Reflections on year 12 and year 10
Jul27

Reflections on year 12 and year 10

Another school year is over and my kids have reached the end of year 12 and year 10. It’s been a big year for both of them – the start of A Level courses for my son and the start of GCSE courses for my daughter. I know we all say it every year, but I can’t believe how quickly the year has flown by. I also can’t believe how old my kids are getting! Another year and my son will have left school. It has also been,...

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Back to school, back to normal?
Sep24

Back to school, back to normal?

It’s already been three weeks since my kids went back to school. Although they were looking forward to a bit of normality after six months at home, going back to school hasn’t really been going back to normal. Initially they were very underwhelmed by their return. As my son said, ‘It’s school, but without the fun bits’. And school without the fun bits isn’t much fun at all. And it certainly...

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Doing GCSE PE
Nov25

Doing GCSE PE

If you have a child who is good at sport and loves it, GCSE PE is a fantastic thing to study. But they really do need to be good at a number of sports. My son is considered to be one of the top sportsmen in his year at school. He is a real all-rounder when it comes to sport, so GCSE PE is perfect for him. It isn’t all practical sports lessons. The majority of lessons (I think 60% of them) are theory lessons. GCSE practical...

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My biggest teenage parenting struggle
Mar26

My biggest teenage parenting struggle

I’m nearly five years into parenting teenagers. I now have three teenagers – one of them nearly an adult, one who is 15 and a half and one who is just 13. I’ll be honest, I’ve been pretty lucky with them. Yes, they can be stubborn sods. They argue with each other too much. They’re a nightmare to get out of bed. They go to bed too late and one of them is very, very untidy. BUT they don’t argue with...

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Adjusting to year 10
Nov05

Adjusting to year 10

I don’t remember year 10 being a particularly big step up for my eldest (probably because he never did much work, whatever year he was in), but it took my younger son by surprise. Suddenly, with the start of GCSEs, things got serious. And it all started with art… When he got in the car after his first art lesson, carrying a large sketch book, he was buzzing. ‘Art is going to be really full-on… ‘ Anyone...

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