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The UK's leading mentoring charity - our opinion as well as theirs. Providing mentors to provide the support and connections that young people need to make good career and university course decisions.
"Faced with important choices about their education and careers, young people are always full of questions. But parents and teachers don’t always have the right experience of different careers themselves. Far better to speak to those who have the answers because they’ve been there – undergraduates who can prepare young people for university, engineers who can help them explore different routes into industry or doctors who can tell them what working in a hospital is really like. The question is how to get in touch with them in the first place?
That’s where Brightside steps in. We recruit mentors from many different professions, employers and universities who act as inspiring role models and help young people unlock their own talents. Our unique online mentoring system allows us to connect young people with mentors with whom they communicate in a safe, secure and moderated environment.
All Brightside mentors are fully trained and DBS-checked, and our structured mentoring programmes provide young people with both a trusted source of information and the encouragement they need to achieve their ambitions. We currently support over 15,000 young people a year through mentoring, with nearly two million a year more visiting our free online resources about education and careers at http://www.brightknowledge.org/"
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Some special needs are easy to spot, others are only determined once a child has experienced considerable difficulties, frustrations or social and emotional problems.
Over the years, diagnosis of and provision for SEN have improved, but both can still be a minefield.
Identifying different kinds of special educational needs
Few children fit a condition perfectly – if they do, we tend to say they are a ‘classic’ case. Most will not be straightforward: perhaps a dyslexic with dyspraxia and a touch of ADD, or a child with ASD who also has Down’s syndrome.
Just as special needs are hard to…
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Counties such as Kent or Buckinghamshire are ‘selective authorities’ and most families will have at least one grammar school close to where they live. Elsewhere, for example in Reading or Kingston-on-Thames, there are just one or two grammar schools and competition for places at these is ferocious.
How to find a state grammar school
Grammar schools are located in 36 English local authorities. Almost half of these are considered 'selective authorities' (eg Kent and Buckinghamshire), where around one in five local children are selected for grammar school entry based on ability. The others are areas such as Barnet or Kingston,…
As proud parents, we all know our children are unique. They're smarter than anyone else's, funnier, certainly more attractive, better behaved and above all bursting with the kind of talent that would leave Daniel Radcliffe, Jamie Bell and Charlotte Church standing. And for some extraordinary - though totally understandable - reason, everyone but us seems blind to our offspring's God-given artistic gifts.
If you think your child would benefit from a boarding school education, but are put off by the high fees and consequent limited social mix of a typical independent boarding school, you may find that a state boarding school is the answer