Does tutoring work? And if so, why?

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The Sutton Trust estimate that nearly a quarter (23%) of UK schoolchildren aged 11-16 in England and Wales have received some private or home tuition, with the proportion of students receiving tuition has increasing from 18% in 2005 to 23% in 2011. It is clearly a growth industry, but it would only be natural to... Read more »

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Educationalists – stop stealing dreams

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Remember the story of the Emperor’s new clothes? It’s about two weavers who promise an Emperor a new suit of clothes that are so fine that they are invisible, and anyone who doesn’t see them is a fool. When the Emperor parades before his subjects in his new clothes, a child cries out, “But he isn’t... Read more »

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Join a club and give your career a boost

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Does your school have a lot of extra-curricular activities on offer? Most do. My son’s school has a huge list of sports alone. And for kids who don’t like getting sweaty, there is music, drama, science, films, debating and, even, cake decorating. Plenty to choose from. When the new term’s list came home, I urged... Read more »

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Why do girls avoid A level physics?

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The Institute of Physics reported last week that girls are under-represented in Physics at A level across the UK. What is really baffling is that 93% of girls who achieved an A* or and A at GCSE (Physics or Double Science) in 2009 decided not to study Physics at A-level. The gender divide is very wide... Read more »

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