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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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What to say and what not to say to students

In response to the BBC article on what not to say to exam stressed teens, here’s a few personal and unresearched notes on what might work. Any further ideas gratefully received! Want a cuppa? Support is what is needed. Not … 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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Who are the unseen children?

Michael Wilshaw, Chief Inspector of Schools, is in many of the papers today because of a report Ofsted have produced discussing the educational welfare of “unseen” students. Who are these ‘unseen children’? Are they unseen because they are poor? There … Continue reading

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