Category Archives: Podcasts

Correcting feedback: How parents can provide supportive direction to teens with Michael Chiles.

“Could try harder.” “See me after class.” These kinds of phrases epitomised school for a great number of us. And that’s not to say that it was all red pen and crosses, because at the other end of the spectrum there was always “well done”. It could just be me, but I don’t remember there […]

The Exam Question: The impact of cancelled exams and learning with Zoe Enser

Who knew unprecedented times could still give you a sense of deja vu? The cancellation of GCSE and A Level exams in the summer 2021 sitting has divided people: those who think the exams should have gone ahead as the fairest way to grade students; and those who have long held that exams should have […]

Remote chance: Digital learning and learning digital with our teens with Jane Basnet

Remote learning isn’t a phrase we used very much before 2020. It was either classwork or it was homework. Of course, Covid-19 and lockdown brought with it the need to adapt. Fortunately, we have the technology nowadays to deliver classroom content to pupils in their homes. But it can all be a bit bewildering, can’t […]

Taught parenting: The role parents can and do play in teaching teens, with Sam Twiselton

All too often when faced with a studying teen we’re reminded just how long ago our own school days were! Not only can the content be hazy at best, but the texts, technology and even approaches have changed. How many parents looked perplexed when they were told there was a new way of doing taking […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]