July 31, 2019

When I was a teacher, there was no bigger feeling of relief than the moment I left the school on the last day of the summer term. Of course, I loved the job, but by that time, I was exhausted, stressed and overstretched. It had finally come. In my first three schools,...

July 25, 2019

I obtained my original A levels in 2001. When I did, the main source of information were my teachers, my textbooks and some revision guides. The internet at the time had no really useful A level websites to speak of (GCSE Bitesize had just started) and there was nothin...

July 17, 2019

I had a real Malcolm Gladwell phase a few years back. In his book, Outliers, he stated that there was an achievement gap between poor and wealth families. However, this gap did not come about during the school term, but rather during the holidays.

This is because the we...

July 10, 2019

One of the things I (re)learnt when doing A level physics is that the day before and the morning of an exam can be a crucial time, but it is difficult to know what to do with that time.

I shouldn't be learning anything new in that time(!) I found that doing practise que...

July 3, 2019

 The specifications for science exams are big and some things will get more focus than others. Some aspects never get taught very much at all, and some are not taught well consistently every year. Here are some reasons why...

Changes to the specification: When a science...

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