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England can learn from Scotland's more fun, well-rounded education

In the leafy subdivision of East Dunbartonshire, outside Glasgow, the hallways of Bishopbriggs Academy were buzzing from a production of the musical Bugsy Malone the night before.

Monday, 8 July, 2013, 9:17am

Learning Curve: the tyranny of predicted grades

As students sit their exams for the International Baccalaureate (IB) and International General Certificate for Secondary Education (IGCSE), I am reminded of the hundreds of predicted grades I have given out in my teaching career.

13 May 2013 - 9:54am 1 comment

Learning curve: best revising secret? Just do it

I recently received an e-mail from a student who is undertaking his International General Certificate for Secondary Education (IGCSE) exams in May, seeking some revision tips.

8 Apr 2013 - 10:55am

Hong Kong's deadly exam culture

Hong Kong is not alone in having a strong exam culture. The rise of "managerialism" - the application of the business model of accountability, efficiency and surveillance to education - has had a profound effect in many countries. Education policy has been affected by globalisation as governments prioritised economic growth.

21 Mar 2013 - 2:50am 6 comments

Learning Curve: relieve anxiety the Hindu way

Exam stress and anxiety regarding results are part and parcel of being a student. While anxiety can be a driving force, it is more often an incapacitating factor in exam preparation.

11 Mar 2013 - 10:33am

Education is about more than just high marks

Educators are increasingly aware of the importance of recognising and developing personal, social and emotional intelligence as the basis of developing vital life skills.

17 Feb 2013 - 3:44pm

One poor test result should be put in perspective

My daughter has always had good reports for writing, and it is her favourite subject at school. But she did not do very well in a standardised test recently. She was very disappointed and it seems to have affected her confidence. The school said this was a new kind of test they were trying out. Are these tests really that important?

9 Dec 2012 - 12:59pm

South Korean students helped through most important day

Military training was suspended, flights rescheduled and emergency calls reserved for latecomers yesterday as hundreds of thousands of South Korean students sat a crucial college entrance examination.

9 Nov 2012 - 3:20am

Beware of celebrity tutors, the masters of marketing

The strange phenomenon of celebrity tutors in Hong Kong, developed over the past decade or two, has not declined with the recent adoption of the 3-3-4 system of six years in secondary school and four years in university.

In the past, whether students could enter university hinged on their performances in two public exams; now, one diploma exam seals their fate.

6 Nov 2012 - 2:26am

Briefs, September 23, 2012

Opposition fails to dislodge Sean Chen

23 Sep 2012 - 3:07am