The apprenticeship
May30

The apprenticeship

My son has never wanted to go to university and I totally respect that decision. University isn’t for everyone. Even for some ‘clever’ kids, it just isn’t right. My son is bright enough, but not so bright that he can sail through without putting the work in. And he really dislikes putting the work in. I think we all know that he would go to university and come out with nothing. We might as well just save...

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Leaving school
May20

Leaving school

So my eldest has left school. Not finished primary school. Not finished for his GCSEs. He has LEFT SCHOOL. Finished year 13. It’s a weird feeling. Where did those 14 years go to? How did that tiny boy, who had just turned 4, grow up into this big boy who is old enough to leave school? It’s a weird feeling to see the first of your babies leave school. 14 years is a very long time. It’s nearly a third of my life (and...

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The leavers’ hoodie tradition
Mar06

The leavers’ hoodie tradition

We’re now into the second half of the school year and GCSEs and A Levels are getting ever closer. I can’t believe that my own son will actually be leaving school for good soon. Although it does seem a long time since he started, the 14 years from tiny boy to very nearly adult have gone pretty quickly. When he leaves school, I really hope he will actually get his leavers’ hoodie this time. In fact, I will pay for his...

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Project 365 2017 Weeks 29 & 30
Jul29

Project 365 2017 Weeks 29 & 30

It’s been a busy couple of weeks – my daughter’s last week at primary school, the start of the school holidays and an awful lot of packing and unpacking. Here’s our fortnight in pictures… Day 197 – Sunday 16th July – my family returned from their camping trip. I’d really missed them. The house feels too big and quiet without them. I’d done a lot of cleaning and tidying while they...

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How to organise a Year 6 leavers’ event
Jul27

How to organise a Year 6 leavers’ event

Leaving primary school is a big rite of passage. Most schools will go to a lot of effort to mark this for the kids – with a school residential, a party, a leavers’ play and a leavers’ assembly, for example. But many parents and families want to mark it in their own way and organise their own Year 6 leavers’ event. If done well, these can be really memorable and special, but they need a bit of work. Here’s...

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