Author Archives: mjhansford

Exam marks changed again – does something need to be done?

So let’s see. You work hard, you get your revision done, you make sure that everything is perfect going into the exam.  When you sit the exam, you don’t let the pressure get to you and you manage everything perfectly. You’ve … Continue reading

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The 10 things you’ll definitely see when your Student Union’s elections arrive

Brace yourself university students, it’s that time of year again… So you’ve got work to hand in, exams to revise for, dissertations to hand in (and the absence of a social life in that case) and other things to get … Continue reading

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The beginning of an academy shake-up?

I’ve never been the biggest fan of academies, I must be honest.  It always seemed a strange idea to give schools more money and less controls on how they actually choose to spend the money.  It sounds risky, to say … Continue reading

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The massive flaw in modern foreign language teaching

Ever since Year 7, when I walked into secondary school as a fresh-faced 11 year old, I managed to get the knack for learning foreign languages. It just seemed to click for me.  Vocabulary and verb structures all just seemed … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Are we putting too much pressure on kids to play sport at school?

Football, rugby, cross-country, cricket (if you were unlucky enough), hockey, netball, athletics, dodge ball… Yeah, I remember all those. Why do I remember them?  Simple: PE lessons. PE and sport is probably the overriding memory people have when they think … Continue reading

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Homework: Who do you go to first – parents or teachers?

Recently we discovered that something wasn’t quite right when it came to parents ‘helping’ with children’s homework.  Recently the news got out of that many parents are actually just completing the homework for them. It does serve as a bit … Continue reading

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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.  … Continue reading

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Thinking of becoming an Erasmus student? 7 great reasons to do it

For those of you who are studying a foreign language as part of your degree in the UK, you might find this article one of the more important ones you’ve read recently… For many students, Europe carries a vast array … Continue reading

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School entrance lotteries and banding on the rise

School admissions are one of the great mysteries of the modern education system, along with where sports science graduates actually end up, the results of students coming out of private schools… and how Michael Gove still has his job. Political … Continue reading

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