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Making your child's schooling a success

Dee Francken, renowned education consultant calls on her years of experience as a former head to provide some useful tips on making sure your child is prepared for school and gives advice on laying the groundwork to give them a successful school...

Posted on 02 July 2012

What is dyslexia?

A working definition 1.1 There are many published definitions of dyslexia.  The Expert Advisory Group considered these carefully, in constructing a working definition for the review that includes key characteristics as explained below.  The workin...

Posted on 30 July 2016

Top tips on school selection

The process of choosing and applying for school can be a minefield, here, Dee Francken, education consultant goes through the maze of options available, giving helpful tips on how to choose the most suitable school for your child and how best to...

Posted on 02 July 2012

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

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

Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence is a bit of a buzz work nowadays and people think they know what it means but aren’t really sure why it matters. Many of us value academic intelligence and encourage our children to work hard, exercise their brains and their...

Posted on 26 June 2014

How to help your child make the transition to a new class

Summer fairs and rainy sports days mean the end of the school year is fast approaching.  Whether your child is moving onto secondary or starting school for the first time now is a great time to prepare them for their next step.  We’ve rounded up...

Posted on 28 May 2015

How to teach kids the value of money

How to teach kids the value of money from pocket money to part-time jobs It is important that children recognise the value of money and understand that it is not an unlimited resource which can be blown on one occasion. They can learn how to be...

Posted on 20 September 2017

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

Get your child excited about going back to school

Children return to school in a couple of weeks ending the summer break.  Some Scottish schools may already be back. Footloose and fancy free for around 6 weeks, our job as parents is to help them switch from holiday to term time mode in a way that...

Posted on 18 August 2015

Help your child to become more independent

Working parents complete on average 26 morning tasks before going to work. These range from making the children’s breakfast and preparing lunchboxes to spelling and reading practice. That’s just the morning shift.  The second shift (dinner,...

Posted on 02 October 2017

How to carve a pumpkin safely with your little one

You guessed it – it’s time for Halloween again! It’s no surprise that your kids aren’t that interested when you suggest carving the pumpkin, that’s your job isn’t it? They’re more excited about picking a scary outfit and stuffing their faces with...

Posted on 24 October 2017

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

When do you tell your kids the truth about Santa Claus?

Christmas is a long awaited, exciting time of year for children. From their first birthday to primary school age, they most likely believe in Santa and his reindeer. But there comes a time when they’re becoming more mature and may have heard rumou...

Posted on 07 December 2017

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

Countdown to a New School Year

While the English can enjoy being on holiday for a further three weeks, Scottish pupils return to school next week ending the summer break.  Footloose and fancy free for six weeks our job as parents is to help them switch from holiday to term time...

Posted on 15 August 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

Top tips to a happy summer holiday

Pleasant, carefree family-time to recuperate from a busy academic year. Or a grouchy trip complete with niggles, grumbles and the odd full-blown row? Family summer holidays have their highs and lows, but here are 5 steps to help avoid the pitfalls...

Posted on 04 July 2018

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

Majority of parents want to keep access to Childcare Vouchers

Ninety-eight per cent of parents would like access to Childcare Vouchers to continue alongside the government’s Tax-Free Childcare scheme, according to a survey by the Childcare Voucher Providers Association (CVPA). Over half of the 17,000...

Posted on 02 October 2017

Critical Thinking

Enhance your child’s educational development with critical thinking skills Fake news, email scams, a workplace dominated by artificial intelligence these are just some of the reasons we need to ensure our children can think for themselves, with a...

Posted on 24 November 2017

How to ensure your child has a healthy relationship with social media

Is social media “ripping apart the social fabric of how society works”? These are the words of a former Facebook executive, who recently expressed regret and guilt over his part in building tools for the social media network that are “destroying h...

Posted on 24 January 2018

11 Tips for a Successful First Residential Trip

Between the ages nine and eleven, your child will probably embark on a school residential trip. These trips, which involve a couple of nights away, are considered a rite of passage and a way to introduce your child to various aspects of spending...

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

Seven Tips to Alleviate Sibling Rivalry

When your kids argue, do you feel like the referee? If you are blessed with more than one child, then it won’t be a surprise to you that siblings bicker, pester and fight once in a while. Siblings don’t get along all the time. But when is it too...

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

Tips for being a green parent

You may have noticed the recent flurry of activity on your favourite social media feed on the use of plastic straws. Straws, and single-use plastic in general, are the latest environmental case to make big headlines as people and businesses scramb...

Posted on 17 August 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

Top 5 favourite parenting blogs

Parenting blogs provide insight and tips from parents on a wide range of topics. There are, of course, a ton of good parenting blogs out there. Below you’ll find a handful of our favourites, covering everything from travelling with kids, adoption...

Posted on 22 October 2018