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Is homework a battlezone?

Monday, January 12th, 2015

Sometimes it can feel like it! Especially this time of year with Christmas hols throwing routines out the window. For some of you, the homework battle might be all year round – the cause of many an argument or tantrum. Rather than let this negative situation continue, here are some useful tips to help: 1. […]

‘Tis the season … for revision

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Tra la la la la la la la la. As the term winds down and festivities gain pace, it can be hard for children to manage revision during this jolly season! With mock exams often before or just after Christmas, and some entrance exams in January, how can children avoid exam panic and still enjoy […]

Tutoring and education news

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Here’s a round up of what’s happening in the world of education and tutoring… Did you know you can get a ‘placement consultant’ to help get your child into the ‘right school’. A kind of head hunter for 8 year olds! Four and five year olds will be tested on literacy and reasoning from 2016 […]

Too old to learn?

Monday, January 27th, 2014

If you left school early, are out of work, want to retrain for a new job or just need something new and exciting in your life then tutoring could be for you. You might be wondering if tutoring would be the right thing for you, you might be a bit scared about taking the first […]

Is tutoring too tiring?

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Over the last few months there have been lots of reports that tutoring can be damaging to children. Just this month one headmaster said private tutoring overloads children with work and makes them too tired. If you’re thinking about hiring a private tutor how do you ensure it’s a positive experience that benefits your child? […]

Shhh – don’t talk about your tutor!

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Do you use a private tutor for your children? Have you been tutored yourself? Do you talk to other parents about it or do you keep it private? This month Harry Wallop discussed tutoring  – and how tutors now outnumber those who work in the NHS, solicitors or teachers. His view was that tutoring is […]

Starting school at 2

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

How did you feel the day you took your child to school aged 4 or 5? Do you remember your own first day? How would you have felt taking a much younger child to the school gates? This month Baroness Sally Morgan, chairwoman of Ofsted suggested that two year olds from disadvantaged families should start […]

Literacy and maths in the UK – are we failing our children?

Friday, October 25th, 2013

This month the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released the results of a large study measuring the literacy and numeracy skills of 16 to 24-year-olds  across the world. The results for England were shocking – 22nd for literacy and 21st for numeracy out of 24 countries in the study. The study involved testing […]

Round up on education and tutoring news

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

We’d just like to say good luck to everyone who is getting their GCSE results today – do call us if you need any help or support. We post lots of interesting education soundbites on facebook – here’s a round up of what we’ve been reading in the last week. The Economist discusses ways tutoring […]

Fractions for five year olds

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

In the last few weeks there has been a lot of press coverage about imminent changes to the national curriculum, aimed at raising standards within education. One of the most significant changes at primary level will be the introduction of the computing curriculum, which will see five year olds creating computer programmes rather than learning […]