Education Matters

Education matters gives you access to our professional briefings, as we reflect on the ever changing education landscape. Drawing on the latest in education policy and research, our briefings will help parents understand the current dialogue, challenges ahead and solutions.

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Helping you help your child

Expertly written with your education concerns in mind, helping you help your child offers practical solutions to specific challenges your child faces in their current year group. Parents can also find useful tips to support their child’s progress through every academic milestone.

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Nov 20

How to stay motivated to study for mock exams as the nights draw in

All schools are different in their approach to mock exams, some have mocks before they break up for the Christmas holiday, while others do theirs in January following the break. At this stage, it doesn't matter which approach is best, what matters is that mocks are incredibly important and therefore...

Apr 09

Preparing for GCSEs: how to ace your maths exam

There is a drive sweeping across schools in England that is aimed at helping children – starting as young as primary school – acquire a deeper conceptual understanding of maths so they become skilful independent mathematicians. The buzz phrase is ‘maths mastery’ and with the right tools and techniques, all...

Jan 30

Home schooling: private tuition as a temporary alternative to school

When Polly* developed severe anxiety brought on by an eating disorder, her concerned parents faced a dilemma about how to keep her studies on track. They wanted their daughter at home to recover, but at the same time, they needed a stable arrangement, such as private tuition, to ensure her education...

Aug 30

Post exam: moving on from failure

Post exam can be a tense time for GCSE and A level students and their families. In an ideal world, every hard working student would secure the grades they needed to go to their first choice university or sixth form and study the subjects they are interested in and not face failure. But...

Jun 29

Does Poor Attendance Impact on Student Learning?

A register is taken at each and every class a student attends, but does poor attendance really make a difference if a student misses lessons due to a short illness, the dentist or a doctor’s appointment? Or even more controversially, a family holiday? Absence from lessons raises a host of...