About us

TheSchoolRun is the website for primary-school parents who want to help their children with their education and make sure they stay healthy, have fun and get the best possible start in life.

From KS2 SATs past papers to the best ways to learn times tables and prepare for the weekly spelling test, we cover every aspect of your child's time at primary school and offer information, advice, a community of like-minded parents and thousands of worksheets and activities to boost your child's confidence in English, maths and science. Not sure what a number square is? Foxed by homework about embedded clauses? We explain primary school terminology, teachers' expectations and how to use chunking to divide – because we've experienced what it's like to feel clueless about what your child is learning and wanted parent-friendly guidance.

TheSchoolRun is owned and run by a small team of mums all working from home. This means all your queries will be answered personally – nothing is filtered through an enormous and anonymous customer service team – and we aim to respond via email within 24 hours (at 1am sometimes!) but unfortunately we can't offer a fully-staffed phoneline, so please bear with us. Some of us have worked together for many years (Dani, Elena and Romiley used to work for parenting magazines). Our customer service team (Phillipa, Lulu and Jackie) are friends who we've known for a long time and were looking for family-friendly work to fit in with the (real-life) school run. And our lovely Forum moderators (Jane, Sarah and Ursh) met through online parenting communities before joining TheSchoolRun team as moderators in 2009.

Our resources are written for us by experienced primary school teachers and edited and designed to offer children fun (but educationally-sound) games and activities to help support their learning at home.

Between us we have 30 kids, ranging in age from 2 to 22. And we live all over the country, from Yorkshire to Kent!

If you have kids who are gifted and talented or have special educational needs, or if you're simply looking for ways to make sure your children achieve their full potential and enjoy their time at school, we aim to help you negotiate the education maze.

Find out what we offer registered and subscribed users, read the answers to our Frequently Asked Questions or email us – we'd love to hear from you.

Our users and subscribers say...

"We turned the television off last week thanks to something I read on TheSchoolRun – we did lots more as a family and no-one even asked for the TV!"
Kimberley Lunn, TheSchoolRun reader

"It has inspired me to take control of my child's development instead of leaving it to the education system and has brought me closer to my youngest child through participation in joint activities."
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Meet TheSchoolRun team

Dani Zur – Director and mum to Alex, 18, Jonah, 15, and Eva, 9

What was your favourite subject at primary school?
Creative writing – I loved making up stories.
Sports Day – loved it or loathed it?
I loved it, though I was rubbish at it. Always last in the Egg & Spoon and no-one ever wanted to be my partner in the three-legged race.
Most embarrassing memory of primary school?
I got put over the teacher’s knee and smacked (yes, I went to primary school a long time ago!) for getting paint on Tracey Hall’s shirt. I was particularly aggrieved because it was my birthday.
Packed lunch or school dinners?
School dinners. Favourite memory is the Dinner Lady insisting that I could sit at the table all afternoon till I finished my cabbage, and my response – throwing up on her shoes!
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to work for Jackie magazine.

Elena Dalrymple – Editorial Director and mum to Kate, 11, Tom, 8, and Emily, 4

Who was your favourite teacher (and why)?
Miss Dean – incredibly inspirational and passionate about words and books. I can still remember confessing to her that I really wanted to write a book (something I definitely don't want to do now!) and her encouragement.
Sports Day ––– loved it or loathed it?
Absolutely loathed it – my worst day of the school year. (School swimming lessons came a very close second. The PE teacher had to jump in and rescue me once.)
What's your most embarrassing memory of primary school?
Apparently my Reception teacher left the classroom for a moment and came back to find me, aged 4, keeping the other children in check by 'reading' to them, having shepherded them onto the carpet and instructed them to be quiet. My mum loves telling this story as proof that I've always been bossy!
Are you still in touch with primary school friends?
I met Isabel aged 3 and we still see each other regularly; we've got five kids between us now.

Phillipa Chamberlain – Customer Services and mum to Macy, 13, Kira, 11, and Lucas, 8

What was your favourite subject at primary school? 
My favourite subjects (can I have two?) were Music and Art – I’ve always loved doing anything creative.
What's your best memory of primary school? 
Playtime! Running about in the playground with all my friends and doing handstands and cartwheels on the school field.
Sports Day – loved it or loathed it?
The build-up to Sports Day always made me feel sick with nerves, but once it was happening I loved it. I always believed (incorrectly!) I’d won every one of my races.
What's your most embarrassing memory of primary school? 
In Reception, putting my hand up and being chosen to write 'dog' on the blackboard, and getting it wrong.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
A nurse and a ballet teacher. All my dolls had “operations” in blue biro, and my friends were regularly subjected to “dance classes” with me as the teacher.

Louise Lester – Customer Services and mum to Oliver, 12, and Tamzin and Alexander, 10

What was your favourite subject at primary school?  
Maths because there was always an answer.
Sports Day – loved it or loathed it?
Loathed. I was always cold and could never understand why I was only allowed to wear a T-shirt and big sports knickers!
What's your most embarrassing memory of primary school?    
Delaying my whole class exiting during a fire drill as I wanted to tidy up first and put everything away neatly and tidily!
Packed lunch or school dinners?
Packed. I had a sandwich, a pot of cottage cheese, a tomato, a chunk of cucumber, a yoghurt, an apple and a banana every single day for over 10 years!
What did you want to be when you grew up?
A maths teacher who starred in Annie at the weekends!

Jackie Raven – Competitions and mum to Hannah, 15, and Sam, 14

Do you remember your very first day of school?
Yes. On my first day in Reception I was in awe at all the books on display, a feeling I still get when I walk into Waterstones! (Last time I not only brought some books, but some Janet and John note paper!)
Who was your favourite teacher (and why)?
The teacher I remember most was Mrs Gillingham, who made us recite our times tables – something I am most grateful for now, although at the time it was a dreadful chore.
Most embarrassing moment in primary school?
I was always the little girl with plasters on my knees from falling over when playing Bulldog or Tag, upset at scuffing my Mary Jane shoes, which of course came from Clarks. I use to hate putting my feet into a rectangular metal machine that was used to measure your feet; all four sides moved in and I always believed it would crush my  tootsies!
Packed lunch or school dinners?
I still remember the school dinners, served from big tin pots, and the semolina pudding with a spoonful of strawberry jam in it.
Are you still in touch with primary school friends?
My best friend from primary school is godmother to my daughter.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
A nurse – might have had something to do with the number of plasters I went through!

Romiley Whitworth – Advertising Manager and mum to Niamh, 8, and Erin, 5

What was your favourite subject at primary school?
Music – I loved anything to do with music, I was in the choir, recorder group, guitar club and anything else remotely musical!
Sports day, loved it or loathed it?
Loved it!  I remember having such good fun, even though I was completely uncoordinated at the three-legged race!
Most embarrassing memory of primary school?
I can’t think – must have saved all the embarrassing moments for later in life, because there have been plenty since!
Packed lunch or school dinners? 
School dinners. I still have fond memories of school custard, skin and all – yum!
What did you want to be when you grew up? 
A pop star of course!

Fiona Flintham – Marketing Manager and mum to Harry, 8, and Fred, 4

What was your favourite subject at primary school?
Sport, netball especially.
Sports Day – loved it or loathed it?
I loved it, much better than sitting down inside. I was fiercely competitive and desperate to beat Susan Barnard (sporty, pretty, clever and popular) in all races.
Most embarrassing memory of primary school?
Turning up to a birthday party trip at the zoo in grey marl joggers, rather than the pink cropped jeans all the other girls had on. 
Packed lunch or school dinners?
School dinners. loved them. Loved packed lunch too - in fact I loved food full stop, my mum said I must have hollow legs.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
An engineer! I soon amended that ambition thankfully.

Lucy Dimbylow – Social media Manager and mum to Tom, 8, and Katie, 3

What was your favourite subject at primary school?
I loved topic work rather than any particular subject, and have fond memories of making rain gauges, ice lollies and balsa wood vehicles with real working lights.
What's your best memory of primary school?
Endless summer playtimes doing roly-polies down the hill on the playing field, sitting under the hawthorn bushes collecting caterpillars and learning to balance on the back of the life-size concrete dragon that lived in our school playground.
Sports Day – loved it or loathed it?
I hated PE but loved Sports Day. We used to do an amazing obstacle course which involved carrying a plastic cup of orange squash across a variety of apparatus – and we got to drink anything that was left at the end.
What's your most embarrassing memory of primary school?
Accidentally knocking over an enormous framed print in the headmaster’s office during recorder club. It came crashing down, smashing the glass and the beautiful wooden model carousel that it landed on. I was made to clear up the wreckage as a punishment, but never did pluck up the courage to tell my teacher why I was so late back to class.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I changed my mind on a weekly basis, but it was all very girlie – teacher, vet, nurse, ballerina…

Meet the teachers who create all our educational resources.