Here is a quick guide to the most common types of notice boards a UK school will require in order to function efficiently and maximise its potential as well as that of its pupils and staff.
As discussed in greater depth via the Telegraph Newspaper article: Should Blackboards Be a Thing of the Past which looks at the revolution taking place in UK classrooms over the past twenty years, we have gone from using chalk and blackboards to white boards to now implementing interactive whiteboards in classrooms across the country. This is one of the most obvious and telling examples of how education has changed in recent decades and at lightning speed.
Hence, no schools today solely rely anymore on using chalk or blackboards. In a nut shell, whiteboards are easier to clean, maintain and replace. They are also more lightweight and the dry erase pens used to write upon them are far easier to use and produce far clearer and more vivid results. Hence, standard white boards are not only an important feature and used daily within most UK schoolrooms, but can also be put to fantastic use in that they can also provide students of almost all ages with a place to showcase and share their own art, thoughts and ideas, as well as get creative.
Meanwhile, many schools are also now incorporating the addition of interactive whiteboards into their classrooms or replacing traditional white boards with interactive ones to make the classroom and school experience even more dynamic and in order to introduce children from the get-go to ‘the digital age’ in which we live and all future generations will be required to work.
To learn more about the pros, cons and reasons behind this recent shift and why UK schools are for the most part eager to embrace interactive white board technologies and incorporate these systems into their daily teaching, you can do so by reading the Video Nation Ltd website article: Interactive Whiteboards vs. Traditional Blackboards in Education.
Felt Notice Boards
Despite the huge and constant advances being made in notice board technologies, almost all UK primary school classrooms and many middle and high school classrooms and corridors still feature felt notice boards.
Felt noticeboards are quite simply a humble cork based board over which a felt layer has been stretched. Felt being a particularly durable material, it is the ideal fabric with which to cover and protect the cork beneath from wear and damage.
Meanwhile, felt is also an inexpensive material which is available in a myriad of vivid colours. This means that as well as providing a hardy, affordable and lightweight notice board option, schools can also use felt boards to introduce colour and create a welcoming and vibrant atmosphere and colour code boards for separate users – colour coding is of course a particularly useful technique in primary schools and nurseries where younger children might still be learning their ABCs.
The above characteristics and benefits of felt notice boards provide the main reasons why even in 2017 most schools still opt to make use of these super simple notice boards. And you can see the many, diverse and exciting ways they are put to creative and educational uses within schools and classrooms by giving the plethora of examples provided via the Education World website a browse through.
Meanwhile, for more creative ways of making interactive notice boards for use within the classroom, give the Buzzfeed website article: 31 Incredible Bulletin Boards for Back to School a scroll through.
External School Notice Boards
The uses notice boards are put to in UK schools are not contained to classrooms and corridors either; almost every UK school features on its grounds or at its main entrance an external notice board.
External school notice boards differ from those used inside school premises in a number of ways, and necessarily. Most often, an external school notice board will be contained within a wooden or less commonly metal case structure featuring a glass or Perspex front and lockable doors. Information is then pinned or placed within to welcome students, staff and visits and in most cases remind and inform people of goings on at the school as well as any rule changes or special events – from sporting news to academic and after school happenings.
To learn more about the uses external notice boards are put to and why almost every UK school requires one, as well as what kind to buy when purchasing on behalf of an educational institution, visit the Noticeboards Online Company website where you will find and can read their expert Guide to Buying an External Noticeboard.