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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…

Fewer young people taking A-level Maths – a tragedy or a blessing?

By Idris Musty | August 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

It was recently reported in the TES (Times Educational Supplements), among other media, that there has been a significant reduction in the number of young people taking A-level Maths. The TES report showed a table comparing the number of students applying to take A-level Maths in September 2016 to those who are applying to study…

7 Ways to Make the Most of your Summer Holidays

By Idris Musty | June 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

As the final few weeks of the school term pass by, and the exam period finishes for those in GCSE and A level, many students and parents are turning their thoughts to the summer break ahead. The summer holidays allow us time to rest and get some perspective on our progress in life, but they…

Focus on getting the grade best A-level grades you can

By Idris Musty | May 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

With places at the very top universities becoming more and more difficult to get, the pressure on young people to achieve high grades continues. At this critical stage of the exam preparation, it’s important for the young person to focus on what they need to do in order to secure as high a grade as…

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