Category Archives: Teaching and Learning

#TwitteratiChallenge

It was a lovely surprise to be nominated by @kim_benham for  #TwitteratiChallenge . Kim is an inspiring and dedicated early years professional who writes at https://sparklingpreschool.wordpress.com/  When I read Kim’s blog in full I realised that I too could now nominate … Continue reading

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How to support your child’s learning, no the answer isn’t supervising homework.

Do you want to spend your time standing over your child to check homework or would you rather help your child develop the values, skills and knowledge to be independent and self reliant. Some children are born with powerful drive … Continue reading

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7 myths about the advantages of starting school at 4 years old

Children in the UK start school in the September of the year in which they turn 5. Most children, except those with a very early September birthdate, will be just 4 years old. The legal requirement is actually to begin … Continue reading

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Why I don’t believe that motivation is irrelevant to success

Research has been published recently which claims that motivation is irrelevant to results in schools. They even suggest that as motivation goes down in high performing countries like Korea then results go up. The danger here is the failure to … Continue reading

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Creating confident learners: is a growth mindset enough?

The advantages of a Growth Mindset are well known and many schools now have an active Growth Mindset policy. Growth Mindset is a brilliant and deceptively simple concept based on Carol Dweck’s research. She has identified that learning is more … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on the dangers of relying on experts

Politicians want, so they tell us, to make our schools the best in the world. This should be inspiring but somehow it has descended into a day on day drip feed of criticism and reform proposals that create the impression … Continue reading

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How to help your child become a confident reader

Reading makes you smarter is the conclusion of a research project which followed 1890 pairs of identical twins from the age of 7 to 16. The research team led by Dr Stuart Richie of Edinburgh University has shown that being … Continue reading

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G is for Growth Mindset: The A TO Z of a Flourishing Childhood

Introduction. When we give children a great start in life their chances of being happy, confident and successful soar. As a Child Psychologist I’m interested in what works to give each child what they need to flourish. I’ve focused on … Continue reading

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Playing to Learn: 10 reasons why play is vital to healthy development.

Children at play are not playing about. Their games should be seen as their most serious minded activity” Michel de Montaigne 16th century writer Children learn through play, but equally importantly, play teaches children how to learn. There is wide … Continue reading

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What children really need from early years provision is time for high quality play.

Politicians of every party want to make their mark on education. Their policies however, don’t always reflect the evidence of what works and can stem from firmly held beliefs that are resistant to reason. We currently have a government which … Continue reading

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