Young people today have a lot coming at them. Not only do they have to wrestle with social media, the less pleasant aspects of it as well as the good, it also brings an awareness of news events both local and global. Some of this can be shocking and is hard to deal with especially... Read more »
Full name: Ross Mountney
Ex-teacher and home educator, writer and author of books on home education and parenting.
Opportunities for learning outside of the traditional classroom are increasing and giving rise to various alternative approaches to education. For a start, home education (read more here) continues to grow in popularity and numbers expand daily. But for families who prefer to use a school there are other alternatives to the traditional schools we’re most familiar... Read more »
Whether your child goes to school and has homework, or whether they are home educated, they need encouragement to achieve their work. A question commonly directed at home educating parents, often from parents with children in school who are struggling to get their child to complete their homework, is how to get children to do... Read more »
The chief focus for parents when considering their children’s education tends to fall on the academic. Parents feel reassured that academic subjects can be easily measured, tested, and scored and lead to qualifications. However, some of the most essential skills children need to not only to continue to succeed with their learning but also in... Read more »
It’s exciting to hear that New Zealand are to stop standardised testing in schools from an early age. Paul Goulter, the general secretary for primary heads and staff in New Zealand, explains in this short video. He says how they now feel that there is no merit in testing children in a linear way... Read more »