Testing times – are Sats too much for young children?

Dylan experienced the dreaded Sats last week. He loves school and throws himself into each new topic with great enthusiasm. His English is excellent and his maths isn't bad, so we weren't worried about how he would do. Academically, at least. There was something noticeably different about him though. Without warning, he seemed bothered. He was quite emotional ...

BBC Terrific Scientific – DIY bouncing egg experiment

Both Dylan and Xander have shown a keen interest in science at school. They're forever telling me things I never knew so I'm learning from it too. When BBC Terrific Scientific got in touch to see if we fancied trying an experiment, it was an easy decision. The experiment in question was to make an egg bounce. ...

Introducing Parent View

I come from a family of teachers - including one who became an Ofsted inspector - so I've always had an interest in education and, unsurprisingly, this has only increased now that I have one child at school and another starting in September. I was interested, then, to find out about an online questionnaire known ...

To fee or not to fee

We attended parent consultations for both Dylan and Xander this week and a common denominator was their impressive literacy skills. Proud face. They both love books and have vivid imaginations, so it's not really surprising that they've been experimenting with language more of late. I find the influence of technology on their language particularly interesting. The ...

Thinking outside the box

Welcome back, old friends! "All that I know most surely about morality and obligations, I owe to football," said Albert Camus once upon a time. Yep, aside from being a Nobel Prize winning author, thinker and the inspiration for The Cure's debut single, he was a nifty goalkeeper too. And you know what? He had ...