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As industries change and adapt, so do the skills needed to be built by the education system. As a result, more is being added to the curriculum like coding which was introduced to schools in 2014. There are many benefits to having coding lessons in schools as an independent school in Buckinghamshire explains below.


Transferable Skills

Regardless of whether or not your child wants to pursue a career in technology, coding lessons can help them build skills that will make them more employable and better prepared for work. Skills like problem-solving, creative thinking, and much more. In whatever career your child pursues, whether music or engineering, they’ll face problems where they need to apply themselves and think of solutions.


Digital Literacy 

More and more of life is becoming engulfed by technology. Having knowledge of how that technology works can help children in their day-to-day life and help them be ready to face the changing job market. Knowing how to code will open doors for them and ensure that they don’t need to retrain.



Coding is something that requires patience and lots of it. There are lots of different solutions that can be applied but not all will produce the desired result. That means playing with alternatives and trial and error.



Creating things is fun - especially when they are digital creations that you can see come to life. As they find solutions that work, they’ll feel overjoyed, and their confidence will grow along with their knowledge.


Greater Academic Performance

The thinking skills that your child gains and enhances through coding will help them in other subjects throughout the curriculum. Subjects like science where hypotheses are created and put to the test. This can help them to secure more attractive grades and yield greater success.


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After their GCSEs, your child will have a whole new set of choices to make about what they want to pursue at college. That might be purely A Levels, vocational courses, or a mix of both. To help you support your child with their choices, we have teamed up with a private college in Somerset to create a parents’ guide to A levels.


What are A-Levels?

A-level courses are in-depth courses designed to help and prepare children for the next stage in their careers. That includes both formal employment and further education. Unlike GCSEs, they require more commitment. Your child will have fewer scheduled study sessions but will be required to carry out more independent study by reading around their subject to enrich their learning. 

How Are A-Levels Graded?

A levels follow the old grading style that GCSEs once had and are awarded grades between an E and an A*. 


Free Periods

As briefly touched on earlier, there are fewer contact hours with A levels. Instead, your child may have “free periods” or study sessions where they are advised to spend time in the library revising and going over their notes. By spending their time wisely in this way, your child will have less work to do when at home which will make it more manageable and easier to remember. This is especially key as A-Levels cover much more content than GCSEs.


How Are A-Levels Examined? 

Most A levels have an exam element and others are complimented by coursework. 


When Do A-Level Exams Take Place? 

Exams usually take place in May which makes Easter the ideal time to revise, although it’s better to start sooner.


How Can I Help My Child Pick the Right A-Levels?

As A-Levels are huge commitments, it's important for your child to pick the subjects that they feel comfortable with and are genuinely interested by. Your child’s teachers will also be able to tell you whether they’re capable of continuing on to an A level.



Coco Martin, famously known as Cardo Dalisay on-screen, is making rounds all over as he debuts his endorsement not of the partylist with the same name as his show, but of a new party-list – AP Partylist #AkoyPilipino on Friday, February 25.


“Anuman ang hirap na ating pinagdadaanan, may kakampi na tayo…” Martin introduced his new party-list group with first nominee Rep. Ronnie Ong in-action in the background in the partylist’s video now circulating online. He continues, “Ang AP Partylist ang tutulong magbigay ng trabaho at kabuhayan sa mga manggagawang Pilipino.”