Monthly Archives: November 2016
HOW TO ENCOURAGE YOUR CHILD TO DO THEIR HOMEWORK
Homework basics A regular time and place for your child to do their homework is essential, so this isn’t negotiable each day. Agree with them when they will work after school, timing it so they have had a chance to unwind and have a snack before they start. Then remove any possible distractions such as Read More >
CHOOSING A SCHOOL – MAKING THE MOST OF SCHOOL VISITS
It’s important to visit any school you are considering for your child, either on an organised open day or during a normal school day. There are often many open mornings in the autumn term and they are well worth the time, but if you are seriously considering a school, it can also be invaluable to Read More >
Boosting your child’s education during the long holidays!
How can you make a difference to your child’s learning this summer? Ah, the endless lazy days of summer! Our children’s lives often seem to be timetabled from breakfast to bedtime during term time and it’s great to have a change in routine, let them sleep in (if they ever will!), take a break from Read More >
Summer preparation for 11+ state selective schools
The summer is an important time for working towards the state selective schools’ entrance exams. If your child is sitting these exams, it is important that revision and practice continues so that they don’t lose momentum and focus. Of course, children need to relax and enjoy themselves too. Therefore, most families prefer to get revision Read More >
What is the 7+ ?
The 7+ is the descriptive name given to the entrance exams set by an increasing number of independent schools for pupils wishing to gain admission into their Year 3. 7+ entrance exams may be simply for admission into a selective preparatory school, which will then prepare the child for Common Entrance exams to gain a Read More >
Assessing Academic Potential and Performance
Many parents remain confused about how their child is doing at school; with the best of intentions, a short appointment at a parents’ evening and a standard school report cannot give them the full picture. To make informed decisions about their child’s future, and to be sure they are aiming for the senior school that Read More >
Christmas and the gift of reading
The Christmas holidays are the ideal time for family fun, great food, party games and outings. The learning needn’t stop at this time, but it should be kept fun and festive, with classic board games helping improve word power, from Boggle to Scrabble to Articulate, and others such as Monopoly requiring a little numeracy (and Read More >
Parental Impact on Success at School
Our experience tells us that parental involvement is key to children performing to the best of their ability at school. It can really make the difference between under-performance and success. Nature vs. nurture Science has yet to identify the gene responsible for intelligence and there is disagreement about the amount of intelligence that is inherited. Read More >
THE IMPORTANCE OF READING – AND HOW TO ENCOURAGE IT
Reading is vitally important in the development of thinking, expressing ideas, expanding vocabulary, and communication skills. Of course, it’s also important for pure enjoyment! Some children are reluctant readers. They need encouragement and stimulation with whatever type of reading matter you can find that interests them. Other children would happily have their head in a Read More >
Summer Holiday Tutoring – Yes or No?
In previous blogs, we have covered the question of when you should and shouldn’t tutor your child and, if you decide to do so, what you should look for in a tutor. At this time of year, parents’ thoughts turn to the summer holidays and whether a child will need tutoring support during that long Read More >