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As a parent, it can be difficult to be there for your children when it comes to helping them excel academically. After all, education changes all of the time. So, what are some of the things that you can do when it comes to helping your child achieve academic success?
Help Your Child With Online Tutoring
One of the best ways you can help your child to excel academically is by giving them access to experienced and reputable tutors who have all of the tools they need. You can easily find the likes of math tutors and online English GCSE tutors online.
Tutors today are a lot easier and more convenient to access than ever before thanks to the Internet. At the same time, though, you still need to make sure you take the time to find a tutor with care. You need someone who has a good reputation. Take the time to read reviews that have been left by others, and this should help you to find out which online tutor is going to be right for your child.
Understanding The New GCSE System
Past GCSE papers are still useful despite the recent changes to the GCSE system. Since the changes largely revolve around the way GCSE exams are marked, past papers contain questions that are like the ones you will see in GCSE exams today. But, what are the changes that have been implemented?
GCSE assessments are now graded on a scale of 9-1, with 9 being the top grade. Let’s take a look at the maths GCSE exams to help you get a better understanding.
Maths GCSEs feature two tiers – foundation and higher, which is the same as past GCSE maths papers. These tiers overlap; the higher tier covers grades 3 – 9, and the foundation tier covers grades 1 – 5.
Ofqual has set the subject weightings for each tier. With the higher tier, there will be 15 per cent worth of number-based questions, 30 per cent of algebra, 20 per cent of ratio, proportion and rates of change, 20 per cent of geometry and measures questions, and 15 per cent based on statistics and probability. There is also 15 per cent of statistics and probability content in a foundation tier paper, yet 15 per cent is based on geometry and measures, there is 25 per cent of ratio, proportion and rates of change questions, 25 per cent of number questions, and 20 per cent based on algebra.
The content percentages should be taken into consideration when deciding what tier to choose. For example, if a child really struggles with algebra, it is a good idea to consider the foundation tier paper, as just under a third of the higher tier focuses on algebra.
What Do The New GCSE Grades Mean For The Different Tiers?
Now that there have been changes to GCSEs and the way they are graded, you may be wondering how this impacts the different tiers. The good news is that there isn’t too much difference.
The main change that has been implemented is that GCSEs are now graded on a number scale from 9 to 1, with 9 being the highest grade. This replaces the award scheme of A* to G. Despite this, GCSE will still have two tiers, which are the same as they were before: Foundation and Higher. This is good news because it means that GCSE Edexcel past papers from previous years will still be relevant and can act as great revision resources. The only thing that differs is the way in which the papers are graded.
The new tiers cover marginally different ranges of grades than they did before. The Higher tier is now going to cover Grade 4 and above, which is a slightly low range. Grade 4 is comparable to Grade C from the old school. Previously, the higher tier included grades D and above. This means that the higher tier is going to be slightly more challenging compared to the higher tier under the previous GCSE system. On the other hand, the Foundation tier covers a wider range of grades, as it now goes up to Grade 5. This is comparable to a low-grade B / high-grade C performance on the old school.
So there you have it: some of the different things that you need to consider when it comes to helping your child succeed in life. We hope that the information provided above will be helpful for you.