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To the girl crying in the exam…

To the girl crying in the exam, Don’t: it isn’t worth it. It is an exam. It doesn’t judge what kind of person you are or how special your life is. The question may seem daunting but remember, everyone starts at 0. You can only gain marks, not lose them. Write about what you know. […]

Primary SATs: the good, the bad and the ugly

The papers have arrived, the teachers are stressed. The kids probably don’t have much clue of the pressure the school is under to ‘perform’ acceptably, nor that their results will be published nationally and their school judged accordingly. This week, Key Stage 2 children, aged 10-11 will be taking their tests. Key Stage 1 children […]

To the boy refusing to work in his exam…

Dear Boy You have been sitting there for an hour and a half and all you have done is write your name. You haven’t even tried to look at the questions. Thankfully you just sit there and don’t disturb the other candidates. I can’t even begin to understand what is going through your mind. You […]

Teens: everything changes, everything stays the same!

It has been an incredibly busy couple of weeks as I have been invigilating exams every day. They are not called mock exams any more, they are now Pre Public Exams or PPEs. So was the word ‘mock’ meaning that they were not being taken seriously and now an acronym gives more gravitas? No. The […]

Education (Blogtober day 5)

Education is an area I feel passionate about. My mum was a teacher. I have worked as a teaching assistant, cover supervisor and teacher (I have worked with ages 4-16!) Now I work in 3 schools as clerk to the governors and an exam invigilator. I have written previously with exam advice for my own […]