Entries by Austin Booth

6 Top tips for revision

Revision – love it or hate it, it’s important to ensure exam success. And yet it’s something that teachers rarely teach, perhaps because they’re not sure how to revise either. Two great books for learning how to learn and revise are A Mind for Numbers by Barbara Oakley and Make It Stick by Brown, Roediger […]

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When are my exams again?!

Exam season is almost here, with just over a month until exams start for most students! In case you don’t know when your or your teenager’s exams are, here are the links to the GCSE exam timetables for the main exam boards. Edexcel OCR AQA If you’re doing an international GCSE (or IGCSE) with Edexcel […]

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Mastery Assessment

Assessment in the classroom is vital. It drives the curriculum and gives teachers a good idea of where students are in their understanding of a topic. However most teachers and schools adopt the traditional approach to assessment – teach a topic, give students a test, assign students a grade and then move on. The assessment […]

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Using Research to Become a Better Teacher

Dr Ben Goldacre is passionate about evidence-based practice.  Not content with taking the pharmaceutical industry to task over not publishing all their negative clinical trial data, he’s also advocating a clinical-trial like process could be used by teachers to try out ideas and truly evaluate them in order to find if they really work. Great […]

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Getting the Big Picture

I’ve just read an interesting blog post about engagement in maths education and teaching students the ‘big ideas’, helping them to see the overall story of maths (or the history of maths). I think this is an excellent idea and could potentially change what is for some an abstract, irrelevant subject into an exciting story […]

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GCSE Results Impact On Young People’s Aspirations

GCSE results day has come and gone for another year, but how do young people really view their results?  Perhaps more importantly  than we think, according to new research by the Prince’s Trust. One of the most surprising findings is that those with fewer than five GCSE grades A*-C show that 45% believe their life would […]

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Childhood bullying damaging

A shocking new study (reported here) has shown that childhood bullying is more damaging than previously thought.  It can affect a person right into adulthood, affecting their health, career and relationships.  Furthermore school bullies were found to be more likely to become adult criminals. This gives further reasons why bullying can not be tolerated, and […]

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