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New school, new teachers

If your child has started a new school, they’ll be meeting lots of new people.  Some of those are children who will become friends, but most importantly, they’ll meet teachers. Teachers can make or break your child’s experience of school.  Celebrities often include a favourite [...]Read more

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

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

Building in success

At this time of year it’s easy to be focused on the festive season and put exam pressure out of your mind, but exams in many schools will start in January – and it’s not far away. Getting into positive habits can never start too soon for children to do well in exams, whether [...]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

Entrepreneurial kids!

Kidpreneurs have been dominating the headlines, with the usual ‘30 under 30’ lists for entrepreneurs now being dropped to the top ‘18 under 18’ to accommodate the ever-growing number of childhood business stars. Shows like Pocket Money Pitch have inspired a younger generation who [...]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

Maths in action

Maths is a tricky subject.  Ask most parents and they will say that they are either good or bad at maths.  There’s rarely an in-between and it’s an opinion that can be hugely damaging to children’s own views of their maths capabilities. Schools are now starting to recognise this [...]Read more

Counting down to 2019 GCSEs

Is your child watching the mounting panic in school as the year above gets ready for their GCSE exams?  It may be more than a year before it becomes their reality, but there’s nothing like starting early to make GCSEs less scary. As a parent you want your kids to do well in their [...]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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