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How to Coach Parents Who Are Teaching at Home

Many parents and guardians felt overwhelmed in supporting their student’s learning during the pandemic—these strategies can help.

“My children do the work in 15 minutes and then ask, ‘What’s next?’” one parent recently said in reference to schooling at home during the pandemic. “I don’t need more work for them; what I need is help designing lessons for them to keep learning.”

We need languages graduates to steer us through our post-Brexit troubled waters

Just after the first world war, the UK produced its most comprehensive review of languages provision, the Leathes report. In the Brexit era, we’re now faced yet again with different ideological, cultural and economic battles that have us examining the capacity of our language, and discovering it falls well short of what is required.

French and German GCSEs to be marked less harshly, Ofqual rules

French and German GCSEs are to be marked less severely from next year amid concerns that students are being put off studying modern foreign languages (MFL) because it is more difficult to get top grades in these than in other subjects.

The qualifications regulator Ofqual has ruled there should be an adjustment to grading standards in French and German GCSEs – entries for which have declined dramatically – but not in Spanish where numbers have been more buoyant.

Why are British people such nervous linguists?

No other subject,” says my language teacher, “is the cause of so much shame. You might struggle with other subjects, but you’ll probably never berate yourself as you do about your shortcomings in language learning.”

That’s a good point or, as they say in Welsh, mae e’n gwneud pwynt da.

I’m learning Welsh because I thought it was about time I did so, having spent so much time there on holiday all my life. It struck me that I wasn’t much different to the kind of ex-pats in Spain I might sniff at for not knowing any Spanish beyond dos cervezas por favor.

I don't want to go to university next year – what can I do instead?

If you’re planning to defer your university place until next year, you have gap year options in the meantime

Οne in five students said they were willing to defer going to university in the event that, come September, uni isn’t back to normal, according to a recent poll by the University and College Union. That leaves a whole lot of school-leavers – 120,000 to be precise – potentially twiddling their thumbs.