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101 fantastic activities for the summer 2016 school holidays
Join a summer school circus, go undercover as a pirate or get invited to the Queen's birthday party (yes, really) – we've got a whole host...
What is maths mastery?
What is the Asian 'maths mastery' approach?
Thousands of UK primary schools are to adopt a new way of teaching maths that’s popular in South Asia. We explain what the Asian "maths mastery...
Year 6 parent truths
30 things every Year 6 parent knows
Your child’s final year of primary school marks the end of an era. Here’s what every Year 6 parent learns during that emotional last year.
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Best art books for children
Help your child discover the world's great works of art with our pick of the best introductions to painting, sculpture, art installations and...
What is a home education group?
What is a home education group?
Looking for support with home education? With hundreds of home ed groups around the country, there’s no need to feel like you’re on your own
Best maths activity books for kids
Best maths books for kids
Crack codes, learn maths tricks, unlock the secrets of nature (hint: they're mathematical!), marvel at number facts and learn to build a...
Child with mobile phone
Does your primary school child need a mobile phone?
‘Everyone else’ might have one, but does your primary-school child need a phone of their own, and how can you make sure they’re using it responsibly?
EYFS profile and Reception assessment explained
What is the Early Years Foundation Stage profile?
It’s a key part of your Reception child’s end-of-year report, but what does the EYFS profile actually involve?
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Could speech rhythm training help your child learn to read?
You’ve heard about phonics, but what is speech rhythm training and how could it give your child’s reading a head start?
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Family learning adventures in July 2016
Go to the beach in the heart of the city, play in a flower bower, share your love of books, have a green weekend and watch a medieval tournament with...
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You know it's the end of the summer term when...
With just weeks until the end of term, we run through the truths every primary-school parent knows about the imminent end of the academic year.
What is forest school?
What is forest school?
Taking children out of the classroom and into the great outdoors, forest school is growing in popularity – but what does it actually involve?
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Museums reviewed by parents: National Space Centre
The National Space Centre is a day out that the whole family will enjoy; it’s a fun, interactive and accessible way to learn about the universe we...
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Home educating a child with special educational needs
If school life isn't suiting your child with SEN, home educating could be a viable prospect – but is it right for you?
Primary-school children
Helping your daughter cope with periods at primary school
With children going through puberty earlier than in previous generations, how can you support your primary-school child when she starts her periods?
Common home education concerns sorted
Are you cut out to home educate?
So you're thinking about home educating your child but aren't sure whether you're up to the job. We address some of the most common...
Boost your confidence with home education
How to boost your confidence with home education
Being solely responsible for your child's education can feel like a heavy burden at times. We have tips for putting yourself back in the home-...
Mum and child studying
How to track your home-educated child's progress
One of the principles of home education is that a child can learn at their own rate, but how you do make sure they're actually making progress?
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26 fantastic activities for the May 2016 half term holidays
Go back in time and come face to face with Florence Nightingale, take a trip to India to meet some rare big cats and get under the skin of some of...
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Family learning adventures in June 2016
Expect some seriously stunning science, terrifically tall tree climbing and even medieval Minecraft mayhem thanks to our pick of five of the best kid...
What is growth mindset?
What is growth mindset?
It’s a huge trend in education in the US, and now it’s becoming a big deal here. We take a look at what growth mindset means for your child.
What is an education welfare officer?
What is an Education Welfare Officer?
If there are concerns about your child’s school attendance, you might be referred to an Education Welfare Officer. We explain their role.
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6 ways to make science fun for kids
Science may be one of the most hands-on subjects at school, but making it accessible isn’t always easy. We asked the experts how to channel your...
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Talking to your child about politics
With the EU referendum and US presidential elections fast approaching, there’s never been a better time to start developing your child’s interest in...
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How to build your child's independence
Do you feel like you’re constantly nagging your child to get things done? Helping them develop their independent streak could help to break the trap.
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Expanding your child’s reading tastes
Is your child stuck in a reading rut? Lucy Dimbylow takes a look at how to encourage them to test the water with different styles and genres of...
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'Help! My child hasn't been offered a school place!'
Every year, a number of parents face the nightmare of not being offered a Reception place for their child in any local school. We explain what to do...
Children learning through singing
Best learning songs
Could songs and music help your child learn and remember English, maths and science facts? We pick our favourite learning songs, covering everything...
Child learning to write at home
The legalities of home education in the UK
Here’s our plain-English guide to the law surrounding home education in the UK – it’s not as complicated as you might think!
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Getting started with home education: your step-by-step guide
Beginning to home educate your child is a big leap into the unknown, so how do you actually get the ball rolling? We explain how the process works in...

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