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Is your child the next Carol Vorderman? Most parents wouldn't feel confident helping their child to achieve that sort of maths brilliance, and fewer still would think of it as being an entertainment option. But that’s because many mums and dads are frightened of maths even though their kids love it, says maths whizz Carol Vorderman. The TV presenter has created an online maths school, The Maths Factor, for primary age children, and stresses that kids can’t get enough of it – if they manage to overcome their parents’ maths fear and persuade them to let them enrol. Keeping the family entertained during weekends and holidays can be expensive, so with all those bank holidays approaching spending some time at home learning maths and having fun doing it may be a sensible and very cheap option. Vorderman says: “A lot of parents don’t like maths themselves and they wonder why a kid would like it. But children are actually very open to it. In this country, there’s a cultural problem with maths and people think you need to spoonfeed it to kids. But you don’t – they love it.” The Maths Factor is an animated website that runs online summer and winter schools and maths learning programmes with different sections according to age – at the moment it helps children aged

from about four to 12, although there are plans to cater for older children in the future. Children can enrol at the school at any time of year depending on which course they want to do, with summer and winter school prices starting from £14.99 per child and maths club prices from £6.99, depending on the school year. The cost covers unlimited access to the chosen course. With the help of various animated animals including moles and rabbits, children can choose whether they want to try adding and subtracting, calculating, etc, and then play interactive maths games, watch videos of Vorderman explaining the maths, or even learn times tables with the help of music. Vorderman says: “Many agree that the greatest gift you can give your children is a good education. In the holidays it’s possible to do just that by keeping your kids both entertained and their minds active. “Research has shown – and teachers know – that unless mentally stimulated, kids can lose an average of, for example, two months learning in English and maths over the summer period, so sums and games can make sure they’re ahead of the game in September. “The aim isn’t to make kids feel like they’re back in the classroom during their holidays, but to excite them about maths in a new, fun

and relevant way.” The schools have badges pupils can win every time they complete a maths task correctly, and Vorderman says children are “dead chuffed” when they win a badge. There’s also a dashboard featuring feedback for parents, so they can see how well their child is progressing. “Parents are surprised,” says Vorderman, “because maths is the killer subject for them, and they're frightened of it, so they put their fear into the children.” To enrol or get more information about The Maths Factor, visit www.themathsfactor.com.


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Beware of the bullies STICKS and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. It’s a well-worn phrase often repeated by parents to children – but the Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA) says that while cruel words don’t hurt physically, the emotional damage can be immense. The charity has recently been focusing on verbal bullying, with the theme ‘Stop and think – words can hurt’. Research by the Department for Education has found that verbal bullying is common among young people, with 31% of youngsters experiencing verbal bullying at the age of 14. Sue Steel, of the Anti-Bullying Alliance, says: “One of the reasons why verbal bullying is the most common form of bullying is that it’s easy to do. Children and adults recognise when they're going over the line physically, but it might not be as easy to distinguish when they’re going over the line in terms of the words they’re using.” There is a difference between what might be teasing and namecalling, and what’s moved on to bullying, which the ABA classes as repeated and deliberate and involves a power imbalance. Steel says: “We think name-calling and derogatory language should be being challenged as one way of pre-

venting it escalating into bullying. “People have always thought that being called names wasn’t that serious – but put yourself in the position of a child who’s being called names or having nasty things said about them day after day. It can have a terrible effect on them psychologically and on their selfesteem.” The Alliance says verbal bullying can include notes passed in the classroom, or cyberbullying involving sending nasty, offensive or threatening text messages or emails, posting offensive comments on social networking sites, or spreading rumours and lies through them. The ABA advises that signs a child is being bullied – verbally or physically – may include them: n Showing signs of stress – being moody, silent or crying, or bullying a younger sibling or friend. n Making excuses to miss school, such as stomach complaints or headaches. n Seeming upset after using the internet or mobile phone, or changing their behaviour – for example, no longer wanting to look at new text messages immediately, or being secretive and unwilling to talk about their online activities and phone use. n Changing their eating habits. n Sleeping badly.

n Wetting the bed. The ABA advises that parents who find out their child is being bullied should try not to panic, and Steel says: “Your role is to stay calm, reassure them that help is at hand and provide a quiet place where they can talk openly about what’s happening.” Steel says if bullying is happening in school, the school has a responsibility to tackle it, but says: “Parents need to work with the school in the child’s interests. What matters is resolving this. Visit www.anti-bullyingalliance. org.uk, or call the Family Lives helpline on 0808 800 2222. For advice about dealing with cyberbullying, visit www.cybermentors.org.uk.


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Opening September 2012 A brand new, 21st century way of teaching and learning Fulham Enterprise Studio (FES) will open on the site of the former Kingwood CLC in Kingwood Road, offering a new type of mainstream education and a different style of learning for boys and girls aged 14-19, with a Sixth Form: • Specialist, hands-on and project-based learning • Regular work placements with local businesses • Altruistic volunteering opportunities • Extra curricular activities including Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme • Team of Personal Coaches • Laptop and free wireless broadband access for every student

Freedom to accelerate and personalise learning • First Studio School in Inner London • Mainstream education – different style of learning • Students’ pathways determined by interests and abilities • KS4 Core National Curriculum – GCSE English, Maths, Science and more • Practical and applied learning – Construction – Performing Arts (Production) • Sixth Form Level 3 BTEC, AS and A levels

A Fulham College Federation School and part of Fulham College Boys’ School Tel: 07581 332427

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Homework – join the club EVERY parent knows that getting kids to do their homework can be a struggle, as they’d much rather be hanging out with their mates, or doing something fun. Now a new initiative is aiming to combine work and fun, so that kids who find it difficult to study at home have another option to help them get their homework done. A youth worker has secured the financial backing of the O2 Think Big youth programme to expand the homework clubs she runs in London into a national scheme, where the clubs are run at youth clubs or other spaces such as community centres, so studying is alongside recreational and social activities. Research commissioned by the O2 Think Big programme found that almost two-thirds of 11- to 18-year-olds admit to needing to do up to two hours more homework per week to succeed at school. The new clubs are the brainchild of youth worker Marie Perryman Goins, who says: “Homework plays a big role in a young person’s academic development, but all too

often young people who fail to complete homework are written off as lazy and disinterested, when in reality, many youngsters just need a bit of extra support and encouragement when they leave the school gates. “Designed by young people for young people, these homework clubs provide space and resources for youngsters to come together and complete homework assignments in a fun, supportive environment.” The idea is that the clubs are informal spaces at youth clubs, community centres and the like, with resources including computers, desks and calculators that children and young people can use to complete their homework, with the help of youth workers or other adults, and their friends. And if they want a break or don’t want to do any more, they can put their pen down and go and play table tennis or have a coffee with their friends. “Some of the kids I was working with were complaining that they were getting into trouble at school for not completing their

homework, and consequently they got into trouble at home as well,” says Perryman Goins. “They were spending their free time hanging out at the places I was working, so I said bring your work down here and I’ll help you, and it evolved from there. It’s the young person's choice to come. If they don’t want to do it that’s up to them. The clubs are looking for further funding to employ tutors to help, so young people can get academic support above and beyond that which they might expect from their parents. The homework clubs are backed by hip-hop artist Chipmunk, who says: “When you're 15 or 16 you’ve got lots going on in your life and homework isn’t always high on your list of things to do, especially if you’ve not got someone at home in your ear. Perryman Goins recommends that people who want to start a homework club should initially speak to youth leaders. For information and a ‘how to’ video guide to starting a club, visit www.o2thinkbig.co.uk.


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An Exciting New Era for Education in Kingwood Road, Fulham FCBS is an all-ability, non-faith school, offering traditional, single-sex, classroombased teaching for boys aged 11-16, with a focus on achieving National Curriculum GCSE and BTEC qualifications. • Transition Learning Mentor for students joining in Year 7 • Dedicated Year 7 clubs and activities • Interactive learning, educational trips and visits, PE and extra curricular opportunities including Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme Bringing forward the best of the boys’ school on this site for over 60 years: • 2012 best school in Hammersmith and Fulham for Value-Added and in UK top two per cent

• Most Improved School in the Borough with a 15% increase in the number of students achieving 5A*-C including English and Maths • 90% of students achieved 5 A*-C grades • Ofsted ‘Good’ in 2010: “a happy and harmonious environment”

Students at FCBS qualify for priority admission to Fulham Enterprise Studio (FES), a new mainstream school for girls and boys of all abilities aged 14-19, with a Sixth Form. FES offers a hands-on and project-based learning approach leading to GCSE and BTEC, and NVQ, AS and A Levels.

A Fulham College Federation School Tel: 07581 332427 Fax: 020 7386 9645 Email: FCBS@fulhamcollege.net


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Where was your child today? AROUND 64,000 children skip school without permission every day – and many of their parents just don’t know what to do about it, writes Lisa Salmon. As well as being worried about what their child is doing when he/ she is playing truant, many are also scared of being fined or even jailed themselves. Now, a report from the charity Family Lives says the best way to tackle the problem is for the government to consider non-punitive measures to combat truancy, such as encouraging all schools to offer family support. Anastasia de Waal, chairman of Family Lives, says: “Many of the parents Family Lives works with have experienced a breakdown in the parent-child relationship that leaves them unable to enforce boundaries. They’ve tried everything they can think of to persuade, cajole, bribe or force their children to attend school and have nothing left to try.” De Waal explains that there’s usually an underlying reason for truancy, and the report found four

main causes: n Home and parental pressures, including a lack of parental engagement in their child’s education and learning, or a chaotic home environment. n Peer relationships, most significantly bullying which can make children frightened of going to school. n School-based reasons, including problems with the system, or leadership issues. n Problems with the child, including low self-esteem, educational disadvantage and mental health issues. De Waal says: “If we want to tackle truancy, it’s not about telling kids it’s good for them and their education to go to school – they know that. The reason they’re missing school needs to be identified.” Truants are often not just missing out on their education, but engaging in risky behaviour which could hurt both them and others, including drug and alcohol use, and theft. Parents of children who truant should talk to the child's teacher or other staff at the school to try

to identify a way forward. “But parents feel like they’re the bad guys, and it’s not a question of turning for support, but instead that they feel like they’re at fault. This is the problem, and it’s a lot to do with the attitude that’s been taken – doing things like fining parents is not an effective solution.” The charity suggests that the government should consider how to encourage all schools to offer family support, and look at how to share good practice between schools. It also wants schools to think about how to get parents involved in their child's education, although many parents feel there are barriers against them getting involved, which may include their own poor experience of education. However, Christine Blower, general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, points out that while a relationship between schools and parents is key. Call the Family Lives helpline, Parentline, for free on 0808 800 2222, or visit www.familylives.org. uk.


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Come and join our success! FCGS is an all-ability, non-faith school offering traditional, single-sex classroombased teaching for girls aged 11-16. Students become active, confident, global citizens as they work towards National Curriculum GCSE and BTEC qualifications. • Transition Learning Mentor for students joining in Year 7 • ‘Big Sister’ buddy scheme • Interactive learning, educational trips and visits, PE & a range of school clubs Our impressive exam results continue to improve and in 2011 students achieved: • 96% 5A*-C grades • 73% 5A*-C grades with English & Maths • 74% of students achieved at least 1 or more A/A* grade • 53% of students achieved at least 3 or more A/A* grades

Plus A*-C grades were achieved by: • Over 80% of those sitting Additional Science, Art, Drama, English Language, French and RS • Over 90% in English Literature, Science Single Award and Product Design; and • 100% of students studying Biology, Chemistry, Media Studies, Music, Physics GSCE and Science, Travel & Tourism, Business and Health & Social Care BTECs Students at FCGS qualify for priority admission to Fulham Enterprise Studio (FES), a new mainstream school for girls and boys of all abilities aged 14-19, with a Sixth Form. FES offers a hands-on and project-based learning approach leading to GCSE and BTEC, NVQ, AS and A Levels.

A Fulham College Federation School Tel: 020 7381 0861 Fax: 020 7386 5978 Email: school@fulhamcross.lbhf.sch.uk


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Misbehaving or ADHD? IT’S easy to label a child who constantly misbehaves as a problem child – but the truth may be that the child can’t help misbehaving, because their problem is ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). The genetically-determined condition is thought to afflict around three to seven per cent of schoolage children, but only one to two per cent of children are diagnosed and many of the remainder don’t get appropriate support and exhibit such problem behaviour that they are excluded from school. In fact, ADDISS, the charity that supports the families of children with ADHD, says that recently it has noticed more ADHD children than ever being excluded from school. Children with ADHD show disruptive behaviours which can’t be explained by any other psychiatric condition and are more extreme than simple misbehaving. They have difficulty focusing their attention to complete specific tasks, can be hyperactive and impulsive, and can suffer from mood swings and “social clumsiness”. But the condition doesn’t necessarily prevent those who have it from achieving – famous people who are said to have, or are thought to have had, ADHD include Mozart, Pablo Picasso, Elvis

Presley, Einstein, John F Kennedy, Tom Cruise, Billy Connolly and Justin Timberlake. Holly Evans, an educational advisor for ADDISS, says it’s particularly children with undiagnosed ADHD that are excluded, as those who’ve been diagnosed have an 'official' disability and shouldn't be excluded under the Equality Act. ADHD is caused by a combination of factors, including changes in the parts of the brain which control impulses and concentration, and genetic and environmental factors. Problems often arise at school with ADHD children because they’re impulsive and emotionally immature. “They make the same mistake over and over again, so schools start to feel exasperated as they put interventions in and they look like they're not making any difference.” Those with ADHD don’t have the inner voice that tells normallyfunctioning people how to control their daily life such as by getting to school/work on time, learning from the past, and understanding time periods. They may have lots more energy than other children, and while they have difficulty concentrating, they can concentrate on the things they love, a symptom of ADHD called

hyper-focusing. She says parents often feel their child isn’t just misbehaving and has ADHD, because they realise the child can’t help their behaviour. “It’s never going to be an easy ride if you’ve got an ADHD child, but with the right parenting, the right support from clinicians and teachers who are aware of the condition, they can do well and be successful adults.” ADDISS offers specific ADHD training for individual teachers or whole schools, and local authority behaviour support teams can also help teachers understand the condition. For more information about ADHD, visit www.addiss.co.uk.


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If so, come along to the Brunel University School of Sport & Education Open Day on Wednesday 2nd May 2012. Taking place on our Uxbridge campus, our Education experts will be giving presentations about our various courses and will be available to answer any questions you have about those courses or about a career in education. There are two sessions in which the same material will be presented: 10.00 - 12.00 and 18.00 - 20.00 To reserve your free place at one of the sessions, please visit www.brunel.ac.uk/sse/open-days or email us on sse-tpo@brunel.ac.uk

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An apple a day ALL parents want to give their children the best start in life – and a vital part of that is a healthy diet. But more under-fives than ever are attending childcare, and responsibility for their diet lies with childcarers as well as parents. As most parents know, providing healthy food for toddlers is far from easy. But, after an independent report flagged up demand from both childcare providers and parents for clearer guidance on what to feed children under five, the School Food Trust (SFT) has stepped in with new voluntary guidelines that it hopes nurseries, childminders, nannies, pre-schools, children’s centres and playgroups, will follow. The Eat Better, Start Better guide includes information about the foods childcarers should offer young children, portion sizes, sample menus and recipes, advice on tackling fussy eating, and how to

involve children in food and cooking activities. School Food Trust nutritionist Tricia Mucavele said: “It’s really important to establish good eating habits early in life – it’s critical for children's health.” It’s also important that children under five eat a diet appropriate for their age, rather than for older children and adults, as young children are growing quickly and have high energy and nutrient requirements for their size. Mucavele points out that more than a fifth of children are overweight or obese by their first year at primary school, and says the guidance will help to address the issue. She says: “A diet for older children and adults is inappropriate for the under-fives, because an adult diet should be low in fat, sugar and salt and high in fibre, but if you had a low-fat and high-fibre diet for

children under five it would be too bulky.” It’s hoped that as the guidelines also include information about involving children in preparing healthy food, they’ll share this with their parents so a more healthy approach to food is adopted at home as well. Mucavele explains that what childcare settings needed was practical guidance, so the new information explains the types of food children need, the amounts, and how often they should eat. Finished recipes included in the guide have been photographed on a plate to illustrate the correct portion size, and the recipes feature enough for five servings, which may be appropriate for a childminder, and 20 servings for nurseries. The guidelines can be downloaded at www.schoolfoodtrust.org.uk/ eatbetterstartbetter.


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We offer A Levels and GCSE courses allowing you to choose from a wide range of subjects, giving you choice and flexibility. We are also offering 3 exciting new employment focused courses : 2 vocational courses to get you ready to work as an IT Professional or in Child Care and a Level 3 certificate in Horticulture in collaboration with the Duchy College, Cornwall You will be taught by well qualified and highly enthusiastic teachers who are committed to excellence and will offer you stimulating and challenging lessons. You will be part of one of the newest Sixth Forms in the borough and will work in a fantastic ÂŁ8.7m brand new building, equipped with state-of-the-art facilities. You will be working with fabulous students who belong to a happy, supportive community, which promotes tolerance and mutual respect. We are committed to providing success for all of our students and will support them throughout their time with us and on to the next stage in their career, whether that is university, college or work. We are keen that our most able students should progress to a wide range of universities, including Russell Group universities and Oxbridge.

The Executive Headteacher and staff of Phoenix welcome you to an Open Day on Wednesday 9 May 2012. The Open Day will provide an opportunity for students and parents to see what is on offer at the Post 16 Centre, to meet teachers and students as well as viewing the excellent facilities. At the Open Day on 9 May, visitors are welcome at the Post 16 Centre between the hours of 9.15am and 6.30pm, with guided tours taking place at 10.30am, 2.30pm and 5.30pm. Students interested in applying for a place at Phoenix Post 16 Centre can contact the Post 16 Administrator on 020 8749 1141 ext 256 or email denise_hogan@phoenix.lbhf.sch.uk or visit the website at www.phoenixhighschool.org

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This magazine is packed full of valuable information about schools and colleges for all ages, whether your child is looking forward to their very first day at school or is preparing to sit their A-levels. You can find tips on feeding your child a healthy, nutritious diet, how to deal with truancy and bullying, and help for parents of dyslexic children or those with ADHD. Read on to discover why storytime is so important for little ones, and how much time on the computer is too much. There's also advice from Carol Vorderman on encouraging your own budding maths whizz, as well as the lowdown on a new wave of homework clubs aimed at teens who want to enjoy their social lives, too. Turn the page and discover how to be an Education Expert Contact Education Expert Key Account Manager: Caroline Edwards Account Managers: Sandy Samuel and Amanda Lees

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Let me tell you a story MANY parents see reading with their children simply as a means to an end of their child learning to read, writes Lisa Salmon. Some forget that reading can be enjoyable, and recent research suggests that nearly all primary school teachers (98%) are concerned that not enough reading for pleasure is taking place in some of the nation’s homes. The research, by Booktime, the national free books programme for reception-aged pupils run by the charity Booktrust, found stress and lack of time are key reasons for parents not reading with children. However, Rosemary Clarke, director of Bookgifting at Booktrust, says reading with children can be a real stress reliever, and can take just 10 minutes a session. “Once you get into a routine with it, it’s a joy – it’s one of the few times when you sit down oneto-one, just you and your child,” she says. However, 40% of parents aren’t sharing books with their children for pleasure and the research found that not reading just for the fun of it is having an impact on the time pupils spend reading and talking about books in school. Teachers said they could see a

clear difference between children who are read with at home and those who aren’t – 72% of teachers attributed developed language skills and more advanced reading levels to those children who regularly enjoy shared book time with a parent at home. “The prize of encouraging a child to love books and stories is way beyond just the ability to read,” says Clarke. She advises parents to go to the library and choose several books with their children, pointing out that if a book's too hard for them to read on their own it doesn't matter, because if their mum or dad is reading it with them they can understand stories way beyond what they can actually read. The research also revealed that one in four parents (24%) now use a digital or audio device in addition to books to read with their child. However, books are still the preferred reading mode: 86% of parents say their child prefers reading using a book. “I don’t think there’s any reading device that’s bad and you shouldn’t use,” says Clarke. “Apps and ereaders are containers for stories.” But whatever the story container, the pace of modern life means that

some parents say they haven't got enough time to read with their children. Clarke stresses: “You can make time for the things that really matter to you. And if you act like it’s a chore, your child will pick up on that. Whatever else is going on in your life, take 10 minutes to read a story. If you do it often enough, you’ll start to enjoy it. It’s not just worthwhile for your child, it’s worthwhile for you.” She adds: “If you’re a parent, giving your child a love of stories and encouraging them to be a thinker is an absolute priority. “You’re giving your child the message that you’re doing something together that you both really like, and that brings a warm, confident familiarity with books and reading.” More than a million books have recently been given to receptionaged children through Booktime, as a gift from the educational publishers Pearson. Peter Hughes, head of corporate responsibility at Pearson, says: “A passion for reading is one of the greatest gifts we can give. Good reading skills are the basic cornerstone that helps all of us progress throughout our lives.” Visit www.booktime.org.uk.


Halliford School Shepperton

Halliford is a small school where the staff are able to get to know all the pupils personally, facilities are good, teaching is excellent and the atmosphere is friendly. The administrative centre is a fine Georgian House set in six acres beside the River Thames, behind the house are modern buildings housing light and airy classrooms, a Theatre, Library and a fully equipped Sports Hall. There are sports fields on site with additional facilities within walking distance. The Sixth Form at Halliford is co-educational and girls are made very welcome, they rapidly come to play an important part in the life of the School. The building of our new Music, Art and Sixth Form Centre is scheduled for completion this summer. This will provide outstanding facilities for Art, a new Music School including a recital room, music IT suite and recording studio, along with extra space for our growing numbers entering the Sixth Form. The project is an outward and visible sign of the confidence and sense of purpose that exists at Halliford. There will also be a cafeteria for Sixth Form and staff. Emerging from this vibrant community the Halliford student goes out into the adult world equipped with self-confidence, a sound education, awareness of the needs of others and often examination results far beyond his or her expectations. OPEN DAY - Thursday 3rd May - Tours 9.30,11.30 & 2.30 by appointment OPEN MORNING - Saturday 6th October - 10am-12noon (HM Presentation at 12noon)

Halliford School Russell Road Shepperton Middlesex TW17 9HX

Tel: 01932 223593 Fax: 01932 229781 www.hallifordschool.co.uk Email: registrar@halliford.net Registered Charity Number: 312090

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An Independent Day School for boys aged 11-18 and girls 16-18 set in six acres close to the River Thames


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Be a dyslexia champion ALTHOUGH one in five children has difficulties with reading and writing through no fault of their own, they are sometimes viewed as lazy or slow, and not given the help they need. Many of these children have specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia (difficulty with words), dyspraxia (difficulty with movement and co-ordination), or dyscalculia (difficulty with maths). The conditions are not always picked up quickly by schools, and this can be frustrating for parents who often don’t know where to turn. The Dyslexia-SpLD Trust, a collaboration of organisations involved with specific learning difficulties, is taking steps to help such parents by recruiting a network of Parent Champions who understand the challenges the

mums and dads of children with specific learning problems face. Dyslexia Action, one of the members of the Dyslexia-SpLD Trust, says without the correct identification and support, such problems can be a barrier to learning and can lead to failure at school, exclusion or anti-social behaviour. For many children who struggle to learn, their behaviour and confidence can be badly affected. Tim Mungeam, spokesman for

the Dyslexia-SpLD Trust, says: “Our Parent Champions will play a vital role because they understand the challenges mums and dads are facing. We’re not looking for experts – we’re looking for people who care, who know what families are going through and can offer support at a time when many parents feel isolated.” The idea, says Mungeam, is that the Parent Champions will act as a source of information from the expert organisations to parents locally, and also help the organisations understand what’s going on for those parents. “They’ll be the voice and the ears of the experts in the local community,” explains Mungeam, “to tell us about the issues that mums and dads are concerned about so that we make sure we're supporting families in the best way possible.” The Trust is looking for volunteers – who don't have to be parents themselves – who are passionate about helping parents and carers of children with dyslexia and other difficulties with learning, and can give an hour a month to help families in their local community. That help might involve directing them to the right organisation to help with problems at school, or passing information from parents whose children have had a full diagnosis on to other parents. Mungeam says: “We want Parent Champions to be our heart in the community and to be someone other parents can talk to so they know they’re not on their own.” Visit www.parentchampions. org.uk, or ring the Parents Champions line on 020 7921 4530.


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Capel Manor College Wis h y o u we re h e re

Capel Manor is London’s largest land-based college. Many of our student’s go on to set up their own businesses and have fulfilling careers working with flowers, trees, plants and animals. With five centres across London we are within reach of anyone with a passion for the great outdoors. Subjects offered include: Animal Care, Arboriculture, Countryside Management, Floristry, Flower Arranging and Horticulture. For a prospectus ring 08456 122122, visit www.capel.ac.uk or email enquiries@capel.ac.uk. For details of open days and advice sessions visit the website or scan the barcode.

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AN OUTSTANDING SCHOOL

We are justifiably proud of our achievements at Hurlingham & Chelsea over recent years. Most notably, there has been significant improvement in examination results in each of the last seven years. They are expected to continue to rise further. Our aim is simple: to develop an internationally renowned learning community that provides outstanding education to enable our students to excel academically and to develop into creative and well -rounded citizens of the future. We are a truly multicultural school with a student body that fully reflects the vibrancy and diversity of London. Our community is underpinned by a strong ethos that is unashamedly committed to equity, inclusion and social justice for all. We have pioneered work on school improvement in urban educational contexts and in doing so we are developing a profile that extends well beyond our local community. Central to this work is a commitment to innovation and improvement that is widely shared. We demand that students work hard to overcome any barriers to achievement and they are well supported by a committed and caring team of teachers that ’always go the extra mile’ to produce results that are consistently impressive. Learning is the centre of everything we strive to do - be it with our students or young teachers new to the profession. Expectations are high. Every student’s progress and personal development are monitored rigorously to ensure success. If you have a child at primary school and wish to find out more about our offer, please do not hesitate to contact the school to arrange a visit.

Headteacher: Dr Philip Cross Peterborough Road, London, SW6 3ED Tel: 020 7731 2581 Email: info@hurlchel.lbhf.sch.uk www.hurlinghamandchelseaschool.com

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