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Aim High but stay grounded

9th June 2022

It is perhaps unsurprising that the global pandemic has influenced the way students think about their future careers. In a survey carried out by Prospects, 27% of students had changed career plans in light of COVID-19, and 37% remain unsure about what they want to do. Which surely means that careers advice needs to shift,…

Top Tips for revision and exam stress

2nd May 2022

It’s that time of year again, when the pressure to do well seems overwhelming and it feels like time is running out to revise everything you need to. Trust me, you are not alone in this. Some stress is normal and can actually make sure we work and function at our best, but it can…

International Women’s Day 2022 – #BreakTheBias

8th March 2022

This time of year is always an invitation to reflect, marked by one poignant date in particular: today, March 8th. Frankly, I always feel conflicted. On the one hand, ‘International Women’s Day’ (IWD22) should be uplifting. A day of celebration, a day of pride. But it also inversely somewhat feels marred by highlighting just how…

The world belongs to those who read…

4th March 2022

Reading has been very much at the forefront of things this week at Cardiff Sixth Form College as we celebrated the 25th anniversary of World Book Day. We launched our new online library, Perlego, giving staff and students access to over 800,000 fiction and non-fiction texts. Our staff have also been highlighting their love of…

The Value of Art

25th January 2022

I have long been an advocate of the positive effect that the arts can have on us. Having worked in the creative industry for many years I know first-hand how it can have a powerful impact on our mental and physical self. It is all too easy to be cynical about the arts and to…

UN International Day of Education

24th January 2022

You could be forgiven for thinking that something which affected all nations in a devastating and long lasting manner, might bring them together in a spirit of co-operation and collaboration. And indeed, there are fine examples of nations coming together to combat a global pandemic through the dissemination of information, research into vaccine development, sharing…

Oxford, Cambridge or Lincoln?

12th January 2022

S is a 17-year old student, studying at a UK sixth form. From a modest background, she will be only the second person from her family to go to university, if she is successful in receiving an offer and taking up a place. Her passion, since childhood, is physics. Unsure of what exactly she wants…

Why are GCSEs in the UK important?

14th December 2021

The General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) and its international equivalent (iGCSE) were introduced in 1988 and since then these qualifications have acted as the ‘pathway’’ to advanced qualifications such as the International Baccalaureate (IB Diploma) and GCE A Levels. They are the first compulsory, externally assessed examinations that all UK students must undertake in…

What are Holidays for?

29th November 2021

Having never formally studied psychology, physiology or sports science, I find myself rather fraudulently turning to these disciplines when attempting to explain how to learn effectively. In my defence, my interest in these fields goes back a long way and I have been fortunate to work with some experts in the field, throughout my own…