Education Top Tips

Educational games for rainy days

As the second lock down continues and we’re shut up indoors on rainy days, it’s a good time dig out the old board games – even though it’s probably more of a Christmas day tradition. Here are our five recommendations for educational games:   Fortunately / Unfortunately This simple game requires absolutely no set up […]

Balancing academic success with wellbeing through exam season

Mock and re-sit season feels even more pressured than normal this year. Not least, because there’s a concern that mock results may end up having a bearing on overall results as they did last year. Those mock grades have in turn contributed to many students resitting exams this winter – giving them a chance of […]

Spooky learning activities for Halloween

The history of Halloween The history of Halloween takes us on a dark and dangerous ride – from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain through to the American traditions we know and (some) love today. We often forget that the following day, November 1st, is All Saints Day – but it was this tradition, instigated […]

Three top tips on finding family time

Finding family time in the midst of school work and your own deadlines can be a real challenge. The return to school this year has been even more pressured than normal, so it’s important to take a breath and spend time with the family. Here are three top tips on how to juggle the academic […]

How to keep learning fun over October half term

We’re edging closer to the first holiday in these strange new times and, with the lack of schooling we have seen so far this year, it’s a very good idea to keep learning going. Of course, it’s important to take a break as well – we all need that – but if children can have […]

Five family friendly cafes to try this Autumn

With the continuing uncertainty, there’s never been a more important time to support local businesses that are right on our doorstep. Here are five family friendly cafes that you could take your children to this Autumn.   Our Kid Our Kid is a little café based in Chorlton that also sells children’s toys and school […]

Does it feel like your child’s learning has gone backwards?

We’re a month into the academic year and students have hopefully now settled into their new routines. For some of you however, it may seem as if your child’s learning has actually gone backwards in the time that they’ve been away from school. This is not an uncommon pattern. The more you exercise for example, […]

Autumnal craft activities

September has been even more full on than usual this year with the most unusual ‘back to school’ transition we’ve ever seen. It’s important we all take time to get outdoors and enjoy some exercise to blow the cob webs away. If that can be paired with an opportunity to get creative then even better! […]

Taking a re-sit? We’re here to help!

To say it’s been an unusual year would be the understatement of the century. Many students are understandably frustrated at not having sat their exams or not having all the fun of leavers’ day and saying a proper goodbye to their peers and teachers. Predicting a child’s grade is not an exact science; nor are […]

Get ready for the Trafford entrance exam

Not quite clear on the difference between Verbal and Non Verbal Reasoning? Unsure of how to apply for the Trafford Consortium? Or what the exam involves? Don’t worry, with ten years of experience – we can make all that simple for you. The Trafford Consortium of exams is a brilliant opportunity for your child to […]

Our ‘back to school’ offer

Children will settle back into school in different ways. For some, it will be really exciting to see their friends again and to have that structure brought back into their life. For others, it will be an understandably daunting thing to face. Many will need support to catch up with work they’ve missed – but, […]

September support: we’re here to help

It’s fair to say that the 2019/2020 academic year was probably the strangest we’ve ever seen, so here’s to hoping the next one gets off to a smoother start. For many children, returning to the classroom will be a daunting experience. We’re here to try and make that transition back to school as smooth as […]

Back to school checklist for September

Here’s a quick and handy list of what you’ll need, ready for students returning to school in September. Remember, you’re not alone – supporting your family’s well-being remains a top priority for us.   Previous school work If your child still has work remaining, from before schools were closed or received during lockdown, it’s a […]

Outdoor learning this summer

After so long being cooped up in self-isolation, many families are really looking forward to getting out and about again this summer. Heading outside, particularly while the weather is nice, can also provide a fantastic opportunity to learn. Here are some subject areas that can utilise the great outdoors:   Nature Learning about the world […]

Summer Catch Up Tuition

This academic year has been far more disrupted than normal and it is still not completely clear what the picture will look like in September. It is clear, however, that a return in some form will take place and that many students will need support to make that transition. When children have been away from […]

Should poetry be dropped from the curriculum?

On the 4th August, the government announced that poetry is one of the subjects that can be dropped from the GCSE curriculum. The decision seems to have been taken after growing concerns that teachers will not be able to cover the syllabus in time – given how much school time that has been missed by […]

Free educational games that don’t require any set up

These six, easy to play, games are completely free and can be adapted to match any age. Many students who have been feeling the pressure of studying at home will welcome the opportunity to learn in a more relaxed, creative way over the summer. The games are also important in preventing a summer slide in […]

Summer Workshops – Chorlton

We’re very excited to be making a return to face to face tuition as lockdown lifts. At the end of August, we are running a transitional week of summer workshops to get students ready to return to school in September – after an unusually long break! We will be taking lots of precautions, from social […]