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There are many benefits to pursuing a French education – it's largely free, some institutions are among the best in the world, and most of all: it's in France, with all the wonderful culture, food, easygoing approach to life and proximity to home that that implies... more..
A first-class institute specialising in (but not limited to) economic and political sciences, the legendary Sciences Po is situated in the centre of the enchanting Saint Germain district of Paris... more..
The École Normale Supérieure may be the best educational institution in France; the French certainly think it is, and the international rankings tend to agree. It’s hard to overstate the academic prowess of this place. The reputation that ENS grads enjoy in France makes the reputation of an Oxbridge... more..
Always rated among the top two or three unis in France, the École Polytechnique (known as Polytechnique and sometimes, ominously, just as X) provides intense and hugely respected education in science and engineering subjects. Polytechnique began life as a military academy for engineers, and French... more..
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