Grammar Schools Clock Is Ticking

Yes, it’s yet another 11+ post. You see, once we’ve decided to go down the ‘let’s try to get our child into a grammar school’ route, it has taken over my life.  With the deadline fast approaching (only three months to the Selective Eligibility Test – the first exams round), we breathe and live revision and practice test …

It Can’t Be June Already…

It can’t be June already, can it? Well, technically speaking, it is still May as I write it, but let’s not fuss over the last few hours that are still left of it. Seriously, I really don’t know where the time has gone this spring. As most mothers of school-age children, …

I Need A Holiday

Yes, that’s right – I am in a desperate need of a holiday. I am not necessarily talking about going somewhere sunny and warm (although that would be very nice);  in fact, I don’t actually need to go anywhere as such. I just need a break, from pretty much everything. This …

I Am Not My Children’s Friend

One of the first videos of me and my first-born, recorded after we’d come home from the hospital, shows me lifting him out of …

The Cost Of Getting Through 11+ Exams

Quality and affordability of education in the UK, especially at a secondary school level, is often a controversial and divisive subject. This is even …

11+ Preparation – Can It Be Too Much?

11+ exams are looming… With just over six months left before selective secondary schools exams, pressure is building up. Let’s face it – preparation for entrance exams at 11+ is stressful, both for children …

How 11+ Can Change People

Those of you, my readers, whose children have been, or are going through, 11+ preparations and exams, will probably relate to what you are about to read.  …

Perfect Christmas Does Not Exist

Christmas has just gone and very soon New Year’s Eve will be out of the way, too.  After that, we can breathe a sigh …

3 Annoying Things Other Parents Do

Chances are, those of my readers who are not parents themselves can find many more than just three annoying things about parents in general …