Department for Education to reward GCSE grades with cash payments for Year 11s

In an attempt to boost the ever decreasing progress measures of our young people, the government are now rewarding personal achievements at GCSE with cash payments. Pupils who achieve a Grade 9 in any subject, except PE, will recieved £20 in financial remuneration. An 8 is valued at £15, 7 is £10 and 6s are […]

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What I am giving up for Lent- being overly self-conscious with my selfies

I grew up in the age of the photo album. Every family holiday, Christmas, christening; every time our paddling pool was out – is captured in a thick, padded album trapped behind this peeled back, plastic-protected, film.  The 70s and 80s were undoubtedly the ‘Age of the Album’ Hundreds of individual photos, sometimes annotated in […]

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The Jekyll and Hyde Teenagers Addicted to Online Gaming

When parents of teenage boys congregate invariably the conversation will turn to online gaming and they will venture that their son is “addicted” to gaming and they can’t ‘get him off the xbox.’  We shrug, roll our eyes in agreement and sympathetically say, ‘I know exactly what you mean.’   What we don’t often share […]

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The Problem with GCSE English Literature – The Children Don’t Know How to Answer the Question.

The Problem with GCSE English Literature – The Children Don’t Know How to Answer the Question. It really is that simple. On average I speak with upwards of twenty parents a week and the most common requirement for tuition and reason for the call is simple. “My child doesn’t know how to write the answer […]

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