Are you happy with SATs testing?

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It’s the time of year when many children and parents are involved with the SATs tests. These are the Standard Assessment Tests which are supposed to indicate a child’s educational progress at various stages of their school life; the end of years 2, 6 and 9. But each year there has been an increase in... Read more »

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Inspiration from an award winning teacher

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Teachers and schools are often the target of much criticism. So it’s a welcome change to read something positive like the report recently about the winner of the Global Teacher Prize. There will be many quiet and unrewarded teachers who work hard under very difficult conditions encouraging children to learn successfully. Particularly as they must... Read more »

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Will it be strait jackets to control children next?

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There was a report in the media recently about an approach used in German schools to help manage the behaviour of children with ADHD. ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is the term used for children who have difficulty concentrating, who demonstrate impulsive and sometimes uncontrollable behaviour, who are intensely and perhaps inappropriately over active... Read more »

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Self harm and the very young

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As parents we have many difficult issues to face and decisions to make about our children’s welfare. Like many other worries, one we hope we’ll never have to deal with is our child self harming. However, self harm amongst young people is on the increase. And what’s even more worrying is the age at which... Read more »

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Playing for Independence

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Parents are generally very keen to encourage their child to take up activities like a new club, a new sport, or learn an instrument perhaps, alongside their education. Many parents like their child’s diary to be full and busy with the range of activities on offer. It helps keep them occupied. It helps dilute the... Read more »

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