Tag Archives: GCE Advanced Level

We wish them well

Today we said goodbye to the Upper Sixth, who left in an emotional whirl of hugs, tears, laughter and ice cream. I always watch them go with a mix of pride, admiration and anticipation, knowing we have done our best … Continue reading

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‘A’ level results – a genuine cause for celebration

I had hoped that the Olympics were turning Britain into a glass three quarters full nation.  Some of the reaction to today’s ‘A’ level results suggests we are already drifting back into our traditional glass half empty and probably cracked … Continue reading

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Small is Beautiful

I have very much enjoyed Dominic Sandbrook’s BBC 2 series ‘The 1970s’.  Often ridiculed as the decade of ‘Bagpuss, black forest gateau and Blue Nun’, the 1970s are popularly portrayed as a time of socio-economic breakdown, three day working weeks and … Continue reading

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Geography – the weakest link?

As a geographer you get used to being the butt of academic jokes about cagoules and colouring in.  Often perceived as a soft subject, the standing of geography was questioned again this week by Ofqual who concluded that between 2001 and … Continue reading

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Standing up for the class of 2012

Michael Gove started it, journalists promoted it, and middle aged men and women across the land joined in with a chorus of “exams were harder in my day”. The world seems full of BIMDYs who back in their day were fortunate enough to … Continue reading

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