How to use lanyards at school events


For many educational settings, plain or customised lanyards have been an effective solution to school security as a general identification safety measure. As most education lanyards can be easily purchased in large amounts, it is also an affordable and cost-effective solution for many educational boards that are struggling financially from the impact of the current cost of living crisis.

Lanyards can be particularly useful if your school is hosting an event. With large numbers of children and the parents and carers that come to support them, it can be hard to keep track of who should be attending and who shouldn’t be there. Lanyards are an easy visual to quickly identify invited guests and with different colours readily available, you can also use them to give faculty and visitors different levels of access to areas of the school.

Visitor badges can play an important part in your school’s security strategy. They are one of the most affordable and visible forms of identification, making them an excellent choice for educational settings from nurseries to universities. However, one of the biggest problems with visitor or staff ID badges is they either must be pinned on, with the potential of damaging visitor clothing or kept in a pocket or bag, which does not help with easy accessibility or visibility.

If all your visitors are required to wear an ID badge to help identify them to the faculty, children and security staff working on your premises during a school event, then purchasing visitor lanyards with a lanyard ID holder or badge holder is a simple and cost-effective solution. Information is both visible and readily accessible with no damage caused to clothing and improving your visitor's overall experience.

Having something as simple as a lanyard can help to reassure parents and faculty that you take the security of your staff and pupils seriously, especially during school events that can be stressful and busy.

What should you consider when purchasing education lanyards for school events? 

When buying lanyards for school events, we would recommend the following:

  • Personalisation

One of the main advantages of lanyards is that they are entirely customisable to your school. You can have your school logo, colours, or text directly printed or dyed onto lanyards, in a variety of Pantone-matched colours. This personalised design feature is a useful tool to help identify who should be on the premises, not just for school events, but also for general use in educational settings.

Therefore, when considering personalising your lanyards you need to think about bright bold colours to make them as visible as possible and whether your school logo can be recognised at a distance or whether you would be better served with large text. 

  • Material

You should also consider what material you would like your lanyards to be made from. Screen-printed polyester lanyards are the most economically viable solution, as they are comfortable without costing too much. Also, if you are purchasing lanyards for identification purposes then coloured lanyards with a simple design are perfect for the screen-printing process. 

  • Attachments

If you want to be able to differentiate visitors from staff and pupils, then you may want to purchase lanyard badge holders or ID holders. This means any information is easily accessible and can help keep your staff, visitors and students attending school events safe from harm.

The more traditional school buildings may not have electronic access devices and rely on keys in order to gain access throughout the premises, so how do you maintain that safety and ease of access? Lanyards for keys. They are the ideal solution to always keep your keys safe and secure while still providing the convenience to have them at hand when you need them.

How Only Lanyards can help 

If you are thinking about buying school lanyards for staff and visitors, or you would like to purchase lanyards or lanyard accessories to help with the safety and organisation or your school events, then please get in touch with us here at Only Lanyards.

As well as lanyards to increase security and improve visitor experiences to your school or any school event, we have a wide range of options and accessories available to suit all budgets, with a fast turnaround if needed.

If you are looking for personalised lanyards, then we offer a custom lanyard range to accommodate your own educational branding and any information you would like to be prominently displayed.

If you are unsure of your school lanyard design then don’t worry, designing your custom lanyard is something we like to take care of, so at the very outset, we'll ask you for your logo and colour instructions, and get a visual over to you before you even order.

As lanyards are obviously quite narrow, any logos, images or text must be sized to fit, here at Only lanyards we provide the correct spacing and layout service entirely free of charge. Our wealth of experience means we know what works and can offer you the best advice without it costing you money.

Our team is always available to talk through your options and we can send you samples of what we've done before to help you choose the right lanyard for you.

If you are interested in purchasing lanyards or accessories for an educational setting or school event, then we would love to hear from you. Even if you are unsure of what it is you would want or require, we can guide you through the process. Feel free to contact us directly by phone on 01765 233 144  or by email at