Ep5 One Size Won’t Fit All: Autism and SEN in studying

Sometimes it can seem like teens get pushed through a cookie cutter template. But it’s important to remember they are all individuals. Each young person is unique and will approach things in a different way. We seem to have comfortably adopted a view that ‘normal’ exists – albeit within certain parameters. And this is how […]

Ep4 Motivation: how to get it and how to keep it.

We’ve all been in a situation where we have something that we need to do, but can’t quite bring ourselves to get on with it. Whether it’s cleaning the car, tackling the under-stairs cupboard or sorting out insurance renewals, there are some things that are difficult to get enthusiastic about. And that’s so often the […]

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 […]

Ep3: Hitting the ground running or easing in gently.

In this Study Sessions podcast episode Nathan is talking to Barnaby Lenon – and Iain Kilpatrick. We look at about how best to approach the year that will have to end in a ‘grade’ for yr 11 and yr 13 pupils. We’re following 6 very different students as they work towards their GCSEs in summer […]

Well-being in students: External pressure and internal coping.

In this episode we’re talking about well-being and mental health. Natasha Devon MBE and Dr Dominique Thompson talk to Nathan McGurl, founder of the Study Buddy.We’re following 6 very different students as they work towards their GCSEs in summer 2021 in this 2nd season. Each week I’ll be catching up with each of them in […]

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. […]