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[29 Sep 2008 | 22 Comments | 10,360 views]
End Homework

Why are we as a nation so obsessed with homework, we send our children to school at an earlier age than any other country and our school day is longer, we have shorter holidays and our children have more homework than other country. The results of all this are we getting better educated children, no, higher result than others, no.
I would never suggest we should not help our children at home, help them to read and write and if they ask help with maths or what ever subject they …

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[16 Sep 2008 | 4 Comments | 2,364 views]
Sex Education for Babies

All parents face difficult questions from their children asking, “where do I come from ?” “how did I get here ?” etc. It happens at different ages and depending on the age should depend on the answer they are given. I am sure most parents will agree the truth is the very best answer but it is the degree of detail that is so important. No five year old wants the full story in Technicolor regarding their parents sex life or anyone else’s they are satisfied with …

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[22 Aug 2008 | One Comment | 2,528 views]
Helicopter Parents

“Helicopter parents take over every aspect of children’s future” (Guardian)
It is understandable that parents as the main finance source are keen to be involved in their young adults future in university this has always been the case to a degree. The danger now is we have many more universities and thousands more student attending, student who would have been in college and attending from home and many who would have been working so we are now talking about another level of student who would not have in past …

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[12 Aug 2008 | No Comment | 1,590 views]
Dangers of the Internet

Way back in the early 1980’s I took part in a Granada programme on the then concern for use of violent arcade

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[12 Aug 2008 | 4 Comments | 2,608 views]
Do Parents Really Sue

We are continually being told, well at most teacher conferences, that schools avoid doing events and outing because parents are always ready to sue for any mishap. Well I have asked many many parents from both primary and secondary one, would they sue and two, do they know anyone who has and to date and not one has come to light. I have no doubt there will those amongst you who can point me to an example but in the grand scale of things these are a …

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[5 Aug 2008 | 10 Comments | 4,565 views]
Parents Wrap Children in Cotton Wool

Interesting and irritating to read the Director of Play England criticising parents for being over protective of children perhaps he should read the news more closely, it is schools who have banned conkers as they have stopped many of the playground games we remember. Is it schools carrying the health and safety policy to far or is local education authorities who put out these edicts. In the last few weeks of term we heard about sports days not allowing the egg and spoon race or the …

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[31 Jul 2008 | 2 Comments | 1,830 views]
Teachers Challenge Decline in Parenting Skills

It is really concerning for many parents that we have yet another teacher’s union leader going to conference with such a negative approach to parents and parenting skills. We are all aware of the problems in today’s society but to label parents in the national press in this way does little good and does not affect those who are being discussed. I worked for 13 years as an OFSTED lay inspector and way back in the early 1990’s I visited some school in certain areas where children were neglect and …

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[28 Jan 2008 | One Comment | 1,879 views]
It’s different for boys

Tests show that boys have fallen further behind girls at primary schools. But children are individuals who develop at different rates., Parents are always to keen to monitor their children’s progress at school. So the release of the latest education figures – in particular the fall in the achievement of boys – will raise concern. Research over a number of years has identified the achievement of boys as being below that of girls, particularly at primary age.
This has been debated by successive governments, and been the subject of further research. …

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[26 Jan 2008 | No Comment | 6,229 views]
Message From Margaret Morrissey

I have been a parent in education for over 30 years as well as working as an OFSTED Lay Inspector in all types of schools, I have also played an active membership role in PTA’s since the 1980’s. During the last teachers pay dispute 21 years ago, I founded a parents association to bring parents and teachers together. Since that time I has been part of the National Confederation of Parent Teachers Association and through this have spoken to hundreds of parents and teachers, frequently broadcast on local and national …

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