Parent Matters#1 – Early Years

This occasional series is for teachers and parents exploring areas of concern that parents have about all matters educational. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A number of parents have expressed concern that their youngsters will be pushed to learn before they are ready. I interpreted this to mean worries about ‘formal’ learning like sitting in rows writing, arithmetic and reading for the children. For […]

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School plays – devil or divine comedy?

As we approach the latter end of the autumn term, schools will be thinking of the end of termproduction. The Christmas term seems to be the time for such an extravaganza. I’m not talking about the carol service or a traditional nativity but a show with lines to be read and stage directions to be followed. Usually it is held […]

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