In this Category Archive, you will find all of our articles regarding parenting advice. We look at different aspects of importance for parents.

As a parent, you naturally want the best for your child. Sometimes for them to achieve their best, means they have to move out of their comfort zone. This might not only be difficult for them but as a parent, you will not always know how to support your child. Therefore we try and address issues parents seem to need advise on when it comes to school entrance and exam stress. We also look at general parenting advice and educational guidance.

Through the articles in the Category Archive, we hope to address issues of importance to parents. We provide expert advice on these matters and hope to provide you with the guidance you need. Sometimes a different perspective or some objective parenting advise is all that is needed in difficult parenting situations.

Family in balancing position. Calming a child having a meltdown.

How to calm a child having a meltdown

Many people are unaware that there is a difference between a tantrum and a meltdown. While both may involve screaming, kicking, shouting, biting and even swearing, there are some fundamental differences. Tantrums involve a child who has been frustrated in their attempt to do or have something, they usually only occur with an audience and…

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To home tutor or use Explore Learning?

There are three main options available for parents: to tutor or not to tutor. Or to use a learning centre, such as Explore Learning. It is estimated more than 400,000 secondary-aged school children have received private tuition  last year. Given this huge rise in tutoring in recent years, there are more avenues than ever to consider.…

How stressed is your child. Child with paint roller and different colours.

How stressed is your child?

Being a child in today’s society can be very stressful. Not only do they have to deal with puberty and the normal stresses of childhood, but also the added strains of technology, social media and higher academic expectations. It might be a good idea to have a look at your child’s stress levels. Stress can…

What is the Common Entrance Exam Pass Mark? Two girls taking a selfie of them and good exam results

What’s the entry mark for private schools’ Common Entrance Exam for 2019?

Common Entrance Pass Mark Typically, the average pass mark is between 55 – 60%. Although there are difficulty levels. The standard of work for Common Entrance in most subjects is in advance of a student’s academic age. Some subjects, such as English, involve working at GCSE level. What is the Common Entrance exam? Firstly, it’s not…

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Classroom creative fluency and reading

Welcome to our Creative Fluency Resources Page. Creative fluency is the ability to generate LOTS of ideas, not necessarily different. Fluent thinkers can also “hitchhike” on one idea to come up with many more ideas. E.g. when brainstorming ways to mop up an oil spill, one idea might be to use hair clippings. “Hitchhiking” on…

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A Fresh Start To A New School Year

We’re busy people. And we’ve passed this busy attitude on to our kids. We rush around from one thing to the next. From one year to the next, without ever stopping to reflect and take stock of where we are and where we want to go. The new school year is a great time for…

Brexit effect on children. Hello in different languages.

Brexit effect on children

How will Brexit affect British school children? It isn’t just adults who are affected by protracted Brexit negotiations. Children are too. Some are under the impression there is no longer any point learning a language. Others are simply worried that Europeans will no longer like them. According to a recent report from the British Council,…

How effective are your time management skills

Improve your time management

To have effective time management skills are something we all strive for. To only have more time to do the things we really like. How good are yours? Effective time management is something that we can all appreciate. Whether you are the CEO of a big company. Whether you are studying for your 11 Plus…

How effective is your decision-making style? Woman holding up an apple and a pear.

Improve your decision-making

What is your decision-making style? In fact, how easy is it for you to come to your decisions. Not only that, but also can you stick to them? There are so many decisions we have to make on a daily basis. To name but a few: what to wear what to eat for breakfast to…

Instagram helps stressed students.

Exam time is stressful enough for any student. Whereas those leaving the exam hall once shared their thoughts with mates in the playground, these days much of the chat is via social media. 5 tips to reduce your stress levels Facebook-owned social media platform Instagram said it had found the use of the hashtag #examstress…

Top 10 Study Tips

Ready to Learn? Going to school, college or University isn’t just about learning facts in a particular subject. It’s about developing a set of general study skills. These will help you throughout life, whatever the situation.  But what are study skills and how do you learn them? Rather than referring to one particular technique, the…

Tech-savvy Parenting in a Tech-driven World

An insightful guest blog by Eloise Grobbelaar, looking at how to be tech-savvy parents in a world filled with technology. Eloise Grobbelaar is the founder of Growth and Grit – which is all about raising happy and strong children in this fast-changing world. How much screentime? For the first time in human history, we are learning…

Montessori Schools

What Are Montessori Schools? If you’ve been searching for a nursery for your child, you may have come across the term Montessori School. But what does that mean, exactly? These schools follow an educational movement developed by the Italian doctor and educator, Maria Montessori, in the early twentieth century. Dr Montessori’s educational philosophy is based…

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Try our latest learning styles quiz

Effective Learning by Finding Your Learning Style We also take a closer look at how your child can reach their full potential by finding their own learning style.  We all think differently, perceive differently and learn differently. To learn your own preferences and in making learning fun, not only creates a happier child but breeds…