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

As parents, pupils and teachers steel themselves for the new school year, we pick out our favourite back-to-school sites – taking in everything from lunchbox ideas and name tapes to pocket money and meditation.


People are raving about this award-winning platform for parents. Free to use, the app allows parents to contact other parents, stay informed, ask questions, share tips and arrange events – all within data protection regulations.


The lunchbox inspiration is second to none on this kids’ nutrition site. Recipes include crustless quiches, banana muffins and crumpet pizzas. There are suggestions for gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free and vegetarian lunch boxes, too.


OurPact is the awesome app that allows you to control your kids’ use of their phones and tablets. With it, you can keep tabs on the apps installed on their devices, manage the amount of time they spend glued to a screen, locate them and filter web content.


Banish boring name-tape sewing with Labels 4 Kids. This ingenious site sells stick- and iron-on clothing labels that don’t fade in the wash, don’t drop off and are more colourful and fun the school labels of old. Marvellous.


Teach your children the basics of mindfulness using Headspace’s carefully customised sessions. Divided into five themes – calm, focus, kindness, sleep, wake up – these simple visualisation exercises will arm them for the future.


The more thought you put into what your children are reading, the more they will like doing it. You’ll never again be lost for ideas with the BookTrust’s inspired, thematic reading lists.


Help your child succeed with EdPlace, the website and app that provides parents with access to the best education tools, resources and teachers. Their interactive, National Curriculum-aligned worksheets and revision materials truly boost results.


September is a great time to crack down on – or introduce – your pocket-money policy. goHenry is today’s digital solution. The pre-paid debit card and app come with excellent parental controls to teach young people good money habits.

August 2018