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Welsh minister tells parents they can take their children on holiday during term time

8th February 2017

Welsh Minister Huw Lewis has advised schools and parents in Wales that they can take up to 10 days holiday during term time.  To read the full article, click here. ... read more


Diagnosing Special Educational Needs

18th July 2012

If you think your child is struggling at school, either academically or socially or whether you have concerns but you are unable to pinpoint what the problem might be, it could be that your chi... read more


Special Educational Needs: Getting your child the support they need

10th July 2012

If your child is experiencing difficulties at school, whether they are not progressing in their school work or they are having problems interacting with other children, or if you have concerns abou... read more


Should parents sit on the Board Of Governors? (updated 29.4.17)

20th June 2012

If you are a parent with a problem or grievance with your child's school, you are required to follow the schools complaint's procedure. Currently, this is a standard procedure for most schools and o... read more


Your rights: Deferring your child's primary school place (updated 29.4.17)

16th June 2012

Your rights - Deferring your child's primary school place Most primary schools expect their new intake of reception children to start school in the September following their fourth birthday.  Howeve... read more


Timetables for all primary schools

31st May 2012

You would have thought that when your child starts primary school, one of the first things you would be given is a weekly timetable.  This is not so in the state sector however, and if your schoo... read more


Not being allowed to go to the toilet during class poses serious health risks (updated 29.4.17)

22nd May 2012

Given the scale of the problem of children not being allowed to go to the toilet during class, it is important that parents are made aware of the psychological effects and health risks associated... read more


Church School Admissions - the unfairness of it all

17th May 2012

Are you one of the thousands of parents required to go to church in order for your child to attend your local church school? If you are not already aware of this, the vast majority of church sc... read more


The Suggestion Box - Why every school should have one

15th May 2012

For many parents, approaching their teacher or school about a matter to do with their child or the school itself, may be difficult for a number of reasons.  Some parents may find their teacher unap... read more


Plimsolls - Not feet for purpose?

12th May 2012

If your child is expected to wear plimsolls for any length of time during the school day, then they could be doing untold damage to their feet.  Plimsolls are made for short-term wear, up to an hou... read more


Good Teacher Bad Teacher

3rd May 2012

Based on true events It’s story time in reception in Mrs J’s class. The children are sitting on the floor around the teacher, who is sitting on a chair reading a book about a bear and its mo... read more


Taking holidays during term time (updated 29.4.17)

1st May 2012

Note:  The law regarding term time holidays has recently changed following a ruling by the Supreme Court in April 2017. My School Gate will be writing an article shortly which will summarise the ne... read more