Primary school education

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Starting primary school is a milestone moment. Even if your child has been at nursery or playgroup, the leap to Big School can feel like a challenge.

We've info and advice on the issues you and your child are likely to face during their transition to, and progress through, primary school.  

 


Choosing a primary school

Choosing your child's first school is a big decision. Not sure where to start? Take a look at advice from other parents who've been through it.

How to apply for primary school

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Getting your child into the primary school of your choice often means navigating a minefield of admissions procedures. Don't panic, we're here to help.



Primary school admissions appeal

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Want to appeal a school admissions decision by your local authority? Our need-to-know guide will help you through the process.




World Book Day costumes

WBD is just around the corner (3 March) but there's no need to panic with so many simple costume options and our step-by-step guides to making them at home.



New primary grading system

The levels system you may have become familiar with for test results and tracking students' progress is being replaced – find out what this means for your child's school reports.




Packed lunch ideas

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Put a smile on your child's face when they open their lunch box. Here's some inspiration beyond soggy sandwiches.

Home education

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Choosing to home educate your child is a big decision. Get the low down on what's involved and swap tips with others who are already doing it.



Bullying

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Bullying can take many forms. Find out what you can do to help if your child is being bullied or you need to tackle unacceptable behaviour.

Learning

Chapter and verse on how and what children are taught in primary school.



The ultimate school uniform shopping list

School uniform

Buying new school uniform needn't be a chore – shop online for all the essentials with these tried and tested choices for every budget.