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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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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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 A Level results
Aug19

The A Level results

So my 18 year old son has only gone and smashed it with his A Levels. Lots of kids will have done. But for my son, these results really were against all odds. To talk to my son, he comes across as a very bright boy. He has a wide knowledge and interest in things like current affairs and politics. In many ways, he comes across as way older than his years. But he has never been good at schoolwork. He won’t mind me telling you that...

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Leaving school
May20

Leaving school

So my eldest has left school. Not finished primary school. Not finished for his GCSEs. He has LEFT SCHOOL. Finished year 13. It’s a weird feeling. Where did those 14 years go to? How did that tiny boy, who had just turned 4, grow up into this big boy who is old enough to leave school? It’s a weird feeling to see the first of your babies leave school. 14 years is a very long time. It’s nearly a third of my life (and...

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