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Back To School!

Charlotte Gater | Posted 05.09.2017 | UK Parents
Charlotte Gater

This week, children across the country will be returning to school after the long summer holiday. Although a time of excitement for many keen to get back to see their friends and share stories of the summer break, for many - particularly those heading to school for the first time - it can be a time of anxiety - not only for the child but for parents too!

Humbling Results Of Our Children's View Of The Future

Carey Ann Dodah | Posted 27.04.2017 | UK Parents
Carey Ann Dodah

What humbling results! The future looks bright in such caring and compassionate hands. We chose to theme this year's National Young Writers' Awards around 'the future' because it opens up so much potential for a child's imagination.

'Are You Sure You Know Your Tables? I Think I Better Just Check That... Again'

Carey Ann Dodah | Posted 27.02.2017 | UK Politics
Carey Ann Dodah

Hold on to your hats folks - storm Doris might have blown through but the educational storm is sticking around for some time yet.

Out Of The Chaos Comes Hope

Carey Ann Dodah | Posted 31.01.2017 | UK Parents
Carey Ann Dodah

Out of the chaos comes hope - we are certainly in a chaotic time right now but our children offer the hope. Let's all work together rather than destroying each other and ensure that our workforce going forward is filled with highly educated, highly skilled and most importantly highly creative individuals that can really make a difference.

How To Make The Most Of Parents' Evenings

Carey Ann Dodah | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK Parents
Carey Ann Dodah

This is the first important point though. Your children's teacher will always be available throughout the year to discuss any concerns or questions you have - you just have to ask and they will guide you.

27th In The Pisa Rankings? Why Is It OK To Be Bad At Maths?

Charlotte Gater | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Parents
Charlotte Gater

Parents, we need your help, to get the UK's children wanting to learn maths and striving to be good at it. There are some people out there that are already doing this. The problem is...

Roald Dahl - Much More to Him Than Marvellous Children's Books

Carey Ann Dodah | Posted 20.04.2017 | UK Entertainment
Carey Ann Dodah

Roald Dahl believed in taking practical steps to improve the lives of those around him and his creativity and determination even helped to develop pioneering medical treatments such as the Wade-Dahl-Till valve, which benefited children across the world.

I Hate Homework!

Carey Ann Dodah | Posted 04.01.2017 | UK Parents
Carey Ann Dodah

I know I am not alone and parents throughout the country struggle with this very challenge every week. So here's the thing - I don't have the answers but am on the journey too with a dogged determination to overcome this biggest of hurdles and try to remove the pain from homework.

National Mission: Improving Literacy

Carey Ann Dodah | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK
Carey Ann Dodah

So, alongside this initiative let's keep driving reading every day. It doesn't matter who's doing the reading - parent or child - ideally both - let's make it happen. And if you have an hour to spare let's get more and more adults sharing their love of reading with children at their local school - every interaction will help.

The New Curriculum: The Implementation May Be Messy But There Is a Definite Need for Change

Carey Ann Dodah | Posted 24.09.2014 | UK
Carey Ann Dodah

This September a new national curriculum will be taught in schools across England. This could lead to testing times for parents, teachers and children alike, as they embark on the challenge of getting to grips with new expectations and new ways of learning.

How to Create the World Book Day Authors of Tomorrow

Carey Ann Dodah | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK
Carey Ann Dodah

Getting children to love reading and writing can prove to be a challenge, especially with television, films and games being it's most harsh competitors. Having some family reading time can be very powerful. If your child sees you replacing TV with books then they are more likely to be inspired to get excited about it too.

Maths? Eurgh! It's Time to Inspire Your Children to Love Numbers

Carey Ann Dodah | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Carey Ann Dodah

Maths - the number of times I hear "I'm no good at maths!", "I hate it", "I'm not a numbers person", "I always fail at maths". The strange thing is, it's often said with a smile, a shrug, an acceptance that it's normal, it's ok. In contrast you would hardly ever hear someone admit in public "I can't read", "I can't write" and if someone did I am confident it would not be said with a smile.

The 11+ - To Tutor or Not to Tutor

Carey Ann Dodah | Posted 07.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Carey Ann Dodah

The 11+ has historically been the way of selecting those students most suited to an advanced academic stream. In many countries streaming in this way has proved to be highly successful, for example, Singapore and high profile gifted and talented programmes in the US. However there is often a lot of negative debate around the subject.

Read Aloud and Proud

Carey Ann Dodah | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Carey Ann Dodah

By encouraging your child to love reading, you are inviting them into worlds far, far away from their own. You are helping them build on their imagination and feel empathy and antipathy - as they put themselves into the shoes of the characters they begin to love - and dislike.

Extra Tuition Can and Should Be for All - Not Just the Wealthy

Carey Ann Dodah | Posted 20.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Carey Ann Dodah

Evidence has shown that private tuition is on the increase again this year but is it just the wealthy that have access to this service?

How Do We Get British Boys Level With the Girls?

Carey Ann Dodah | Posted 09.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Carey Ann Dodah

what can be done to inspire boys to love writing as much as girls? Of course, it is important to remember that not all boys are the same and not all boys are in danger of underachieving. However here are my tips on how parents and teachers can work together to inspire their boys.

Stand Up Straight, Tuck Your Shirt In and Try Not to Cry...

Carey Ann Dodah | Posted 01.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Carey Ann Dodah

The first day at school is one of the most memorable times in your life - for both child and parent - but it doesn't need to be the harrowing and heart-wrenching moment that you may expect it to be.

Why Are Our Best Readers in School Failing the Government's New Phonics Screener?

Carey Ann Dodah | Posted 01.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Carey Ann Dodah

We keep hearing about strong, confident readers who have failed the government's new Year 1 phonic screener. Is it that our six year olds haven't mastered the art of reading readiness (the point at which a person is ready to learn to read) or is the government assessing the wrong skill?

More Tests and League Tables Will Only Fuel the Low Confidence Epidemic Sweeping UK Children

Carey Ann Dodah | Posted 22.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Carey Ann Dodah

The Government is putting yet more pressure on our children in a world where tests are flooding the curriculum... Children as young as four quite simply shouldn't be subject to high pressure tests. It not necessary and there are much better, less anxiety-inducing ways of achieving Clegg's goals.