The grammar school test – how did it go?
Sep15

The grammar school test – how did it go?

I’ll be honest, I was a little nervous about my daughter sitting the grammar school entrance exam. I think most parents are. It wasn’t about the questions. What would be would be on that front. If they were too hard and she wasn’t able to answer them, that would be a fair assessment of her abilities and she wouldn’t be good enough for grammar school. But she had worked hard in the run-up to the test, doing some...

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Project 366 Week 36
Sep10

Project 366 Week 36

It’s been a busy week with school, work and getting our new downstairs toilet put in. Here’s our week in pictures… Day 248 – Sunday 4th September – the day got off to a bad start, with a phone call from my husband to say he’d had a bike crash. He’s bruised and bloody, but he’s basically OK. Thank goodness! Day 249 – Monday 5th September – my eldest and my daughter went back...

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Grammar school test – ups and downs
Aug30

Grammar school test – ups and downs

It’s just a few weeks until my daughter sits her grammar school entrance exam/ 11+/ whatever you want to call it. I suspect I’ve written about it less than I did for my son, who sat it two years ago. It’s no less important than it was for my son but, like many things in the parenting journey, there’s an element of having been there before, so it doesn’t feel like I need to write about it so much. But of...

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Keeping up at school with Education Quizzes
Apr15

Keeping up at school with Education Quizzes

With the national curriculum changing, and becoming increasingly demanding, many parents are keen to do whatever they can to support their children’s education at home. But what to do? Spend money on textbooks that get boring and are quickly ditched? Online educational quizzes are becoming more and more popular as a way of supporting children’s education – and they don’t seem like hard work, because...

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The secondary transfer juggernaut
Oct21

The secondary transfer juggernaut

It is only a few weeks since the new batch of eager (and not so eager) year 7s, my own son included, started at secondary school. Do the schools breathe a sigh of relief and forget all about admissions for a few months? No, they don’t! Because the secondary transfer juggernaut keeps on rolling all year round. For those of you not familiar with the secondary transfer process, it goes something like this: September/ October...

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