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5 tips for stress-free homework

November 9th, 2016 by Anna Michaelidou

Homework is one of those things that children hate and parents seem to dread. It can be the cause of family arguments and anxiety in those faced with it. But homework doesn't have to be full of stress. With a well-planned after school routine and a few of our simple tips, you can turn homework into something natural and a time for some extra learning whilst giving your children a sense of accomplishment.

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Top ten books for great half-term reading

October 24th, 2016 by Anna Michaelidou

Half-term gives kids a great chance to catch-up on some great, fun, reading time. And with these adventure-packed, hilarious and heart-warming books, we guarantee your child won't get bored this break. Keep their minds sharp and boost their English skills with some of these fabulous new releases:

1. The Racehorse Who Wouldn't Gallop... Read More »

Four easy tips to help your child practice spelling

March 9th, 2016 by Anna Michaelidou

Spelling can be tough for an adult let alone a child. Sometimes it can be disheartening watching your child struggle with their spelling tests. That's why First Tutors have come up with four easy tips to help your child learn their spellings in a simple and easy way.

1. Break down the word... Read More »

3 easy ways to teach your child times tables at home

January 26th, 2016 by Anna Michaelidou

There comes a time in every parents life where the inevitable times-tables learning will come up. For some children it is easier than for others but from my experience all children need a helping hand. Times tables are so important to a child's learning; they will help them conquer Maths much easier if they know their times tables by heart. And of course times tables are something that will help in all ... Read More »

Should Primary School children do homework during the Christmas holidays?

December 23rd, 2015 by Anna Michaelidou

Christmas is upon us once again and the children are all excited that their schools will soon be closing. It's a wonderful time for spending time together as a family; Christmas shopping, wrapping presents, writing letters to Santa, playing Trivial Pursuit and lots of Turkey, stuffing and chocolates. So a popular debate at this time of year is "should children be doing homework during this fun-filled time or should they be allowed to forget about school-work and enjoy their time-o... Read More »

Is homework an important part of educational success?

August 14th, 2015 by Sarah Adams

Earlier this week, The Daily Mail revealed that parents of Folkestone (Kent) threatened to remove their children from school due to new rulings that students will receive homework!

More than 600 parents have signed the petition to defend the cause because of the lack of time their children will have to spend time with their families. ... Read More »

Is Homework Pointless?

January 19th, 2015 by Sarah Adams

Education experts have argued that homework is 'completely pointless', says The Guardian.

Mr Bennett, director of the ResearchEd conference announced, "I'm not anti homework- it can be a useful tool - but too often it's an exercise in back covering, or box ticking, with no real thought for the educational outcome."

In my opinion nothing ... Read More »