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10 ways to kick exam stress

  With only days to go until students all over the UK sit their exams, the levels of worry in your household may be getting the better of your home environment in the form of exam stress. As an unavoidable part of student life that can be challenging to handle, it is worth remembering that stress exists as an alarm system, bringing your attention to certain matters that need addressed in your son...

10 ideas to help your child during their English exam

With exam season upon us we thought 2KickStartU's top tips to help your child during their Engilsh exam would come in handy.  Begin by checking very carefully the instructions of the exam paper. Highlight or underline the key instructions. Note down (and check) any timings plan you have prepared, so you have it to refer to, and to stop you spending too much or too little time on one question....

Examinations are upon us, and, along with them, the pressure for students to do well.

exam preparation and how to handle stress during exam season
With the examination season in full swing, more young people are finding it hard to cope with the pressure. "Cracking up", is much more common than many parents realise and, once it has happened, is difficult to treat. For parents, there is a difficult line to tread between setting expectations and encouraging a child to work towards challenging goals, as opposed to placing children in situations...

SATs are around the corner - knowing what is in the test can help you help your child with everyday activities

Mother and daughter smiling into the camera. Message that says : SATs are around the corner - knowing what is in the test can help you help your child with everyday activities
With only weeks to go for SATs you might be wondering what you can start doing to help your child prepare. This can be a tense time and your child may feel nervous or lack of confidence, but as a parent there is plenty you can do to support them. The important thing is to know what is included in the test and expected from your child. Once you know helping them can be as simple as using...

Taking the 11+ exam in Surrey

Is your child due to take the 11+ exam at the beginning of Year 6? Find out more about grammar school selection exams, how they differ across the country and the literacy and numeracy topics children are tested on. What is the 11+? Also referred to as the ‘Transfer Test’, the 11+ is a test taken by some Year 6 pupils in primary schools in England. Its purpose is to provide a filter for selecting...

GCSE tuition - the price of tuition vs. the price of failure

Many parents feel at a loss when their children enter their examination years, known in schools as Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11). Confused by the complicated systems of choosing subjects and courses (GCSEs, vocational GCSEs, GNVQs, BTECs, VRQs - just some of the options available), coursework, entry tiers, modular exams and practical assessments. If you feel like this, you are not alone! The exam...

No-sew costumes for World Book Day

No-sew costumes for World Book Day from 2KickStartU. Happy child smiling with a DIY cardboard cut-out space helmet
I used to love dressing up as a kid. Any excuse was good enough for me, and whilst in my eyes it was so much fun as I adored having the chance to don a costume, I never saw it through my parent’s eyes in their already busy schedule. With World Book Day upon us this week, we need to remember that we are helping our children to enjoy this fun day whilst they get the opportunity to take a more...

GCSE DROP-IN CLINIC OPENS IN THE NICK OF TIME…

With just over 11 weeks to go until GCSE Exams, the drop-in clinic will be a place where students can get as and when they want. 2KickStartU’s GCSE drop-in clinic is now open to students getting ready to take their GCSE exams - which means any student struggling with a particular point of the syllabus can get help without committing to full-time tuition. “We wanted to create a way of reaching out...

The best SATs preparation advice for parents

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SATs are a key milestone in your child’s academic career. Your child’s results will show you and the school how much of what they have been taught your child has grasped, how they compare to the national average, and highlight areas where they might need additional support. So you see, they are more than a handy metric for compiling school league tables, as they will also be used to determine...

Key Stage 2 SATs changes explained

A little girl doing her key stage 2 tests.
Following the changes to the curriculum, we have put together a short video which aims to give you granular detail regarding the Key Stage 2 tests that pupils in year 6 will take in May this year. It might be a year or two in the future for your child, but there's no harm in knowing and power in knowing the direction to work towards. 

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