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You Know You're a TCK If....
According to Wikipedia, a Third Culture Kid "refers to someone who [as a child] has spent a significant period of time in one or more culture(s) other than his own, thus integrating elements of those cultures and their own birth culture into a third culture".
- You flew before you could walk.
- The U.S. is a foreign country.
- You have a time zone map next to your telephone.
- Your life story uses the phrase "Then we went to..." five times.
- You think in grams, meters, and liters.
- You speak with authority on the quality of airline travel.
- National Geographic makes you homesick.
- You don't know where home is.
- You sort your friends by continent.
- The majority of your friends don't speak English as a first language.
- Someone brings up the name of a team, and you get the sport wrong.
- On your 18th birthday you have a passport (well-used) but still don't have a driver's license.
- When you don't know how to count American money.
- When you enjoy getting together with other TCKs and talking about old news.
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