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Did your child get a primary school place?

Monday, April 20th, 2015

After an anxious wait for ‘National Offer Day’, parents across Greater Manchester and Cheshire finally found out last Thursday whether their child has been offered a primary school place of their choice.

And it’s good news … for some. Over 90% of local children have successfully secured entry into one of their three preferred schools. If this is you, you need to formally accept the place offered to secure it.

But sadly for some parents, the news wasn’t so positive. If you are in this boat, all is not lost. You are entitled to appeal the decision. Let’s consider your options.

How to appeal

1. First contact your local council to find out what an appeal procedure entails. In some cases, you would need to appeal to the school direct.

If you are in Manchester, here’s a link to some useful information.  For Cheshire based parents, try this link.

2. Check appeal submission deadline dates to ensure your appeal is heard in good time. You can expect your appeal hearing before the end of the summer term.

3. If the school your child has been allocated is now not viable due to a change in circumstances, seek further advice from your local education authority.

Whatever happens, try not to panic. As ever, our private tutor team at 1-2-1 Home Tutors are here for any advice and help to prepare your child for their new school term. Just get in touch!

Can reading a book help you learn better?

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

In this era of tablets and smartphones, how we read is changing. Yet, interestingly, science shows that reading good old-fashioned books is still better for you than scrolling on an electronic device.

An important consideration if your son or daughter is busy revising for their GCSEs or A level exams this summer.

The overwhelming evidence is hard to ignore. It all starts with how our brains function! Last year, a university study concluded that our brains absorb and retain more information when we read a paper book.

In fact, during the study students who read a print text scored significantly higher in reading comprehension than students who read digitally.

Science has proven that the brain itself reads letters and words in a linear way – relying on the senses to construct mental pictures of text. Whereas studies have shown that people reading ebooks tend to scan more, thus missing key information.

Did you know that your brain prefers paper books?

It’s true! In fact, the tactile nature of a book allowing us to turn pages, make notes or bend page corners helps us engage with its content.

Though e-reader pages can scroll or swipe, the brain itself doesn’t receive the same signals – calling into question whether information can be stored long term.

Plus another study concluded that if we consume too much digital reading,  it can affect our long term ability to absorb nitty-gritty detail from a paper text. Fascinating, eh? Everything in moderation – that’s what we say…

Reading recommendation

There’s no doubt that reading (not on a tablet or computer) for 30 minutes at a time can help your child absorb their revision notes.

Using highlighting and making revision notes can further help students consolidate their learning. Hope that helps…

Don’t forget, during the run up to the exams, if you need extra revision support from a private tutor here in Manchester or Cheshire, get in touch with our 1-2-1 Home Tutors’ team.