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...

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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)...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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