Crucifixion or a shrug? RE no longer taught in over a quarter of England’s secondary schools.

A report released a couple of days ago has decried the absence of a robust RE programme in over a quarter of England's secondary schools. Apparently they are simply not teaching it despite the law stating that they must. The National Association for RE claim that it leaves students unprepared for modern life.  Modern Life. [...]

When it rain it pours…

After last week's gloomy assessment that I might be forever relegated to sitting on the sidelines shouting like an insane street preacher about careers advice (and I still may), there was a break in the weather and I'm happy to report that two buses came along at once. How's that for a mixed metaphor? Today [...]

Frustrated and annoyed by widespread disinterest.

I’ve spent most of of my professional life helping people get jobs. I studied journalism and have a degree in creative writing. I am a published author. I even worked at the BBC. I’ve spent the last three years working at colleges and schools to help with careers and academic decision making. I have contacted [...]

Daily Prompt: Educate. When the value of learning isn’t just about A*s.

via Daily Prompt: Educate Educate. The word itself has taken on such portent, such gravitas, that's it's hard to find a way to brook the subject without being weighed down by Athena's legacy. Or is it? I write most days on a variety of education related matters and through that I've uncovered an unnerving truth, [...]

New year, new you? Or rather new academic year/start of real life – what to do now?

Maybe it's the time of year, maybe it got posted at the wrong hour of the day, who knows, what makes one post soar like an eagle and another sink like the Titanic? My last post didn't get a huge amount of love or views from any quarter and rather than accept defeat graciously I've [...]

What next? The results are in, what next for A level students, freshers and graduates?

As the dust settles on the 2017 results season, as we say goodbye to smug pairs of grinning twins holding up their matching A*s for the delight of a facile press let's turn our attention to what happens next. With three distinct sets of those in receipt of exam board judgement there will be losers, [...]

Take heart, GCSEs aren’t the bogeyman you may think.

With all the kerfuffle around numerical rather than alphabetical grading for the GCSE results, the widespread panic about hordes of students' papers needing to be re-marked, the screwing of the pooch when it comes to gaming the system with 'controlled assessment', this Thursday is going to throw up any number of question marks, surprises and [...]

Good news A level students! Come results day, universities are more afraid of you than you are of them.

Der dum. Der dum. Derdum Derdum Derdum... DerlaLUM. Onomatopoeic writing has never been my strongest suit but that was the Jaws music for those of you didn't get it. Given that many of you reading this will probably have only a vague notion of what that is doesn't perhaps ringingly endorse my relevance to you [...]

Just know even if your exam results aren’t what you expected, it’ll still be okay, you still have options.

'Life's a journey not a destination', so sang Aerosmith, whether you buy into their laidback drug fuelled rhetoric or not, it's not a bad motto to carry with you. Highers results are out today, A Levels are around the corner and as the expectation mounts so too does the pressure. If you get or indeed [...]

What happens if your A levels aren’t what you hoped for? What to do when it goes wrong in your exams. Keep calm and carry on.

As the imperial death march intones in their sub-conscious, the school leavers of 2017 are a Schrödinger's cat of sorts, where by they have both passed and failed their A levels and the truth is only a short hop away from revealing itself. It's like breaking something valuable that belongs to an irascible parent and [...]