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Nevil Chiles:

Nevil Chiles was born in Birmingham in 1970. He attended Haybridge High School in Hagley in the West Midlands, successfully completing 11 'O' Levels and 4 'A' Levels before leaving school in 1988.

After a year in Australia Nevil attended King's College, London where he read History, graduating in 1992. In the mid 1990s Nevil worked and travelled extensively throughout South East Asia and Australia before becoming involved in education. Nevil worked as a private GCSE tutor to an influential family in Manila in the Philippines before returning to London to take up a full time post in the GCSE Department at Collingham School, Kensington in 1997.

At Collingham Nevil taught History and English at both GCSE and A Level. In 2002 Nevil left Collingham to set up Kensington & Chelsea Tutors Limited.

Dr. Anna Clark:

Anna Clark was born in Stourbridge in 1972. After leaving Mander Portman Woodward (MPW) in Birmingham in 1991 with 4 'A' Levels she went on to the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine to study Medicine. She qualified as a doctor in 1999 and became a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners in 2001. Despite her involvement in Kensington & Chelsea Tutors she continues to work as a GP.

Post holidays tips and tricks

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Back to school is always a fraught time; especially in the winter.

With three kids of my own, I know how difficult it is to get back into the term time rhythm after the holidays. Mine are seven, ten and twelve so we’ve also got multiple schools to get them to. The restart is especially difficult coming into the Spring Term. Christmas is behind us, but the short, dark winter days continue unabated. Here’s some things that have worked for us this year.

  • Get them outside as much as possible - playground, bike, anything. Having said that the sub-zero fog put the kibosh on that this week! Didn’t fancy it myself
  • Reintroduce earlier nights gradually - hopefully we’re not alone in letting those bedtimes slip in the holidays! Straight from late to early makes for disgruntled children. To expedite this we’ve been getting them in the bath earlier
  • Get homework done immediately upon returning home. This initially results in a lot of complaining, but ultimately the evenings are more harmonious without the HW Gorilla in the room
  • Get the kids out of their uniforms as soon as they get home. This keeps school at school and potentially reduces the endless washing cycle! Oh, and we make them fold it too
  • Something nice to aim for after the dull stuff is over is always good – we often watch a film as a family on a Friday evening
  • Devices - anybody got any pearls of wisdom? We’re still not sure what the right balance is for phones, ipads etc.. It’s all too easy to let them silently crack on and who’s to say, in this day and age, that it is necessarily a bad thing (in moderation). I’d quite like to throw them off a bridge myself - but perhaps that’s generational?

Any advice gratefully accepted.