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Preparing Your Child For Starting School

Starting school is an exciting time for young children and their parents. It can be a daunting time, too. But with a little preparation and encouragement, most children will settle in easily at school.

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Preparing For The 11+

If your child is in year 6 at school then they could be getting ready to sit the 11+ on the 7th September and will receive the results on the 12th October.

The tests are multiple-choice with a separate answer sheet. They are marked by an...

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Summer Reading Challenge 2017

Every year, thousands of families all over the country take part in the UK's biggest reading event for children in libraries, the Summer Reading Challenge, run by the charity The Reading Agency.

The aim of the challenge is to get children to...

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Public Support Needed For A New School!

An application for a new all-through free school in the South Sevenoaks area will be submitted to the Department for Education next month.

Da Vinci School is being proposed by a team of educational professionals who are passionate about providing...

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Learning A Second LanguageAt A Young Age

Learning a different language is a fantastic life skill. In our increasingly globalised modern world, there’s never been a more important time for children to learn a new language

Aside from enhancing their educational and career prospects,...

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Top Tips From 11 Plus Academy

Welcome to 11 Plus Academy where year 5 and 6 children are helped year after year to achieve their full potential on the 11+ test in Kent and Medway. We are very proud to have achieved an 90% Pass rate in 2015 - we are so proud!

Now taking...

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Improve 11+ Vocabulary In A Flash

It is widely acknowledged that parents have a crucial part to play in helping a child develop a rich vocabulary, which is critical to success in the 11+. Flash cards are a powerful learning tool that fits easily into your everyday routine; simple and versatile, used...

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Getting Ready For The 11+ In September

Your child will take the test in year 6 at primary school. The Kent Test dates for 2016 will be 8 September 2016.

The results for the 2016 Kent Test will be sent out on 13 October 2016. You can get your results by email, If you registered online...

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Preparing Your Child For Starting School

Starting school is an exciting time for young children and their parents. It can be a daunting time, too. But with a little preparation and encouragement, most children will settle in easily at school.

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Kent College celebrates Queen’s 90 th with Celebration of British Values

Kent College Pembury enjoyed a sun-filled afternoon of celebratory activities to commemorate Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 90 th Birthday. In the Prep school, girls celebrated Great British values and performed plays, songs, raps and poems for the Queen as well as creating...

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Sport Relief For Schools 18 - 20 March

The Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games. Run, swim, cycle or even walk yourself proud at events across the country from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March 2016

As one of the UK’s biggest fundraising events, Sport Relief brings the entire nation...

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Welcome To Shakespeare Week 14-20 March

Shakespeare Week is a national annual celebration giving primary school children a great first encounter with Shakespeare. We look forward to celebrating 2016 when we mark 400 years of Shakespeare’s creative legacy with thousands of schools, families and organisations. With...

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Creative Curriculum Time Is launched At Hilden Oaks

As well as using the National Curriculum as the basis for much of our curriculum, Hilden Oaks strives to broaden the experience of our children to enrich their learning. The introduction of Creative Curriculum Time in January 2016 has enabled the children to:

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Combe Bank School becomes Radnor House, Sevenoaks

From 1st September 2016 Combe Bank School will be called Radnor House, Sevenoaks.

This exciting development marks a fresh start for the local school and underlines Radnor House Group’s commitment to providing the investment and resources to secure...

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World Maths Day - 2nd March

World Maths Day is one of the world’s largest global educational events aimed at lifting numeracy standards in a fun and meaningful way.

Young children are naturally curious in their first 5 years, and research shows that the best time to...

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Hilden Oaks Pupils Are Top Of The Class

The Year Six children at Hilden Oaks School and Nursery in Tonbridge are celebrating their successes in achieving an outstanding crop of Kent Test results, as well as securing places and top scholarships to leading independent schools.

This...

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World Book Day - 3rd March

World Book Day is a celebration! It’s a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked...

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Home Schooling - Will It Work For You?

Last year I made the decision to home school my teenage son. This was not a reflection on the secondary school that he was attending but a medical reason and I was amazed at just how many children throughout Kent have their education at home rather than attending school and...

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Discover Best Practice Teaching At The Education Show 2016

For education professionals looking to meet and anticipate the needs of the changing sector, the Education Show returns to the NEC, Birmingham on 17 to 19 March 2016. 

The three day event continues to be a calendar highlight for educators...

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Choosing A Good Primary School

It’s a nerve-wracking time, deciding where you would like your child to take his or her first steps into school. A good primary school will not only launch your child into a happy and fulfilling education journey, but also engage you in the local community. The friends you...

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Learning Holidays for Families

Not just for the classroom and certainly not just for the children, learning is a rewarding pursuit we can all benefit from throughout our lives. For families looking to encourage an active lifestyle, Health and Fitness Travel, the leading specialists in wellness holidays...

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Starting Primary School

When your child first starts school, it’s a big change in your family life, especially if it is your oldest or youngest child. You may feel sad and be worried that your child will be unhappy, will not make friends, or will not enjoy schoolwork. You may be trying to support...

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Red, White & Blue Day

Red, White & Blue Day is being run jointly by ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, The RAF Benevolent Fund and The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity. Each of these three charities is responsible for the welfare of soldiers, sailors and airmen and their families.

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Summer Reading Challenge 2015

What is the Summer Reading Challenge?

Every year, thousands of families all over the country take part in the UK’s biggest reading event for children in libraries, the Summer Reading Challenge, run by the charity The Reading Agency.

...

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Sensory Sensations

At Sensory Sensations we sell sensory products such as treasure baskets, sensory bins, scent pouches, ribbon hoops and other items, all of which are made to order so can be personalised however you like. They are all designed to stimulate children’s different senses and...

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British Dyslexia Association

When learning to read, children first have to link the shape of the word on the page with the sound it makes. Then, when it comes to writing, they have to recreate that shape back onto paper. For children with dyslexia, decoding these patterns and making these links can often...

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Early Years Does It Again

Early Years Does It Again – Another “OUTSTANDING” Inspection for Hilden Oaks Early Years

Following an ISI Inspection in November, Hilden Oaks School & Nursery been awarded ‘Outstanding’ for their Early Years Provision.  The Nursery which...

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Kent College Preparatory School

Set in the midst of a 75 acre site, Kent College Preparatory School offers an excellent education for girls aged 3-11. We focus on the academic, social and emotional development of our pupils, providing opportunities for them to challenge themselves, have fun, flourish and...

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How To Spot The Signs Of Bullying

Signs to watch for if you think your child may be being bullied

You may be unsure if your child is involved in a bullying incident. He or she could be acting as a bully, being bullied or upset because they have seen others behaving badly. If you...

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Anti-Bullying Week 17 - 21 November

Every year the Anti-Bullying Alliance coordinate national Anti-Bullying Week; a week where children and young people, schools, parents and carers come together with one aim: to stop bullying for all.

This year we are calling on the school...

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Understanding Phonics

This is a beautiful quotation, but how easy is it for a child to learn this life-changing skill?

As adults we read without thinking. It wasn’t like that when we first started and for our children the task of learning to read is similar to us...

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11+ Summer Revision

Naturally every parent wants to do the best for their child and discovering that you may have placed your child at a disadvantage can be quite distressing for parents.

With children in Kent due to sit the 11+ on the 10th September the main thing...

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Hilden Oaks Celebrates 95 Years

Pupils, parents, staff and friends came together on Saturday 14th June to celebrate the 95th anniversary of Hilden Oaks School & Nursery in Tonbridge. Now one of the area’s leading independent schools the school was founded in 1919 by Alys Keith-Lucas at her Tonbridge...

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The Importance of Reading for Young Children and the Use of Phonics

Reading with your child is the single most important activity you can do with your child to help their education.

Its never too early to start, even when the baby is in the womb, you can begin reading. Some time between 23 weeks and 27 weeks,...

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Summer Reading Challenge

2014 Summer Reading Challenge: inspiring children to read in their holidays

Libraries across the UK are getting ready to introduce children to a fantastical world of legend and mythology that will keep them reading throughout...

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The Importance of Early Language Learning

From September it becomes compulsory for all Key Stage 2 children, aged between 7-11 years old, to be taught a second language of the school’s choice. However, there will be no examinations for this subject until the student reaches Key Stage Three.

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West Kent Bilingual Primary School Project

Armed with the latest Ofsted reports and leagues tables you are on the go… Your aim: visiting every single school of the area, reading through shiny prospectus to find the ideal school for your child. Yes, we all know too well how daunting it can be!

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Response to changes in Kent 11+ test from 11 Plus Academy

We are delighted with the new test. This new structure can only benefit children and parents as the new test is shorter, can be completed in one day and the practice papers will be included on the day. All these measures will significantly reduce the stress placed on...

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Changes to the 11+ and What it Will Mean to Your Child

The contract for the county’s Kent Test (11+) for September 2014 has been awarded to GL Assessment.

GL Assessment which has provided the county’s Kent Test papers for many years, but the new contract will introduce some changes intended to...

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Improve 11+ Vocabulary in a Flash

Farquhar’s Vocabulary Flash Cards are specifically created to improve your child’s verbal reasoning skills and ultimately help them succeed in the 11+ Entrance Examination.

Carefully selected words have been collated from recognised 11+ material...

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Choosing the Right Pre-School for Your Child

We all want our children to be happy at Pre-School, but how do you go about finding the right Pre-School environment for your child? Think about choosing a Pre-School in the same way that you would finding a new job or a new house. It’s always a good idea to start your...

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Top tips from the experts on how to support your children with their homework.

Doing your child’s homework IS NOT a parents’ job. HELPING with your children’s homework is a role that all parents should do during their children’s school career. However what a parent needs to do to support homework for a 5 year old is very different to a 10 year...

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Anti-Bullying Week 18th - 22nd November

The Anti-Bullying Alliance launches official theme of Anti-Bullying Week 2013 and announces writing competition collaboration with children’s authors

The Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA), based at the National Children’s Bureau, are delighted to...

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Understanding Phonics

“Children learn more quickly during their early years than at any other time of life”

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Demystifying phonics

In the last year there has been more...

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Choosing a Tutor For Your Child

We all want the best for our children, especially when it comes to their education. If your child is struggling at school, needs a boost in confidence or needs help with studying for exams, how do you go about selecting a tutor? What questions should you ask to check if...

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Using stories to encourage early language learning

Laziness, disinterest or simply ineffective teaching? Whatever the reason, it’s true to say that us Brits have long been at the back of the language class. But with our children’s potential career successes riding on their participation in an increasingly...