• Reading Kids Like a Book 19 Jul 19

    One of an author’s key aims should be to encourage reading for pleasure. And there’s no audience – for my money at least – more important to try to get reading books than the young. I set... Read More

  • New Beginnings 5 Jul 19

    Having grown used to ruling the roost in their current education setting, 11-year-olds across the country are facing up to being the littlest in the school, once again, when they move on to... Read More

  • Climbing Trees, Not Walls 21 Jun 19

    ‘More children can identify a Dalek than an owl’; ‘more children are now admitted to British hospitals for injuries incurred falling out of bed than falling out of trees’ and ‘the distance... Read More

  • A Mature Approach 17 May 19

    Never did I imagine that a pen and paper could have such impact – but reaching for these items drew positive gasps of astonishment from fellow students on my recent Diploma Course at Oaklands... Read More

  • Testing Times 19 Apr 19

    A hamster. That was what my son turned into during his A Levels. A hamster, with earphones and constantly bulging cheeks – filled with everything except the wholesome snacks and... Read More

  • A Balancing Act 22 Feb 19

    Play is more than just a bit of ‘down time’ for children. While they do need regular breaks from the mental stimulation and challenges of daily lessons, play gives them the opportunity to... Read More

  • Talking Tutoring 25 Jan 19

    Parents generally choose to have their offspring tutored for one of two broad reasons: concern that he or she is falling behind their peer group and expected targets – or, conversely, is not being... Read More

  • It's a Personal Thing 12 Oct 18

    “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you,” wrote iconic writer and poet Maya Angelou. It’s a profound and inspiring statement about the value of self-expression and the... Read More

  • What's Your Action Plan? 28 Sep 18

    “When you’re a parent, getting children outside is like pulling teeth,” smiles Cub Leader Sarah Wright. “They won’t go for a walk with their family, but they don’t complain when... Read More

  • The Joy of Projecting Passion 28 Sep 18

    “Once you get the introduction down, the hardest bit’s over,” Northwood College sixth-former Zaynab tells me. Despite the fact that she’s unwittingly described my job as a features writer... Read More

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