Exams don’t have to be stressful!

Nobody likes exams because quite simply nobody likes to be put on the spot or put in a situation in which there is a chance of failure. But exams don’t have to be stressful! The key thing is imagining the exam is simply another lesson where you are asked to write down all that you […]

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Making the most of Parent Consultations

I’m a mother of one son and remember Parent’s Evenings as one of those formal occasions I would look forward to; meeting my son’s teacher, discussing his work and behaviour, his friendship groups and his strengths and weaknesses. I also remember my own parents’ visits to these evenings; both would put on their best clothes, […]

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Discussion about David Attenborough’s Blue Planet

David Attenborough’s Blue Planet In today’s group session the students were asked to discuss the natural world and were encouraged to think about the planet and some of the programmes they have watched in David Attenborough’s Blue Planet series. This is a vital topic for not only conversation but writing too. The environment, and what […]

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Our ‘The Famous Five’ Study

Our students from the age of 8 upwards are enjoying ‘The Famous Five’ after much encouragement and weaning away from Jacqueline Wilson’s books and the Horrid Henry series. This is the activity sheet which encourages students to recall their favourite characters and parts of their favourite book in the series as well as developing their […]

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Make 2018 your child’s best year ever!

A Happy New Year to you and yours! It is the beginning of 2018 – hasn’t 2017 just flown by?! So we are all making lists of things we want to do, get or buy that will make this year the best year we have ever had. Our best intentions sometimes happen, sometimes they don’t […]

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Teaching Britishness in British schools.

Should ‘Britishness’ be taught in all schools? The new Ofsted report is out. It raises important, not to say disturbing, questions about what schools in the United Kingdom should teach. One of the areas of focus in the report is the standards met (or not met, in this case) by faith schools. Ofsted found that […]

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Choosing a Nursery

I thought we would start our new round of blog posts with a very important topic that is at the start of a child’s educational life: a nursery. The EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) framework, setting standards for the care, learning and development of children below 5 in the UK, has recently been revised, so […]

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How to study – A parent’s guide to helping your child

We expect our students and children to ‘study’, but most of the time we just mean completing homework or prepping for a class test. Studying is much more than this. It is an art – even a science, or at least a technique – which needs to be made explicit. Children need to be taught […]

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The Great Grammar School Divide

England has long been viewed as a classist society. One of the things that has given people this impression, or has perpetuated the social structure, depending on which newspaper you subscribe to, has been education. The sons (in the past, at least) of noble families went to Eton or Harrow, and then Oxford or Cambridge […]

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