What Will The Changes To The GCSE Grading System Mean For Our Kids?

Here’s a question for you. On a scale of 1 - 9 how would you rate the new GCSE grading system? Wait, what? New grading system? Actually, before you get rating, we’re going to be perverse and throw a small spanner in the works. Make that a scale of 9 - 1, where 9 is the best and 1 is the worst. Has it got any easier yet? Well, as of this summer’s exam results, GCSEs in English, English Literature and Maths will be graded not according to the traditional A* - G lettering system but instead … [Read more...]

The cost of further education

“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those whom prepare for it today” The cost of further education in whatever shape that may take has become a huge challenge for many families.  A full-time student in the UK (excluding Northern Ireland) starting a course in August 2016 would expect to pay up to £9,000 a year in tuition fees. A loan is always a possibility to cover some or all of these fees. However, add to this multiple living costs, such as accommodation, books … [Read more...]

The White House enters the BBC Radio 2 “500 Words” Competition

We are delighted to let you know that yesterday The White House School took part in the annual BBC Radio 2 "500 Words" challenge, now in its seventh year. Our Year 3-6 children watched the 'live lesson',and have started writing their stories which will be entered to the competition. The children are free to choose their own subject focus and our Year 5 class will be basing their stories on the War, a subject they are studying currently.  We are thrilled to take part in this brilliant … [Read more...]

How parents can reduce exam anxiety

At JK Educate we help families deal with every stage of education, from 7+ entrance exams and SATs to A levels and University applications. Entire families can get weighed down with the ongoing pressure for children to succeed, but there are many tactics parents can use to lighten the load. Here are a few simple tips to help your family deal with exam stress: Preparation and organisation If your child has tests or exams coming up, ensure that they know well in advance exactly when … [Read more...]

A Kind Christmas at The Falcons School for Girls

The pupils at The Falcons School for Girls on Woodborough Road have spent a month spreading kindness as part of an initiative they developed to raise awareness for national Anti-Bullying Week. Continuing the anti-bullying theme into December and not limiting it to one week, the girls in every class helped to create a daily calendar filled with random acts of kindness. Each day, one girl was selected to open the calendar and announce to their class what act of kindness they should all aim to do … [Read more...]

Dulwich Linguistic takes pupils on a journey beyond languages and cultures

This Michaelmas term, Dulwich College embarked on its latest free learning enterprise, “Dulwich Linguistic”. The week saw the whole school from Reception through to Year 13 crossing frontiers into the languages and cultures of countries beyond the English-speaking world. The week challenged boys’ linguistic limits, their perceptions of how they see themselves in a rapidly shrinking world and heightened their appreciation of communication in all its forms. The week transformed all parts of the … [Read more...]

The Return of Ravenstone School

March 10th 2016 was a momentous day for one local school in Balham. It was the day Ofsted published their report on Ravenstone Primary School, declaring it good. The welcome news closed the door on a dark period for the school, stretching over two and a half years, following the inspection body’s previous report, ‘Requires Improvement’. The newly reinvigorated school won’t be stopping at good. Its website declares that: “The journey does not end here and we are now striving towards becoming … [Read more...]

Record-breaking rower talks teamwork and resilience at Woldingham

Emma Mitchell, who completed a world record breaking row across the Pacific, spoke at Woldingham as part of our ‘Thinking Big’ Speakers Programme.  The coxless rowers spent 257 days at sea, at times spending hours rowing against unfavourable currents just to stay on course. Emma talked to the girls about the importance of teamwork, values and resilience.  The all-women rowing team relied upon six core values to keep them focussed and motivated, often in the face of setbacks and extreme … [Read more...]

Growth Mindset article for nappy valley by Jonny Gilbert, Deputy Head Teacher of the Roche School and Educational trainer.

  Meeting parents on a daily basis, I often hear them speak of their desire for their child to fulfil their potential – academically, artistically and in sporting terms - as well as being in an environment in which the child is happy and supported. In the current over-heated London independent school market, there is a certain amount of anxiety attached to ensuring that the child’s “potential” is maximised and the growth in extra-curricular tutoring has been the clearest sign of the … [Read more...]

STREAM South London Book Festival 2016

STREAM South London Book Festival patron and former Children's Laureate Malorie Blackman OBE, and author and illustrator Marcia Williams help celebrate Shakespeare's 400th anniversary at this year's Festival. Malorie Blackman will discuss her most recent Young Adult book Chasing the Stars, a retelling of Othello set in the future, in conversation with author Tony Bradman. Younger readers can enjoy the perfect introduction to the Bard with Marcia Williams and her marvellous book Bravo, Mr William … [Read more...]

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