Name: Shena Lewington
Twitter name: @shenalewington
Sector: Primary, Secondary
Position: Retired teacher with time on her hands
What is your advice about? Putting up backing paper
- Hang backing paper vertically like wall-paper. Choose 60cm wide rather than 1m if possible – it’s much easier to handle, and even though you need more drops, they’re quicker to hang in the long term.
- Counsel of perfection is to start at the side furthest from the door, so that overlaps are less visible. If you must work horizontally, start from the bottom edge.
- Use mapping pins to hold paper in position until you are ready to staple. Most ordinary staplers will open out flat – I recommend using a mini stapler for backing paper and having dozens of tiny staples in the board – or if you have a staple gun, think about angling it very slightly so that one day in the future you will be able to get the staples out again.
- I would avoid borders unless they are for a specific purpose – eg. icicles on top edge of “Winter” display or dancing crochets round the music board – or if you actively want to reduce the available space for putting up children’s work. Don’t waste time cutting your own manky ones out of off-cuts – if you really want to have borders, buy rolls of commercial stuff.
- Top tip for notice boards – cut two pieces of coloured A4 to length 23cm, overlap to make them 32cm high and staple them into position as a permanent mount for any changing A4 notices. Top tip 2: Why not recycle your displays by offering them afterwards to the main hall, corridor or local library?