The Learning Parent: Applying principles of retrieval practice at home, with Patrice Bain

We want our children to do well. Naturally. We parents have been through school, done homework and revised for exams.  Even if that can feel like a dim and distant lifetime ago. AS a result, you’d think we’d be amply qualified to do our bit and help our children through this stage. Afterall the human […]

Reaching your STEPS: Coaching, motivation and goal setting with Prof Damian Hughes

Hardly a fortnight goes by without some stone being thrown into the 2020 pond to causes ripples. And few have felt it more than those students taking their exams in 2021. As well as fairly significant disruption to schooling and probable isolation and remote learning, there have been regular questions over whether exams will take […]

Prestige Awards Recognise The Study Buddy as Education Specialist of the Year

Study and time management start-up, The Study Buddy, has been announced as the winner of the Education Specialist category in this year’s Prestige Awards. The Study Buddy, based in Somerset, was created in 2018 to help students and their parents to structure and plan revision in the run-up to GCSEs. The Corporate Livewire Prestige Awards […]

Revising GCSE revision: Reframing the idea of exam preparation from short fix to long term, with Dawn Cox

It’s not unusual for students to wait until exams are almost upon them before revising. “Don’t stress, there’s loads of time” is certainly something parents hear a lot. Probably something they said fair amount too! For generations, teens have seen revision as that thing you do in the run-up to a test. It seems somehow […]

Government announces headline changes for 2021 GCSE and A-Level exams.

The Governement has announced steps to improve fairness for next year’s exam students, with detail to follow. Today (3 December 2020) the Department for Education has announced a number of measures that it sees as addressing the issues of fairness and disruption for England’s students taking GCSEs and A-Level exams. It comes after months of […]

Making Maths Count: Overcoming barriers to master Maths GCSE with Dani Quinn

Could Maths be the Marmite of the Education world? Students seem to either love it or loathe it. They get it or they struggle. So, often you’ll hear students who don’t enjoy it say: “I don’t know why I’m bothering”. Or “I’m never going to need to know the quadratic formula after GCSEs”.  Many parents […]

Taking Stock of the Mock: What dry run exams are – and are not – good for with Adam Boxer

There’s something poetically ironic about calling these dry run exams “mocks”.  For many parents, this is the time when our children make a mockery of revising. Or perhaps it’s more like they’re mocking us for our frequent, if not futile, attempts to get them to study. Ironic naming aside, these dress rehearsals can take up […]

Revising Boys: A look at why it is [typically] difficult to get boys to study with Mark Roberts

Boys? Well, they’re just lazier than girls / don’t try as hard / procrastinate more / need to run around and let off steam. These are some very obvious stereotypes about teen boys that we could call on. Most of us would recognise at least one or two traits in sons – and perhaps other […]

Welsh Government cancels GCSE, AS and A Level exams for Summer 2021

Education Minister Kirsty Williams has today (Tuesday 10 November ) confirmed Wales’ approach for qualifications in 2021. Her decision that there will be no end of year exams for learners taking GCSEs, AS levels or A levels. Instead The Welsh Government will work with Headteachers and others to determine a nationally consistent approach to teacher […]

Ep11: The Study Trinity: Fostering great relationships between teachers, parents, and students with Russell Hobby

Parents want their children to do well. Teachers want their students to achieve their potential. And certainly no student is actively trying to fail. Given that we all want the same thing, you’d think that the relationship between the three parties would be harmonious and collaborative. But sometimes it might not feel like everyone is […]