Hard working student or smart working students GCSE and A-level

Having two teenagers who are both in the final year of GCSE and A-level respectively, means the notion of “hard work vs smart work” is a constant topic of conversation in my household… If you ask anyone which is better: smart work or hard work, the answer is a no-brainer, as the Americans say! My…

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The only thing to fear is FEAR itself 

The only thing to fear is FEAR itself  This quote by Franklin D. Roosevelt brought hope to the American people during the Great Depression. Like in any endeavour that is aimed at succeeding, there is an element of fear in the minds of teenagers who are taking GCSE and A-level examinations. There are a couple…

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Parenthood can be soul-wrenching sometimes

Last week, I met my auntie, I call mama, as in my culture it is rude to call her auntie, as your aunties and uncles are another mothers and fathers…. I was very pleased to see her for the first time in 13 years and she started by lifting my spirits. She said it is…

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A frank message to a caring parent – January 2023 Dear Fellow Parent,  I’d like to take this opportunity to share with you some facts, ideas and opinions, and thereby offer one or two suggestions which you may find useful. Despite my experience and the expertise that I have gained while serving in various positions…

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It’s all about university application at present – or is it?

We are at that time of the year when 18-year-olds are preoccupied with their application to university. They are busy getting their personal statement finished, hoping for a recommendation in support of their application from the head of sixth form or whichever teacher is going to write in support of their application to the university…

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