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A Parent's Guide to Primary School


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The Education System; The Pre-school Years; Finding a primary School; What and how your child learns; Communicating with the school; Your child's experience of school; A Child with Special Needs; The Teacher's Perspective; Duties and Rights; Getting Ready for Secondary School; References and Resources; Chapter One - The Education System; Primary education in context; Outline of the Education System. Key changes and legislation of the past few years. Chapter Two - The Pre-school Years; Different types of pre-school care. Starting to learn; How your child's pre-school care may affect their start at primary; school. Chapter Three - Finding a primary School. What to look for in a good school. Different types of schools; church schools, GM schools, private; schools. "Parental choice". What your rights are as far as getting into the school of your choice. How to appeal. Chapter Four - What and how your child learns. How the National Curriculum works, Key Stages 1 and 2. What subjects are taught and how they are taught. Different approaches to teaching literacy and numeracy. Targets and tests for children; Gender differences and summer babies. How you can help your child learn. Homework. School reports; Chapter Five - Communicating with the school. How your own schooldays may affect your attitude to your child's school. Formal and informal channels of communication; Getting involved in school life; Parent evenings, PTAs, parent-governors; Who to talk to when there is a problem; How a good school communicates with its parents. Chapter Six - Your child's experience of school. Child psychology. Making friends, coping on your own, stress, winning and losing, behaviour and discipline. Recognising the signs of stress and dealing with it. Talking to your child about school. Problems your child may have at school. Bullying, difficulty in making friends, being different. Chapter Seven - A Child with Special Needs. A bit of background on legislation; How to tell if your child needs help. Different kinds of special needs, assessment and statements. How they can be addressed; What to do if your school is not meeting your child's needs. Gifted children. Chapter Six - The Teacher's Perspective; A teacher's responsibilities; What a good teacher can do. Chapter Seven - Duties and Rights. Children's rights; Parent's rights. Faith - the school's duties, your rights; School trips/journeys. Who pays? Safety policies. Health problems and what to expect from the school. School dinners/nutritional guidelines; Exclusions and appeals. Taking it further. Chapter Eight - Getting Ready for Secondary School Applying; Eleven plus/selective admissions. References And Resources

About the Author

Katy Byrne and Harvey McGavin are both parents and successful journalists.


'You'll find lots of useful tips and information, plus real-life examples and interviews with parents, teachers and education experts. Very easy to read and a great introduction into what you can expect your child to be studying and learning.' My Child, 01/08/2006
Author and title mentioned in article on childcare in The Sunday Express Magazine

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