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CIFE Intercollegiate Articles

cife Intercollegiate Articles are a series of technical articles written by individual cife colleges discussing issues pertinent to the Sixth Form college sector. cife also publish general sixth-form advice articles.

Butterflies and moths – who cares?

Why we need to talk to our students about climate change and biodiversity within PSHE, SMSC, and as part of their wellbeing and mental health “Over 70% of the UK’s resident and regular migrant butterfly species declined in either abundance or occurrence (or both) over the past

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The Growing Value of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

There has been a high degree of interest shown in EPQ courses during the Covid period; it is one of the few A levels that is being examined as normal. An EPQ grade will have additional value this year. The EPQ is an interesting qualification. It is

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Ancient thinking in a modern world

Sir Anthony Seldon described schools as being representatives of a 19th Century factory like mentality. It might not be quite as sensationalist as that but there is certainly enough fabric there to make a tapestry. None more seen over the past year, where the pandemic caught schools

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Generation CAG (Centre Assessed Grades)

CAG – centre assessed grades – the acronym that will stay with the generation who completed A-levels and GCSEs in 2020 and 2021 for life – “Generation CAG”. With GCSE and A-level qualifications being awarded via CAG, how will this affect this generation in the future? Since

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The resilience of teachers

One thing this pandemic has highlighted, is the fact that teachers are such resilient characters. Since last March, as a profession like so many others, we have faced a myriad of uncertainties and last minute ministerial decisions that have had quite profound impacts on what we do.

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