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  • 6 reasons to consider InterHigh

    If you're one of the many parents considering an alternative to mainstream education right now, virtual school InterHigh could be the answer to your prayers.

  • OXSWOT

    Need a private tutor? Muddy reviews OXSWOT

    If a rollercoaster year has left your kids floundering academically, this Oxford-based private tutoring service could get them back on track (I should know, my son played guinea pig).

  • How to help your kids get the careers they want

    It’s never been tougher for young people to find a foothold on the labour market so how, as parents, can we help them get ahead?

  • BEDFORD GIRLS

    Bedford Girls’ School, Bedford

    This independent school for girls age 7-18 is a truly refreshing environment, with outstanding facilities, where girls can try everything, take responsibility for their choices and feel completely confident in their own skin.

  • Spratton Hall Day prep northants

    Spratton Hall

    Muddy says: A caring, creative and forward-thinking co-educational day prep school for children aged 4-13, based in 50 acres of Northamptonshire’s beautiful countryside.

  • 10 of the best subscription boxes for kids

    Running on empty when it comes to entertaining the kids? Royal Mail comes up trumps with these brilliant subscription boxes – time to sit with a gin and wait for the postman.

  • Halloween at Blenheim

    Half term bangers.

    With Halloween round the corner it's nearly time for the little darlings to be back home for a whole week. Yippee... But fear not, Northants is bursting with fun activities and things to do to keep the kids happy this half term. It'll be a scream. Mwahahahaha!

  • Thornton College, Milton Keynes

    A peaceful rural setting and nurturing ethos underpins this high-achieving all girls school 3-18 in North Buckinghamshire

  • CREATION SPRITES

    Muddy reviews: Creation Theatre’s online drama club

    This engaging and innovative new online drama club is a brilliant way of exploring classic literature and ways of storytelling and if your idea of a Zoom call involves sitting still and glazing over in front of a screen, think again.

  • How to manage back-to-school anxiety

    With the nation’s schoolchildren poised to go back to school, it’s a tense time for everyone. So, how, as parents, should we control our fears? Muddy finds out.

  • Engel backpack We are Pop

    Back to school

    Spent summer wondering whether they will even go back in Sept (bore off, Covid) and left back to school shopping til the last minute? Same. Sack off the supermarket for these clickable local buys.

  • Children's books

    10 books for younger kids

    Kids have had a lot on their plates: no school, no play dates, and slim chance of a summer of fun in the sun. Here's 10 great book for ages 5-8 to create a fictional escape route from the madness.

  • Wind in the Willows

    25 fun things to keep the kids entertained this summer

    Schooools out for.... erm... ever it feels like, but at least we can sack off homeschool and do some some fun stuff. Here's 25 fab ideas to keep the little ones off their screens. For a bit.

  • Is it time to try an online school?

    With many children struggling to study at home and doubts over September start dates, specialist ‘virtual’ schools are gaining huge traction - but what do they offer that’s different?

  • Parent ‘Lockdown learning’ survey – the results

    Earlier this month we commissioned our own comprehensive survey amongst Muddy readers into Lockdown Learning – and we’ve been blown away by the response! Thank you to the 1200 of you who expressed how you felt about virtual-schooling, the difficulties you and your children were facing, as well as revealing surprise success stories and offering […]

  • rodham

    The staying in boredom buster

    It's a bit nippy for the sunlounger this week so head for the sofa instead - and get stuck into this week's best new at-home culture picks.

  • Kids driving you nuts? The best parenting books

    And we all thought parenting was hard BEFORE lockdown. Jeez! We've got five brilliant new books that promise to help.

  • Living in lockdown with teens – eek!

    Here are 20 things to do that might encourage your teenagers to get out of bed by midday – or at the very least by least by nightfall (fingers crossed).

  • homeschool

    Homeschooling: the Muddy inside guide

    The kids are off school indefinitely thanks to coronavirus. You're at home indefinitely thanks to coronavirus. Here's your insiders guide to surviving homeschooling.

  • 5 things I’ve learned about motherhood

    Acclaimed author (and Muddy favourite) Clover Stroud is in the midst of raising her 5 children. Miraculously she's found time to write a book about it all. Here's a taster.

  • Easter activities SORTED!

    Are you in Half-Term recovery mode? Now the kids are back at school (praise be), plan for an easier Easter with Barracudas Activity Day Camps – I reckon your ankle-biters will love it.

  • J’adore/ J’abhor

    Parlez-vous teen slang? The language barrier has always been a problem when it comes to parent/child communications. Do you find the way your little darlings speak totally basic or, like, lit?

  • Your ultimate Autumn Walks guide

    Grab your kids, your besties, your dog and anyone else who is free to join you on our first Autumn Walks initiative with Joules - and win coats and wellies for the whole family!

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