How to analyse poems using SMILE

Any student studying at a UK school or an International school will have to analyse poems in English Literature, because the GCSE and IGCSE exam boards have a collection of poems (anthologies) to be studied.  At least one of these poems will need to be analysed in an exam. Most boards will also expect a

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PEE paragraphs: why are children taught PEE?

If you have a child at a UK school or an international school you will probably have heard of PEE paragraphs.  They are a very common, almost ubiquitous tool for teaching children to write analytical essays.  However, parents are often confused about what they are, their importance, and why children are taught to write this

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Mind Map

Mind maps: how they can help your child achieve

What is a mind map? Mind maps are a visual snapshot of your child’s ideas set out as a diagram.  Mind mapping is a planning technique that has been taught in education for many years now. It is a quick and effective way to capture a student’s ideas, see how their ideas link to the

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English Comprehension

English comprehension tests: help your child succeed

English comprehension is a key test of English skills in exams.  It is required to pass the 11+, 13+, GCSE and IGCSE.  So what are the key skills being tested and how can your child score high points on the test? Understanding Explicit and Implicit Information The single most important skill in an English comprehension

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English Essays

7 Ways to help your teenager with English essays

I have often heard parents say that they’d like to help their teenager with an assignment, but they’re not sure exactly how.  The new GCSEs and A levels have muddied the waters even further, as most parents are now unsure exactly what is being tested.  Assessment objectives can certainly seem confusing, but there are some

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Support Child GCSE Alevel

Understand your child’s GCSE, IGCSE or A level

It is hard to understand your child’s GCSE, IGCSE or A level if you do not have a background in education. Parents often tell us they are completely confused by the courses their children study at school.  This is perfectly understandable, as the GCSE/IGCSE and A level courses certainly appear complex and confusing.    Everything

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Language Skills: how we can learn from the world around us

Turning accidental language learning into fun practice Like language skills, all subjects come with practical applications in the ‘real world’. Classic examples include mental maths being handy when calculating the expected cost of supermarket purchases. Whilst having a good knowledge of written English and grammar helps you to appear professional. This is even more evident

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stress and anxiety

Stress and Anxiety: 10 ways to help your child

Stress and Anxiety – What’s the difference? At this time of year, many of our children will be experiencing stress and anxiety. This blog clarifies the difference between stress and anxiety and provides 10 ways you can help your child create good mental health and resilience. What is Stress? A person experiences stress when faced

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