Tags : education

Instead of reforming GCSEs, let’s go Dutch

That’s right, folks. 2017 is the year of the new GCSE marking system for English and Maths, with grades numbered 9-1 being given out instead of letters. As this rather idealised video shows, fewer students will be able to achieve the top grade of nine than have previously been achieving the top grade of A*. […]Read More

The Plague of Post-Exam Zombiefication

As I lie down on my bed with my legs dangling over the edge, I once again go through my repetitive routine. Pick up my phone, scroll through social media, put it back down and sigh. I’ve but finished my exams and already I feel… Listless, languid, lethargic. Surely, I shouldn’t be so bored when […]Read More

Equal opportunities are as much a fiction as the theatre

‘Future Conditional’ is probably the best play you’ll see this year. A satirical comedy written by Tasmin Oglesby and starring Rob Brydon, the production focuses on the UK higher education system and the inequalities within it. It would have been easy enough to simply review this piece of work, but I felt it more fitting, […]Read More

8 Steps to Studying in Europe: A Guide for EU/EEA

If you’re in your final year of education, now is probably a good time to start thinking about the future. Don’t worry, I am not here to lecture you. The question, “what do you intend to do with your life?” has probably popped up all too often and the last thing you need is another person […]Read More

How to do well at A-Level: A Guide

It’s that time of the year again when the all fresh-faced sixth formers of the country grudgingly return to face every students’ worse nightmare: A Levels. Two years of hard work before you’re finally set free at university can seem like a daunting ask but, with the right mentality and effective revision techniques, it needn’t […]Read More

Why you shouldn’t apply to Oxford or Cambridge

Society idolises Oxbridge. An offer from either Oxford or Cambridge has become a synonym for success, with many high-achieving students feeling they need an Oxbridge offer to validate their intelligence. This is wrong. While Oxbridge might be the right decision for some, others allow prestige to blind their judgement. There are many things to consider […]Read More

The University Application Process Explained: What to Expect

The final year of school is overflowing with milestones and one of them is applying to university. According to UCAS, 592,290 students applied for university in the last academic year, and 18 year olds from lower income backgrounds are almost twice more likely to apply to university now than they were ten years ago. 409,000 […]Read More

The Waiting Game

This week you’ve gone over every scenario possible in your head about what can happen tomorrow. Today you’ve checked the grade boundaries and done the maths in your mind about how realistic it is to get an A. Tomorrow, you’ll wake up and check UCAS persistently until the e-mail that has ability to change a […]Read More

Is Education a Privilege or a Right?

After the re-election of the Conservative party in May, the fear for students’ higher education has increased. Since the coalition government was in power, tuition fees have risen from £3,000 to £9,000 and are unsurprisingly expected to rise again during Cameron’s second tenure as Prime Minister. The question that now probes us is: should education […]Read More

Democracy is failing in the UK, and it’s the fault

The run-up to the recent general election dominated social media and the press for several weeks. It engaged thousands of voters and non-voters with the arguments and policies of the six or seven main parties, and sparked debate and discussion over the key issues. It also highlighted the reasons to turn out and vote: images […]Read More

Potholes In Playing Fields

I experienced an unwelcome epiphany recently. As it turns out, I irrationally despise those who’ve received a private education. But don’t worry; I won’t be storming the gates of Eton any time soon, because I know this to be an unfair and misplaced emotional response. After all, how can I blame the parents, who are […]Read More