Home Education GCSEs – can independent study work for teens?
Jun14

Home Education GCSEs – can independent study work for teens?

This post is by 18yr old Toby – having just completed his Home Education GCSEs with ICS Learn, this is his post to have his say about his personal experience through the system, home Educating GCSEs. NO editing allowed by me – this is Toby’s opinion. *We were provided with GCSE courses from ICS Learn in return for writing honestly about our experiences and providing tips on Home Educating.* Throughout the past 6...

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Keep Going – Maintaining Your Teen’s Motivation When Enthusiasm Slides
May02

Keep Going – Maintaining Your Teen’s Motivation When Enthusiasm Slides

I’m working on a series of posts in conjunction with ICS Learn the online learning centre, for parents of teens, discussing issues around education, exams and revision, from the perspective of a parent actually on the frontline… It is TOUGH right now to get teens to study. Anyone else feeling that it’s just hard Maintaining Your Teen’s Motivation? The exam-year students are fully on it, of course; the pressure of the...

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Dear Kid. We need to talk about Porn.
Mar18

Dear Kid. We need to talk about Porn.

You’re a parent; you know your teens are looking at porn, and you know you need to talk about Porn. Goodoh, right?Here’s the thing. Your kids don’t want to talk to you about sex. Off-colour jokes are fine, shrieks of ‘BOOBS!’ never fail to amuse… but the actual mechanics? Not so much. No matter how open your house is, you just don’t want to have those chats with your Mum or Dad. They’ll sigh but tolerate you when you’re talking...

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How to help teens increase their self-kindness
Mar02

How to help teens increase their self-kindness

Becky Goddard-Hill is a children’s psychotherapist and wellbeing author.  Her new activity book for kids aged 6-12 is called Create Your Own Kindness and it teaches kids to be kinder to themselves other people and to the planet. Self-Kindness is of course crucial no matter what age you are and here Becky looks at why, for teens, this matters now more than ever. The impact of recent times on emotional health This pandemic has been...

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Top online resources for GCSE revision and learning support
Feb23

Top online resources for GCSE revision and learning support

Most parents of teens (and teens themselves) are looking for extra online resources for GCSE revision and learning right now. It’s been a weird old time for all of us, of course, but for those studying for their exams it’s been doubly difficult. Because our exam system is sset to a very rigid structure; it’s a simple system, which has been worked out over decades to create the best results for the overall...

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The Turing Scheme –  £100m for Students to Study and Work Abroad
Feb12

The Turing Scheme – £100m for Students to Study and Work Abroad

One of the specific concerns of many parents over Brexit was the loss of opportunties through the Erasmus+ programme which helped so many students study abroad. So it’s good news that the British Council’s new £100 million Turing Scheme will open in March 2021. The scheme, which is designed to replace the Erasmus+ scheme, will be open to universities, further education and vocational education providers and schools. The...

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