Articles by nick smith

When can I take my A Levels?

The UK exam system is set to change quite a bit over the next three or four years. Both the A-level and GCSE systems are going through significant changes, starting with A-levels. What does this mean for current and prospective students? As long as you take all your examinations by June 2016, you are unlikely […]

Homeschooling in the UK

A story in today’s Daily Mail was somewhat alarming: ‘Armed police turn up at family home with a battering ram to seize their children after they defy Germany’s ban on home schooling’ A cheerful-looking middle-class family from Darmstadt was understandably alarmed when state authorities turned up like stormtroopers and effectively kidnapped all the children who […]

Michael Gove’s GCSE Proposals

What initial conclusions about the future of GCSE exams can we draw from the mountain of documents which Michael Gove and the Department for Education released last week? And who will the winners and losers be if these proposals come to pass in their current form? There is no doubt that the new exams will […]

GCSE exams and home schooling

Children who are educated at home are unfairly denied access to examinations, according to a report in today’s Daily Telegraph. This is not really a new story. Some home-schooled candidates have always found it time-consuming and awkward to locate suitable exam centres to take their exams for GCSE or A-level. But the Commons Education Committee […]

Welsh plans to register home learners

The Welsh government has today announced plans to require families in Wales to register home learners. The home education community across the UK will be aware that there have been similar proposals, going back a number of years, but they have not (yet) come to anything, partly because of the concerted opposition of parents and […]

Are IGCSEs tougher exams?

A report in the Sunday Times on 29 July was headlined ‘State Schools ditch GCSE for tougher exam’. The exams in question were International GCSEs, or IGCSEs, as set by Edexcel and CIE.  As the report indicated, IGCSEs are being adopted not just by private schools but by a wide range of “ordinary” state schools, […]

Introducing Mathematicians from History 10 : Albert Einstein?

Einstein was born in Germany in 1879 and, other than a short period spent studying in Switzerland, he lived there until 1933. He moved to the United States of America due to the rise to power of the Nazis under Adolf Hitler. Why is he famous? Many people use the word Einstein as a way […]

Introducing Mathematicians from History 9 : Isaac Newton

In todays distance learning Maths blog an Oxford Home Schooling tutor looks at the life and work of Isaac Newton.

Isaac Newton is probably the most famous British mathematician. He was born in Lincolnshire in 1643 and spent most of his adult life in Cambridge.

Wider reading for A Level English Literature: 5: Life in Victorian Britain

Here is the next instalment in our series on wider reading for A Level English Literature written by an Oxford Home Schooling tutor. Now is a good time to refresh your memory about those general aspects of Victorian life – maybe have a look again at the books I’ve mentioned before or why not dip […]

Wider reading for A Level English Literature: 4: Women in Victorian England

In the fourth blog in our A Level English Literature series, an Oxford Home Schooling tutor gives advice about wider reading on women in Victorian England. You will now have immersed yourself in Victorian industry and Empire and will have come across quite a lot about your second topic already – the position of women […]

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