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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…

Taking back control of technology

By Idris Musty | December 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

Final thoughts: Taking back control of technology Whilst I embrace technology and appreciate its importance as a vital learning tool; I also think there are aspects of the traditional learning experience that is irreplaceable. One main one is day to day interaction with printed text – usually books, which I can touch, feel and smell.…

Is technology the problem, or the user of it and how they use it?

By Idris Musty | December 5, 2017 | 0 Comments

Like any good thing in life, it is not usually the technology itself but how people choose to use it. I have about 5 smart phone and tablets – iPhones, iPad and Samsung for my personal use and I use about three to four of them every day. Does it mean that I spend a…

Technology has a role in teaching and learning but…

By Idris Musty | November 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

Abuse of technology in schools As far as schooling and education is concerned, both teachers and students abuse technology in all sorts of way. For too many teachers, there is over-dependence on technology and they cannot teach any lesson without using a computer or going onto the internet. Whenever there is no access to the…

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…

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