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  • Lockdown and Early Years learning

    As we head into the summer school holidays, many Nurseries are reflecting on the effect of Covid lockdowns on younger children. The Headmistress at Rydes Hill School in Guildford shares her thoughts and advice.

  • A parents’ guide to giving kids a straighter smile

    So you think your child might need braces - but where do you start? Is it best to have them fitted as a child? Or in the teenage years? Smile 101 Orthodontic Centre in Guildford have this advice.

  • Debate: Co-ed schools – are you for or against?

    Got a child and wondering about schooling? We wade into an age-old debate. Is co-education best? Here's what William Brierly, head at Claremont Fan Court, a co-ed school in Esher, has to say.

  • Surrogacy: How to begin your journey

    Surrogacy. It's emotional, fraught and legally complex. But for people who are unable to start a family the traditional way, it can be their only option. Victoria Maxwell, a solicitor at Bishop and Sewell talks us through the legal side of it.

  • The 7 questions everyone asks about online schools

    Where does the social side, sport and extra-curricular come in to virtual education, and what about a timetable and exams? We tackle the big questions about online schools.

  • How to grow happy kids

    Wellbeing is an important word in any school, at any time. But the advent of Covid has magnified its significance and forced schools to address a myriad of new issues. We chatted more with the Head at Chinthurst School in Tadworth.

  • Remote education: what we’ve learnt so far

    As parents hunker down for at least another month with kids at home, we talk to the Headmaster at Reigate St Mary's to find out what the past year has taught us about remote learning.

  • Children and technology: the balancing act

    Tech often gets a bad rap - see how it beguiles our children into gaming for eight hours a day and of course there are the perils of social media. But a recent meeting made me see things a bit differently. You might too.

  • Helping teens and young adults find and follow their dreams

    As parents we want to help steer our kids on the right path for their future. But where to begin? We snatched five minutes with Sarah Dean, a specialist further education and early careers coach, for some advice.

  • Coping with going back to school post-lockdown

    What a year! After almost six months of lockdown learning, it's time for children to venture back to school. Claygate girls' school, Rowan Prep, offers this advice to help smooth the way.

  • Is it time to try an online school?

    With many children struggling to study at home and doubts over September start dates, specialist ‘virtual’ schools are gaining huge traction - but what do they offer that’s different?

  • Parent ‘Lockdown learning’ survey – the results

    Earlier this month we commissioned our own comprehensive survey amongst Muddy readers into Lockdown Learning – and we’ve been blown away by the response! Thank you to the 1200 of you who expressed how you felt about virtual-schooling, the difficulties you and your children were facing, as well as revealing surprise success stories and offering […]

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