Extreme Education

With the new GCSE system about to take full effect, and the top mark (now a ‘9’) reserved for only 3% of the country, we have to ask ourselves – has testing in this country gone too far? Along with funding cuts for teachers, and rigorous testing beginning at an ever earlier age, it begs the question if we’re teaching our children that ‘good grades’ are more important that imparting knowledge and the joy of learning.

Shaping Self-Starters

 

‘Improvement begins with I’ – and education begins with every child’s (and adult’s) individual ability. At a time when rigorous testing, and results-focused teaching, seems to be at the core of education, I thought it would be interesting to focus on the importance of being a ‘self-starter’, and how motivation can be the key accelerant for excellent learning.

What, how, why

The most common question I’m asked when I tell people that I’m a tutor is ‘But why aren’t you a teacher?’ — a valid question, the answer to which I’m here to explain. Tutoring is often seen as a part-time profession, something you do to bridge gaps between ‘real’, full-time jobs, a lesser teacher — in general, not a career. With that in mind, I’d like to tell you a little story about how I took this hard work and turned it into a company.

Languages in 2017

Last year I wrote an editorial in South East Business Magazine about the importance of languages for business, and how they can help corporate relationships. Despite the fact that I was already writing in a post-Brexit world, following Trump’s shock election I feel that issue of language learning has gained even more pertinence, and has thus led me to my first website blogpost.

 

Natasha Saednejad