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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The GCSEs, the Levellers and (almost) the ultimate sacrifice
Apr27

The GCSEs, the Levellers and (almost) the ultimate sacrifice

It’s three years since we saw my favourite band, the Levellers, at the Wychwood Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. It was amazing. I’ve seen the Levellers A LOT of times over the years – I think at least once a year every year since I first saw them at Glastonbury in 1992. And I never tire of them. Since then, the Wychwood Festival has become a real tradition for our family. We don’t go for the weekend, we just...

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Starting the GCSE revision
Mar09

Starting the GCSE revision

Now I’m not sure when the optimum time to start GCSE revision is, but my instinct tells me it’s February half-term – three months before the exams start. Kids these days study for about 10 GCSEs and within those subjects, there are a lot of topics. It’s almost two full years’ work in every subject. Now GCSEs aren’t rocket science (it is a GENERAL certificate of secondary education after all), but to...

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