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Parenting

School

Often the things we hear about schools are when it goes wrong: detentions, bad results, exam, pressure, mean teachers... But most children have an OK time at school, and (though they might not admit it) they may even enjoy it much of the time! We are not going to pretend that it’s always easy, but we have written a few articles to help you have a happy time with your school age children and to get the best out of their education.

  • Improving your child’s performance in school

    Improving your child’s performance in school

    Your child is more likely to succeed when you, your family and your child’s teachers expect them to do their very best Remind them how important learning is. Ask them what job they want… Read more

  • Free School Meals

    Free School Meals

    From September 2014 all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 (key stage 1) in state funded schools and academies are eligible for Free School Meals. You don't need to apply. Your child… Read more

  • Top 10 Tips for Homework Survival!

    Top 10 Tips for Homework Survival!

    If your son/daughter knows that you care about their homework, they will be more likely to want to do it and hand it in on time. You can encourage learning while you are out… Read more

  • Building a Relationship with your Child's Teachers

    Building a Relationship with your Child's Teachers

    The best way to build a relationship with your child's teacher is to start by making contact with them and introducing yourself. Having a friendly relationship can benefit your child at home and at… Read more

  • Encouraging your Child at School

    Encouraging your Child at School

    As a parent/carer, you have the skills needed to support and encourage your child to learn, achieve and get the best out of their school experience. Top Tips Check for information about your child’s… Read more

  • What IS the

    What IS the "National Curriculum"?

    The word ‘curriculum’ refers to the subjects your child will study at school. The National Curriculum was developed to make sure all pupils have a balanced education. It contains all of the subjects to… Read more

  • Appealing School Admission Decisions

    Appealing School Admission Decisions

    If your child has been turned down for the school that you have applied for it can be a distressing time for you and your child. Children are worried about their future and as… Read more

  • Moving up to Big School

    Moving up to Big School

    As children move from being the oldest and biggest in the school to being the youngest and smallest in often a much larger environment, there are plenty of reasons why some children may be… Read more

  • Their First Day at School

    Their First Day at School

    The first day at school is a big step in every child’s life. As a single parent it can be just as daunting for you! We have looked after our little one 24 hours… Read more

  • Dealing with Detention and Exclusion

    Dealing with Detention and Exclusion

    Discipline at junior school generally involves little more than being told off or moved to sit elsewhere else. In secondary school it is usually the odd lunchtime detention. But how do you cope with… Read more

  • Truancy

    Truancy

    Single parent families are sometimes blamed for many of the ills of society, but there is no evidence that your children are doomed to be badly behaved. Many reports talk about single parent families and… Read more