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Tips for helping youngsters learn about fake news

Young people today have a lot coming at them. Not only do they have to wrestle with social media, the less pleasant aspects of it as well as the good, it also brings an awareness of news events both local and global. Some of this can be shocking and is hard to deal with especially […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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STEM skills and why they’re important

The chief focus for parents when considering their children’s education tends to fall on the academic. Parents feel reassured that academic subjects can be easily measured, tested, and scored and lead to qualifications. However, some of the most essential skills children need to not only to continue to succeed with their learning but also in […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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Helping our learners focus in a distracting world

It’s a distracting world – more than ever before. It’s almost impossible not to lose focus and flitter round these digital distractions like butterflies. This creates the danger of de-skilling us from the ability to concentrate for longer periods. No wonder kids can’t focus on their learning; the distractions are very seductive. Therefore it’s necessary […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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What are T Levels?

The government is developing a new set of qualifications as an alternative choice, post sixteen, for those who do not want to choose the more academic route of A Levels. The new qualifications; T Levels, have been designed to replace the random assortment of vocational and technical qualifications already on offer to those who want […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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Why it matters you read to your child

The pressure on parents is becoming increasingly overwhelming. The balance between trying to give children attention, work effectively, manage family affairs let alone a relationship between parents, can be a juggling match many are familiar with. Add in the pressures of homework and listening to them read each day, and the prospect of reading to […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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To group or not to group?

We generally accept the grouping and streaming of children by their ability as part of mainstream educational practice, especially during secondary years. But is it really necessary and does it serve the learners well? Concerns have been raised about it again recently because of the government’s intention to introduce grouping of children in Key Stage […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

Thinking about value led learning

You would assume that parents, teachers, educators, and anyone involved with children’s development and learning would have their actions and intentions firmly based in values. However, many professionals are under pressure. And value led approaches are often sidelined in the frenetic rush to keep on top of outcomes and results at the expense of more […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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Quick reminders for keeping the kids safe online

It is inevitable that children spend increasing amounts of time on the internet. It’s the first port of call for their entertainment these days, aside from wanting quick and responsive access to information and socialising. So perhaps it’s a good time to review the internet safety rules in your household as it’s easy to become […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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5 tips to help parents through school transitions

The transition from primary school to ‘big school’, school to college, or home education to college, can be both exciting and unsettling. And not just for the kids; we parents have to manage both the practicalities and more importantly our feelings about it too, not to mention the change of family routine that results. Naturally […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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More help with reading – from a canine friend!

The therapeutic benefits of owning or stroking pets, and looking after animals, have been regularly documented. Among the things we are more familiar with like Guide Dogs for the Blind, Hearing Dogs, or riding for the disabled which have enabled people to participate in activities that might not have been possible without, visiting pets are […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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Could Edtech renew our concept of schools?

There was a thought provoking article about educational technology in a recent edition of The Economist called ‘Together, technology and teachers can revamp schools’. The article suggested that up until recently the relationship between technology and education has been tenuous. And that technological advancements, programmes and innovations, which seemed at first to be an exciting […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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English curriculum – many are asking; ‘What’s the point?’

You have to wonder at the thinking behind the English Grammar curriculum when you read regularly about the things the children have to learn at increasingly young ages. If you’ve a child around primary age you’ll no doubt have come across parts of the English language that they’re required to use like ‘frontal adverbials’ and […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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Gripe about a teacher? Press pause before you complain

It’s quite shocking to read in the news about the aggression shown towards teachers by parents. There have been several reports of teachers receiving abuse and even worse; intrusion into their private lives by offensive parents, both physically and through online media platforms. This article is a good example. There are many short comings with […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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When should we put down our phones?

A primary school in Middlesbrough created a small media fuss recently when they decided to display some radical signs outside their school gates. The sign is similar to a circular warning sign we’re familiar with next to our roads and features and image of an upright figure using a mobile phone with a diagonal red […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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Is Media or Film/Television Studies for you? Six questions to consider

Now that you’ve passed your GCSEs, you may be interested in the new media-based subjects being offered to you. When the time came to choose my A Levels, I knew very little about what Film, Television and Media Studies would actually be like. My Secondary school hadn’t provided a great deal of information about what […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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GCSE Humanities: a great all-rounder

If you enjoy History, Geography and Religious Education but your timetable won’t allow you to study them all at GSCE, you may like to consider GCSE Humanities as an option which combines key elements of all three subjects. If your school offers it, it could be a good option for you. What will I study […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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Should the General Studies A Level be scrapped?

Many universities do not accept General Studies as a legitimate A Level and there has even been talk of this A Level being axed completely. Many people have branded it a “soft subject” or “not a proper A Level” meaning that it is fast losing its credibility. This is a real shame for students who […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Interested in GCSE Health and Social Care?

Health and Social Care is a relatively new GCSE, introduced in September 2002 as one of eight new vocational GCSE subjects. Because this GCSE hasn’t been around for very long, some students – and many parents – are not aware of what it entails. What does this course entail? In simple terms, Health and Social […]

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Classical studies: ancient and modern

Compared with the hundreds of thousands of students who sit more mainstream subjects at GCSE and A level, numbers taking classical subjects are tiny. And they cover several subjects including classical civilisation, classical Greek and Latin. In 2014, just 16,444 people took GCSEs in classical subjects, and even fewer – 6,615 – took an A […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Performing and Expressive Arts: Dramatic Falls

Drama, dance and the wider performing arts are disappearing from the UK’s schools (except in Northern Ireland, which has hung on to drama in its curriculum). In the National Curriculum, there is no mention of drama. Numbers taking the GCSE and A Level exams have been steadily declining. In the grouping of GCSE exams ‘Performing […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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What is A Level Politics useful for?

There are many reasons students take Politics at A Level besides aspiring towards a career in politics. Contrary to popular opinion, you don’t need to have grand political ideas or even a strong idea of which political party you support to do an A Level in Political Studies. Here is a list of some of […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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Sticking to the Law

It’s an odd thing, but an A Level in Law is not a requirement for studying law at degree level. In students’ choice of A-levels, the subject is of low-ish rank, with 11,517 people sitting the exam in 2014. This compares with the numbers taking a core subject such as maths at nearly 89,000 entrants. […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Is GCSE Statistics right for you?

Did you know it has been statistically proven that GCSE Statistics is a great subject for many students? Whether you’re a maths whizz feeling pretty confident about starting GCSE Statistics next September or you’re yet to decide whether Statistics is the right subject for you, I’m here to give you a run through of what […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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Are schools doing enough to promote good mental health?

Recently, UK schools have started introducing Mindfulness classes, in order to ‘help teenagers’ mental fitness’. Although there is little empirical evidence to prove that exercises such as these make any difference, it is still early days. The classes are being treated as an experiment to see if these mindfulness exercises can protect young people from […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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What’s involved in GCSE Preparation for Life and Work?

Preparation for Life and Work is a practical course which serves to prepare students for working life. It is not yet a particularly well known subject and therefore some students, parents and guardians may be unaware of its existence or what it entails. This subject is usually taken by pupils who have mild to moderate […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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GCSE Leisure and Tourism: getting started in a growth sector

GCSE Leisure and Tourism is a vocational GCSE introduced in September 2002. As it is relatively new and not quite as widely available as more traditional GCSEs, students – and, particularly, parents or guardians – may not understand what this qualification is all about. Leisure and Tourism GCSE teaches you about travel, entertainment and tourism. […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Art & Design: It’s decline and fall

Despite fears that art subjects would be side-lined as a result of the government’s education reforms, in 2013 GCSE Art and Design figured in the top ten of GCSE subjects taken – although it is in tenth place, taking up 3.36% of all GCSE entries (this compares with the highest percentage of entries, for maths at […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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GCSE Mathematics: lifting the lid on exam entries and performance

GCSE Mathematics is a compulsory subject in all schools, and as a result no less than 760,000 students were receiving their GCSE results in August 2013. Passing this particular exam is so fundamental to finding employment, or entering further or higher education courses later on, that many students will re-sit the exam within each academic […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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The seven most transferable skills GCSE Drama will give you

Another arts subject and yet another misconception; some people think that the only worthwhile reason to be studying GCSE Drama is to become an actor or director. Because Drama isn’t a very content-heavy subject and you don’t learn loads of facts, it has a reputation as being an easy subject that isn’t particularly useful. However, […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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GCSE Design & Technology: why is it falling in popularity?

Strong messages have repeatedly come forth from governments past and present about the need for education to support manufacturing and science in Britain. And yet GCSE Design and Technology – the subject which can start pupils out on a career through A level to product design or engineering at degree level and on into industry – […]

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Seven transferrable skills you’ll gain from GCSE Business Studies

Aside from learning general theory about how to run a business, you may be wondering what specific skills you can gain from Business Studies. Perhaps you are thinking of taking GCSE Business Studies but are concerned about how useful it will be to you? But, of course, not everyone who takes the subject is an […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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GCSE Geography – what to expect

It’s traditional, but someone’s got to do it … and good old GCSE Geography recently came back into the top ten subjects sat by 16 year olds. In the age of subjects such as media studies and preparing for life and work, this might be surprising. But a survey of nearly 700 secondary schools in […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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What is A Level Communication and Culture all about?

As I’m sure you’re aware, communication is a complex and powerful process which is relevant not only to our personal and professional life but the society we live in and the world as a whole. If you’re currently looking at which A Levels you might be interested in, you may not know exactly what Communication […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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That’s entertainment: a GCSE in Hospitality

The hospitality industry is a thriving sector, offering a variety of career opportunities. GCSE Hospitality is a vocational qualification, introduced in September 2002 along with seven other vocational GCSEs, to provide options for students who prefer a more hands-on approach to learning. What does this course include? GCSE Hospitality gives you an overview of the […]

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GCSE Religious Studies: opening student’s eyes to spirituality

Surprisingly, in our apparently secular age, more students take GCSE Religious Studies than took History or Geography. If you combine the GCSE figures with those of AS and A level, there were nearly a third of a million students sitting exams in the great questions of life last year. Where once ‘RE’ was un-cool and seen as […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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GCSE Manufacturing: practical, hands-on learning

GCSE Manufacturing is a vocational qualification that caters to students who prefer a practical approach. This hands-on GCSE will provide you with a taste of the working world as well as an opportunity to explore the manufacturing sector so you can figure out whether it might be right for you. So if you are keen […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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Eight things to expect from A Level Psychology

Although certain schools offer Psychology as a GCSE subject, a majority do not, meaning that when it comes to choosing A Levels, Psychology is an entirely new subject for most. This does not prevent it from being an extremely popular A Level; in fact last year 97,095 students chose Psychology at A Level. If you’re considering […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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What to expect from GCSE Construction

GCSE Construction is a fairly new vocational subject. It was introduced to cater for those students who prefer a hands-on approach: this industry-based subject will provide you with a taste of working life, outside school. So if you’re tired of learning from textbooks and are eager to pursue a practical subject, GCSE Construction may be […]

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What to expect from GCSE Engineering

GCSE Engineering is a practical subject perfect for students who prefer a more hands-on approach to learning. This vocational GCSE will provide you with a taste of the real working world as well as an opportunity to explore the engineering sector, so you can figure out whether it’s right for you. If you are eager to […]

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Common causes of exam failure – and how to avoid them

There are three main ways that students of all ages can sabotage themselves in exams: poor exam technique, poor revision and weak understanding of the subject itself. The last of these is the hardest to get round. It may be due to teaching that is not brilliant, or just to the fact that you are […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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How to support a friend through exam failure

There is considerable pressure on students to achieve high grades in academic examinations. The final marks can make the difference between acceptance or rejection from further studies in that subject or from a university of choice. Unfortunately the extreme pressure can result in feelings of anxiety in the face of exam failure. Those students who […]

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Should students study during the summer holidays?

Students across the UK ditched their pens with delight as GCSE and A Level examinations drew to a close. Many are happy just to be free of exam-related stress and anxiety. Some are looking forward to action-packed holidays in exotic locations. Teachers are equally happy to have a few weeks to clear their minds and recharge […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

Top 10 excuses to get out of PE

I have a theory that finding an excuse not to have to join in with physical education at school is one of the oldest tricks in the book. After all, who wants the wind whipping up their games skirt or their football shorts in the cold months, making them all nippy around the giblets? And […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 4 minutes to read

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Welsh tutors and Welsh tuition

Thinking about learning Welsh, or having to take it at School? Superprof has online tutors that will be able to help you get to grips with what can be a challenging subject from the comfort of your own home. So let’s lift the lid on the Welsh language and take a look at it’s place in […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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How The Gruffalo is helping both reading and science

The award winning author of the books about ‘The Gruffalo’ recently expressed her concern over children’s lack of knowledge of even some of the commonest aspects of the natural world. In a recent article Julia Donaldson said how sad it was that schools have little time to encourage nature study because so much of the […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

What will e-learning look like in the future?

E-learning is a concept which excites some and concerns others. But regardless of whether we embrace it with open arms or regard it with a sceptical eye, e-learning is already well and truly upon us and growing larger every day. From MOOCs (massive open online courses) to augmented reality technology, which places students in various […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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The magnificent seven: tips for exam preparation

So it’s that time of year again. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, everyone wants to be out and about doing nice things … but, of course, thousands of students have to study frantically in preparation for their exams. (Why, oh why, don’t we change the academic year so we take exams in […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Study skills: Getting to grips with Critical Thinking

The value of a college education is not the learning of many facts but the training of the mind to think – Albert Einstein Critical thinking is arguably one of the most important modes of thought you will develop through higher education. It enables you to analyse, critique, retain, and most importantly, be reflexive about what you learn. What […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Should kids be allowed to take mobile phones into school?

Some parents and teachers claim the use of mobiles is quite acceptable in our technologically focused world. Others say mobile phones are an unnecessary and unwanted distraction in the classroom. A recent report by Common Sense Media revealed that 29% of children start using mobile phones before they are able to talk; 70% of children […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Developing education through the Arts subjects

It can be hard for parents to value the place of arts subjects. Especially when much of the curriculum focus in schools is on the need to improve basics. A recent article in the press discussed a report which suggested that poor skills in literacy and numeracy were partly to blame for inhibiting the economy. […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

The emergence of free schools: what, why and when?

There is a lot of discussion about what ‘free schools’ represent and what they offer to modern parents and children. Let’s take a look at what they’re all about. The free school concept was championed by education secretary Michael Gove after the formation of the Conservative-Lib Dem coalition in 2010. Such schools were approved under the […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Sleep well, revise well

Are you one of those people who spends more time worrying about revising than actually doing it? And, as a result, are you one of those students who ends up cramming for half the night before an exam? You are not alone. More than half of 13-14 year-olds squash all their revision for an exam […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Are arts subjects losing out?

Recent years have seen huge emphasis on the importance of STEM subjects – Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths – in schools and universities. Quite right too. A positive future for the UK economy is bound up with the need to foster technological innovation and technical skills. It is also vital that the education system tap […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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7 Tips For the Dreaded Easter Revision Period

It has begun. The holiday many of us love (because of the Easter chocolate), but dread (because of the looming exam period) the most. A time when, school or university, we are forced to undertake consecutive late-night, long-hour, headache-inducing, all-day exam revision. We force ourselves to stay up till midnight each night, pouring over revision notes, heavy […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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10 things not to give up during exam season

Now that exams are fast approaching, students and parents alike will be prioritising revision time of their or their children’s exams. However, sometimes we tell ourselves that there is no time to do anything but revise when this isn’t necessarily true. There is a lot to be said for making time for things. Indeed, if […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Where’s the election talk on education?

There are an increasing number of protests happening at universities around the world – in Canada and the Netherlands for example, and two at London institutions, the LSE and Central St Martins. The overarching themes behind these protests are the commercialisation of education, where corporate needs are put above those of students and staff, and, […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

What will a change of government mean for education?

I think it’s pretty safe to say that over the last year or two, Ofsted have been under some incredible scrutiny over how they go about school inspections.  It’s led to schools somewhat disillusioned and lost, teachers feeling somewhat miserable – leaving their profession, even – and parents and their children wondering where it all […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 4 minutes to read

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Tackling extremism in schools: what’s gone wrong?

The words ‘Trojan Horse’ haven’t been lost on us over the last several months – they’ve been pretty prominent, splashed all over the front pages of newspapers and on the tickers online… Even we’ve followed this phrase pretty closely at TutorHub. It’s been made famous by the on-going scandal in Birmingham, where Trojan Horse refers […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 4 minutes to read

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Teaching computing: Can the technology giants help?

In September 2014, the new schools curriculum brought in computing as a required subject. Children, from as young as the age of five, are beginning to explore, investigate and learn computer science concepts and skills such as writing code. Whatever you feel about the curriculum changes in general, it can’t be a bad thing to […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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Top Tips: Catching up when you have fallen behind with your A Levels

Sometimes, it doesn’t go as smoothly as you imagine at A Level. The step-up from GCSE to A Level is difficult, and a problem that I’ve born the brunt off in the past.  It was something that I was ill-prepared for, I must admit – at the end of the day, it cost me a lot of […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 4 minutes to read

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Selecting pupils by their rowing ability

An academy school in Hackney has just taken the – apparently – controversial step of offering a small number of selective places to year nine children with an aptitude for rowing. It is believed to be the first state school in Britain to use rowing as a selection criterion. The school’s principal wants Mossbourne Community […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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Are SATs tests such a good idea?

Every May, children in Year 6 at schools in England have to undergo SATs tests. These are a marker of a child’s understanding in basic maths and literacy, before they progress to secondary school. In 2013, the Department of Education added an extra test – in spelling and grammar – to those in reading, writing […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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57 million children are missing out on an education

Around the world, one in ten children does not go to school. That equates to 57 million children who do not receive even a primary education. When we examine the failings, inequalities – and successes – of our own education system, these are facts well worth remembering. Universal education is one of the United Nations’ […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

GCSE Students: How to pick your A Levels

For GCSE students, the idea of a slimmed-down set of subjects and actually only studying what you want to is must be quite a tempting idea.  Indeed, as a Year 11 student the prospect of never having to read Shakespeare or discuss moral and ethics of various topics again was quite an enjoyable notion (Miss […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 5 minutes to read

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Funny festive excuses for when you need a ‘Sick Day’ from School

So, it’s the Christmas season and things get a bit silly. Here are some fun excuses for pulling a sickie from School in advance of the festive holidays. I was bored with all the festivities at school and wanted to get ahead with my revision for next year. Try this one first: it’s likely to […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Starting your GCSE’s? Some useful websites to get you going

Studying for your GCSE‘s can be a big challenge. The stress of preparing for your exams and the large amount of work that you need to revise can be overwhelming, particularly when your teachers are too busy to give you much one to one help. However, there are plenty of websites that can support you […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Great educational tools: Wolfram Alpha

There are lots of great online educational resources out there, and the purpose of this blog post is to tell you about one of the very best, and certainly the one that I find most useful – Wolfram Alpha. Imagine asking your computer how many calories 10 peanut M&Ms contained or how many people a […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 5 minutes to read

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Top Tips: Creating a revision timetable

Unfortunately, revision does still form a large part of your life, no matter which level you’re learning at. At school no sooner have you finished the course material and feeling happy for yourself do you get thrown into mock exams and and then realise you’re going to have to get down to some revision.  The […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 4 minutes to read

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The differences in revision during your educational life

Revision never stays the same, regardless of the level you study at.  As you move up from GCSE to A Level and eventually on to University, you’re talking about different levels of thinking and complexity.  All with that comes different levels of support (unfortunately) and independence. For many people, the exam period is more or […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 4 minutes to read

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Good news about the academies system

Over time, I’ve been a critic of the academies system and how it works.  I’ve never been a fan really of giving schools money for specialisms which they can then spend at their own free will – especially without any controls.  The lack of controls is a key feature of academies and why the government […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 5 minutes to read

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School discipline – how big a problem is it?

Every so often, the issue of discipline in schools rises to the surface of the soup of education discussion. The Department of Education apparently has to issue direction on how badly-behaved pupils can be disciplined in schools. Guidance sent out earlier in 2014 told schools to use “tough but proportionate” punishment to stamp out persistent […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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New sex education plans in schools: have they got it right?

We were always wondering how the new Education Secretary was going to stamp her name on the position.  Well now it seems as though we have our answer. Nicky Morgan stepped into the role after the entire education profession rejoiced at the removal of Michael Gove in July this year.  With promises to make sure […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 4 minutes to read

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GCSE to A Level: the step-up

I hate to say it, but there really is a step-up between GCSE and A Level. It caught me out – I just thought that the way I had worked at GCSE would sail me through and everything would be rosy. Without sounding too big-headed, I did pretty good at GCSE and, to be honest, […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 4 minutes to read

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The misconceptions behind ‘harder’ A Levels

Once upon a time, you did your A Levels based on what you see your future to be.  If you did well enough, you went to university and got yourself a degree.  Meanwhile, you paid no fees for your experience and you set yourself up well for life. Of course, today is rather different – […]

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Yes, your AS grades are important – here’s why…

There’s always time to turn it round, I was told. I received a pretty rough set of AS Level results in August 2010.  I was fishing in Scotland when I got the news – safe to say making that phone call made me think about anything but the reel.  Don’t think I caught anything larger […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 4 minutes to read

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Cognitive learning: a peek into the future

The way we educate ourselves is evolving. Traditional chalk and talk teaching methods are beginning to be supplemented by new ways of teaching, enabled by new technology. Interesting times! You may hear people talking about methods such as Cognitive Learning (CL). The purpose of this blog post is to explain the concept to you, how […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 4 minutes to read

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Top Resources for GCSE Performing Arts

If you are taking GCSE Performing Arts, you can find plenty of resources online to help your with your coursework and preparing your portfolio. As well as advice on how to make the most of your performance, you can also find some useful tips on pursuing a career in the creative industries, which will be […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Top Resources for GCSE Spanish

Spanish is an interesting language to learn, particularly if you want to travel in the future, but mastering it requires plenty of practice. Finding resources that can help you to improve your listening and pronunciation skills can be particularly important, but there are some great sites that can help you to boost your language skills […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Top Resources for GCSE Welsh

If you are taking GCSE Welsh, also known as a TGAU in Cymraeg, as a first or second language, there are some useful revision resources online that can help you to improve your language and literature skills. 1. The BBC’s Bitesize website has some good revision resources that can help you with first or second […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Coming to terms with exam disappointment

I had such high hopes for my AS Levels. I’d enjoyed my time in Year 12 and my first year of Sixth Form had been a great experience.  I could have worked harder, granted… but ultimately I had picked things up during the second half of the year and I was well on my way […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 5 minutes to read

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Top Resources for GCSE Additional Science

GCSE Additional Science is a useful subject to study, particularly if you are hoping to focus on biology, chemistry or physics at A Level or beyond, but it can take a lot of work to take in all of the information that you need to learn. If you want to make sure that you understand the topics […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Top Resources for GCSE Design and Technology

The internet can be a great source of ideas for your Design and Technology projects, but it can also help you with the other skills that you need to learn for your GCSE. As well as finding sites dedicated to the area of design and technology that you are studying, you can also find plenty […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Top Resources for GCSE Further Mathematics

GCSE Further Mathematics is a challenging course, but there are plenty of resources online to help you to understand the concepts you come across in class. You will also find lots of practice questions online, which can be particularly useful when you are studying maths. Applying what you have learned to these quizzes and question […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Top Resources for GCSE Chemistry

GCSE Chemistry can be a challenging subject, so it is important to make use of all of the resources that are available to you while you are revising. If you need some extra help understanding a particularly confusing topic, or a quiz to help you to test your knowledge, there are plenty of useful resources […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Top Resources for GCSE Health & Social Care

Finding revision materials to help with GCSE Health and Social Care can be difficult, but there are some useful websites that you can use to explore the topics you have covered in class or to find out more about health and social care. 1. The Channel 4 Learning website has a great resource for GCSE […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Top Resources for GCSE Construction

GCSE Construction covers many important topics, but there are some great resources available online that can help you to master all of the knowledge that you need for the exams. 1. Bitesize doesn’t have a section for the Construction GCSE, but some of the resources in the Design and Technology section will be helpful as […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

Top Resources for GCSE Manufacturing

A wide range of useful resources are available online to help you to study for your GCSE Manufacturing. Many of these websites can also provide careers advice to help you to think about your future in this sector. 1. The BBC’s Bitesize website doesn’t have a section for the GCSE in Manufacturing, but you can […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Top Resources for GCSE Hospitality

Many online resources are available that can help you to understand the ideas that you encounter in your GCSE Hospitality course, and help you to prepare for your exams. These resources will also be particularly helpful if you are hoping to pursue a career in this field after you leave school. 1. The BBC’s Bitesize […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Top Resources for GCSE Engineering

GCSE Engineering is an interesting subject to study, particularly if you are interested in pursuing it further when you leave school. If you want to learn more about the subject, or find some help to get ready for the exams, there are some great resources online. 1. Channel 4’s gcsEASE website has a good section […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Top Resources for GCSE Irish

Irish is a beautiful language to learn, but it can be quite challenging. It is always useful to find more ways to practice your reading, writing and listening skills, so these online resources can be very useful when you are studying for your GCSE Irish. 1. The BBC Bitesize website has a good section for […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Top Resources for GCSE Leisure and Tourism

The internet is full of material that can help you to build great case studies for your GCSE Leisure and Tourism, but you can also find some useful revision sites that you can use to review all of the material that you have studied in class. Here are our recommendations: 1. Channel 4’s gcsEASE Learning […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

What qualities does an art teacher need?

10 things all students should experience before starting University

Schools out for Summer! You have a never ending list of stuff you can do, but just can’t decide what to do? Here are my top 10 things all students should experience before starting University. 1) Go to a festival  This year I was lucky enough to attended Glastonbury festival. The lead singer of the […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Top Tips: Starting Sixth Form

So, you’ve finished your GCSE’s, what next? What is Sixth Form like? What are the tips to success? The moment I marched out of my final GCSE exam was somewhat of a relief to say the least after all that studying, and the prospect of a ten-week summer holiday seemed like a fair reward for enduring […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 4 minutes to read

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Top Resources for GCSE

The internet can be a great resource for GCSE students, as long as you know where to look for help. Once you have located the best resource sites, you will find plenty of material to assist you with understanding any topics that you are finding difficult in class, or to revise and master the knowledge […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Top Resources for GCSE Statistics

The GCSE Statistics syllabus contains plenty of terms and ideas that you need to understand in order to do well in the exams. If you are studying this subject, you might find it useful to visit some of these online resources to help you to understand and remember all of the statistical information you are […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Top resources for GCSE Physical Education

The purpose of this blog post is to share with you what we believe are the best resources websites for students about to take GCSE Physical Education exams: GCSE Bitesize: PE: Let the prowess of top athletes impress you and discover what a triple jump, discus throw or back foot drive looks at, thanks to […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Top resources for GCSE PSHE

Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education has been part of the National Curriculum for schools since 2000. This blog post sets out to share with you what we believe are the best PSHE resource websites available to those taking GCSE PSHE: BBC – PSHE & Citizenship: This resource is useful and entertaining at once. Featuring resources […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Top resources for GSCE Citizenship

GCSE Citizenship Studies helps students develop skills such as critical thinking, decision making and collaborative working. The purpose of this blog post is to share with you resources that we think are useful in the lead-up to GSCE Citizenship Exam: CitizenX: This site, provided by the BBC, is a good place to start when it comes […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Top resources for GCSE Business Studies

Business Studies is important as it supports students who want to understand the way in which businesses operate in a dynamic, changing and competitive environment. It helps them develop a critical approach to distinguish between fact and opinion, build arguments and make informed judgements. It also helps them develop and apply knowledge, understanding and skills to contemporary issues […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

What are GCSEs like now?

Top resources for GCSE Science

Secondary school students are required to study Science as part of the National Curriculum. The subject breaks down into three main subjects: Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The purpose of this blog post is to share with you our recommended resource websites for GCSE Science. GCSE Bitesize: Science (OCR): The BBC’s Bitesize divides revision material for […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Top resources for GCSE Religious Studies

Religious Education (RE) is compulsory part of school life in the UK. Many people regard it as important because it promotes the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils. Whilst schools have to teach RE, parents can withdraw their children for all or part of the lessons, and pupils can choose to withdraw themselves once […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Top resources for GCSE ICT

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is really useful as it helps students develop their knowledge of current and emerging technologies. It also encourages them to use a range of ICT tools and techniques and examine society’s use of ICT. What follows are our recommended resources websites for GSCE ICT.  GCSE Bitesize: ICT: This handy resource summarises […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Top resources for Primary School Citizenship

Stuck looking for Primary School Citizenship resources? This blog post sets out to give you our recommendations on websites to look at.  Citizenship: Using Democracy: This site, offered by BBC Scotland, teaches children about the meaning of democracy. It is meant to be used in class in groups, though kids can also have fun at […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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Top resources for GCSE Music

Music is much more than a subject you have to learn at school – it’s mathematics ,physical education, history, science and foreign languages all rolled up in one subject. But most of all, music is art. We have taken a good look at the internet, and have come up with what we believe are the […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Top resources for GCSE Art and Design

The purpose of Art and Design at GCSE level is to help students build creative skills through learning and doing. To develop imaginative and intuitive ways of working and develop knowledge and understanding of media, materials and technologies, societies and cultures. We have taken a look at the resources available on the internet, and have come up […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Top resources for Primary School for Welsh and Gaelic languages

Welsh is taught in schools in Wales at Key Stages 2, 3 and 4. Understandably ‘The National Curriculum for Wales’ focuses on an understanding of Wales and the Welsh Language. Gaelic is also available as an additional language in Scotland and Northern Ireland.  Given the focus on the Welsh and Gaelic we have set out […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Top resources for Foreign Language GCSE’s

The purpose of this blog post is to share with you websites that we have found that provide useful resources for students taking GCSE Foreign Languages: GCSE Bitesize: French: Hone your listening, reading, speaking and writing skills in French. This site offers enough material to enable students to do everything from understand spoken directions to […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Top resources for GCSE Drama

Drama is a wide ranging subject at GCSE level. It can involve: thematic work, improvisation, physical theatre, costume, set design, make-up and masks, puppets, lighting and sound, and even stage management. The following resources have been selected as the best for GCSE Drama: GCSE Bitsize Drama: If explorative strategies like Still image/freeze frame, Thought-tracking or Narrating are new concepts, GCSE Bitsize Drama […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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What should you take: International Baccalaureate or A Levels?

The traditional route into universities has always been the A Level – it’s the most common method of entry for UK-based students.  Generally, universities up and down the nation will ask for 3 ‘A2’ awards and some will ask for an AS award too. Well, this has been the traditional method of entry.  In recent […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 4 minutes to read

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Parents and exam stress: an unusual combination

Oh I can hear the students and pupils laugh… But hang on, please do bear with me for a minute – this perhaps isn’t quite as ridiculous as it may seem.  For all the talk of students and how to cope with exam stress during those all important exams and that revision stage, it’s hard […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 4 minutes to read

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Five reasons children need to be outside

Last week there was a Big Wild Sleepout. This was an event initiated by the RSPB encouraging families to sleep out of doors. But even if you didn’t take part all outdoor time is essential to children’s wellbeing and helps promote the importance of our connection to the natural world. There have been increasing concerns about […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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Are free schools now in trouble?

Academies were designed to give the senior management of a school free control over how they wish to spend their money, focusing on areas them deem to be important. The result?  Schools gripped the Olympic Fever effectively turning into academies for sport, lack of resources in other areas of school life… and the distinct impression that, actually, […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 4 minutes to read

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Revision Tips: How to get top grades at GCSE

Most GCSE students would probably be surprised to learn that one of the most important techniques they need to master to score top grades is also one of the most important skills they will need to achieve success in their working lives. This skill is time management. Doing well at GCSEs ultimately depends on creating […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 4 minutes to read

What are GCSEs like now?

Are the odds stacked against Ofsted?

Crikey, the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) have been busy in recent weeks… After some cracking research into the various stresses and strains of students, mental health problems among teachers and even the erosion of family identities, their annual conference has thrown up even more in the way of fearless promotion of this moderate […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 4 minutes to read

What are GCSEs like now?

Teacher’s mental health under the spotlight

For students of all ages and levels, I think it is safe to say that there are times when the pressure seems to be feeling a bit more ramped up than usual.  With high-stakes exams and testing throughout, you have to consider the fact that some students react better to pressure than others.  Some students […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 4 minutes to read

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School Uniform – are schools really fair about it?

It’s important for equality, it removes prejudice and creates a sense of community. That’s the idea behind school uniform – one of the most famous aspects of British education. Whenever I ask students about British education and learning, they always mention the uniform, without fail.  It’s become part of the British culture that is known all […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 4 minutes to read

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Is there something amiss in school examinations?

It’s no secret that students want to get through exams with good marks.  Teachers are in the same position too – after all, there is a lot of motivation for them to have classes full of bright sparks, all attaining results far higher than their predicted grades could ever imagine. Some methods of ensuring this […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 4 minutes to read

Why should kids do boxing?

Top resources for Primary School Religious Education

Religious education (RE) is compulsory for all pupils in Government funded schools up to the age of 18. Schools must follow their locally agreed syllabus, and provide a daily act of collective worship that should be broadly Christian, unless the school has been allowed to perform acts of worship of another faith. Given the importance […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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The Education Roundup: Birmingham, parents, graduates and the Chinese student next door

Anyone would think that the world of education and family life might, just occasionally, just slow down a bit.  For writers such as myself, a quiet few days allow us to sit down and ponder some of the finer points of education and the like. It almost sounds like I need a sherry and a […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 6 minutes to read

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Top resources for Primary School History

Learning about the world and its history is a key part of primary school teaching. What follows is our resource recommendations for Primary School History. World History: Children can discover important artefacts from world history through a dynamic interactive timeline, quizzes and videos, while teachers will find a host of lesson plans and activities to […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Top resources for Primary School Music

Whilst memories of our primary school days may be foggy – plenty of time has passed, lets be honest, who doesn’t remember their time singing songs and banging away on a tambourine or tinkling on a triangle. What maybe we don’t realise is that music is important as it can change the way pupils feel, […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Top resources for Primary School Numeracy

Finding quality educational resources for children can be time consuming. The purpose of this blog post is to share our recommendations of great websites there to support children learning Primary School Numeracy. Why not take a look at: KS1 Bitesize Mathematics: Parents and teachers can show children how much fun numeracy can be, by playing […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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School holiday madness is criminal

There are some subjects that reduce perfectly rational adults to frothing, raving half-wits… Not least among them is the ‘emotive’ subject of holidays during term time and whether or not it’s right that parents can get hefty fines. Since September in England, local authorities can fine parents for taking their children out of school during […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Top resources for Primary School Literacy

Life at Primary School can be tough for our kids. Literacy can prove challenging, which is why more and more parents are looking for Primary resources Literacy. What follows is what we think are the nine best websites out there, designed to help: KS1 Bitesize Literacy: Young learners will find learning about phonics, rhyming, spelling and […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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How far have we come with classroom technology?

So, it would appear that chalkboards are a thing of the past right now. Gone are the days when it was just textbooks, pens and paper and the chalk on the little metal thing at the bottom of the board.  It would appear that we’re really moving on now in the world of education. The […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 4 minutes to read

How to prepare for your A levels

Oh dear. Michael Gove is planning to make A levels more difficult. Not the news many students starting these challenging exams would want to hear. What it does mean however is that doing well at these exams will soon require more preparation and dedication than in the past. You will need to sharpen your academic skills in areas like researching, writing, […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 4 minutes to read

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Are we creating mental health issues with incessant testing?

I’ve raised the issue of testing before as parents are worried about the impact of continual testing on our children. But when the teachers begin to suspect that there’s too much stress for children to handle it makes it all the more worrying. In this article in the Guardian the ‘Secret Teacher’ raises the issue […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

Exam Tips: 10 ways to ensure that you don’t make silly mistakes

We’ve made silly mistakes and not done ourselves justice when it came to exam time. Who hasn’t spent too long on an answer to a question? Answered the wrong question? Maybe you couldn’t even answer a single question? These moments haunt us the moment we leave the exam room. The purpose of this blog post […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 5 minutes to read

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School Snapchat bans are a waste of time

If you aren’t on Snapchat, then the chances are the first thing you learn about it is via shocking headlines warning of “bullying threats” and “sexting dangers”. Snapchat is the social network that lets you send pictures and videos to your friends on the basis that the images vanish within ten seconds. Though created for […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Top Tips: How to pick your GCSE subjects

If you’re in Year 9 then you will finally get a bit of choice in your life!  Yes, it is time for you to pick some different subjects and begin to phase out some of the things you don’t intend to carry on with in the future. There are a few subjects that you have […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 4 minutes to read

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Top Tips: Starting your Sixth Form adventure

You’ve got your GCSE results, you’ve had your time to reflect and enjoy your long summer… Now is the time to begin to make your mark. If you’ve decided to move on to Sixth Form that’s great – you’ve made what is, in my view, a great choice for your education and it will set […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 5 minutes to read

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Top Tips: Choosing your A Levels

Sooner or later, Sixth Form colleges up and down the nation will be looking to collate all their applications for the year and work out who wants to do what in September.  It’s quite the elaborate process that involves a lot of logistics and assigning groups to teachers. Unfortunately though, it isn’t all about the […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 4 minutes to read

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Are School uniforms really necessary?

The debate continues to rage about the relevance and need for school uniforms, which has set me to think about how much they cost, their respective advantages and disadvantages, and whether in this day and age whether they are really necessary. Lets start with the cost. According to a survey conducted by the charity, Family Action, the average cost […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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What are test results worth?

We have developed a culture obsessed with tests and statistics. And although these may be useful in some instances, it’s perhaps worth questioning how useful they are to our children. I ask this because tests, both the implementing of them and the results, seem to cause a huge amount of stress and strife to parents, […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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What should I expect when I start my A Levels?

For many, it doesn’t bear thinking about, if I’m honest. The job market seems to not be built around those who are leaving university with a degree in hand and mortarboard on head, but around those who are 16 years old and trying to work out what they’re going to do when they’ve left school.  […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 5 minutes to read

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Sports Science: Where does it land you?

Try this for size. The proportion of maths graduates from the class of 2012 who have full-time work in the six months after they graduate was 44.9%. Sports Science graduates in exactly the same situation, was 46.1%. So much for so-called ‘traditional’ subjects leading the way then.  This statistic surprised me even more when I saw that […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 5 minutes to read

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Time to talk – 8 reasons kids need to do so

It’s a shame that children don’t get the chance to talk more in class. Or be listened to. Because talking is a valuable aid to learning that home educators get to make full use of. It develops many aspects of their children’s education. For example: Thinking – the most valuable of all life skills a […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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English students: What kind of opportunities do you have?

When we think of English as a subject, I’m sure one thinks of Shakespeare, Chaucer and many famous writers, poets and novels.  In one way or another, English forms a large part of secondary education, from poetry anthologies to analysing texts to the brutal over-analysing of a simple sentence in a haiku – after all, […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 4 minutes to read

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Top Tips: learning a new foreign language

When it comes to learning a foreign language like Spanish, German or Mandarin Chinese, students are probably accustomed to hearing the same thing: “forget about traditional classes and head for the country where that language is spoken”. In other words, ‘full immersion’ in the language is best. While intense exposure to a foreign language undoubtedly […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Discover a world of learning with our favourite education blogs

The more you delve into the fascinating world of education, the more exciting it becomes – educators across the UK are dreaming up new, creative ways to awaken students to the joys of learning through strategies like student-negotiated learning, critical questioning and original activities. These are some of the Top 10 Education Blogs in the […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 5 minutes to read

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It’s Anti-Bullying Week, how can we make a difference?

Anti-Bullying Week throws the spotlight on the activities of the Anti-Bullying Alliance, a coalition of organisations and individuals that work together to stop bullying and create safe environments for children and young people.  This year, the Anti-Bullying Week focus is on getting children and young people to take the lead in using new technologies to […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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Stay safe online with ’s useful set of tips

Staying safe when using the Internet and social networks is a multi-faceted issue that needs to be tackled from various perspectives. Parents and children alike can be vulnerable to a wide variety of risks, including bullying, phishing, theft and exploitation. To keep your family safe, follow the following online safety tips: 1 Protect your Computer: Make sure […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 5 minutes to read

How can you learn to draw for free?

How can you protect your children from attacks by internet trolls?

The stories lately have been shocking. A few weeks ago 14-year-old Hannah Smith, from Lutterworth, took her own life after being bullied by trolls on the internet. Her father says he had no idea she was suffering until he found bullying posts on her ask.fm page. Meanwhile, 17-year-old Daniel Perry, from Dunfermline, committed suicide after being […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Spot the signs of bullying, cope and stop it for good

From the time our children are toddlers, the sight of another child pushing them at the playground, or refusing to play with them, provokes a response which lies somewhere between fear, frustration and anger. We hope that bullying is something our children never have to go through, yet if we are one of the unlucky […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 5 minutes to read

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Summer holiday tuition for your children? Approach with caution…

So what happens during a kid’s summer holidays?  Well, I’m sure there’s time for a game or two of football with the lads, a chance to catch up with friends and getting on with some of that rotten homework that needs to be done in time for the start in September.  Alongside that you’ve got […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Lunchbox ban is a few sandwiches short of a picnic

Once again the powers that be have marched into the dining hall. This time it’s to suggest that packed lunches should be banned in the interests of improving the health of our youngsters – half of whom are obese by the time they leave primary school. Of course they have a point. Kids who eat […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Top Ten: Excuses for getting out of school games

Several recent reports in the media have bemoaned the dwindling amount of time set aside for school sports and games, with education inspectors saying there’s not enough strenuous physical activity in many of England’s school PE lessons. For some students it’s a sorry state of affairs as they look to assert there sporting prowess but […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 4 minutes to read

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Puppies and pants: The things we do for exam success

We all have our own strategies for clearing the high hurdles when it comes to exams. From the slow, steady plodders who take a long run up to the late night, caffeine fuelled crammers; our exam approach is as unique as our fingerprint. Don’t recognise yourself in either description above? Ah, you’re one of them – a […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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Top Ten: Apps for children with special educational needs

It’s becoming increasingly clear that iPads and iPhones have so much more to offer than the games and shopping apps that are, admit it, the hook for a lot of us. Technology is bringing about a revolution in teaching and learning with iPads very much front and centre, armed to the teeth with an ingenious, […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Top Ten: Educational Tools for Tech Savvy Teachers

Having already looked at some of the top educational tools for students on the market, I’ve flipped the classroom and had a gander from the other side of the desk. Expected to turn up to every lesson and lecture with a firm plan of action, we sometimes forget the amount of behind-the-scenes slog that goes […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Top Ten: Educational Tools for Students

A great deal of debate among EdTech enthusiasts centres around pinning down a date for when paperless classrooms become the norm, where digital devices triumph as the medium of choice for delivering education. Indeed, across the pond the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) has recommended that digital instructional materials should completely replace traditional printed […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 4 minutes to read

What are AS and A Levels?

Choices, choices, choices – how’s a pupil to pick their subjects?

My son is 13 and in the next few weeks he’s going to have to make some decisions that potentially will affect the rest of his life. It’s time for him to make his subject choices at high school. To me, this seems like a huge event. It’s when he goes from the ‘learn what […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

Eh? Levels: Gove’s reforms draw fire from critics

I don’t know what made me wince more as I roused, goosebumped from my pit this morning. Was it the frosting of brilliant-white snow blown in by a stiff nor’ easterly that pierced my inky eyeballs and seared into my frontal lobe, or was it news of Michael Gove’s latest blitzkrieg on the education system […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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Latin at primary school – bring it on

Education Undersecretary Elizabeth Truss has just announced that all seven-year-olds in England will learn a foreign language – possibly Latin or ancient Greek. As a harassed parent who has to coax her 13-year-old son into doing his much-hated French homework, I can only cheer. It has long struck me that we go about teaching our children […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

Educationalists – stop stealing dreams

Remember the story of the Emperor’s new clothes? It’s about two weavers who promise an Emperor a new suit of clothes that are so fine that they are invisible, and anyone who doesn’t see them is a fool. When the Emperor parades before his subjects in his new clothes, a child cries out, “But he isn’t […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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Why do girls avoid A level physics?

The Institute of Physics reported last week that girls are under-represented in Physics at A level across the UK. What is really baffling is that 93% of girls who achieved an A* or and A at GCSE (Physics or Double Science) in 2009 decided not to study Physics at A-level. The gender divide is very wide […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

I don’t feel like I can ask questions in my class

Getting children through school is a challenge, no parent will tell you any different. You want them to have a wonderful childhood, become well balanced and successful. You want the very best for your child. But schooling is a process whereby large numbers of young minds are taught and learn to pass exams, prior to […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Simon’s GCSE day story: Part 2

Following on from our earlier blog post this morning, Simon has been in contact to say that he visited his School and received his GCSE results this morning. He says ‘I am really pleased. I got 2 A’s, 5 B’s and 3 C’s. This means that I am guaranteed to get into Sixth Form.’ He […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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Simon’s GCSE day story: Part 1

Well the big day has arrived – GCSE results. The day when your efforts over the last two years are brought into sharp focus. We will be following Simon, a 16 year old State School student from Bristol today. He will be telling us how he feels, share with us his results and his thoughts […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

How can you learn to draw for free?

Don’t panic – resits aren’t the end of the world

It might seem like the worst thing ever if you find that you have failed one or more exams. It’ll feel even more wretched if your classmates are celebrating their successes and making plans to head off to the next stage of their lives without a hitch. You may wonder where your life is going […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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How to cope with waiting for exam results

Remember the long summer holidays – weeks and weeks of loafing and lolling and just having fun with your mates? Looking back that’s how it seems, with the exam results a tiny little hiccough at the end. However, perhaps the pressures are greater, perhaps I’ve just forgotten how it really felt, but today the shadow […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

What qualities does an art teacher need?

Food for thought?

Move over Jamie Oliver – nine year old Martha Payne from Argyle has been sticking it to the man just recently after setting up a blog about her school dinners. Having a passion for writing she wanted to set herself a project to work on outside of school hours, and with the help of dad […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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The Importance of Getting Your Voice Heard as a Student

Many young people, including students, often don’t realise the importance of getting your voice “heard”. As students, we have the right to speak our mind, and talk freely about topics that concern us, or which interest us. But, why is this important? Why should we make our voices heard? Injustice is rife in our society, […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

What are GCSEs and A Levels like now?

Gone to blazers – why do we bother with school uniforms?

A note came home from school the other day about uniform. It referred parents to the relevant page in the handbook about what was and wasn’t cool for school. It stated that pupils aren’t allowed to wear “denim clothing; coloured shirts; jumpers/sweaters with stripes or logos; hooded tops with logos; round neck sweaters which do […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

How do you become a professional guitarist?

Internet safety: Sensible advice from a policeman

So it was the internet safety talk to parents and a few of us – maybe 30 from a possible 300 – made it out to the high school theatre. Not an impressive turnout. Especially once the talk started, it became very clear that none of us dinosaur parents had the first idea what our […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

Here is a history and introduction to the organ.

January exams – a world of opportunity

If you’re studying A or AS levels at the moment, chances are you’re in the middle of your exams right now. Be they first tries of the AS year, retakes from the last year when you couldn’t quite muster the motivation to revise so soon after GCSEs, or the beginnings of the scary A2 modules, […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

How much do family yoga sessions cost?

High school – is it possible to get organised?

My son has been a high school pupil for a little over a month and already lost two pairs of trainers and been threatened with detention for forgetting his literacy exercise book. Despite me asking him if he’s got everything ready and reminding him to have a look at his homework diary, there’s still something […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

acquiring the basics of maths

Exam day tips

To say that exams are stressful is an understatement – the horror can stay with us for the rest of our lives. We calculate that there are over 6.5m GCSE and A level exams taken every year, this adds up to a whole lot of pain. So you’ve done as much revision as you meaningfully […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

Here is a history and introduction to the organ.

All hail the tutor

Wading through the Wall Street Journal archives yesterday (don’t ask why) and I come across a bizarre article that might turn the heads of some of our tutors. In Hong Kong, it seems tutoring has been taken to whole new levels. It’s big business there and a handful of tutors are revered as deities in their own […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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The shocking truth about Maths

So I’m reading today that tests have shown a small electric shock to the brain can ‘boost maths ability’. Scientists at Oxford University used a one milliamp current to stimulate specific parts of the brain whilst testing subjects on mathematical puzzles. Results showed that those receiving the buzz performed markedly better than those who didn’t. […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

How can you take better photos?

Will Virtual Learning Environments put an end to the ‘snow day’?

Quite interested last week to read the swathes of tweets about what everyone’s been up to on the recent snow days. More curious to see many schools and teachers tweeting about how they’re using VLE’s to set and mark work for absent kids. Check out this example from the Creative Education Blog. So what is […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

How much do cooking tutors charge?

Here we snow again…

Sorry about that. There’s nothing quite like the look on a childs face when, bleary eyed, they throw open the curtains, wipe the mist from a cloudy window and peer out into a world under a white blanket. And realise it’s a school day. Yep, winter has arrived in earnest for most of the UK, closing schools […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

Micro-tutoring: Chewing the fat

“Micro-tutoring? Whassat then?” Good question. Some debate in the office today over how to pigeonhole a brand new concept. Born out of our frustration with the shortcomings of private tuition, micro-tutoring takes a deliberate step to the side and a huge stride forward, leaving traditional forms of tutoring lagging in its wake. Why? because there’s so […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

How much do yoga lessons for kids cost?

Making online learning safe

How do I know that online tutoring on Superprof is safe and secure? We have all heard about the dangers of our kids chatting and surfing on the internet. Superprof was designed with child safety best practice firmly in mind. But specifically just what is it that sets us apart? – Unlike other online tutoring […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

Here is a history and introduction to the organ.

What’s the problem?

It happens to the best of us. We all get stuck once in a while and need that little extra help to see us over the high hurdles. For kids, struggling with homework can be a real source of worry and frustration, leading to feelings of inadequacy which can be highly damaging to their confidence […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read