Beware 11+ Burnout

It seems we have hit a bit of a wall with our 11+ exams preparations. All was going well until May – June, but in the last few weeks my son has been increasingly reluctant to do any revision. When he does do some work, he is quite resentful and makes loads of really silly …

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 …

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 …