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Research and Evidence on School Starting Age

<a href="/articles/research-and-evidence-on-school-starting-age">Research and Evidence on School Starting Age</a>

Earlier this month the "Too Much, Too Soon" campaign made headlines with a letter calling for a change to the start age for formal learning in schools. Cambridge researcher David Whitebread, explains why children may need more time to develop before their formal education begins in earnest...There are several strands of evidence which all point towards the importance of play in young children’s development, and the value of an extended period of playful learning before the start of formal schooling. Read full article

Five Years Jail Term for Seeking a Better Education for Your Child?

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2012/03/01/five-years-jail-term-for-seeking-a-better-education-for-your-child">Five Years Jail Term for Seeking a Better Education for Your Child?</a>

I thought I’d misunderstood the headline: Homeless Mom Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for “Stealing” Son’s Education. How do you steal someone’s education? Did this mother forge her name on to her son’s graduation certificate, or masquerade as him during his University biology class? No – U.S. mother, Tanya McDowell, simply placed her five year old son in a school district in the United States in which she did not have permanent residence. When I investigated further, I found that the headline was not entirely accurate: McDowell was actually issued with a twelve year sentence, suspended after she serves the first five years. Read full article

High School Choice - It's Not Actually About You

<a href="/blogs/catherinesim/2011/03/23/high-school-choice-its-not-actually-about-you">High School Choice - It&#039;s Not Actually About You</a>

Many of you would have recently had the completely terrifying first day at school experience, and I'm not necessarily talking about those cute little things in their oversize uniforms, skipping off without a backward glance. No, first days at school are way more terrifying for parents ... The really big decisions came with high school ... Read full article

Parents and Teachers - is there a Great Divide in Education?

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2011/01/30/parents-and-teachers-is-there-a-great-divide-in-education">Parents and Teachers - is there a Great Divide in Education?</a>

Today the Sunday Telegraph published a story headlined "Our Great Divide on Schools Revealed." The gist of the article is that parents want more say in the running of schools and they want the best teachers rewarded. I say yes to both of those ideas but I don't believe there's necessarily a "deep divide"... 49% of teachers surveyed do not want excellent teachers to receive more than their colleagues that under-perform ... 48% of teachers do not want “bad teachers” to be sacked Read full article

Emotional Intelligence, Parenting and Education; Part 1 of Interview with Dr Karen Hansen

<a href="/articles/emotional-intelligence-parenting-and-education-part-1-of-interview-with-dr-karen-hansen">Emotional Intelligence, Parenting and Education; Part 1 of Interview with Dr Karen Hansen</a>

Part 1 of an interview with Dr Karen Hansen from the Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne Australia about the definition of emotional intelligence and why it is important in parenting and education. Dr Hansen also points out the importance of emotional intelligence as a protective factor in the incidence of depression. Read full article

The Best School for Your Child

<a href="/parenting-resources/choosing-a-school/the-best-school-for-your-child">The Best School for Your Child</a>

Book: The Best School for Your Child by Erin Shale. This book offers parents a guide to identifying the high school that will best meet the unique needs, qualities and strengths of their son or daughter. The author is an Australian teacher and high school counsellor. Read full article

Interview With Erin Shale - The Best School For Your Child

<a href="/articles/interview-with-erin-shale-the-best-school-for-your-child">Interview With Erin Shale - The Best School For Your Child</a>

“There's no one best school in the world obviously but you can maximise the chance of your child being as happy as possible by selecting the right school.” If you are choosing a high school for your child, this interview with school counsellor and author Erin Shale is packed with guidance and ideas for parents going through this importance process. Read full article