Safety Net: Appreciating the role of digital in our teens’ lives

Technology – and our children’s use of it – can be a thorny issue. On the one hand digital is a fantastic resource for information, entertainment and communication. One the other hand, we seem to have raised a generation of children glued to a phone or tablet. The very mention of stepping away from the […]

“We’re all in the same boat”: homeschooling teenagers, with their parents

In this episode, I’m talking to parents. Angela, Chantelle and Simon chat about their experiences of revising for GCSEs with their teen children. They also share insights into how that experience has affected their approach with younger children. With COVID-19 forcing home study on us all, this is a strange time. This episode is especially […]

“And off to bed”: The importance of a good night’s sleep to teenagers

Our latest podcast is now live. In this episode we hear from Dr Faith Orchard, Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Reading. Faith talks about sleep and why it’s important. In particular we look at why teenagers’ sleep patterns are different and what can be done to ensure a good night’s sleep. If, […]

The sounds of revision – tune in or tune out?

Is playing music while you’re revising a good idea or is silence really golden? Some swear it helps, while others need absolute, convent-like quiet study. Many students prefer to study while listening to music. For many, the image of a college library is of conscientious young people huddled over tomes, furiously taking note, with earphones […]