Now I work as a coach helping students to develop their study skills so they can get the top grades in their exams. I'm also mother to two primary age children. Today I want to share with you 4 things that every parent can do to ensure their children get the best education possible.
The news that the only exam board in England that still offers an A level in Art History has decided to drop the subject is a wake-up call to anyone in Britain who cares about culture. Since 1999 the number of students taking the subject has halved - from roughly 2,000 to less than 1,000 - partly because ever fewer schools teach it.
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Over the past couple of weeks, teenagers up and down the country have been opening brown envelopes they've been told will decide their futures. There have been tears, both of joy and dejection, upon the discovery of whether they're equipped with an arsenal of As and A*s or a decent set of Scrabble letters.
Life has plenty of bumps on the road. It's what you do next that matters. You could of course drown in your sorrow or you can pick yourself up and move on. It's not an easy thing; rejection or underachieving, when you feel your not good enough, or you didn't preform your best. It can hit you at the core of your being, and you may feel like a failure
Young people need to be aware of all the options this results day, not just the college and university route. Already statistics have shown that the value of higher education may be in question. So why do we keep pushing young people down this path? We need careers advisors who have actually had careers and teachers who have actually had professional experience to be in our classrooms.
With A Level results day in the press last Thursday I started to think about my journey from when I left school - going to University and my ongoing career - and the completely different options there are now, which I am kind of envious of.
Education; it's great. But sadly it overvalues a very narrow range of skills and not only ignores but devalues and invalidates others. My own daughter does some spectacular work which shows enthusiasm, creative thought and aptitude, but because she's one of those people who never can seem to think in straight lines her work does not tick the right boxes to get marks.
A-Level Results Day - for students across the country this is what all of the hours of study and hard work comes down to. If you're collecting your results today, no doubt the nerves will be running high.
Their lives are a world away from the lives of our children and it's thanks to the tireless work of organisations like Camfed that we have this chance to connect, and make a massive difference to the life of a