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Thought For The Day: Measuring Up

July 28, 2022 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: What’s Really Important

July 26, 2022 · Leave a comment

NEU teachers: Scrap GCSEs and A levels to fight racism | TES

NEU members vote to call for an end to GCSEs and A levels in favour of assessment that includes ‘global perspectives’. “We are witnessing a huge push forward on anti-racism … Continue reading

April 12, 2021 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Identity Theft in Education

February 2, 2021 · Leave a comment

Quiz: Can you tackle a Victorian exam paper? | BBC Bitesize

Test your knowledge against this test from 1859. Quiz: Can you tackle a Victorian exam paper? | BBC Bitesize

January 31, 2021 · Leave a comment

Visible Learning Could End Exams

I found this article from Eduwells very interesting in moving the debate about the nature of learning forward. It puts forward a model for how the idea of the terminal … Continue reading

December 4, 2020 · 1 Comment

Examination Revision: End of Learning Event, or Development Process?

You may think this is an inopportune time to be talking about examination revision, but that depends whether you view it as an end of learning event or a development … Continue reading

October 16, 2020 · Leave a comment

Beyond the Virus: Planning for a Better Learning Future in Your School

Now that we are well into the delivery of learning during the virus, it might be the opportune time to be thinking about and planning for the ‘new normal’ for … Continue reading

May 11, 2020 · Leave a comment

Coronavirus: Schools told no delays so far to exams | BBC News

The exam watchdog, responding to concerns about coronavirus, is telling schools in England to keep preparing as usual for the summer exam season. Ofqual says it is working with exam … Continue reading

March 3, 2020 · Leave a comment

Re-purposing Learning for Examinations

As teachers, we tend to be more about the WHAT rather than the HOW of learning. No point in a child’s learning journey is more critical to their future than … Continue reading

February 19, 2020 · Leave a comment

Just in Time for the Examination Preparation Period: Re-Examining Success by David Hughes

This is the new flyer to accompany my recently-released book: a systematic and learner-friendly way of digitising revision. There is a whole section on digitising revision and also making revision … Continue reading

February 13, 2020 · Leave a comment

Digitising Revision: The Basis of a Student Performance Breakthrough in Your School

This article is an abridged version of techniques expanded upon in a new book:  Re-Examining Success: Raising pupils’ examination performance at secondary school: systems, techniques, processes and partners by David … Continue reading

February 6, 2020 · Leave a comment

GCSEs: StudyTube revision videos got me through exams | BBC News

How a community of online students on YouTube helped people studying for their exams. Read the full story here on the BBC website: GCSEs: StudyTube revision videos got me through … Continue reading

August 25, 2019 · Leave a comment

New T-level study to be worth three A-levels | BBC News

Students who achieve the very top grade in their T-level qualification will have the equivalent of three A*s at A-level, it has been announced. University admissions service Ucas says a … Continue reading

August 20, 2019 · Leave a comment

A-levels: What subjects are students dropping and why? | BBC News

As students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland get their A-Level results, Reality Check looks at how subject choices are changing. Read the findings here: A-levels: What subjects are students … Continue reading

August 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

Education is Everyone’s Business!

I’m currently writing a book on the curriculum of excellence for the future. I hoped it would be a forward looking vision of inclusive education in which the talents of … Continue reading

June 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

Re-Examining Success

Artwork for the second of my books for Critical Publishing now complete… now just have to complete the writing!

June 6, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Limitations of Standardised Tests

This is why our examination systems are so flawed. They only present a one dimensional view of the student with only memory recall and the ability to sit examinations tested. … Continue reading

June 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

BBC Bitesize Exam Survivors | BBC Radio

Worried about exams? Dr Radha and regular guest Dr Alex George have you covered in this podcast from the BBC! Listen online here, or on the BBC Sounds App: BBC … Continue reading

May 24, 2019 · Leave a comment

High Exam Anxiety

Despite meticulous preparation, and certainly if you have prepared less than well, anxiety can be debilitating in examinations. The point of impact may be in your thoughts or in your … Continue reading

May 20, 2019 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Standardised Testing

November 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

I’m researching a book on examination preparation … can you help?

I’m currently researching a book I’ve been commissioned to write regarding the preparation of students for examinations. I’m reluctant to use the term ‘revision’ as it is the dichotomy between … Continue reading

November 16, 2018 · 3 Comments

The End of Examinations As We Know Them?

The last few weeks have heralded a lot of national announcements about the traditional examination system. OFSTED has decried the examination factory culture of some English schools and is looking … Continue reading

October 25, 2018 · Leave a comment

Hotter years ‘mean lower exam results’ | BBC News

Students taking exams in a summer heat wave might have always complained that they were hampered by the sweltering weather. But this study, from academics at Harvard, the University of … Continue reading

June 3, 2018 · Leave a comment

Can you really revise while chatting online? | BBC Education

Can you really revise for exams at the same time as conducting multiple simultaneous conversations on social media? It’s peak season for revision for exams in schools and universities, and … Continue reading

May 8, 2018 · Leave a comment

Stuck in the past: the UK needs to produce creative thinkers not exam-passing machines | TheConversation.com

The world is changing fast and education is not equipping children with the kind of minds they are going to need. At the moment, we exist in an education culture … Continue reading

April 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

More students found cheating in GCSE and A-level exams | BBC News

The number of students caught cheating in exams has risen by 25% in a single year, official figures show. Read the full story on the BBC website: More students found … Continue reading

January 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

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