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Mindfulness in Schools

While tests and tougher standards are making school more stressful than ever for students, it is good to know that a coping mechanism is emerging to counteract this trend – mindfulness is being introduced by more and more schools to help their students, especially during exam time. The increased...

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Teacher burn-out causes brain-drain

International schools and foreign branches of elite private schools are tempting thousands of state school teachers to leave the UK, causing a skill brain-drain. We are investing tax-payers’ money in training teachers, giving them a degree that is valued around the world, and then they leave – mostly never...

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SATs resits – not a good idea!

Will the government’s bad decisions regarding the SATs never end?? It seems not, now that they are saying that students who don’t do well in their 11+ exams next year will be made to resit them in December , in Year 7 of secondary school. So what do they...

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Harambe pays for poor parenting?

Parenting took a lot of flack in the media last week. My previous post was about the Japanese parents who left their boy in a forest as a punishment. This post is about another victim of poor parenting. You have probably heard about the tragic death of the endangered...

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Bad parenting (or not…?)

You must have heard about the 7-year old Japanese boy who was found alive after spending 6 days alone in a bear-infested forest, being left behind by his parents as a punishment for bad behaviour.  The incident has sparked a debate about parenting in general and parenting in Japan...

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The SATs in shambles

If you have been reading my blog posts on SATs, you will know that I think they should be stopped. This was because they are unfair and unnecessary, in my opinion. However, things seem to have gone from bad to worse this year. This year’s SATs for 11+ students...

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Children missing school for holidays

Everyone’s talking about it. A father was taken to court because he took his daughter out of school for a family holiday during term time. He won the case. Mr. Platt from the Isle of Wight was told he had ‘no case to answer’ when the High Court ruled...

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The SATs – are they really necessary?

This has been the month of tests; 10 year-olds up and down the country have been cramming, learning and sweating over those all-important tests called the SATs or Standard Assessment Tests. It is almost as if the GCSEs have visited English homes too early! Whether all children are able...

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Immigration & our education system

Over the last few decades, our society has absorbed a huge number of immigrant newcomers with remarkable ease, but things are changing … people can feel trouble and strife building, particularly in the education sector. It’s not regarding any particular nationality. London has proved that by its willingness to...

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Parents panic over exams

Parents have been advised to avoid passing on their anxiety and worry of getting in to top independent schools on to their children. The pressure to get into the best schools is enormous and highly competitive for four year olds even, especially in North London. Many parents take their very young children...

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