With the Covid pandemic in the UK hopefully past the peak, but with no clear return date for secondary schools, it’s time to reflect back over six weeks or so of remote tuition. Continue reading Supporting remote tuition – advice for parents
Just in case anyone has missed the news, we are experiencing a viral pandemic.
As an immunologist, I have more than a passing interest in the scientific developments. As a human being, I’m absolutely horrified at some of the shenanigans I see unfolding on social media. As we find ourselves in a situation of national mass panic, the likes of which I have never seen before, I find myself exploring alternative methods to continue to tutor if I can’t invite students into my classroom. Continue reading Remote Tuition
One of the great things about being a private tutor is that I get to see very mixed ability children from a range of schools. These children all bring with them different experience together with tips and tricks from their teachers. I am then able to pass on these tips and tricks to other children.
So, what does Every Van Must Run Smoothly actually mean, and why do I want my science students to remember it? Continue reading Every Van Must Run Smoothly
If I’m honest, my politics have always leaned towards socialism. There are some things in life that I firmly believe that everyone should be able to access. I also believe that there are times in the lives of most people, when things don’t quite go to plan and if someone needs a bit of a helping hand through a difficult patch, then that’s what a society should be doing. Continue reading Should a Child Really Need a Tutor?
For A Level students, there is only one more milestone between school and university – and that is results day. A Level results are released on the third Thursday in August, and GCSE results released the following week. The third Thursday in August is also the day that university places are confirmed, and any unfilled university places offered up in a process called ‘Clearing’. Continue reading Results Day – It’s always good to have a Plan B
The afternoon began with a trip to the theatre and ended in an internet search for the DNA profiling of Tsar Nicholas and his family.
The Theatre Royal Windsor showed a straight play this afternoon called The Anastasia File. Anastasia, the youngest daughter of Tsar Nicholas and his wife Alexandra, has been portrayed on stage and screen and has the highest profile of the five children. Continue reading Anastasia, The Romanovs and DNA Profiling
Grade boundaries are always the cause of much speculation. Are they high? Low? Does it mean anything?
The bottom line is that students think that low grade boundaries are wonderful – but are they? And does it matter anyway? Continue reading Grade Boundaries – Why Do They Move?
Genetically modifying animals has never sat very comfortably on my conscience. I’ve just come across an article that has done much to change my mind. A professor with family roots in the Cameroon, is leading pioneering science to genetically modify livestock to survive adverse conditions in poorer parts of the world. Continue reading Genetic Engineering – Not Necessarily for Profit
There is no better way to engage young children in science that to offer to let them do ‘an experiment’. The golden rule before you begin anything vaguely scientific with a small child is to establish the very first law of laboratory safety. Don’t put anything in your mouth! Or, in any other orifice for that matter. So, not only must you not eat anything, you must not suck pens, or fingers, or hair, or anything else creative – and as soon as you have finished, you must wash your hands. With the boring bit – and the most important bit – dealt with, it’s time to get on. Continue reading Kitchen Chemistry – Growing Crystals
When the new curriculum was introduced three or four years ago, there was an outcry when it was announced that the ‘practical exam’ was being dropped. At the time, the media fed us a frenzy half truths, suggesting that practical skills were no longer important in science. While I am happy to lament the lack of practical experiences in the lower school, (after all, teaching science without practicals is akin to teaching food tech without cooking) once we reach A Level, I quite like the new system. Continue reading The Importance of the A Level Biology Core Practicals