Primary School

The Disadvantage Of Summer Birthdays

Dr Clare Owen | Posted 04.10.2017 | UK
Dr Clare Owen

A boy who turned 16 last month and a girl who turned 15 the week before have recently started their final GCSE year. With only a few days short of a ...

Why I'm Giving Homework The Finger

Kerryanne Botibol | Posted 03.10.2017 | UK Parents
Kerryanne Botibol

Let's face it, for a six year old that is a lot. It's an early start and a late finish. You need a lot of stamina and concentration to get through the day. This is what we are asking of our young primary school children.

The Problems And Potential Of School Uniforms

Dr Clare Owen | Posted 04.09.2017 | UK Parents
Dr Clare Owen

With so many important areas to bear in mind when we think about schools, apparent side issues don't always get the careful consideration they deserve. School uniform is one of those issues.

Isolated In Class: How Can We Make Sure There Are No Invisible Children?

Dr Clare Owen | Posted 07.08.2017 | UK
Dr Clare Owen

Being quiet and well-behaved alone don't make an excellent student, not if that student isn't meeting their potential. Schools want to help every child succeed, but with increasing importance placed on results and rising numbers of unqualified teachers in the classroom, it's more important than ever for us to ensure these children aren't missed.

This School's General Election Shows The Conservatives Need To Do More To Please Kids

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 09.06.2017 | UK Parents

A mock general election at a junior school has shown the Conservative party may need to play closer attention to the needs of the younger generation. ...

Voting For Education

Dr Clare Owen | Posted 01.06.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Clare Owen

The Conservative Manifesto makes reference to the intake of selective schools, but not to the end result of their re-introduction: a two-tier education system within which different children have access to different opportunities, not the 'Great Meritocracy' claimed. For this election, let's remember what the real problems facing education are and focus on what needs to happen to deliver an education system fit for the 21st century to every child.

Finding A Place For PSHE In Schools

Dr Clare Owen | Posted 17.05.2017 | UK
Dr Clare Owen

Time brings depth. With a narrow, exam-focused curriculum, we are doing our children an injustice if we don't invest in PSHE. Its teaching can help remove barriers, improve academic outcomes and help young people make informed choices. It surely isn't asking too much to give them the information they might need to handle difficulties better and the space to consider them.

Seven Signs Your Kids' School Is Ridiculously Middle Class

Vicky Mitchell | Posted 21.04.2017 | UK Parents
Vicky Mitchell

My 1980's primary school was home to tepid bottles of milk, ramshackle terrapins and identically-clad kids in hand-me-down C&A coats and ice cream tub lunch boxes. Every child in the neighbourhood went there, regardless of family income, house price, religious or political persuasion. It was a proper microcosm, a dog poo-encircled centre of the community. It was fab.

This Is What Compulsory Relationship Education Will Mean For Primary Schools

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 02.03.2017 | UK Parents

Sex and relationships education has now been made compulsory in all schools in England, education secretary Justine Greening announced today (Wednesda...

10 Tweets That Sum Up Your Child's First Week Back At School

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 06.09.2016 | UK Parents

That’s it, the summer holidays are officially over. Pack up the Lego and buy a new pencil case, because September is upon us and a whole new year of...

Education needs to fundamentally change if we are to reach our global development goals

Aaron Benavot | Posted 06.09.2017 | UK Politics
Aaron Benavot

The new Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report by UNESCO, released this morning, shows the vast potential for education to propel progress towards a...

Back To School: Dealing With The September Dread

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 26.08.2016 | UK Parents

No one enjoys the end of a holiday, but a new study has revealed that 50% of children are now “dreading” going back to school in September. The re...

Parents Criticise Tesco For Selling Girl's School Shoes With Heel

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 15.08.2016 | UK Parents

Angry parents have criticised Tesco for selling girl’s school shoes that feature a block heel. The ‘Let Clothes Be Clothes’ Facebook page have c...

11 Best 'Back To School' Photography Ideas For Parents

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK Parents

Back to school photographs are an important memory for all parents, especially if it is your child’s first day. Now these parents on Pinterest have ...

This Little Boy's First Day Back At School Is What All Parents Want For Their Child

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK Parents

As any parent who has ever left their child in the playground can testify - it’s a little nerve-wracking wondering how your child will cope without ...

Don't Test Our Six-Year-Olds! Let Children Be Children

Emma Critchley | Posted 05.07.2017 | UK Parents
Emma Critchley

My six-year-old loves to dance, write and draw. Yesterday, she wanted to fly to the moon; today, she has said that she will settle for being an award-winning pianist. Oldest has dreams and she dreams big. We love the summer holidays. They are weeks that are filled with drawing, trampling through woods, splashing through streams and playing make-believe with her sister: weeks that she loves.

Parents' Smartphone Habits Blamed For Kids 'Not Being School Ready'

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK Parents

Many children are starting school at a disadvantage because they lack the social skills and resiliance to match their peers, a new report has revealed...

Six Reasons Teachers Are Angry About the New SATs Tests

Caroline Fletcher | Posted 29.04.2017 | 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 18.04.2017 | 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. Not all families will...

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

Devi Clark | Posted 04.03.2017 | 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 12.02.2017 | 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 19.10.2016 | 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 15.09.2016 | 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.