Preparing your child for primary SATs

Preparing your child for primary SATs

I’m sure I am not the only person who feels a mixture of relief and surprise that it is already March, and that we are only a few weeks away from the Easter break.  Children are more than half way through the school year, and the summer term is just around the corner....
The benefits of mentoring for successful learning

The benefits of mentoring for successful learning

When working with teachers I often ask them to describe a successful learner.  Responses from schools across the country always include students who: Are well organised and able to plan systematically Ask questions and take risks to try things without fear of making...
Children’s Working Memory

Children’s Working Memory

My oldest friend recently came to stay, and we all enjoyed a wholesome weekend of country walks, chats, lots of food, and playing games with the children.  Relishing her role as Godmother, my friend was excited to introduce my daughter to the joys of cats cradle, a...
Choosing your GCSE subjects

Choosing your GCSE subjects

Choosing your GCSE subjects is a big decision when you are twelve or thirteen. Up until this point, what you have studied is prescribed, from the moment you walk through the school gates to the moment you leave. Suddenly you have to choose two or three subjects (only)...
Building confidence and motivation in learning

Building confidence and motivation in learning

For many, returning to ‘normal life’ following a Christmas break can feel tough.  My first working day involved a very early and dark journey to a school, and a dark journey home.  Fortunately, the school was lovely and I had a great day, but there was much talk...
Books to support KS2 maths at home

Books to support KS2 maths at home

I consider myself to be incredibly lucky that I work in schools across the UK.  Happily for me, I see more than my fair share of classrooms and am frequently inspired and impressed by the learning environments within primary schools.  Often these settings use story...
Preparing your child for primary SATs

Mock exams – why are they important?

Mock exams, why are they important? ‘Tis the season of mock exams. As the end of the year draws closer, and we speed towards Christmas, we are all aware of the need to get things done – whether that is Christmas shopping, or juggling our work so that we can...
Mathematical Story Books for KS1 children

Mathematical Story Books for KS1 children

The first words out of my son’s mouth at school pick up last night were “Have you got any money?”  My indignation at such a greeting was quickly dispelled by the realisation that both my children were desperate to visit the school book fair.  Squeezing into the hall,...