Revising Boys: A look at why it is [typically] difficult to get boys to study with Mark Roberts

Boys? Well, they’re just lazier than girls / don’t try as hard / procrastinate more / need to run around and let off steam. These are some very obvious stereotypes about teen boys that we could call on. Most of us would recognise at least one or two traits in sons – and perhaps other […]

Welsh Government cancels GCSE, AS and A Level exams for Summer 2021

Education Minister Kirsty Williams has today (Tuesday 10 November ) confirmed Wales’ approach for qualifications in 2021. Her decision that there will be no end of year exams for learners taking GCSEs, AS levels or A levels. Instead The Welsh Government will work with Headteachers and others to determine a nationally consistent approach to teacher […]

Ep11: The Study Trinity: Fostering great relationships between teachers, parents, and students with Russell Hobby

Parents want their children to do well. Teachers want their students to achieve their potential. And certainly no student is actively trying to fail. Given that we all want the same thing, you’d think that the relationship between the three parties would be harmonious and collaborative. But sometimes it might not feel like everyone is […]

English Proper: The importance of revising for English GCSEs with Jennifer Webb

When it comes to most exam subjects, most teens seem consider that revision is mostly about retaining facts and figures. For many , therefore, revising English Literature boils down to creating a bank of quotes. All too often, preparing for English Language is an afterthought. The go to position being: “I speak English; what’s to […]

Ep 9 Testing Times: Retrieval Practice and its role as a GCSE study technique with Kate Jones

As parents we’re often confronted with situations where our teens will tell us: “I don’t know how to” or “I’m just no good at remembering this”. From our own experiences too, we might have found that we’ll recall some things very easily even from school; the rhyme about Henry VIII’s wives. But other things seem […]

GCSE and A Level Exams in England to take place a little later in 2021

Students taking GCSE, AS and A Level exams in 2021 sitting will now have an additional 3 weeks to prepare. This follows today’s announcement to delay the exam period in England. Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson, has confirmed that exams will go ahead next year. There will also be “contingencies for all possible scenarios”. The Prime […]

Ep7 Mindfulness and Mental Wellbeing in teens approaching GCSEs with Omari Eccelston-Brown

We all have different ways of coping with – if not managing – stress. Perhaps it’s the variety of situations we’ve experienced that make us more or less adept to managing pressure. But our young people have had limited opportunity to experience or deal with the kinds of pressure they now find themselves under. So, […]

National 5s cancelled for 2021. GCSEs next?

The Scottish Parliament has cancelled National 5 exams – broadly the GCSE equivalent – for 2021. Instead grades will be awarded on the basis of assessments throughout the year informing teacher assessed grades. It’s entirely possible that the rest of the UK could follow suit. That is something that experts are suggesting should happen. However, […]