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Homeschooling support for autistic children
Supporting autistic children with homeschooling
Finding it hard to keep your autistic child on track with home learning? We asked the experts for their advice.
How to make home learning interactive
How to make home learning interactive
Is your child missing the hubbub of the classroom? We asked the experts how to help primary school children feel more connected when they're...
Live lessons: tips for parents
How to help your child make the most of live lessons
With lots of children now learning mostly on screen during school closures, read our advice on helping your primary school child get to grips with...
Teachers lockdown learning truths
14 things teachers want you to know about lockdown learning
Last-minute changes of plan, supporting children at home and in school, and battling tricky technology: here’s what it’s like to be a teacher in...
What is positive discipline?
What is Positive Discipline?
Could you shake up the way you deal with bad behaviour and make your family a calmer, happier place? Here's how to put a positive spin on how...
What is working memory?
What is working memory?
What role does short-term working memory play in children’s learning, and how can you help your child use it to their advantage? Steve Garnett,...
Best brain-training apps for kids
Best brain-training apps for kids
Help your child develop essential skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking and spatial awareness with these brilliant brain games.
How humour helps children learn
How humour helps children learn
Find out why making learning a laugh can help your child succeed at school and how humour helps children learn and grow through jokes, riddles, funny...
Develop your child's reading skills
11 ways to take your child's reading to the next level
Once you’ve encouraged your child's love of stories and boosted their confidence in their reading skills, it’s time to develop those strategies...
What is unschooling?
What is unschooling?
Ever fancied ditching school and letting your child learn through following their interests? The unschooled approach to home education could be right...
How to make online tutoring work for your child
How to make online tutoring work for your child
Is your child preparing for the 11+ or getting support with general studies? Two tutors share their advice on making the most of online tutoring.
Lockdown learning vs home education
Lockdown learning: why it’s not the same as home education
Are you feeling stressed about your ability to home educate while schools are closed? Here's why you shouldn't compare yourself with...
Best literacy home schooling resources
Best literacy home schooling resources
Whether your child is just learning to read and print letters or looking for ways to put their creative writing skills to the test, we've...
Teachers’ tips for lockdown learning
Teachers’ tips for learning during school disruptions
How are teachers keeping their children’s learning on track during this period of disrupted schooling? We asked them to share their tips.
Structured or flexible approaches to home learning
Structured or flexible? Two families’ approaches to home learning
Do you like to follow a fixed homeschooling timetable, or play it by ear? We asked two mums to share their routines.
Supporting a child with special educational needs during the coronavirus outbreak
Supporting a child with special educational needs during Covid-19 times
If your child with SEN is struggling with the constant changes to their daily routine, read our advice on helping them cope in these unsettling times.
How to create a home learning environment
How to create your child’s ‘classroom at home’
Top tips for setting up a home learning space that’ll help your child focus on their homework.
How to structure your day during coronavirus school disruption
How to structure your day during homeschooling
Teacher Jennifer Smith shares her advice on how to help your child learn and structure your day as schools are once again in lockdown due to the...
Learning during school closures and self-isolation
Helping your child learn during coronavirus school closures
The latest updates on how coronavirus could affect your child’s learning, plus advice on establishing work and study routines at home.
Supporting summer-born children at primary school
Supporting summer-born children at school
Your child’s birthdate could make a big difference to how they manage at primary school. We asked the experts about the potential impact, and how you...
Help your child learn to learn
Help your child learn to learn
Everybody learns differently, and many children struggle with traditional approaches to studying. Barbara Oakley and Terrence Sejnowski, authors of...
Fake news spotting for kids
How to help your child spot fake news
How good is your child at telling what’s true and what isn’t? We take a look at how to help them develop digital literacy and identifying "fake...
Benefits of board games for kids
13 ways playing board games benefits your child
Switch off the computer and get out a family board game – fun and learning guaranteed!
Sex and relationships education: parents' questions answered
Relationships and sex education: your FAQs answered
How is Relationships and Sex Education changing and why is it so controversial? We did a little digging and spoke to experts to help us debunk some...
Teaching kids about current affairs
Teaching kids about current affairs
How do we help children understand what's going on in the world in an age-appropriate way? We have top tips for helping them make sense of the...
Teachers' tips for homework
Teachers’ tricks for helping with homework
Fed up of fighting about homework? We asked the real experts – experienced teachers – how they help their own children with their home learning.
Homework help that works
Could helping your child with homework actually hinder their learning?
What are the right – and wrong – ways to help with homework? We take a look at how to offer the most effective sort of parental support.
Visual timetable for kids
What is a visual timetable?
Many children benefit from having a predictable routine in their lives. Visual timetables can help them in the classroom and at home.
Working at greater depth in primary school
Working at greater depth: what it means for your child
How do schools extend children who've mastered the basic curriculum concepts? We take a look at what happens if they're 'working at...
Benefits of rote learning for children
How rote learning benefits your primary school child
From times tables to play scripts, here's how learning by heart can give your child a boost.
Critical thinking for kids
How to help your child develop critical thinking skills
Being a critical thinker will help your child succeed at school and throughout their life. We asked Peter Worley of The Philosophy Foundation for his...
Boosting children's vocabulary
How to build your child’s vocabulary
Help your child become a master of words with these great tips for boosting vocabulary at home.
Reading to expand vocabulary
Is your child’s vocabulary right for their age?
A wide vocabulary is a good indicator of how well your child will perform academically, but how can you tell if they’re on track?
Motivating children to do homework
How to keep your child motivated to learn
Do you wish your child would get on with their work without you nagging? Read our expert tips on building self-motivation.
Schoolboys in the classroom
What is a pupil referral unit?
We explain what to expect if your child is referred to a pupil referral unit (PRU), an alternative to mainstream school.
Mother and son doing homework
How to help your child learn more effectively
Is your child permanently discouraged by homework? Banish a defeatist attitude to learning with these brilliant proactive tips.
Benefits of boredom
Why boredom is good for your child
Does your child struggle to entertain themselves? We explain how they could benefit from being bored.
Father and son reading together
Coping with speech and language difficulties in mainstream school
Louisa Reeves, Speech and Language Advisor with the children’s communication charity I CAN, shares her advice on helping a child with communication...
Number square in the classroom
How maths teaching has changed since we were at school
Bus stops, the grid method, number bonds… Maths in today’s classroom can seem undecipherable. We look at how things have changed since we were kids.
Debating in the primary school classroom
12 brilliant debate topics for kids
Want to get your child’s brain working? Debating is a great way to do it. We share some challenging questions to trigger their thought processes.