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Sharing a thought or two with parents – Success at KS3,  GCSE, A-level and University

By Idris Musty | January 22, 2020 |

Sharing a thought or two with parents of children in secondary school – Success at KS3,  GCSE, A-level and University Before I say more about those tips, I’ll tell you a story about my own son, as I thought you may find something in it to relate to. I must warn you that it is…

Positive discrimination for white working-class boys, good for the goose, good for the gander

By Idris Musty | January 6, 2020 |

Positive discrimination for white working-class boys…. If it’s good for the goose, should it necessarily be good for the gander as well? A distinguished mathematician, Sir Bryan Thwaites, very recently had his donation of over £1m rejected by two public schools (public schools are top independent, private schools) – Dulwich College and Winchester. The reason…

Can I afford a tutor?

By Idris Musty | January 2, 2020 |

How about, can you afford not to get a tutor? Here, I challenge you with the million pound question – is there really such a thing as value for money’, affordable tuition? However, that begs the question, if we don’t invest those extra pennies in our child’s educational prospects, can we really live with ourselves,…

Alas, how come some public schools don’t teach their students GCSEs, and they still take exams in it

By Idris Musty | December 24, 2019 |

A lesson for me from a sixteen-year-old, which you may find intriguing  I was at the intensive revision course for our A-level and GCSE students today and, during the break, I was chatting to the teenagers, as I usually do. I usually try and make small-talk and chat about their travelling experience, school and so…

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…

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