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Choosing your child’s school – what to consider?

Of course you want your child to be happy and healthy – you also want to give them the best education available. So how do you decide?  It is really important to be ahead of the game and understand what’s out there and what will work for you and...

Posted on 31 July 2012

Homework Battles

Parental involvement in their children’s education is a hugely important, but what is required is a balance between providing support and making your child an independent learner.  Parents who do everything for their children are putting them at a...

Posted on 07 June 2015

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

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

How can I be a Great Dad?

With governmental changes to Shared Parental Leave there is a greater emphasis on fathers and the role that they play than ever before.  However, with the pressures of work, being a father and having the time to engage with your children is not an...

Posted on 16 April 2015

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

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

School meals

It started as a blog that only her family were expected to read. Now, nine year-old Martha Payne’s NeverSeconds diaries about her lunches at school in Scotland have become an internet hit – getting parent forums talking again about what’s on the...

Posted on 28 May 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

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

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

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

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

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

Update on the Childcare Vouchers debate and what you can do to support the campaign

You may have been following our on-going fight to keep Childcare Vouchers open alongside Tax-Free Childcare, to give parents a genuine choice of the financial support that best suits their families’ needs. As things stand, the Government will clos...

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

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