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Don’t raid the stationery store!

Each school has their own requirements for what your child will and won’t need to bring.  Finding this out before your child starts school can save you a lot of money and also take away a lot of stress. Stationery Yes, all the rows of beautiful pencil cases and matching [...]Read more

Starting a new school

There’s no denying that your child’s first days of school will be some of the most memorable for both you and your child.  It’s normal for you to have some anxiety about how they’ll cope, but don’t underestimate how you’ll feel as a parent. Be prepared It sounds simple, but being [...]Read more

Secondary uniform costs

This is the second of two articles about getting your kids ready for school on a budget. Secondary uniform costs can reach into the middle hundreds with the addition of specific sports kits, stationery, extra shoes and school branded skirts, blazers and jumpers. You might think [...]Read more

Uniforms – without breaking the bank

This is the first of two articles on helping you to make the budget stretch further to kit out your kids for school. There’s no way around it, school uniform is expensive. It’s not just the traditional dress/trousers/skirts and polo shirts; it’s also the cardigans and jumpers [...]Read more

Slime-tastic

Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ll have noticed the current school craze for all things slime.  While the very thought of slime for most parents makes them shudder and thoughts of mess, sticky carpets and glitter explosions is enough to put anyone off it can be an [...]Read more

The reading challenge

If your child is in primary or junior school chances are they’ve been set some form of reading challenge.  While schools try hard to sell the reading challenge as fun and different, let’s be honest, most children just want to spend time with their friends playing in the garden or [...]Read more

The future of education

Have you ever heard of Professor Sugata Mitra?  You can be forgiven for not knowing about this Professor at Newcastle University – but he has some interesting things to say about education. He’s used some interesting strategies to help children generate learning.  He’s shown [...]Read more

School’s out and exams are done!

It’s the end of the school year and, if your child has been taking external exams, there will be a certain level of euphoria and high spirits. The summer break is ahead and they can forget about school for a few weeks and enjoy their holidays – at least until the exam results are [...]Read more

The Popularity Contest

Every school and every class has students who stand out – not for being the smartest – but for being the ones everyone else wants to be like.  The popular people! What sets one student apart as ‘popular’? The answer is usually self-confidence and that leads to becoming a bit of a [...]Read more

Start building a future

The summer is here and the school holidays stretch away ahead of you!  If you’re a parent of teens, what are you going to do with them for six weeks? There’s a case for encouraging them to take up a part-time job – they’ll learn about the working world and earn some cash and [...]Read more
 

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