Public Examinations

Aside from a recent social media furore over his facial hair, Michael Gove has vanished from public life following his ill-judged political disloyalty earlier this ye …

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Oxbridge

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Photo by Ian Jones[/caption] I am often asked by parents about entry to Oxford and Cambridge: interview pre …

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What are Schools for?

During 6 years at Birkdale I have interviewed well over 100 candidates for teaching jobs. After exchanging pleasantries I usually ask the victim what they think schools are for. Few c …

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Testing and Learning

Spring is in the air and the teacher union conferences dominate the education pages of the press. A cursory glance reveals the usual concerns about how over-tested UK children are com …

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EBACC

I am not a fan of league tables. I don’t object to publishing the students’ public examination results: all the Birkdale results are available on this website, broken down by subje …

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Choosing A Level Subjects

Tis the season to be merry. Many Year 11 students however, in between revising for GCSE mock examinations, catching up on sleep and refining their list of preferr …

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Teaching & Technology

Will schools be replaced by on-line learning with students studying from home over the internet? Probably not: at least according to a recent US survey. A major report found th …

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Values

I am occasionally asked by prospective parents ‘What are the values of the school?’ I am quite encouraged by this as usually the parents are trying to get past the obvious facts abou …

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Degree Classifications Must Change

  The percentages of top grades at GCSE and A level are now more or less static from year to year bringing a welcome relief from the annual chorus of ‘it was harder i …

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Peak Students?

Some eye-catching statistics have come out over the last couple of weeks in connection with university entrance. The number of people signing up for degree courses has risen rel …

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