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Technology: learning aid or hinderance?

Notebooks, tablets and smart phones are all part of our everyday life.  If your children are pre-school, they probably haven’t ever lived in an environment that is technology free. So, are these amazing pieces of kit a good thing? On the plus side, kids need to be able to use [...]Read more
 

Early years learning

A lot of today’s children attend nursery school, whether it’s full-time to allow both parents to work or part-time just to help them to socialise.  But is nursery school meant to be ‘school’? Should a nursery or play group be responsible for learning or just keeping the children [...]Read more
 

Competition v Failure

Ask any business person and they’ll tell you that competition is healthy.  However, in the education world there have been a couple of decades where conflicting messages have been propagated. Some schools almost stopped sports days because they didn’t want to have winners and [...]Read more
 

Don’t lose the learning habit

Hooray, it’s the holidays, no more school.  Children are celebrating not having to sit in the classroom all day.  Without the routine of school, who wants to do schoolwork?  You might prefer to give your child a total break, but, six weeks is a long time and getting back into the [...]Read more
 

Ready for a reading challenge?

To encourage children to read more frequently, many schools are setting children reading challenges. This offers children the chance to win a prize if they manage to read every day for a month and have their sheet signed by their parent or carer.  If your school hasn’t [...]Read more
 

How was your day?

As any parent with school-aged children will tell you, when they ask their child what they did all day at school the usual response is often, ‘Nothing’, ‘I can’t remember’ or ‘Stuff’.  This can leave you feeling frustrated and a little concerned, have they really done nothing ALL [...]Read more
 

Get ready for the 11-Plus …

Ideally, you should start preparing your child around a year ahead.  So if your 9-year old will take 11-Plus in January 2019, it’s now a great time to start helping them to develop the skills needed to take their exam with confidence. It’s time to start your plan. For English [...]Read more
 

The bedtime battle

Children go through many cycles with sleep, from being babies who are a ‘good sleeper’ or ‘difficult sleeper’, to toddlers who usually wake early, through to teens who you can’t get out of bed for love nor money.  But how much sleep is enough and how do you get a difficult [...]Read more
 

Make homework fun!

Love it or hate it, homework is an inevitable part of school life.  If you’re in the privileged position to have a child who likes doing homework it can be a great bonding opportunity and wonderful one-on-one time.  However, if your child is less than happy to knuckle down and [...]Read more
 

Is your child missing essential life skills?

Critical thinking is often a phrase bounced around the broadsheets and education supplements.  Every publication has a for or against argument (sometimes both) around the controversial replacement to what used to be called ‘general studies’. However, the funding which schools [...]Read more
 

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