Have the published SATs exam results left you worried - even demoralised - that your child failed to meet the expected standard in reading, writing and maths? With the 'acceptable' scaled score benchmarked at 100, just over half 10-11 year olds in the country passed. Half didn't.  Here are the headline stats: 53% of pupils met the expected standard in reading, writing and maths 66% of pupils achieved the expected standard in reading 74% of pupils achieved the expected standard…
Sometimes education isn't all plain sailing, is it? Sometimes children struggle to keep afloat at school. Sometimes children experience wave after wave of stress and pressure, making them feel like they are sinking under the weight...  Of course, a good many children soak up pressures, and thrive on challenge. But for those struggling with a specific subject, unable to keep up with their peers in class, or are still knocked by a negative experience at school, children can find exams…
Maths and English have always been core, compulsory subjects. They are the two subjects further education colleges and 6th forms look for when assessing student applications. Employers consider them essential qualifications - as a mark of a young person's communication and thinking skills.  These subjects, too, were the first to be reformed under the government's campaign to improve secondary school standards. From September 2015, students studying English and Maths have been following a new linear curriculum with exam assessment only…
If you're a parent of a primary school child, no doubt you've hit a grammar gremlin by now. This is confusion caused by pesky grammar terms. Literacy is teeming with terms - terms which children need to know for the English SATs test, and the 11+ exam. There's determiners, adverbials, abstract nouns, possessive pronouns, quantifiers, subordinate clauses, modal verbs - to name just a few.  Let's look at determiners as the name alone confuses most children at first... Once they are…
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…
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