School Safety Can’t Take A Summer Holiday - A Guide To Using Radios In Schools

Upgrade your school radios to improve staff & student safety and wellbeing. 

As a school administrator, wouldn’t it be excellent if you had the tools to constantly keep your school communicating and safe? This is possible thanks to two-way radio technology. 

Two-way radios provide those extra sets of eyes, pairs of ears and hands, that help seamlessly support and enhance your current school staff. Using radios will save your school money in training and staff, by providing a network that can streamline workflow & communications, a two-way radio solution can quickly and effectively in real time allow you to to solve problems as they unfold – revolutionise your incident response by saving previous time in the event of an accident. 

As schools prepare for administrators, teachers and pupils to take their summer holiday, this could be a perfect time to re-evaluate your school safety measures. In this blog we discuss the benefits of using two-way radios in schools, and how they can greatly assist your premises and ensure that staff can offer the best possible school experience. We also answer a couple of the most frequently asked questions that we're asked about radios for schools. 

The requirement for instant contact within departments internally and externally is evidently useful among campus staff. And radios are a perfect tool to help serve this part of your school’s needs, keeping staff connected and students safe, every day of the year. 
Two-Way Radios for Schools - Education Communication Solutions

Key users of walkie-talkies in schools include:

  • Teachers (both on and off-site)
  • School administrators and reception 
  • Caretakers and maintenance teams
  • Security teams

Key uses of walkie-talkies in schools include:

  • School Security/School Alerts
  • Emergency/Incident Response
  • Fire alarm coordination
  • Management of pupils during break times
  • School outings  


The benefits of using walkie-talkies:

  • Cost effective: Two-way radios cost less than mobiles. There are no monthly fees, service contracts or calling minutes. (The only additional cost you may incur is a radio license, read more below.) 

  • Choice of handsets: From analogue licence-free radios to feature rich digital radios, we will have a solution to meet your needs and budget.  With a wide range of accessories to suit each radio and preference.

  • User-friendliness: Anyone can learn a push-to-talk (PTT) radio. It's plain and easy to understand. The simplest push-to-talk radios only have 2 dials, one for volume and one for channel selection. Making sure you are on the same channel as the people you want to communicate with; it’s as simple as using the push-to-talk button on the side of the device and speaking clearly into the radio.

  • Speed: DMR provides instant communications to a group of users giving it a large advantage when compared to a mobile phone, which can only deliver a message to a single user at a time.

  • Durability: Two-way radios are designed to be long-lasting and robust, so they are less likely to be damaged when dropped. With the latest battery technology many models can operate for up to 26 hours!

  • Safety: Radios have features such as 'Man Down/Lone Worker' and 'Emergency Call', which can be linked to the school alarm or school management system for much faster incident response times. 

Overall, radios enable the sharing of information and operations, which in turn permits teachers, admin staff and security alike, to fulfill their duties efficiently day-to-day, not only for alarms and other alerts.

A Guide To The Best Two-Way Radios To Use In Schools

Ready to buy?  

Below are some of our top radios based on value, scalability and user experience. We understand that not only should your walkie-talkie be cost effective, but that the fleet could be increased, and above all be comfortable to wear and use.

If you're a Primary School, you can get going easily with a Motorola TLKR T82 Extreme? They're licence-free radios which are perfect for a small site.

A Secondary School or Academy might consider the Motorola DP1400 which is an ever-popular option for high schools. We'll even arrange all your Ofcom licensing for you! 

If it's a College or University that you're shopping for, why not consider the Motorola DP2600e? One of the most intelligent radios in our catalogue, with everything you would expect from a professional radio.  The radio's screen is great for managing multiple channels.  


A UHF two-way radio would usually be the best choice where a school is concerned. This is particularly because UHF signals are able to penetrate through building structures, making them ideal.

Do I need an Ofcom Licence?
This is one of the most frequently asked questions that customers ask us about using two-way radios. Two-way radios do require a licence, unless you are using licence-free (PMR446) walkie talkies, however, we would not recommend these for private communication in a school. A basic radio licence costs £75 for five years use, and this covers all of your radios plus any new radios you might add. More info about radio licensing here.

What range can I expect?
Range is dependent on the territory you are using the two-way radios in. A quick conversation with us can point you to a solution that is best suited to the size of your school. A basic 'radio-to-radio' set-up will provide around 2 miles of coverage, and for most school this should be satisfactory, but if need be, this range can be increased by installing a repeater/base station to take coverage out to around 10 miles. 

Radio choice can be led by a number of factors ranging from the end user’s role to the functionality of the type of radio being used. Need more advice on which is best for you? Speak to our friendly sales team today, let us recommend a two-radio system that's right for your premises and your budget. 

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