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A school place of your own

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If you go down to the woods today, you’re in for a big surprise – if the trees in question are attached to your local state primary school, that is. They’re vanishing fast, as are dipping ponds and grassy play areas, gone to make way for extra classrooms. In some schools now children go up, rather than out at break time, onto rooftop playgrounds.


Finding the right nursery school for your child
'There is a forest school nursery in Manchester that is so popular you absolutely have to register during pregnancy.' A good nursery will give your child a great start in life but...

Nurseries and early years - your questions answered
All work and no play? All play and no work? Or something inbetween? Whatever you choose, think safety first.  Nursery / early years education should be an exciting, important,...


Should I stay or should I go? Post-GCSE options
Post-GCSE options If the answer is a resounding ‘Go!’ remember that there is no longer the option to wave a cheery goodbye to formal education after GCSEs. Since September...

Sixth form carry on?
Sex, money, grades, opportunity and freedom are among commonly quoted reasons for moving schools at sixth form, but when is a move wise, and when is it best to stay put?   The...


University information on the GSG web
University information from schools and universities University data Ever wondered who goes where, from which schools and to study what? On this website we carry extensive information...

Oxbridge admissions - preparing for entry to Oxford and Cambridge
  Judge a tree by its fruit, a man by the company he keeps, and a school by the universities it sends its pupils to? Well, you would miss out on the oak, the saint and many...


10 ways to spot a gifted child
    Gifted children are not ‘young Einsteins’ or geniuses in the making but children with above average intelligence who have the capacity to achieve well...

Educating the gifted child
  Gifted is one of a number of issues in education that cause the blood to stir. For some 'Gifted' is an elitist concept that beggars definition; others do not see what all...


A school place of your own
If you go down to the woods today, you’re in for a big surprise – if the trees in question are attached to your local state primary school, that is. They’re vanishing...

Inspection reports from Ofsted and others
  As with most reports, there’s a code to decipher and a few questions to ask. The local school gets a glowing report, yet you know half the population are banned from...


Bullied? Help advice and support for you and your child
  Virtually all children have arguments at some time, these may be verbal or result in 'fisticuffs', this is usually just part of normal childhood behaviour. It does not mean...

Ten signs your child may have special educational needs
Article published 5th June 2008 The SEN system may be in a state of flux but don't let bureaucracy prevent you seeking help for your child. It's thought that approximately 20 per...


Exams update
Testing times: early assessments. Sign up to any nursery or reception class and your 2, 3, 4 or 5 year old will be under levels of observation formerly reserved for maximum security...

Curricula and exams for 13+ (middle years)
Article published 16th February 2013 Pre-16 curricula and examinations   GCSEs remain the default choice for the majority of schools at 16 plus. Although their tougher cousins,...


Schools and the law: parent power prevails
When things go wrong... "Johnny must go!" declared the Head . "Yessir", responded the father meekly. That was in the old days. Now,the father says "Why?" Peter Woodroffe, Education...

Problems at school - sources of help and advice
Need an academic boost? See our section on Tutors and Tutoring For advice on problems relating to Special Educational Needs, see our extensive SEN section. Please note SEN law is in...


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