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Making the best of the autumn term for GCSE and A-level 

By Idris Musty | November 7, 2019 |

Making the best of the autumn term for GCSE and A-level  I can’t believe there are roughly just six teaching weeks left before the Christmas break. This is the longest term of the academic year and many young people are just getting into the nitty-gritty of the year group they are in. It is particularly…

Private tuition at GCSE and A-level – Is it really the Hidden Secret of Britain’s Educational Arm Race?

By Idris Musty | October 11, 2019 |

Private tuition at GCSE and A-level – Is it really the Hidden Secret of Britain’s Educational Arm Race? This headline has a rather strong “educational arm race” tone, but it has been used on media platforms such as the BBC and the TES – Times Educational Supplement – and so on. This is following a…

The other side of GCSE success in English and Maths – the forgotten third of sixteen year olds!

By Idris Musty | September 11, 2019 |

The other side of GCSE success in English and Maths – The Forgotten Third of sixteen year olds! It was reported in newspapers, just before the GCSE results were released last month, that one third – about 170,000 of young people in England and Wales, are still falling short of securing good pass grades in…

Misconceptions about post-sixteen and sixth form A-level subject options

By Idris Musty | August 26, 2019 |

There are so many misconceptions about post-sixteen and sixth form study and before I discuss them briefly,  I’d like to list some of those: If I study Media Studies at A-level, I have an excellent chance of getting the top job in the media – like being a top TV presenter or something. A-level in…

 Should your teenager challenge their A-level exam result?

By Idris Musty | August 21, 2019 |

 Should your teenager challenge their A-level exam result? At one school – Guildford High – a quarter of students who challenged their A-level results ended up with a higher grade. Given what may be at stake if a teenager misses out on their A-level result, it is a little concerning that one in four of…

Are universities lowering admission requirements for Medicine and Engineering?

By Idris Musty | August 7, 2019 |

This is a follow-up on my last blogpost titled “Almost 40% of degree courses are offered unconditionally – what a scandal” The fact that Manchester University and one or two other universities, as reported in the Sunday Times of 4th August, 2019, will, from 2020, remove Chemistry as a compulsory subject for gaining admission to…

Almost 40% of degree courses are offered unconditionally – what a scandal

By Idris Musty | August 5, 2019 |

I could not believe my eyes when I read in yesterday’s Sunday Times that 40% of universities degree courses are offered unconditionally. This means students can come and study on that course regardless of the grade they obtain at A-level. It was also reported in that newspaper that the entry requirement for Medicine is now…

How your teenager could make the best of the summer – practical suggestions that do not cost an arm and a leg!

By Idris Musty | July 25, 2019 |

Here comes the summer holiday again – what do I do with the teenagers! As the summer holiday begins in earnest, for most parents, the conversation that started in their head a little while ago may still be going on, despite the fact that they may have one or two short holidays planned. Those young…

Elitist Britain – are the evil 7% that went to private schools to blame?

By Idris Musty | July 1, 2019 |

Elitist Britain – are private schools to blame? I was listening to “Any Questions” yesterday on BBC Radio 4 and the issue of “elitist Britain” came up again. Irrespective of which side of the border you are or to which social class you think you belong, if you are a parent, you can’t help but…

  KS3 students – looking forward to full year of GCSEs

By Idris Musty | June 15, 2019 |

 KS3 students – as you look forward to the first full year of your GCSEs For KS3 students, many of them are looking forward to subject selection, whereby they will be doing only certain subjects from Y10 and be able to drop some subjects they do not particularly enjoy studying. A lot is being said…

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