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7 things you need to know about the Reception Baseline Assessment (RBA)
In the first half-term of their Reception year, children take part in classroom-based assessment. We take a look at what’s involved.
What is alternative provision?
Children who have difficulties with school may fare better in alternative provision. We take a look at what you might expect if your child is moved...
The parents’ guide to benefits for families with primary school children
Do you know what financial support you’re eligible for when your child is school age? We take a look at what you might be entitled to.
Free school meals, free school transport and school uniform grants explained
Find out what help is available with the cost of school meals, home to school transport, and school uniform.
Childcare benefits explained for parents of preschool and primary school children
The government provides benefits that can help with the cost of childcare, including breakfast and after-school clubs. We explain what you might be...
Child Tax Credit explained for parents of primary school children
Child Tax Credit is gradually being phased out and replaced by Universal Credit, but if you're already claiming it, you can continue to do so...
Universal Credit explained for parents of primary school children
Universal Credit is gradually replacing six existing benefits. We asked the experts at Turn2Us, the charity that helps people in financial need gain...
Child Benefit explained for parents of primary school children
Child Benefit can help significantly with the cost of raising a child. Here's what you need to know about what it is, who is eligible, and how...
What are inset days?
Inset days are far from a day off for school staff. We asked the experts to explain what happens on these important training days.
Transition to secondary school during the coronavirus pandemic
During the ongoing coronavirus disruption, how can we prepare our Year 6 children for the big move to secondary school? We explore how your child...
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...
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...
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.
Assemblies and collective worship in primary schools
Every school in England has to hold a daily act of collective worship, which usually takes place during assemblies. We explore what's involved...
School fundraising tips for parents
Practical advice for parents about grants, fundraising events and projects that can help raise money for primary and secondary schools in the UK.
Parental donations to school funds: what the law says
With increasing numbers of parents being asked to dip into their pockets to make up for UK school budget cuts, we take a look at what’s allowed, and...
Understanding primary school league tables
We explain how performance measures are used to rank primary schools in England.
10 ways to be more active on the school run
Could you pledge to leave the car at home and turn the school run into an opportunity to get some exercise?
17 things you know if you're part of a school WhatsApp group
WhatsApp groups are a great way to keep abreast of what's happening at your child's school, but they don't half do your head in at...
What is Circle Time?
Circle Time is used in many primary schools, but what actually happens in these sessions? We've got the parents' guide.
Discipline in primary schools: restorative practices
More and more schools are adopting a behaviour model that encourages kids to take responsibility for their actions. So how do restorative practices...
How to help a shy child
School can be a testing place for socially anxious children. We take a look at how to help boost your child's confidence.
35 questions to ask your child instead of 'How was your day?'
If finding out about your child's day at school is mission: impossible, try these alternative conversation starters.
Skills your child needs for moving to Key Stage 2
Help your child get off to a great start in Year 3 by working with them on these important new skills.
What is an international school?
How can you ensure your child gets a quality education while living overseas? Sending them to an international school could be the key.
19 questions to ask at the Reception starters’ meeting
The Reception starters' meeting is your chance to ask your burning questions about what happens when your child starts school. Our ideas will...
Kids' historical costumes to buy
Planning ahead for Victorian day at school? Looking for an easy evacuee costume or a Roman centurion outfit? Need to find a dressing-up solution for...
18 lunchbox hacks every parent should know
Fed up of making the same old packed lunches everyday? These brilliant ideas will save time and money, and make your child's daily lunch more...
Catching up at school after a long absence
From making up missed work to fitting back in with friends, how can children reintegrate at school after weeks away?
How to help your child manage their anger
Is your child’s temper affecting their learning, friendship and family life? Anger management strategies could help them get their emotions under...
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.
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...
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.
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!
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-...
Primary school around the world: USA
What's it like to move your child from a UK primary school to a school in the USA? We met one family who made the big leap.
Primary school around the world: Switzerland
From tiny classes to mountainside cook-outs, one parent explains what it's like to have children at primary school in Switzerland.
Bike riding is an important skill for children to master. We explain how schools play their part in teaching them safe cycling.
The parents' guide to secondary school: KS3 and KS4 explained
What will your child learn at school in KS3 and KS4? We take a look at the secondary school curriculum from Year 7 up.
The parents' guide to secondary school: types of school
Not sure whether your child would do best at an academy, free school or grammar school? We explain the different types of secondary school.