Primary School

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! 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'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...

Priest Shows Gay Porn During Primary School Presentation

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 03.04.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Parents got more than they bargained for when a presentation given by a priest at a primary school included some rather raunchy slides - of gay porn. ...

Notorious Sex Site Near Primary School To Be Closed

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 27.03.2012 | UK Universities & Education

A notorious sex spot close to a primary school in Surrey is to be given a revamp after the local county council finally approved a grant to transform ...

'I Told Everyone It Was My Birthday To Get Gifts': What Are Your #PrimarySchoolDays Memories?

Posted 27.03.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Tweeters indulged in some serious sentimentality on Tuesday afternoon, detailing the highs and lows of their #PrimarySchoolDays. From making daisy...

Parents' Concerns Over Primary Children's Porn Discussions

Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 09.02.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Primary school children have raised concerns amongst parents and teachers after they were caught discussing a pornographic website at school, shortly ...

Quarter of Primary School Leavers Can't Add Up Simple Sums

PA | Posted 23.01.2012 | UK Universities & Education

More than a quarter of children aged between 10 and 12 cannot add two small sums of money without using a calculator, a survey has revealed. Youngs...

Deadly Bomb Found Near Primary School

PA | Posted 17.01.2012 | UK Universities & Education

A pipe bomb with the capacity to kill has been left close to a primary school in Northern Ireland. Police said the device was designed to murder an...