• The Value of Homework
    The Value of Homework

    Homework has been with us for as long as we have had schools and it seems always to have been the subject of debate.

    Yet even in the relatively recent past, homework was not as universal as it is now. Only twenty years ago, just 60% primary schools made their pupils do homework but as pressure for results has increased, so has the ubiquity of homework.

    Of course, there are always rebels, particularly amongst primary school heads. Every year there are headlines in the education pages of the newspapers reporting that a head teacher somewhere has abolished homework in favour of allowing children to relax and enjoy the freedom to play in their childhood. Opponents of homework often cite the American academic Alfie Kohn in support of their argument. Kohn wrote the influential study “The Homework Myth: Why Our Kids Get Too Much of a Bad Thing.’ Reflecting on his research Kohn observes, ‘What surprised me is not the downside of homework, but the fact there appears to be no upside. No study has ever shown an academic benefit to homework before high school.’

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  • Entrance Exam Preparation – When To Begin?
    Entrance Exam Preparation – When To Begin?

    When your child is busy with homework and after-school activities it is tempting to wait until the last few months to concentrate on preparation for these tests – but this can be a mistake.

    Building familiarity takes time
    Despite all the stories about new tests that cannot be revised for, we are all aware that familiarity with a new subject or situation is the key to facing the challenge with confidence. Unsurprisingly, the 11+ and pre-tests are no different.

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  • Engaging with the great outdoors
    Engaging with the great outdoors

    For all of us, getting “green-time” promotes positive emotions and natural curiosity. It provides an instant energy boost, improved mental outlook and improved cognitive focus for all ages.

    The county of Kent and South London suburbs are becoming popular areas for couples to expand and bring up their families, benefiting from beautiful surroundings, luscious green fields, wonderful smells and being able to enjoy the wonderful nature our country has to offer are the main attractions.

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  • Excellent Education at Babington House School
    Excellent Education at Babington House School

    At Babington House, “pupils throughout the school display excellent attitudes to learning that are evident in all that they do, and an atmosphere of happy endeavour permeates school life”, independent school inspectors find.

    In November 2016, Babington House School had an Educational Quality and Compliance Inspection by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI).

    The school received the highest grade possible in all categories and across every age group which, under the new Inspection Framework, is described as ‘Excellent’. This is very rare indeed particularly for an all through school from 3 to 18 years. Babington could not have done better and such a result from a more robust inspection framework is a remarkable achievement for the school community.

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  • All being well…
    All being well…

    The importance of maintaining good physical health is something we all understand. We may not always choose to follow the lifestyle rules but certainly most of us know what we ‘should’ be doing.

    When it comes to mental health, however, we tend to wait for symptoms or warning signs to arise before considering the health of our minds. Sadly, there is still a significant stigma attached to discussing these problems, despite the fact that statistics tell us one in four people in the UK will experience mental illness each year and that more than half start by the age of 14 – and 75% by the age of 18. That is why it is increasingly important for schools and parents to work together to promote wellbeing amongst young people.

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