Life after exams: How vital is academic success?


This year has seen the largest ever year-on-year decline for GCSE results. With grades down to the lowest level since 2008, this is undoubtedly a very worrying time for many teenagers across the country. 

But for any young person that has not received the grades they were aiming for, it is far from the end of the journey. I know this from experience.

Growing up, I struggled to thrive within a traditional classroom environment. My personal disappointment at failing to gain the qualifications I’d hoped for was one of the driving forces behind my idea to develop a college that promotes a different – active – type of learning.

Technology and education - the perfect match?


The changing landscape of consumer behaviour seen in recent years, thanks to the increasingly widespread use of mobile technology and the rise of the internet, has had a significant impact on the way in which children learn and retain information. For this reason, schools have been put under increasing pressure to adapt teaching techniques to keep up with this, placing technology at the forefront in the classroom in the 21st century. 

Fantastic GCSE results for St Mary’s girls!

St-Mary's-GCSE-Results-2016-Head Girls

Year 11 students at St Mary’s School for Girls, Colchester, have achieved a stunning set of GCSE results. More than a fifth of the year group achieved seven or more A*/A grades, and there was an overall pass rate of 92%. Performance at GCSE has been consistently high at St Mary’s for the past five years, despite the fact that the school is non-selective on entry.

89% of the 54 St Mary’s candidates achieved a minimum of five A* to C passes, with 85% achieving five or more passes including Mathematics and English. There was a 100% pass rate in 13 subjects – Art, Biology, Chemistry, German, History, Italian, Music, Photography, Physics, PE, RE, Statistics and Textiles.

“We’re incredibly proud of our students; all their hard work has paid off”


Altwood students celebrate record GCSE results

Celebrations were in full swing today at Altwood Church of England School in Maidenhead, when students received their GCSE results. This year saw the school achieve their best ever set of GCSE results with 63.1 per cent of students achieving 5A*-C grades including English and maths.  87.7 per cent of students achieved A*-C in English whilst 69.2 per cent achieved the same level in maths.

In the past three years, the school has gone through a period of incredible change, andthese results have further cemented the fact that the school is heading in a very positive direction. 

Editor's Blog: Varidesk product review

Editor's Blog: Varidesk product review

Time to boost fitness levels using a height-adjustable standing desk? By Shirley Chisnall, Editor, QA Education magazine

The NHS website,, explains ‘Why sitting too much is bad for your health' and the general advice is that adults aged 19 to 64 should try to sit down less throughout the day, including at work – and when travelling to and from work – Jeremy Corbyn take note.

It’s not as if we’ve only just discovered the importance of being more active – according to the website the link between illness and sitting first emerged in the 1950s, when researchers found London bus drivers were twice as likely to have heart attacks as their bus conductor colleagues.

CBI responds to 2016 GCSE results

As students receive their GCSE results today, many pupils will go on to study for their A-levels before moving on to university. However, it is important students are supported to consider all the pathways available to successful careers. CBI director for people and skills policy, Neil Carberry says there is an important role for businesses working alongside schools and careers professionals to ensure pupils are better informed and supported to consider all the options available.

GCSE results day for thousands of students

As students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland receive their GCSE results today, they reveal a downward trend in achievement - to the lowest level since 2008.

The overall proportion of entries achieving A* to C has dipped by 2.1% points to 66.9%.

Top A* grades have dropped by 0.1% points to 6.5%.

When looking at outcomes for 16 year olds, the target age for GCSEs, the Joint Council for Qualifications, JCQ, points out the reduction is less pronounced: grade A* is down 0.1 percentage points, grade A*-A down 0.6 percentage points, and grade A*-C down 1.3 percentage points.

Kick start the new school year with good hand hygiene

Kick start the new school year with good hand hygiene

With preparations for the new school term well underway, it is crucial that all new pupils are taught good hand hygiene habits in order to minimise the spread of common, contagious infections such as colds and flu. 

As more lessons seek to inspire and engage their pupils by progressing from the classroom to the great outdoors, teaching staff need to provide hand washing facilities. 

Manty Stanley - managing director at Teal Patents – says: “The rise in popularity of outside learning is sweeping the UK. A growing number of primary schools and nurseries incorporate outside learning into their curriculum, hand hygiene is a top priority. 

How 3D printing is revolutionising the classroom

How 3D printing is revolutionising the classroom

From printed prosthetics, to cars, planes and houses, to 3D printed food, there doesn’t seem to be a day that goes by without some mention of the incredible ways 3D printing technology has been applied to the ordinary for extraordinary effect. But it’s 3D printing in the classroom that is having some of the greatest effects on people’s lives as the next generation learns to shape and manipulate the technology to feed their creativity.

Historically, 3D printing has been out of reach for the general consumer, but so advanced are the latest developments that the technology is becoming more efficient and more affordable every day, meaning beginners need no longer invest their entire savings or school budget on a single 3D printer.

University students ask parents for over £2,200 each year

University students ask parents for over £2,200 each year

New research has revealed that 87% of undergraduates had to ask their parents for money on average five times per study year, asking for £457 per time, in order to help pay their rent and buy food. According to the poll, however, over half of those asking for money weren’t entirely honest with their parents about the money that they were asking for.

According to new research, whilst requesting money from their parents in order to get by, some undergraduates admitted to asking for money than they really needed, and others admitted that they had enough in the first place, but wouldn’t have had money to socialise if they didn’t ask for financial help.

‘Every second could be his last’

Every second could be his last’

Nine-year-old pens poem telling pet owners not to leave dogs in hot cars as RSPCA reveals it’s received more than 5,700 reports already this year

A nine-year-old has put pen to paper to tell pet owners not to risk leaving dogs in cars during warm weather after being inspired by the RSPCA’s Dog Die in Hot Cars campaign.

Lana Castagnetti (pictured left), from Brighton, decided to write the hard-hitting poem after seeing an article about the campaign - which is led by the animal welfare charity and supported by 11 other charities and organisations. 

Technology and the collaborative learning model: vital tools for providing a tailored education

Technology and the collaborative learning model: vital tools for providing a tailored education

Dick de Vaal, founder – wePresent

Students learn best via one-on-one collaboration in the classroom, but unfortunately, this is not always possible. Nowadays, UK classrooms, especially in higher education, are becoming larger and often cover more complex material. This makes it harder for a teacher to address the mistakes of individual students, even though those mistakes may be common among their classmates.