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8 Reasons to use online preparation tests for the 11 plus exam

May 17th, 2017 by Stephen McConkey

Preparation for the 11 plus exam can be difficult and time consuming for both the parent and the child. Parents frequently look for new and different means to interest their child and online practice provides one such method. Stephen McConkey, retired headteacher and author of the Learning Together range of 11 plus books gives us his thoughts on why online practice may work for you and your child

1. Short, sharp, pressure free practice.

Online platforms can be used in a wide variety of ways and at a time of day that reduces pressure on both the child and parent. They can be used anywhere and at anytime - even on holiday. A computer is very patient even when the child is making the same error again and again!

2. Generic practice is suitable for most 11 plus exams.

Many of these sites, especially the good ones, will prov... Read More »

5 tips for building reading skills

February 15th, 2017 by Anna Michaelidou

Reading can often be a chore especially as children read at school so many don't want to read at home. Whether you are trying to encourage your child to read to build their reading and vocabulary skills, to open up the wonderful world of books and their benefits or whether they need to read for homework, our tips will ensure that reading never has to be a chore again.

1. Create a reading routine

Have a time in the day that is saved for reading and try to incorporate the same time every day. This way your child will get into the habit of reading every day and hopefully will start looking forward to that reading time.

2. Create a reading place

Whether it be a pile of cushions and pillows, an indoor den or simply snuggled on the sofa under a blanket, creatin... Read More »

10 Educational and fun rainy day activities for children

February 8th, 2017 by Anna Michaelidou

We are never really short of rain here in the UK and with rain comes some tough boredom from our children. There's nothing to do today, mum!! or I'm soooo bored! in the whiniest voices, are words that we all frequently hear when children are stuck indoors. Then there is the constant sibling bickering because they can't think of anything better to do; MUM!! She won't give me my phone back!, MUM!! He broke my favourite bracelet that Lilly got me!, DAD!! Where's MUM?!.

So, we have come up with some great educational things to do on those frequent rainy days that are fun and packed full of learning opportunities.

1. Teach a new skill

This could be anything from sewing on their scout badges themselves or learning to knit to learning sign language together. Learning a new skill wil... Read More »

Understanding Homophones

January 25th, 2017 by Anna Michaelidou

Homophones can be very tricky when learning a language such as English and for younger children can often make spelling really confusing. Learning the different homophones takes time and patience but with some fun practice and repetition games, learning homophones doesn't have to be difficult.


FLOUR What is a homophone?

A homophone is a word that sounds the same as another w... Read More »

10 reasons why British State Education is so good

January 19th, 2017 by Anna Michaelidou

British state education is based on the belief that every child, regardless of their background, be entitled to a good education. Children are amazingly resilient and adapt extraordinarily well to their schools. Allowing your child to experience their education through their local state school will see them thrive and adapt to our society.

Here are ten reasons why British state education is so great:

1. Free early years education

Since September 2010 all three and four year old children in England are entitled to 15 hours of free nursery education for 38 weeks of the year. This entitlement sees children who's parents could otherwise not afford to send their child to nursery adapt to classes and classmates and prepare them for their entry into full-tim... Read More »

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