A Parent’s Guide to the New GCSE 9-1 Grade Changes

So – at last! On 28th March 2017 (two days ago), the Education Secretary Justine Greening sent a letter to the chairman on the Education Select Committee to clarify on the worth/equivalency of Grades 1 – 9, against the old grading system of A* - G.

I’m Attending BBC’s Education Question Time

I’m looking forward to attending ‘Education Question Time’ tomorrow evening at Brunel University, London. The debate is to be chaired by journalist and broadcaster Victoria Derbyshire and a panel of experts. It promises to be a very lively debate! I will be writing a follow-up report on events and the general feeling from being part of this.

All You Need To Know About the 30 Hours ‘Free’ Childcare Funding, Childcare Tax Credits, Tax-Free Childcare, Childcare Vouchers and You.

In last week’s budget the Chancellor, Phillip Hammond, confirmed two major childcare changes which directly affect parents and families - the increase to 30hrs free nursery provision for 3 & 4 year olds, and the new Tax-Free Childcare scheme (this is especially good if you're self-employed). Below are some facts to show you who is… Continue reading All You Need To Know About the 30 Hours ‘Free’ Childcare Funding, Childcare Tax Credits, Tax-Free Childcare, Childcare Vouchers and You.

Let David Attenborough Teach Your Child …

I know that we are all trying to cut down on, and limit, our children's screen time. However, if we make sure that any screen time we give our children is quality time, there is less chance of hindering child development and a good chance that children will be learning and actively engaging in a positive manner ...

Education -How You Can Write a Letter of Complaint to the PM

Education is in crisis. Not everywhere – there is fantastic, life-changing stuff being done out there. But as a whole. A crisis in funding, a crisis in teaching, a crisis in the behaviour, in the emotional well-being of many children, which is not being supported. I could go on – but let’s face facts. It’s a crisis point. Colin Harris and so very many others are showing us that. So, we can moan and complain at the school gate, at the PTA … We could sit on our bums and say “Well, what can I do …?” Here’s one thing you might do.

Are We There Yet? Are We There Yet..?

How to Make the Best of Long Journeys With Your child. As an expat of many years, I lost track of the many times I travelled by air, as a lone parent with two young children, a baby and a toddler. Long 7 hour flights where I could see people looking at us, often scowling, as we got on the plane and thinking “Please don’t sit near me” - then watching their relief turn into a smile as I walked past them!

Positive Parenting – Why Engage with Nature? (Part 1)

Having recently attended a couple of seminars discussing the benefits of outdoor play it is worrying to note that in recent years, childhood has undergone a massive shift – it has moved indoors for screen time, as opposed to outdoors for play time. This has had many negative health consequences for children which are only now coming into view.