Joanna Boon

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This year has clearly been challenging for everyone – particularly children and young adults, as their lives have been majorly disrupted, their education messed around, and opportunities closed off. We hear that message a lot and it starts to sound rather hopeless, but it shouldn’t be! Children are surprisingly resilient and there’s a lot we...
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Here are six summer challenges to keep active and engaged this summer. They can be adapted across age ranges and are a great way to keep learning fresh after a particularly tough academic year. Remember, we’re always here to help!   Keep a travel log Staycations have been all the rage this year and have...
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As we come towards the end of another, rather strange, academic year, it’s important to be mindful of our wellbeing. Burnout impacts both teachers and students, especially with Teacher Assessed Grades being thrown into the mix. Here are five ways we can continue to look after our wellbeing in these final weeks:   Keep an...
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Here are five Easter activities across subject and age ranges. We support students’ studies right across the curriculum but we’re always happy to offer ideas on how to develop a child’s education outside the classroom. So, if you’re looking for activities to try this Easter, here are five ideas that can be adopted by the...
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For many women, education has been the key to a better future. These eight women not only used education as a tool for themselves but created a legacy that enables opportunities for others too.   Savitribai Phule When? January 3rd1831 – March 10th1897 Who? Indian social reformer, educator, and poet. She helped found the first...
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The private tuition sector has been expanding rapidly over recent decades.  ‘Having a tutor’ has become the norm, and many more families access tuition services compared to 50 years ago. With such an ever-growing industry comes a lot of competition – you may have noticed an increased amount of start-up tuition companies that have popped...
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Maths is a subject that many people find challenging at one time or another. It’s incredibly important to our day to day life however, so gaining confidence in the subject can make a massive difference. One of the best ways you can teach maths is to put it into context for students. This is true...
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The first few years of a child’s life are crucial to their development, but many families aren’t given a huge amount of educational guidance or support until they start school. So how does language develop? What’s the best way to introduce young children to shapes and counting? Why is developing motor skills so important? We...
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The exams for private schools in Manchester happen throughout January each year. They are competitive exams that help your child gain admission to some of the best schools in the country. They normally include a maths and English paper, of which Creative Writing is a part, and Verbal Reasoning. Some also include a Non Verbal...
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Everyone has their own view on assessment. For some people that one final exam at the end of two years of study for the GCSE or A Level gives students something to aim for, having a tangible goal pushes students to work hard and therefore achieve their very best. However, others argue that continuous assessment...
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