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Lifelong learning

When did you last learn something?  You don’t stop learning when you leave school, you have to learn new skills when you enter the workplace and when you leave home you learn to do household tasks that you’ve managed to avoid until then. Learning is essential to surviving in [...]Read more
 

Can you help Cressida?

Cressida Cowell was recently announced as the new Children’s Laureate.  Her books include How to Train Your Dragon and The Wizards of Once.  She has a ten-point plan for her two-year tenure: Read for the joy of it Access NEW books in schools, libraries and bookshops Have [...]Read more
 

Story time

If you were read to as a child, the chances are that you’ll remember it.  The feeling of being tucked up in bed listening to your favourite book being read to you, with funny voices and maybe even actions.  Story time is so important and really helps with your child’s [...]Read more
 

I hear and I forget …

I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand. This quote is popularly attributed to Confucius, but there is some discussion about whether or not he is the correct source.  Whoever said it, it’s a truth when it comes to learning (and applies as much to adults [...]Read more
 

Confidence building for kids

There’s so much pressure for kids to be confident – in school, with their friends and online.  With children as young as five having their own YouTube channels (managed by their parents of course), to schools putting on productions or even standing up in class as part of a [...]Read more
 

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
 

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