Posts Tagged ‘GCSE’

Testing times in education

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

Testing has always been contentious – notably disagreements surrounding when is the best time to conduct tests and how. Plus whether too much testing takes the joy out of learning. Tests, by their very nature, determine a child’s progress and ability at any one time. With baseline testing recently scrapped for four to five year olds, […]

Be prepared – GCSE and A Level exam changes

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

In the last few months there has been a considerable amount of change in the way testing is carried out for both GCSEs and A Level. There has been a move away from coursework and module based testing throughout the year. Instead most schools are moving back to one main exam in May and June.  […]

GCSE to A-Level – Making the Jump

Sunday, August 18th, 2013

Are you/your child in the first year of A level (sixth form) studies? Maybe you have just sat the first A level (AS) module exams? If your grades are not as expected, then you’re not alone. The jump between GCSE and A Level is, in most subjects, enormous. Most students struggle to adapt in the […]

Lorna’s journey

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

If you read our blog regularly, follow us on facebook or twitter (@121HomeTutors) you may have seen us mention Alison’s niece, Lorna, in the last few weeks. Alison, MD at 121 Home Tutors, wanted to show the journey that Lorna is going through at the moment. A few weeks ago she was sitting her GCSEs […]

How long should I spend revising?

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

It’s only a few weeks until GCSE and A Level exams, with many starting in mid May and running until mid June. It’s when our students start to turn their minds to revision. The most frequent question we get from students is when they should start revising. They also want to know how and what […]

Changes to GCSE scrapped

Monday, February 11th, 2013

In October we wrote two blogs about the changes to GCSEs proposed by the Government – changing from the well-known system to a controversial new English Baccalaureate qualification. In some camps the changes were welcomed, with many liking the idea of a more rigorous approach to education at 11-16 and a return to more exams […]

GCSEs to be replaced by EBacc – Part Two

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Last month it was announced that GCSEs are going to be replaced by a new qualification, the EBacc or English Baccalaureate. Last week we gave you some information on the changes and what they might mean for your child and this week we’ll continue helping you understand how the changes might affect your child. Our […]

GCSEs to be replaced by EBacc – Part One

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

In the last few weeks, a huge shakeup of the secondary education system has been announced. Michael Gove, Education Secretary, announced that GSCEs will be scrapped and a new English Baccalaureate qualification will be introduced from 2017. The EBacc is seen as more academically rigorous and is being introduced as a way to regain confidence […]

GCSE Results Day

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

You’ve worked very hard and probably had a very nervous last few days but the wait is finally over, it’s  GCSE Results Day. We get lots of calls on results day and in the weeks after, often from students who haven’t got the grades they wanted or expected and don’t quite know what to do […]

Exams – what happens if it all goes wrong?

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

If you are in Year 10 (or your child is) then they are probably right in the middle of taking GCSE exams. Next year will be one of the most significant years of your life – when you will sit the majority of your GCSEs. What happens during that year can determine where you go […]