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It’s a Cracker

By |November 29th, 2018|

Have you ever had to explain a Christmas cracker joke to a young child? It can be complicated can’t it? Sometimes you might wonder if it was worth the effort – it wasn’t a great joke anyway. Often jokes depend on a play-on-words and some background knowledge. For children, this is where they may struggle [...]

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Some Tips for Starting Secondary School

By |September 3rd, 2017|

If your child is starting secondary school, you’ve bought the uniform, equipment and practised the route, here are some other tips on getting ready. Tell your child it’s NORMAL to feel scared, as well as excited. If it wasn’t, secondary schools wouldn’t use buddy systems to help Year 7 children adjust. EVERYONE will feel nervous, [...]

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Tell your child to be excited for exams

By |May 10th, 2017|

Any parent of a child studying for GCSE exams will know what a stressful experience it can be. Your teenager may be incredibly tense, or so laid-back that you feel you spend your entire time nagging them to revise. There are all sorts of strategies used to help students deal with stress, including mindfulness, yoga [...]

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Last Minute Revision Tips

By |April 24th, 2017|

Last minute revision tips If you are just about to face your GCSEs this summer, it can be tough staying indoors revising whilst everyone else seems to be enjoying themselves. This advice is about how to revise smarter and giving yourself time to relax.       Tip 1 Prioritise What grades do you really [...]

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What to ask at Parents’ Evening

By |October 10th, 2016|

  The first Parents' Evening usually happens in October (don’t worry if yours doesn’t because every school is different. As a teacher, I often found parents were unsure as to what to ask and may well not have got the most out of the short meeting time allocated to them. Each meeting is very short, [...]

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Understanding Your Child’s School Report

By |June 29th, 2016|

How to understand your child’s school report – advice from a teacher. Just got your child’s school report? Is it bombarded with jargon you don’t understand? Not to worry! You’re not alone. At this time of year, most parents become a little anxious about their child’s school report. Life after the old National Curriculum levels [...]

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