Category Archives: Education

Has the Higher level Mathematics examination become easier?

It is difficult to examine carefully the GCSE Mathematics examination without appearing to sound critical of the pupils studying for their GCSE, or sounding like you are questioning their outcomes as being possibly unequal to those from past years. Saying … Continue reading

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Has Michael Gove done anything worth praising?

I take this serious idea from a blog on the Daily Telegraph site. Has he done anything really worth praising? Are his ideas sound and worthy of praise? Or are they idelogically flawed? Lets take the changes made by or … Continue reading

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Should teachers be granted anonymity against claims of crimes against pupils?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2012/sep/28/teachers-accused-crime-pupils-anonymity This debate has become more important to many, given the recent media attention on Megan Stammers and her Maths teacher, Jeremy Forrest. Teachers accused of committing criminal offences involving children at their school will be granted anonymity under regulations … Continue reading

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Do rigorous examinations have to be memory tests?

I must admit this is the biggest misrepresentation in the examinations debate. As a Mathematics teacher, it would appear that often a Maths exam turns into a memory test, and this is the argument used most often by those who are … Continue reading

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Education is in need of direction.

As the English examination situation rumbles onwards, with the Welsh Education Minister attempting to deflect the poor standard of results in Wales by demanding the regrading of pupils, it becomes ever more apparent that education has lost it’s purpose. As … Continue reading

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