A levels remain highly valued

Article in summary Stuart Nicholson, current Chairman of CIFE, writing in 2010, explains that A levels are still the most popular pre-university option because they allow a student to focus on what most interests him or her, yet the range of subjects enables wide choice and permits

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Better students take Easter Revision

Article in Summary Better students take Easter Revision nowadays. Students in 2012 are much more likely to be hunting A grades than just trying to avoid a fail. The article looks at case histories and explains the pressures which have driven the surge in demand for Easter

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The value of Independent sixth form colleges

Article in summary In this article, written for the 2012 edition of the First Eleven Schools Guide, James Wardrobe describes the origins of independent sixth form colleges and the benefits they offer university-bound students: good course choice, small classes and a strong focus on examination technique. Article

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CIFE Awards 2012

Article in summary The article describes the CIFE awards 2012, how Academic and College Award winners are chosen, the awards ceremony proceedings, and the individual 2012 award winners’ achievements and backgrounds. Article in detail At the annual CIFE Academic Awards Presentation held at the House of Lords

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Government proposals threaten January retakes

Article in summary This article, published in 2012, has partly been superseded by events: January exams have gone, and A-level reform is proceeding apace. For the latest on the changes discussed below see Tour article on the new A-level and GCSE exams. However, we’ve left this article

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