Results Day Prep

Results day is fast approaching (A-Level results will be announced on Thursday 17 August, and GCSEs on Thursday 24 August) but first things first: do not panic! No matter what the outcome, the best thing students can do is try to remain calm; understanding all the options available to them will certainly help with that.

What now for grammar schools?

Grammar schools have, once again, wormed their way out of the woodworks thanks to Theresa May’s favouring of the school system. Unlike her predecessor, David Cameron, May and her team have been vocal that they favour the return of the grammar school. But what really is a grammar school? Grammar schools are state secondary schools

PE: Don’t ditch it, celebrate it!

OK, let’s be honest – who didn’t try to ditch PE class, at least once (a month!), especially at secondary school? I remember my friends and I getting pretty creative with the excuses, from: “Miss, I’m so stressed out with the exams, pleassse can I use this class to study?” (If you could throw in

Taking the stress out of studying for students

We’re officially in exam season! And with many students cramming revision in just before d-day, is there more that we as friends, family, parents and educators, could be doing to support them? Definitely! Here are some ways to take the stress out of studying but also ensure its effective… Movie Night – Yes, really! Topical

You do the maths…

April marks the start of Mathematics Awareness month, the very idea of which I’m sure sends a shiver down the spine of many people. Thoughts of long, intense maths classes where you’d be expected to recite (or worse, understand!) Pythagoras’ theorem; determine the probability of a specific outcome, compared to all possible outcomes; or worse

Volunteering a little time…

As I’m sure we’re all well aware, Valentine’s Day was last week. No doubt you saw girls (and guys!) hopping on the train after work, laden down with beautiful bunches of flowers, all wrapped up with pink and red ribbon, and love heart adorned crepe paper, each one bigger than the last? Incredibly sweet/cringe (I’m

Safeguarding children is everyone’s responsibility

‘Kayleigh’s Love Story’, had been viewed more than 1.5 million times within the first 24 hours of it being uploaded to YouTube. The short film is a warning to young people about the dangers of speaking to people they don’t know online, and highlights just how quick and easy it can be for children to

Teaching the most important lesson of all…Compassion

With Christmas coming up, it’s very easy for children (and adults!) to get caught up in the superstore adverts, sparkly lights, mince pies, copious amounts of prosecco (not the kids!) wish lists for Santa, and spending…lots of spending! It’s very easy to forget what Christmas symbolises, or at least, what it should symbolise: love, peace,

Developing life skills…

The latest series of The Apprentice began last week (us Mangos are a little obsessed!), and, rather appropriately, the first episode coincided with national Work Experience Week – a week that seeks to get people talking about work experience and life skills, and encourage employers to provide greater opportunities for work experience.. This got me thinking

Don’t forget to remember…use your memory

We’ve recently started working with an organisation that runs the Junior Memory Championship™, a hugely popular nationwide memory championship for primary school children. The competition aims to find Britain’s rising memory stars, and last year saw over 300 schools across the UK take part. The initial stages of the championship are conducted online, with the

2016 Olympics: Don’t love the player, love the Games

With the Rio Olympics in full swing and Team GB doing remarkably well, currently standing proud at second in the medal table (Go Team GB!), the summer of sport is well and truly upon us. Four years since the last Olympic Games, hosted by our fantastic capital, and its sporting legacy is still burning as

Pokémon GO: an educational resource?

The Huffington Post recently reported that a man had fallen into a lake while playing Pokémon Go. As unbelievable as this sounds, The Guardian has since reported that another man, Tom Currie, has quit his job to spend two months travelling around New Zealand to capture all the Pokémon released for the game. I’ve even

During the school holidays, take our advice and….

Aaaah, summer. Beautiful summer. The school holidays. There you are. We’ve been waiting patiently, and are so happy to see you. With most schools now on summer holidays, teachers, parents and students have well and truly made plans for how they’ll spend the six week break. While for some this won’t extend past catching up

Let’s celebrate the Arts!

Last month, while commenting on the study of science and foreign languages in primary schools, Ofsted’s chief inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw, said that the emphasis in recent years on English and mathematics at Key Stage 2, ‘while absolutely essential, should not be at the expense of other important subjects’. While Mr. Wilshaw was specifically referring