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There is light at the end of the tunnel for GCSE and A-level students

By Idris Musty | April 17, 2021 |

Many young people who are in their final GCSE and A-level years have been studying diligently over the Easter break, and they are doing this in preparation for teacher assessment in the next couple of weeks or so. In most good schools where students achieve top grades year in year out, the headteacher and staff…

Is Online Learning the future for school children?

By Idris Musty | February 18, 2021 |

Is Online Learning the future? Closure of schools, caused by the lockdown as a result of the pandemic has forced society to learn how to utilise technology in solving a very big problem – loss of learning by children. However, before we get too excited about how brilliant online teaching technology is, and start thinking…

Testing Blogs

By Idris Musty | January 18, 2021 |

This is just to test if this is working OK….

GCSE & A level merry go round – Exams, no exams… Actually, they’ll have a test!

By Idris Musty | January 14, 2021 |

For awarding exam grades at GCSE and A-level in the summer of 2021, a proper exam or test or some sort, which is marked externally, is the fairest for GCSE and A-level students. This will help to mitigate against unfairness and to ensure uniformity in standard. For a level-playing field, due to missed teaching time and the…

GCSE and A-level exams – now a marathon and not a sprint!

By Idris Musty | January 7, 2021 |

The recent announcement by the government that GCSE and A-level examinations will not take place this summer should not be a surprise to many people, given the raging pandemic and the inconsistency in the quality of education young people from different schools have received. One thing that this has created, however, is the confusion in…

Relax, Rejoice, Reflect and Re-energise, and let’s look forward to 2021 with optimism

By Idris Musty | December 25, 2020 |

Relax, Rejoice, Reflect and Re-energise, and let’s look forward to 2021 with optimism The three Rs is a concept that is well-known in children’s education as reading, writing and arithmetic (okay, two of them don’t actually start with an r when you write them, it’s  just the way you pronounce them, but 3 Rs rhymes…

Outstanding performance by the top primary schools in the state sector – how do the state secondary schools compare to independent schools?

By Idris Musty | December 4, 2020 |

In the secondary school Parent Power, published by the Sunday Times this week, the tremendous success achieved by state primary schools is sadly not replicated by state secondary schools. In the primary school version, the top ten in the country more or less match the top ten in the private sector. I was flabbergasted to…

Yes, GCSE and A-level will ‘definitely’ go ahead next summer; however…

By Idris Musty | December 4, 2020 |

This morning, England’s Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson, confirmed that next summer’s examinations will be going ahead as planned, albeit some minor changes.   There has been a mixed reception to this confirmation, as many think this is the right decision, whilst others are still crying foul. Those who are opposed to the exams going ahead…

The Magic of High Expectations – how some inner-city schools are outperforming top private schools…

By Idris Musty | November 23, 2020 |

There was a rather surprising set of statistics in the Parent Power guide for primary schools that was published by the Sunday Times yesterday. The top state primary school scored 346 out of 360 (96%) in the SATS result for Reading, Writing and Maths. This score by Mayflower School in the East End of London…

Continued Academic Progress for Teenagers irrespective of the Pandemic

By Idris Musty | October 21, 2020 |

Dear Caring Parent Re: Continued academic progress for teenagers irrespective of the pandemic I hope you and the family are well and keeping safe. Now that many schools have a mixture of in-person and online learning, I trust your child is managing the transition from the older norm to the new learning environment well.  The purpose…

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