Category Archives: School

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 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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Top Tips: How to write an essay

When we talk about stress, it often is in association with tests or exams. Essays, however, can also be an extremely difficult challenge for budding writers, especially when the essay is lengthy and requires footnotes, authority sources and smooth, flowing … 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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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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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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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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