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Is A-level Maths worth its weight in gold?

By Idris Musty | August 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

This is the conclusion of a four-part blog post in which I discuss issues associated with the decline in the uptake of A-level Maths by young people. In this final part, I will be continuing my argument as to why young people should not give up on Maths too easily and that we must do…

A-level Maths – should I or should I not – will my figures add up?

By Idris Musty | August 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

In my last couple of blog posts, I looked at changes in the Maths curriculum and also highlighted the fact that there has been a significant fall in the number of students who are taking up A-level Maths. The reasons attributed to these are: the harder GCSE Maths, which has made more young people less…

The decoupling of AS from the full A-level means that it no longer counts towards A-level

By Idris Musty | August 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

In my last blog post, the first of a four-series discussion about the changes that are happening to both GCSE and A-level Maths, I explained the key changes to GCSE Maths and why young people and teachers are concerned. Today, I will first of all look at the changes that have been implemented in the…

Fewer young people taking A-level Maths – a tragedy or a blessing?

By Idris Musty | August 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

It was recently reported in the TES (Times Educational Supplements), among other media, that there has been a significant reduction in the number of young people taking A-level Maths. The TES report showed a table comparing the number of students applying to take A-level Maths in September 2016 to those who are applying to study…

7 Ways to Make the Most of your Summer Holidays

By Idris Musty | June 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

As the final few weeks of the school term pass by, and the exam period finishes for those in GCSE and A level, many students and parents are turning their thoughts to the summer break ahead. The summer holidays allow us time to rest and get some perspective on our progress in life, but they…

Focus on getting the grade best A-level grades you can

By Idris Musty | May 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

With places at the very top universities becoming more and more difficult to get, the pressure on young people to achieve high grades continues. At this critical stage of the exam preparation, it’s important for the young person to focus on what they need to do in order to secure as high a grade as…

Yet more confusion about the new GCSE Grade 9 to 1

By Idris Musty | May 2, 2017 | 0 Comments

There is yet more confusion about the new GCSE grade 9 to 1, with the government saying that there will be a different yardstick to measure the success of a school from that used to measure the success of a particular student, based on the new grading system that takes effect this summer. From this…

Success Tips for your Child as we countdown to the summer exams

By Idris Musty | April 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

We are now at that critical stage of the academic year when many teenagers are in the final stages of preparing for the all important summer examinations. Irrespective of how well the young person has prepared by studying and revising, what they do in the final weeks and the way they do those things can…

Empowerment through Education: Teaching in India

By Idris Musty | March 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

In this blog post, Megan Smith (English Teacher, Excel in Key Subjects) recalls the experience she had teaching in India. In June last year, I stepped on a plane with my boarding pass in hand – the destination read ‘New Delhi’. Whilst this was not to be my first time teaching abroad, having taught for…

Maximising marks in the exam – a few tips!

By Idris Musty | February 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

With exams looming on the horizon, here are some steps you could follow to ensure maximum performance later in the year. Remember planning is key… Organisation  Relationships: Family and friends should be aware of your exam timetable, revision timetable and how much you value success in your course of study. These key players will always…

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