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Special Educational Needs

Special Educational Needs (SEN) is a huge area, one you may be struggling with, may be involved with already or just want to know more.  As a starting point here is a brief quote from the National Curriculum with regards to SEN.  'Schools have a...

Posted on 28 October 2015

Special Educational Needs Glossary

Special needs glossary of terms   ADHD:   Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. A learning disorder which involves being unable to follow instructions, acting impulsively and being unable to keep still.   Anger Management:   A programme design...

Posted on 28 October 2015

5 Skills you should help your primary-school child with

From learning to read to multiplication tables, primary school lays the foundation of your child’s education in every area. TheSchoolRun ’s Elena Dalrymple highlights five skills you can help them with at home to see them soar at school. Phonics...

Posted on 12 September 2017

Preparing for your child's first day at school

Primary school A child’s first day at school is a moment of great excitement but can also cause a good deal of parental anxiety.  There is much that parents can do to prepare their child before the beginning of Reception and even more that they ca...

Posted on 02 August 2013

How is your child progressing?

How is your child progressing? Just got your child’s school report? Flummoxed by all those National Curriculum numbers and letters? Struggling to understand the difference between a 2c and a 1a? Here is our guide to your child’s progress and...

Posted on 28 March 2014

A Parent’s Survival Guide to Exams and Tests

Our children are among the most tested in the world.  In state schools formal assessments begin in primary school with SATs in year two and six and the optional Eleven plus exam.  At secondary school a potent mix of hormonal teenagers with exams...

Posted on 16 April 2015

Why everything we know about discipline is wrong

Not knowing how to effectively discipline their children is “the greatest concern of parents today,” say leading UK and US child psychologists. This finding won’t come as a surprise to readers of this newsletter.  We pay close attention to which...

Posted on 18 August 2015

5 tips to encourage your child to read more

Reading is a vital part of your child’s development and is a great way to spark their imagination. The ideal way to introduce reading into your child’s life is to read to them from a young age, as they absorb what you’re saying even if they don’t...

Posted on 22 October 2018

What do parents of successful children have in common?

I’m guessing as good parents we share a universal goal of wanting the best for our children.  We’re not looking to raise uber competitive child prodigies hothoused to boiling point.  We just want them to have the optimum chance of success and...

Posted on 21 June 2016

Are your kids eating healthy without you?

Getting children enjoying healthy food from an early age is the way to help them eat well for the rest of their lives. But how can you tell if your child is getting a healthy meal when you’re not there?  Well the good news is that school meals hav...

Posted on 28 September 2016

Ideas for low cost, high impact summer holiday childcare

With the school holidays in full swing the search is on for low cost, high impact childcare. We’ve done the legwork to provide you with a comprehensive guide to summer holiday childcare options to accommodate all budgets and age ranges from four t...

Posted on 15 August 2017

Back to school

Long, lazy days, filled with day trips, late nights, and an ever-sliding routine are what make the school summer holidays. But as the days draw in and the autumn term looms, here’s how to tackle that tricky transition back to structured days and...

Posted on 24 August 2017

Friendships

Friendship is one of life’s greatest gifts. For toddlers, early socialising establishes healthy patterns for solid friendships later in life and lays foundations for a strong ‘sense of self’. For older children, a personal support network creates ...

Posted on 12 September 2017

Autumn Budget 2017

Autumn Budget 2017: what it means for working families Last week Chancellor Phillip Hammond revealed the Government’s plans for the country’s finances in the 2017 Autumn Budget. But what does the Budget mean for working families? We’ve rounded up...

Posted on 24 November 2017

Are Smartphones Damaging our Children?

Smartphone use – what are the dangers? Many parents ask this and other related questions, like How many hours is safe ? Is Social Media the main issue ? Where do I look for guidance ? Just by typing “ are smartphones safe for children ” into Googl...

Posted on 08 May 2018

Choosing a summer camp

Summer camps are becoming increasingly popular in the UK. Whether your child is academically-minded or after a summer of sports and activities, there are thousands of programmes to choose from at home and abroad. Not only do summer camps provide y...

Posted on 01 June 2018

How to stop the summer brain drain

Does the idea of making your children do schoolwork over the holidays fill you with dread or do you see it as an opportunity to hone in on any learning gaps? For many, school work and tutoring over the summer can sometimes seem like an unpleasant...

Posted on 04 July 2018

Getting the family school-ready

Whether they’ve started a new school, moved up to primary or secondary school , or even just moved up a year, this time often brings about a mixture of excitement and nerves for both children and parents. The fear of the unknown can be daunting bu...

Posted on 18 September 2018

How to tackle homework

Homework can cause arguments in families as parents struggle to understand it and children bristle at our efforts to help. We may not like homework but it matters. How can we as parents, best support homework without tearing our hair out? 1. ...

Posted on 18 September 2018