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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, […]

Changes to English Literature – GCSE 2021

Exam boards are updating their specifications to the changes in the English Literature GCSE exams, we’ve summarised the changes. UPDATE: AQA has changed it’s position and made the Poetry Anthology optional (along with 20th Century Drama and 19th Century Prose). Unseen poetry remains compulsory with Shakespeare. At the beginning of August Ofqual confirmed a number […]

Returning to secondary school: what parents need to know

From the autumn term, all children in England will return to school full-time. This is a direct extract from the Government’s advice leaflet for parents of children returning to secondary school. Why does my child have to go back to school? School is the best place for children to learn and for their overall wellbeing. […]

Will GCSE and A Level exams happen in 2021?

As if the year ahead won’t be trying enough for students, now MPs and the Media are weighing in on whether exams will actually take place. Today Labour shadow education MP, Kate Green, has announced Labour’s position that GCSE and A-level exams should be pushed back. They are arguing that the exams could take place […]

How best to support your teen in the face of unexpected GCSE results.

News is in, the 2020 GCSE and A level students’ grades will be the higher of the teacher estimates or the Ofqual prediction. But does this mean that everything is now ok? Probably not for everyone. Waiting for your results is always a nail-biting experience. You might have worked hard and hoping for top grades. […]

What happens if I don’t agree with my 2020 grade?

With GCSE and A Level exams in the UK cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students wait anxiously for some remote regulatory body to determine their grades. An understandably nervous wait for all. Many students will have told themselves that they would wait for the Easter break to get started properly with their GCSE revision. […]

Ofqual confirms changes to GCSE exams in 2021.

Following the consultation paper in July, Ofqual (the body responsible for regulating exams in England) has now announced what changes are being rolled out for students taking their exams next year. We’re summarising the changes to English Literature here. SPOILER: It’s not just ‘Poetry is being dropped’. We’re summarising the changes to English Literature here. […]

The sounds of revision – tune in or tune out?

Is playing music while you’re revising a good idea or is silence really golden? Some swear it helps, while others need absolute, convent-like quiet study. Many students prefer to study while listening to music. For many, the image of a college library is of conscientious young people huddled over tomes, furiously taking note, with earphones […]

GCSE grades gap – all down to approach?

The Times Education Supplement (TES) has today reported that the approach to revision is key to explaining attainment. In particular the study looks at the gender gap and how girls are fairing better in traditionally boy-dominated top grade subjects. The research takes the view that the strategies and techniques used in revision play a significant […]