Category Archives: Parents

Working with the Enemy

I have a confession to make. I have taken my children out of school for educational reasons. Personally I’d never do it just ‘to go on a holiday’, especially not to Disneyland (which they’d hate anyway). Even though we have … Continue reading

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No Safe Route

I was brought up in London. The infant school I went to was just up the road from our house, and I would walk there with my mum and my sister, along the wide, tree lined London pavements. Sometimes our … Continue reading

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How Do You Solve a Problem Like Assessment?

“What have you got for me?” She sat down on the leather chair and put her hands on the desk. She leaned forwards slightly, but she didn’t meet their eyes. They looked nervously at each other. Who would be first … Continue reading

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Educating the Babies

It’s a funny thing, the Early Years Foundation Stage, because it runs from birth to five years old. It is the longest key stage of all. These are the halcyon days before the State insists that you must educate your … Continue reading

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The Source of the Knowledge

What would happen if you handed over the management of a setting to the parents of the children who went there? Would they be excessively demanding, expecting things to be constantly adjusted for their own child? Would they put the … Continue reading

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Shame on You

This week there was a story in the news about a school where the head teacher wrote a letter to parents, politely asking them to stop dropping off their children in the mornings while still wearing their pyjamas. Only a … Continue reading

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One of the lessons I’ve learned from helping to run an early years setting is that feedback works best in loops. In part, this is of necessity when you work with very young children. You have to know what the … Continue reading

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Building Bonds

One of the things that I think we do really well in our preschool (and in the early years sector generally) is to build bonds with parents and carers. In part, this comes about of necessity – when you help … Continue reading

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The Prevention of Inadequate Parenting

Our school is taking part in the Prevention of Inadequate Parenting (PIPs) Programme*. Tick one answer for each question: 1. How often do your parents read books to you? (a) Every day (b) Three or more times a week (c) … Continue reading

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Somebody’s Child

One of the most striking differences for me between teaching in primary, and teaching in secondary, is the depth of the relationship that we can develop with each child. This is not to apportion blame: it is a simple fact … Continue reading

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