Category Archives: General

Managing Exam Stress

We have now reached that time of year when children and young people in both primary and secondary schools are facing assessments and exams. The hope is that in primary schools these remain fairly low key, though from what some teachers and parents report that is not always the case – with some being relentlessly […]

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The ‘numbers’ of Reading

Recent estimates suggest that while there may be less than 1% of the adult population who are completely illiterate there are approximately 5.1 million people – about 16% who are what would be described as functionally illiterate with a reading age below that of an 11 year old. That means that while they may be […]

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Learning to Love a Good Laugh

My article on laughter was first published in Affinity magazine last May – but we could all do with a reminder of how good it is for us to laugh!!  so here it is again. I must confess that in my opinion one of the best sounds on earth is that of children laughing. It […]

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4 Mindful Exercises To Try Today

  Over recent years there has been a growing understanding of how damaging stress can be and mindfulness has become a tool of choice in terms of stress reduction for many people and organisations. So if you are new to mindfulness, or if you’ve heard about it but don’t know where to start here a […]

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Promoting Positive Mental Health

Mental Health is something that has been in the news quite a bit recently, and when it comes to the mental health of children and young people some of the statistics are indeed quite shocking. The figures below are taken from One in Four (26%) young people in the UK experience suicidal thoughts Among […]

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Games to develop auditory discrimination

If Children are to learn to read they need to learn how we represent the words in our language in a printed or written form. For this to make sense they need first to ‘hear’ the sounds in our language. That is one of the reasons why the Sounds-write phonics programme is so effective – […]

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Ensuring Children are Reading Ready

Parents usually want to support their child(ren)’s learning and most parents are particularly keen to ensure their child(ren) become fluent, independent readers. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts any difficulties with reading will usually give rise to other problems as reading is fundamental to accessing other parts of the curriculum. Often children won’t start formal […]

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How to Support your Child’s Learning

It’s the start of a new school year and many children and teenagers may have started a new school and almost all will be in a new class. with a different teacher. I am often asked by parents how they can support their child’s learning – so here are a few pointers. See Education and […]

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Summer Fun

So once again the school holidays are upon us – for teachers that means a well earned rest, but for parents it can mean juggling work and child care and surviving holidays with children! For the children and young people it usually means a lot of freedom to do things they want and importantly have […]

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What to make of Phonics results!

Many year 1 children will have received the results of the phonics test. The mark is out of 40 and 32 is the mark considered a pass. A mark below this will mean that the child will be re screened next year. Remember it is a screening check rather than a test. What we know […]

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