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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…

GCSE and A-level Exams; Coronavirus – are you a worried parent?

By Idris Musty | March 14, 2020 |

GCSE and A-level Exams; Coronavirus – are you a worried parent? There is understandably considerable anxiety in the minds of all parents given the present circumstances in relation to the coronavirus– especially for those whose teenagers are taking GCSE and A-level examinations this summer. At present, it remains uncertain at as to whether the whole…

21 Exam Booster Tips – Day 21

By Akshay Sudarsanan | March 14, 2020 |

Below is one of 21 Exam Boosting Tips according to Megan Smith – enjoy  the read and I hope you found them thought provoking. Be positive! You have worked hard for these exams – they are a test of your knowledge, not a trick. Remember that exams are an opportunity to demonstrate what you have…

21 Exam Booster Tips – Day 20

By Akshay Sudarsanan | March 14, 2020 |

Below is one of 21 Exam Boosting Tips according to Megan Smith – enjoy  the read and I hope you found them thought provoking. Water Woes! Take water into the exam with you – but be careful about how much you drink…! Take a bottle of water with you into the exam hall. There are…

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