Travel is Education – But should we be taking our kids on term time holidays?

*This is a collaborative post*  Travel is Education – A statement I wholeheartedly agree with.  Nobody can deny that there are huge benefits to giving children the opportunity to travel and explore.  The question is should this travel be allowed to take place during term time?  As a primary school teacher I do understand the Department of Education clamping down on term time holidays. I don’t think it’s ok for a child to miss two weeks of their education every year for a package holiday to Spain (one extra week of holiday per year amounts to almost three months of missed schooling over the course of their education).  What I do have issue with is the blanket ban approach.  The general theory is to improve school attendance and avoid any detrimental impact on future educational achievement.  I get that.  It does make sense.  What doesn’t make sense is stopping children…

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Cake Monster, Orchard Toys – Review

Cake Monster, Orchard Toys – Review

This afternoon we’ve been playing our latest game from Orchard Toys: Cake Monster.  Dave had played it with Ben and Chloe the other … View Post
Getting started with reading – Our top tips!

Getting started with reading – Our top tips!

As a teacher I’m always telling parents one of the most important things you can do to help your child at school is … View Post
Fined for being late to school? Good!

Fined for being late to school? Good!

*Warning. Warning. Rant Alert. Rant Alert*  Last week it was all over the news and social media about two schools in Milton Keynes who … View Post