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The Brain Drain

Back in the 1960s there was a great deal of talk about the Brain Drain.  Then it was about losing highly qualified young Britons to commerce and scientific institutions in the USA. Now it’s back in the news – but in a different way. The UK has established a reputation for a very [...]Read more

5 creative ways to digital learning

It’s not surprising in today’s digital age that recent studies of how children learn today has revealed that they are becoming more and more attuned to digital devices in their learning and from an ever younger age. The University of London research has established that where [...]Read more

All change!

They’re trying to confuse everyone – teachers, students, parents – as if we don’t have enough to worry about.  I’m talking about the new grading system for GCSEs. Now numbers are replacing letters so instead of an A* grade being the best possible result a grade 9 replaces that.  [...]Read more

7 ways to improve concentration when studying

With an enforced period in hospital just before second year university exams I had 4 weeks to spend revising. I learned a lot about effective studying, which for someone with a low attention span (sound familiar?) was a real godsend. Because I had little else to do I revised for [...]Read more

Education starts at home

It may be easier to say that our children’s education is the responsibility of the teachers – and that’s why we pay taxes – but it’s not how to raise children who love to learn. Look at children in poorer countries like many parts of Africa – going to school is a real privilege [...]Read more

Teaching children to think big

Children start young with big aspirations.  They don’t start off seeing any career as a tough nut to crack – they dream big and don’t see any reason why they shouldn’t become anything from an astronaut to a zoologist. As they get older they respond to being told ‘you’ll have to [...]Read more

Can you afford schooling?

Teacher shortages, budget cuts, bigger classes – every news bulletin has another piece of alarming education news.  Whether your children’s school is directly affected or not it’s got to be worrying. There were Academies, which were developed to improve things, but now there’s a [...]Read more

Moving house – moving school?

When you move house the challenges go far beyond packing up the whole family’s possessions and then rearranging them in your new home.  If you have children it’s not just home that’s moving, it’s their whole life. It might be that you’re moving to somewhere nearby and that means [...]Read more

Fit kids

It seems that our kids are exercising less and eating more – and that’s a problem.  It’s not just a case of being overweight at a young age – although that’s definitely something to worry about, but exercise has been proven to aid learning. The Harvard Health blog recently [...]Read more

When the teacher is away …

What happens at your child’s school when a teacher is absent?  Hopefully, a suitably qualified replacement will take over, but few schools have a bank of teachers sitting in the staff room waiting to cover absence. At primary level where one teacher may teach several subjects, [...]Read more

Additional time is available for exams

Children with certain difficulties and conditions can apply for additional time to complete exams.  If your child has been diagnosed with dyslexia, for example, the school can apply for 25% extra time to complete their exam. Clearly it’s not just a case of submitting an [...]Read more

Is your child taking the 11 plus this year?

Although many teachers are unable to provide specialised support for youngsters who want to take the 11 plus, as a parent you can help.  The first step is to understand the kind of questions your child will have to answer.  Take a look at these samples taken from a typical test* [...]Read more
 

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