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

By Idris Musty | September 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

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 | 5 Comments

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 | 0 Comments

 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 | 0 Comments

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 | 0 Comments

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 | 2 Comments

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 | 0 Comments

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 | 0 Comments

 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…

Y10 students – as you look forward to the final year of your GCSEs

By Idris Musty | June 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

Y10 students – as you look forward to the final year of your GCSEs For those students who are just completing Y10 – the first year of GCSE, by the end of the Summer term, they will have completed between 60 to 65% of the GCSE content. There are internal exams going on in schools…

AS-level – as you look forward to the final year of A-level in September

By Idris Musty | June 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

AS-level – as you look forward to the final year of A-level Having completed the first year of the rather demanding A-level, hopefully, the young person has managed the transition from GCSE to AS-level quite well and it is now time to look forward to the final year with optimism. The way things are organised…

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