Advice for students sitting GCSE Mathematics

With the GCSE examinations having started, we would like to share some of our advice to GCSE candidates and their parents.

Our strongest advice is to first make sure that your son or daughter has attempted all the standardised papers provided by the exam board before attempting additional papers. Your child’s time is incredibly precious this close to exams, and it is of paramount importance (both for their confidence and academic preparation) that they are completing mathematics of a suitable standard. For students preparing for their GCSE Mathematics exams, we have put together a list of standardised Mathematics papers provided by the various exam boards – please find below a link to our GCSE and IGCSE resources page.

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Learning a new language

In order to master a native-like level of a language, a child should start learning it before they turn 10 – particularly when it comes to grammar. These are the findings of new linguistic research which may be of particular interest to parents raising multi-lingual children.

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Guardian University Awards 2018

For the sixth year in a row, the Guardian University Awards have announced their winners of 2018.

The awards focus on multi-faceted and growing institutions that aim to inspire young people and help communities evolve, thus leaving an impact on the education system as a whole.

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10,000th lesson

We are delighted to announce that today we taught our 10,000th lesson!

We would like to take a moment to thank all our current and past students, as well as their parents, for the trust they have placed in us in the past years. We hope you’ve found our lessons both enjoyable and beneficial.

Here’s to another 10,000!


The Junior Maths Challenge

We would like to wish the best of luck to our students who are sitting the Junior Maths Challenge today.

Remember that it is not an exam, but a challenge – so stay calm and enjoy the process.

All our best wishes,

The Trefoil Team


University League Tables 2019

We would like to share with you the newly released top UK University League tables. These will be of particular interest to our Y12 and Y13 who are exploring their further education options. As always, as you consider your choices, do speak to our tutors about their university experience – they will be happy to share some insight!

Please see the link for the full league tables below:


The importance of an extensive vocabulary

Helping students develop an extensive vocabulary is a key focus area in all our English lessons. We know it helps students perform better not only in English but also across a range of subjects that require comprehension or writing skills. This interesting article further highlights that a stunted vocabulary may also affect a child’s self-esteem and even social behaviour.

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Revision and social media

It’s peak season for exam revision, and many students find themselves using the internet and social media to simultaneously prepare for the exams as well as keep up with the social media and online entertainment.

Meanwhile, teachers and scientists suggest that trying to multitask while studying may lead to a drop in productivity and lower performance.

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