Apr 15

COVID-19 school shutdown –  How grades will be awarded this Summer

Following the cancellation of exams due to school shutdowns, the UK’s exams regulator has published guidance for schools on how students will be assessed for GCSE and A-level qualifications this Summer. We explain what Ofqual’s guidance means for grading and how schools are being told to apply it in practice....

Feb 28

Easter Revision – Start Early, Finish Strong

In a few short weeks the Easter holidays will be upon us and that might signal the start of your GCSE & A Level exam revision period. But why wait until the holidays to begin revising? Why not make the most of the time you have available now and start...

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

Exam resits

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...