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So what is behind China’s expertise in Maths (and Table Tennis), can we emulate it and what might they want to learn from us?

by ParentalChoice
in schools, Relocation, Hong Kong, Global Mobility, Education
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Parental Choice have recently expanded into Asia with operations in full swing in Hong Kong.  As a result we have taken a look at the Chinese education system.  It is famous around the world, but how does it compare to the UK?  Liz Browne, was privileged enough to travel to Beijing earlier this year and ...

Preparing your child for starting secondary school

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in schools, Education, Children
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With excitement and a little trepidation your child will move on to secondary school in September! As a Headteacher watching parents dropping off their child I would observe the parents initially displaying more nerves than their son or daughter. If your child has had the opportunity to visit the school before starting or taken part...

Starting Primary School

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in schools, Education, Children
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For all parents there are key events that remain firmly fixed in the mind. One such day will be the day your child commences formal schooling. Personally, I can still feel the tiny hand that clutched on to mine as it was gently pulled away and Mrs Honey, my son’s first Primary School teacher, gave ...

The Homework Battle

by ParentalChoice
in teaching reading skills, schools, Family, Education, Children
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Homework, as many of us know at Parental Choice, can be a battle at the best of times so we turned to educational expert Rachel Vecht, founder of Educating Matters (www.educatingmatters.co.uk), for her top tips on how to win the homework battle. “Over the past twenty years, homework is certainly a topic I have thought ...

Not Underestimating the Power of Networking

by ParentalChoice
in Working Mum, Work life balance, schools, Career
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Networking doesn’t stop when you become a parent. In fact its power becomes even more important. Parental Choice asked Louise Websiter, founder of Beyondtheschoolrun, for her views on networking: “Sometimes I think we underestimate the power of our networks and yet when becoming a parent there is never a more important...

Choosing a Secondary School

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in schools, Children
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If you have a child who is due to transfer to secondary school in 2018 or later it is likely that you are already thinking about which school you would like them to attend. This article will guide you through the admissions process for state schools and give you some points of thought to consider. ...