What is the difference between GCSE and BTEC? Last week, I went to help out at an event for parents in a school. The event was an information session for Year 9 students (age about 14) and their parents. They were being given information about choosing their exam options for the next phase in their… Continue reading Navigating the Exam System (Part Four)
‘Misconceptions’ I once saw a quote about being a parent. I can’t remember where I saw it, but it went something like this: you probably know more than you think you do. I like this quote. No matter how many books, articles or blogs you read, it is a good idea to go with your… Continue reading Navigating the Exam System (Part Three)
Common Questions One of the reasons I launched this project was because I know how complex the school system is. As an experienced teacher and school leader, I have more information available to help me to navigate my child’s education. It doesn’t mean I get it right. It does mean that I make complex… Continue reading Navigating the Exam System (Part Two)
Part One: Changes to GCSEs Choosing subjects at the age of fourteen (or in some cases, thirteen) is hard – for parents as well as children. Your child may be emotional as they reach this important milestone in their life. No doubt they are worried about the shake-up in friendship groups as each person… Continue reading Navigating the Exam System (Part One)
How can I find out about secondary schools? As your child approaches the end of primary school, the big decisions about secondary schools can easily be to put to the back of your mind. All too quickly the applications open and it is easy to feel out of control. It seems like there is… Continue reading Starting to think about Secondary School?