Monthly Archives: July 2012

Olympic Ceremony

  Wow, what a start to the day, Olympic Torch going from Hampton Court Palace on the Thames, carried on the Royal rowbarge Gloriana. Coupled with Big Ben chiming for 3 minutes, with churches across the country doing the same. … Continue reading

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Five Tips to get Kids Reading

Five Tips to get Kids Reading. Some really straightforward tips from Sarah at Kip McGrath Tonbridge. I really like point 3, the impact for children seeing their parents read is huge, especially for boys seeing their dad’s reading. Our two … Continue reading

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Staycation!

Following on from this blog post in April the Fisher family decided that rather than sit on a beach or around a hotel pool we were going to do a staycation this year. We decided that we wanted to really … Continue reading

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Why phonics needs to be part of a wider mixed strategy.

I’ve been an avid reader of Michael Rosen’s blogs and particularly his crusade about reading. As a teacher I came late to the debate. It was only when I moved out of teaching PE into a SplD unit in a … Continue reading

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Pay it Forward

Thought of the day… When you are frustrated/cross with other people, don’t get mad, vow to do good things for other people that day, focus your energies on the positives! Pay it Forward Friday! http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0223897/

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School Reports

Last Friday was an exciting day in the Fisher household, our two children were getting their reports. They have had a good year, they’re settled and happy (a move last June had forced a change of school) Hannah had passed … Continue reading

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Phonics Screening Check Scores

Like many parents in my situation (Year 1 son involved in the first year of the process) I continue to be somewhat mystified by the Government (not schools, I realise the teachers I talk to are in broadly the same … Continue reading

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Michael Gove criticises School Governors

Originally posted on Kip McGrath Scunthorpe Tutors' Blog:
Governors hit back at Gove’s ‘badge of status’ comments BBC |July 6, 2012 _ Governors have hit back at the education secretary’s claims that they can be “local worthies” who view their…

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Preparing my child for secondary education

Preparing my child for secondary education. This is a most fabulous blog from Clare and Martin Rimmer of Kip McGrath Lisburn about the process of transferring to Secondary School. As the father of a daughter moving to Grammar School in … Continue reading

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English and maths ‘to be taught up to 18’

Under new proposals from Michael Gove the Government want pupils who do not receive a C grade at GCSE maths to continue studying maths to 18. Sean Coughlan of BBC Education explains “The changes, linked to raising the leaving age … Continue reading

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