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Technology – a Curse or a Blessing?

By Idris Musty | November 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

A familiar scene in 2017… When you walk the streets or you are on a train it is very unusual to see people not interacting with their electronic devices. It is not uncommon these days that as you walk or sit on the bus or on the train, at least half of the people are…

What evidence is there that one-to-one works?

By Idris Musty | October 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

In Britain, at least a quarter of young people have been provided some sort of extra tuition at some  point in their education. This could be in the form of extra teaching support in school or from a  private tutor. In London and the south east of England, where there is a little more aspiration…

One-to-one teaching – how effective and is it the best solution?

By Idris Musty | October 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

What is one-to-one tutoring? One way of defining this rather widespread phenomenon is as a focused teaching session whereby a student is tutored by a teacher in the absence of other students. In the way it is performed in schools, particularly in the primary sector, the teaching can be by a teaching assistant and not…

The ‘Gromps’ have it! – Grammar Comprehensive Schools are head and shoulders above the rest

By Idris Musty | September 1, 2017 | 1 Comment

A new word, ‘gromp’, has just been introduced into the school vocabulary. Gromp stands for ‘Grammar Comprehensive’ – meaning comprehensive schools with the ethos of grammar schools. It was reported in the TES – Times Educational Supplements on Sunday of 20th August that the New Schools Network had conducted a survey which reveals that pupils…

AS exam results – look forward to next year with optimism!

By Idris Musty | August 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

If you have just received your AS level result, take stock and reflect on your achievements. Be aware of what lies ahead, as it is important for you to appreciate the importance of A-level. If you can help it, do your best to include the most useful A-level subjects in your choice of the subjects…

AS exam results – look forward to next year with optimism!

By Idris Musty | August 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

If you have just received your AS level result, take stock and reflect on your achievements. Be aware of what lies ahead, as it is important for you to appreciate the importance of A-level. If you can help it, do your best to include the most useful A-level subjects in your choice of the subjects…

A-level Results – congratulations and what next?

By Idris Musty | August 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

For those students who are receiving the results of their A-level today, it is a significant moment in their lives – probably the most important event so far. It is possible that there will be other events in the future that may well be just as important or even more so, but the significance of…

Is A-level Maths worth its weight in gold?

By Idris Musty | August 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

This is the conclusion of a four-part blog post in which I discuss issues associated with the decline in the uptake of A-level Maths by young people. In this final part, I will be continuing my argument as to why young people should not give up on Maths too easily and that we must do…

A-level Maths – should I or should I not – will my figures add up?

By Idris Musty | August 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

In my last couple of blog posts, I looked at changes in the Maths curriculum and also highlighted the fact that there has been a significant fall in the number of students who are taking up A-level Maths. The reasons attributed to these are: the harder GCSE Maths, which has made more young people less…

The decoupling of AS from the full A-level means that it no longer counts towards A-level

By Idris Musty | August 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

In my last blog post, the first of a four-series discussion about the changes that are happening to both GCSE and A-level Maths, I explained the key changes to GCSE Maths and why young people and teachers are concerned. Today, I will first of all look at the changes that have been implemented in the…

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