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Letter from the editor

Kate Hilpern.
Editor, Chalk & Chat

As you wave goodbye to your offspring in their shiny new shoes and slightly oversized school uniform, you’ll almost certainly be feeling emotional. Another of their carefree childhood summers has gone in the blink of an eye and another school year – perhaps a whole new school – awaits. Will they come home happy? Will they make friends? How will they cope? How will you cope?

The good news is there are plenty of things you can do to ease the transition of one school year to the next, many of which we explore in this autumnal issue of Chalk & Chat, the parenting magazine from The Good Schools Guide. If, for example, your child is horse-mad, read about the schools that cater for pupils and ponies. If you think your child needs some extra academic help, but you can’t get (or don’t want) a tutor to visit your house, is it worth considering online tutoring? If your child has a special educational need, what could an EHCP do to help? And what if you want to quit the day-to-day drudgery of school life altogether and whisk your kids off round the world on a so-called ‘edventure’?

In our regular ‘educational dilemma’ slot, The Good Schools Guide educational agony aunt, Susan Hamlyn, explores the issues parents face when they consider sending one child to an independent school and one to a state school. Meanwhile, our regular ‘how to’ feature focuses on mental health, looking at what parents can do to help prevent their child from getting an eating disorder.

There’s much more besides - relating to both school life and parenting more generally - and we hope you’ll enjoy our usual wide-ranging mix of debates, opinions and roundups plus inspiration, guidance and humour, all with our children as the focal point of discussions. Do let us know what you think. And share your thoughts on social media too, using the hashtag #chalkandchat.

Kate Hilpern


Chalk & Chat 2018


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