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Easy Back To School Breakfast

Easy Back-To-School Breakfasts

Easy Back-To-School Breakfasts

It’s almost time for back to school, which means the crazy school mornings are back! It’s important that you make sure your children have a good breakfast before they head off for the day. Here are some simple back to school breakfast ideas you can prepare to make sure your children get all the nutrients they need.

1. Overnight Oats- no-fuss, quick and healthy breakfast!


  • Oats
  • Frozen Berries
  • Water
  • Frozen Yoghurt, regular yoghurt or soy yoghurt – natural and unsweetened if possible


  • Jar


  1. Spoon 3 dessert spoons, approx 27g of dried rolled oats into the jar
  2. Add 1 teaspoon of water
  3. Add approx 10 frozen berries
  4. Top off with yoghurt and leave overnight in the fridge for best results


2. Smoothies- Perfect for those who don’t want to eat in the morning!


  • 1 cup – Greek or plain yogurt
  • 2 medium – banana
  • 1 cup – strawberries, frozen, unsweetened
  • 1/4 cup – flaxseed, ground
  • 1 cup – spinach


  1. Add all smoothie ingredients to a high-powered blender. (If your blender won’t mix this, add small amounts of water until it begins to blend, but try to keep it as thick as possible.
  2. Serve immediately

You can adapt this recipe and change any fruits/yogurt that you prefer.  


3. Oatmeal Breakfast Cookie – Cookies for breakfast are bound to go down a treat!


  • 1/2 cup 1 mashed banana
  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter (or non-peanut)
  • 1/2 cup honey*
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour*
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seed (or an additional 1/4 cup flour)
  • 1/4 cup nonfat milk powder or vanilla protein powder (+ 2 tablespoons water if dough is too thick)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries or raisins


  • Bowls
  • Baking tray
  • Measuring Cup
  • Container


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly coat two cookie sheets with cooking spray, and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the banana, peanut butter, honey, and vanilla.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the oats, flour, flax seed, milk powder, cinnamon, and baking soda.
  4. Stir the oat mixture into the banana mixture until combined. Stir in the cranberries.
  5. Using a ¼-cup measuring cup, drop mounds of dough 3 inches apart on the prepared cookie sheets. With a thin metal or small plastic spatula dipped in water, flatten, and spread each mound of dough to a 2¾-inch round, about ½ inch thick.
  6. Bake, one sheet at a time, for 14 to 16 minutes or until browned. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
  7. Store in an airtight container or resealable plastic bag for up to 3 days, thaw before serving.

Serving Size: 12


4. Eggo Breakfast Sandwiches- Something different!


  • 8 individual Waffle
  • 4 individual Cheddar Cheese, Sharp, Sliced
  • 4 ½ ounces Deli Ham, Sliced


  • Freezer Bag
  • Cling film
  • Baking Sheets


  1. On one side of the waffle place one slice of cheese and two slices of ham.
  2. Place other half of waffle on top of ham to form sandwiches.
  3. Bake sandwiches on a baking sheet for 4-5 minutes, until outside is crispy and cheese is melted.
  4. Wrap the sandwiches you have NOT baked individually in cling film and place into freezer bags and freeze so they are prepared for the week ahead.
  5. Thaw the waffles the night before in the fridge and they will be ready to bake in the morning.

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Danielle Reid

Five Ways Tuition Can Complement School Learning

Five ways StudyBox Tuition can really complement school

Five Ways StudyBox Tuition Can Really Complement School Learning

When it comes to after-school tuition, parents have many questions such as “why should I pay for extra tuition? Shouldn’t my child’s school be covering all of their educational needs?”
Here are our reasons why we complement your child’s school learning.

1. Truly personalised experience

We have the ability to adapt lessons to suit each and every child based on their individual learning needs.
We work in such small ratios allowing time to get to know your child and how they like to learn.

2. National curriculum methods

StudyBox offers English, Maths, Science and Coding tuition. We aim to complement and support your child’s school education which is why all the methods we teach are based on the national curriculum.

3. We keep the fun in learning

We understand that Maths and English are not every student’s cup of tea. We reward positive behaviour and effort with reward cards, once your child has a certain number of stars they will be able to spin the prize wheel and choose a prize!

4. Keep parents involved

As a parent, it is natural that you want to know how your child is getting on. We aim to make sure that parents are always kept involved. Based on the unique lesson plans that we create for your child, at the end of every lesson we always provide parents with in-depth feedback on the session.

5. Our tutor-to-student ratio

It’s no surprise that tuition can give more individual attention to students. At StudyBox we keep the ratios small, tutors are assigned up to 3 students who work independently. The tutors set work and teach the students for the entire hour. Lessons are on the same day and time each week, so your child will always have the same tutor.

Extra Tuition

If you feel you have helped your child as best as you can but they still need help, maybe consider a tuition centre where your child can get tailored help from a skilled professional. Here at StudyBox each student has a unique lesson plan & works at their own pace guided by the tutor, goals are set and monitored with weekly feedback to parents.

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Danielle Reid

How to Prepare For Secondary School

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How to prepare your child for secondary school

We’ve prepared five ways to help your child prepare for secondary school smoothly and successfully.

Summer is nearly over, which means it is almost time for the big transition to secondary school. It can be an exciting and daunting time for both parents and children. As a parent, you want to ensure your little ones (not so little anymore), are relaxed and prepared.

Be there to listen

Starting secondary school is a big transition and children are bound to be worried.
Encourage them to share what they are worried about, remind your child that everyone is in the same boat when they start.

Help your child become more responsible

Secondary school is a big step up from primary school and requires far more organisation. Get them into the habit of packing bags the night before, help them arrange a homework schedule. Their days are a lot longer, make sure they get enough rest and get into a good sleep pattern.  

Encourage independence

If your child is going to make their own way to school make sure they are familiar with the route. Taking the trip with them over the holidays will allow them to feel confident on where they are going.

Ensure they have everything they need

In order that everything goes smoothly, check your child has everything they need to start the term, the school will often send a starter pack with a list of everything you need to buy.

Stay prepared

You won’t have as much contact with the school as you did with the primary school and you mainly rely on your child to bring home notes and messages from school. If you want to stay in the loop, parent-teacher meetings and get involved with the parents’ association.


According to the Institute of Education, students who have a successful transition display higher levels of self-esteem and confidence once at secondary school. They also adapt much better to school life and find work they completed in year 6 to be very useful for the work they have to undertake in year 7.

Extra Tuition

If you feel you have helped your child as best as you can but they still need help, maybe consider a tuition centre where your child can get tailored help from a skilled professional. Here at StudyBox each student has a unique lesson plan & works at their own pace guided by the tutor, goals are set and monitored with weekly feedback to parents.
StudyBox is a tuition centre based in Wallington, Sutton, Croydon and Battersea. Find out more click here.

Danielle Reid

Be Supportive on Exam Results Day

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How to support your child on exam results day

The run-up to exam results day can prove to be an anxious time for your children, and for parents, it is just as stressful. It is a good idea to prepare for the day ahead, here are a few things that you can do to support your child:

Don’t put pressure on them.

Try to avoid putting unnecessary pressure on your child in regards to gaining certain grades. Whatever results they get, they will have a lot to think about and it’s important to remind your child not to panic and that there are always options available. Before the results even come out be sure to re-enforce how proud you are of the effort they have put in.

Find distractions

On the run up to the day it is mostly likely your child may be feeling very anxious, having acknowledged how they are feeling it would be helpful to find some distractions. You could take trips during the day or encourage them to take part in an activity, making sure they have something to keep their mind off results day is key!

Make a plan

Regardless of your child’s results they are going to need a plan on what their next steps will be, sit down with them and make a plan A and a plan B. Plan A can be the next steps if their grades are what they wanted and plan B can be if they receive unexpected results. Although,  you may not want to think about a plan B it is good to have one in place, so your child feels a sense of reassurance if all does not go to plan on the day.

Be supportive

This is the most important of all, let your child know that you are there for them no matter what the outcome is on the day. Your child might want space on results day and that’s okay, just let them know that you are there for them when they are ready to talk.

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Danielle Reid