Thursday, 27 February 2014

How Do Schools Assess Your Child? - 6th February 2014

Ever wondered how schools assess your child? What exactly do assessment tests involve for different ages? Do school use different systems and if so, why? Can and should parents prepare children for these tests? What do schools do with all the information?
Our guests on this show are: Ben Fuller, Joint Lead Assessment Advisor for and Chief Executive of the Teacher Development Trust, David Weston.

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Unauthorised Absences And Financial Planning - 30th January 2014

We are getting to grips with the hot topic of the moment - authorised and unauthorised absences from school. It used to be at the discretion of our head teachers but the rules seem to have changed and there’s confusion about where the buck stops and what the process is now. We're hearing rumours about big fines being imposed on parents. Is it true?

To get to the bottom of this subject we have invited legal expert Mary McEvoy from Neves Solicitors, to ask her if we can take our children out of school during term time under exceptional circumstances or not. What are the rules and how can we as parents understand our position?
We then speak to Mary Bainton, Central Attendance & Employment Support Team Manager, from Hertfordshire County Council who tells us where we stand.

Good financial planning is important in any household. Financial adviser, Simon Beedle from Wagstaffs Wealth Management is talking about what we can do to secure our children’s financial future.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Brain Tumours - 16th January 2014

Brain Tumours are the leading cause of childhood cancer deaths in the UK. Around 500 Children and young people are diagnosed with a tumour each year. In this show, you will hear from parents whose children were diagnosed with such a tumour.  They bravely share their stories and their advice to other parents. We also talk to charities who offer help to families in this situation.

Monday, 10 February 2014

Educating Boys - 9th January 2014

This show discusses the particular needs of boys when it comes to education. Our guests include David Bullock, Deputy Head of Verulam School in St Albans, and Trefor Lloyd, a developmental psychologist from the Boys Development Trust in Peckham. From listening to this show you will be able to learn more about pedagogical approaches that bring out the best in boys, how schools might accommodate them and lastly, what can parents do to help raise boys' learning and attainment?

Homeopathy And Its Benefits To Kids - 12th December 2013

Homeopathy for kids is the topic of tonight's show. What foods can we give our children that might help fight off bugs? What can we do to build their immune system?

We are joined by Galina Boggis-Rolfe, a local homeopath and mum of one, to discuss homeopathic remedies and approaches to boosting children's immune systems.