Top Parents Evening Tips

    Handy Parents’ Evening Tips   As parents’ evenings start to loom on the horizon we thought it appropriate to put together some tips to make the most out of this event. Remember, as ex teachers and current parents we have been on both sides of the...

The middle years dip

Double dipping – ‘The Middle Years’ Phenomenon Research shows that dips in pupil performance are evident in Yr 3 and Yr 4 and in Yr8 – ‘the middle years phenomenon’. This decline in progress is often accompanied by a loss of enjoyment of school and a fall in...

Is tuition right for my child?

One of the most common questions we get asked is about who comes to tuition, who our service is for. In reality every child really is different, we don’t pigeonhole them at all, but here are a few generalised categories to give you an overview of how we might be...

Maths, a mystery or a method?

I promised a few weeks ago to tell a story about a pupil called Tommy. I knew Tommy from teaching him PE, but nothing prepared me for my first week in the maths world. My year 8 group was an SEN group, made up with SpLD pupils, SLD, pupils a couple of pure behavioural...

What Is Wrong With Using Unqualified Staff To Teach?

When I’m talking to parents, friends and colleagues about the issue of having qualified teachers teaching pupils of all ages most haven’t been aware that the person teaching their child may not be qualified. This can happen in a school environment, a...

Teaching Times Tables

Earlier I posted that scientists have shown how speaking out loud as you search for a missing item can increase the effectiveness and speed of the search, improving the cognitive process at the time. I then realised this is a very similar technique to how I have been...