Testing Children Too Much?

Are We Testing Children Too Much?

Jeremy Corbyn recently pledged that if elected, Labour would scrap formal tests in primary schools in England. Speaking to members of the National Education Union in Liverpool, Corbyn claimed that SATS leave children in floods of tears or vomiting with worry.

He also said that the move would free up schools struggling with funding cuts and congested classrooms, and help teacher recruitment and retention.

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Christmas Nativity Play

Who Wins The Christmas Nativity Play?

Now that the festive season has passed, a hot topic over the internet and social media is that of the school Christmas nativity.  Is the tradition still relevant, and who really benefits from maintaining it?

The nativity play remains a long-standing tradition in several schools up and down the country. For many, it’s something to look forward to with great anticipation and excitement. But for others, it is yet another major school project that has the potential to take up a lot of precious time.

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Engage Reluctant Readers

How to Engage Reluctant Readers

According to the National Literacy Trust, 3 in 5 children in the UK enjoy reading, which is an all-time-high. This will come as good news for teachers, as the longer children maintain an enjoyment of reading, the greater the benefits are in the classroom.

In fact, 10-year-olds who enjoy reading have a reading age 1.3 years higher than their peers who do not enjoy reading, which rises to 2.1 years for 12-year-olds and 3.3 years for 14-year-olds.

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Exams

What Age Should Children Start Sitting Exams?

Exams are a source of constant debate among educators, policymakers, and parents. Recently, ministers revealed plans to introduce testing for 4-year-olds in England. The baseline assessments have been widely criticised, but how do you feel about the proposed move? When is the best time to start exams, and is there a right answer to this question?

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Summer 2017

10 Free Things To Do With Your Children Over The Summer

Spending quality time together as a family can be extremely enjoyable. But even though the summer holidays allow for fun and frolics in the sun, it can also be quite a difficult and demanding six weeks, not to mention expensive.

After all, we all know how much prices go up during the summer holidays, while the boundless energy of kids knows no bounds. Therefore, it helps to have a few free things to do every now and again. Here are 10 suggestions:

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