Preparation Is Key

With the emphasis on academic life, it's often difficult to remember that our young people need a range of 'softer' skills as part of their tool kit for the real world. Lesley Finlay finds out what schools are doing to...

We Hear It From The Kids

Hector, age 2½ says… What’s your favourite thing to do with mummy and daddy? (When I wake up at 5am everyday…) I like to build things out of Duplo with Daddy. What’s your favourite story? ‘The Elephant and the Bad Baby.’ What’s...

All Change (Again!)

If there is one thing that characterises current education policy it's change. Horror stories abound: easy exams, poor marking, university fees, student loans and fewer jobs to go around; it's enough to send most parents running to the hills. Lesley...

Pro-Active

Sports teachers chat about their own school games experiences...

Speaking The Same Language

Our young people will be working in an ever-expanding global marketplace, and despite appearances, speaking a foreign language will be a valuable tool in their skills box. Lesley Finlay finds out why...

Room To Grow

It is cold outside but there is plenty you can do in the garden with your budding gardeners. Lesley Finlay found that this is a great hobby to share with the children - with delicious results...

Over the Rainbow

Art can help change lives as Lesley Finlay found out when she visited the Rainbow Gallery, a therapeutic, creative arts centre in the heart of the Rare Breeds Centre...

Domestic Heroes in Training

More of us are taking up long-forgotten domestic skills from knitting and sewing to baking. Where we lead, our children are following, as Lesley Finlay discovered...

The Art of Debating

Are we losing the art of good public speaking? Not if our schools have anything to do with it as many now develop thriving debating chambers where the skills are honed, ready for adulthood, as Lesley Finlay found out...

Here To Help

We explore how schools are easing the pressure on working parents...