GCSEs and A Levels

GCSEs: A healthy approach

8 May 2019

Exam season is looming and many pupils will be feeling the pressure. Clare Stafford looks at ideas for offering emotional support in the run-up to and during the exam period


Helping students to handle exam stress

20 March 2019

Exam season is on the horizon and we must help students to handle the pressure if they are to excel. Dr Pooky Knightsmith offers some practical ideas for reducing stress and anxiety in the run up to exams


Examinations: Preparing your EAL learners

13 March 2019

Formal examinations can present a range of specific challenges for pupils with English as an additional language. Deborah Owen offers some strategies, both to help pupils prepare and for them to use on the day





When revision can be bad for you

23 May 2018

At exam time, the negative impact of over-studying cannot be over-estimated. Karen Sullivan offers some words of caution to revising students...



Getting exam revision right

2 May 2018

The majority of students don’t like to use the most effective revision techniques. This has to change, says Karen Sullivan


Reflecting on the Extended Project

2 May 2018

Customer journey mapping is a process used to gauge the needs and preferences of service users or clients. Dr Andrew K Shenton explains how he has adapted this approach to help Extended Project students to reflect on their learning experiences and skills


Study skills: Effective use of revision guides

11 October 2017

Revision guides are popular resources with many teachers and parents, but do students use them properly? Helen Webb looks at how to teach students to use revision guides more effectively


Teaching with memory in mind

3 October 2017

Do your students often forget prior learning? Jemma Sherwood explains how to design your lessons with memory in mind...


Encouraging problem-solving in mathematics

3 October 2017

The GCSE mathematics curriculum prioritises problem-solving skills. Heather Davis offers advice on how we can teach such skills, with practical ideas for the classroom



Preparing for exam results: A checklist

5 July 2017

The job of an exams officer is most certainly not done once the summer exams series is completed. Jugjit Chima runs through the main duties and responsibilities of exams officers in the coming weeks and months


How subject teaching time has changed since 2011

14 June 2017

NFER research on teacher retention has highlighted how both the accountability system and teacher supply are influencing changes in the teaching time secondary schools dedicate to different subjects. Jack Worth explains


Exam season and wellbeing support

17 May 2017

As exam season is now under way, Laura Ralph looks at how schools can support pupils who are feeling the pressure around their assessments




Attainment: Closing the gender gap

19 April 2017

What should we be doing about the achievement gap between girls and boys? School leader Caroline Sherwood discusses the impact that gender stereotyping can have and the challenges faced by schools and teachers



GCSE grading – 10 useful facts

29 March 2017

This summer’s exam results will see the first appearance of the new GCSE grades 1 to 9 as they begin to be phased in. Curriculum and assessment specialist Suzanne O’Farrell gives us 10 useful facts about the new numerical system


Teaching practice: Revision

29 March 2017

Our teaching practice series now turns its attention to exam preparation and how we can help to make revision more effective for students. Matt Bromley explains


What’s so bad about the new exams?

29 March 2017

Paul Gammans has a secret. He likes exams. He argues here for a positive approach to the new terminal examination system and offers some tips on how to structure your curriculum and support students’ revision


Exam preparation: Extended writing questions

22 March 2017

As part of her work on improving feedback to students, Helen Webb focused on improving performance in GCSE science extended writing questions. She discusses her findings

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