Will GCSE and A Level results 2020 mean anything?
Aug11

Will GCSE and A Level results 2020 mean anything?

In just a few days, hundreds of thousands of students will get their A Level results. A week later, around 700,000 young people, including my own younger son, will get their GCSE results. But, unless you’ve been living under a rock since March, you will know that not a single one of those students actually sat an exam. Results will be based on teacher assessments, including mocks and overall performance during the year. They...

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Acne, Roaccutane and skin worries
Aug05

Acne, Roaccutane and skin worries

My acne has been going downhill since around the time lockdown started. It may have even been just before. To cut a really long story short, I’ve had moderate to severe acne since I was 12 and I’m 46 now. I’d used various treatments on prescription over the years, but I never had clear skin. When I was 40, I finally took the plunge and went on Roaccutane, the strongest acne drug there is. I had a really terrible...

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Really missing parkrun
Aug03

Really missing parkrun

The last parkrun before lockdown took place on 14th March. And we still don’t know when the next one will be. I’ve missed it all along, but somehow I’m missing it more than ever now. Right from the start, we’ve done our family non-parkruns, which became official (not)parkrun a few weeks ago. Doing that little run around the streets near home is one of the absolute highlights of my week. And it breaks up the...

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Reflections on year 11 and year 9
Jul29

Reflections on year 11 and year 9

This year, I nearly didn’t do a post reflecting on year 11 and year 9. Because, if I’m honest, I’ve almost forgotten the school year. But for the last couple of years, I have written posts reflecting on the end of the school year for my kids. I now only have two kids in school and neither of them set foot back in their school buildings after 20th March. After over four months, it’s hard for me to remember what...

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Teenage sibling conflict
Jul27

Teenage sibling conflict

Life with three teenagers isn’t the easiest, even with ‘good’ teenagers like mine. Sometimes the conflict between my three teenagers gets so bad that you could cut the atmosphere with a knife. Sibling relationships change and develop over the years. Brothers and sisters grow closer and grow apart. Coop them all up in the same house for months on end with no school and no work and these things tend to get worse....

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Why a girls’ grammar school might be the best choice for a boy
Jul22

Why a girls’ grammar school might be the best choice for a boy

It’s been over a year since my son left the girls’ grammar school where he had studied for two years. He walked in there with 6 Bs and 3 Cs at GCSE, slightly lower than he had expected/ hoped to get. He walked out of there with an A and 2 Bs at A Level – higher than he could have hoped for in his wildest dreams. Need I even say any more about why a girls’ grammar school might be the best choice for a boy? But I...

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