primary schools

I recently saw an advert for 'Right Move' and in particular for its 'School Checker'. The advert made me slightly bilious and in that moment, incredibly angry. I would like to see the terms and conditions of such a service as in my experience 'catchment' is not worth the paper it is written on.
Today's children and young people have grown up in a world that revolves around digital technology. Whether children read books on a tablet, play games on a console, use apps on their phone or do their homework on a computer - technology is entrenched in every part of their lives.
The start of a new year at primary school can stir up lots of emotions for children, including excitement and anticipation as well as nervousness and anxiety. Of course, it is completely normal to feel this range of emotions and everyone feels a bit of apprehension at the start of the school year (even teachers!)
A new academic year! An exciting time ripe with possibilities and promise. It is vital that schools get these all important
Education needs better, fairer funding. It needs stability, not change for its own sake and increased uncertainty. It needs recognition of actual problems and innovative thinking in solving them. This can only happen if channels of communication between all those who have a stake in the education community are kept open. Whoever is in office, we must make sure that the education debate continues.
If your child could do anything this summer, what would it be? Walk with dinosaurs, embark on a treasure hunt with pirates, propel themselves in to outer space, or maybe play for their favourite football team in a cup final? Anything is possible - when you find the right book!
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.
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.
Parks and playgrounds are there to be enjoyed. We can encourage children to look at the sky, notice changes to flora and fauna and appreciate the weather and seasons, learn how to use a map without relying on a phone, figure out how to fix a bike that needs repair or look up at the stars at night.