School’s out for summer!

While it might seem as though the long summer break could potentially have a sloth-like effect on students’ brains, pupils in the UK, Spain, Germany, Latvia and Panama do not in fact get as many weeks as the Italians or Greeks who weigh in with 13.   It is, however, all relative. Italy, in fact,…

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Best days of our lives!

They say that school days are the best days of our lives and though some of us may beg to differ, it seems at King’s the maxim rings true for a large number of students who undoubtedly feel that, though there may be better days to come, their time at King’s ranks pretty close to…

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What makes a perfect prefect?

Harry Potter depicts a magic world of prefects and houses in the best British academic tradition, but while the Harry Potter phenomenon has raised the profile of these practices, King’s College Madrid was implementing them long before J.K. Rowlings came up with her spellbinding tales of wizardry at Hogwarts. At the start of the 1990s,…

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Compassion begins at home

Mental health has carried a stigma for centuries. Now, finally, we are recognising that our emotional wellbeing needs as much attention and care as our physical health, particularly in an age when competition is rampant and technology is bringing a relentless stream of new and unfamiliar challenges – particularly for teenagers who are already dealing…

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Getting down to business

If you were under the impression that an A Level in Business Studies was a walk in the park compared to Economics, think again. While certain universities such as Cambridge and The London School of Economics branded it a soft subject in 2008, new specifications introduced in 2015 have reshaped the landscape. “It requires the…

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How important is fitting in?

There is nothing more heart-wrenching than watching your child standing alone at a birthday party while the other children have fun, or worse, realising your child is never invited at all. Being a part of the group is equated with social success, which, in turn, is equated with survival, and obviously we want our children…

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The art of humanising maths

“I think maths must be dull,” Kate Winslet says to Michael Shannon who plays a mathematician in the 2008 movie Revolutionary Road. It is a narrative that seems to have stuck and one that many pass children hear from their parents – particularly their mothers, who were possibly not encouraged in this direction as students.…

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Bringing learning down to earth

While it may seem that spring happened at Christmas this year and winter has just hit us, this is traditionally the perfect time to turn the outdoors into a classroom focusing the energies of younger students on studying insects and planting vegetables that could end up on their plates.Gardening has been a staple of British…

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