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The Books That Helped My Son Enjoy Reading

A couple of years ago, my son like many boys his age was a ‘reluctant reader’.  Here I explain how his attitude to books and enjoyment of reading vastly improved.  If you are concerned about your child’s reading level and trying to improve his attitude to...

New 2017 WJEC GCSE Maths Revision Guides

If your child is in years 9-11, I am sure you are very well aware of the demands of the new Numeracy GCSE and the changes to the Mathematics GCSE. There are now three tiers of entry: Foundation, Intermediate and Higher. But, more importantly the style of the...

National Tests in Wales 2019

Each year, school children in Wales in Years 2-9 will sit national tests in Literacy and Numeracy.  The dates for the 2019 Wales National Tests have been set and are listed below:Secondary Schools - Monday 29th April to Tuesday 14th May 2019Primary Schools - Tuesday...

GCSE English Revision Pack

If your child is facing GCSE English this summer, we’ve put together some resources relevant to the Welsh WJEC exam board that would be a worthwhile purchase (currently £5-£6 each) to help with their revision. These are excellent GCSE English guides for: An...

A Parents Guide to the Oxford Reading Tree

Here is our ‘All you need to know about the Oxford Reading Tree’ parents' guide to help you understand their system and to see if your child is at about the right reading level. Many mums call me to discuss their child's reading level. They worry that their...

Eddie The Eagle

Why Coming Last is Sometimes Fantastic Have you seen the movie 'Eddie the Eagle'? I went to see it on the weekend and I was totally inspired. I smiled for the whole 90 minutes and left feeling brilliant. I'm sure you can remember him from the 80s, but just in case you...

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Primary School Test Preparation

Primary School Test Preparation

Does your little superhero need a boost? Even superheroes need a bit of support from time to time: Batman had Robin, Wolverine had the X-Men and Iron Man had Jarvis and all of the Avengers. If your little superhero is in Year 2-9 they are facing the Welsh Government's...

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The Top Six Apps for Exam Revision

There is no doubt about it, Year 11 is an incredibly stressful year. The amount of exams, controlled assessments and coursework pieces that are required is phenomenal. One of my Year 11s has seven maths exams this summer - seven. So, let's give them as much practical...

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How to Get a Level 4 in Writing

One of the questions we get asked most frequently is 'What does my child need to do to get a Level 4 in his writing?'. To try and help parents with this here are a couple of really good links. The first is to a document from Toot Hill School in Nottinghamshire. It is...

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GCSE English Revision Pack

GCSE English Revision Pack

If your child is facing GCSE English this summer, we’ve put together some resources relevant to the Welsh WJEC exam board that would be a worthwhile purchase (currently £5-£6 each) to help with their revision. These are excellent GCSE English guides for: An Inspector...

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Mo Farah

Mo Farah

Mo Farah CBE, the UKs greatest runner, ran past me today as I watched him go on to win bronze in the World Half Marathon Championships in Cardiff.  I got one photo of him as he passed and thought about asking him to pause for a photo by my Inspire Tuition car, but...

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Using YouTube for English

If your child struggles with their written English, then I have a treat for them. Get them to sit back and watch this video clip. I cannot recommend it enough. Watch it through to the end, it is worth it. There are lots more other useful videos at 'helpmemrdavies' on...

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GCSE English Mock Exam Practice

The Walking Talking GCSE English Mock. We posted about the maths walking talking mock. Well, the English one also deserves a mention. There are loads on YouTube. Don't worry if you are doing WJEC and you can only find AQA for example, they are all such good revision...

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GCSE Maths Mock Exam Practice

The Walking Talking Mock! The walking talking maths mock is such a good idea.  Here's what to do..... Print out the June 2014 Edexcel Higher Paper 1 Maths exam and watch this YouTube clip as you are doing it. Get a couple of highlighters and pause/ rewind the clip as...

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Using YouTube for English

There are many characteristics of good writing that cut across all genres, for instance good spelling and grammar and paragraphing appropriately. However, if in an exam your are asked to write a descriptive piece or a persuasive piece, the examiner expects your...

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