Posts by Idris Musty

GCSE – the first major yardstick for measuring success

Some things in life never change as it has always been the case that society makes judgement about people’s intelligence based on how many subjects they do well in at the age of 16. In the modern British education system, it is called GCSE but until the early to mid 1980s, it was called O…

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KS3 is just as important…

Definition of KS3 Officially KS3 is supposed to be the first three years of secondary school – called Y7 to Y9 in all state schools and most independent schools. There used to be an exam in the core subjects of English, Maths and Science at the end of KS3 but that was abandoned in 2008…

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Taking back control of technology

Final thoughts: Taking back control of technology Whilst I embrace technology and appreciate its importance as a vital learning tool; I also think there are aspects of the traditional learning experience that is irreplaceable. One main one is day to day interaction with printed text – usually books, which I can touch, feel and smell.…

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Technology has a role in teaching and learning but…

Abuse of technology in schools As far as schooling and education is concerned, both teachers and students abuse technology in all sorts of way. For too many teachers, there is over-dependence on technology and they cannot teach any lesson without using a computer or going onto the internet. Whenever there is no access to the…

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Technology – a Curse or a Blessing?

A familiar scene in 2017… When you walk the streets or you are on a train it is very unusual to see people not interacting with their electronic devices. It is not uncommon these days that as you walk or sit on the bus or on the train, at least half of the people are…

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What evidence is there that one-to-one works?

In Britain, at least a quarter of young people have been provided some sort of extra tuition at some  point in their education. This could be in the form of extra teaching support in school or from a  private tutor. In London and the south east of England, where there is a little more aspiration…

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