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What is mystery text?
What is mystery text?
Mystery text explained for parents, including examples of how children might work on crime stories in KS2 and suggestions of great mystery story...
Eyesight health checks
What are school entry health checks?
Soon after starting school your child’s weight, height, vision and hearing will be tested, but what do these checks actually involve?
Handwriting and learning
How handwriting helps your child’s learning
Handwriting may seem an out-dated skill, but it can give your child’s learning a boost in almost every area. We explain how learning to write...
Sharks at the National Marine Aquarium
26 fantastic activities for the May 2015 half term holidays
Take a trip down the rabbit hole this half term with our selection of 26 weird and wonderful adventures for you and your children – learn about...
Dover Castle © English Heritage
Museums reviewed by parents: Dover Castle
Travel back in time to meet medieval monarchs, wander through winding, eerie 13th century underground defences and explore the Secret Wartime Tunnels...
Mum and child looking at a computer
Is your child addicted to video games?
How do you know if your child’s passion for gaming is getting out of control? We explain how to spot the signs and beat the obsession.
Kent 11+ parents' tips
How to succeed in the Kent 11+
Kent has more grammar schools than any other area, so how can you give your child the best chances of gaining a place?
Medway 11+ tips for parents
Top tips for the Medway 11+
What are the secrets of success in the Medway grammar schools’ entrance test? We asked tutor Anita Clemens for her insider advice.
Maths learning in EYFS and KS1
Early maths skills: how your child learns about number
Counting may seem as easy as one-two-three to us, but it’s a tricky skill for your child to learn. We explain the stages of getting to grips with...
© Arundel Castle
Museums reviewed by parents: Arundel Castle
Pretend to be a knight for the day at one of Britain’s most historic castles. Arundel Castle boasts fairytale towers and rooms full of suits of...
Florence Nightingale Museum
Museums reviewed by parents: Florence Nightingale Museum
Immerse yourself in the life and times of Britain's most famous nurse and find out how her influence still resonates in medicine today. Florence...
© National Maritime Museum Greenwich
Museums reviewed by parents: National Maritime Museum
The world's largest maritime museum is packed to the gunwales with intriguing objects, fascinating galleries and hands-on exploration...
STEM girls
Science, technology, engineering and maths for girls
As STEM industries consider how to combat a future skills shortage, could your daughter one day become an expert in the field?
© Cutty Sark Greenwich
Museums reviewed by parents: Cutty Sark
Climb aboard the world's sole-surviving tea clipper for a voyage across the seas of time, experiencing the life of the 19th century crew. Our...
Thackray Medical Museum
Museums reviewed by parents: Thackray Medical Museum
Explore past (and future!) medical treatments and procedures, get a glimpse of life in Victorian England, get hands-on with oversized body parts and...
Children learning in the classroom
Sex and relationships education: what your child learns
Sex education teaching varies hugely from school to school. We explain what goes on in primary school SRE lessons.
Children at Warwick Castle
Museums reviewed by parents: Warwick Castle
Take a trip back through the last eleven centuries to Warwick Castle, the site of a Saxon fortification, a wooden motte and bailey constructed in...
Titanic Belfast
Museums reviewed by parents: Titanic Belfast
Titanic Belfast uses special effects, rides, reconstructions and interactive features to explore the Titanic story. We find out what the world's...
W5 Belfast
Museums reviewed by parents: W5, Belfast
Planning a family day out? Our favourite museums make learning effortless and fun (for adults as well as children). For hands-on science for all ages...
Equal preference explained
What is the equal preference system?
How do schools take your rankings into account when you apply for a place? We explain how equal preference works.
HMS Belfast Family Day © IWM
101 fantastic activities for the Easter 2015 school holidays
It's time to expand your horizons, so join the crew of the HMS Adventure, go skylark spotting, become a Minecraft master, watch pig racing or go...
What are phonics phases?
Phonics phases explained
How does your child master phonics, from learning letter sounds to reading fluently? We explain the phases they may follow in the primary-school...
Best counting books for children
Best counting books for children
Counting and sequencing numbers correctly is a big part of early maths. We've picked some brilliant mathematical story books to help support...
What is a grammar school?
What is a grammar school?
What could a grammar school offer your child, and how does the application process work? We explain in our grammar school guide for primary-school...
Supporting your gifted child
10 ways to boost a gifted child's confidence
Being academically gifted can put a strain on your child’s emotional wellbeing, so how can you spot if they’re struggling and build their self-esteem?
Individual healthcare plans explained
Individual healthcare plans explained for parents
Individual healthcare plans are designed to keep children with medical conditions safe, well and involved at school. We explain how these important...
Making a school complaint
Making a complaint about your child’s school
Who should you approach if you’re unhappy with something that has happened at school, and what if they don’t take you seriously? We explain how to...
Choosing an 11+ tutor
Choosing an 11+ tutor
Every parent wants their child to have the best chance of 11+ success, and choosing the right tutor could be the key. We explain how to find the best...
Sea Life Brighton Credit Julia Claxton
Museums reviewed by parents: SEA LIFE Brighton
Watch sharks and turtles swim over your head, touch a starfish, come face-to-face with a ray and count terrapins as they walk through a rainforest...
Child reading
Best kids' picture books about difficult subjects
From sharing and the democratic process to divorce and bereavement, these picture books all tackle tricky subjects with warmth, humour and...