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 year 7 revision
May25

The year 7 revision

As a teenager, I didn’t know how to revise. Nobody taught us back in those days. In fact, what I did was the exact opposite of what kids are taught today. I re-wrote my notes once. And then I read them. Endlessly. I would revise for hours on end – up to nine hours a day in three hour blocks as I approached my GCSEs or A Levels. Strangely, it worked for me and I came out with excellent results. But these days, schools...

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