Best back to school sites

Top sites for parents, teachers and pupils in time for the new school year.

As parents and children prepare themselves for the new school year, we pick some of our top back to school sites, whether you're dealing with school name tapes, homework, packed lunches, school trips, bullying or books.


It’s that time of year again when a whole new school uniform means a whole lot more boring name-tape sewing. Unless, that is, you know about Labels 4 Kids, an ingenious site, which sells stick and iron on clothing labels that don’t fade in the wash, don’t drop off and are a good deal more colourful and fun the school labels of old. Marvellous.


Alpaca Pie's grey school jumper recently featured in The Telegraph. Alpaca is softer than sheep's wool, light and warm; it is naturally stain repellant, hypoallergenic, it doesn't pill, making these jerseys perfect standard school uniform. With 10% off the range quoting The Good Web Guide in the field marked Special Instructions/Gift Message of the online order form. Offer expires 9th October 2011.


Register with My School Book Club and you get a website just for your school, absolutely free. Each month, this is filled with a fresh selection of hand-picked books for children up to the age of eleven at knock-down prices. Parents order directly from the website and pay online, earning their school 20% in free books each time they make a purchase.


A free game-based teaching resource, Mangahigh helps children to engage with maths and improve their ability in this subject through curriculum-compliant maths games. Aimed at 11-16 year-old students, it provokes students to explore sophisticated maths concepts and reinforce skills through repetition.


MYLO helps to support teenagers learning French, Spanish, German and Mandarin Chinese via a series of free, interactive challenges.. With practice materials, online dictionaries, phrase books, background information and plenty of hints and tips, learners have everything they need to complete the tasks online.


Send your child back to school with one of these funkily designed lunch boxes or bags and they’ll be the envy of the playground. A jazzy alternative to the plastic bags and dreary Tupperware that we’re all used to, the range includes insulated Neoprene lunch bags,  banana covers and retro style lunch boxes from Scandinavian brand, Blafre, that ensure lunch is always fun.


UK School Trips lets both teachers and parents plan school trips easily, whether they are looking for a fun-filled day out or an educational visit that ties in with the school curriculum. The site displays a huge number of venues and companies offering days out across England, Scotland and Wales and also lists suitable accommodation for schools and groups of children.


An online resource that allows school-age children to seek answers to their homework questions, while letting parents off the hook, Tutorhub is designed to be fun and exciting for children to use, adding a sociable element to the daily homework grind. Online tutors are also available to life the fog of misunderstanding, charging an hourly rate.


A UK registered charity featured on Kate and William’s wedding list, Beatbullying provides help, information and guidance for teachers, parents, schools and mentors to tackle bullying and its repercussions. To date, Beatbullying has worked with more than 1.6 million children and young people since its launch in 1999.

31st August 2011