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  • Has the IB finally overtaken A levels as the smart choice for kids?

    The International Baccalaureate is admired by universities, respected by companies and gaining traction in the UK with online school Kings InterHigh offering the first ever fully-virtual IB from Sept 22. What’s the fuss about? We ask Head of Sixth Form Alessandro Capozzi

  • Doing the 11+? Meet your child’s new online BFF

    Entering your child into grammar or private school exams and steeling yourself for eye-watering tuition fees and homework battles? Relax your shoulders (and, er, put the gin bottle back) - here are 5 reasons new online platform Paideia can help.

  • Five important things to look for in a school

    And nope, exam success isn't one of them. Here's the insider scoop on choosing the best school for your child from Sam Selkirk, the Head of Lower School at Reigate St Mary's Prep.

  • The school teaching kids to manage their own emotions

    Already recognised for its outstanding wellbeing programme, Chinthurst School has taken things even further with the introduction of a curriculum that teaches children how to manage their emotions. And it's paying off.

  • Choosing a nursery for your child? Read this!

    Have a little one who's ready to head off to nursery? Here are the seven vital things you should be looking out for when choosing where to send your child thanks to Bright Horizons, the UK's leading childcare provider.

  • Retainer reality for kids and teens

    So, your teenager has done their time wearing braces and finally a gorgeous new smile is revealed. Now they must join the retainer club. Here's all you need to know thanks to Smile 101 in Guilford.

  • Divorce and kids: how to ease the pain

    Divorce is never easy, but when children are involved there's an extra layer of complication, emotion and hurt. Family lawyer Claire O'Flinn has this advice.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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