating – and most accessible – areas: the Rhine Ruhr Region.

Who we are:

DJH GO2City is the new in-house travel agency by non-profit DJH (German Youth Hostel Association). Operating 6 hostels in 4 cities in Germany’s Rhine Ruhr Region, DJH GO2CITY also plans and executes customised itineraries and programmes for groups and individuals.

Please scroll down for more information about us and our services – or click on the links below to see our e-brochures:

DJH City-Hostels in Cologne & Düsseldorf

New in-house agency Go2City

This email is sent to you by:

Rainer Perry – Marketing & Sales Manager North America, UK & Ireland
DJH Go2City
934 8th Avenue 2b; New York, NY 10019; USA
phone: +1 646 207 6406

Exclusively prepared for teacher and student trip organisers in the UK

Enjoy our first Teacher Newsletter by DJH Go2City!

Please scroll down to find:

  • Germany’s Rhineland – where and what?
  • Organising group & student trips – an easier option
  • Free Unlimited Overnight Stays for 2 Teachers & Chaperones
  • Budget accommodations – high quality hotel alternatives for student groups
  • To Cologne by train with Deutsche Bahn – travel from London St Pancras to the heart of Cologne in just 4:15h!
  • Bonn Christmas Market Special
  • Bonn, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Duisburg – some of the best destinations for student travel:
  • New flights on BMI from Bristol to Düsseldorf Airport (DUS)

Germany’s Rhine-Ruhr Region – where and what?

The Rhine Ruhr Region, named after the two rivers Rhine and Ruhr, is a metropolitan centre like no other and, with 18 million residents within a 40 mile radius and 148 million people within a 300 mile radius, the third largest in Europe after London and Paris. It is located in Germany’s Federal State North-Rhine Westphalia, right next to the Netherlands, Belgium and France.

Why is it great for travelers? There is no urban centre around which this region grew. Instead, there are 53 connected cities, all next to each other, but each with its own personality. The best known among these cities are major travel destinations like Cologne, Düsseldorf, and the former capital Bonn. Being able to explore so many cities and attractions quickly due to short distances and a superior infrastructure is just one piece of what makes the Rhine Ruhr Region a fascinating new destination for student groups and activity-centered travel.

Organising group and student trips – an easier option:
the new all-in-one travel agency Go2City

This is the incoming agency partner you’ve been looking for! We help you with all aspects of your stay, so that you don’t have to spend your time and money planning the best travel for your students. Our in-house meeting planning agency creates the best itineraries at no cost and helps you book tours and tickets, often at huge discounts. You safe money and time.

We own the accommodation and the in-house agency. No middle men, no extra fees, no miscommunications or wasted time. Just tell us what your group wants to do, and we’ll put the whole package together!

Choose your customized itineraries and activity modules

  • Museum and theater visits
  • Sports and tournaments
  • Specialized city tours and looks behind the scenes
  • Excursions beyond city limits
  • Transfers and coach trips (free coach parking at our hostels!)
  • Local contacts for activity-centered trips (sports, theater, music, education)
  • And much more

Packages also available:

  • 3-day programs starting at 79 € per person
  • 5-day programs starting at 161 € per person

For more information, visit:

Free Unlimited Overnight Stays for 2 Chaperones with any Student Group Bookings!

Teachers and chaperones stay free with a group of 10 students or more, no matter how long the stay. Ask us for details!

Budget accommodations – high quality hotel alternatives for student groups

You’ve heard amazing things about modern hostels in Germany. They are true at DJH City-Hostels in Bonn, Cologne, and Düsseldorf. You get amazing 3-star hotel-quality accommodations in Germany at hostel prices, and they are perfect for student groups. Our hostels are still among the best kept secrets of the budget-conscious traveler, but more and more foreign groups are catching on to the amazing value and quality:

  • Some of the best hostels in the world. 3-star hotel level at hostel prices!
  • Pristine, modern single & multi-bed rooms, all with private baths
  • Amazing rates: starting at € 22.90 per night per person, including breakfast, lunch or dinner, and all taxes


To Cologne by train with Deutsche Bahn – travel from London St Pancras to the heart of Cologne in just 4:15h!

A journey by train from London St. Pancras to Cologne’s city centre is the quickest and most comfortable option available to both groups and individuals alike.

Wherever you go, groups of 6 people or more reap the benefits of DB Bahn’s attractive group travel offers. For our International School Trips and Youth Group options, please call our dedicated School & Youth Trips booking line here in the UK on +44 (0) 844 477 2003 or take a look at our website for booking enquiries and more information.

Bonn Christmas Market Special Package

3 nights at DJH Hostel Bonn, including breakfast &

admission to Odysseum Adventure Museum in Cologne

All for only 54.90 euro per person for groups of 20 students or more (free for 2 teachers!)

A Magical Germany Christmas Experience for Your Groups

A visit to the enchanting Christmas markets in Cologne and Bonn is a spectacular occasion for all ages. Each city’s market is unique, and Cologne’s has seven different markets all over the city waiting to be discovered by your student and group travelers. For even more variety, our package includes a visit to Cologne’s Odysseum Adventure Museum, where students can discover the mysteries of science at more than 200 interactive exhibits. Three overnight stays including breakfast buffet at our hostel in Bonn complete the Rhineland holiday experience. Students stay in rooms with a maximum of 4 beds, and each room has a private bathroom. The hostel in Bonn is an amazing location at the foot of Venus Mountain, nearby the Kottenforst Nature Preserve yet close to the center of Bonn. Cologne is only about 24 km from Bonn and can be reached by coach in about 20-30 minutes.

Book now to reserve the best seats!

Offer valid for travel from November 11 – December 23, 2015.

For more information, contact Rainer Perry – Marketing & Sales Manager North America, UK & Ireland; email:

Full contact info below

Bonn, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Duisburg – some of the best destinations for student travel:

Bonn – Headliner on the stage of world history with small-town charm

Germany’s former capital Bonn can be easily underestimated, but it’s a dynamite destination for any student group. Not only does it have many attractions like the Beethoven House, the “Poppeldorfer Schloss” and the ”Rheinaue” amusement park, but the city also features 22 museums, including the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany, and House of History – something for every age and taste.

Cologne – a city with a strong heart and a good pulse

A visit to Germany’s fourth largest metropolis is like time travel through 2,000 years of city history. Cologne was vibrant during its intense Roman and Medieval past, and it is still buzzing today with the spirit of creativity and modern life. You’ll find testimony to the city’s productive past and present in many of its cultural attractions, like the Odysseum Adventure Museum, the Museum of Scent, the German Sport and Olympia Museum, and many amazing production and performance sites for international and local-flavor theater, movies, and film. In fact, Cologne has evolved into one of Germany’s culture and media capitals.

Düsseldorf – Young, stylish and alive

Düsseldorf is full of surprises and unexpected attractions. Not only is the city the capital of federal state North-Rhine Westphalia, but it’s also one of Europe’s art and fashion capitals. The view from the city’s tallest structure, the Rhine Tower at almost 800 feet, lets you see many of the big attractions such as the “dancing houses” designed by Frank O. Gehry at the Medienhafen (Media Harbor), or circular Parliament Building, and the city’s history Old Town.

Duisburg and the Ruhr Region – A goldmine of the extraordinary

Duisburg is a city unlike any other destination – its wealth of undiscovered attractions is like walking into an unassuming store and finding it filled with unexpected treasure. It has Europe’s largest Inner Harbor and it has evolved from a city of industry to a mecca for cultural travel and leisure in unique settings.

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New in-house agency Go2City

BMI launches new flight from Bristol to Düsseldorf Airport (DUS)

The Rhineland is easy to reach from the UK by coach, train, and plane. A new BMI flight between Bristol and Düsseldorf Airport adds even more convenient options.

The new service from Bristol to DUS commences on 27 April and will operate six times a week from Sunday – Friday.

Flight Schedule

Bristol – Dusseldorf
Mon-Fri Dep. 1725 Arr. 1950
Sunday Dep. 1500 Arr. 1725

Dusseldorf – Bristol
Mon-Fri Dep. 2020 Arr. 2055
Sunday Dep. 1500 Arr. 1725

For more information about DJH, to request a customised proposal or to book your group reservations, please contact:
Rainer Perry – Marketing & Sales Manager North America, UK & Ireland

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Perfect for primary school pupils

Perfect for Primary school pupils

Let our team of former military personnel come to your school and deliver an exciting and fun team building event.

We focus on personal development, improving behaviour and motivating pupils to ensure positive learning experiences and engagement with the curriculum.

Your pupils will walk away with a better understanding of team work and how to work well with others.

01536 399 010

Making lunchtime a learning time

Occupying children with an educational activity
while they are having sandwiches or school lunch

Active Learning Place Mats sit under the child’s plate while eating but then become an educational activity full of activities and information suitable for Key Stage 1 and 2 children.

Better still, because the place mats can be wiped clean using a dry cloth, they can be used again and again. And not only at lunchtime but also during wet playtimes.

Each of the Active Learning Place Mats comes as a set of six, and the pack also includes six dry-wipe pens.

Four different sets of six mats plus pens are available, each focussing on a different topic.

Looking first at the “Letter Fun” series, the first mat has alphabet sequencing activities based on a picture of a peacock on one side and a further sequencing game based on The Tree on the reverse.

Continuing with the Letter Fun series there are two dot-to-dots to complete on place mat two, while mat three has rhyming pairs on each side. Mat four comes with beginning sounds, mat five deals with ending sounds and mat six has complete the words and match the words exercises.

Set two relates to the Animal Kingdom and includes pets and insects (mat 1), fish and the countryside (mat 2), birds and arctic animals (mat 3), endangered and woodland animals (mat 4), reptiles and safari animals (mat 5), and nocturnal animals and horses (mat 6).

The Times Tables series includes questions on all the times tables up to 10 experienced through both multiplication and division questions, while the Key Words series of mats uses word searches within shapes to stretch the children’s awareness of letter combinations.

There are more details and illustrations on our website.

You can order the Active Learning Place Mats in any of these ways:

  • On our website
  • By phone on 01536 399017
  • By fax to 01536 399012
  • By email to
  • By post to Multi-Sensory Learning, Earlstrees Court, Earlstrees Road, Corby, NN17 4HH

Why do some students get jobs and others not?

Do you want this job or would you sooner check your text messages?

People who find themselves undertaking interviews of students who are seeking a job or who are looking for a place on a course love to share horror stories.

They talk of the young women who don’t turn their mobile off or, worse, actually check their phone while in the interview.

They share stories about school leavers who write outrageous comments on social media about their school, college or current employer, and then can’t believe that their potential employer or course organiser has actually looked them up.

Such tales of course tell us what we already know: that many young people are very naïve when it comes to applications and interviews.

Which is why we produced “101 Ways to be Successful at Job and College Interviews.”

Like all good manuals this one starts with a premise, and here the premise is that an interview is a two way process, allowing the candidate to get an idea of what the company or college is like as well as being a chance to impress potential employers and lecturers.

Thus we ask the most obvious question: “Why do you want this job/course?” and moves onto the variations, such as thinking about “Why do you want to work for this company”, “Why do you want to study here?” and so on.

Each of the 101 Ways is an exercise or an activity as well as providing information on what to do in different situations. Thus 101 Ways will enable your students to prepare thoroughly for first job or college interviews and help them to manage any nerves.

Students can dip into chapters that will help them brush up on specific bits of preparation or use it as a workbook from start to finish as a complete guide to being successful at interviews.

This book has been written by an experienced recruiter who both trains recruiters and helps inexperienced interviewees of all ages. Each chapter covers a different aspect of the interview process with 101 practical and thought provoking tips that have been proven to work.

Teachers may also use this book as a class resource in Careers, English, Drama, PSHE, Citizenship or other lessons to prepare pupils for interview practices or the real thing. Each chapter is followed by a series of suggested exercises, mostly working in pairs or small groups, which develop the key themes of that chapter.

You can see some sample pages at

Publisher’s reference: T1633EMN ISBN: 978 1 86083 683 1


  • Photocopiable report in a ring binder, £9.95 plus £3.95 delivery
  • CD with school-wide rights: £9.95 plus £3.95 delivery
  • Both the Ring Binder and the CD £16.94 plus £3.95 delivery

Prices include VAT.

You can purchase the report… please quote the order ref: T1633EMN

What is the most effective way of teaching the topic of Addiction?

Addiction can seem at times an impossibly complex issue – with multiple views both on the cause and the cure in almost every case.

As a result any approach to teaching the topic needs to include analyses of the models of addictive behaviour, issues of vulnerability to addiction, as well as models of reducing addiction.

Thus it is that in response to this complexity, we have produced the download “Resources for Teaching A2 AQA (A) Addiction” download.

The approach here is to take each of the five major topics that inform any debate on Addiction and explore each one through a wide range of practical examples.

In addition there are activities and worksheets to use in class to help aid application and evaluation skills.

We start with models of addictive behaviour, covering the biological approach, cognitive approach, and behaviour explanations, before moving on to the risk factors and the media influence relating to vulnerability to addiction.

Next we turn to issues relating to the reduction of addictive behaviour both through intervention and prevention, before the download concludes with revisions materials nad guidance.

The download runs to 62 page of A4 and includes grading guidance for the topic based on examiners’ reports, mark schemes and teacher experiences in the form of success criteria for each activity.

is only available as a download – not as a printed book.

There are sample pages at

“Resources for Teaching A2 AQA (A) Addiction” is published as a download so that you can receive immediately a copy onto your computer which you can print out for colleagues as often as you want. You can also put it on your school learning platform so all staff can access the document – and indeed you can make it part of the induction documentation for new members of staff.

You can obtain “Resources for Teaching A2 AQA (A) Addiction” by going to

The price is £15 plus VAT (the VAT can be reclaimed in most cases by the school).

“Resources for Teaching A2 AQA (A) Addiction” is published by First and Best in Education, part of the Hamilton House group. If you have any enquiries you can call 01536 399 011, or email or write to us at First and Best, Hamilton House, Earlstrees Ct., Earlstrees Rd., Corby, Northants NN17 4HH.

The full range of First and Best books can be seen at

First and Best in Education
Earlstrees Road
NN17 4HH


How can you help a colleague who is suffering from stress?

What can you do to help a colleague who is suffering from work-related stress?

Although the signs of stress may be obvious (anxiety, depression, a decline in work standards, emotional behaviour, time off work), it is sometimes quite hard to see what can be done to help.

In fact there are two things that you can do – one is to look at what aspect(s) of work may be causing stress for that particular teacher and see if anything can be changed (not only for this teacher, but for others who may also be starting to feel stressed within their job).

The other is to offer help and support to the teacher in terms of suggesting a programme of activity that can be used to help overcome the stress.

Of course, the fact that teaching is the profession which now suffers from the third highest level of stress of any occupation in the UK does not make recovery from stress easy. But if a stress reduction programme is incorporated into the school’s work and is available for any member of staff who is feeling overwhelmed by the pressure of teaching, then it is very possible that some staff who might succumb to serious levels of stress can be helped. The resultant benefits for the teacher and the school are enormous.

By introducing the teacher suffering from stress to various techniques it is quite possible that the teacher will be able to avoid the stress turning into a serious long-term illness allowing the teacher to make rapid progress on the road to recovery.

Such an approach simply recognises that the only way out of stress is for the individual to undertake the journey of recovery him/herself. That does not mean that the stress causing factors in the school or elsewhere are ignored, but it is nevertheless essential that the individual teacher is taking the steps to start to deal with stress.

The volume thus helps school managers who don’t suffer from excessive stress to understand what their colleague under stress is going through and to see how she or he can be helped.

It deals not only with ways of reducing the levels of stress that teachers suffer from, but also offers a programme of practical help that can be offered to the teacher who is suffering from stress. The volume also includes a set of templates relating to the school’s policy on stress and a risk assessment programme.

The volume can be bought as a photocopiable ring bound book or on CD Rom.

You can see some sample pages at

Publisher’s reference: T1786EMN ISBN: 978 1 86083 840 8


  • Photocopiable report in a ring binder, £49.95 plus £3.95 delivery
  • CD with school-wide rights: £49.95 plus £3.95 delivery
  • Both the Ring Binder and the CD £56.94 plus £3.95 delivery

Prices include VAT.

You can purchase the report… please quote the order ref: T1786EMN

Seating charts in seconds and super fast behaviour management

Seating charts are a cornerstone in classroom management and every teacher knows that they are a valuable tool in their armoury.

But what happens when you connect seating charts to SIMS, Integris, CMIS or Progresso and combine with behaviour management?

The answer is seating charts in seconds. And not just any seating charts . .. intelligent seating charts that display key data about pupils and can automatically be optimised for behaviour at the click of a button.

Class Charts is award winning software for seating charts & behaviour management, it saves staff time, make them instantly aware of pupils’ needs and abilities and is a real winner for cutting down on low level disruption.

But don’t take our word for it, this is just what one school says about our great software:

“I can’t remember having such a positive response to a new bit of software before. Not only are staff using it but they are thinking of different ways to use it!”
Mari Southerland, Colchester Academy

Find out more with a free online demo of Class Charts.

Enhancing the power of geography revision

What is the most effective way of engaging
all students during revision lessons?

In an ideal world every student should have unique and individualised materials available for revision sessions.

The only problem is that identifying students’ exact areas of weakness in geography is a time-consuming task.

Which is why we produced AlfieCloud.

It provides you with a choice of 52 ready-made (Foundation and Higher tier) revision tests designed by AQA subject experts with the option for you to create your own tests to issue to students.

The software then marks these tests using auto-marking, accurate gap analyses, and ‘next step’ marking, providing instant feedback and supporting you in identifying the students’ exact areas of weakness.

With this individualised data AlfieCloud carries out topic analysis which points out the areas where additional teaching is required and for which students.

What’s more, Ofsted inspectors can see each student’s progress as they can instantly access evidence to show where each student is now and where they need to get to. Ofsted will also count this approach as part of the student’s independent learning.

A free trial and further information (including case studies of how schools are using AlfieCloud) can be found on our website.

If you have any enquiries or questions please do call 08456 171 500 or email us at

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