Sixth Form 16+ Admissions: Everything You Need to Know

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More and more students are moving school for Year 12. As a parent, there’s a lot to consider in finding the right school for your child, so here is what you can expect from the sixth form admissions process. The first and most important thing to remember is this: IT VARIES. The requirements for sixth form entry vary – sometimes … Read More

Education News Weekly – 22nd May, 2017

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Voter registration, the magic of rosemary and what the party manifestoes mean for education.   Election News Conservative The Guardian reports that Theresa May’s pledge to end free school lunches for infants will predominantly impact the ‘ordinary, hard-working families’ she has promised to help. It could affect as many as 900,000 children from struggling families, costing them an additional c.£440 a … Read More

The UKiset: How Does It Work?

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International parents looking at British schools will have heard a lot about the UKiset. But what exactly is it, and how does it work? What is the UKiset? In short, the UKiset is a single assessment test taken by international students, designed for entry into British curriculum schools – specifically in the independent sector. Launched in 2014, It tests English … Read More

Education News Weekly – 8th May, 2017

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Invisible ink in exams, the benefits of rosemary and the myth of the tutor-proof 11 plus   Exam board admits impossibility of ‘tutor-proof’ 11 plus – Telegraph Confirming what we all knew to be true for some time, a major grammar school exam board has said the 11 plus exam can “never be tutor-proof.” Bearing in mind that ‘tutor-proof’ means … Read More

Education News Weekly – 1st May, 2017

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Increased university fees (again), independent schools abroad and dealing with the education funding crisis asbestos we can.   Government permits university tuition fee hikes…again – Independent Almost all universities in England have been granted permission to increase tuition fees year-on-year, following new legislation being pushed through Parliament before the general election. Ministers claim the new legislation comes as part of … Read More

How mindfulness meditation can improve your school life

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In the last few weeks, we’ve already spoken about the relationship between physical and mental health, and how parents and students can reduce anxiety around the stressful exam period. Virtually every school or research project that has trialled meditation/mindfulness as either a learning aid or an alternative to punishment has reported success. What is mindfulness? To borrow Jon Kabat-Zinn’s definition … Read More

Education News Weekly – 23rd April, 2017

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General election pledges, the dangers of screen time and surprisingly happy teenagers   Labour focused on education in upcoming general election – BBC Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has put education at the centre of his campaign for the snap general election. Corbyn described education as being in crisis, specifically highlighting the Tories’ recent record on school budget cuts and growing … Read More

Education News Weekly – 9th April, 2017

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Term-time holidays, a lack of female headteachers and why it’s time to scrap 9 a.m. lectures.     Female headteachers under-represented in secondary schools – Independent According to new research from Nottingham University, just over a third of secondary school headteachers are female, while currently women make up around 64% of secondary classroom teachers. The paper, encompassing every secondary school … Read More

Education News Weekly – 26th March, 2017

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Red Nose Day, digital literacy and the problem with behaviour in schools   Poor behaviour in English schools not taken seriously – BBC Education advisor Tom Bennett this week said that more should be done to deal with bad behaviour at schools, which he believes has not been taken seriously enough, and is underestimated in Ofsted data. Bennett’s report, Creating … Read More

Education News Weekly – 19th March, 2017

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Grammar schools opposition, a deepening funding crisis and the primary school head who’s a champion weightlifter     Opposition mounting against Theresa May’s grammar schools plan – BBC Theresa May is facing vocal cross-party opposition from MPs to her flagship education policy, the opening of new selective grammar schools. Former Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg, former Tory education secretary Nicky … Read More