Education

The Teacher's Introduction to Attachment, Nicola Marshall

The Teacher’s Introduction to Attachment

I bought 'The Teacher's Guide to Attachment' by Nicola Marshall for an early-years specialist friend, tempted by the relatively short length of it, and the author's name...
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Teacher bashing and those parents in pyjamas

I can regularly be found berating my telly or radio when I hear teacher-bashing articles; especially as there is a well-publicized shortage of teachers...
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Schools must teach pupils that Britain is a Christian country

There’s an alarmist title. No, nothing going on overseas – it’s the comment last month from our Education Secretary who says schools must teach that...
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Dysgraphia – does your child have trouble with written expression?

It was a post on Facebook that caught my eye. Fellow blogger and fellow mum-of-teen-son-facing-GCSEs-in-the-not-too-distant-future, Kate of Striking Mum, wrote that she was worried...
Student under exam stress

Time to revise exam thinking?

'Tis the season for entrance exams, mocks and practise tests. No sooner have the year 6's swallowed their last bit of turkey and got...
Kids going to college

On sending them to Uni and doing too much for them

It started with the application. "Mum why do you want to send me to Birmingham?, I don't want to go to Birmingham". Now to qualify...
Home schooling

Home educators poisoning children’s minds?

What is it that politicians think I’m doing with my children? I think I’m home educating them. Educating them otherwise than at school, as is...
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Homework – heaven or hell?

As the Christmas holidays approach many teachers will be scouring for worksheets, story titles or research projects to dump on their students in the...
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YouTube for Kids

There isn't a day that goes by that I am a) asked by one of my three girls to go on the internet to...
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Poetry in the classroom

Youthful memories of poetry take me back to my FantasticoDad painfully trying to get me to memorise Macavity the Mystery Cat by TS Eliot...
Child and choices

School options – Hobson’s choice?

In line with the #post40bloggers twitter hour topic this week of what would you go back and tell your 16 year old self, I...
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Song and dance for social skills and friendship

Research has shown that singing increases happiness and emotional well-being. People feel happier after singing than simply listening to music, probably due to the...

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Recipe for a #writing prompt

This week we'd like you to write about a dish or recipe that is close to your heart. For instance, butter, sugar and flour being...
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Silly season #writing prompt… (be warned)

Who remembers that silly game we played as children where you had imaginary fights between things or people? My siblings, friends and I would...
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Write a letter you need to read

I was speaking to one of my young people this week about the foundations of their blog. They said: "I'm just writing the letters I...
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What do you know?

One of the joys (and pain) of being older is that we know stuff. From our first scraped knee to our devastated heart at...
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Hang-ups

We all have hang-ups. Mine is unfairness, the origins of which are lodged in my childhood. There was the time it was suspected a...
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How are you? No, really, how are you?

The Post-40 Bloggers' writing prompt this week asked a simple question - "How are you?" The question was stunningly answered by blogger Hilary Farrow. Ed Whenever you...