Tutors 4 GCSE Blog

9.10.2012
Modular vs Linear Exams – How are these changes affecting students?

Changing the structure of GCSE exams from modular to linear, where students no longer take exams in stages over a two year period, but rather sit one final exam at the end of a two year period sparked off discussions over what the benefits and...

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1.10.2012
Does early entry for GCSE exams, disadvantage able students?

There is increasing concern over the policies some schools have in place regarding early entry for GCSE Maths exams. It is standard policy in some cases for schools to enter pupils to sit their final GCSE Maths exam at the end of year 10 rather than year 11 - a year earlier than is necessary.

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24.09.2012
Re-marking of GCSE Grades?

The secretary of State for Education Michael Gove, and his Welsh counter part Leighton Andrews clashed recently when the Welsh minister ordered a remark of the English GCSE papers by the exam board WJEC, an exam which students in both England and Wales completed. This has understandably created huge amounts of tension amongst pupils, parents and teachers throughout England who are not having their Grades raised like the pupils in Wales. Pupils are left feeling that they have been cheated out of a grade they worked hard to achieve, and which could make a difference to their further education.

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27.06.2012
Should we return to learning times tables by rote?

Learning times tables is important, but students should understand and have the ability to work them out logically rather than to simply memorise from a sheet. When learning by rote students are missing out on the understanding and ability to manipulate numbers; many don’t realise that in order to find 6x8, they can begin at 6x2, double it to get to 6x4, and then double it once again to find 6x8. If students were taught this way, they would have a much better grounding and understanding of maths and numbers on which they can then develop and build.

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30.03.2012
Should school holidays be re-organised?

For years, school children and teachers have enjoyed six-week summer holidays during July and August whilst learning has arguably suffered. Now Teachers are threatening to walk out of the classroom and take strike action over proposals to shorten the summer holiday.

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16.03.2012
Primary school English: Are literacy targets too low?

With league tables showing that 100,000 children left primary school last year without the expected literacy levels and news that nearly 15% of adults lack basic understanding of the English language; it is clear to see that something needs to be done to improve the state of literacy in British schools.

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2.03.2012
Maths disengagement: Is an outdated delivery model the cause ?

Maths is seen to be a very black and white subject with set rules, theories and formulae to help people find the correct answers. If this were the case it would be logical to keep the curriculum the same from now until the end of time, but this is not the case. Maths is so much more than rigid rules and structured equations; maths is part of everyday life and can be applied to all situations; from doing the weekly shop to playing sport with friends. So if Maths is evolving along with the rest of our lives then surely the curriculum needs to evolve too?

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24.02.2012
Would more male teachers enhance boys’ academic performance?

An individual will always remember a good teacher and all that they taught them. There are many uniquely brilliant teachers out there who have passed on their passion for their subject and inspired learners to achieve good grades as a result. Good teachers do not come in a set mould though; they all have differences, from teaching methods to personalities; but does a teacher's gender really affect how pupils perform?

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16.02.2012
Is banning slang in schools the answer to poor literacy problem?

There are two skills which are essential in helping people get through life; literacy and numeracy. These skills should be nourished from an early age and schools act as the main source of helping to develop our abilities. Unfortunately, something is being done wrong somewhere, thousands of Children find themselves struggling with English and Maths and consequently leave school without 'good' grades in both subjects at GCSE. Now we ask: is there a reason for the decline in literacy levels and would banning slang in schools solve the problem?

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7.02.2012
Maths in Schools – why are our children ‘switching off’?

Good numeracy skills are the most important life skills our children can develop.  Unfortunately, it seems like this is something which schools are not pushing the benefits of enough. With new figures revealing Britain is trailing far behind other countries when it comes to teenagers studying maths to a...

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