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Money talks and children talk, too

20th November 2017

By Clint Wilson, founder of nimbl Across the world, centennial entrepreneurs are founding businesses, making money and generally displaying a fantastic amount of financial acumen. Nick D'Aloisio is a great example, he was 15 when he founded his start up Summly. Two years later he sold it...

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Young people set to discover the Olympic and Paralympic Values with the Values Awards from Get Set

20th November 2017

Teachers and young people are set to be inspired by the Olympic and Paralympic Values with the launch of the Values Awards from Get Set, the official youth engagement programme of the British Olympic Association and British Paralympic Association. The Values Awards will offer primary and secondary...

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Keeper takes rejected Egyptian Fruit Bat babies under her wing

10th November 2017

Deputy Section Head of Primates, Natalie Horner, has taken on the role of surrogate mother to two abandoned Egyptian Fruit Bat babies at Cotswold Wildlife Park. This is the first time Natalie has hand-reared these nocturnal mammals and, according to Park records, it is also the first time this species...

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Ahead of Anti-Bullying Week new poll shows children in England worry about being seen as ‘different’

10th November 2017

Campaigners are urging schools to celebrate what makes pupils unique during Anti-Bullying Week (13-17 Nov) as a new poll of more than 1,600 8 to 16 year olds in England found that over half (52%) worry about being seen as ‘different’ from others, and 40% would hide or change aspects of themselves...

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Forestry Commission England’s guide to choosing the perfect Christmas tree

9th November 2017

What better way to celebrate the festive season than with the most glorious Christmas tree. But other than size, what are the things to consider when buying your Christmas centrepiece? Each tree species can be a little different in size, scent and needle retention so it’s difficult to know which...

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TOP TIPS FOR PARENTS TO HELP BAG A BARGAIN ONLINE THIS CHRISTMAS

6th November 2017

The nights are becoming darker and the temperature colder, Christmas is on the horizon. This is without doubt one of the best times of the year, but also one of the most expensive! As the festive season draws nearer, many parents this year are turning their attention to Christmas shopping as they source...

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An imaginative and original gift for your little ones

6th November 2017

Tales for You is a new podcast that will provide free personalised stories and poems for children aged 5 to 10, and hopefully, give their parents and teachers a break! How it works The requests for a story/poem are sent via the Tales for You website. The topic could be a best friend, favourite...

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Taffy Thomas MBE and Cerrie Burnell join as judges for Amazon’s A (New) Christmas Carol competition

2nd November 2017

Amazon today announces that two additional judges, Taffy Thomas MBE and children’s TV presenter Cerrie Burnell, will join the judging panel in the search for a new young children’s classic inspired by Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. The panel of judges also includes illustrator...

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A Wicked Launch

1st November 2017

Wicked, the award-winning West End musical that tells the incredible untold story of the witches of Oz, together with the National Literacy Trust, has announced the eighth year of the prestigious Wicked Young Writers Award. Entries close on 12 March 2018. As in previous years, entrants can enter one...

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Suit up as Santa for a seasonal sprint in London

27th October 2017

Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity is calling on runners of all abilities in the capital to suit up as Santa and run the London Santa Dash on Sunday 3 December to raise money for seriously ill children. Returning for the third year, the event will see thousands of people dressed as...

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ACTRESS PAULINE QUIRKE IS INVITING TALENTED YOUNG PERFORMERS TO AUDITION FOR NEW ACADEMY, PQA STUDIOS LONDON

25th October 2017

After over 50 years in the acting industry, and a decade of unprecedented success delivering outstanding part-time performing arts tuition at her weekend Academies across the country, Pauline Quirke is returning to her roots to establish PQA Studios London, a brand new full-time Academy in London’s...

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School Life – Q&A with director Neasa Ní Chianáin and co-director & producer David Rane

19th October 2017

School Life follows a year in the life of John and Amanda Leyden, two passionate teachers at Headfort School, the only primary-age boarding school in Ireland. Headfort School. You can find our review of this remarkable and touching documentary here. Primary Times was lucky enough to get the chance to...

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Parents call for support in teaching their children about managing money

18th October 2017

More than half of British parents agree that primary schools play an important role in preparing children for financial challenges in later life, according to new research[1] commissioned by Experian. The findings discovered that three in five of parents[2] are concerned their children will be unable...

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Dear Zoo Live on Stage in 2018

17th October 2017

Author Rod Campbell’s best-selling classic lift-the- flap book, Dear Zoo, is being brought to life for the very first time in 2018 as a brilliant new stage production. Dear Zoo, which has delighted generations of young readers since it was first published in 1982 and has sold more than 8 million...

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Building phonics and vocabulary games into home life to support school learning

16th October 2017

Trying to spend quality family time together with the pressures of work and other commitments will always be a challenge for parents. It can often be the reason why they aren’t able to find enough time to fit in home learning with children to support work being done in school. However, with pressures...

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Keeping phonics and vocabulary skills high on the agenda at home to support school learning

16th October 2017

Parents perceive strong reading skills as among the most important for their children to have in life, but the challenge of busy lives, and sometimes a fear of teaching the ‘wrong’ method, can put parents off attempting the necessary home learning activities to consolidate the work being...

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Make Your Own Truffula Flower

12th October 2017

Dr Seuss’s The Lorax is coming to London’s Old Vic this autumn. Suitable for ages 6 and above, this is the tale of one little Lorax and his friends as they set out on a mission to protect the earth and save the beloved Truffula Trees. To celebrate, we’re showing you how to make a Truffula...

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An interview with Cerrie Burnell

12th October 2017

Cerrie Burnell - writer, actor and children's TV presenter, is releasing the fourth title in her Harper series, Harper and the Fire Star. The Harper books are a magical series set in the City of Clouds, an ethereal world filled with music. The stories follow Harper as she uses her musical gifts (and...

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Ivy lifeline for autumn moths

12th October 2017

There’s no need to fill your wardrobes up with mothballs despite an immigration of rare and exciting moths heading for the UK. They’re not interested in your clothes and much prefer something a little tastier, which is why wildlife lovers will be gathered around the ivy over the coming...

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Making the Most of Parent Teacher Meetings

11th October 2017

Parent-teacher meetings in the U.K. are fleetingly short. This is one of the only pre-scheduled times to meet with your child’s teacher, so making the most of it is key! Most parents will have the first parent-teacher meetings of the year coming up in October so here are some valuable top tips...

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How do I tackle screen time?

11th October 2017

By Carolyn Bunting, General Manager of Internet Matters Children are born digital and grow up surrounded by advancing technology but a recent study found that more than half of parents of six-year-olds (52%*) admitted they’re concerned their kids don’t have interests outside going online...

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Why We Need to Act Now to Prevent the Ticking Time Bomb of Children's Mental Ill-Health Exploding in the Next Decade

10th October 2017

An article by Tony Weekes, author of In My Right Mind, founder of Unity MHS & children's mental health campaigner We have been thinking a lot about PTSD since 14th June 2017. Some experts believe that environmental factors can come into play with the onset of mental illness. In the case of...

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SWIMMING INDUSTRY URGES FAMILIES TO PUT DOWN SCREENS, PICK UP GOGGLES AND #LOVESWIMMING

9th October 2017

The swimming industry campaign to inspire the country to Love Swimming by getting families off their screens and into the pool launched today with an impactful film showing a real family's frustration with the overuse of digital devices. With the release ’Because their console doesn’t...

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Get your child off to a positive start in their Reception Year

6th October 2017

As children up and down the country settle into the familiar pattern of the academic year, there is a group among them experiencing it for the first time. Fresh-faced and unknowing four and five year olds, who have only just begun in the Reception Year, have ventured over the threshold where they will...

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Over Protective Parenting

6th October 2017

We’ve all seen the stories about conkers being banned in school or swings being removed from playgrounds due to safety concerns. Even more bizarre is the recurrence of rickets which is apparently due to parents smothering their children in high-factor sunscreen, or keeping their children inside...

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Online safety organisation warns parents not to ban their kids from social media

5th October 2017

ONLINE safety organisation warns parents not to ban their kids from social media following recent discussions in the media. Internet Matters has urged parents that it could be 'counterproductive in the long term'. Carolyn Bunting, General Manager of Internet Matters said: "It's so...

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Top literary and football names team up to search for young ‘Premier League Writing Stars’

3rd October 2017

More than 10,000 primary schools have signed up to Premier League Primary Stars since its launch in March The Premier League has just launched a poetry competition for children aged five to 11. Premier League Writing Stars is backed by names from the worlds of football and literature. The campaign...

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