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How has lockdown tutoring been going? If your household has been anything like mine, it has been a bit up and down, with our main issues being Maths. Kids don’t seem to learn maths in the same way I was taught all those years ago. At the age of six, Sebastian’s work I can cope with, but this week it was Eliza’s fractions that really challenged us with boxes, boxes everywhere and we had to watch BBC Bitesize a number of times to understand how they do the working out. Then there is Isaac, who is in his first year …

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Disappointment on National Offer Day

It has been a day we have been equally dreading / looking forward since last October when we submitted Isaac’s secondary school choices. Like all good parents, we trawled around half a dozen of our local schools, attended head teacher talks and got a feel for his preferred choices. For Isaac, there was one school that stood out head and shoulders above the rest and he has had his heart set on attending this school ever since. He completed the entrance “banding” test and I filled out the required forms, putting his chosen school as his 1st choice and a …

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Kian 18

A month of change

This September has seen the biggest change in our household for some time. Kian has been counting down the days until he leaves for university since he finished his exams back in June and thankfully, he got into his first choice university. On Friday, we took him down to Bristol to move him in to his new accommodation. Until then, it was easy to take it in our stride that he would be leaving home and we busied ourselves with making sure he was ready for his new life at university. We helped him pack, raided our cupboards and found him …

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The thing about school league tables…….

An article appeared on my facebook timeline last night that I was genuinely troubled by. England’s worst schools revealed….. The article, written by the Daily Mirror, which can be read here, states that official government figures released this week, show that one in eight mainstream secondary schools are under-performing. Schools fall below the government’s performance threshold if pupils fail to make enough progress across eight subjects, with particular weight given to English and maths. This is only the second year that the schools have been measured and ranked by how they perform in two areas – Attainment 8 and Progress 8. My son’s …

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