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Kenyon has dozens of student organisations and a long menu of activities - plays, sporting events, concerts, social board activities such as laser tag or a trip to the cinema - and it's extremely easy to get involved (especially when you consider the close more..
From Old England to New England… For many Brits this leap across the Atlantic is quite far enough. Yet for those adventurous souls seeking to leave the familial nest yet further behind, there are a multitude of university options available beyond the pilgrim fathers' East Coast more..
Oberlin is the sort of college that either represents your idea of seventh heaven or hell on earth. Situated in small-town Ohio, about 45 minutes away from Cleveland, it draws an eclectic collection of students from all over America. The Oberlin student body is known for being progressively liberal more..
The glory of a University of Chicago education is that not only will you get a robust, fulfilling education that will mark you out for life, but you will get a unique chance to study in the great city of Chicago, where everything is possible - and where fun goes to thrive more..
So you think you know all about Kansas. Tornados, endless fields of wheat, schools that don’t teach evolution and innocent little girls with plaits, right? Think again. While it may be true that the Dorothy State is a big, hot, empty rectangle of flatness, Kansas University is about as similar to its more..
Brits who are really looking to get away from the Brideshead Revisited Oxbridge experience, and who believe that East Coast America is simply not far enough, would do well to consider the University of Michigan. You may not even know where Michigan is (think mid-West, lots of lakes), but this top more..
A superb private Catholic school in the Middle Of Nowhere, Indiana, Notre Dame has for many years had an enviable reputation as one of the leading undergraduate academic programs in the country and a legendary football team [the kind played with a pointy ball]. For anyone concerned about the Catholic more..
There’s only one university currently ranked by US News and World Report in the top 15 which is not a household name, and it’s Washington University in St. Louis. But despite not (yet) enjoying the same nation-wide recognition as, say, Ivy League Cornell, which is ranked below it, Wash U more than more..
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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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There are currently around 164 state funded grammar schools located in 36 English local authorities, with around 167,000 pupils between them. There are a further 69 grammar schools in Northern Ireland, but none in Wales or Scotland. 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, with only a few grammar schools.
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Word of warning: not all selective grammar schools have 'grammar' in their…
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 or Charlotte Church standing. And sometimes, just sometimes, parental pride is justified.
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. Read more...
State grammar schools
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. Grammar schools are located in 36…