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Graduate Career Guides

Welcome to our graduate careers guides. Our Graduate Careers Guides Choosing the right career is one of the most important decisions in your life. Doing what you like is always the best way to approach this. “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” —Confucius Therefore we…

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Pupil Pulpit – playwriting learning workshop

Recently, I had the opportunity to participate in a playwriting learning workshop at school with a company called Papatango. We brainstormed and then wrote our own one act plays in small groups with the assistance of a professional playwright who taught us all about the styles of writing and what makes a good story and…

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Pupil Pulpit – UKMT Maths Challenges

Welcome to our latest Pupil Pulpit on one of the UKMT Maths Challenges. UKMT Maths Challenges Last year I participated in the UKMT Maths Challenge which is a yearly challenge at three levels open to secondary school students. It is a multiple-choice maths test that translates maths skills we are taught in lessons into real-life questions…

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To home tutor or use Explore Learning?

There are three main options available for parents: to tutor or not to tutor. Or to use a learning centre, such as Explore Learning. It is estimated more than 400,000 secondary-aged school children have received private tuition  last year. Given this huge rise in tutoring in recent years, there are more avenues than ever to consider.…

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What’s the entry mark for private schools’ Common Entrance Exam for 2019?

Common Entrance Pass Mark Typically, the average pass mark is between 55 – 60%. Although there are difficulty levels. The standard of work for Common Entrance in most subjects is in advance of a student’s academic age. Some subjects, such as English, involve working at GCSE level. What is the Common Entrance exam? Firstly, it’s not…

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Classroom creative fluency and reading

Welcome to our Creative Fluency Resources Page. Creative fluency is the ability to generate LOTS of ideas, not necessarily different. Fluent thinkers can also “hitchhike” on one idea to come up with many more ideas. E.g. when brainstorming ways to mop up an oil spill, one idea might be to use hair clippings. “Hitchhiking” on…

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Brexit effect on children

How will Brexit affect British school children? It isn’t just adults who are affected by protracted Brexit negotiations. Children are too. Some are under the impression there is no longer any point learning a language. Others are simply worried that Europeans will no longer like them. According to a recent report from the British Council,…

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Careers Advice – Strengths Test

Welcome to our Intelligence Strengths Test. Our Strengths Test This Test assesses the following seven intelligence strengths: Self-Growth / Self-Growth Intelligence Emotional / Emotional Intelligence Logical Reasoning / Logical Intelligence Kinesthetic / Kinesthetic Intelligence Spatial Reasoning / Spatial Reasoning Intelligence Numerical Reasoning / Numerical Reasoning Intelligence Verbal Reasoning / Verbal Reasoning Intelligence You can take…

GRE Study Schedule

What’s the best GRE study schedule for me?

GRE Study Schedules 1 Week Study Schedule So you’re kind of a last-minute studier…but that’s okay because we’re here to help! 🙂 And since you’ve got very little time, you’re going to have to keep up your end of the bargain and give it your all. That’s why we developed this one-week crash course to…

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Developing Students’ Thinking

Critical thinking skills are essential in university studies, For instance, a student can use these skills to constructively question information, arguments, and ideas during his or her studies (Bouygues, 2019). Notably, students with such skills are likely to excel in their studies as university education is not all about accepting all information an individual reads…

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GL Progress Test in Maths PTM

GL Assessment’s Progress Test in Maths A progress test in mathematics entails assessing two means of learning maths that is using mathematical content and understanding and applying mathematical processes through problem-solving. The test is also essential in improving teacher workload as it has been designed to be easily accessible and straight forward with simple guidelines.…

What are the new GCSE pass marks?

The focus of this page is What are the new GCSE pass marks? Introduction to the new GCSE pass marks?  You may be used to the GCSE pass grade being a ‘C’. However, the new GCSE pass grade is a GCSE Grade 4. Thus, GCSE Grade 7 approximates to the ‘old school’ GCSE grade ‘A’. The…

GCSE Options Guest Blog – from our Pupil Pulpit

Our latest Pupil Pulpit guest blog comes from Eve, aged 14, who relates her recent personal experiences of selecting her GCSE Options. PUPIL PULPIT – Eve’s GCSE Options Recently I made my options decision for GCSE. The choices or amount of freedom varies from school to school but I had to choose between history and geography,…

Game-based learning

Game-Based Learning

Game-based learning Game-based learning is a speciality of School Entrance Tests. Just like most we love games and find that learning through games doesn’t only make it fun, but it amplifies learning. Below we list useful links to not only game-based learning but also game-based assessment. Whether for education or in the world of business.…

Montessori Schools

What Are Montessori Schools? If you’ve been searching for a nursery for your child, you may have come across the term Montessori School. But what does that mean, exactly? These schools follow an educational movement developed by the Italian doctor and educator, Maria Montessori, in the early twentieth century. Dr Montessori’s educational philosophy is based…

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STEM Careers Choice

STEM Careers Guidance STEM and Careers Guidance The term ‘STEM’ originated in government as a useful acronym for a group of closely related subjects – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.  Subjects which, it is argued, are of significant importance to the UK economy. Across a range of STEM industries, including life sciences, chemical sciences, engineering…

11 Plus Aptitude Test Tips

Welcome to our free aptitude test practice/tips resources. All of our psychometric test practice resources are free! This page focuses on aptitude test tips. Our 11 Plus Aptitude Test Tips We hope you enjoy using our free aptitude test tips. Verbal reasoning test practice Numerical reasoning test practice Aptitude test practice Aptitude Test Tips Practice…

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University application tips

Here are our University application tips. What can you do to ensure your application process goes well. Our top tips It’s estimated that over 500,000 Sixth Formers are applying to University this year. That means many more individual University applications. In theory, it’s now possible to start University in January. It’s certainly another option to…

Cyber-security threats to children

Cyber-security threats to children When kids use technology there’s always a potential threat. Whether if it was their personal information. Or the account information of their parents. Kids and technology should always have enhanced protection. Whether they are surfing the web. Or just playing games. Kids should not be exposed to the evils of what…

Our Top 11 Plus Application Tips

Everything you need to know – here are our 11 Plus application tips. 11 Plus Application Tips Plus, the differences in your grammar school application are detailed below. Grammar schools are state secondary schools which select their pupils by means of an examination taken by children at age 10 or 11. This is known as…

Words of encouragement for a test

In this post, we will look at ideas for encouraging children’learning. Words of encouragement for kids motivation comes from being acknowledged. Words of encouragement for kids motivation In this post, we will share some nice sayings and positive words on how to encourage children. They will help them feel inspired and motivated. Praise is needed…