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21 Exam Success Tips

By Idris Musty | May 13, 2022 |

I’d like to share with you a few tips, which you may find useful in your conversations with your teenager at this crucial period of their life as they face the summer exams. In the last few days, I started releasing a video a day on YouTube, and I am doing this for at least…

7 Ways for your child to maximise their GCSE or A-level exam result in 2022

By Idris Musty | March 7, 2022 |

The traditional GCSE and A-level exams are definitely happening this summer. In fact, some students have already taken their IGCSE in Maths – including my son, who got his results this week. Here, I am sharing with you 7 key points that you, as a parent can use to supportyour child as they prepare for…

Education Arms Race – the secret weapon

By Idris Musty | February 8, 2022 |

Just in case you think the title of this blogpost is rather dramatic, here is a headline from The Times website: “The education arms race is out of control”. Actually, The Times is not the only newspaper that uses the phrase “arms race”, so does The Guardian, The Economist,   a report by UCL and many…

Return to school; Learning technology and Grade Misallocation – making the best of …

By Idris Musty | December 23, 2021 |

Return to school; Learning technology and Grade Misallocation – making the best of … Once again, another school holiday has begun without parents and young people knowing if they will be going back to school at the end of it or not – thanks to the pandemic. Even before the discovery of the Omicron variant…

GCSE-&-A-level-examinations-summer- 2022–update

By Idris Musty | December 14, 2021 |

For the third year running the pandemic casts a shadow on traditional GCSE and A-level summer exams. The examinations were cancelled in both 2020 and 2021 and replaced with teacher assessment. The government’s position remains that those examinations will go ahead, albeit with minor adjustments to account for loss of learning time due to the…

Opportunities-in-Education-Grabbing-the-Bull-by-the-Horns

By Idris Musty | November 20, 2021 |

Opportunities Abound in Education – It’s all about Grabbing the Bull by the Horns It’s interesting, using this expression “grabbing the bull by the horns” in relation to children’s education. The expression brings many things to mind. Education may not particularly be one of them. Though on further thought, the two ideas are not completely…

Good Teachers are Worth their Weight in Gold!

By Idris Musty | November 5, 2021 |

A Good Teacher is Worth their Weight in Gold! There is a saying that goes “a good teacher is like a candle, it consumes itself to light the way of others” – a quote from Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. The difference a teacher can make to the life of a child cannot be overemphasised. Every adult…

There are many reasons for optimism about our children’s education and future; but there are hidden truths…

By Idris Musty | October 31, 2021 |

Much has been said about how many children have lost teaching and socialising time as a result of lockdown, which is true and, sadly, may be even worse than we thought. It is reassuring to see that the economic impact of the pandemic is turning out not to be as bad as it was previously…

Why St Andrews is so successful; you can do it, irrespective of which university!

By Idris Musty | September 29, 2021 |

One of the factors attributed to the success of St Andrews is their teaching, especially the way they reacted to lockdown. Yes, like other universities, they moved their teaching online as a result of COVID-19, but they did small group teaching in a way that their students feel  is better than other top universities. At…

The Top University in the UK is not Oxford or Cambridge

By Idris Musty | September 23, 2021 |

In its almost 30-year history of ranking universities in the UK, The Sunday Times has placed a university that is neither Oxford nor Cambridge at the very top. You should be forgiven for thinking it may be a Russell Group university, but it is not one, and it is not even in England. The top…

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