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What is a learning log?
What is a learning log?
Learning logs are growing in popularity in primary schools, giving children more control over their learning. We take a look at what's involved.
Child and mother speaking to doctor
What is CAMHS?
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services provide help for young people suffering a range of difficulties. We take a look at how they could help...
School waiting lists explained
School waiting lists explained
Missed out on a place at the school of your choice? Joining the waiting list could keep the door open for your child.
Best books about geography for kids
Best geography books for children
From natural landscapes to human habitats and cultures, each of these books about our world introduces kids to the diversity, complexity and beauty...
What is a programming language?
What is a programming language?
Children are introduced to simple programming languages as early as KS1. Understand how your child will start to use drag-and-drop programming like...
What are procedures and functions?
What are procedures and functions?
Brilliant primary-school programmers are introduced to procedures and functions in Year 5 and Year 6. TheSchoolRun's Billy Rebecchi explains...
What is computational logic?
What is computational logic?
Thanks to computational logic, or computational thinking, we can work step-by-step to understand a problem and develop a solution. Children are first...
What is a variable?
What is a variable in computing?
Find out how variables are used in computing and how they are introduced in the KS2 classroom in our parents' guide to variables.
Positive screen time
9 screen time activities you don’t need to feel guilty about
Not all screen time is bad for your child. We’ve rounded up nine great activities that’ll help them make the most of their laptop, tablet or phone.
What are hardware, software and Operating Systems?
What are hardware, software and Operating Systems?
Hardware (the physical parts of a computer), software (the programs that can be run on a computer) and the Operating System that allows software and...
What is abstraction?
What is abstraction in computing?
Abstraction is an important part of programming. Find out how children are introduced to this tricky concept in KS2 computing and how you can develop...
What are sequences?
What is a sequence in computing?
Understanding sequences is vital in computing. Our parents' guide explains how children learn about sequences in algorithms and programs in KS1...
What is debugging?
What is debugging?
The debugging cycle in computer programming explained by TheSchoolRun's Billy Rebecchi, with details of how children are taught to debug...
Secondary school children
The parents’ guide to secondary school: transition for SEN children
Children with additional needs can find moving on to secondary school extra difficult. We suggest ways to smooth the way.
What is a program?
What is a program?
Programming in the primary-school classroom: TheSchoolRun's Billy Rebecchi explains how children learn about programs in KS1 and KS2 and how...
What is an algorithm?
What is an algorithm?
Algorithms are a set of instructions to complete a task. We explain everything primary-school parents need to understand about algorithms, how they...
What is the National Funding Formula?
The National Funding Formula for schools explained
New plans to change how school budgets are allocated could see some schools gain, but others suffer. We explain the National Funding Formula in a...
Schoolboy studying in classroom
Helping your primary school child with exam stress
With increasing numbers of children suffering the effects of test anxiety, how can you help your child keep their nerves under control?
Child and teacher in the classroom
What is a special school?
If your child has special educational needs, a mainstream education may not be right for them. We take a look at how special schools could help.
Child and parent research on the computer
How to help your child develop research skills
Knowing how to use books and the internet for research is a vital skill for KS2 pupils. We explain how to help your primary-school child.
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Family learning adventures in March 2017
Explore science, find out about East End culture, get active and fundraise this March with our pick of five of the best family-friendly events...
Costume-making kit for parents
18 must-have costume-making supplies for World Book Day and beyond
Never again will you be caught out by a last-minute outfit request from your primary school child with these craft basics. Stock up today!
Family homework time
How to help a perfectionist child
We all want our kids to do well at school, but what if they’re setting themselves unrealistic standards? We take a look at the problem of...
What are irregular verbs?
What are irregular verbs?
Children learn to use irregular verbs naturally as they speak and write English, but will also understand more about them during their time at...
What are the commutative, associative and distributive property?
What are the commutative, associative and distributive property?
The commutative, associative and distributive properties or laws underpin algebra and are first introduced to children, in very broad terms, in the...
What are word families?
What are word families?
Understand more about how children are introduced to word families, made up of words that share a root word modified by different prefixes and...
What is a scholarship or bursary?
Applying for scholarships and bursaries
Considering a private school but worried about the fees? Financial assistance could help make the dream a reality. We explain everything primary-...
What is a breakfast club?
What is a breakfast club?
Providing a decent meal to start the day – and a reliable childcare solution – breakfast clubs are now available in most schools. We take a look at...
Space Trek crew at Eureka!
26 fantastic activities for the February 2017 half term holidays
Celebrate a bug-tastic birthday with Charles Darwin, bring your teddy on a bumper bear hunt or become a top puddle-jumping champion – you'll...
GCSEs explained for primary school parents
The parents' guide to secondary school: GCSE options
At the end of Key Stage 3, your child will be asked to choose their GCSE subjects. We take a look at how they select their options.

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