Primary School

Six Reasons Teachers Are Angry About the New SATs Tests

Caroline Fletcher | Posted 28.04.2016 | UK Parents
Caroline Fletcher

In the week beginning 9 May, 10-11 year olds will be taking their SATs tests in English and maths. These tests have always been controversial, but this year's SATs have provoked unprecedented levels of concern for the following reasons...

Survey Reveals 'Wide Variation' Of Primary School Places

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 19.04.2016 | UK Parents

Nearly 90% of children across England were given their first choice primary school this year, a study has shown. However families in some areas were ...

Primary School Places: What To Do When You Receive Your Offer Letter

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK Parents

Parents around the UK eagerly wait to find out what primary school their child has got into in the run up to national offer day. There are around 600,...

From Shoot 'em Ups to Emotional Intelligence: Gaming Gets Kind

Devi Clark | Posted 04.03.2016 | UK Parents
Devi Clark

I met Rosie Linder a fortnight ago. Like me, she is a middle aged mother with two children. Like me she wants to connect with her children. "I wanted a fun way to talk about emotions with my daughters. If you just ask them, they are very resistant. They feel they are being put on the spot."

Baseline Assessment Tests - Another Fine Mess the Government Has Got Into

Jenny Chapman | Posted 12.02.2016 | UK Politics
Jenny Chapman

Assessment forms an important part of our education system, allowing teachers to identify and work on a child's weakness and to let parents know how their child is performing and how they can help their child progress. However, questions are currently being raised by teachers and parents about how this new system will work.

Primary School Prepares Students For Exam Results With A Wonderful Letter

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK Parents

A primary school gave children receiving exam results an encouraging letter reassuring them that attitude and personality are more important than any ...

Why I Want to Rip up my Child's Reading Journal

Claire Potter | Posted 20.10.2015 | UK Parents
Claire Potter

A friend told me that at her child's school, if children don't complete their reading journal, they are made to stay in at playtime and...read! Using reading as a punishment is likely to build up a positive association with books as quickly as if you'd bashed them over the head with one.

What I Learned About Parenting When My Son Started School

Benjamin Brooks-Dutton | Posted 16.09.2015 | UK Parents
Benjamin Brooks-Dutton

A lesson I learned a long time ago was that the build up to what one might classify as a challenging calendar date, tends to be far more challenging than the calendar date itself. Christmas, anniversaries, birthdays, each seeming to grow a little less painful as the years go by. I asked myself, Why would this be any different? It really was, though.

Starting Primary School - the Emotional Rollercoaster

Lucy Gill | Posted 03.09.2015 | UK Parents
Lucy Gill

My eldest starts school in a few days time and I must admit I'm surprised by my own reaction to it. I'm stilling rooting for being dry eyed at the gate but I can't count on it!

Primary school: Aka The Germ Factory

Parentdish UK | Elsie Button | Posted 24.08.2015 | UK Parents

As a self-confessed cleanliness freak (not that you would guess, from the state of my house), I have been having a bit of trouble coming to terms with...

What Happens When Your Dream Primary School Place Just Isn't?

Jude Hurrell | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK Parents
Jude Hurrell

I started questioning whether the school was right for us. I was gobsmacked. After all that agonising, all that thought, I couldn't believe we might have got it wrong. Perhaps the new direction the school was taking wasn't right for us?

Education: We're at a Turning Point We Must Not Miss

Aaron Benavot | Posted 10.06.2015 | UK Politics
Aaron Benavot

Every child, no matter whether their country is rich or poor, whether they live in a village or a city, should be going to school today. Yet despite the 2015 deadline to provide 'Education for All' this isn't happening. Our collective failure to reach global education goals means that 121 million children and adolescents are being denied their right to attend school.

School - What's the Crack?

Katie Kirby | Posted 24.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Katie Kirby

Do I have a life? BEEP BEEP - oh hang on sorry I just got a text, maybe it's someone asking if I want to go out for a drink. Oh no... it's just school AGAIN - apparently they are having cottage pie today instead of the planned menu option in order to celebrate British potato day. Like I give a f*ck!

The One With the Transition Meeting

Georgy Jamieson | Posted 05.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Georgy Jamieson

A week or so ago the boy had the second of his trial mornings at his new school, this time with a packed lunch (the week before it was a proper school dinner - and by proper I mean pizza, chips and spaghetti hoops - an eclectic mix). He loved it and has talked of little else but, 'When can I go to my new school?' and 'When can I go back and see my new teacher?'

Aid to Education Has Fallen by 10% Since 2010

Aaron Benavot | Posted 10.08.2014 | UK Politics
Aaron Benavot

Humanitarian aid makes up only a small share of the external financing for education: The sector received only 2% of humanitarian appeals in 2013 - a long way from the modest 4% target set by the UN last year.

Man Killed British Primary School Teacher Given Death Sentence

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK

A man convicted of the murder of a British primary school teacher has been sentenced to death in Qatar, after a court found he assaulted Lauren Patte...

Are Private Schools Undermining State Education in the UK?

Megan Hughes | Posted 01.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Hughes

A child's background, and particularly their economic situation, should never determine their education and ultimately their future. Sadly, for many young people in modern Britain, this is still very much the case.

Free School Lunches Are Important

Danielle Lowe | Posted 17.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Danielle Lowe

The simple reality is, school lunches being free to students in need are a life saver, help students to grow and achieve what they need. However they are not the most healthy or most reasonably priced things out there.

Scared of the School Gate?

Anita Naik | Posted 11.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Anita Naik

As you take it all in I've no doubt that, like me, you'll wish you could run to the nearest coffee shop and hide from these parents who you just don't want to know. But here comes the next step...it's time to make friends.

Primary School Teacher Charged With Sex Offences Against Children

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.03.2013 | UK

A 31-year-old primary school teacher has appeared in court charged with sex offences against children. The man, said by North Yorkshire Police to h...

Ex-Primary School Head Raped Under-Age Girl

PA | Posted 13.11.2012 | UK

A former primary school headmaster has been jailed for 15 years after he was convicted of raping and indecently assaulting an under-age girl. Malco...

#PrimarySchoolMemories: A Round Up Of The Best

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.10.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Remember that time when you got really excited when you were asked to fetch the class register? Or when the worst thing EVER was your Tamagotchi dying...

Try Again, Mr Gove

Wendy Jones | Posted 26.10.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Wendy Jones

Ever since Kenneth Baker first introduced a National Curriculum for schools in England, Wales and Northern Ireland in 1988, governments have periodically had a bash at improving it. It's one of those cyclical things.

Schoolboy Died After Powerful Quad Bike Crashed on Family Farm, Inquest Hears

PA | Posted 17.04.2012 | UK Universities & Education

An 11-year-old schoolboy died after crashing a powerful quad bike while helping out on the family farm, an inquest heard on Tuesday. Kieran Horn di...

Stepfather Arrested After Five-Year-Old Brings Heroin Into School For Show And Tell

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 11.04.2012 | UK Universities & Education

A five-year-old boy brought 50 packets of heroin into school for a show and tell lesson after finding the drugs in his stepfather's jacket. The boy...