Well I survived the first 2 weeks of term! Well mostly anyway……
I have finally found all those resources I “put somewhere safe” at the end of last term and promptly lost, drunk more coffee than is good for me & almost remembered the names of all the new staff in the school!
I hope it is going as well for all you parents out there too! Have you had to visit lost property yet for a missing school jumper? And just how many school trips/book bags/rafflle tickets/donations have you had to fork out for?
Well help is at hand for those you feel you need it! School reviewer could be the place for you! A forum for parents, secondhand uniform sales (so save money or make it!) and access to some really interesting online study resources for you child to excel at learning – it’s all there for you so see – and join in with!
With the video revision sessions, you will understand what the school is expecting of your little one! If you’re anything like me, you’ll find modern testing is a minefield. The goalposts are moved by the government every year it seems and it is nothing like it was “in my day” but the simple and clear instructions meant that even I could understand the maths GCSE questions – and I’m a total dunce when it comes to numbers!
Working in schools has given me a very different view on what I consider success these days. Whilst there are children who will always succeed academically, there are far more who struggle and have to work so much harder for that same grade. Very often success for a child can be just to make it through the day without tears, or to complete a piece of work without assistance. And we need to celebrate those achievements as highly as we do those roaring exams results and sporting trophies! Remember – the only competitor your child should have at school is themselves! They can only better what they achieved before. Success is not always measured in grades and test results, but how much your child enjoys their school years and that be the best that they can be!
Please don’t always go for the school that comes highest on a league table or has the highest results – that may not be right for you and yours. Go visit the school, get a feel for the place, speak to the other parents and make a decision with all the information you can get. The joy of School Reviewer is that it can be a good jumping off point to help you choose, you can see what others are saying – and offer your opinion too – you can compare the schools in your area to create your short list for visits, and share your journey with other people who understand!
So do go have a look, soak up the information they have and try to enjoy those years with your child – all too soon it will be over and you’ll be trekking across the country for university interviews and moving endless boxes of junk into halls of residence and rental houses – it’s how I spend my summers now & I would happily go back to new pencil cases and sewing name labels into everything!
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