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    Few from the western world will be aware that goats milk is the milk of choice for most of the world. There are a number of health benefits in drinking goats milk, some of which could help your child pass the 11+ exam, below we list a handful;

    • Tolerance: Many children with an intolerance to cows milk, enjoy goats milk as a symptom free alternative. It's surprising how many products contain cows milk and could cause discomfort to your child.
    • Chronic Illness: Asthma and Eczema symptoms may be eased by replacing cows milk with goats. The science behind this highlights there being smaller fat molecules in goats milk which in turn aids digestion and decreases the likelihood of congestion & phlegm (eugh).
    • Calcium Content: A cup of goats milk contains 32% GDA in contrast to cows milk (29.7). Calcium is of course great for strengthening and the development of bones, helping your child to grow up strong & healthy.
    • Riboflavin: Goats Milk is a fantastic source of the B vitamin important for energy production. It goes without saying that children need this fuel in order to sustain an active and productive life.
    • Taste: A little sweeter than it's bovine alternative, occasionally with a slightly salty aftertaste. Kids love the sweet stuff!

    Much research has been conducted in relation to brain foods and healthy living to increase concentration levels of children. Various campaigns including Change4Life highlight the benefits of long acting carbohydrates and a healthy lifestyle. Goats milk contains a number of health benefits, increasing energy levels, bone strength & digestion, all of which could help your child with their 11 plus exam success, though a little revision and practice testing will help too.

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  • Bring Back The Cane!

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    ... The candy cane, that is...

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    Rewarding your child for hard work and perseverance is an integral part in keeping them interested in a subject. Whether it's an ice cream at the seaside or a new game for their Nintendo DS, your child will appreciate that there is more reward to them passing their 11+, than merely your kudos and a place at the best grammar school in the county.

    I recently attended an open evening, whereby the head outlined the cons of "the reward" and to be fair, he had a good argument. As an average, only one in seventy five young people that take the 11+ exam will receive a place at their chosen school. The odds don't look good. For your child, not getting an automatic place could lead to "double disappointment". No dream placement, No candy.

    Of course the odds can be increased. A thorough revision plan, regular breaks, hearty meals are all ways in which your child can get a head start above their peers. Not to mention using online revision tools & exam aids.

    Another option would be to set a percentage pass rate for your child. For example, a result of more than 85% will ensure they get their "candy". After all, in theory, your child could score 97% and still not secure that grammar school place.

    We think little reward goes a long way. Go on, reach for that sweetie jar.

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