Max – a Trainee Attending School Dog, who works at a Primary School in Somerset, practising the 'snuggle' command © Dogs Helping Kids

  • Paw-trait of an Education 21 Apr 17

    When children arrive at Mandeville Primary School, St Albans, every morning, they’re greeted not only by their teachers, but also by another very special member of the school team. This individual... Read More

  • Look at Life: A Whiter Shade of Pale 21 Apr 17

    I’d been thinking about it for a while. That skunk-like stripe that kept stubbornly reappearing on my head was starting to intrigue me. It was so white… and I was curious to know how I’d look if... Read More

  • The Fourth Pillar 7 Apr 17

    A generation has grown up with the internet, and the way that they connect with friends and with the wider world is at best perplexing, and at worst unfathomable, to older members of society. Every... Read More

  • Look At Life: Handwriting 7 Apr 17

    ‘My pencil is my friend. Our letters curl and bend, and when ideas refuse to come, I chew the other end.’ So says celebrated children’s author, Julia Donaldson. And few would argue with the... Read More

  • Top Ten Tips for Teens 24 Mar 17

    1. GET PLANNING Before you do anything, sit down and work out a realistic revision timetable, with plenty of breaks and time for social stuff too. One way you can do this is divide however long you... Read More

  • Filling the Empty Cradle 24 Mar 17

    Like being on a blind date but with the odds stacked against you… is how one IP (Intended Parent) describes the whole process of meeting a surrogate. “You go along to the social events organised... Read More

  • Look At Life: Dystopias 24 Mar 17

    It’s January 1984 and I’m eleven years old. George Orwell’s most famous novel is all over the media. I’m far too young to understand it properly, but I’m reading an extract printed in my... Read More

  • Taking Time to Talk And Listen 24 Mar 17

    There’s a picture at home, of me in my graduation robes, proudly beaming into the camera. I thought that exams and revision were far behind me. How naive. Two decades and two children later, I’m... Read More

  • Look at Life: Torpedoes in Speedos 10 Mar 17

    Why does everything have to be a competition? Every time I turn on the television or open a webpage, people are competing for something. Singing, dancing, sewing, cooking, baking, painting, gardening... Read More

  • Look At Life: Swimming in the Medium Lane 24 Feb 17

    Why does everything have to be a competition? Every time I turn on the television or open a webpage, people are competing for something. Singing, dancing, sewing, cooking, baking, painting, gardening... Read More

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