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.
When the great illusionist David Blaine was asked how he manages to achieve difficult stunts he admitted he says to himself, somewhat pragmatically; “so today I’m going to have breakfast, read the paper and stand in an ice block”.
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.
A parent’s instinct is remarkable! Even when school says everything is fine, the parental antennae can detect when their child is not doing their best. What triggered the message that you are picking up?
Are you one of those parents who, without realising it, has been quietly mulling over the comments made either in your child’s report at the end of last term or at the parent teacher meetings you recently attended?