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By Renee Irving-Lee, Children’s Book Author © 2019 Learning Links As children progress through primary school, the importance of peer friendships becomes more significant and feeling included in playground activities becomes a vital factor in the healthy development of their social and emotional wellbeing.When children feel invited, accepted, appreciated, and included they are Read more

Receiving your child's mid-year school report can be quite nerve-wracking if you know they've had some challenges during the first half of the year.Regardless of their results, the important thing with any report or assessment is to:Look for the effort – this is what makes learning and progress possible. Find the strengths in the report, there will be areas working Read more

By Renee Irving-Lee, Children’s Book Author © 2019 Learning LinksIt's homework time again and there’s nothing but tears, refusal, arguments, tantrums, meltdowns or complete avoidance and procrastination. Grrrrrrrrrr!!!!! Why does homework have to be such an epic battle every night?Sound familiar?Homework can be challenging, difficult and down-right painful in some households, Read more

by Dr Samantha Hornery, Therapy and Education Manager.As a parent it is entirely your decision as to how much or little information you divulge to your child’s teacher about the previous assessments and interventions you’ve undertaken with your child. We won’t go into the pros and cons for this at the moment – it takes trust to hand over all of this information and Read more

by Dr Samantha Hornery, Therapy and Education Manager.If your child has additional learning needs you’re probably going to be in regular communication with your child’s teacher. Here are our top tips to get this communication started and keep it going:1. Ask your child’s teacher for their preferred communication method – is it a Read more

by Dr Samantha Hornery, Therapy and Education Manager. It's so important to be prepared for parent-teacher interviews. It's usually a short period of time and the meeting can fly by before you’ve had a chance to ask any real questions about your child. Here are our top tips to be prepared for this upcoming chat, with the key questions for your child's Read more

By Renee Irving-Lee, Children’s Book Author © 2018 Learning LinksThe best way to describe the term ‘hidden curriculum’ is the information in life that everybody automatically knows without ever being explicitly taught. These pieces of information are usually the unwritten rules or customs, the nuances of social communications or the assumptions and expectations within different Read more

Kenneth Rigby, University of South AustraliaIn Australia approximately one student in five is bullied at school every few weeks or more often. Many of these students suffer serious emotional and psychological harm, such as Read more