Navigating the Exam System (Part Four)

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 nine 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)

Navigating the Exam System (Part Three)

‘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)

Navigating the Exam System (Part Two)

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)

Navigating the Exam System (Part One)

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)