Cash For Grades. Do You? Would you? SHOULD you?
Apr02

Cash For Grades. Do You? Would you? SHOULD you?

Wa-a-ay back in the days when I was a teenager facing my end of year exams, one of my best friends admitted that if she passed them all her parents had promised to buy her a leather jacket – the first time I’d come across a basic Cash For Grades offer (and do not discount the fact that a leather jacket was the very height of coolness in our circle in the late 80’s…). This particular friend tended to struggle...

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Entire GCSE Maths Foundation in One Week? It’s the revison book every Yr11 needs right now!
Mar26

Entire GCSE Maths Foundation in One Week? It’s the revison book every Yr11 needs right now!

Have your kids left their GCSE to the last minute?  (I know, I know, rhetorical question. Of course they have. They all do. I know I did…)Then this book is just what they need. This little book of beauty breaks down the whole GCSE Maths Foundation course into one week’s worth of revision! No need for major shouting matches as you prise them away from Snapchat to face a maths book or two – just don’t let...

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How does a home educated teenager apply for University?
Jan09

How does a home educated teenager apply for University?

Every year, amongst the thousands of university entrants, there are of course home educated teenagers. But with no school or form tutor to walk you through the process, how does a home educated teenager apply for university? Well – it’s much like the rest of the exam system you will have navigated to get to this point: it’s a case of familiarising yourself with the steps, checking the timeline – and cracking on...

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How to book exams for home educated kids
Nov30

How to book exams for home educated kids

One of the two big questions asked about home educatiing teenagers is ‘How do they take exams’ (and yes, the other one is ‘how do they have friends’ *eyeroll*). Okay, first up – no teenager has to take exams. Nope, really. GCSEs and A Levels are not obligatory governmental requirements – the written legal requirement for home education is that each child receives an ‘age-appropriate, full-time...

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A Levels in one year? We thought so…
Oct18

A Levels in one year? We thought so…

This was to be a post describing a plan to complete A Levels in one year. As regular readers know, in 2020 our 17yr old had a lightbulb moment, shook himself and decided it was time to study now. He took the four GCSEs he needed for his next step, and gave himself nine months to study them using the ICS Learn courses. Not only did he pass everything, but he achieved a 9 in English Literature , and an 8 in English Language – having...

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Homeschooling GCSEs – The Top 10 Lessons I Learned
Aug24

Homeschooling GCSEs – The Top 10 Lessons I Learned

Last summer our 17yr old decided it was time to get his life in order – he decided he’d take his GCSEs by homeschooling. Yes, he’s two years behind his cohort; but the joy of home education is that you can work to your own schedule. Every experienced home educator I spoke to at the start of our Home Ed journey assured me the motivation would come – just wait for it. Watching my video-game-obsessed offspring I...

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