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Winter 2013

 

 

Child Employment

 

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Christmas Reading Recommendations

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Classifieds and Family Living

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Ideas for Early Years

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Family Travel Tips

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Frog in the Bog - St Hugh's Kitchen recipes

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GCSE Options

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Travel

Focus on France ... and Focus on Cornwall

 

 

What is Glue Ear?

Glue Ear (Otitis Media with Effusion or OME) is one of the
most common childhood illnesses. It occurs when a sterile
fluid builds up in the middle ear cavity (behind the ear
drum) as a result of negative pressure within the middle ear. It is a thick substance, hence the name. For the ear to work well, the middle ear should be full of air, and the eustacian tube which runs from the back of the nose to the throat usually works to make sure this happens. However, children have a more horizontal tube than adults and therefore aeriation is not so easy.

 

 

The Role of Schools and the Olympic Legacy

The London Olympics and Paralympics were an almost unqualified success, both in Team GB’s performance and the enthusiasm of the British public. One year on, David Faulkner, 1988 goldmedal
winning hockey player, Performance Director for British Hockey at the London games and now Director of Sport at Millfield School, discusses the London games’ legacy and what it takes to become an Olympian.

 

 

Beyond The Brochure

League tables, car park gossip, Open Days, websites, prospectuses, current teachers... when it comes to choosing a suitablesecondary school for your child how do youknow whose advice to take? How do you decide? And who should decide – you or your eleven year old?

 

 

 

Spring 2013

Perfect Parties

After a couple of children and a few years on the party planning clock thinking ofyet another idea for your child's party can be quite tough.  The thought of something or someone that can make the party sparkle without making your brain ache is very appealing ... so read on for a few party planning and entertaining ideas that should make your child's heart sing.

 

 

Spring 2013

Home or Away

Travel Tips for Happy Families.

 

 

Spring 2013

Ideas for Early Years .....

A variety of clothes, recipes and toys for you and your little ones ...

 

 

Spring 2013

Academic or Vocational Qualifications ..... Which is for me?

Academic capabilities, interests, personality, career aspirations and learning styles of the individual are key factors when considering what type of qualifications, academic or vocational, are the most suitable, and hence in which your teenager has the optimum chance of success.

 

 

Spring 2013

Book Worms

Our suggestions for Teenage Reads .....

 

 

Spring 2013

Managing Your Child's Reputation Online

Private information on the Internet is not so private, and the way your children interact on the web today could come back and harm them later on in adult life.

 

 

Winter 2012

Spoiled for Choice

If you are looking ahead and wanting to plan your child’s
independent education, you may feel overwhelmed by the number of schools to consider. If you are the parent of a girl you are
likely to feel this even more.

 

 

Understanding Exam Boards

There are five exam boards covering England, Wales and Northern
Ireland. The current set-up allows and incentivises innovation in the development of qualifications and the system as a whole provides a broad choice for students and schools and colleges.

 

 

Making the Most of Revision Guides

Exams are a fact of school life, as any student will have discovered. To achieve the best grades students need to revisit what they have learnt (and what they haven’t learnt!), and they must do this in a way which ensures they retain the material for long enough to pass the exam.

 

 

Summer 2012

 

The Benefits of Single Sex Education

Few would dispute that boys and girls are wired differently and consequently develop both physically and emotionally at different speeds.

 

Children's Finances

Many families don't talk about money - but today's financial world is complex, and understanding how money works is a vital life skill.

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Spring 2012


Benefits of Boarding
The words 'boarding school' seem to stimulate deep emotions within all parents ....

 

 

Spring 2012


Filling the Childcare Gap
It is usually quite simple to organise childcare when children
are pre-school age but the real test comes when they start school ...

 

Winter 2011


Troubled Teens
Why are some teenagers slipping into a secretive black hole of "bad behaviour"?  The answer lies in understanding the teenage brain which is extremely vulnerable ...


 

Winter 2011


University Fees What You Need to Know
The new university funding system has been repeatedly slammed in the press since it was first announced ...


 

Winter 2011


Holmes Under the Hammer
The gavel has struck the anvil, but the jury might still be out ...


 

Summer 2011


Who says boys don't read
Dulwich College, an independent school for boys aged 7-18, has three libraries and three thriving book clubs. One of these bookclubs...


Summer 2011


Back to Basics
Back pain is a fact of life, and 8 out of 10 adults will have an acute episode affecting them at some point...


Summer 2011


A British Education
Despite periodic introspection and continued debate about the state of the nation's education system, it must be remembered that...


Spring 2011


Teenage skincare
Whether your skin is crystal clear or congested and spotty, it's extremely important to start looking after your skin from...


Spring 2011


Hooray for Holiday Camps
In recent years, the percentage of dual working families in the UK has risen dramatically leaving millions of parents across the UK with a real...


Spring 2011


Guardian Families for Overseas Boarders
The UK independent sector as a whole educates approximately 628,000 children in around 2,500 independent...


Winter 2010


Suggested Reads
Reading is often described as a gateway to learning. It is also a skill like any other, and therefore needs regular...


Winter 2010


Special or Mainstream?
The crux of a child's education is 'needs'. All children have particular needs, but when when do they start to...


Winter 2010


Somthing to sing about
The benefits of singing have long been known, whether they be educational, spiritual, intellectual or...


Winter 2010


When parents Separate
It is perhaps startling to realise that one quarter of all children in the UK- roughly three million children...


Summer 2010


Supporting Deaf Children
There are over 5,000 deaf children in the UK with moderate to profound hearing loss. Four babies are born deaf every day and nearly all deaf children (over 90%) are...


Summer 2010


Diabetic Recipe
This recipe is taken from ‘The Essential Diabetes Cookbook: Good Healthy Eating from Around the World’ by Antony Worrall Thompson, written in association with Diabetes UK...


Summer 2010


Making Science Interesting
Science has been targeted by the Government as an area of key importance. To this end the national curriculum has been adapted to stimulate and excite a child’s curiosity about...


Summer 2010


Reading Matters
Do not underestimate the power of a book to appeal to the imagination, to broaden a child’s understanding of experiences beyond their own existence,...


Summer 2010


School Fact Finding
What is the academic pace and focus of the school?
Are the pupils grouped by ability? If yes, at what age and are the children assessed in each subject individually or all...


Easter 2010


The Benefits of Tutoring
Let us set the scene. Your child has attended a well-known academic prep school since the age of four. It is traditional, structured and the children are regularly....



Easter 2010


Caring for your Horse
You must first check any stable thoroughly for objects your horse may be able to catch itself on, for example nails, splinters of wood or sharp edges. It is also essential to check the bolt....

 

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Easter 2010


Jamie Oliver Recipe
This recipe is taken from ‘Jamie’s America’, containing quick and easy recipes for the whole family to enjoy. Jamie said, “I wanted to get to the heart of great American food, past....


Easter 2010


Private Healthcare
There are many reasons patients opt for private healthcare, ranging from quick access to treatment to low infection rates. However, it mostly all boils down to one single word – choice...


Easter 2010


Understanding Dyslexia
Dyslexia afects 10% of the UK population, with 4% severely afected, including famous faces such as Jamie Oliver, Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom....


Winter 2009


Buying Books
For anyone who has ever been there, Broadstairs is a long way from anywhere. But in Broadstairs there exists ‘The Albion Bookshop’; the best second hand bookshop....


Winter 2009


Ching-He Huang Recipe
Ching-He Huang is the star of BBC2's popular series Chinese Food Made Easy. Her latest book, Ching's Chinese Food In Minutes shows how to make fresh,....


Winter 2009


Entrance Exam Preparation
NOISE is not appropriate for real revision. A well chosen study room away from the other siblings, yet within earshot of the parent (goal hanging) should maximise the....


Winter 2009


Reducing Exam Success
Celebrating exam success is fabulous for the student as well as for the teachers who have taught them and for you the parents who have supported and shared the exam journey with them....


Winter 2009


Funding Private Education
Rising school fees mean it is not unusual for parents to start thinking about meeting these costs before the child is even born. While this may seem extreme,....


Summer 2009


Choosing the Right School
Family traditions, league tables, child friendship groups and dinner party banter are some of the most frequently used methods that lead parents to make independent school choices.


Summer 2009


Educational Days out
Places to visit during the holidays to enhance your child’s education...


Summer 2009


Fact and Fiction
May you live in interesting times, purported to be an ancient Chinese curse, could not be more relevant to our lives today. Indeed the current times are so...


Summer 2009


Raising Resilient Children
Toxic Childhood, Paranoid Parenting, Cotton Wool Kids; has the pendulum of parenting styles swung towards becoming too child centred, producing overprotected...


Easter 2009


Breast Health
The start of each year is when many people focus on how to improve their health and lifestyle. There is no better time, therefore, to consider how to improve your breast health.....


Easter 2009


Challenging Times
It's the question the media love to ask: what are the main challenges facing the independent sector at present? Last year it was all about public benefit and wrangling....


Easter 2009


Children's Allergies
With allergies and intolerances making headlines on a daily basis, more and more parents are now on the look out for signs of allergies in their children....


Easter 2009


Fitness for Cricket and Tennis
It is important to recognise the benefits of strength and conditioning work to maximise your performance in competition. Practice alone will not bring the best....


Easter 2009


Trends in Further Education
A recent report by Harriet Swain in Times Higher Education suggests that our students are fashion victims, as students’ career choices are increasingly being dictated by the media....


Easter 2009


Healthy Family Food
If anyone asked me what my greatest achievement has been in my life, I would have to say that it has been raising my three daughters. Being a bit of a hot shot career....


Winter 2008


Family Skiing
If all the things you learn to do as a child, swimming is surely one of the few things that will be useful to you your whole life long. There is no reason why...


Winter 2008


Kitchen Confidence
Looking is back on the agenda, along with healthy lifestyles, the credit crunch and our general lack of knowhow. The latest government initiative pledges £150 million to ensure...


Winter 2008


Mastering Modern Languages
Looking is back on the agenda, along with healthy lifestyles, the credit crunch and our general lack of knowhow. The latest government initiative pledges £150 million to ensure...


Winter 2008


Restoring your Body's Balance
There are times when all our attempts to stay fit and free from injury fail us. As health professionals recommend increasing levels of activity to combat obesity and ward...


Winter 2008


Technology Today
I have to admit to being a relatively recent convert to email. My excuse is that I have always had such reliable secretaries and PAs that I have felt intimidated about seeking to....


Summer 2008


Selecting an Au Pair
Traditionally, families have the choice of having a long-term au pair (6–12 months to 2 years) or summer au pair (from June/July to September/October, to help with the children,....


Summer 2008


Entrance Exams and Interviews
It’s summer, so it must be that time of entrance examinations, interviews and all the pressures on children that interfere with enjoying the good weather!...


Summer 2008


What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry related to the correction of problems with the teeth and jaws and their effects on facial harmony. According to the British Orthodontic...


Summer 2008


Surviving the Summer Holiday
As the long months of July and August fast approach, are you daunted at the prospect of entertaining the children for weeks on end or do you relish the thought of quality time together...


Easter 2008


Discipline
Behaviour. Discipline. ἀese are two things all independent school heads are regularly asked about by prospective parents. It’s not surprising...


Easter 2008


Discipline for Parents
Imagine your child keeps pushing his younger brother around, or your daughter comes back late from a party (again!) or maybe, despite being asked...


Easter 2008


Swimming
If all the things you learn to do as a child, swimming is surely one of the few things that will be useful to you your whole life long. ἀere is no reason why...


Winter 2007


Autism Inclusion
This article draws upon the successful experiences of teachers in supporting children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), in ordinary classrooms. Key factors are considered and commented....


Winter 2007


Choosing Exam Subjects
Interest, enjoyment, motivation. These are the three crucial elements when it comes to helping your child choose GCSE or A-level subjects. Choosing a subject because it is....


Winter 2007


The Benefits of a Prep School
It is something of a cliché to say that the greatest gift you can give your child is a good education, but I am sure we all believe it to be true. As parents, we only get one....


Winter 2007


It's time to Escape!
Just as the darkened days herald the onset of another dreary winter, the great British need to escape becomes even greater. And what better time to....


 

 

 
 
 
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