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 final school football match of the season
Mar19

The final school football match of the season

Just two months after the first school football match, my son’s first season of secondary school football is over. After that first loss, there was another loss and a draw before the first win – of 5-2. There were two more losses and two more wins, with my son scoring in pretty much every game. The penultimate game of the season was against a comprehensive with a large catchment and a number of players already training...

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The GCSE options
Feb13

The GCSE options

The time has come for my younger son to take his GCSE options. Since my eldest did his options three years ago, a lot has changed. When my eldest did his GCSEs, only maths and English were on the new 9 to 1 gradings. By the time my younger son takes his exams in two and a bit years, it will be the third year with all subjects graded 9 to 1. At my son’s school, there are six core subjects which everyone has to do, which is...

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First school football match
Jan30

First school football match

At my son’s school, they don’t start playing football until Year 9. I don’t know if that’s something unique to his school, to grammar schools or to schools in this area. The word on the street in Years 7 and 8 was that you had to choose either football or rugby in Year 9. That would have been a tough choice for my son, but he would have opted to stick with rugby at school and football with his club. Luckily,...

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Starting to shine again
Jan16

Starting to shine again

My younger son is a highly intelligent boy. He goes to a very selective grammar school, full of highly intelligent boys and girls. Yet, for the first 18 months there, he continued to shine. Even in that environment full of very clever kids, he still stood out. But somewhere around the middle of Year 8, he started to slack a bit. He wasn’t doing as much homework. And the homework he did do, he tended to do late on a Sunday night....

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