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So now we know why Geography is so much easier than history

One of the more unfortunate revelations unearthed by the Daily Telegraph’s investigation into GCSE exam ‘cheating’ was a comment made about GCSE Geography. Steph Warren, a senior official at Edexcel, one of the biggest exam boards, was recorded by an undercover Daily Telegraph reporter claiming that “you don’t have to teach a lot” and that [...]

How hard is GCSE history?

I have always fervently believed that GCSE history is harder for lower-attaining students than most other subjects. When I tackled QCA about they squirmed and fudged. I pointed out that the idea of subjects having negative residuals was appalling, especially as neither most students starting the course, nor their parents, were aware of this at the start [...]

GCSE history and 'cheating' exam boards

I have blogged several times on the unethical system that allows examination boards to set the papers, write the books and train the teachers in how to get their kids to pass the exam. The reason this stinks, and why other people are now up in arms is simple. If you pay £200 to attend [...]