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My Life On and Off the Rugby Pitch

Chris Neill | Posted 08.10.2015 | UK Comedy
Chris Neill

After some careful, serious thinking about England's showing in the Rugby World Cup, even nearly a week later, I'm afraid my opinion hasn't fundamentally changed. I still think it would have been better shirtless.

Help! What Are Phonics? A Confused Parent's Guide

Isabelle Lee | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK Parents
Isabelle Lee

Being a linguist, a primary school teacher, and a parent who taught my children to read, here is my breakdown for you, explaining why they are worth the effort, and why your child may become a better reader and speller because of them.

A Trip to the Chemist

Annie Robinson | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK Parents
Annie Robinson

It's always a bit embarrassing, bumping into someone you know at the chemist. You try really hard to not look at what they are buying, because it's all quite personal stuff, things you buy at the chemist, not things that are normally in the public domain.

Dad Carries Son With Disabilities Into School Because Of Disabled Parking Bay Row

The Huffington Post UK/SWNS | Amy Packham | Posted 02.10.2015 | UK Parents

A boy who has difficulty walking is regularly carried 100 yards into school by his father, because a local resident insists on using the disabled park...

This Boy's Haircut Has Caused A Lot Of Bother At School

SWNS | Posted 04.10.2015 | UK Parents

An 11-year-old boy has been separated from his classmates, because his hair - which he had cut so his sea cadet beret would fit - is considered to be...

This School Has Introduced Skirts That Make 'Hitching Up' Very Tricky

The Huffington Post UK/SWNS | Amy Packham | Posted 30.09.2015 | UK Parents

A secondary school has introduced a new type of skirt in an attempt to stop girls hitching them up to show their thighs. Teachers at Moulsham High...

Should All Primary School Children Be Made To Walk Or Run A 'Daily' Mile

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 29.09.2015 | UK Parents

Researchers are looking into whether all primary school children should be required to walk or run for at least one mile a day. St Ninians school i...

Teachers And Parents Given Power To Issue Parking Tickets Outside School

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 29.09.2015 | UK Parents

Teachers and parent volunteers have been granted the power to issue fines to anyone parking illegally near the gates of a primary school in Essex. ...

David Cameron On Whether Free School Meals Will Be Cut

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 29.09.2015 | UK Parents

Free school meals will not be cut in the November spending review, as recent reports suggested. David Cameron has said he is "committed" to contin...

Teacher Allegedly Told Four-Year-Old To Not Be Left-Handed

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 23.09.2015 | UK Parents

The mother of a left-handed child has claimed a teacher sent her an article which said left-handedness was associated with "the devil". Alisha Sand...

Show and Tell

Annie Robinson | Posted 23.09.2015 | UK Parents
Annie Robinson

Now, in general, I try hard to not get involved with things like this, it is the child's chance to talk about something that they are genuinely interested in, BUT I found my heart beating a little faster as I imagined the chance to Make A Good Impression with the school.

Reflections as a New Education Era Dawns

Aaron Benavot | Posted 22.09.2015 | UK
Aaron Benavot

This week the new goal and targets for education from now until 2030 will be set in stone. Here, we present some initial thoughts about the beginnin...

Mum Wasn't Prepared For This Letter When Her Son Told Friends Santa Isn't Real

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 21.09.2015 | UK Parents

No parent looks forward to the moment their child finds out Father Christmas isn't real, especially when another child breaks the news a lot sooner th...

Free School Meals 'Could Be Cut' By Government

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 21.09.2015 | UK Parents

Free school meals for all infants 'could be cut' in George Osborne's spending review in November, it has been reported. The Tories committed to pro...

Louise Ridley

Heroic Girls In Pakistan's Slums Are Defying Men To Get An Education | Louise Ridley | Posted 20.09.2015 | UK

“They stare at me as if they’re going to eat me.” Seventeen-year-old Sawera could become the first person in her family to finish pr...

Keith Duffy Delighted At Daughter With Autism's 'Unbelievable' Achievement

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK Parents

Keith Duffy is over the moon with his daughter with autism's "unbelievable" exam results. Duffy's daughter Mia, 15, who was diagnosed with autism a...

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.

Five Ways to Enhance Your Child's Learning At School

Emma Louise Thompson | Posted 16.09.2015 | UK Parents
Emma Louise Thompson

Having worked in a nursery for many years I find it fascinating seeing the various rates of development, some children just 'woah' me when they tell me something that is way past their biological age, and others struggle and go at a slower pace. What is it that makes them so different?

Fining Parents for School Absence Is Stupid, Damaging and Pointless

Jonathan Guy | Posted 13.09.2015 | UK Parents
Jonathan Guy

Has it changed parents' behaviour? No. Has it improved children's grades? No. In fact most parents will be horrified to find that as well as failing in these two basic areas it is actually costing the Local Councils money to enforce the policy.

Katie Hopkins Hits Out At Mum Over Leopard Print Hair Row

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 11.09.2015 | UK Parents

Katie Hopkins has hit out at the mother of a teen who was sent home from school for having leopard print hair by saying it's "nothing about rights". ...

Pupils Sent Home Because Trousers Were 'Too Tight'

SWNS | Posted 10.09.2015 | UK Parents

A headmistress has been criticised for sending female pupils home on the first day of the new term because their trousers were too tight. Dr Rowena...

Girls, to Make an Impact, Stick With STEM

Yasmin Ali | Posted 10.09.2015 | UK Tech
Yasmin Ali

If girls enjoy these subjects so much when they're younger, why don't they continue to study them at GCSE and A-Level? Why do females only account for 15-20% of engineering and computer science students at University?

Skipping Away From Me... My Child's First Day at School

A. Dassu | Posted 08.09.2015 | UK Parents
A. Dassu

Now, when I drop my daughter off each day, I will hand her over to someone else. A surrogate parent, almost. Someone other than me will pick her up when she falls, wipe away her tears and reassure her that everything is going to be okay.

Teen Sent Home Because Of Leopard Print Hair, Mum Refuses To Change It

SWNS | Posted 08.09.2015 | UK Parents

The mother of a schoolgirl who was sent home for her leopard-print hairstyle is criticising the school's decision as a "breach of her human rights". ...

Do You Think These Shoes Are Appropriate For School? This Headteacher Doesn't

SWNS | Posted 03.09.2015 | UK Parents

More than 50 pupils were sent home from school after arriving on the first day back wearing the wrong type of shoes, including trainers and flip flops...