Joanna Boon

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As we settle into the winter months, keeping students engaged in their education can become something of a challenge. Incorporating games and play can keep learning fun – but does it really have benefits? When we think of ‘play’ we’ll all do so in different ways. Some of us may remember games from our childhood,...
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What motivates students to learn? While the answer may differ between individuals, there are common threads that can be drawn upon. Maslow famously suggested a ‘hierarchy of needs’ in order for humans to flourish. Once our ‘basic needs’ have been met, we are more able to develop self esteem and then the self actualisation that...
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Now we’re through the disruption of the initial week back to school, here are our top tips for settling into the academic year ahead. These five suggestions are designed to help you make the most of what will hopefully be a more ‘normal’ academic year.   Get organised Many students don’t ‘get organised’ until later...
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Here are five suggestions to help you to keep learning going in a fun way over the summer holiday. They all assist in preventing the renowned ‘summer slide.’ Get in touch for more ideas or to work alongside one of our brilliant tutors to support your child’s education.   Find a summer project Taking on...
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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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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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