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Ralph has been Editor-in-Chief of The Good Schools Guide since 2000. He is a backbencher in the House of Lords with a special interest in education and is father of three, the youngest in primary school.
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Preparing for a secondary appeal hearing. In the second part of our series on the secondary school appeals process Bernadette John from the Good Schools Guide Educational Consultants explains how to prepare for an appeal hearing. You’ve submitted your appeal documents. What happens next?The hearings take place between May and early July. You should be given at least 10 school days’ notice of the date.
Trek or treat? How far would you go for a school commute? If you’re stuck on the 7.08 commuter train to London Waterloo right now, spare a thought for today’s schoolchildren. Why? Because their journeys to school could well be longer than your commute to work. Parents are so keen to send their sons and daughters to the best schools that it’s quite usual for children to travel up to three hours there and back.
How to help your child revise. Exam season is very nearly here and parents up and down the country are fretting about how to help their children revise. There’s an awful lot riding on GCSEs and A levels these days so it’s clearly more important than ever to support your child through the stresses and strains of exams while at the same time making sure they don’t get overwrought.