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Is there any logic for private schools to play silly games on GCSEs v IGCSEs?

By Idris Musty | July 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

Is there any logic for private schools to play silly games on GCSEs v IGCSEs? Recent articles have been published in various newspapers, including The Mail, Sunday Times and the Telegraph, alleging that public schools (the top fee-paying independent schools), are gaming the system by entering their students for IGCSEs instead of the new supposedly…

iGCSE vs the new 9-1 GCSEs – Are Private Schools gaming the system by opting for the easier IGCSEs?

By Idris Musty | July 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

  iGCSE vs the new 9-1 GCSEs – Are Private Schools gaming the system by opting for the easier IGCSEs? There has been a lot of controversy since the new, supposedly tougher, GCSEs were introduced. More recently, the debate has revolved around unfairness on the part of independent schools (fee paying private school), where the…

Success Tips – Year 11 (final year of GCSE)

By Idris Musty | June 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

Success Tips – Year 11 (final year of GCSE) – key facts and helpful hints ­ Although Year 11 is the final year of GCSE, up to 60% of the GCSE material has already been covered in Year 10 or before. The content of the GCSE material covered in earlier years will not be examined…

Modelling success for high achievement in examinations

By Idris Musty | April 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

The word ‘invention’ is often misused as it is very rare for people to invent things or ideas. There are not many original thoughts and ideas out there and most of what we often call invention is really the notion of developing an idea that already exists and presenting it in a different way. Sometimes…

A little helping hand for teenagers during exam time

By Idris Musty | April 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

The purpose of my message is to offer a little helping hand, in terms of sharing thoughts with you as a parent. Although I’m also a teacher, I will be speaking more from a parent’s point of view but also using some of the lessons that I’ve learnt as a teacher and curriculum manager in…

A few thoughts about the parent’s role as the child prepares for examination 

By Idris Musty | March 16, 2018 | 1 Comment

  A few thoughts about the parent’s role as the child prepares for examination   I’m writing to share one or two thoughts with you about your child’s education as I believe that you are one of those parents with high expectations for your offspring. This particular message is not necessarily about the courses we offer or…

GCSE – the first major yardstick for measuring success

By Idris Musty | February 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

Some things in life never change as it has always been the case that society makes judgement about people’s intelligence based on how many subjects they do well in at the age of 16. In the modern British education system, it is called GCSE but until the early to mid 1980s, it was called O…

KS3 is just as important…

By Idris Musty | February 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

Definition of KS3 Officially KS3 is supposed to be the first three years of secondary school – called Y7 to Y9 in all state schools and most independent schools. There used to be an exam in the core subjects of English, Maths and Science at the end of KS3 but that was abandoned in 2008…

With all the sacrifices, is A-level worth its weight in gold? 

By Idris Musty | February 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

For young people who are taking A-level in the summer, the importance of the next four or so months cannot be overemphasised. The discipline and the focus that has to be assigned to cope with rigour and the academic demand of the A-level, though, is worth its weight in gold. It is common knowledge that…

A conversation with a caring parent – No chance of mucking up the mocks

By Idris Musty | January 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

  A conversation with a caring parent – exam success is not everything in life but it’s important … We are now at that time of the year when the results of the mock exams have just been released for those students who are taking either GCSE or A-level exams in the summer.  You may…

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