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Educational Magazines for use in Schools

Magazines are a great way to boost knowledge and most importantly make learning fun through educational and recreational means.

Magazines continue to be a great way to bring learning and fun to the classroom.

We supply schools throughout the UK and across the globe with magazine subscriptions; where many members of staff have incorporated our top titles as a key resource to help encourage pupils on topics that are both educational and appeal to their passions

The titles we supply engage students and help to improve their independent reading skills. This enables pupils to learn whilst enjoying reading.

Our personal yet easy to use service has flexibility built in, helping to manage your institution's needs and take away the burden of managing magazine subscriptions. If you need a quick single issue today or a short-term subscription the next, Unique Magazine will help to work around your budget.

The biggest advantage of using our service is that we keep it simple. We make it easy for you to order and renew your magazine subscriptions; we also keep everything on one invoice, so you don’t have to worry about the hassle of dealing with so many different suppliers.

We are Unique Magazines, the UK's leading independent supplier of magazine subscriptions to schools, colleges and universities throughout the UK and abroad. We offer a choice of over 3,000 titles from across a comprehensive range of genres.

We have been working closely with an Education Consultant to pinpoint which titles are popular and beneficial to the education sector.

You can make massive savings on a wide selection of titles that are discounted from their normal cover prices.

Whether its weeklies, fortnightlies, monthlies or even bi-annual magazines our school subscription management service is designed to save you both time and money.

There are also no additional hidden charges. There is no setup fee, or a subscription management fee. The only charge is the magazine subscription price, and that's it.

Service Checklist

  • Over 3000 Magazines from over 200 publishers in one store
  • The UK's leading supplier of magazine subscriptions to schools and libraries
  • One point of contact, one order, one invoice, no hassle
  • We deal with the individual publishers and organise renewals to meet your schedule
  • You will never have to chase up a missing or late issue again. We handle everything for you.
  • Huge Savings on normal magazine cover price
  • Secure and Safe
  • No administration of subscription management fees
  • We can help source hard to find titles, and import foreign magazines from abroad

Magazine Resources for Primary Schools

We work with lots of schools who inspire kids and parents to look beyond the book, magazines are a great way to encourage kids to read. It's so fun they hardly realise that they are learning.

Reading levels have been on the decline over the last few years, as many as 20% of UK children struggle with reading and if they don’t nurture the love of reading while they are young, they then struggle to re-engage with any materials. The National Literacy Trust estimates that one in six people in the UK currently have a literacy level below what is expected of an 11-year old, and the country as a whole is continuing to slip down on the International Literacy Rankings.

Naturally, most children will learn to read in school, but sometimes they might associate reading with work, not pleasure. Instead of that lengthy book, why not introduce them to a magazine. A magazine will help cut down the pressure of the pupil struggling with reading hundreds of pages to around thirty.

Through fun small facts, puzzles, games, quiz’s and fun activities; it works towards making learning less of a chore and a more interesting.

Encouraging kids to have good literacy skills is the key to so many other areas including Maths and Science. It is proven that when reading materials about enjoyable topics are available for pupils boosts independent reading.

Unique Magazines does not just provide a magazine, it provides a service. I am always aware of special offers for magazines and the emails are personalised to suit my needs. I know in good time when the subscription is coming to an end and changing the subscriptions is never a problem.

Our Magazine Packages for Primary Schools

Our packages are a one off price per year and include titles specifically selected to appeal to all pupils to help improve reading levels.

Working alongside an Education Consultant, and in conjunction with our primary school customers, we have created packages to help schools close the literacy gap. Our Primary School titles provide challenging, age appropriate magazines to help students engage not only in the classroom, but independently at home with topics that interest them.

All of our packages will appeal to a wide variety of interests and offer great savings.

If these packages don’t suit you don’t worry , we also offer a bespoke package where any school can pick from over 3000 magazines with titles that are appropriate for the right age group and pupil interest.

    Standard Premium Basic
Magazines Issues
Horrible Histories 12      
Storytime 13      
Jacqueline Wilson 16      
Mr Men & Little Miss 6      
National Geographic Kids 12      
Eco Kids Planet 11      
DiscoveryBox 10      
Simpsons Comics 13      
Creative Steps 4      
Beano 51      
First News 51      
Lego Legends of Chima 12      
Kick 12      
AdventureBox 10      
Teach Primary 8      
Animals and You 15      
Toxic 24      
Frozen 12      
Blossom 12      
Thomas Express 12      
Total Issues: 199 316 80
Andys Amazing Adventures magazine
Andys Amazing Adventures

Andy's Amazing Adventures magazine is based on the CBeebies show Andy's Wild Adventure. The show was a success for young children.  

Colour Girl magazine
Colour Girl

Colour Girl magazine is aimed at girls who are 6+ that have a passion for colouring!

Lego Ninjago magazine
Lego Ninjago

Lego Ninjago is anticipated to be the next big thing for boys aged 7-11.

Horrible Histories magazine
Horrible Histories

Horrible Histories magazine is published monthly, and is aimed at Primary school aged boys and girls.

Storytime magazine

Storytime is a magical new story magazine, perfect for storytelling in the classroom and filled with wonderful stories for little ones to read, share and enjoy. 

Jacqueline Wilson magazine
Jacqueline Wilson

Jacqueline Wilson is an English writer, popular for her work in children’s literature.

Mr Men and Little Miss magazine
Mr Men and Little Miss

Ideally suited for 3-5 year olds, this magazine will introduce yet a new generation to Mr Men the timeless and ever popular creation of Roger Hargreaves.

National Geographic Kids magazine
National Geographic Kids

Keep children of all ages enthralled and entertained with a National Geographic Kids subscription!

Eco Kids Planet magazine
Eco Kids Planet

Eco Kids Planet offers a series of colourful and informative magazines aimed at 7 to 11-year olds, exploring the wonders of the natural world and our intricate relationship with it. Winner of a Parents’ Choice Silver Honour Award, 2016.

DiscoveryBox magazine

DiscoveryBox is a great magazine for kids in the age group of 9-12. 

Simpsons Comics magazine
Simpsons Comics

Simpsons Comics is the official four-colour home of the world's funniest family!

Creative Steps magazine
Creative Steps

Creative Steps is the ideal magazine for anyone caring for or working with young children – each issue is packed with inspiring, fun, educational crafts and creative activities for you to do with kids from 0 to 11 years old.

The Beano magazine
The Beano

Beano Comic is a classic children’s weekly comic which began in 1938. The word beano in English slang stands for a party or good time. Please note: Direct Debit orders are for a minimum 12 month term.

First News magazine
First News

A subscription to First News is a must-have for children aged 7-14.

KiCK! magazine

Kick! Magazine features their favorite stars, their lives, activities and interviews.

AdventureBox magazine

Adventure Box is considered by many to be one of the best reading magazines available for children.

Teach Primary magazine
Teach Primary

Every issue of Teach Primary is brimming with ideas to help you with your teaching career.

Animals and You magazine
Animals and You

Everyone at Animals and You is absolutely crazy about cute pets and sweet wild animals! Because of this, we know exactly what you'd like to see in your fave magazine!

Frozen magazine

The official monthly magazine based on the Disney hit movie Frozen.

Thomas Express magazine
Thomas Express

Thomas and his dear friends have always enthralled kids all over the world for so many years.

Magazine Subscriptions for Secondary Schools

Encouraging kids to read doesn't just stop in Primary Schools. Many children today would rather play on their game console or watch television than sit down to read a book. Magazines offer a fantastic way for pupils to read the latest insight into games and television. While being hooked on topics that interest them, they are not only reading, but learning at the same time.

Improving standards of reading, writing, speaking and listening has now become a priority with many schools and now looking for new methods to close the gap.

A major study from the Organisation for Economic and Development (OECD) has shown in the past few years that 15 to 24-year olds are falling behind Europe and Asia in literacy.

Facts show that pupils who spend more time reading have a broader vocabulary, better reading and writing skills and an increased general knowledge and understanding of other cultures.

So why use magazines in your school? Well, they are a great method of offering students both fun, excitement and information that’ll help reflect on their personal interests by using small snippets of information.

You don’t have to just leave a child to read, one business studies teacher told us:

I have used popular magazines as a key resource in the classroom to illustrate business practices such as marketing and advertising, but we saw the most benefit from using magazines to actually change the perception of our school library.

Stats from the Periodical Publishers Association (PPA) show that 15 to 24-year olds are most likely to read magazines compared to other age groups. With 91% of this age group saying that the read magazines, these titles are a great method of bringing out the imagination. If it’s something like reading about football news or the next film review, they offer great insight into the latest news, stories from around the globe.

Our Magazine Packages for Secondary Schools

    Standard Premium Basic
Magazines Issues
How It Works 13      
All About History 13      
National Geographic 12      
First News 52      
BBC Wildlife 13      
All About Space 13      
Rugby World 12      
National Geographic Kids 12      
Times Education Supplement 51      
Horrible Histories 12      
Time 52      
Writers Forum 12      
Top Gear 13      
Match of the Day 51      
Empire 12      
New Scientist 51      
Digital Photographer 12      
Teach Secondary 8      
Modern Painters 10      
Ink Pellet 6      
Total Issues: 267 430 128

We have recently introduced our brand new EBACC packages to help Secondary Schools close the gap in literacy. Working closely with an Education Consultant our packages include age appropriate genres such as Geography, Science and English to help bring engagement back to the classroom.

Our packages are aimed to appeal to all pupils to help improve reading levels, but don’t worry if these don’t suit your needs. We can offer bespoke packages where you can handpick from over 3,000 magazines.

What is EBACC?

EBACC is a brand new performance indicator, awarded when students achieve A* to C in the following five core GCSE subjects.

  • English
  • Maths
  • History or Geography
  • The Sciences
  • A Language

This new initiative was launched to help encourage schools to promote a range of academic subjects to 16 year olds. It also allows both the pupils and parents to see how their school is performing in the league tables.

Shout magazine

Shout magazine is the award winning teenage magazine is aimed at girls aged 11-14 who need to know everything!

Q Magazine magazine
Q Magazine

Q magazine is inventive, insightful, irreverent, the UK's biggest selling music magazine and the world's best music guide. 

How it Works magazine
How it Works

How It Works is the action-packed science and technology magazine bursting with exciting information about the world around us. Be inspired by everything from the planet’s most bizarre creatures and unusual phenomena to the incredible technologies advancing and enhancing our modern lives.

All About History magazine
All About History

Bringing History to life for readers of all ages. Every issue of this popular magazine covers a huge range of topics, from Ancient Civilisation to the Cold War and beyond, with stunning photos and illustrations that really bring history to life. Packed with engaging features and stunning photos, infographics and illustrations, All About History is a must for anyone who has a passion for times past.

National Geographic magazine
National Geographic

Winner of many awards, the National Geography magazine majorly covers the topics like science, technology, nature, geography, history, culture, ecology, biology, current events and many more.

First News magazine
First News

A subscription to First News is a must-have for children aged 7-14.

BBC Wildlife magazine
BBC Wildlife

From wildlife to be found in your back garden, to the British countryside to the African plains, BBC Wildlife magazine brings the beauty of nature to you.

All About Space magazine
All About Space

Discover the wonders of the universe. Packed with mind-blowing photography and full-colour illustrations, and using language that everyone can understand, All About Space brings the wonders of the universe to life in vivid detail, from near-Earth orbit to the infinite reaches of deep space.

Rugby World magazine
Rugby World

Featuring interviews with the biggest stars and written by some of the biggest name in sports journalism, readers can be sure that no stone is left unturned in making Rugby World magazine the most comprehensive monthly publication on the planet for the sport.

TES magazine

Get your hands on the magazine everyone is talking about!

Time magazine

TIME magazine covers lifestyle, culture, business, politics, science and the environment with lively articles, lavishly illustrated with stunning photography.

Writers Forum magazine
Writers Forum

With 12 issues in a year, the Writers Forum magazine features the latest news updates from the market along with recent book reviews to make you understand various interesting techniques of writing.

BBC Top Gear magazine
BBC Top Gear

Love cars? Love driving? Then you’ll love BBC Top Gear Magazine.

Match of the Day magazine
Match of the Day

Whether you are a football-crazed fan, have a strong affiliation with your home team, or if you just love sport, the magazine will bring you everything you would ever need to know about the most important matches around the English Premiere League and around the world.

Empire magazine

Empire magazine is the biggest selling, most respected film magazine on the planet.

New Scientist magazine
New Scientist

One can say without qualification that " New Scientist " magazine is the very best.

Digital Photographer magazine
Digital Photographer

Whether you're a part-time amateur or a full-time pro, Digital Photographer aims to challenge and motivate you to take your best shots. Digital Photographer’s FileSilo is a rapidly growing library that’s updated continually with cool resources. Secure online access makes it easy to keep your downloads organised, plus you can browse and access the content from anywhere, whether you’re a print or digital subscriber.

Teach Secondary magazine
Teach Secondary

Teach Secondary offers advice, inspiration and experience from some of the most exciting and innovative thinkers and practitioners in the sector.

Modern Painters magazine
Modern Painters

Modern Painters is not just a reflection of the art of the day; the publication is focused being a voice for contemporary art and its artists.

Ink Pellet magazine
Ink Pellet

Ink Pellet aims to keep English and Drama teachers updated on the latest news and views from the worlds of theatre, arts, dance and literature.

Magazine Subscriptions for Further Education

If you are a College or University, we can help offer you a wide selection of magazines to help encourage reading in their own time within further education and bring all of your subscriptions under one roof. With over 3000 magazines to choose from, we also have fantastic savings from the cover price. You could be saving up to 70%!!

Our magazines cover topics that link back to studies such as fashion, language, marketing, science, teaching and tons more. These publications will help students keep updated on the latest trends, news and current affairs that’ll keep them coming back for more. We can also offer existing subscriptions all under one roof, one invoice and one point of call.

Magazines Popular with our University and College customers

  • Rugby World Magazine
  • The Lawyer Magazine
  • Vogue Magazine
  • History Today Magazine
  • New Scientist Magazine
  • Match Magazine
  • Marketing Week Magazine
  • Wired Magazine

How about a Digital Solution?

Many institutions are looking towards the future and searching for a digital solution. Lots of libraries within schools, colleges and Universities are now offering students access to thousands of electronic books that offer crucial information for their studies.

If library users are already reading these books on their tablets; it’s very likely that they will also enjoy reading digital magazines. With no due dates, waiting lists or fees, students can keep updated on the latest news and gossip on their tablet devices.

Unique Magazines are working closely with Magzter, The World’s Leading Digital Newsstand to offer a digital solution to libraries with e-magazines for their students. These digital magazines will work on a wide range of devices including ipads, iphones, and kindles.

This digital solution is a cost effective alternative to buying a paper subscription, these magazines will allow your students to read their favourite titles in digital format month after month and enjoy any previously purchased back issues.

Are you interested in providing your students with some of the best educational magazine resources available?

As previously mentioned we have worked with schools over the last 15 years managing their magazine subscriptions, so we know that what teachers and schools want is the best magazine resources with the least hassle and administrational overhead.

With that in mind we have a simple four step process, which gives you exactly what you need, and we do all the leg work.

Step One
Visit our web store to learn more about which magazines will work with your institution. Our magazines are broken down into various categories, and when you click through to a title - it’ll give you a description about the product. If you aren't sure which magazines to subscribe to, you could take a look at our Primary and Secondary school subscription packages listed further up this page, or get in touch with our customer service team to discuss your specific needs and we will work to identify the magazine titles most relevant for your institution.
Step Two
Ring us on 0845 303 6750 or email enquiries@uniquemagazines.co.uk where our excellent customer service team will put a quote together for you. Our team has years of experience working with schools and teachers to identify the titles which will be the greatest benefit to their schools and their students.
Step Three
Once your list of magazine titles has been drawn up, and you are happy with the selection you have chosen, we will invoice you for those subscriptions. Your magazine subscriptions will start immediately, or if you wish to delay until the start of a particular term we can manage that for you. We will liase with the publishers to provide you with accurate subscription start and end dates, as well as the first and last magazine issue numbers.
Step Four
We will manage the subscription process for you and monitor the status of your subscriptions. None of your subscriptions will automatically renew. Instead, when your magazine subscriptions are nearing their completion we will work with you to determine which magazine subscriptions you would like to renew, as well as any new magazine titles you would like to subscribe to.

Common Questions about our Subscription Management Service for Educational Establishments

  • Can we build our own magazine package?

    If you have a list of titles in mind, by all means you can send your list of titles and we will create a package for you, or simply ring us on 0845 303 6750 and we can provide guidance on which publications are suitable for your School, College or University.

  • What is the range of magazines you offer to educational establishments?

    Our full range of over 3,000 magazine titles, with a vast majority being age appropriate in various subjects, interests and hobbies is available for subscription to educational facilities. In some cases we have access to special subscription discounts which are only available to educational establishments.

  • Will our magazine subscriptions automatically renew?

    We understand that many customers are concerned that subscriptions may auto renew every year, whether they are still needed or now. This is not the case with our service. Once your subscription has finished, we'll contact you to ask if you would like to carry on with your subscriptions, or change magazines, or add additional magazines to your order. We understand the magazines come in and out of style and that the school might need different titles as lesson plans are developed and adapted to use other magazine resources.

  • Are we able to setup magazines as prizes or student rewards?

    Yes of course, and this is a very popular service that we offer. Just let us know where and to whom you need the magazines to be sent to and we will set everything up.

  • Can you supply a list of age appropriate titles?

    Yes. If you send us a quick email to enquiries@uniquemagazines.co.uk or contact us on 0845 303 6750 we can send you a list of titles.

  • Is there a minimum order value?

    Not at all. You can subscribe to a single magazine, or to dozens of titles, and you will still benefit from our exceptional subscription management service for educational establishments.

  • What if we have an existing subscription already in place?

    Don't worry. We can link up your new subscription with your existing one so you don’t miss out on any issues or receive any duplication.

  • When can we expect our first issue?

    If we supply the magazines from our warehouse, we can supply your first issue within 2 to 3 days. If you are after monthlies from a supplier, your next issue will be delivered from the next issue available. Weeklies however can take from up to 3 to 4 weeks.

  • When we order, can we deliver to different departments?

    If you email us or ring us up, we can guarantee separate magazines being sent to different departments within your institution. You can also set this up online through our web store.

  • Are we able to trial magazines with single issues?

    Of course, we offer single copies on a majority of our magazines. If you would like to purchase a single copy of a magazine in order to validate it's potential as a teaching resource, we can arrange that for you.

  • Do your costs include admin fees?

    We do not take any admin fees or service changes. So you can simply buy the magazines that you need and not worry about anything else.

  • How do we pay?

    We are happy to invoice schools and are flexible to fall in line with your procurement procedures. We also accept Credit or Debit Cards, Cheques and BACs payments.

  • How often do we pay?

    If you have signed up for 3 months, 6 months or even a 12 month magazine subscription, you are only paying a one off sum. As the end of the subscription approaches, we’ll contact you to see if you would like to continue with your titles or change them.

That's All Folks

We've told you about our service, and now all we need to do is tell what the next steps are so that you can take advantage of our service.

That is everything we think you need to know about our subscription management service for schools, colleges and universities.

We now invite you to get in touch to discuss your individual needs, and take our service for a test drive. The details on the right are for your first point of contact, Ben Cooper. Please give Ben a call, or drop him an email to start the conversation about your magazine subscription needs.

Contact Ben Cooper

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 270 2807

Email: john.porrett@uniquemagazines.co.uk