It is fast approaching 'that time of year' - not Christmas although yes, Christmas of course - gone is the humdrum spookiness of Halloween only to be replaced instantaneously by a cornucopia of tinsel festooned supermarkets, each gaudier than the last and insisting on a live countdown until the damp squib of the day itself. … Continue reading Top tips for preparing for the Oxbridge interviews.
From the moment our forbears first picked up flint and struck fire or constructed a makeshift axe we have been a people of tool users. More than that we have sought out and refined tools that make things easier. It perhaps wouldn't be unkind to suggest that the entirety of humanity's progress has been driven … Continue reading Fly me to the moon. Or how science got sexy.
If the *shudder* unthinkable happens and you find yourself holding a family meeting with much hand wringing and chest beating it can mean only one thing - your child has confessed to not wanting to go to university. 'How could this happen?', you ask yourself, 'we have books, they eat brie etc etc etc.' Well … Continue reading What do I do if my child doesn’t want to go to university?
For regular readers of my blog, students I work with and those lucky half dozen who bought my book, this will be a familiar refrain so excuse me whilst I fulminate, for new readers - you'll likely know this anyway but such is the nature of the edu-echo-chamber. So... once more UK universities are back … Continue reading SHOCK! UK universities in the firing line by the OECD, graduates can’t read good.
On the anniversary of September 11 it's hard not to feel the creeping spectre of fear that jangles the nerves and gives rise to hundreds of 'there but for...' stories. Everyone of my generation knows where they were, the memory remains a grotesque imprint of the callous indifference that humans are capable of. The Americans … Continue reading 9/11
Here it is, the new academic term has begun and for teachers, parents and students with enquiring minds, the question that should always be rattling around is, 'where is this going?' That is to say, whilst learning for its own sake is an invaluable, worthy and hoped for goal, learning to boxtick arbitrary governmental measures … Continue reading Pay attention, stop what you’re doing and look at me! New term, same challenges, common sense advice. Careers stuff.
With Ofqual taking the unprecedented move of shifting the boundaries of science papers to stop a landslide of Us being issued, students - for whom the pressure has been increasingly ratcheted upwards over the last year - are likely to be somewhat on edge. Waiting, endlessly waiting to discover what other horrible surprises tomorrow may … Continue reading GCSE results day 2018.Take a breath, it’s all going to be okay.
As the imperial death march intones in their sub-conscious, the school leavers of 2018 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 … Continue reading For what we are about to receive – what happens if your A level results aren’t what you hoped for…
Thanks to a handy little doohickey on my site I know who's been reading my articles, where they've been doing that and their snack of choice as they enjoy my sagacity. That's not wholly true but I do know which articles have been accessed and from which country and over the last few weeks I've … Continue reading Summer holiday thought experiment.
First the TES and now a second article in the I - Newspaper, print and t'internet. Lovely stuff and all about the top 5 education hacks that students of any stripe can and should be doing with their summer... https://inews.co.uk/news/education/how-teenagers-can-use-summer-holidays-to-get-ahead-in-career-ambitions/