Why is maths taught differently today?

If you look at your child’s maths homework or pop into their classroom, you may notice that the way maths is taught today looks nothing like it did when you were at school. This can be unsettling for many parents because they don’t understand the new methods and don’t feel confident helping their child.  They …

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Is screen time bad for my child?

Screen time is a big concern about children’s health and behaviour in the early 21st century.  The pandemic has heightened worries that children spend too long using technology.  It is a problem that can be traced back further than ipads and phones.  When I was a kid, it was playing computer games on consoles was …

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Parents’ Evening – a guide for parents

Parents’ evening!  Does it make you feel nervous?  Does it bring up old memories of your own school days?  Are you worried about what the teacher may say or what you should ask? Fear not!  I’ll fill you in on what you need to know to reduce the parents’ evening anxiety. Things to know about …

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What can we learn about learning from World Class Athletes?

I’ve spent a large part of the summer watching large multi-event sporting events on TV.  First, there was The World Athletics Championships, followed by The Commonwealth Games, and then hot on its heels, The European Championships. As well as enjoying the competition, I find the background stuff really fascinating.  How the athletes have got to …

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How to Choose a Primary School

Choosing which school to send your child to can be a bit of a minefield.  Asking other parents is OK to a point, but, their opinion is biased by their own child’s experience of the school, and for every parent who dislikes a school, there will be another who loves it.  Here, I’m going to …

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How to help your child with SATs

A blackboard showing the word test

What are SATs: SATs are the end of Key Stage assessments that children take in Year 2 and Year 6 in England.  They are what are known as “high-stakes tests” because the children’s results are used to judge schools and individual teachers.  And this judgement can be harsh and cruel – believe me – I’ve …

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Why Bother with Handwriting?

A child writing with a pen in a notebook

When was the Last Time you Handwrote Something?  It’s something we seem to do less and less these days.  Here’s a list of the things I handwrite: Session plans and notes during a session To do list Events in my diary/calendar Nightly journal Notes from professional and personal development Development ideas Shopping list Greetings cards …

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Giving Praise to Children

In a parent consultation recently, the issue of giving praise to children came up.  Praise is good, right?  All children love praise!  They won’t achieve anything without it. When I was training to be a teacher back in the noughties, everything was based around praise.  Praise for sitting still and listening, praise for writing the …

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