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Should you say that you were bad at maths?

Do you tell your son or daughter that you were no good at maths? Maths is different. It seems that many people – often very successful people – like to claim that they were no good at maths. It’s often said with a sense almost of pride! Why is it that is seems socially acceptable […]

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Can you decide which GCSE tier your child takes?

This issue comes up again and again. You are told that your son or daughter is being entered for a particular tier – usually foundation – but you disagree with the decision. You want your child to get more than a C grade. Do you have the power to change the decision? Firstly, the decision […]

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Revision tip for core science gcse

Here’s a quick tip that may make a difference if your child is revising for core science exams this summer. Why do pupils have problems with gcse science exams? The most common feedback that I get is that, although they have revised hard and think they’ve covered everything, they find the questions in the exam […]

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Science GCSE resits confusion

I’ve just had a question from a parent about GCSE resits and so I thought I’d explain what’s happening. This parent has a daughter in year 9 and the school has decided to enter her for one of the core science GCSE modules this year, despite the class getting ungraded in their mocks. She was […]

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Building confidence and motivation – a simple idea that makes a big difference

Do you know how to motivate your child to study? Can you help to build their confidence in their ability to learn and remember? It’s not easy! In this post I want to share some experiences that may help. First of all, why do children loose confidence and motivation? There are, of course, many reasons, […]

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You as a role model for your teenager – video

Here’s a thought-provoking video about parents as role models for their children. Do you see yourself as a role model? If you are a strong role model, does this mean your teenager can’t be their ‘own person’? Are you aware of your strengths and weaknesses and the effect these have on your child?

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Why is maths difficult

Maths is different. More students pass their Maths exams at an early age than any other subject, and yet it’s thought of as being difficult. Why? When a child is seen to grasp maths at an early age, they are often thought to possess the equivalent of a maths gene – they are born good […]

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