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Assessment online - that must be a 'good thing' or is it?
By David Hanson
06 Dec

It seems that more and more assessment is being done online, rather than by traditional written papers. It has been predicted that written paper examinations (such as Common Entrance) will be a thing of the past by the middle of the next decade.
 
There are, of course, advantages in using online assessment, but there are also disadvantages.

Is it going to snow?!
By James Dale-Adcock
05 Dec

“Is it going to be a white Christmas?”
“Are we going to get snowed in so we can’t get to school!?”
 
Yes, it is the time of year where teachers have to pull the blinds down to stop the class hurling themselves towards the classroom windows any time a piece of Clingfilm is blown through the air in the hope that it might be a snowflake, and parents are bombard with the inevitable questions about whether it will snow. Your answer should really be “you tell me....”.

What is spatial reasoning?
By Natalie at Galore Park
28 Nov

11 plus and non-verbal reasoning exams test spatial reasoning skills - but what does this actually mean? 

In this blog we'll be explaining what spatial reasoning means and looking at why it is being tested. Building upon work your child will have already completed in school we'll break down some spatial reasoning question types into the maths skills needed to solve them.

TTA Conference 2017
By Athena at Galore Park
30 Oct
With an estimated 2.8 million students in the UK receiving private tuition, it is difficult to regulate the services that are being offered. The Tutors' Association is a professional body for tutoring and the wider supplementary education sector in the UK. It aims to provide reassurance to parents by guaranteeing that the tutors that they represent are committed to professional standards. 
13+ geography mapwork: finding your way to success
By James Dale-Adcock
03 Oct
Developing and advancing pupils’ ability to understand how to use maps and how to apply map skills is more important today than ever before. Of course mastering map work skills is intrinsic to success at Common Entrance, but moreover it brings a heightened level of spatial awareness that has been linked to higher levels of attainment in non-verbal reasoning and several areas of the maths curriculum. Even better, they might actually be able to find where they are going when the sat nav crashes and the phone or wifi signal is no good!