Education

  • Should GCSEs Be Scrapped?

    student stressed by exam revision Back in February 2019, Robert Halfon, chairman of the Education Select Committee said GCSEs should be scrapped, describing them as "pointless", and mentioned that A-level should be replaced by a mix of academic and vocational subjects. However, the Department for Education disagrees with Halfon's statement and defended GCSEs as the "gold standard". So who's right?

    The Case Against GCSEs

    Speaking to the BBC, one teacher, Johnny from Hastings (he didn't want to give his full name), thought this was an "outstanding" idea: "This is an outstanding idea. I have been a secondary teacher for 10 years, and the relentless chase for GCSE grades has ruined our profession. I see colleagues suffering more and more ...
  • 10 Proven Ways to Learn Faster

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    Student life can be hard, and sometimes, when you have loads of assignments, it feels as if there are not enough hours in the day. 

    One way to solve this is to learn how to study faster. In this article, we share 10  proven ways to learn faster.

    1. Don't Multi-task

    Research by Stanford University has concluded that multitasking actually makes you less productive, less focused, and it hampers your overall grades. And several studies

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  • The Reality Check on Private Tuition

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    According to a report in The Guardian, there has been a sharp rise in the number of pupils who have private tuition. More than 40% of pupils living in London have a private tutor for a certain period of time, raising concerns on whether private tuition is creating “education inequality”.

    Why is Private Tuition on the Rise?

    With the future job market becoming more competitive, especially in the graduate job sector, it feels as if children are under more pressure to perform and

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  • Is Teaching Handwriting in School Essential?

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    In a world where toddlers learn how to use an iPad before they read their first book, it appears the craft of writing by hand is almost becoming obsolete. Most people write via keyboard - heck I am writing this article on my laptop right now.

    But the question is, should schools, especially primary schools, bother to teach handwriting? Well, according to research in cognitive psychology and neuroscience, they should!

    In this article, we take a look at how handwriting supports literacy and academic development in children.

    Handwriting Helps With Reading

    To teach children how to read,

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  • How to Overcome Procrastination

    Believe it or not, procrastination has been a hot topic in the field of psychology for over 120 years. Almost 75% of students consider themselves to be procrastinators, with the three most common forms of procrastination being sleeping, playing video games, and watching TV (or Netflixing).

    To help you overcome procrastination, we share some tips that can help:

    Forgive Yourself

    The truth is everyone procrastinates, even the ones that say they are super productive. They will experience a lull in concentration or productivity. What makes it worse, and prolongs your procrastination is that you keep beating yourself up for procrastinating. This starts a vicious circle where you keep blaming yourself instead of addressing the issue.

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  • How Does Technology Transform Education?

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    Ah technology, love it or hate it, it is here to stay. And there's absolutely nothing we can do about it.

    The education sector has almost fully embraced technology in the classroom right across the UK, but not without its concerns.

    How Technology Benefitted the Education Sector

    First, let's take a look at how technology benefitted both schools and universities.

    Creates a More Enriched and Dynamic Learning Experience

    Textbooks don't offer the capabilities that are provided by tablets and other connected devices. And

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  • What is a Further Education College?

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    There are 48 Further Education colleges in London that offer a wide range of courses including vocational, academic, technical and professional level qualifications.

    According to the Association of Colleges, Further Education colleges in the UK have helped approximately 2.2 million students in improving their employability skills and broaden their career opportunities.

    But what are Further Education colleges? And what type of courses do they offer?

    What is a Further

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  • 7 Apps That Can Help Train Your Brain

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    Whether you want to do better at school, focus at work, or you just want to stay on top of your game, there are various reasons for desiring a boost in brainpower. But the sad fact is, as we age, our brain function declines. 

    However, a major study by the University of California has suggested that by keeping mentally active, in particular when you're older, you're more likely to maintain a healthy brain. 

    Brain training apps have been considered as a useful tool for mental stimulation. Even though there are studies

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  • What Is Active Learning and What Are Its Keys to Success

    Active learning session outside with computer Instead of making your students sit, listen and memorize, try to include them more in the learning process. This method of engaging students more and making them participate and collaborate with each other is known as active learning. Incorporating active learning into your classroom will mean that students will be given a freedom to analyze an argument, discuss the covered material, and apply a concept to a real-life situation.  In order to make this all happen, there are various key success factors which every facilitator or teacher should use to make students do something instead of just passively listening. Some of the key success factors for active learning ...
  • Quiz: Which childcare course shall I do?

    Which childcare course should you take? With so many different sectors of the childcare industry, it's important that you take the right first step by considering which childcare course is most suitable for you. Take the quiz below and get an instant answer with a course recommendation. [onionbuzz quizid=1][/onionbuzz]

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