We’ve Got Chemistry: GCSE study tips and advice from Dr David Paterson

Between finding things that explode or pop or fizzle and trying to not set notes alight with Bunsen burners many of us will have fond memories of Chemistry lessons. But it’s not all parlour tricks and safety goggles, there’s a considerable amount of content to be learnt. Between the scientific terms and symbols, it can […]

Exam Conditions: Consistency and quality assurance in 2021 exams, with AQA CEO Colin Hughes

As we’re now well into the swing of the Summer term, the end is firmly – and finally – in sight for our GCSE and A Level students. Unfortunately for many, that goal post can still seem a little blurry. We know that, like last year, disrupted and unequal access to schooling has resulted in […]

Self-Directed Destination: The importance of self-regulating and independent learners with Louise Lewis

Legend tells of students who will settle down to studying – of their own volition! They want to do well – and are prepared to work for it – without it becoming all-consuming. However, up and down the country exam year households tend to be filled with the same sorts of questions: “have you got […]

At Home With Learning: A look at alternative education provision with Hannah Titley

The pandemic, and resulting interruption to education, has led increasing numbers of parents and young people to think about whether being at school is the best place for them. For many of us, this period of remote learning reinforced the need for our children to be in class. While others saw it as an opportunity […]

2021 grades for GCSE & A Level Home-Schooled and Private Candidates

Students who haven’t studied with an exam centre can now find somewhere to assess their work and award them a grade. Following the decision to cancel the summer 2021 exams, Ofqual announced that in place of the terminal exam they would rely wholly on teacher judgement. This presents an obvious issue for teens (and adults) […]

GCSE & A Level 2021 Grading Guidance Issued

Help and guidance on grading pupils who should have been sitting their GCSE or A Levels exams in the summer 2021 sitting has been published by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ). Following the announcement by Government that exams wouldn’t take place, Ofqual determined that teachers would assess the grades. This JCQ guidance is an […]

End Of Year Report: A reflection on 12 months of the podcast with Nathan McGurl

Time flies when you’re having fun. But apparently, it also goes fairly quickly when gripped in a global pandemic, enduring various tiered lockdowns, and a feeling that we’re not so much working from home as living at work. And let’s no get started on remote learning…. It’s hard to believe that it’s been a whole […]

Making The Grade: Determining GCSE and A Level results in 2021 with Simon Lebus

In many subjects, it all hinges on the final exam. Many see them as the culmination of 2 or 3 years worth of study. And, of course, they are often source of great anxiety and often huge relief when they’re finished. However, just like last year, the class of 2021 will not be sitting these terminal exams. […]