With Sats exams, GCSEs and A Levels round the corner, the push for success is in overdrive. But what if your child: Feels useless in a bottom set Is home schooled with learning gaps  Has no self esteem and hates school Can't cope with a learning difficulty  Here at Lemon Tree Tutors, we speak to many parents across the Weybridge and Chichester areas who live with this every day. Often at their wits end, they reach out to us... So…
10 November 2015

Is your child stressed?

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Stress seems to be woven into education's DNA. Little wonder given that schools are relentlessly pressured by goverment to achieve better results. With national testing in primary schools, homework every night and competition to secure entry into independent schools, children are under pressure even more. Consequently, YoungMinds report there has been a 12% increase in youngsters calling its helpline, struggling to cope with exam stress. Not only this, but society demands our children must belong, be attractive, have the latest digital…
The summer hols seem to go on forever, don't they? After a long break, you'd think most children would be itching to go back to school, wouldn't you? A new school term offers all sorts of interesting opportunities: seeing friends, a variety of activities to keep them occupied, favourite lessons. Some children, though, dread going back - even panic at the prospect. And it's more common than you think. There are many reasons for this: A bad end to the…
In a perfect world, our children fly through school enjoying every minute. We hope they get through their childhood unscathed and go on to lead a fabulous life. Of course, in the real word life isn't always like this. Life is beset with problems, mountains to climb, and events which steer us off course. The school system itself heaps pressure on children from aged five upwards. Targets, assessments and exams teach your child about success - and failure. Does this reflect…
As a child, Enid Blyton's The Magic Faraway Tree enthralled me... for life. Beyond the branches of the Faraway Tree, a magical, enchanting world shimmered into life. Captivated I was by quirky characters, hidden houses carved into the tree and dreamy adventures offering escape into unknown worlds. Aside from the fact that it inspired an everlasting love for books, it fuelled my imagination. And from that time, words fascinated me. Characters intrigued me, and later when I discovered autobiographies, I…

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