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Re: Seeking tutor

Unless you are preparing him for a particularly difficult test or he is really behind on his targets you really don't need a tutor at 5. You can achieve the same on your own even if you feel you don't have the confidence or skills to help your child. There are many resources out there you can use an...
Replies: 5
Thu Mar 05, 2020 7:32 am

Re: MIL stayed for 2 months over Christmas and is back in 5 months

Put yourself in your MIL's shoes or your husband's shoes. If you had a son that lived thousands of miles away, would you not want to take every opportunity you can to spend some time with him and his family? Or if the tables were turned and you lived in Australia, would you think it reasonable for y...
Replies: 14
Mon Mar 02, 2020 6:09 am

Re: How big is the academic gap between Honeywell and Newton Prep?

Elenita, there are no schools in the UK now that are not focused on exam prep. Our obsession with league tables and destinations means that every school now teaches to some sort of syllabus which is usually pegged to one exam or the other. Prep schools are probably worse in this case as they have to...
Forum: Chat Here
Replies: 31
Mon Dec 23, 2019 10:49 am

Re: How big is the academic gap between Honeywell and Newton Prep?

Interestingly vlm79, I was a secondary school teacher before my children were born and I did differentiate teaching. At secondary level, it is expected and Ofsted looks for evidence of that including checking teachers' planners. At least they did when I taught. State schools have many problems that ...
Forum: Chat Here
Replies: 31
Mon Dec 23, 2019 10:04 am

Re: How big is the academic gap between Honeywell and Newton Prep?

There is definitely an academic gap between an outstanding state school and a good prep like Newton. My children started at an outstanding state school with extra curricular activities that could rival many indies and I felt there was no need to move them until the younger one started agitating. Whe...
Forum: Chat Here
Replies: 31
Mon Dec 23, 2019 7:15 am

Re: False Positive HIV

When did we become so litigious that a clinical mistake like a false positive HIV test becomes a legal matter? If you do get legal representation, I hope firstly the matter proceeds to court and secondly you win. Otherwise, it could be a costly exercise for what is essentially a non-event.
Replies: 9
Fri Jul 19, 2019 5:01 am

Re: dishonest about bursary application

I don't think this is about the deception but that you are perhaps envious that her son has been offered a place and a bursary. Although what she has done is wrong, I can't see how it affects you. I am not even sure it is a criminal offence. Before you go to the school, think about whether you want ...
Forum: Chat Here
Replies: 19
Sun Jul 14, 2019 8:52 pm

Re: Four stabbings and a fatal shooting marks bloody evening across Wandsworth, Clapham and Plumstead

One of the reasons often overlooked is the high teen pregnancy rates we had in the 1990s and early 2000s. This means that there are many children who were born to children many of whom didn't have the parenting skills or the social support needed. Children in these circumstances tend to live in a ho...
Forum: Local News
Replies: 6
Tue Jun 18, 2019 7:23 am

Re: 7+ KCS exam prep

My son did Dulwich College's 7+ and he also came from a state school. I find that there normally isn't a big gap between teaching in the early years of state schools and preps so he should be fine. We didn't tutor him as I don't think that is necessary. If you have to tutor a child at 6, either that...
Forum: Schools
Replies: 4
Sat Jun 01, 2019 8:52 am

Re: 7+ exams and selective schools generally

DulwichMum, I agree that in the early years a very bright child will probably do just as well in a state school as in an independent school. This is why I think if paying fees is a stretch, save the money for secondary school. As children get older, the gap between bright state school children and t...
Replies: 8
Thu Apr 18, 2019 7:34 pm

Re: 7+ exams and selective schools generally

My son will start at Dulwich College Junior in September. He is currently in a state school. He decided at the end of Year 1 that he wanted to move schools because he had had enough of being bullied (yes the words of a 5 year old after 2 academic years, but I digress). I only registered him for Dulw...
Replies: 8
Thu Apr 18, 2019 8:40 am

Re: Wanted: a Flute

My daughter has a Jupiter 700 which I bought on eBay for £106. They are about £350 new. It produces a wonderful sound. And I can tell you that since she's got her own flute (which makes a really good sound) she has progressed rapidly. The school flute was a Nuvo and she struggled to play tunes and a...
Replies: 8
Mon Feb 25, 2019 7:02 pm

Re: Looking for non-selective private secondary or prep

I am very interested in this post because my daughter is in Year 4 and we are thinking of what to do next. She is in a primary school where it is obvious they don't do much all day long. Her aspirations don't match her current school so we were wondering whether it should be extra tuition or bite th...
Forum: Schools
Replies: 13
Mon Feb 25, 2019 6:07 am