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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The end of year exams
Jun11

The end of year exams

Almost without exception, all secondary schools do end of year exams in the ‘non-exam’ (ie not years 11 and 13) years. So what is the purpose of these end of year exams? And should kids and parents be worrying about them? The purpose is mainly to see how much progress kids have made over the year and how much they have actually learned. They are often used to place children in sets for the following year. End of year exams...

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The GCSEs are over!
Jun19

The GCSEs are over!

So that’s it. The GCSEs are over! My son took his final exam, physics, on Friday. Ten subjects, two years of learning, four months of revision and four weeks of exams are all done. I’d like to say that it flew by in no time, but I would be lying. Four weeks actually feels like a really long time. There were three exams in the first week, six in the second, seven in the third and five in the final week. Most of the subjects...

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The GCSE juggling act
Jun09

The GCSE juggling act

I thought it was weird at first that my son didn’t get study leave for his GCSEs. We always had it back in the day, but apparently it’s the norm these days for kids at comprehensives to keep attending school for revision sessions even when the GCSEs are underway. As it happens, he did actually finish school for study leave at half-term, with two weeks of exams done and two weeks still to go. And now I realise I’m...

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The GCSEs have started!
May22

The GCSEs have started!

Well, the GCSEs have been underway for a few days and I’m pleased to say things are going pretty well. My son is in a routine and everything seems pretty calm and stress-free. Just as it should be. Just as I’d hoped it would be. My son doesn’t have study leave just yet, which seems strange to me, but apparently it’s the norm at comprehensives these days. It means kids are definitely revising, rather than...

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