Applying for medicine at university
Apr26

Applying for medicine at university

If you have a child in year 11 or 12 (or even younger) thinking of applying for medicine (a medical degree) at university, there is a lot to consider. My own son has recently been offered a place and will be starting his course in September. We learned a lot along the way with the application process and I thought it would be useful to share that. Applying for medicine isn’t like applying for other degrees. There are more...

Read More
Apprenticeships: A realistic alternative to university
Apr29

Apprenticeships: A realistic alternative to university

If you’ve got a child in year 12, you’re probably both thinking about the next stage about now. Let’s be honest, having a child in education is always about the next stage – if your child is in year 5 or 6, it’s all about secondary school. Then from year 9 onwards it’s non-stop – options, GCSEs, A Levels and leaving school… Every choice is tinged with the big question of careers. Are...

Read More
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...

Read More
My university days
Oct16

My university days

I saw a post on Instagram recently by my friend Helen aka Actually Mummy about university and it struck a huge chord. University days are the best days of your life, right? Not for me they weren’t. I didn’t know much about university. None of my family went there. Most of what I knew came from a friend whose parents had both gone there and met their friends for life there. My friend knew for certain that she would meet her...

Read More
‘When’s my rugby tour?’
Apr15

‘When’s my rugby tour?’

Next summer, just after his GCSEs, my younger son is going on a rugby tour with school. The rugby tour will be a brilliant, life-changing experience. He will play rugby, of course, but will also experience different cultures. He will be staying in both hotels and with local families. He will get to do some charity work and see some incredible wildlife. It’s the kind of experience he will remember for the rest of his life....

Read More