According to a survey carried out by the Sutton Trust in September 2016, 25% of state educated 11 to 16 years in the UK receive private tuition, with the number much higher in London. This represents a massive increase on 2015 figures when it was only 10%.
At MagiKats, we don't usually focus on adult literacy and numeracy, but with the launch of our GCSE Support Programme last month, we have been watching out for what has been in the press - and it has been depressing!
GCSE revision can get a bit same-y. Read subject, make notes on subject, make smaller notes on subject, perform miracles with ant-size writing to make notes even smaller. Remember notes. Rinse. Repeat.
I once heard a teacher of GCSE English remark that one of the best ways to teach his students how to pass was to take the examination himself.
For our students sitting the new GCSE exams in 2017, the watchword is “rigour”. Engaging teenagers in their learning through fun activities, challenging tasks, personal tuition and guidance equals a winning formula when it comes to them sitting their all-important examinations.