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University: living on campus or commute?

With university tuition cost at an all-time high, more and more students are looking to commute to University rather than paying out to stay in halls or renting a room.  But how do you manage the daily commute, living at home and ensuring you still get the University experience? [...]Read more
 

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
 

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
 

Make every exam minute count

When you’re in an exam you only have a fixed length of time, so it’s important to make sure you don’t waste a second! So what’s the secret to getting the most of those precious exam minutes? The answer is PPS – Prepare, Plan, Stick to the plan! Preparation Success in the exam [...]Read more
 

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
 

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
 

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
 

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