It's the holidays - at last! An opportunity to look forward to new adventures, and forget past problems.  Except our children don't dump those classroom worries in their school bag for the summer. They carry them around...  And the number one classroom fear children have? A fear of failure. Have you ever stopped to think what psychological impact this might have? After all, children desperately want to make you proud; they want their peers to accept them. They want to…
Helping young people blow away a learning block is a most wonderful thing indeed... It can, in fact, be truly magical! Just last week, for instance, I sprinkled magical learning dust in the direction of a regular tutee - 10 year old Will. From the start, he needed support with his writing skills. Struggling to start a piece of writing or to think imaginatively, he needed to unblock his thinking. Over several weeks, we explored words - explored how they…
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…
Home tuition... Often a debated subject in the media. Some say it undermines teachers in the classroom, whilst others say it eats into a child's free time after school. Some even say that hiring home tuition is devisive - that it gives children an unfair advantage over peers whose parents can't afford it. Instead, let's look at the facts: According to an Ipsos Mori poll last year, almost 25% of youngsters have had home tuition Some children need extra support…
How well is your child doing at primary or secondary school? If things aren't going as well as you'd hoped, or your child is struggling with literacy lessons, there are many simple tricks you can emply to turn things around. Time is always the enemy every day, especially if you work, you're a single parent or you have a large brood to take care of. So, here are some ideas to help your child do better at school.  1. Spend…

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