Why a girls’ grammar school might be the best choice for a boy
Jul22

Why a girls’ grammar school might be the best choice for a boy

It’s been over a year since my son left the girls’ grammar school where he had studied for two years. He walked in there with 6 Bs and 3 Cs at GCSE, slightly lower than he had expected/ hoped to get. He walked out of there with an A and 2 Bs at A Level – higher than he could have hoped for in his wildest dreams. Need I even say any more about why a girls’ grammar school might be the best choice for a boy? But I...

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Planning your teenager’s future with MyTutor #ad
May19

Planning your teenager’s future with MyTutor #ad

In return for an honest review of MyTutor, I have received payment for this post and my son has received an hour-long session with a MyTutor tutor.  The teenage years are a minefield. Not only are they juggling hormones and friendships, they also need to be thinking about their futures. Planning for the future starts pretty early – in year 9 (or even year 8 in some schools) – when they take their GCSE options. Things get...

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2019: That was the year that was
Dec30

2019: That was the year that was

2019 was another busy year for us. Isn’t every year busy when you have kids? This is our 2019… January started with a double parkrun on New Year’s Day for the first time. It’s a bit of a tradition in the parkrun community, but it’s the first time we’ve done it. It won’t be the last. A few days later, my car went into the garage for repairs, following a small accident my son had had in...

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How to get a teenager to do their homework
Oct14

How to get a teenager to do their homework

If you’ve come here looking for answers, I’m afraid you’ve come to the wrong place. I am firmly of the view that you CAN’T get your teenager to do their homework. Not if they are a certain type of personality. No doubt there are a few very strict families out there who rule their kids by fear – and have done from very small – who can’t get their teenagers to do their homework. But we are not...

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The A Level results
Aug19

The A Level results

So my 18 year old son has only gone and smashed it with his A Levels. Lots of kids will have done. But for my son, these results really were against all odds. To talk to my son, he comes across as a very bright boy. He has a wide knowledge and interest in things like current affairs and politics. In many ways, he comes across as way older than his years. But he has never been good at schoolwork. He won’t mind me telling you that...

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