Exams cancelled? Think like a university student to get ahead

Slatan/Shutterstock A-level exams in England, Wales and Northern Ireland have been cancelled, along with Highers in Scotland. It’s not yet clear what the replacement for these exams will look like, and many students may be feeling anxious or despondent about their prospects. However, some kind of assessment will take placeContinue Reading

Mandatory remote teaching could reduce inequality during the pandemic – but delivering it will be difficult

SeventyFour/Shutterstock The lives of millions of parents and children were turned upside down when COVID-19 forced school lockdowns in April 2020. With a new national lockdown announced for England on January 4 2021, many parents and schools have once again been caught unprepared. This time, however, schools in England areContinue Reading

What's the purpose of university? Your answer may depend on how much it costs you

Rawpixel.com?Shutterstock The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the university sector under greater scrutiny. In some cases, this has prompted new conversations about the purpose of higher education. These have included the extent to which universities are upholding their commitment to public service, and whether the current institutional adjustments in universities willContinue Reading

Five ways to help your child develop a love for reading

Maya Afzaal/Shutterstock A love for reading can be hugely valuable for children. The benefits of leisure reading include increased general knowledge, a positive impact on academic achievement, enhanced reading ability and vocabulary growth. Indeed, research suggests that time spent reading for pleasure could be a key indicator for the futureContinue Reading

Why students need to learn academic words

Jeanette Virginia Goh/Shutterstock Method, analyse, conversely. These words are more useful than you think. These and other “academic” words are used in writing and speech at school and other educational settings without being specific to any discipline. They can be used, among other things, to describe research (method, analyse) andContinue Reading