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A poetry competition by Premier League

We at BritMums can’t be the only ones to have had lumps in our throats during the recent Premier League Primary Star’s advertising campaign which features primary school children and international footballers reciting the William Hickson poem “Try, try again”, below. The video publicises the Premier League Primary Stars initiative, aimed to give resources and […]

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How to make school shoe shopping easy #ad

Shopping for shoes has come a long way since we were at school. Who can forget the annual ritual during which one longed for anything with a hint of heel or a smart buckle. You’d be presented with a regulation pair (ho-hum), known by parents as sensible shoes and, by us, as beetle crushers. Now, […]

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Naughty parents, term-time holidays & what’s going wrong

There’s a telling word in the judgment handed down today by the UK Supreme Court about parents, children and term-time absences. The Court ruled in favour of education authorities in their appeal against a father who refused to pay a fine after taking his daughter on holiday during the term. The ruling in effect upholds […]

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How gamer-fication helps kids & parents to learn coding

How do we get our children to go from passively watching YouTube videos to learning the skills to create them and their own games and websites?  How do we turn a fan of the biggest YouTube gamers into a hero themselves as they play both detective and coder in a quest to solve an exciting […]

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Top tips to help your child when they’re struggling to adjust to secondary school

The transition to secondary school can be a culture shock for many young people, accompanied with a host of new pressures and problems. During this period your child will require support to face the different challenges they are faced with. These challenges include peer pressure, body-confidence, and making new friends; all in an environment that […]

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Catfishing or fraping? Know your cyberbullying terms

It sounds like a different language but one our children are becoming all too familiar with. From “catfishing” to “fraping” to a “roasting”, there are terms flying around that as parents, we need to be aware of, if not only to be able to speak to our children in the language they are using and […]

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Can you pass the 11+ Grammar School entry test?

After recent news that the Prime Minister Theresa May is planning on lifting the Grammar School ban that Tony Blair introduced in 1998 and wishes to reintroduce selective schools in the UK by the end of the year, a professional services marketplace has asked the question: Could you get into grammar school? Grammar schools were […]

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6 tips for teaching kids about ‘screen time’

In May the LSE held an event bringing together researchers, policy-makers, parenting organisations and children’s media professionals to discuss whether parents need a new approach to ‘screen time.’ Here are some of the top findings. For more you can follow Alicia and Sonia on Twitter or check out their blog summarising the latest research on […]

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40 ways to keep your kids safe online

  Our children are growing up online – on their computers, tablets and ever-present mobiles. At our #SecureKidsOnline Twitter chat, we talked about how to protect our children online and teach them smart practices that will serve them for years. The chat was sponsored by F-Secure, a leading European cyber security company with decades of experiences defending […]

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10 tips for revising for the 11+ exam

For parents with children taking the 11+ exams in January, this Christmas season is less about carols and mistletoe, more about timed tests and revision papers.  One BritMums Dad weathered the storm last year and is preparing for it again. The most important elements for success are planning and support: get sample tests, allow time […]

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