Category Archives: Parenting

School Homework: the quick pros and cons

“With homework, school prepares students for overtime. With reports, it prepares them for payday.” ― Mokokoma Mokhonoana Homework: here’s a subject that causes as much upset for educators as it does for parents and students. Does homework work? How should it … Continue reading

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Year 6 Key Stage 2 SATs Are Changing: Here’s What Parents Need To Know

How are Year 6 SATs Changing? The Year 6 KS2 SATs will be administered in the week commencing 9 May 2016. In Summer 2016, children in year 6 will take new SATs test which will no longer produce a level … Continue reading

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Homework and Confidence Building

Following an article in the Sydney Daily Telegraph about homework, here are a few reasons why Kip McGrath homework really works and a few ideas about how to maximise the rewards of homework and how it can help build confidence for students. The … Continue reading

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Confidence: which is better, a guideline or a tightrope?

I pinned this photo of a painting on my Parents board on Pinterest yesterday. A mother, with the best of intentions, is laying out a guide for her daughter to follow. The daughter dutifully walks the line. Both of them … Continue reading

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Dyslexia Advice and Links in Families Leeds Magazine

Families Leeds is a great magazine for parents of Primary age children in the Leeds area. I distribute it at my Kip McGrath tuition centre in Adel LS16 and recommend it to many of my parents. It is full of ideas … Continue reading

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Advice for a pre Teen Daughter

I love this piece by Caitlin Moran in The Times. She has taken a format which has been done already but remade it with love and funniness. My daughter is 13 in January and the adventure is just getting better. … Continue reading

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10 Things to Stop Saying to Your Child via Lifehacker

Here is an excellent reminder from the ever excellent Lifehacker organisation. Child Psychology is different from adult psychology and children see the world in much more black and white terms. Even if you disagree with the effectiveness of these techniques … Continue reading

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