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26 Interesting International Educational Days 2016

February 3rd, 2016 by Anna Michaelidou

There are many days in the year that mark important, unusual and commemorative days that we often forget or overlook; or sometimes don't even know they exist. Here at First Tutors we have compiled a list of some educational focussed days to mark in your calendar. These days are a great way of sharing, exploring and teaching children to understand the different days celebrated throughout the year.

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Is homework an important part of educational success?

August 14th, 2015 by Sarah Adams

Earlier this week, The Daily Mail revealed that parents of Folkestone (Kent) threatened to remove their children from school due to new rulings that students will receive homework!

More than 600 parents have signed the petition to defend the cause because of the lack of time their children will have to spend time with their families. ... Read More »

Why is Asian education storming ahead of the UK?

May 13th, 2015 by Sarah Adams

Why is Asian education storming ahead of the UK?

Grating news today for UK educationalists, as the OECD publishes its report comparing education systems across the world (focused on Maths and Science). We're not at the top, barely in the top 20 in fact.

Assuming that educationalists accept with the report's methodology and findings, the question must be asked, why is that whilst the West mostly flounders, the Asian tiger continues to roar? What is it they're d... Read More »

Is Homework Pointless?

January 19th, 2015 by Sarah Adams

Education experts have argued that homework is 'completely pointless', says The Guardian.

Mr Bennett, director of the ResearchEd conference announced, "I'm not anti homework- it can be a useful tool - but too often it's an exercise in back covering, or box ticking, with no real thought for the educational outcome."

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National Apprenticeship Week 2015

January 16th, 2015 by Sarah Adams

This week was National Apprenticeship week. One of the options open to students after the age of 16 is to train through an Apprenticeship scheme. In short, Apprenticeships are available across a range of sectors and at levels to suit all abilities.

They aim to improve your skills, measure your capabilities and provide you with a nationally recognised qualification.

This is a way of learning the skills necessary for various careers while earning at the same time.

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Exam stress getting to you. Don't panic find a goat to stroke!

May 21st, 2014 by first tutors

Last week Bath Spa University was encouraging students to de-stress by setting up a 'petting zoo' where they could go along and stroke a goat or feed ducks. This hasn't gone down too well with animal rights groups, though, who suggest bouncy castles and back massages may be more appropriate!

Similarly, one Students Union is planning to set up 'bubble wrap stations' for stressed out students, where they can relax by continually popping the bubble wrap. It would appear that students hav... Read More »

Tutor and Client etiquette - We'd love to hear your thoughts

May 21st, 2014 by First Tutors

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Why we need stronger Sciences

July 16th, 2013 by Dexter Findley

To put it bluntly, Britain needs a strong high tech sector, and needs it fast.

We're a nation with a dangerously nebulous economic foundation. Gone are the days of Big Industry in this country, of coal mines and steel foundries. Our GDP is now built on the sand of the City - so fickle and shifting - and the Consumer Culture we're all part of.

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First Tutors partners with the Guardian Teacher Network

July 8th, 2013 by Dexter Findley

As part of this relationship, our community will have access to free resources (watch this space!), and will have opportunities to guest post on the GTN blog! So if you want to have your say on an educational topic close to your heart, now would be a good time to stand up! E-mail us at with your ideas.

Thousands of school leaders and teachers are using the Teacher... Read More »

Private Tuition: the best way to help overlooked, underachieving kids?

June 20th, 2013 by Dexter Findley

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