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Secondary Education

Dealing With SEMH Issues in the Classroom

Social, Emotional, and Mental Health (SEMH) issues have become the proverbial elephant in the classroom, and are now recognised in the 2014 SEND Code of Practice. It’s vitally important to notice these issues as they develop in children and to take action, as it can affect their education, future life prospects, and how they develop relationships and attitudes as they grow older....

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Supporting GCSE and BTEC Students Through Examination Stress

We spend so much time focusing on the outcome of examinations and students’ results, it’s easy to forget about the impact this is having on their mental health. In this country, 80% of young people believe that exam pressure has significantly impacted on their mental health. When you consider that three quarters of long-term mental health issues start in childhood, that’s indicative of a huge problem facing today’s youth....

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The Growth Mindset in Education

“I can’t do it”. Sometimes, this pessimistic four-word mantra can be difficult to brush aside. It’s all too easy to believe that the 5k run you foolishly agreed to, the 50,000 word writing challenge you signed up for on a whimsy, or even an average Thursday morning lesson with the class from hell are insurmountable obstacles, designed to waste your time and embarrass your ego. In many cases, this might be true. You can’t possibly run that far, or for that long. Yet. I can’t do it yet....

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The Importance of a Modern Computing Education Curriculum

Back in the day, I elected to study Computing (then called ICT) at AS-Level. Bright-eyed and expectant, I rolled up to my Sixth Form on the first day of term, ready to learn about programming, website design, and the mysteries of binary machine code. I had already learned to touch-type from my frantic late-night chatting sessions on MSN Messenger (an Instant Messenger application popular in the 2000s), so I felt like I had a good grounding in the subject....

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The Impact of GCSE Reform

There’s a widespread belief that education has been becoming more “soft” over the years, and that the O Level represented a golden standard of British education that has since been lost. GCSE pass rates have been going up for the past few years, but whether this could be interpreted as evidence of improvement is debatable – to many, this represents a fall in standards....

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