PwC drops A-level grades as criteria ...

Black PwC sign outside offices in London

Big four accountancy firm PwC will axe the UCAS tariff as an entry criteria for its graduate scheme, the company announced today. The UCAS points tariff will be scrapped for over 90 percent of PwC’s graduate and early identification roles. PwC is one of the UK’s largest graduate employers and had 17 applications for every role in its intake last […]

Wet Play

Boy writing in in the window fog formed from the rain outside and condensation

This was an article that I originally wrote on 14 January 2014. As I have pointed out previously, I will from time to time share some old posts that were quite well received on the previous version of my blog. Some of my worst playtimes at school were due to the rain. Whether it was being […]

Manifesto launches: education

UK political party leaders, general election 2015

The 2015 general election has swung into action and all of the main parties have now launched their manifestos. Each one has its newest set of promises to break and some parties have claimed that the financing of those promises is watertight. Labour claims that its manifesto is fully costed, while the UK Independence Party (UKIP) says […]

Great Children’s Books

children's book, picture book

This was an article that I originally wrote on 1 August 2014. I will from time to time share old posts that were well received on the previous version of my blog. The images are all from Amazon. Earlier this week, for some unknown reason, I was googling picture books that I remember loving as a child. […]

Jeremy Clarkson is the news again

steak, Jeremy Clarkson, BBC, food

The BBC gave Jeremy Clarkson his marching orders today, or as the news has been described in other outlets, “his contract has not been renewed”. The whole story has been slightly tedious and while part of me felt like writing about Zayn Malik, I resisted, as the Jeremy Clarkson topic was a bigger media topic. Top Gear was by […]

Vice chancellor says 50% of schools l...

Brunel University, vice chancellor, Professor Julia Buckingham

Primary and secondary schools do not have the materials needed to provide good practical teaching, according to Brunel University’s vice chancellor, Julia Buckingham. Speaking at a roundtable discussion organised by the Daily Telegraph and BAE systems, she discussed the importance of inspiring young people to take science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects. Professor Buckingham told the panel that Brunel was […]

Budget 2015: List of education plans ...

UK Budget, HM Treasury, UK politics

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, made a few references to education today as he delivered the 2015 Budget, the coalition’s final one before May’s general election. In the Budget, he said the following: The government will introduce a package of measures to broaden and strengthen support for postgraduate researchers (including both masters and PhDs). One of these […]

The Public Affairs module


  For those studying the NCTJ Diploma, there are five compulsory modules that students are expected to take. One of them is Public Affairs. This module teaches students how government works at a local and national level. It covers topics such as the British Constitution and Monarchy, the electoral system, the NHS, the structure of local […]


NCTJ logo

The National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) is the body that provides training for those interested in working in print, particularly those looking for a job at a local newspaper. There are a variety of exams that the body offers, but the NCTJ syllabus usually taught to trainees as the standard entry requirement for […]

In their (school) shoes: interviews


Welcome to the In Their (School) Shoes section, where I profile an individual and take a look back at their school days. The first profile will be up in a few weeks, but you will have to keep visiting the site to find out who the first person will be… Thanks for visiting and remember […]

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