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What to expect, when?

What to expect, when? is a must have document for any parent who has wondered what their child should be able to do and by when. The purpose of the booklet (supported by the DfE) is to help parents/carers find out more about how their child is learning and developing during the first five years […]

Boost family learning to close attainment gaps

Funding family initiatives that empower parents to learn basic skills and also help their children learn at home, can significantly close the attainment gap and boost educational attainment across generations. The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) says that governments should give family learning more support and urges head teachers to fund family learning […]

How I taught my child to read before she started school

I introduced Anaya, my daughter to Home School Connect, in early February 2013 when she was aged 4 years, 1 month. This September 2013, Anaya went up to Reception class from nursery. She started school being able to read and is on Reading Scheme Stage 5/Book Band Green (this is approximately 1 – 1.5 years […]

Home School Connect arrives at 3 House Club in St. Johns Wood

Dr. Sangeeta Silva and Anya Abdulakh, (dynamic mum and owner of club) work together this month to empower local families to support their children’s early reading and maths at home. 3 House Club, a private family members club, in St Johns Wood is a hub for families to access a great selection of kids activities […]

Confidence boosts your child’s academic performance

Children at the top of the class in primary school are likely to do better in exams in the future because they are more confident. According to the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics, test data was collected and analysed of more than two million pupils in England. A survey on […]

Report shows that too many children start school with poor reading skills.

A report from the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) highlights that in the final year of the Early Years Foundation Stage, too many children are behind their peers in literacy.  Even after a year of schooling, the attainment gaps are still present. The report, Requires Improvement, found that an attainment gap already begins to show […]

Parents ‘step back’ from reading to their children once they start school

The Reading Street study focuses on ongoing research into 12 families in Edinburgh, Bristol, London and Manchester, inspired by the “Child of Our Time” TV documentary series. In the latest instalment of Egmont’s Reading Street study into children’s reading habits, the publisher’s consumer insight team surveyed 250 teachers about their pupils’ reading. Teachers are particularly […]

Father’s Story Week June 2013

Celebrate ‘Fathers’ Story Week’ in the week leading up to Father’s Day, 10-16 June. Fathers across the country will be encouraged to start or continue reading with their children given research which claims the powerful influence of father’s reading upon their children’s reading abilities. Put simply, children whose dads read regularly with them, do better […]

New research into home and school early years practices.

The National Literacy Trust is to launch a new research project into literacy in the early years. The aim is to better understand literacy development among three- to five-year-olds. In June 2013, the National Literacy Trust launches its research investigating parent, school and practitioner literacy beliefs and practices concerning children in the Early Years Foundation […]

Maths ability in school significantly effects future earnings

Children who were good at maths as young children, earn significantly more in their 30s, a research study funded by the DfE has found (March 2013). Children with strong maths skills at age 10 earn significantly more in their 30s. This is the main finding of the research published by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) […]