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Brexit – what might it mean for schools?

Like many I woke up to a surprise on Friday 24 June.  As a politics teacher I have taught the first rule of referenda that, if in doubt, the electorate take the ’stick with the status quo’ option and vote … Continue reading

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Deeper learning or cheaper learning?

Michael Gove’s decision to replace modular A levels with linear qualifications was sold on the basis that it would promote “deeper learning”.  The days of mugging up on narrow units of subject content (modules) and resitting them to gain extra … Continue reading

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Improving assessment at A level

The English attach a lot of importance to their public exams.  For students, the results determine university or further education entrance, and access to apprenticeships or jobs; for schools, A level grades are key indicators of school performance; for Head … Continue reading

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Farewell to the Upper Sixth

“When you want me, but no longer need me, then I have to go”. The words of Nanny McPhee, but sentiments that also apply to the Upper Sixth. Today will be a bittersweet occasion in sixth forms across the country … Continue reading

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Exam excess

May brings the start of public exams, and my annual GCSE, AS and A level exam regulation rundowns have featured prominently in recent assemblies.  Rather like pre-flight safety announcements, these briefings are important no matter how seasoned the exam-taker (and … Continue reading

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Subject saharas – the new postcode lottery?

According to a study by the Open Public Services Network, pupils in some parts of England are unlikely to secure qualifications in subjects that could be vital to their job prospects, such as science and languages, as they find themselves … Continue reading

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Enterprising careers advice

This week the ninth Perse Enterprise Conference saw nearly 250 students drawn from 20 schools and colleges gather in the Cambridge Belfry Hotel in Cambourne to learn about entrepreneurship and practice their networking and communication skills.  Keynote speakers included Old … Continue reading

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