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How to bring maths to life at home

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 […]

Early Years Support? We’re here to help.

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 […]

How to prepare for private school 11+ exams

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 […]

Teacher assessment to replace GCSE and A Level examinations – what this means for your child.

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 […]

Tier 4 Study Hacks

Here are four Tier 4 study tips to make learning effective in these challenging times. With the learning of our children once again being disrupted by a delayed start, this isn’t the January school return that most of us had hoped for. There are ways to make the most of this time however, and our […]

Six winter celebrations around the world

Hanukkah In winter, followers of the Jewish faith light a special candle holder called a menorah. The menorah is lit in memory of an ancient miracle, where one day’s worth of oil burned brightly for eight days in the temple. This holy time is celebrated with festivities including eating special potato pancakes called latkes and […]

Winter reading recommendations

We all need a little adventure and escapism right now; while restrictions on travel remain, it’s a great time to make the most of the extra time at home. Here are our top five winter reading recommendations to help get you through these colder months. Get in touch with your favourites – we’d love to […]

Why you should consider buying an up-and-coming franchise

Franchising is on the march and making great strides towards assuring that its businesses succeed. Statistics from the Natwest BFA survey 2018 illustrate the recent trend: there are over 900 franchise systems in the UK; over 48,600 franchise units employing over 710,000 people (an increase of 89,000 in 2 years); franchising contributes £17.2 billion to […]

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 […]