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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…

Advice for a caring parent – how to ensure that all the hullabaloo surrounding GCSE and A-level does not leave your child short-changed!

By Idris Musty | September 29, 2020 |

There is a lot in the media at present about young people and their education, as society grapples with how to deal with the situation we find ourselves in at present. Since the start of the pandemic – with school closure for half of the year and variation in the quality of education provided by…

Hurrah, Justice for A-level students – aspiration and ambition respected at last!

By Idris Musty | August 18, 2020 |

 Hurrah, Justice for A-level students – aspiration and ambition respected at last!  Well done to those young people who stood up for what is just and won the right to allow their teacher’s predicted grade to count. For many it may be too late, as they’ve already accepted an offer they considered to be second…

A-level grades misallocation – Injustice due to lack of individuality

By Idris Musty | August 17, 2020 |

 Nothing can be more individualistic than examinations. The idea of using some algorithm without rigorous evaluation of individual students is not only insensitive and unjust, but grossly inadequate. Hence, the way in which A-level grades have awarded this year is unfit for purpose. I could not believe my ears and eyes when I heard on…

Should the pandemic limit young people’s option to five GCSEs?

By Idris Musty | July 22, 2020 |

Should the pandemic limit young people’s option to five GCSEs?   According to the Sunday Times, the government   released a set of guidelines about the 2021 GCSE examinations on 2nd July. They are recommending that, in exceptional circumstances, pupils may be allowed to take as few as five GCSEs. This is in recognition of the lost…

Nurture’s dominance increases … 2021 GCSE & A-level exams may be at the mercy of teachers…

By Idris Musty | June 18, 2020 |

Nurture’s dominance over Nature increases, as teenagers A-level and GCSE exams for 2021 may be at the mercy of teachers again… I’ve always been of the belief that nurture plays a greater role in success than nature. I’ve seen so many young people of average ability but who work hard excelling beyond all expectations.  At…

GCSE and A-level exams chaos may linger around until the summer of 2021 – when will full time schooling resume?

By Idris Musty | June 8, 2020 |

As the hullabaloo surrounding the cancellation of this summer’s GCSE   continues, the message that is becoming clearer is that this may go beyond this summer, and there is a distinct possibility that the present Y10 and lower sixth students may face the same predicament in the summer of 2021. Quoting from yesterday’s Sunday Times, “Parents…

School closure and lock down – Is enough being done to help Y11 prepare for A-level?

By Idris Musty | June 8, 2020 |

From what we’ve been hearing in the news, as far as secondary education is concerned, attention is on Y10 and the lower sixth (Y12) at present; which is understandable, as these two year-groups will be taking their GCSE and A-level exams, respectively, in less than 12 months’ time. Not much is said about Y11 students…

How good is the Quality of Online Teaching after School Closure due to the pandemic?

By Idris Musty | May 20, 2020 |

Since the lockdown and school closure in the last week of March, all secondary schools have been making some sort of provision for their students. The standard of education being provided varies very widely. Some schools are using online technology, such as Zoom, Skype, Microsoft One Note, Google Classroom and so on, to provide live…

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