Schools were given a clear directive this year that they need to tell students “where the marks are coming from, what those marks mean and just don’t tell them their final grade or you’ll be in trouble.” As a result of this approach, there is hope that fewer appeals will happen. Despite being open about everything with your grades on report cards and exams etc., it’s bound to still have many unhappy kids who want more time for an appeal because they feel as if something went wrong during testing.
Mind Mapping is a technique that allows you to organize your thoughts and information in a visual way. It’s much easier to remember things when they are organised in this way!
It’s a tough year. For both of you. If you’re dreading your child starting Y11 in September, you’re not alone. The following tips are designed to help your child stay on top of their GCSEs over the summer (with just a teeny bit of work) so they’ll get a proper break, but also have a…
After 2020’s grading fiasco, ‘algorithm’ has become a bit of a dirty word in education. Mention the idea of using an algorithm anywhere in the grading process, and you’ll have panicked parents demanding answers. But… Algorithms aren’t the enemy. Here’s why. An algorithm is a set of explicit instructions for completing a task. That’s it….
It’s a bit like Supermarket Sweep – you’ve only got 5 minutes to cram as much information as possible into your brain about each subject and how your child is doing. Yikes! While the new ‘online’ format for parents evening is saving a LOT of waiting around, it really does mean 5 minutes. And that’s…
The GCSE Toolkit is exactly what it sounds like. A collection of tools and resources that will help your child build great learning skills.
We as parents don’t like to feel helpless, and it makes us feel like that when we don’t know how to help our child. Luckily, there are ways to make it all feel easier.
There are two vital ingredients to success at GCSE. The ‘Why’ and the ‘How’.
Here’s why they’re so important to put together.
The proposed alternative to ‘exams’ this year is seriously problematic. Here’s why.
First let me state for the record that there’s no easy answer. Nothing is going to be able to fairly ‘grade’ students and take into account the different experiences they’ve had this year of education and keep everyone happy.
What Gavin Williamson has asked of Ofqual is an impossible task.
There should be no doubt that schools are doing their absolute best under incredibly difficult circumstances. The challenges they are facing have been largely downplayed by the media, and outright ignored by the government. We are stretching our schools to breaking point.