Recently I went to a parents' briefing meeting for a camp trip that Big is going on this summer. One of the points the instructor chose to stress was that girls need to bring enough 'personal hygiene essentials' because they don't want the male instructors to have to go to a supermarket and try to … [Read more...] about We need to talk about periods
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I keep reading articles about how tax credits won't apply to third or subsequent children born after a particular date (April 2017). It follows this part of George Osborne's emergency budget speech. Families who have a third or subsequent child after April 2017 will not receive additional Tax … [Read more...] about Existing children and the third child tax credit cut off.
At the weekend I saw a link to Catherine Bennett's Modern Tribes: The homeschooling parent article. Actually, that's not quite true. I saw it multiple times. On home education support groups. Friends' facebook feeds. And on twitter. The article, if you can't be bothered to click through and read, … [Read more...] about Why I'm not laughing at Catherine Bennett's home schooling satire
Since I got back from camp last week (this night a week ago I was detouring around Coventry I think) I've struggled to hit my writing balance. It's no secret to regular readers that I find it difficult to keep true to the things I want to do, while also doing a bit of commercial stuff that brings … [Read more...] about EUVAT and exhaustion
He's the Education minister apparently (his arrival completely passed me by). And he's returned to tell teachers to copy China - and ditch trendy teaching for 'chalk and talk'. (Telegraph link, daily mail headline.) It's all about the rote learning you see, that's the only difference. He somehow … [Read more...] about So Nick Gibb has been to China