Category Archives: Homeschooling

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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9 ways to manage exam stress

Revising for exams? Tough isn’t it. Everyone wants you to do well, and the pressure to succeed builds up and up the closer you get to the exam. Stress is something that you will encounter throughout your school, university and work … 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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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 … Continue reading

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We’re not anti-school, but here are 15 reservations we have about it!

There’s a common assumption that if you’re a home educator you’re bound to be anti-school. That’s not the case. Most home educators appreciate that schools work very well for most families. And their decision to home educate is not a … Continue reading

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A call to develop character over more academic gain

One of the many reasons cited by parents as influencing their decision to home educate is their concern over the narrow focus of the curriculum in school on purely academic outcomes. Many feel that this neglects the wider education of … Continue reading

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Social media – is it a tool for learning?

When people think about home educating they often assume that it is the same as school except with the parents ‘teaching’ the children at home. However, that’s rarely the case; parents and children are engaged in learning together and it … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Tips for tutors: developing critical thinking in your students

Tutoring students to pass an exam is one thing. Setting out to improve students critical thinking skills, to help them develop their knowledge of how to look at a problem and analyse it thoroughly requires different skills. The purpose of … Continue reading

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