I cried during my AS Levels. Revision got to me. I couldn’t hack it and it destroyed my soul. You feel under such pressure to succeed that you want to curl up in a ball and make the whole thing go away. Trouble is, it doesn’t, and it makes you feel worse. I hated revision as my technique was poor. I used to read the textbook from cover to cover, and, whilst doing so, daydream about scoring the winning goal at Old Trafford, or going to Australia backpacking. Turns out, osmosis only applies to water and not knowledge.
I became a revision guru […]
Ask most people what their fundamental life goals are and the responses you are likely to receive are ‘moving up in the world’ or ‘a better life for my children’. The prospects for these objectives had improved for the last generation, however, according to the Sutton Trust, social mobility in Britain is at its worst in decades. In a recent article, Sir Peter Lampl states the UK props up the table of developed nations on ‘children earning more than their parents’. Social immobility is reinforced at every juncture of a young person’s career, with each restraint having a compounding effect. We can improve this situation […]
Shadow Education Secretary, Tristram Hunt, announced last week that every teenager will receive guaranteed careers advice. Leader Ed Miliband unveiled their plans in London as part of the launch of Labour’s education manifesto. The manifesto outlines their aim to raise standards and increase opportunities for all young people.
Labour plan to revitalise careers advice, which is deemed inadequate for four out of five schools in the UK. Labour’s proposal will cost £50 million, and will be funded through a partnership between universities, schools, colleges, and employers. Labour also plan to build a “gold standard” vocational route through education; this would create a Technical Baccalaureate, compulsory english and maths […]
I didn’t know what I wanted to do when I left school, having only received 1 session of careers advice. The session consisted of a short interview whereby Mr Careers Guide asked me a series of questions, then wrote down my answers verbatim on a planning template (this was 2002, after all). At the end, I had a sheet of paper that formalised the mixed up thinking that was occurring in my head; the session had been a waste of both of our time. The only step missing from the action plan was “throw this sheet of paper in the […]