Maths Exam Prep

  In my previous posts I explained general exam prep at my tutoring agency, as well as how we help students succeed in the English part of entrance exams. Maths is a totally diff subject, however. We always start our maths training at my school with foundations. If the fundamentals are solid, we can then […]

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English Exams Prep

In this blog post, I will look more closely at the English part of entrance exams, and how I coach students to succeed in this important aspect.  I have a great deal of experience in the content and style of various exam types and more importantly, I know how they change. It is important to […]

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UK Higher Education in Peril with New Bill

Quietly, under the loudly trumpeted Euro referendum, something is happening in higher education that will affect not only our children and grand children but the concept of the UK as a nation of revered and respected Universities. The new Higher Education Bill means a radical reform for university education such has not been seen for […]

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School support for special needs students – is it enough?

Mainstream schools are saying that they are unable to support the 1.1 million pupils with SEND (Special Education Needs and Disabilities) they serve, due to system-wide failings. Is it possible this is the fallout of the 2014 radical reforms made by the government? This included moving from Special Needs Statements (SNSs) and learning difficulty assessments […]

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Mindfulness in Schools

While tests and tougher standards are making school more stressful than ever for students, it is good to know that a coping mechanism is emerging to counteract this trend – mindfulness is being introduced by more and more schools to help their students, especially during exam time. The increased stress students feel is very real. […]

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Teacher burn-out causes brain-drain

International schools and foreign branches of elite private schools are tempting thousands of state school teachers to leave the UK, causing a skill brain-drain. We are investing tax-payers’ money in training teachers, giving them a degree that is valued around the world, and then they leave – mostly never to come back. For the fourth […]

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SATs resits – not a good idea!

Will the government’s bad decisions regarding the SATs never end?? It seems not, now that they are saying that students who don’t do well in their 11+ exams next year will be made to resit them in December , in Year 7 of secondary school. So what do they expect students to learn in their […]

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Harambe pays for poor parenting?

Parenting took a lot of flack in the media last week. My previous post was about the Japanese parents who left their boy in a forest as a punishment. This post is about another victim of poor parenting. You have probably heard about the tragic death of the endangered silverback gorilla. Harambe was shot dead […]

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