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26 Jan 2023 3 min read

What is the Value of Maths?

You will always find takers for mathematics and its significance in life, right from your teachers all the way up to the government. However, students continue to dodge the subject, perennially questioning the usefulness of infinite equations. When you factor in the increased difficulty level, it all adds to being a wildly unpopular option among many students.

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09 Jan 2023

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Download our essential guide to writing your personal statement, a crucial step in your University application.

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01 Jan 2023 2 min read

The Value of Independent Learning for Academic Development

Independent learning is a common phrase, yet what it is and how to nurture it might not be so clearly defined. Put loosely: independent learning is when students set themselves goals to monitor and evaluate their academic development. Or, to put it another way, it is the ongoing, voluntary, and self-motivated pursuit of knowledge throughout one’s lifetime.

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27 Dec 2022

Year 12 - Now Is The Time To Start Thinking About University

It's never too early to begin thinking about university! If you are currently in Year 12, it is worth reflecting that by this time next year your university applications should have already been submitted. Furthermore, if you are applying to Oxford University or Cambridge University, or wish to study Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Dentistry, the application deadline for 2024 entry is 15 October 2023 - only 9 months away! At this point, finishing school and starting university may seem a long way off, but the time will pass very quickly - so we advise you to use this time wisely and take advantage of the remainder of this academic year to do lots of research so you can make confident choices when the time comes.

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26 Dec 2022

International School Parent Magazine: International Student Demand for the UK's Elite Universities

According to the UK’s University Central Admissions System (UCAS), for 10% of international students, the dream of studying abroad starts before their 11th birthday. In UCAS data released this year, international applications are predicted to rise by 46% to 208,500 by 2026, so the landscape will continue to be highly competitive.

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13 Dec 2022 5 min read

How to encourage lifelong learning for your Child

It’s incredibly important for children to develop curiosity, confidence and problem solving skills throughout their school years - habits that encourage them to learn on a daily basis, and become lifelong learners. The rise of ‘grade hysteria’ puts pressure on parental expectations and on pupils to be at the top of the class, all to secure their academic future. This often leads to grades being prioritised over skills, and there can be a temptation to provide an overly supportive ‘hand holding’ culture which can ultimately lead to an over-dependency on tutors, and less focus on learning.

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07 Dec 2022 3 min read

The Role of Private Tuition in Admission to Higher Education

For many parents, the desire to secure the best secondary education for their child is to successfully prepare them for the next chapter of their education journey, higher education.

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06 Dec 2022 5 min read

Life Changing Travel - How to Broaden Your Horizons: Look... and Learn...

How many of us remember how to use algebra? How many of us remember learning it in school? It may seem inaccessible for us to aspire to add context to every new concept we learn, but realistically, without that context, they will probably not stay with us in the long term. In an age of increasing innovation and social awareness, parents are becoming more and more conscious of the need for context in their children’s education and there is a growing recognition of the value of experiential learning.

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04 Dec 2022 5 min read

Winter Break Activities in Dubai

Winter in the UAE is like a cool summer day in Europe. Fortunately, there’s no need to pile on layers or huddle indoors to keep warm. The temperatures are mild and pleasant with lots of sunshine and occasional rainfall- ideal to take the young ones out and burn some of that energy! The cooler weather means that families can comfortably enjoy the outdoors and children can participate in fun activities without having to worry about the sweltering summer heat of the Middle East.

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