• 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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  • Surviving National Offer Day – Appeal advice
    Surviving National Offer Day – Appeal advice

    Secondary state school offers are already out there and with the Primary offers recently issued, this is an apprehensive time as it gets more difficult to secure one of those desired school places. It can be tough surviving National Offer Day when the realisation hits home that the best performing state schools are massively oversubscribed.

    If you have not been offered a place for your child at your preferred school there are routes you can take. You can appeal and put your child on waiting lists for any other school you have applied for.

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  • St. Olave’s SET (Selective Eligibility Test)
    St. Olave’s SET (Selective Eligibility Test)

    The Parents association at St Olave’s Grammar School are organising a series of Familiarisation (Mock) Tests to give pupils a true experience of what the St. Olave’s SET will be like, both in terms of the school environment and the content.

    The format of the Familiarisation Tests will be identical to the real SET and personalised feedback will be provided to parents showing where their child was placed within the cohort. From this parents will be able to identify any areas in which their child may need support.

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  • Smart Revision for Reformed A levels
    Smart Revision for Reformed A levels

    With most subjects now overhauled and exams taken at the end of the course there’s even more pressure on students to adopt effective revision tactics.

    This summer sees the first new A level exams and the return of traditional three-hour papers in some subjects. They are designed to be tougher with less coursework and more demanding questions. The new A levels are not modular so it’s no longer possible to plan revision in bite sized chunks for each paper. The option to retake parts of the exam to boost the overall grade has been removed and students retaking in future will have to redo the complete A level.

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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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