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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Doing GCSE PE
Nov25

Doing GCSE PE

If you have a child who is good at sport and loves it, GCSE PE is a fantastic thing to study. But they really do need to be good at a number of sports. My son is considered to be one of the top sportsmen in his year at school. He is a real all-rounder when it comes to sport, so GCSE PE is perfect for him. It isn’t all practical sports lessons. The majority of lessons (I think 60% of them) are theory lessons. GCSE practical...

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How to get a teenager to do their homework
Oct14

How to get a teenager to do their homework

If you’ve come here looking for answers, I’m afraid you’ve come to the wrong place. I am firmly of the view that you CAN’T get your teenager to do their homework. Not if they are a certain type of personality. No doubt there are a few very strict families out there who rule their kids by fear – and have done from very small – who can’t get their teenagers to do their homework. But we are not...

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The leavers’ hoodie tradition
Mar06

The leavers’ hoodie tradition

We’re now into the second half of the school year and GCSEs and A Levels are getting ever closer. I can’t believe that my own son will actually be leaving school for good soon. Although it does seem a long time since he started, the 14 years from tiny boy to very nearly adult have gone pretty quickly. When he leaves school, I really hope he will actually get his leavers’ hoodie this time. In fact, I will pay for his...

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The GCSE results
Aug24

The GCSE results

Well, the big day has arrived. Two and a bit months after my son sat his last GCSE exam, it’s GCSE results day! My son coasted through the first three years of secondary school. He made a little bit of effort for his Year 10 exams and surprised his teachers with his results. I think it was the first time they’d realised how bright he actually is. He did OK in his mocks, getting the right balance between doing well, while...

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