MyDaughter blog

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MyDaughter blog

  • We need to end the annual exam marking scandal...

    Every year, there is a “scandal” about exam marking. Every year, each of us sends back dozens of scripts because we feel the wrong marks have been awarded. Sometimes we are talking about systematic issues with a paper, on other occasions it appears rogue markers are failing to correctly apply the marking criteria.

    This summer the “noise” about issues around marking was perhaps slightly down, but does that mean we have greater confidence in the issue? I think not, more that we are starting...

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  • A taste for sport...

    England Lacrosse Captain Katy Bennett talks to MyDaughter about her sports career

    Katy Bennett’s tally of England Caps rivals the best of any footballer’s. Captain of the senior England women’s lacrosse team, her international career spans 14 years. She has played in four world cups, has two world bronze medals, two European gold medals and a garage full of worn-out trainers.

    Unlike footballers of the same pedigree, Katy achieved all this while holding down a full time teaching...

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  • Why I am passionate about practical science...

    As a Headmistress and as a chemist, the warning that practical science lessons may be squeezed out of many schools by exam pressures is deeply worrying.

    We hear that the Council for Science and Technology is writing to Education Secretary Michael Gove to insist that he must protect this vital part of the study of science in his educational reforms. The council fears that exam reforms will see the practical element of science being drastically cut down.

    Cutting the practical work out of...

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  • Holidays are as important as term time...as long as they are used well

    Many parents find the prospect of children at home for weeks on end over the summer holidays daunting. As well as the practical challenges of juggling work and home and managing the needs of different siblings, I find that parents are often worrying about how to fill the time and keep everyone entertained.

    Is the solution shorter summer holidays? Education Secretary, Michael Gove recently declared that “the traditional long summer school holiday is a relic of the 19th century and...

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  • 'Leaning in' to life... as well as careers

    Friday 12 July 2013

    Categories: Careers, Education, Role Models

    The pile of books I want to read is, literally, taller than ever – almost as high as my bedside table.

    Near the top is one by Sheryl Sandberg, a prominent and successful American business woman who is Chief Executive Officer of Facebook, the online social networking service. She is 43 years old, married and with two children and, from what I hear, a superwoman who manages to combine a highly successful career with and active family life.

    The book is called Lean In – Women, Work and...

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  • Don't help your child to get a job...

    Wednesday 12 June 2013

    Categories: Careers, Growing up, Parenting

    In The Telegraph 3/6/13, James Caan, described as the ‘new social mobility tsar’ (and the irony of that title has caused comment on Twitter…) claimed that parents should not help their sons and daughters into work experience placements and into jobs and should only use their influence if a child has failed to find work after a year.

    It reminded me of a comment made by a representative of a law firm who spoke at a ‘Women in Leadership’ conference I attended in Cambridge last...

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  • It's tough to be a teenager

    Thursday 6 June 2013

    Categories: Growing up, Media Influence, Teenagers

    Teenagers occupy that scary, magical period between the innocence of childhood and the fully-formed certainty of adulthood. They are working things out and are fantastic company. However, recent news confirms what all teachers should know; although teenagers can seem capable and confident, their ‘in-betweener’ status does make them terribly vulnerable. Think of poor old Paris Brown, resident of Kent. I can understand why it might have seemed a good idea to appoint a young person to liaise...

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  • Surviving the exam season!

    The recent Daily Telegraph article, At exam time, a mother’s place is in the wrong made me smile. Allison Pearson describes with her characteristic wry wit what ‘Day Nine in the Revision House of Hell’ is like as her daughter, clearly overwrought with the pressure of exams looming, takes out her frustrations and her anxiety on the ones who love her best.

    Many parents at this time of year will be supporting sons and daughters through their revision and examination period, whether...

    Posted by Jill Berry Read more...

  • The dangers of sleep deprivation

    A recent survey carried out by Boston College in the USA has reported that sleep deprivation ranks alongside the lack of basic nutrition as one of the causes of poor performance in school. Perhaps ironically, while poor nutrition is associated with less affluent and under-developed countries, sleep-deprived children are more likely to be found in wealthy, developed nations. USA tops the sleep deprivation table. 73% of 9 and 10 year olds and 80% of 13 and 14 year olds in USA are...

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  • Inspirational body confidence campaign by teenagers in York

    I was delighted to hear a group of 13 and 14 year old girls on Radio 4 Woman’s Hour recently, speaking about their campaign to challenge the use of “stick-thin models” on billboards and in shop windows.

    The girls were articulate and spoke with passion and conviction: “we want more girls to challenge these fake pictures and the prejudices they feed. It’s not fair or right to pressure girls, especially at a vulnerable age, to look a certain way and change how we look….. this is...

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