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The pitfalls of

D.I.Y will writing

James Beresford,

Head of Wills, Tax,

Trust and Probate at

Slater and Gordon

There are a number of potentially disastrous pitfalls you can encounter when writing

your own will. We examine some of the more common problems.

Why should I make a will?

• It allows you to choose who you

wish to benefit from your estate

and who you do not wish to benefit

from your estate, on your death

• It allows you to appoint guardians

to care for minor children, in the

event that both parents die whist

the children are still minor

• It can be used to protect your

assets, for example, from a

spendthrift or from divorcing

family members

• It can be used to protect your

beneficiaries, for example,

from being taken advantage

of financially

This guide will help you understand

that having your will drafted

professionally is a small price to

pay, as it can save a substantial

amount of money in the long run.

Why should I get proper

legal advice?

Often, a home-made will is not

worded in such a way that makes it

legally enforceable. This may be

because the terms of the will are

ambiguous or because the will fails

to effectively dispose of your assets

in the correct manner. Can you

afford to take the risk that your

home-made will does what you

think it does?

• The Courts of Chancery entertain

a steady stream of litigants vying

to show that they were the

intended beneficiary from a

poorly drafted will

• Legal documents still use old

fashioned language, more often

than not, and yet the implication

of a single incorrect word can

affect completely what your

will does.

• The interpretation of will clauses

in professionally drafted wills

have stood the test of time for


• The legal rules surrounding

making a valid will are very

exacting and are strictly enforced

by the courts. One strike and

its out.

• Unqualified will drafters do not

always understand the intricacies

and nuances of will clauses. Legal

clauses can sometimes be cut and

pasted to a perceived template

which can put it out of sync and

result in errors.

For these reasons, and many

more, you should ensure that your

will is drawn up by a specialist

qualified lawyer.

If I make a DIY will, what

can go wrong?

In short, potentially everything!

At best some gifts in your will might

not take effect – at worst your will

might not be valid at all.

Your executors

• Do you know why you need an


• How many executors? (the

answer is not always the same)

• What if you don’t specify anybody

to be an executor: do you know

who then controls how your estate

is collected in and safeguarded,

and ensures that it is paid over to

the rightful beneficiaries?


• Do you know if your estate will

need a trustee? And how many


• What happens if you need a trustee

but haven’t specified one?

• Why are the executors usually

also the trustees and do they have

to be the same people?

• Why might you want different

types of trustees?


• Do you know who will raise your

infant children if you do not

specify somebody?

• And what role might the Family

Law Courts then have in deciding

who should raise your children?

• Who has priority if you appoint

more than one guardian – could

this lead to a “tug-of-love”?

• Do you want a distant relative

raising your children if their only

motivation is getting access to

the money you have left behind?

Gifts and Legacies

Using the correct language in your

will is vital to ensure that your wishes

can be carried out after your death.

• What happens if somebody you

include in your will dies before

you – where does that gift go?

• Did you know that some gifts

automatically pass to somebody

else if you do not specify a

fall-back provision?

• What happens to a gift if you no

longer own that asset at your


• What if you have several assets of

the same description but of differing

financial value, e.g. cars

• What happens if some items in

your will have to be sold by the

estate to pay debt, Inheritance

Taxes, or administration fees?

Even how you describe a gift in your

will can affect whether or not that

gift will take effect – so don’t take

that risk!


How would you feel if you knew that

your estate did not go to the people,

charities, or organisations that you

choose, or if it has not been used for

the purposes that you had intended?

• Do you know what the law say

about infants receiving assets or

money from your estate?

• How do you ensure that you can

leave inheritance for a minor and

it will be protected until they

reach an age that you feel they are

mature enough to be responsible

for it, for example at 21 or 25?

• Can you make financial provision

to provide for a family pet, and if

so how?

• How can you be certain that money

you have left to a charity is used in

the way you want it to be used, such

as for your local area?

• Why is the name, address, and

registered charity number


Whilst you want to be certain that

your estate passes to those people

or organisations that you choose,

what if you want to ensure that it

does not pass to a certain individual

that you may have fallen out with,

or possibly worse – that you are not

yet divorced from?

How would you feel if that person

ended up inheriting your estate

because your will had not been

drawn up correctly, invalidating it,

just to save a bit of money?

What if I have already

written my own DIY will?

Contact us immediately for advice

and any assistance that you might

need to rectify it.

And… next time you want to write a

will, or make any changes to your

existing will, give us a call so that we

can draft your will professionally and

take the worry out of not knowing if

you have written your will correctly!

Our team of specially trained

lawyers prepare thousands of wills

every year and can advise you on

any of the more complicated or

specialist clauses that might be

relevant to your circumstances,

for example:

• What if I want somebody to be

able to live in my house after I have

died – what provisions do I need to

include in my will?

• What if I own my own company or

run a business and want it to carry

on after my death, or what if I want

to pass it on to my employees or

family members?

• What if I own property abroad –

do I need to know anything about

the law of the country where that

property is situated? And how

does that country’s inheritance

laws affect a will I write in England

and Wales? And is it relevant if I

already have a will made abroad?

• What if any of my beneficiaries

are receiving benefits from the

government? Can I leave them

something without jeopardising

their entitlement?

• Can I leave an inheritance for

somebody in a way that nobody

else will know who it is intended

for (that is, make a secret gift)?

These might sound like fanciful

provisions but our specialist will

drafting lawyers prepare wills

with highly complicated personal

and tax saving provisions like these

every year.

Increasingly, we are coming across

DIY wills that do not make the

provisions intended at the time they

were written and blissful ignorance

ensures that the errors in the will

are never corrected. And it’s then

too late.

A poorly drafted will can have

expensive tax consequences or lead

to expensive court litigation, just to

understand how the law says your

estate must be divided.

So don’t leave it to chance just to

save a few pounds now – it could end

up costing your estate considerably

more than you could ever imagine.

James is the author of a book

“No will – no say” which is a simple

guide to wills and estate planning

and covers the essential points you

need to consider when thinking

about writing a will.

To make an enquiry without

any obligation, call us on

0203 319 2685.

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The latest school news


Road Trip

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early years

Explaining EYFS at

Junior’s Day Nursery

well read

Alex Preston’s preteen

book picks

the ripple effect

Hilary Wilce stresses the

importance of a wellconnected


Creative Healing

Why art therapy works

Meet the Heads

Getting personal with


Lawnmower Parents

How to avoid being an

over-controlling parent

Kitted Out

A rundown of our

favourite childrenswear

Perfect Fit

Edward Martin gives

his shoe fitting tips

Make Health &

Fitness Child’s Play

Keep your children active with

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Under Pressure

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A way with words

English teacher Milly

Potter shares her favoutire

poetry collections

Well Prepared

Back to school stationery

Family Flavours

Child-friendly recipes from

chef Claire Thomson

Mixed Media

Our school art showcase

Family Fun Days

Weekend activities for

the whole family

IB: Global Passport

to Education

ACS International Schools

discuss their International

Baccalaureate programme

Safe Journey

Motorists’ lawyer David Barton

explains how to keep new

drivers out of harm’s way

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Junior King’s provides an outstanding all-round education for children

between the ages of 3-13, within a happy, secure, and caring environment.

We aim to build strong and confident foundations by developing each

child’s physical, social, spiritual, cultural and intellectual life.

Arriving at the Pre-Prep, you will instantly sense the welcoming atmosphere and

know that you are in a special place. A place of cooperation, collaboration and

achievement –the bright and stimulating classrooms, the extensive grounds

and Forest School in our own woodlands.

Founded in 1879 as the preparatory school to The King’s School,

Canterbury. In 1929 the School moved to a stunning 80 acre countryside

location just two miles from Canterbury, opened by Rudyard Kipling.

The Barn is one of the oldest buildings at Junior

King’s and has its roots as far back as 1580. It is

the main area for teaching drama and also used

for assemblies, orchestra and choir practice,

dance, plays and concerts.

Thanks to the remarkable

generosity of a number of

past and present parents,

the new Michael and

Vibeke Herbert

Music School

opened in

January 2016

fully equipped

with modern

facilities and

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including Blüthner

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Our facilities include a purpose built astro turf

surface, nine tennis courts, extensive playing

fields, a state of the art sports hall, cricket nets

and a heated swimming pool. The King’s

School Recreation Centre (fencing salles,

fitness studio, dance studio, pool, climbing

wall, astro turf pitches) and the 22 acres of

Birley’s field offer further opportunities.

We aim to nurture happy, confident children and

to see smiling faces. Encouraging an appetite for

learning and offering a dynamic and caring

environment in which to grow and flourish.

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Wealden Times and Surrey Homes is a wonderful way

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to consider nurseries for your baby or are chatting through

year out options with your teenager, we’ve spoken to education

experts and interviewed students and teachers about the routes

that they have chosen to take along their schooling journey.

visit our noticeboard for the latest school news, find

out how to encourage connectivity (but not in the way

you may think!) with advice from education writer hilary

wilce and get to know a little more about seven prominent

headteachers as we delve into their own experiences at school.

alongside the serious business of academic subjects, exam

pressure and how to prepare for life outside the classroom,

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pages, and fun days out to enjoy across the south East.

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award winners

battle abbey school has been

recognized for its excellence

in music education following

its award of an isM silver

certificate. this is the second

year running that battle

abbey have received isM

accreditation (following on

from the gold award they

received in 2016) and the

award celebrates the fact that

a significant proportion of

the school’s cohort achieved

a*-c in gcsE music.

Mental wellbeing

as part of a commitment to further

enhance the excellent pastoral care

at the school, dulwich prep school,

cranbrook are working with children’s

mental health charity, place2be.

dulwich have appointed gemma

King as the place2be school project

Manager, and are the first school in

the area to have a dedicated in-house

team. dulwich prep school now has

two place2be therapy rooms where

one to one counselling and small group

drop-in sessions take place. typical

issues raised at place2be range from

friendship issues, bereavement, selfesteem

and anxiety. headmaster Mr

paul david said “in an increasingly

frenetic world children need time and

space to just ‘be’, and we see this as very

much a partnership between pupils,

parents and staff working together to

build children’s resilience and recognise

the importance mental health plays

in underpinning happiness, leading

to enhanced academic progress.” Mr

david continued, “the initiative is

another example of dulwich prep’s

dedication to removing all boundaries

that can inhibit children’s ability to

flourish in the classroom and thrive as

individuals. the philosophy is simple,

the school nurtures a sense of selfawareness

and self-belief so nothing

feels impossible. our partnership

with place2be will complement our

already outstanding pastoral care

which includes a mentor for each

child in the top two years and a pupil

to pupil buddy system.”


The latest school and event news from the South East

getting creative

students from sevenoaks school have been

undertaking weekly art therapy sessions

with patients at hospice in the weald.

a group of students visits the hospice

each week to draw, paint and talk to the

patients about art. students have been

working together with some of the patients

to create artwork, socialise and inspire

each other. sevenoaks school students

complete weekly voluntary service as part

of the international baccalaureate and

the school has over 400 students doing

voluntary service at the school every week.

combined, the students log over 30,000

hours of voluntary service every year,

helping both the local community and

causes further afield.

take the reins

set in over 15 acres, the new Equestrian

centre at lancing college will provide

riding for all abilities and stabling for up

to 20 horses. the centre will be open

for use by pupils at the college and also

the wider local community. pupils will

be able to choose whether to have their

own horse stabled at the centre or use the

centre’s horses to have riding and stable

management lessons.

Early intake

From september 2017, cranbrook school have amended their intake

to welcome 30 year 7 day students, entering via the Kent 11+ exam. a

further 60 year 7 pupils will be enrolled in september 2018 in two forms

of entry. For more information email



The latest school and event news from the South East

Summer Festival

St Edmund’s School Canterbury has

announced the line-up for its inaugural

Festival to be held this summer. The

Festival will be a week-long celebration

of the arts with concerts, drama

productions and workshops. Ivor

Novello award-winning composer and

eminent saxophonist, John Harle, is the

Festival’s Patron and will be performing

at the closing night ‘American

Serenade’ concert. The critically

acclaimed concert pianist and former

St Edmund’s pupil, Freddy Kempf,

will open the Festival on 28 June with

a stunning programme. The weekend

offers delights for a younger audience

too who can enjoy all the splendour,

fun and games of the Mad Hatter’s

Tea Party on Saturday 1 July and

‘Tippett’s Tuneful Tales’ an interactive

musical retelling of Julia Donaldson’s

‘Tyrannosaurus Drip’ on Sunday

2nd July.

Prime Performance

A Year 2 pupil at Chinthurst School

in Tadworth was awarded honours

certificates in the Grade 3 Class, Junior

Recital, Duet, Junior Ensemble and

Intermediate Ensemble at Reigate &

Redhill Music Festival. He was also a

medal winner in the duet class and was

awarded the Anniversary Cup for the

most promising performer in the Junior

section. He has been invited to perform

at The Harlequin theatre in the Festival

Gala Concert.

Success Story

Sevenoaks School has appointed a

Director of Entrepreneurship, Julie

Redding, to lead the new Institute

of Entrepreneurship. Julie is an

experienced entrepreneur, and has

run businesses in Chile and South

America for over 10 years. Students

are enjoying a new varied programme

of entrepreneurial activities,

providing them with valuable

commercial skillsets, opportunities

to create business ideas, business

plans and chances to present to

prospective investors. In the last

few months students have launched

business plan competitions, run

a TedX Youth event, participated

in an entrepreneurial film-making

competition and enjoyed a number

of social enterprise events. External

entrepreneurial speakers are also

speaking at the school about their

experiences (including Karren

Brady from The Apprentice),

and the highs and lows of being

an entrepreneur, and starting


Take to the Stage

The Mead School in Tunbridge Wells,

has won top prizes in a national drama

competition for the second year running.

The Independent Schools Association

Drama Festival is held annually in both

Northern and Southern venues in the

UK. Schools can perform complete plays,

extracts from full-length plays, musicals

or original work. The Mead School’s Year

6 won the Oxford House Prize for best

Junior Production with their performance

of an abridged version of Peter Pan. Mead

student Amelia James, age 10, also won

the Audrey Vowles Prize for best Junior

Girl Performer for her performance as

Wendy. Festival adjudicator Vivienne

Cunningham commented, “A high

standard was achieved in all age groups

with casts performing with confidence and

a strong sense of team work. It is obvious

that this Festival continues to thrive as

a platform for young people to produce

exciting drama.”

Get in the Groove

Running from 6-16 July, JAM On The Marsh returns with a dazzling new

programme. Now in its fourth year, the festival will include a world premiere

by BBC Singers for broadcast on Radio 3, the sensational London Mozart

Players, toe-tapping jazz with The David Rees-Williams Trio, an open-air

performance of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, an audience participation performance

of Peter and the Wolf, five stunning art and photography exhibitions, the

launch of a children’s community choir and a one day mini festival for

children packed with fun, music, art, theatre… and bugs! Furthermore, JAM

will continue its commitment to education, bringing new interests and skills

to all ages. In 2016, JAM on the Marsh reached 5,324 people through its

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We go behind the scenes at Junior’s

Day Nursery in Cranbrook

Tell us a little about your nursery: Junior’s Day Nursery

is a family run nursery with an experienced management

team in place which continues to develop and enhance its

practice. In 2014, we were awarded ‘outstanding in all areas’

by OFSTED and we received the Kent Quality Mark for the

enhanced learning and development of our outdoor areas.

How are days structured? The nursery is open from 8am-

6pm. Our fantastic qualified team of staff provide a safe,

secure and stimulating indoor and outdoor environment

in which babies and young children can learn and

develop. When batteries need recharging nutritional

meals are provided and dedicated sleep/quiet areas too.

Tell us about EYFS: The Early Years Foundation Stage

(EYFS) is the term used by the Government to describe

the time in a child’s life between birth and five years. Day

by day every child will be learning skills and acquiring

new knowledge. We use the seven areas of learning and

development in the EYFS to help all children demonstrate

their understanding. Under the EYFS, children learn by

playing and exploring, being active and through creative and

critical thinking which takes place indoors and outdoors.

Can you explain the key person system? The key person

approach is central to our practice and ensures each child

has consistent care which enhances their learning and

development. Every child’s key person will produce a

learning journey which will show their progression and

incorporates each child’s unique needs and interests.

How do you include parents in nursery

life? Our parents play a vital role within

the nursery and we understand the

benefits of a collaborative approach. We will keep all parents/

carers up to date with their child’s progress and encourage

them to share with us their unique needs and interests.

We hold parent’s evenings twice a year where parents have

the opportunity to discuss their child’s development with

their key person as well as view their learning journey.

We also host social events throughout the year giving

the opportunity for parents to meet other families.

What’s included in the sessions? Junior’s offers full day

sessions, morning sessions and afternoon sessions. All of

these include snacks, drinks, meals, nappies and wipes.

How do you ensure children get a balanced diet? All meals

are home cooked, nutritious and healthy and we cater for

all dietary requirements. Meals contain no added sugar or

salt and natural yoghurt or fruit is provided for dessert.

Water is available to the children all day and organic milk

provided during breakfast and snack time. Junior’s holds

a 5-star food hygiene rating and a healthy eating award.

Can you explain the government’s current free childcare

legislation? The government currently offer 15 hours of

funding for 2, 3 & 4 year olds. This funding is available

term time and is for all 3 & 4 year olds and for 2 year

olds that meet criteria set by the government. From

September 2017, 30 hours of funding will be available

term time for working parents of 3 & 4 year olds that

meet the criteria set by the government. For more

information, you can visit

Junior’s Day Nursery in Cranbrook, Kent, provides childcare for babies and

children from 3 months old. 01580 713033


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Well Read

Author Alex Preston picks his top five books for pre-teens


few weeks ago, one of the teachers at my

son’s school, who also happens to be the

mother of a particularly winning little

9-year-old, asked me to put together a

list of books I’d recommend to boys our

sons’ age. I agreed, thinking it the work of

a few moments to jot down the familiar names, the roll-call

of the pre-teen canon. I soon had several dozen,

either books that had illuminated my childhood

reading life, or books my own son had read and

adored (the cross-over was, as you might imagine,

not inconsiderable). It was only when I came to

whittling down the list that I was struck with

a kind of paralysing doubt, my pen poised but

unable to scratch through any of the names.

It’s partly that I know what it is to write a

novel, the pain and the drudgery, the sense of

laying out the most tender, transparent parts

of yourself to be picked over by the public. Every one of

these books had been the fever-dream of its author, had

been written out at night, or in the early morning, or while

shushing a baby in its pram. Each one had cost something

dear to the person who wrote it (and his or her family), and

because of this every book is precious, even the bad ones.

But none of these were bad, and that was also the problem.

Who was I to choose Swallows and Amazons over Coot

Club? Stalky & Co over Kim? Tom’s Midnight Garden over

“Each of these

books left a huge

mark upon me

and has in turn, I

feel, played a part

in making my son

the boy he is”

Goodnight Mr Tom? (All of these, by the way, were on

the list). I ended up putting the whole lot in a drawer and

writing five names on a piece of paper. These, then, are what

I conveyed to my teacher friend, and it feels like just about

the greatest gift I’ve ever given anyone. Each of these books

left a huge mark upon me and has in turn, I feel, played

a part in making my son the boy he is. Each, crucially, is

the first in a series, and thus the gateway to

several new worlds. Each is both a great story

and beautifully written (something we don’t

always associate with children’s literature).

For each, I was thinking particularly of novels

that would appeal to boys, notoriously more

difficult to persuade into the world of books.

Susan Cooper – Over Sea, Under

Stone. The first in The Dark is Rising

quintet. Cooper’s tale brings Merlin to

life in contemporary Cornwall in a novel both furiously

gripping and wonderfully atmospheric. I read the first

three books in the series to my son and was rather sad

that he wanted to tackle the last two on his own.

Alan Garner – The Weirdstone of Brisingamen. My

favourite book as a child and still a story I’ve been happy to

revisit with each of my children (I’m currently reading it to

my seven-year-old daughter). I gave it to the daughter of


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a friend who was so frightened by

Colin and Susan’s flight from

the dark elves that she could

only read it during the hours of

daylight. She still loved it, though.

Madeleine L’Engle – A Wrinkle

in Time. These brilliant books are

a staple of every American child’s

upbringing, but I don’t often come across

fans over here. Full of science and metaphysics but also a

thrilling story: the word tesseract still summons shivers.

Brian Jacques – Redwall. A book that came out when

I was seven and had me waiting breathlessly for each

sequel. The inhabitants of Redwall Abbey fulfil that

crucial role of anthropomorphic characters: allowing

children to play out scenarios that might be too fraught

in the real world. This also served as a stepping-stone

to the joys of Duncton Wood and Watership Down.

Scarlett Thomas – Dragon’s Green. The best new

children’s novel I’ve read since Philip Pullman, this

is the first in a series called Worldquake. Has drawn

inevitable comparisons with JK Rowling, but is more

deeply imagined and much better written. Both of my

children are obsessed with the heroine, Effie Truelove.

A final piece of advice...

I think one of the most valuable things a parent can give

their child is an appreciation of the importance of books, a

sense that these should be a natural part of any happy life. I

recorded a show for Al Jazeera a few years ago in response to

the news that fewer and fewer parents, and particularly fewer

fathers, were reading to their children. A good book, I said,

when the mind is plastic and fizzing with imagination, can

be life-changing. Books enable us to rehearse our reactions to

the sometimes bafflingly unpredictable world, they develop

our emotional lives and smuggle knowledge into our brains

under the cover of stories, they make us better people. I

tried to read to my kids every night when they were growing

up, and still, now, when they’re launched on reading lives

of their own, we make time on a Sunday night to sit down

together and immerse ourselves in a favourite book.

More than that, I make sure that they know the pleasure I

get from reading, that they understand why books have always

had such a central place in my world. I want them to see me

put away the iPhone, switch off the TV, and turn to something

more stimulating and rewarding. Then, in years to come,

I hope they pass on Susan Cooper and Alan Garner – and

The Animal Family and Tarka the Otter and Aubrey and the

Terrible Yoot and all the other beloved books I’ve been unable

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Where are the skills our children will need

to mitigate the effects of war?

Well, negotiation skills are embedded in the

curriculum at Sevenoaks School, so in theory we need

look no further.

Our alumni certainly go on to achieve extraordinary

things; equipped as they are with the skills they need to

change the waiting world.

Stephen Hale for example, mastered negotiation at

Sevenoaks. He left in 1990 to work with Friends of the

Earth and Oxfam, amongst others. Now he has an OBE

and is CEO at Refugee Action, a UK charity that supports

people fleeing war.

It’s worth considering then, that many of the skills

your child may need to make a significant impact, can be

acquired here at Sevenoaks.

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the ripple Effect

Hilary Wilce explains how a contented, well-connected childhood

could be the key to happiness in adulthood

is your child well connected? i don’t mean, do they go

to nursery with triple-barrelled playmates, or lounge

through their older years alongside celebrity teens.

neither do i mean, are they permanently on superfast

broadband with an ipad attached to their hand. i’m talking

about something much more important than that.

Every child psychologist in the world will tell you that

a child needs to feel well-anchored inside themselves

in order to grow up secure and well-adjusted. but one

well-known child expert goes much further than this,

saying a child needs to acquire many onion skin layers of

connectivity in order to become a strong, independent

adult at ease with themselves and in the world.

Edward hallowell is an eminent us clinical psychiatrist,

a best-selling author and adhd expert, who has wealthy

new york parents queuing at his door to discover the secrets

of successful child rearing. and he believes that bringing

up a well-connected child, with ever-wider ripples of

connectivity around them, is the key to adult happiness.

in his model, there are twelve distinct

circles of connectivity, some of them obvious

but some surprising. they are:

• HOME •

where your child feels loved,

wanted, understood and

paid attention to.


where your child feels treated fairly,

able to make friends and get along

with other students and teachers.




where your child feels part of a

local or personal network

of interlinked people.


where your child learns the feeling

of making a contribution.


where your child learns to have a go,

and to learn and master new skills

through sport, music and hobbies.


where your child learns they

are part of history and that other

people have gone before them.


where you child learns to connect

with beauty and the emotions through

music, dance, literature and art.


where your child learns to respect

and feel part of the outside world,

and its natural rhythms and seasons.


where your child learns about

responsibility, life, loss and

emotions through bonding with

and caring for an animal.


where your child learns to feel at

ease with things such as learning,

debating, questioning and finding out.



where your child comes to understand

how these work, how societies are

organised and run, and the pitfalls

and pleasures of people coming

together for a common purpose.

• GOD •

where your child learns to feel

comfortable with the big questions

of spirituality such as why are

we here, does evil exist, and

what is the purpose of life?


where your child learns to know

themself, feel at ease with

who they are, and know they

are neither better or worse

than others, only different.

obviously all these are interlinked and crop up all the time in

growing children’s lives. and many of them develop organically.

but as parents it can be helpful to hold in mind that picture

of spreading ripples, and to consciously try to develop them.

this might mean double-checking that home and

school are providing the right sort of environments for

good connectivity. it might mean enrolling your child

in a neighbourhood scouts or guides group, or talking

about the affairs of the day around the dinner table. it

might mean initiating more family outings to concerts or

exhibitions, creating a chore rota for everyone who lives

at home, or deciding to spend more time out-of-doors.

perhaps more than anything, it might mean taking

care not to think that school grades and achievements are

everything in life, and making the effort to open up the

wider world to your child in every way possible.


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How to encourage connectivity...

MODEL a connected life. Let your child see

that you value friends, family and neighbours,

that you take your job seriously, enjoy hobbies

such as drawing, singing or sport, and make

time to do things for others.

CHAT to your children about anything and

everything – nature, films, politics, family

history. Keep it simple when they’re young, go

deeper as they grow. Use family mealtimes as

opportunities for discussion, learning – and


LISTEN to what your child has to say

and take time to try and understand their

viewpoint. Show your child the same respect

you would want them to show you. Help

them learn about their emotions and feelings,

and about how they come and go. Allow them

to be unhappy and to get over it.

INSIST on the things that you think matter –

doing family chores, taking responsibility for

homework, showing good manners, turning

up on time to soccer training or regularly

practising a musical instrument. Children

flourish when they know what’s expected.

ENCOURAGE you child to try new things,

join local groups, sign up to a workshop or

have a go at an untried sport or hobby. Help

them to enjoy learning and not mind making

mistakes. Help them see that school grades are

only one aspect of a rich and happy life.


local activities, to museums and galleries,

and into the great outdoors. Make

sure the real world stays more real to

your child than the digital one.

Of course, if all this seems too

complicated, you could just follow one

of Edward Hallowell’s main and favourite

pieces of advice. “GET A PET, GET A

PET, GET A PET…” Nothing teaches

a child quite as much about life, loss,

listening and responsibility, he believes,

than loving and looking after an animal.

For more information The Childhood

Roots of Adult Happiness by Edward M.

Hallowell, is available on Amazon.

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How does it help?

The art therapist functions as an emotional regulator enabling

the child to process emotional experience effectively. He

or she works with the child’s inner world safely and nonintrusively,

with respect for the child’s own pace and state of

being. For example, a drawing may be used to process feelings

that the child cannot find words for and clay modelling can

act as a calming activity which enables emotional regulation

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Mary Kain explains the benefits

of using art as therapy

What is art therapy?

Children often find it difficult to express their feelings. At this

highly formative period of their lives, the behaviours that they

develop will have an impact on the whole of their future lives.

When a child cannot talk about their painful and difficult

feelings, these feelings can find expression in challenging

behaviours, neurotic symptoms and/or physical ailments.

Art Therapy uses various media – drawing, painting, sand

play, music, poetry, puppetry, movement and mental

imagery – as the primary means of communication.

Although creative techniques are used, no previous

experience or skill in art is necessary. The art therapist

facilitates the exploration and communication of

children’s thoughts and feelings through the use of art.

Children/adolescents meet with a person with whom

they feel comfortable, at the same time each week. In

this way, they can build a relationship in a safe space

with an empathic adult who offers quality listening and

understanding. Art therapy is not dependent on spoken

language and can be helpful to anyone who finds it

difficult to express their thoughts and feelings verbally.

Who can benefit?

Children and adolescents with a range

of issues including those:

• In danger of exclusion from school

• Experiencing emotional and behavioural difficulties

• With social and communication difficulties

• Struggling with bereavement, changes

in family structure or illness

• Suffering abuse, bullying or trauma

• With autism spectrum disorders

• With child protection concerns, including experience

of abuse or exposure to domestic violence

• Any child who may appear withdrawn or

anxious, angry, depressed, moody, violent or

disaffected may also benefit from art therapy

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Most of my referrals happen through word of

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challenging behaviours or emotional problems.

Why did you become an art therapist?

I initially qualified as an Early Years school teacher

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child and adolescent psychotherapist, using the arts.

Can you give us an example of how art therapy has helped?

Katie* is an 8 year old girl who has witnessed domestic

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Favourite subject when

you were at school

i absolutely love history. My

imagination as a child was vivid,

and i had an exceptional teacher

who made history something

interesting and something relevant.

a love of history in itself developed

a fascination with theology and

politics. it demonstrated how

all we learn is so inter-related.

Favourite teacher when

you were at school

Mr polden, my English teacher.

debonair, witty, with a rich irish

brogue, he read poetry to us that

made our ears feel like we were

eating fudge. he made shakespeare

come alive, laughed incessantly,

was eccentric in the right ways and

clearly cared. Quite a character.

Favourite children’s character

from a book or film

it would have to be Mole, from wind in

the willows. he’s modest, humble and

thoughtful. he tries new things, and is

ambitious, yet at the same time doesn’t

forget his own roots. it is the best

character from a perfect book although

ironically, it has greater relevance when

read by adults than by children.

Best school memory

too many to choose from! probably the

day i was appointed head boy at prep

school. nothing has ever surpassed that,

both in terms of the feeling of being

honoured, and also excited. seeing

my parents’ beaming faces that day is

a memory that will never leave me.

Is there anything you wish you had

studied at school that you didn’t?

i would love to have done further study

in theology and philosophy. i love

thinking, and love stretching my mind.

there’s always a place

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achievement at your

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our recent isi

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turned the school

completely around

from the situation i inherited. there

is nothing better than being tested by

external agencies in what you believe

is right, and found to be without fault.

it’s a magnificent achievement by a

superb team of teachers at the college.

What are you looking forward

to this coming year?

we’re about to embark on an exciting

development plan, with investment

in teaching, learning, buildings and

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senior school, and sport. it’s an exciting

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Favourite subject when

you were at school?

Games (outside the classroom)

and French (inside it).

Favourite teacher when

you were at school?

Mr Knight, our Director of Sport, who

had been a British Lion rugby player.

Favourite children’s character

from a book or film

I loved Danny, from Danny the

Champion of the World, as he encouraged

me to believe in myself, whatever the odds.

Best school memory

Winning the International Schools

Sports Tournament at Tennis, aged 16.

Is there anything you wish you’d

studied at school that you didn’t?

I wish I’d known more about metacognition

then: learning how to learn.

All too often education is about forcing

square pegs through round holes, and I

would have loved to know more about

how I, as an individual, learned back then.

What’s your proudest achievement

at your current school?

Watching our children represent their

school with such pride. Whether

singing as a Choir in places like

Belgium, winning Surrey Cups and

National Swimming Titles or guiding

parents at Open Mornings, they are

the perfect ambassadors for Downsend,

the stars of the show, certainly!

What are you looking forward

to this coming year?

I want to complete a project which

will deliver a new multi-million pound

Creative Arts Centre to Downsend.

Downsend School is a co-educational

independent school for pupils

aged between two and thirteen in

Leatherhead, Ashtead and Epsom.

Alison Cordingley

Headmistress at Fosse

Bank School

Favourite Subject when

you were at school

As now, I enjoyed whatever I

was doing at the time. Had I to

choose a favourite, then probably

sport. I was no great athlete, but

through encouragement to practise

and improve, I relished playing

in hockey and netball teams.

Favourite teacher when

you were at school

I loved each teacher in turn at primary

school but at senior school my

biology teacher was a favourite. She

was the first teacher to suggest that

we pupils were part of the learning

process and that we had some control

over what and how we learned.

Favourite children’s character

from a book or film

At primary school my favourite

character was Mary Lennox from The

Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson

Burnett. To me she seemed a very

exotic person. Having lived in India

with servants she was transported

to a different life in England

where she had to be independent.

And it has a happy ending.

Best school memory

One of my best school memories

is when I was aged five and in the

Reception class. One of the other

girls in the class was absent on the

day we had to cut out our selfportraits.

I was asked to finish her

work because “You are so good at

cutting out.” It reminds me as an

adult, how easy it is to make a child

feel proud with a kind comment.

Anything you wish you had

studied at school that you didn’t?

Technically I did study Latin but

failed to understand its relevance

and by my second year at senior

school I was relegated to the class

which read Winnie the Pooh in Latin

rather than grasping the grammar.

I wish I had persevered at the time

but I enjoyed learning Latin properly

much later, after I had left school.

What is your proudest achievement

at your current school?

I am proud of our eleven year olds

who are going to the best senior

schools this September. It is pleasing

that our pupils will be going to

their new schools as confident,

independent people, ready to

embrace change and challenge

and that these traits are a result of

their experience at Fosse Bank.

What are you looking forward

to this coming year?

We began taking two year olds this

year and their presence really focused

my mind on the many benefits of

children learning in the open air.

Following our official affiliation

to the Forest School Association

we are rolling out provision for

Forest School sessions to all our

children as part of the curriculum.

I intend to join in on occasion!

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Favourite subject when

you were at school?

i loved car maintenance and

woodwork! that is probably

why i then went on to study

Engineering at university. the skills and knowledge i gained

from these subjects has stayed with me throughout my

teaching career as i went on to teach systems and control

and in my spare time i have restored a couple of old

porsches, and frame all of my wife’s paintings and prints.

Favourite teacher when you were at school?

Mike cook at haberdashers’ aske’s. he taught me

English and rugby and i still remember him giving

me a lift to school each day in his Mgb when i

would try to cram my ’cello into the back seat!

Favourite children’s character from a book or film?

i really liked Joe 90! the idea that someone could be

given another’s knowledge by a transfer of brainpower

is very much like the teaching profession.

Best school memory?

being part of the rugby team was a great experience.

we had such a great team spirit and it was always

such fun playing under the tutelage of di davies,

doug yeabsley and ralph warmington.

Is there anything you wish you’d studied

at school that you didn’t?

at my college we offer 47 different a levels, many of which

were not available when i was at school. if i had the choice now i

would like to study an EpQ (Extended project Qualification) as

i believe this has real merit in terms of university entry. i would

certainly do something on robotics. From my school time, i

would probably have liked to have done geography as i really

enjoyed this at o level, especially a project i did on viticulture.

What’s your proudest achievement at your current school?

although i have been at Mpw for over three years, i have

only been principal this academic year. i have lots i want

to accomplish as long as it focuses on my students having

opportunities to achieve to the best of their ability and that

they are happy and contented throughout their time with us.

What are you looking forward to this coming year?

i really enjoy interviewing prospective students and

then welcoming them to my college. given all the exam

reforms, i think this year could be the most exciting.

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when you

were at school

My favourite subject at school was

geography. i loved learning about

the world and the way the physical

features were formed. this was closely

followed by English; writing and

reading literature also inspired me and

i still enjoy getting lost in a new novel.

Favourite teacher when

you were at school

i had two favourites! My pE teacher

was a definite favourite, she inspired

many students to continue playing

sport long after leaving school and i

am still in touch with her now. My

second favourite was my geography

teacher who was a fabulous teacher,

he not only taught us geography but

taught us how to learn for the

exams and consequently his classes

always performed really well.

Favourite children’s character

from a book or film

when i was a child, i was

besotted with ‘black beauty’ and

would look forward to sunday

afternoons for that very reason.

Best school memory

Most definitely the school ski trip.

here i developed my passion for

the mountains and for skiing which

have been a part of my life ever

since. school trips are undoubtedly

so valuable for children and at

Manor house school we aim to

create unforgettable experiences

for our girls which i hope they will

remember for the rest of their lives.

Is there anything you wish you had

studied at school that you didn’t?

during my teaching career i have

taught psychology. this wasn’t an

‘a’ level on offer when i was at

school which is a shame as i have

enjoyed teaching how the brain

works and human behaviour. i now

offer psychology club for the senior

girls to share my passion for the

subject with them and introduce

them to the content they will learn

if they choose the ‘a’ level.

What is your proudest achievement

at your current school?

to select one achievement is difficult,

each and every day i am proud to be

the head of such a wonderful school.

the girls and staff are incredibly

enthusiastic and positive and i am very

happy to be leading the school into an

exciting new phase of development.

What are you looking forward

to this coming year?

i am looking forward to building on

the success of my first year. developing

opportunities for sport has featured

highly this year and we are currently

in the process of drawing up plans

to cover our swimming pool and

build further facilities for pE. we

are also changing the structure of

the school day to maximise learning

and it will therefore be exciting to

see these plans come to fruition.

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headmaster of reigate grammar

Favourite subject when

you were at school

i was lucky that i enjoyed all my

subjects at school and especially the

chance to throw myself into sport,

drama and other activities. because

of my own school days, at reigate

grammar school i believe that it is

the extra-curricular programme that

helps develop the qualities of character

that are required for later life.

Favourite teacher when

you were at school

rev david lyndsay was my

favourite teacher and has been a

mentor and inspiration to me ever

since – in fact we met for a cup of

tea and a chat just last week.

Favourite children’s character

from a book or film

well i suppose, as headmaster, it would

have to be dumbledore from hogwarts!

Best school memory

when i played pharaoh in the

school production of Joseph and

his amazing technicolour dream

coat, there was a small flash bang

explosion that set my Elvis style wig

on fire. it was a few moments of

madness that i will never forget but,

as they say, ‘the show must go on’!

What is your proudest achievement

at your current school?

i am always proudest when i shake the

hands of the school leavers in the upper

sixth as they move on as happy, healthy

high achieving young adults ready to

make the world a better place. i am

struck, each year, by what impressive

young adults they have become.

What are you looking forward

to this coming year?

Each year the day i look forward

to most of all is the first day of the

new academic year when the school

floods with new students and those

returning from the summer break. at

that moment, i feel an overwhelming

optimism for the year ahead and realise

what a privilege it is to be headmaster.

there is so much more to look forward

to this year as we complete a major

new building, as our sports teams look

to build on their national trophies

and our arts produce dozens of shows

and concerts. i always look forward

to congratulating the students who

secure their pilot’s licence through the

cadets or talking to those returning

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Education Magazine

Lawnmower Parents

It goes without saying that every parent wants the very best for their child, and most

will bend over backwards to achieve it. But what happens when these good intentions

become all-consuming? Hilary Wilce gives us the signs to watch out for Murphy


hrough my work as a life coach, I know

a young woman who is a well-qualified

City lawyer with a good job and excellent

prospects. But she is unhappy. She wants

to be a lawyer in the arts, she told me,

where the pay wouldn’t be as good, but

where she would feel she was doing something vibrant and

worthwhile. Then change jobs, I said. Take the pay cut and

do what you want. She looked terrified. “But my parents

work in finance,” she said. “They wouldn’t know who to ask.”

This young woman was 27, a successful young

professional, yet she still believed that her parents

should open doors for her then lay out the red

carpet so she could step through them.

When I quizzed her more closely the pattern became clear.

Her parents had always been closely involved in her life,

asking teachers to give her extra help, buying her tutorial

support, organising her out-of-school time and making

sure any bumpy patches in her friendships were swiftly

put to rights. They had suggested what she should study at

university, had quizzed admissions officers, and asked one of

her father’s old senior lecturers to put in a word for her at his

university. They had even set up this life coaching with me,

to sort out her dissatisfaction and “get her back on track”.

As a result, she had got off to a flying start, but now found

herself floundering. She didn’t have the autonomy, selfconfidence

or coping skills to follow her own life’s path.

Her mother and father are part of a fearsome new breed

of parents who believe it is their job to smooth their child’s

path into the adult world so completely that there is no

danger of them ever meeting an upset, set-back or obstacle.

These parents have been dubbed lawnmower parents. Or,

in icier parts of the United States, the country where they

first emerged, snowplough parents. They move heaven and

earth to clear the way for their precious offspring, while

remaining oblivious to the needs of anyone else around

them. If their child wants the best swing in the playground,

another child must give it up. If their child gets into trouble

at school, the teacher must be castigated for daring to

reprimand them. If their child struggles with a homework

assignment, they will sit down and do it for them.

These parents are quite different from that other wellknown

breed, the helicopter parents, who like to hover

around over their children making sure they do their

homework, checking on their safety and micromanaging

their lives. While helicopter parents fuss and worry over

their children’s lives, lawnmower parents take matters into

their own hands and make sure that their children’s


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lives are exactly what they, the parents, say they will be.

Lawnmowing like this can pay off in good grades and

successful qualifications. But it can also cause terrible damage.

Parents can end up stressed, exhausted, and disappointed,

while their children can grow up into flabby, entitled adults

expecting the world to deliver them a charmed life with no

effort on their own behalf, or into angry, rebellious ones

desperate to claw free from their over-controlling families.

In America things have got so bad that some college

campuses have banned parents from entering their

gates. It would never get that bad here. Or would it?

Are you a lawnmower parent?

Your childminder/nanny/babysitter suggests that

your child’s behaviour is not entirely perfect. Do you

sack them on the spot? Without a reference?

Have you ever completed a homework assignment

or project on your child’s behalf? Is that perfect

cardboard model windmill actually yours?

Your child biffs a playmate on the head, starting a squabble.

Is your response, “That horrible little bully! He provoked you.

I’m telling his parents he’s never coming to our house again.”?

Your child gets a B, not an A for an important piece of

work. Do you drive up to school to demand it be re-marked?

Your child is not given a big enough part in the school

concert, or picked for the top sports teams. Do you protest

vehemently to the school until they put the matter right?

At university entrance time, do you write your child’s

glowing personal statement for them, then organise toplevel

summer internships to help them on their way? Gopakumar

And here’s some ways of avoiding

the lawnmower trap

Let your child do things for themselves as soon as possible –

tie shoes, put laundry in the basket, do their own homework.

Encourage them to develop their own voice – by asking

for what they want in shops and restaurants, and by

talking to their friends’ parents and your adult friends.

If a problem comes up, talk with your child about ways

to solve it. Let them start to have ideas and discuss with

you what they could do to solve their own difficulties.

Let them fail and learn from it. If they’ve got a bad mark

for a piece of work, or been mean to a friend, or played

rough on the soccer pitch, encourage them to consider what

went wrong and what they could do next time round.

Back off on the expectations. Praise participation and

effort whenever you see your child trying, but don’t make

them feel a failure if they don’t come top of the class.

Leave them alone. Let them sometimes get bored and

dirty, and be free to follow the dreams in their head and the

winding paths of their friendships. Always remember that

your child’s lives and achievements belong to them, not you.

Hilary Wilce is an education writer and life coach.

Her two e-books for parents, Backbone: how to build

the character your child needs to succeed and The Six

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Perfect Fit

Edward Martin from The Golden Boot highlights

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for boys aged 7 & 8

11 th November 2017

When should a toddler get their first shoe? when

a child starts to crawl or shuffle and pull themselves up onto

their feet, a parent should look into a cruising shoe. cruisers

are very soft, flexible shoes that are lightweight and provide

just enough protection and support for when toddlers are out

and about. as a general rule we say that barefoot is best, but

for children starting at nursery at a young age this isn’t always

suitable. it also allows little ones to get used to wearing shoes.

when a child is able to walk across the room completely

unaided, and is hardly crawling at all, we would suggest that

a proper walking shoe should be fitted. some styles are firmer

than others, but they generally have a slightly harder sole and

offer enough support when learning to walk confidently.

How often should they be measured? after the child has

had their first pair of cruisers fitted, we recommend you come

back for another fitting in around 6-8 weeks. after this, every

3 months is a good time period to make sure the shoes are still

fitting properly. new shoes might not be needed every time, but

children do tend to have sudden growth spurts – we’ve fitted

feet that have grown a whole shoe size in one go! as children

grow older, their feet will need to be checked less frequently.

How long do school shoes last, and what should we

look for when choosing? we like to find out what each child

is going to be doing in their school shoes before we try any on.

if they scoot to school, play football and ride their bike in them,

then a more robust style with a chunkier sole unit is going to be

more suitable and last longer. it starts to get tricky when fashion

is desired over function as children grow up and head off to

secondary school. a smart lace up, or delicate ballet pump is not

going to handle bike rides and skidding in quite the same way.

we recommend parents to budget for two pairs of school shoes a

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Are there any types of shoes that should be avoided

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Make health

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Fitness Trainer Sarah Maxwell explains how

to engage the whole family in exercise


ife’s lessons are much easier to learn if we start

our children on them when they’re young.

Doing so means regular exercise, improved

overall fitness and eating healthy food can

become the norm almost before children

have had a chance to do things differently!

But our busy lifestyles as working parents, with technology

being aggressively marketed to youngsters, stringent

safeguarding legislation and the appeal of coffee bars,

means that keeping children active has never been more

challenging. It’s often difficult to schedule time together

as a family and my clients often say they feel guilty when

they use ‘family time’ to do their fitness programmes.

But group exercise encourages better communication

and closer relationships. Fit families who live a healthy

lifestyle are more likely to enjoy their time together.

Schools play an incredibly important role in encouraging

our children to be more active. But whilst traditional team

sports are generally well supported, these don’t cater for every

child’s needs. Girls’ low participation rates in

sports at senior school is well documented

but it also affects many boys who don’t like

gender typical team sports. Increasingly I am

seeing children lacking in self-esteem due

to their own perceived poor performance

in team sports. This dropping out of team

sports continues into adulthood and is

amply illustrated by 3 questions I ask in my teen self-esteem

workshops. “Who here regularly plays football/rugby/

netball?” – lots of eager hands go up. “Whose parents used

to regularly play football/rugby/netball at school?” – a few

raised hands drop. “Whose parents still regularly play football/

rugby/netball?” – almost without exception all hands drop.

We need to find and learn to love activities that will stay

with us throughout our life and can fit into busy schedules.

So it is important to stop labelling children ‘not sporty’

– a tag that can stick for the rest of their lives – because

they aren’t good at team sports, but to encourage a love of

“Keeping children

active has never

been more


fitness activities and help them find what works for them

instead. I’m a firm believer in having fun while getting/

keeping fit, which is exactly how children think, and I

feel there is an activity out there for everyone that will

help keep them healthy and put a smile on their face.

Encouraging and engaging children at a

young age will last a lifetime in health and

fitness. The best schools work hard (often in

conjunction with passionate parents) to ensure

that a diverse range of sports are available

for children which might include rowing,

sailing, badminton, fencing, girls’ football,

dance and gymnastics along with the more

traditional staples of hockey, football, rugby and netball.

If you’re looking at schools for your child ask about the

breadth of sports on offer and how they cater for the needs of

children who might not fit into gender typical team sports.

Penny Snowden got so fed up with the drop off in the

physical activity of her GCSE-studying teenager, she started

a business to combat it. She has created a new scheme which

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valuable, transferable skills in the process. The one week course

offers a new route into sport, practical workplace experience,

the chance to be active and an understanding of how the

acquired skills are relevant to employment regardless of

whether this is in sport. The course supports the establishment

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schools are linking with feeder primary schools to stage

courses, others are seeing the course as an option for work

experience, an opportunity to train pupils to help in extracurricular

clubs for younger children, or as skill acquisition

and volunteering towards Duke of Edinburgh awards.

Holiday camps are hosting Active Leader courses which

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is early days, but the pilot scheme which ran in the summer

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Under Pressure

Susan Elkin looks into exam stress and how to relieve it

Managing your children (and yourself) through

the exam season is never going to be easy.

Everyone gets stressed. Not least the teachers

at your child’s school who are probably psyching

their pupils up because they’re worried about results,

Ofsted ratings outcomes and all the rest of it.

Of course we all want our youngsters to acquit themselves

as well as they can. But remember too that every year

there are tragic cases of teenagers getting so stressed and

distressed about examination performance that they take

their own lives. What a dreadful, horrifying, terrifying

distortion of the truth about examination passes.

If your child fails his or her eleven plus, or doesn’t get the

GCSE or A level grades you were all hoping for it is not the

end of the world. But it would be if s/he (or you) were to

become so anxious that illness or worse followed. So try to keep

it all in proportion and help your youngster to do the same.

There are plenty of very successful people out there doing well

in public life who didn’t leave school with much in the way

of pieces of paper. Richard Branson, for one, Russell Brand

for another and Kate Moss gave up schooling at age 14.

None of that, obviously, is to suggest that we actually

want our children to fail but it’s worth clinging on to

the thought that failure is part of life and experiencing it

can be used constructively in learning. And if Emma or

Olly messes up Common Entrance, well there are other

good schools nearby. GCSE and A level can be re-taken.

Or maybe it’s time to look at another way forward.

Bearing all this in mind and keeping calm will help the

whole family to come through the examination season

with health, humour and realism. There are smaller

more practical things you can do at this time too.

Take revision for example. The word means, from Latin,

to look again. Exam preparation should be a case of simply

reminding yourself of the work you’ve already done. It

shouldn’t involve hours and hours of rote learning.

No one of any age, least of all a child whose brain is not

yet fully developed, can “study” for hours at a stretch. I once

taught in a school one of whose year heads, a foolish woman

in my view, told her GCSE students that they must reckon to

“revise” for seven hours a day throughout the Easter holidays.

That, of course, is absurdly unrealistic. Two hours in the

morning followed by some exercise, rest and fun would be

much more sensible. Balance is all. Common sense helps too.

Help your youngster to construct a workable revision timetable

so that each subject gets appropriate attention in the month or

two before the exam/s. I’m dead against last minute revision,

though. The best thing a youngster can do the night before an

exam is to play tennis, go for a swim, listen to some music or

do whatever it is that he or she really likes to do. An early night

with an unrelated enjoyable book will help to get the candidate

into the exam room feeling calm and confident too. Remember

that if you’ve been diligently studying a subject for two or five

or seven years (or your entire school life) then you’re not actually

going to learn any more about it in the last few hours before

an exam. But you can get very anxious by trying to do so.

Discussing the paper afterwards and comparing notes

on who wrote what can add to panic too. The best thing

to do at the end of an exam is to walk away and think of

something else. There is nothing more you can do about

it now. You simply have to wait for the result. If you, as a

parent, can pick your examinee up immediately after the exam

and whisk him or her away then do it. And resist the urge

quiz about which questions were answered and how too.

At home before and during the exam season keep the

atmosphere as tranquil as you can. Provide good healthy

food – salads, soups, jacket potatoes, fruit and the like

– at regular intervals. It keeps the brain working well. Junk,

comfort foods can do the opposite. Family meals and an

insistence that everyone partakes are obviously best if you

can manage that. Spoil the candidate by taking cups of

whatever he likes up to the revision room from time to

time. Biscuits are probably not the best plan. Sugary foods

are never a good idea. Put a handful of dates or raisins on

the saucer instead. Or what about plain oatcakes which,

for me at any rate, go down well with a hot drink?

Above all – and obvious as this is it’s worth spelling out –

make it absolutely clear that you love your exam candidate

unconditionally. That’s why you want him or her to do well.

But at the end of the day your love and support will still be

there more strongly than ever, irrespective of the results.

Further reading




• How to Support your Teenager through the Stress

of Revision and Exams by Bernadette Jones (2014)

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Author and education journalist, Susan Elkin taught

English in secondary schools for over 30 years.


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Road trip

We explore the educational

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Dulwich Preparatory School

Marlborough House School

What type of school trips do pupils go on? typical

educational day trips range from the national

gallery, battle abbey, Eastbourne Jazz Festival, olympic

park, richborough, the science Museum, herstmonceux

observatory and every year our year 8 children visit the

houses of parliament. if a trip deepens the children’s

understanding and love for a subject – we schedule it in.

Are there trips available for every subject? we offer a

broad range of trips that will enhance learning potential

across the whole school curriculum. those that provide

opportunities for cross-curricular learning are particularly

special. Music plays an integral part in school life so we

are currently researching an overseas trip for our choirs.

Do pupils get to travel abroad? absolutely. Most recently,

our spanish pupils took in the sights and sounds of Madrid,

our latin students visited the wonderful archaeological

sites and paths less travelled through Medieval rome and

our senior school geographers have been lava tubing

and geyser watching in iceland. our annual ski trip to

switzerland and French exchange trips are always popular.

Do they always take place during term time? not always.

we run an action-packed leavers’ programme in the summer

term, which includes a week of team-building and highenergy

physical challenges at skerne lodge in devon. when

exams are over, year 6 cycle also get to bond with the peers

outside the classroom when they try their hands at canoeing,

mountain biking and orienteering on dartmoor as well as

boogie boarding and a visit to boscastle in cornwall.

What type of trips prove to be the most engaging? those where

pupils can interact with pupils from other schools and countries.

recently, our spanish students spent a day in a large primary

school in Madrid. our children also love living history and any

opportunity to ‘experience’ learning. this year, our children have

tried on space suits at herstmonceux observatory, learnt to tie

a roman toga, re-enacted the battle of hastings and ventured

30 metres underground in a tin mine in the south west.

What type of trips do pupils go on? a vast array of trips,

linked to the curriculum, from a visit to a local fruit farm in

nursery to a one week residential outward bound course to

snowdonia in year 8. our boarders enjoy regular outings and

trips ranging from an evening at the beach at camber sands

to visits to climbing centres and gravity trampolining.

we have a progressive programme of residential outdoor

activities from years 5-8 where the children stay away

from home, camping and exploring the great outdoors.

Are there trips available in every subject? yes, ranging from

visiting lullingstone roman villa for our latinists, to trips

to the west End for drama, a residential trip to Felixstowe

studying coastal erosion for a geography project. we make

use of the fantastic countryside closer to home as well with

walks in the bluebell woods, pond-dipping at sissinghurst etc.

we visit cranbrook town regularly, to learn about the history

of the church, visit the museum and study the different

types of business and industry available in our local town.

recently reception looked at the different shops on offer in

cranbrook and visited the butchers and other local shops.

Do pupils get to travel abroad? there is a whole year group

trip to paris in upper school, with children visiting famous

paris landmarks and practicing their French over a 3 day

period. there are optional trips to a chateau in France for

total language immersion, having fun with outdoor activities

such as canoeing, and even learning to make bread – all in

French! there is an annual ski trip every Easter which is

very popular, particularly the après ski activities. and the

annual trip to wales for the outward bound activities has

been a fixture in the dulwich calendar for over 20 years.

Do they always take place during term time? no,

the optional ski and French trips are at Easter.

What type of trips prove to be the most engaging?

anything which helps to bring the topic to life, such as

our visit to battle, where the children re-enact the battle

of hastings. visits to art galleries to see a picture close up,

listening to live music in a large venue, singing in the o2

stadium with thousands of other school children, these are all

experiences that children will remember for years to come.

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The King’s School

What type of school trips do pupils go on?

There are a variety of school trips on offer for the

children including ski trips to Europe and our ever

popular sports tours. There are foreign exchange

programmes for our linguists. We also run the Milner

Challenge Expedition, which is our very own version

of a mini D of E and our younger pupils visit many

of the wonderful locations a bit closer to home.

Are these trips available for every subject?

There tend to be day trips for most subjects and year

groups. Our Pre-Prep children go on trips to Canterbury

Cathedral, The Marlowe Theatre and Tonbridge Castle

and Years 3 & 4 head off to the British Museum, The

Beaney Institute and The Roman Museum. The Milner

Challenge is available to Years 5-8 and they all undertake

a challenge, ranging from a 1 to 5 day residential trip.

Do pupils get to travel abroad?

Yes, we actively encourage our pupils to take the opportunities

available to experience and enjoy new surroundings and

cultures. Recent sports tours have travelled to Holland

and France, the Spanish Exchange visited Madrid and our

Chapel Choir recently enjoyed a tour of Northern France.

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“Where individuals really matter”

Do they always take place during term time?

Whilst our day trips often occur during term time

in order to link with our curriculum, the majority of

our longer trips take place during the school holidays

in order to have the least possible impact on our

academic timetable. Our Milner Challenge Expedition,

however, does take place during term time.

What type of trips prove to be the most engaging?

All of our trips offer something unique. The language trips

present opportunities to transfer the skills from the classroom

to the real world. Our sports tours promote camaraderie,

teamwork, sporting activity and include cultural experiences

too. The Milner Challenge brings out leadership, teamwork

and co-operation. There’s something for everyone.

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Education Magazine

a way with words

English teacher Milly Potter shares the reasons

behind her enduring love of poetry


oetry, particularly in the

form of nursery rhymes,

is crucial to children’s

language development.

as a relatively new mum,

i have found myself

in the throes of learning to recite once

more: suddenly i know a whole litany of

poems again; albeit a jumbled mass of

mostly first stanzas (who really knows all

the verses of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star?!)

and i have others where i have combined

the ‘real’ lines with a few of my own (my

personal bedtime version of Lavender’s

Blue is very nearly accurate, or at least, i

have learned my own version perfectly).

have these poems been easier for

me to learn because they have actions,

or is it because i have a greater sense

of purpose to the learning (the all

important entertainment of my toddler)?

i have found myself reuniting with

many a childhood character recently:

grand old dukes; sleeping bunnies;

teddy bears and mice to name a few.

why then, if we love rhymes so freely

as young children, do we tend to lose

this appreciation as we get older? we

continue to learn and sing favourite songs

but, i fear, don’t often choose to curl up

with a book of poetry. prose and stories

win our selection: their meanings and

characters are often easier to decipher,

but poems are different: each reader

gives their own nuances to them and

actually, i would argue, this makes them

ultimately more exciting and accessible.

something i love about poems is

their ability to tell an entire story in a

foreshortened piece. the Once Upon a Poem

collection is brilliant and includes some of

my favourite narrative poems, written by

various authors. Each is championed with

an introduction by a famous storyteller.

in just a few pages it is possible to be

swept away on noah’s ark (which has set

sail without a unicorn because of the lazy

nature of one of noah’s sons, ham); to

fall in love with a

highwayman by

moonlight, as bess

the landlord’s

daughter does, and

laugh out loud at

naughty goldilocks’


Each poem is

accompanied by

beautiful illustrations; it’s an eye-catching,

exciting read for children, that’s for sure.

in the introduction to his collection

of poems entitled Now We Are Six, a.

a. Milne exclaims that reciting poems is

something we never do (he is nearly right:

i draw your attention once again to my

recent return to nursery rhymes), however,

for me his poems cry out to be read aloud:

Binker is my personal favourite. the secret

of his own – an imaginary friend whose

constancy is ultimately important when

parents are busy – surely bears resemblance

to many children’s own toys and imaginary

characters who come to life? coupled with

E. h. shepard’s well known illustrations,

this classic collection, accompanied with

When We Were Very Young is a delightful and

amusing read to be shared (aloud please).

carol ann duffy, our current poet

laureate, is one of my favourite poets and

her New and Collected Poems for Children

is a real feast. the first in the collection

calls the words of poems ‘fishing-nets,

stars and spells’ and her words cast all

sorts of magic. dip in and out at your

leisure and you’ll meet a variety of

characters: people and animals alike and

be reassured by her portrayal of emotions,

no matter your age. as for me? i hope i

am as inspirational to some as her teacher

who has chalk dust that sparkles.

Milly potter teaches English at dulwich

preparatory school, cranbrook


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Well, complex problem-solving skills are embedded

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Our alumni certainly go on to achieve extraordinary

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Family Flavours

Professional chef Claire Thomson shares three childfriendly

recipes that the whole family can enjoy together

Old-school fish finger sandwiches, but better! Using

ready-prepared smoked fish means that these fish cakes

are easy to make. Serve in buttered soft rolls. Tomato

ketchup has also been known to make an appearance.

• 800g floury potatoes (about

2 large potatoes), peeled

and cut into 4cm cubes

• 400g smoked fish (trout

or mackerel), skin and

bones removed

• 2 tbsp Dijon mustard

• 1 tbsp mayonnaise,

plus extra to serve

• 1 large egg, beaten

Fish-Cake Sandwich

• salt and freshly ground

black pepper

• 2 tbsp fine dried

breadcrumbs, plus about

• 50g to coat the fish cakes

• Small bunch of chives or

parsley, finely chopped

• vegetable oil for frying

• buttered soft rolls, to serve

• soft lettuce leaves, to serve

• ½ lemon, to serve

1. Boil the potatoes in salted water until

cooked through – about 15 minutes.

2. Drain well and leave to steam dry in the colander,

then mash the potatoes and set aside to cool.

3. Meanwhile, shred the smoked fish into flakes.


4. Stir the mustard, mayonnaise, egg and ½ teaspoon

salt into the mashed potatoes. Gently fold in the

flaked fish with 2 tablespoons of breadcrumbs and the

chopped herbs until everything is evenly distributed

and holding together nicely. If you think the mix is

too wet, add another tablespoon of breadcrumbs.

5. Scoop a tablespoon of the fish and potato mixture

and roll it between your palms to form a ball.

6. Pat each ball into a flat patty (round or oblong to match

the shape of your rolls) about 3cm thick, set aside on

a plate and continue with the remaining mix. Sprinkle

the fish cakes both sides with additional breadcrumbs.

7. Coat a non-stick frying pan with vegetable oil and place

the pan over a high heat. You want the oil very hot before

you add the fish cakes. Fry them in a single layer, being sure

not to overcrowd the pan, for about 2 minutes on each side

until the fish cakes are golden brown with a good crust.

8. Transfer to a plate lined with kitchen towel to soak up

excess fat while you fry the remaining fish cakes.

9. To serve, add the fish cakes to the rolls with a

leaf or two of lettuce, some mayonnaise, salt

and pepper and a squeeze of lemon.

Education Magazine

three bean & cheese Quesadillas

tinned beans are the stealth ingredient to boost protein,

fibre and nutrients in many dishes. they are a thrifty

and reliable store cupboard ingredient: supermarket

own brand beans (cannellini, borlotti, kidney, butter,

black-eyed, haricot) are extremely cheap and easy to

come by. this is a meal that everyone enjoys, young

and old, give or take additional chilli sauce.

• 2 tbsp olive oil

• 1 large onion, finely diced

• 2-3 garlic cloves,

finely sliced

• 1 tsp sweet smoked


• 1 tsp ground cumin

• 3 x 400g tins assorted

beans, drained and rinsed

• chipotle chilli paste

or dried chilli flakes,

to taste (optional)

• salt

• small bunch of coriander,

roughly chopped

• salad

• 1 ripe avocado, diced

• 2 ripe tomatoes, diced

• 1 red onion, finely

sliced or diced

• juice of 1 lime

To serve

• 4 large tortilla wraps

• grated cheese, such

as cheddar

• chilli sauce

• sour cream

1. heat the oil in a heavy-bottomed frying pan over

a moderate heat and fry the onion until soft and

golden – about 8–10 minutes. add the garlic and

spices and fry for another couple of minutes.

2. add the beans to the pan and mix thoroughly with

the onions. give the beans a good mash with a

potato masher or the back of a wooden spoon.

3. add the chilli if using and season with salt to

taste. cook over a moderate heat for about

5 minutes so the beans heat through.

4. take the pan off the heat and add the coriander.

5. to make the salad, combine the avocado, tomatoes and

onion with the lime juice and a good pinch of salt.

6. to assemble the quesadillas, lay the wraps on a work

surface and smother one half of each wrap with the

mashed bean mix. cover the bean mix with about a

tablespoon of grated cheese and fold the wrap over.

7. in a dry frying pan over a moderate heat, cook

the half-moon-shaped wraps until the surface is

crisp and golden in patches and the cheese within

has melted – about 2-3 minutes on each side.

8. chop the quesadilla into two or three triangles and

serve with chilli sauce, sour cream and salad.


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sausage & tomato pasta on ricotta

ricotta is a terrific ingredient to have on standby in

your fridge. halfway between cream and cheese, these

soft milky curds are great in both sweet and savoury

dishes. a heady sausage and tomato pasta sauce resting

on the ricotta makes a brilliant combination.

• 2-3 tbsp olive oil,

plus extra to serve

• 1 onion, finely chopped

• ½ fennel bulb,

finely diced

• 4 pork sausages

• 2 garlic cloves,

finely chopped

• ½ tsp fennel seeds

• 6-8 fresh sage leaves

or 1 tbsp rosemary,

finely chopped

• chilli flakes, to

taste (optional, but

rather good here)

• 400g tin chopped


• salt and freshly ground

black pepper

• 300g penne pasta (or

similar robust pasta shape)

• 100g ricotta, at

room temperature

• freshly grated

parmesan, to serve

1. heat the olive oil in a heavy-bottomed saucepan

over a moderate heat and fry the onion and

fennel until soft and translucent.

2. squeeze the sausage meat out of the casings and add to

the pan. turn up the heat to high and fry until the sausage

meat begins to colour at the edges – about 6–8 minutes.

3. add the garlic and fennel seeds and cook for a further

30 seconds. add the chopped herbs and chilli flakes if

using, then add the tomatoes and season with a little

salt and pepper. simmer for 15 minutes or until the

flavours have melded and the sauce has thickened.

4. Meanwhile, cook the pasta as instructed on

the packet. when cooked, drain and add to

the tomato sauce. check the seasoning.

5. put a spoonful or two of ricotta on each plate or

bowl and divide the pasta among the

dishes, drizzling with a little olive oil

and plenty of grated parmesan.

National Trust Family Cookbook by claire thomson is published by national trust books. images: Jill Mead.


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A visual showcase of student art

▼ Angelina Ivanyuzhenkov, Year 8 Feltonfleet School

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Henry White,

Year 8

Feltonfleet School

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Fun Days

Our pick of weekend activities

and days out for families across

Kent, Sussex & Surrey...

A Royal Invitation...

A family ticket to Hampton Court

Palace starts at just £35.60 for 1

adult and up to 3 children if you

book online, and gives you and your

family access to the palace, maze and

gardens. The palace has all that a

family could want with its children’s

activity trails, babycare, buggies, the

great time quest game and multisensory

sessions for under fours on

top of all of its fascinating historical

experiences and exhibitions.

Ape Escape...

Leeds Castle’s Go Ape!

adventure is a wild and

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families of all ages to try out

zip wires, a Tarzan swing and

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activities. Plus, once you’re all

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Step onboard one of Dover Sea Safari’s

special vessels at Dover Marina to explore

Kentish fishing villages, meet the secret seals

of Pegwell Bay, or walk the Goodwin Sands,

with a choice of marine adventures that are

perfect for families.

Blue Reef Aquarium...

The strange and exotic

creatures of the underwater

world gather together at

Hastings’ Blue Reef Aquarium.

Take the whole family to

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Bring out your creative side with

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Drop-in and paint some pottery,

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Your dreams. Their future.

At ACS we believe a love of lifelong learning starts early. Our carefully selected activities nurture essential skills, strengthen meaningful

social interaction and encourage critical thinking from a young age. Our teachers promote creative thinking and inspire children to succeed

at every stage of their educational journey with us. That is why so many ACS graduates go on to attend the finest universities in the UK

and around the world, and why more and more local and globally mobile parents entrust us to deliver on their precious academic dreams.

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ib: global passport to Education

ACS International Schools explains why they consider the

International Baccalaureate programme so valuable

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he international baccalaureate diploma

programme (ibdp) is taught at over

3,000 schools and is one of the fastest

growing education programmes in

the world – for good reason.

an alternative to a levels

and other post-16 qualifications, the ibdp is a

recognised entrance qualification at universities

worldwide and is highly valued for its academic

rigour whilst instilling an international mindset.

acs international schools, which has campuses in

cobham and Egham, has offered the two-year ibdp, for

students aged 16 to 18, for over 30 years – making it one

of the most experienced ib world schools in the uK.

university admissions officers consistently cite

the ibdp over other exams systems, including a

levels, as the best preparation for university.

as part of research carried out on behalf of acs

international schools, the ib and ib schools and

colleges association, admissions officers were asked

to rate different exam systems according to how they

develop 14 essential qualities in students. the ibdp was

rated top in developing 13 out of 14 factors considered

crucial for preparing students to thrive at university.

skills best provided by the ibdp for university and

the world of work include encouraging independent

inquiry, developing self management skills, nurturing

an open mind and developing intercultural skills.

the ib is often referred to as the global passport

to education and recent acs graduates have gone on

to study at universities all over the world including

higher education establishments in the uK, as well as

argentina, australia, canada, Japan, the netherlands,

russia, spain and the us, to name just a few.

through the ib diploma and exposure to a diverse mix

of students at an international school, students benefit

from an enriching education allowing them to mature

into well-rounded individuals with a better understanding

of the world around them – an outlook highly prized by

international employers and global universities alike.

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Safe Journey

Motorists’ lawyer David Barton

explains how the law differs for

new drivers and gives his advice

for staying out of harm’s way

Road traffic law can be complex and the internet is

full of inaccurate information. Most laws apply to

all drivers but there are some that apply just to new

ones. A new driver is someone who is in their “probationary

period” and that is a period that runs exactly two years

from the date you pass your test. Most newly qualified

drivers are young but the law applies whatever your age.

Some road traffic offences result in a straight disqualification

but many lead to penalty points. You need to understand how

this works.

• If you get 6 or more penalty points as a result of offences

committed in your probationary period your licence will be

automatically revoked and you won’t be able to drive. You will

have to apply for a new provisional licence and retake the theory

and practical tests. You should be very careful to note the exact

date you passed your test because even offences committed during

the last few days of the two year period will count against you.

• The penalties for mobile phone/device use have just

increased from 3 to 6 points, so if you even pick it up you

risk having your licence revoked. If you have an accident

because you are distracted by your phone the penalties

are far more severe and include prison. My advice is

don’t do it. The police are really hot on this now.

• Speeding offences carry a minimum of 3 points and so two

modest ones in two years will lead to a licence revocation. Fines

for serious speeding offences have just been increased and the

courts are treating them much more harshly. You can also be

disqualified for speeding even if it’s your first offence. This

will also result in a big increase in your insurance premium.

• Check you are properly insured for the type of driving you

do and extend it for work if you need to. It’s your responsibility

to check you have proper insurance. Many new drivers use

cars that are in a family pool policy, where someone else

makes the arrangements. If that person makes a mistake and

the car is not insured, you will be responsible. If you are not

insured properly your car will be impounded by the police

and driving without insurance carries 6 penalty points. That

will lead to licence revocation. So just check it’s all in order.

• Don’t try and guess how much alcohol you can drink and

stay under the legal limit. It varies from person to person

and guessing is risky. It’s not difficult to be just over the

limit, even if you feel ok. Again, the best advice is don’t do

it. You will be banned for at least 12 months with a criminal

record that could be a problem with job applications and

travel abroad. The cost of insurance will shoot up and you

may not be able to afford to drive again for a long time.

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Julie Redding, head of Entrepreneurship

at sevenoaks school explains how

entrepreneurial and enterprise skills are

being nurtured amongst their students

What is the Institute of Service &

Entrepreneurship? Why has it been created?

the institute of service & Entrepreneurship is a virtual

institute, or strategic area of focus for the school. it was

created as part of the vision for the future, and in order

to strengthen the school’s position at the forefront of

international education. the institute has three pillars:

service, charity and Entrepreneurship and a clear mission

“to inspire contribution to society in a sustainable

fashion throughout life by developing a service ethos,

entrepreneurial activities and community spirit”.

Is it suitable for everyone? How does it

work alongside the curriculum?

we hope that the institute will have an impact on all

of our students. we currently have a wide range of

local service activities conducted by a large number of

our students every thursday during our allocated vsu

(voluntary service unit) afternoon. charitable activities

are conducted around the timetable with a huge host of

fundraising initiatives, an annual charity week held for each

separate area of the school, and international ‘proMo’

trips that include both service activities on the ground

in a developing country, and substantial fundraising.

both service and charity activities are an extremely

useful vehicle for teaching entrepreneurial skills to our

students, however we have now put a further focus on

developing entrepreneurial skills and the mindset of a

social entrepreneur. at present, we have a number of

activities organised through which we take the students

off timetable to develop their entrepreneurial skills. these

include a social Enterprise day for sixth Form students,

plus a variety of co-curricular activities such as competitions

during global Entrepreneurship week, a business plan

competition and a Dragons’ Den style pitching Final.

various activities run in conjunction with our hE

department such as ‘insight days’ in which we take

students to learn about businesses and different industries,

and work related training including working on real life

challenges for local organisations. we have also introduced

specific workshops on topics like ideation, and product

design, negotiation skills, and networking aimed at

developing specific skills. we are planning to further

integrate these activities into the curriculum over time.

How does it help to prepare students for the future?

we no longer know which jobs will exist, and so instead

we concentrate on developing the entrepreneurial skills,

knowledge and mindset that students will need to

succeed in the rapidly changing future work environment.

we are also aware that our students will be leaders of

the future, and as such we want to prepare them to

be responsible, ethically minded leaders, who will act

for the good of society in their future ventures.

What type of skills do they learn?

specific skills include creativity, complex problem solving,

communication skills, collaboration, and resilience

as well as digital competency. relevant knowledge

is important such as developing an understanding

of the business environment and financial literacy.

we also look at risk taking, one’s entrepreneurial

intentions, proactivity, and the ability to make

decisions with the information available at hand.

Find out more about the institute of service & Entrepreneurship at sevenoaks school by visiting


Education Magazine

The Great


We speak to two students from the South East about why they

made the decision to take a year out and a year abroad




Fergus Doyle took a year out to

study abroad after his second year

of a degree course in English and

American Literature at University

of Kent. He is currently writing

his final year dissertation




Katherine Gomes decided to take a year

out before heading off to university. She

explains why she made the choices she did

and how her year has worked out so far

What made you take a year out

before starting university?

A lot of people consider there to be

a stigma regarding Gap Years – that

Universities frown upon students that

don’t immediately prioritise academia and

will favour those that have. However it’s

simply not true! I believe that I have had

the same opportunities as those who went

straight to uni and it’s even favourable in

some respects as I already have my grades.

I think there’s a lot of pressure for students

at school – it’s drilled into you that there’s

one route to take, i.e. you get your GCSEs

to get your A Levels to then get your

degree at uni. When it came to writing

a personal statement I kept putting it

off for lack of knowing what subject I

wanted to do and where I wanted to

go, and when I realised that’s why I had

been procrastinating, I knew a year out

was the right choice for me. I definitely

think it’s worth having extra time to make

the right decision rather than plumping

for the wrong choice for the sake of it.

What did you do for your year?

I’d like to say it was non stop travelling

but, alas, the reality is more full time

work. However I far from resent that – I

do love my job. I have been working as

a sales assistant at Levi’s Ashford Outlet

and, although this doesn’t immediately

relate to what I’ll be studying at uni, I

value having the experience of what life

will be like in a permanent position in

the workplace once I have my degree.

It has also shown me that, as much as I

love my job, I am ready to go back into

education rather than starting a career. I

have ultimately been saving to travel, and

in June I will be doing exactly that! I will

be jetting off to Peru to climb Machu

Picchu and I could not be more excited.

Why did you make the

decision to travel?

It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long

time, really. Simply put, there’s a big wide

world out there and I haven’t seen enough

of it. Plus, I’m a firm believer that travel

broadens our understanding of culture in

a way academia or a classroom cannot.

What will you be going on to study?

English with Creative Writing at

The University of Nottingham. A

decision I don’t think I would have

made if I hadn’t taken my year out.

What advice would you give to

someone looking to work for a

year before starting university?

I would say get the best grades you can

and if you’re not sure what the next step

for you is then a year out is the way

to go. Although, I don’t think a year

of solely working should be how it’s

done. Yes, it’s all good experience and

it’s money for university or to kick-start

your independence, but I think there’s

so much that can be done in a year apart

from working, so make use of that time!

Whether it’s volunteering, travelling or

perhaps landing work in a field related to

a career you’d like to pursue one day. After

all, it’s about getting your foot in the door,

and universities are looking for that drive

and initiative to make of the world what

you please, so show them you have it.

What made you decide to

study abroad for a year?

It just always seemed like an

amazing opportunity, and

one which the university I

did my undergrad at (Kent)

offered quite freely, especially

for Erasmus programmes.

Where did you go and

what did you do?

I went to Charles University

in Prague to study Literature

(I stopped saying English, as

everyone I met on Erasmus

assumed I was talking about

English Language, which I

actually know very little about!).

Did you feel that it

enhanced your studies?

Definitely. The workload was

quite a lot higher and, even if the

expected standard was slightly

lower, it helped me with planning

ahead with regards to essay writing.

Has your placement influenced

any decisions you may make

about your career path?

It has encouraged me to look

at a career in publishing, as one

aspect of the course was to intern

at a small publishing house which

ran out of the university. I found

this work very interesting and

would like to put this experience

to use later in my career.

What advice would you give to

someone looking to study abroad

as part of their university course?

Don’t worry about culture

shock; it’ll seem a bit weird at

first, but by the end of the year

you’ll feel weirder at home than

in your chosen destination.


Think you need

a strong partner

when your

marriage ends?

I do.


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