Education News Roundup 20/10/16

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  Britain trailing in OECD education rankings, AQA scraps more subjects and a funding crisis in West Sussex schools   Along with History of Art, this week has also seen AQA – one of the main A-level exam boards – scrap both Archaeology and Classical Civilisation, suggesting their main reason for doing so concerns standardising marking across various papers. This … Read More

What Is a Tutor Really For?

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In a Times2 article this week, ‘Super-tutor’ Mark Maclaine blew the lid on the best and worst of the tutoring industry, from an eight year old boy with 15 different tutors to an academic breakthrough with a teenage girl struggling at school after her mother’s death. The sheer breadth of experiences Maclaine offered in his many years as a tutor (totalling 20,000 … Read More

Interview With Emily – Our Expert 7+ Tutor

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This is Emily, our 7+ expert and entrance exam specialist. She has over 5 years tutoring experience, and has helped countless students get into great schools.  Our approach to 7 plus Before diving straight into our conversation with Emily we wanted to give parents some context on our approach to the 7 Plus.  Our founding ethos was to create an … Read More

Education News Roundup 06/10/16

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  A funding crisis in British education, how technology can affect students and the need for 69 million more teachers worldwide   A Unesco study into global education has revealed a teacher shortage far beyond what was feared, with sub-Saharan Africa and southern Asia suffering the most. The Unesco report claims there are around 263 million children across the world … Read More

“What Makes Great Children’s Books?” Interview with Ross Montgomery

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Welcome to part 2 of our interview with children’s author, Ross Montgomery. Ross’s books have had a fantastic reception from children, adults and reviewers alike, and have already been nominated for numerous industry awards. We spoke to him about what children love to read, and what makes a great children’s book… Ross Montgomery (children’s author) and Hugh Viney (Director of … Read More

Education News Roundup – 29/09/16

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Grammar schools backlash, Brexit fears and no more homework   In yet another challenge to Theresa May’s contentious grammar schools plan, a wide-ranging study into the effects of grammar schools has found her claims of their benefits to be ill-founded. The Education Policy Institute examined GCSE results across grammar schools and good comprehensives, finding that, for bright pupils, there was … Read More

Getting Kids to Read More: Our Interview With Children’s Author Ross Montgomery

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It’s hard getting kids to read. We chatted with Ross, whose work has been listed in the Sunday Times ‘Top 100 Modern Children’s Classics’, shortlisted for the Costa Children’s Book of the Year Award and the Branford Boase Award, and featured in The Times Children’s Book of the Week, about how you can encourage your children to read more.   Hey … Read More