For those who have been following The Smart Kid for a while, you will recall that last December I wrote about apprenticeships and touched upon higher and degree apprenticeships. The Sutton Trust recently launched a campaign for better apprenticeships to become more accessible given that it is a great vehicle for social mobility. Their research pointed…Continue Reading “Degree Apprenticeships Uncovered”

A level exams

The most common route into university in England is via Advanced Level (A-level) exams. In fact almost 90% of those who have gained admission into higher education in recent years have applied using their A level qualifications. It is not only students aiming for higher education who sit the A level exams though, many others…Continue Reading “Preparing For Sixth Form and A level Exams”

Effective Study Skills

Spring is upon us and with it comes the exam season and in many cases, stress for a lot of pupils as well as their parents. Stressful exam seasons need not be the norm, particularly if you know how to help your child develop effective study skills. In the paragraphs below you will find five vital…Continue Reading “5 Ways to Develop Effective Study Skills”

It is almost universally agreed that education is a tried and tested way of achieving social mobility; and the better and higher the education, the higher one is likely to climb on the social ladder. Against this backdrop, I’d like to share some facts about higher education, specifically universities in UK as this information will…Continue Reading “Are Russell Group Universities Really Better?”

Over the past few years there has been a push by the UK government to get more pupils interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects. Here are 4 Reasons Why… The IT industry in the UK is suffering from an insufficient number of skilled workers because graduates are finishing their degrees without the right skills….Continue Reading “STEM – What is the Fuss All About?”

Or does it? In recent weeks, there have been a lot of rumblings in the news about social media particularly in connection with the impact on children. For the purposes of this article I’m using the term social media loosely to include all screen time ie not just Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter etc. but also…Continue Reading “Surely Social Media Has No Impact On Grades”