For many households across England, September means back to school. The smell of new school uniform, the rattle of new pencils and stationery, and mothers everywhere trying to get the perfect photo of their kids on the first day of term before the uniform is bedraggled and they are grumpy.
Nathan returned to school, loosing his new jumper on his first day, and has gone into Year 6 with a great buzz of excitement. We had talked over the summer about how important his last year of primary school was and how I would like him to put himself forward for activities and not shy away like he can do. On his first day he came home proud to tell me that he was a Leading Learner, the Register Monitor for the school and the Bench Monitor. Its little jobs like this at school which have given him a new passion to get going and learn more.
As parents though, we always worry about our child’d education – are they getting the most from their time in school? Would they be better off being home schooled or going somewhere else? The one word mono-syllable answers as to how their day was and what did they get up to can fill a parent with so much confidence in the education system, we do wonder if we were the same at that age.
School Reviewer gives parents an insight into all these questions. From reviews of the school from other parents, tuition help, a buy and sell section, mock exam papers and a handy forum for parents to discuss everything that may be on their mind, School Reviewer is a fantastic resource for parents across the board. Informative blog posts from the best ways to pack healthy lunches to what parents need to know about Snapchat are all available for parents to digest.
It is quite a crucial website for parents with children in year 6 at the moment with the applications for secondary schools looming. The School Reviewer website gives a portal to access Ofsted Reports and view catchment areas, along with key information about the schools performance over the last few years.
The website is still in its development stages with a few bugs being ironed out. It has already been listed in the national press across the UK and has an active user base who are selling everything from school uniforms to xbox games! The site covers all aspects of education from primary through to secondary – with handy video guides as to how to do well in GCSE’s which go along side the previous years test papers, which are available to download for a small fee.
I am looking forward to seeing this site develop and for more users to get signed up and using this resource for harnessing the best for their child’s education. Further test papers in other subject areas, other than Maths would be a welcome addition which I am sure will be coming in the future.
I would love to hear your thoughts on this website or do you have any hints and tips on making sure kids get the most from their education, do you give extra home work or do you believe that kids should have downtime when they come home from school? Please leave a comment below or pop over to Facebook and have a discussion on The Motherhood Page with other parents.
DISCLAIMER – All views are my own. I was given early access to the website and compensated for my time in undertaking this review.