Appeal? Might As Well

The revelation that the number of individual enquires about GCSE and A level results rose by 48%, this year compared to 2013, with a 42% rise in the number of grades changed, over the sa …

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Full Circle

One of the few benefits of advancing age is that the duration of my teaching experience is now comfortably greater than the time needed for educational reforms to be introduced, reviewed …

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Choosing a University

The university application round is in full swing; at Birkdale over half of our Upper Sixth students have now made an application with most of the rest to be completed over t …

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Myth Busting

I talk to a huge number of prospective parents at this time of year as families ponder the choice of secondary schools for their sons and daughters to enter next September. I usua …

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Numbers and Stories

The usual clichés of the exam season are all too apparent; pictures of smiling, blond female (usually) students, brandishing pieces of paper of uncertain provenance and shrieking with …

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Open Access

A new report by the Social Market Foundation for the Sutton Trust, a well-respected charity with interests in social mobility and education, caught my eye last week (Read more »


Speaking to parents of students departing from the Upper Sixth is a fascinating experience. For some of the parents it is quite a reflective and poignant moment as they have been …

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Creative Subjects

One of the highlights of this stage of the academic cycle is seeing the tangible results of a year’s worth of effort by students in the creative subjects. Dazzling exhibitions in Art …

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Grading Exams

Details about the new GCSE and A level courses continue to trickle out ( …

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Charitable Giving

Schools have many duties to their students. One obligation would be to help them understand the lives of other human beings in different places and in different cultures across the world. …

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