• Nurturing the University Transition
    Nurturing the University Transition

    The move to university represents a major life change with all of the excitement, but also some of the worry, that change brings about. As you prepare to make that move, your A Level exams just around the corner and UCAS offers in mind, getting the grades is your main focus (and rightly so). Your grades become your passport to university, to a new way of learning and living, and to future career opportunities.

    This move, however, is about more than just the brown envelope in your hand on results day. It may be the first time you have lived away from home, dealing with the challenges that life throws up without your usual support network. With it will come a new set of opportunities: meeting and living with new people; making new friends; joining new clubs; and experiencing new ways of learning. It’s important, therefore, to think about using other skills that will prepare you for university life, to cope with new pressures and thrive in a different, academically challenging environment.

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  • Reaping the benefits of the 10+ exam
    Reaping the benefits of the 10+ exam

    If you are considering putting your child forward for the 11+ grammar testing then you will understand the fierce competition and pressure these examinations can cause for 10 year olds and parents alike.

    The 11+ grammar tests follow the state Primary KS2 SATs, these SATs results are used to track your child’s progress, but they are also useful for teachers to compare how well each child is doing with their peers, both in their school and across the country. Teachers tend to put a lot of emphasis on the importance of these tests and last year it was reported that 27% of children were “stressed” about their SATs tests(source: ComRes).

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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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